English 245: Modern Fiction

a collaborative exploration of pervasive tropes, themes, and concepts in contemporary fiction


February 2016

We just got dark

WoW is all I can say about his weeks Full Sea reading. Fan has to save Q and L from becoming dog chow and then get sold into a house where it seems she will be not only the new house keeper but the owners new sex toy. I do not know if Quig knows just what he traded Fan into. It seems Mister Leo likes his girls young and Fan is next on his list. This is of course something that is sadly a fact of life now as well it seems in the future.


To Real, To Soon

Well, upon the continuation of the reading for Tuesday, I was struck by the story that explained the loss of Quig’s family. There is this common knowledge type idea that the narrator gives us about the way people live in these charters. In the charter that Quig runs, people know quite a bit about each other, but they do not know much of Quig before he came to the charters.

I thought it quite unfortunate that Quig’s profession as a veterinarian was done away with when the plague infected all animals and the animals had to all be put down. It also seems unfortunate for those whose pets weren’t infected “…all pets and animals in the affected villages were ordered destroyed, whether sick or not…Families who tried to hide and save their pets were made examples of and banished to the open counties; soon enough every last animal was tendered (Lee, 136).”

With this done, Quig’s job was nonexistent, which can do a number on a family, especially for the life-style that Quig’s wife, Glynnis. She takes it so hard, that she resorts to selling Quig’s medicine that would otherwise have been used for his profession “…as there was no market for them, and to her surprise her friends offered to buy the drugs at an extraordinary price”. This is where the trouble begins because Quig is mad at her at first, but then allows her to continue selling them, even with the threat of exile “Glynnis convinced him to allow her to continue selling the vials, which she did, and once their former stocks were exhausted, she got him to contact his old partners and other collegues to replenish their supplies (Lee, 140).”

However, their scheme does not last long because they get caught “Quig and Glynnis were tried and convicted. Within a week, the family was forever banished from the charter, allowed only what they could fit into their wagon (less confiscated cash) as their worldly estate (Lee, 142).”  I feel because of their selfish ways of thinking, that the trouble that befell them was pretty much self-inflicted. However, that does not include the terrible fate that Quig’s family along with other families suffer at the inn.

When Quig and Glynnis seem to come up with a plan to secure their future and bring it up to Landon and Dale, the owners of the inn, utter ruin befalls them, resulting in the death of Quigg’s fretful wife and beloved daughter, the saddest most tragic part of the book so far, in my opinion. Quig and Glynnis plan to operate the inn by taking over the payments and maintenance of the inn to secure their future. However, this falls apart when a drugged shooter and an accomplice hold up the inn. This results in the shooting of all patrons, including Glynnis and Trish “And before he could say a last good word to them, the one with the shotgun stepped over the threshold and began blasting away (Lee, 163).”

When I read that, the words seemed to jump off the page and into my mind. It brought me right to that inn, watching death take its claim over the innocent. It hurt to read it. You know, Quigg’s story seemed very intriguing when you didn’t know what was happening. But when you find out, its really something that makes you think. It calls out on reality because that is a parallel to our world. How many times have we read that people are out to a movie, spending time together with their families and they get shot up in the blink of an eye. People walk out of church after worshipping on a Sunday morning, thankful for their lives, and then they loose them when they get gunned down. The world is filled with these tragic circumstances and what can we do, what do we say?

Reading that section really left me with a sense of grief for Quig. Kind of like when the Father died at the end of “The Road.” It left me breathless, but I had to move on with my life and go to my next class. And that’s what Quig had to do. He had to move on, he had to go forward. I haven’t yet read the whole book, so I don’t know the overall effect that this scene has over Quig and the story as a whole, but I do know that this somewhat lifeless story became to full of life, to real, to soon.






Sad on Tuesday :'(

I was doing the reading and I kept getting excited about talking about it, then I remembered we don’t have class on Tuesday… So now I’m sad…. I never thought I’d miss class lol.

Also as I’m still trying figure out my project I was gonna throw out an idea and hope ya’ll can give me feedback? What if I wrote like a short murder mystery on Death of the Author? Like kinda a meta/newspaper/short story type thing. I think I’ve got a cool way to do it, but I hope it doesn’t sound like a stupid idea

Full Sea

I am not a fan of this book so far. The style is just not clicking, But I have faith in Nell she has never lead us astray. Well maybe The Stranger, but we will over look that one. I think the story has potential and Iam hopeing it pick up very soon.  See you all Thursday

What Are Your Project Ideas?

Welcome to my first post, where I procrastinate by asking what everyone else is doing instead of working on my own proposal. I have an idea but it can go many different ways, and I’m not sure what direction to take with it. Anyways, if you feel like sharing that would be neat.

Project: Let’s brainstorm?

OK so I saw in class that I’m not the only one who has no ideas, or still isn’t sure. So let’s brainstorm!

My only ideas are maybe something about the “idea” of what an author is supposed to be and how that changed, or maybe something about like Doctor Who and other shows that have been around awhile and therefore have changed with the times… But I don’t know if these are good, or how to go about either, or what format I’d do or anything.

I hope ya’ll who are stuck like me can help, and I’ll try to help too

Why wait so long!?

First I’d like to yes, I’ve got no ideas at all for the project. Which the proposal is dew Thursday I believe. So naturally when I sit down to try and figure it out again… I somehow think about everything else. Specifically the pile of eight books next to my bed I want to read still, not including the ones for school. Here’s a basic transcript of where my thoughts went from there

Me: You should really get on that, you need to manage time better

I: I want to go snowboarding, there’s fresh snow

Me: School you dummy, you need to finish school work first

I: I’ve got time, I’ll even bring it there

Me: NO! You have to do it now, look at everything you haven’t done! All those books you should be reading! Get to it! You don’t have time to waste! GO GO GO!!

Needless to say, when I try to be “on top of everything” I get stressed out. Especially when I look at all my homework. So sitting here (still without an idea for the project -_-‘) all I can think is I wanna start the next book for class…. or the next book in a series. But the classic books I’ve never read, but want to; they can wait. Why? Why am I in such a rush to read what’s new, but the old stuff can wait forever? Not that it makes a difference, but why is it the older the book, the longer I feel I can put it off? Does any one else do this? Am I the only one? Why did I waste so much time typing for a point so little?

The Semplica Girl Diaries and Dakota

I know I’m a little late on the uptake for the blog. But I am going to try to post at least 3x a week. (as unrealistic as that may seem)

Anyways, on to why I’m really here. As I was reading the Semplica Girl Diaries, I couldn’t help but think that Eva reminded me a lot of Dakota. For those of you who don’t know, Dakota is my daughter, she will most likely join us on one occasion or another in class. She is so much like Eva, they both try so hard to be in tune with other peoples feelings. And can sometimes exaggerate how someone is feeling even if they don’t feel that way. That isn’t to say that those women didn’t feel any of what was going on, but I think it’s safe to say that Eva was projecting her fear onto them. Am I the only one who thinks this?

A Brief History of Saunder’s Philosophical History:

Did some digging, was surprised/interested by what I found.  Just thought I’d put it out there for anyone else who’s interested.

-Went to Colorado School of Mines, mineral engineering = money

-Went there to be a part of oil business


-Got degree in geophysics

-Went to Sumatra (Big Western Indonesian Island)


-Saw lot of rich Oklahoma people doing drugs

-And more people hanging out at “transvestite clubs” –described as electric.

-Considered himself Objectivist (Ayn Rand) in his 20s

-Saunders actually voted for Reagan first time


-He considered Reagan the Objectivist Candidate

-Then saw (poverty stricken) people suffering,

-This made Objectivism not add up, plus Rand wrote “bad prose” AND

-He considered Objectivism too close to Neoconservatism and became repulsed.

-Neoconservatism = “disenchantment with democratic domestic and foreign policy”

-Adherents for Neoconservatism became politically famous from 70s-2000s

-Peaked during Bush administration (gross)

-“Neocons” played major role promoting/planning 2003 invasion of Iraq

-Now Saunders is a student of Nyingma Buddhism (oldest version of Tibetan)


(re above: cannot decide if beauty of art outweighs scariness of eyes)

– Progressed from almost being a Neocon oil guy (AKA jerk in a suit) to chill Buddhist writer?

– All this = Cool story bro Saunders




+An online Encyclopedia Britannica because I didn’t know what “Neocon” was at all.

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