- What did you set out to do?
Initially in my benchmark I planned to make a multimedia video that explained the process I went through in writing my first novel (which remains a 200 and something word work in progress). I wanted to explain to people how my writing grew and reflect on it, but unfortunately my camera was broken so I instead decided to write a new chapter that was not planned, which is about a funeral. It was inspired by the movie Harold and Maude.
- How does your work incorporate the art of storytelling?
My piece is a story, and it is a story that may be confusing to some who don't know about the cartels, but I think life and death are interesting concepts that people don't think about too much. My piece incorporates the art of storytelling because in this chapter, I intend to make something beautiful out of fear which in its own sense is art. As someone famous once said "Art is supposed to make those who are too comfortable, uncomfortable, and those who are uncomfortable, comfortable.
- What do you hope your audience gains from your work?
I hope my audience grasps an understanding of why cultural awareness is important, but more importantly I hope they take with them a piece of heart in their stories. I hope anyone who reads this chapter thinks about what it means to write, and I hope they gain a sense of enjoyment, as well as some room for thought about death and its meaning relative to our world.
- What did you gain from doing this work.
I think this chapter was really experimental for me and I gained a better understanding of what death means to me, and how to describe emotion vividly. Mainly I think what I gain from this is advice and feedback from anyone who does decide to read it.