Concluding Remarks

I have officially finished my 120 hours of project time. I’m happy about the result of the project, but I’m even happier to know how much I’ve improved as a result of the project.

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Post #3: Poems, Etc.

Hiya–

I’ve really gotten to work this week. Twenty-one hours left, but they’re starting to go faster with all the writing that’s happening. This will be my last update before I finish up. That’s encouraging.

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Post #2: Update on Interviews and ROUGH Poems

Hey, everybody,

I completed the first two parts of my project–the historical research and the face-to-face interviews. In total, I recorded twelve interviews. The number was lower than I expected, but it should suffice for the upcoming poems. I am waiting on a response from my advisor on whether or not I should get more interviews. The initial purpose of the interviews was to capture the attitudes of the three towns I’m researching: Cedarville, Xenia, and Yellow Springs, Ohio. Not only did the interviews help me find a general attitude, they also sparked many more specific poem ideas. For example, while interviewing a young couple on their feelings about Cedarville, I learned that other mothers frequently asked the wife not who she was, but who she was married to. Some stories seem like they have more poetic friction to them. Thanks to my interviews, I added even more stories on top of the ones I found during my historical research.

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Post #1: Update on Historical Research & Focusing In

Hello, everyone–

I’ve begun to work on what I planned, that is, to find interesting stories about my hometown and the surrounding areas. The first step I took was to consult my local library, a gray cinder block of a building, with slits of glass for windows. Being honest, I had never been to its second floor; I never thought anything interesting was up there. But, lo and behold, there was an entire room dedicated to the history and genealogy of Greene County, the selfsame county upon which I based my research. An amicable librarian helped me find a good book to get an overview of what I was about to start studying. The book was called History of Greene County, Ohio: Its People, Industries, and Institutions, written in 1916 by a man named Broadstone. That book was the perfect launch pad to start gathering stories and learning about the beginning of Greene County. It was filled with random anecdotes that inspired me to write about and take pride in my home. Some of the more interesting stories included an account of Greene County’s first and last public execution, the tale of the first murder in Miami Township (the township I live in), and recollections on Cedarville’s successes at local firefighting competitions.

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