Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Brief Line Analysis of the 18 Short Stories Workshopped in My Creative Writing Class This Semester:

Number of references to EasyMac: 3

Amount of EasyMac consumed during paper-writing period: 100+ packets (estimated)

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Number of evil male characters: 10+

Common characteristic of evil male characters: Infidelity

Number of evil female characters: 3

Common characteristic of evil female characters: unreliability

Number of male writers in the class: 3

Number of female writers in the class: 15

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Number of redheaded (or "Scarlet", "auburn", "Titian", "Copperhead", "ginger" etc.) characters: 8

Number of evil redheaded characters: 7

Number of freckled redheaded characters: 8

Number of sexually active/oversexed redheaded characters: 6

Number of female redheaded characters: 8

Number of attractive redheaded characters: 8

Number of actual redheads in the class: 2 (arguably 1)

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Number of acts of murders, suicides, violent attacks, self-mutilation: 20

Number of depressed or socially inept main characters: 18

Number of acts of love, tenderness, self-expression: 2

Number of happy endings: 1

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Most common positive workshopping comment: "I really liked your little details and descriptions"

Most common negative workshopping comment: "I really didn't like your little details and descriptions"

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Number of inappropriate jokes: 50+

Number of inappropriate jokes made by The Author: 49+

Number of inappropriate jokes made by other members of the class: ~1

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Number of stories set in the 1960s: 1

Number of stories set in the modern day: 17

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Number of stories based wholly on real life: 1

Number of writers who lie: 17

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