I am so excited to be working on this thesis! I did not have any clue what I wanted to do for a thesis project, and then I was introduced to the Net Mirror. In this class from last semester, we cultivated great ideas and a firm understanding of the world that we are living in today, and how these advances in technology can become challenging roadblocks to us as individuals and as part of our entire society as a whole. The culminating project was a story concept, so we had the opportunity to get creative and write something that we truly found to be of interest to ourselves. For me, it was the inception of my thesis project, “Distance.” Below is a link to the final product that was submitted, and this will be what guides me in the early stages of creating the piece of work in its entirety:
With this, I have the general direction and themes I want to build on with this piece, but now it is about expanding on these ideas and creating the universe it takes place in, as well as the characters that are going to be featured in it. More importantly, I want the Net Narr influence to come through clear in whatever the finished product of my thesis becomes. One of the things that I had most fun with was developing the characters and setting to reflect the kind of work I want it to be. I went pretty far with it, but now it is time to go even further and refine how I want this to come across to potential readers. So, I think one of the first steps is going to be really getting into the backstory of the two main characters, as well as that of the protagonist’s mother, who I see playing a prominent role in the finished product of this work. For me, previous life circumstances and relationships with people play major roles in our development as people and citizens, so I definitely want to highlight the relationship of a homesick son and his supportive mother. Building this part of the story is going to be imperative for the direction I think I want to go as of right now, so if I were to get started on one aspect or part of the story, this is where I would have to begin, as the relationship with your mother (or lack thereof) plays a pivotal role in the development and formation of a young person’s life.
It is also very important to me that I get the setting right. I can envision what I want it to look like in my head, so now it is up to me to put the work in to do the research and make sure however I describe the time and place in such a way that can truly give a feel for the type of environment this story is going to live in. I have reasons as to why I want the setting to be such a particular way, and that can all be found in the above posted link. In short, I want it to reflect the feeling of living in an “outlaw” kind of society.
Lastly, if you have read my link above, you will notice it is definitely heavily influenced by the COVID-19 world we live in today (and by my own bout with the virus.) I want to keep it going and truly make this a time period kind of piece. With that said, I would love to add the element of social justice and where we are currently in the fight for equality. I think it is an opportunity to take a snapshot of where we are today, but also a gloomy projection of where we might be headed if we do not fix a number of things that are currently happening in our society.
Can’t wait to see all of you later!