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Once The Ashes Settled, Brittany Parker Jan 2019

Once The Ashes Settled, Brittany Parker

Honors Theses

She grabbed her ballcap that she had worn almost every day for the last thirteen years and started the short walk. A three blocks jaunt had its advantages on days like today, especially this morning. He promised he would pick up the roses and meet her here at eight which hopefully allowed them enough time to have a private moment before people started moving about. As she waited, she stole a few glances at the space around her, the water a constant reminder of what all had been taken in the background. It had changed so much over the years ...


Crafting Comics: My Journey Through The Creative Process, Carrie Hill Jan 2019

Crafting Comics: My Journey Through The Creative Process, Carrie Hill

Honors Theses

When I was 12 years old, I drew a short, goofy comic book that followed the adventures of Carrie Hill and her wacky friends. Now as a 22-year-old graphic design student, I've continued to draw comics because they can tell stories with great depth using only a sequence of images. Whenever I read Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl or Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant, I dream of publishing a graphic novel or comic strip. This dream prompted me to create several comics for my thesis, exploring different genres and styles. My original intention was to develop several ...


Stories From Elsewhere: A Novella, Andrew Cook Jan 2019

Stories From Elsewhere: A Novella, Andrew Cook

Honors Theses

It's certainly rare to see people with animal heads while walking down the street, but it has been known to happen. On the occasions when a person does see someone with an animal head, they think something along the lines of, "Oh, what a quaint performer!" or something equally as posh and oblivious. Peter, however, was a man who didn't trust his own reasoning. Not if he could help it. So, when he happened to see a person with an animal head while walking down the street one fine Saturday, he paid attention. There it was, down the ...


La Bete Noire Et Le Beau, Hannah Wright Jan 2017

La Bete Noire Et Le Beau, Hannah Wright

Honors Theses

Betrayed by the one who is supposed to care for her most Marceline must find a way to reverse her curse before she loses everything that makes her human and her mind reverts to that of a beast.


The Limbgate Visions: A Novel, Sean Jackson Jan 2015

The Limbgate Visions: A Novel, Sean Jackson

Honors Theses

Charlotte Crow was killed on her eighth birthday.

Or perhaps Charlotte never existed, and the whole tale was a product of a few children’s fevered imaginations.

Perhaps those children were themselves driven to murder by their imaginations.

Perhaps Charlotte’s dream world outlived her. Or perhaps it was her father’s dream.

I cannot judge the truth or presume to understand this story. I can only present the testimony of a few witnesses, to judges more knowledgeable than I.

I went to immense lengths to compile these diaries. My search began a few months ago when my grandfather, Robert ...


Interwoven, Ellen Eubanks Jan 2014

Interwoven, Ellen Eubanks

Honors Theses

Fantasy (and speculative fiction in general) is often looked down upon. People don't see it as having any literary value beyond entertainment. I respectively but vehemently disagree. Stories have power. Our emotional involvement in stories makes their lessons stick more than the simple presentation of an idea will. They can slip things into our minds without us realizing, sneaking in behind our defenses....

When I began to think about what I would write for my OBU Honor's Thesis, I was, naturally, drawn to the idea of writing a fantasy novel. For my Directed Study, I worked on doing ...


Freeflight: Conveying Christian Redemption In Realistic Literature, Anna English Jan 2014

Freeflight: Conveying Christian Redemption In Realistic Literature, Anna English

Honors Theses

When I began writing Freeflight in 2008, I did not think of it as part of the "Christian fiction" genre. I intended to write a realistic novel1 containing ideas that interested me, such as unconditional friendship, the effects of fame, and the world of modern rock music. I wrote for a secular audience, envisioning my novel in the mainstream fiction section of a bookstore instead of on the one shelf of Christian fiction squeezed in the back corner. But finding the best balance between Christian themes and a non-Christian audience is a complicated matter. In this thesis, I attempt to ...


Erased, Raley Howard Jan 2013

Erased, Raley Howard

Honors Theses

From the Prologue:

My brother was my favorite person growing up. Even though I was ten years younger than him, he was my best friend. He never yelled at me to stop messing with his stuff, never pushed me or hit me or told me to shut up. When I had nightmares and came running into his room at three in the morning, he never complained, just moved over so I could sleep with him. He let me hang out with his friends when they came over, and played tea parties and dress-up when they left. When he got a ...


Mooncakes And Marshmallows, Jessica Schleiff Jan 2011

Mooncakes And Marshmallows, Jessica Schleiff

Honors Theses

Hannah Jones awoke on the morning of her first day of school in a cold sweat. All summer she had dreamed the same dream. It was about her first day of 10th grade, her first day of high school. Her dream first day was fine. Nothing went wrong. It was a normal first day.

Normal day.

Normal Dream.

Normal Hannah.

But then why djd it freak her out?


House Of Leaves: Navigating The Labyrinth Of The Deconstructed Novel, Molly Throgmorton Jan 2009

House Of Leaves: Navigating The Labyrinth Of The Deconstructed Novel, Molly Throgmorton

Honors Theses

Ever since I learned how to read, I assumed that books must be read a certain way: open to the first page, start at the top, and read from left to right, top to bottom, page after page until the end. I thought that books have one main narrative told by one narrator, and that this narrative has a clear beginning, middle, and end. I also believed that books have clear meanings and explanations (tense). After reading Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, however, I realized that not all books are so neat and predictable.

House of Leaves is ...


More Than Just Books: Using Fiction To Help Young Girls Relate, Katie Michelle Simmons Laney Jan 2009

More Than Just Books: Using Fiction To Help Young Girls Relate, Katie Michelle Simmons Laney

Honors Theses

In recent years, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of ministry settings. One such setting brought me in contact with a girl who was in a bullying situation. In her case, she related to me action taken in her classroom by her teacher at the urging of her parents. The situation had been remedied, but she was still dealing with the emotional repercussions of having been a victim of relational aggression. In my acquaintance with the girl, I knew she enjoyed reading. Therefore, she helped to inspire my original thesis idea of learning more about the ...


The Story Of A Picture Book: A Process Analysis, Christy Evans Jan 2006

The Story Of A Picture Book: A Process Analysis, Christy Evans

Honors Theses

Creating a successful picture book is neither an easy nor simple process. The illustrations must-harmonize with the text, move the reader smoothly through a story, and be, as Burningham puts it, "verdant." To achieve this, an author/illustrator must be prepared for constant revision. In my story The Fantastic Transformation of Frog the main character experiences some bizarre changes, but reverts to his normal state in the end. Through my process of creating a picture book, my story also went through numerous changes, but, unlike the main character's changes, these changes were not reversed. They led to other changes.


Nowhere Land, Andy Davidson Jan 1999

Nowhere Land, Andy Davidson

Honors Theses

This is not a finished manuscript. Even after two semesters of work, I have not found the time to complete it. What follows is a book that is still in revision. It has a beginning and an end, but in between are numerous errors and oversights on my part, things I have yet to correct. Also, the content is not in its final form. Sentences will change. Characters will change. What you're about to read is my second draft, but far from the final one.


Pictures Of The South, A Novella, Paul Brent Williams Jan 1997

Pictures Of The South, A Novella, Paul Brent Williams

Honors Theses

Definitions oftentimes are not definite enough. By their very nature, those little clips of what is what in our world fail to capture anything but trivia or insignificance in their attempt to label Creation. Simple definitions fail because they do not prescribe to us our concepts of environment but describe our general ideas of that stuff around us. And it' s a great big world.

Try to define God. You cannot. He's too much; he's too all-encompassing; he's too personal; he's too far removed. But still, mankind knows Him. We know Him through our holy texts ...


Maelstrom, Brian S. Miller Jan 1992

Maelstrom, Brian S. Miller

Honors Theses

In fulfilling the course requirements for the Honors Seminar on Chaos, I decided to produce a work of fiction that explored what I felt to be some interesting applications of correct speculations on chaos. The universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation was chosen for several reasons to be the fictional medium of these applications. First, I had no desire to invent a universe out of whole-cloth. Second, I felt my purposes would be better served if I had some pre-set limits to work with, which Star Trek provided. Third, I just wanted to see if I could do it ...