Outlining the Proposal

I am still doing research based on that larger chapter-text where virtually every chapter feels relevant to what I am writing. That being said, I outlined July as my month to get started on my proposal so I can be prepared toward the end of August to present it to my chair. So… yeah, I did a very loose outline of my proposal today. Before I dive into that, however, I’d like to share my notes on writing a proposal from a thesis workshop thrown by the Literature and Writing Studies department. Once done with that, I’ll go into a little more detail about the proposal itself.

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Guess who’s back?

It’s been over a week since I last posted anything because I decided to take a break and recharge the batteries. I am now sitting here with a sunburn and wrestling with some thoughts regarding my research.

At this point, as I have a creative thesis, I feel I am reaching the end of the IF research for my project. Between the major sources I have found, and some of the multi-paper collections and conference proceedings, I feel as though I have a pretty good handle on the critical history portion of my proposal. I will likely knock out a fair number of the annotated bibliography entries, of course, because my research is not done, however, I will be focusing more on quality than quantity in the sense that I will probably not be annotating articles that are not super-relatable to what I am doing. As such, expect the bibliographic annotation posts to slow down a bit. I will still be reading multiple things a week, but at this point, I’ve read enough of the research to know exactly what I need and would much rather focus on those texts that I find that directly relate to what I am doing, or do not regurgitate that which I’ve already come across. As fun as IF is you can only read to many discussions on canonicity without falling asleep a page or two in.

Of course, I bring all this up because I’ve neglected the horror angle of this project a bit because I had become mired in the minutia of IF. Expect some more horror-related topics soon. In particular, I want to write a little bit about those horror stories that are influencing my own stories.

So expect a couple of bibliographic annotations this week, but as there will be fewer of those, I hope the pendulum will swing in the other direction and we’ll get some more diverse blog entries going here.

The Reading List

I’ve been working on the annotated bibliography of a variety of journal articles for the “theory” component of my thesis and proposal, but what of stylistic influences? Today I’d like to share a list of media that is influential to me and that I will be exploring in depth to make my own horror writing for the visual novel all the stronger. I am just going to do a cursory overview with this post, but I will also do in depth posts about the following items as well. I plan on adding this post to the menu of the site, so I will also include links to the blog entries where I talk about the specific works on this list. As such, this post will be revised significantly over the coming months.

I am always on the lookout for more material to read or view, so if you have a suggestions please comment on this post. I feel all of these works I have included have the air of cosmicism that I am interested in pursuing regarding my visual novel. While my primary themes will deal with cosmicism, I am intensely interested in hauntings, so there are ghost stories present as well.

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What scares you most?

Before I do a dive into research next week, I would like to know… what scares you most?

I mostly mean what media has scared you the most? What is the most frightening film you’ve seen recently? What books have you read that have made you sleep fitfully in the weeks after reading them? What videogames have you played that have made you throw your controller in shock and fear?

What media has scared you? I am looking for some research material. What sort of scary experiences have you encountered that have sunsettled you?