Before saying “Goodbye”

Dear Reader,

I remember the beginning of the MMJ class this semester. It felt real panic when first assigned to interview someone and publish a post. However, 14 weeks passed and now I realize how much we all have done since September…I have learned how to edit sound and video, how to use Twitter properly, what is 5-shot-video and many many other seemed-so-difficult things! During the semester I have interviewed 4 students, both my sisters and 2 professors!

From the beginning of the semester I learned how to use Twitter and WordPress. Before that I had accounts in these networks but could not use them in a proper way. Moreover, I learned how to edit sound and video, how to create some special projects like Storify and ThingLink. Also I knew nothing about the 5-shoot video before the class. The professor taught us how to use cameras, microphones and sound recorders. We have done a lot of amazingly interesting stuff!

However, it is time when I have to publish my last post on the blog. It is less than a week left before the final exams week so the MMJ class is almost over for me. I would really want to keep on doing the blog, but ,unfortunately, it is too time demanding for me. Nevertheless, before saying “Goodbye” I want to remember you, dear Reader, what I have published and learned so far.

_51B3330The first post of the blog was about professor Yavor Gueorguiev – the Spanish professor in the AUBG. His story was the only one about love in my collection. The professor confessed me about his relationship from the past, his expectations of it and the lie he had revealed:

“In a moment I realized I was alone there.“

Fortunately, the professor’s touching story ended happily. So we have nothing to worry about:)

On the second week of the classes I published the story about my roommate –  Desislava Valkova. She was the one who started the stories-from-childhood parade in the “Big Big Lies” blog! In the story she told me about the lie that her parents told her:

“They told me that a big bear from the forest will come and will take me!”

So what else can parents do in order to make their beloved child eat breakfast ?? Maybe ten years ago Desi got frightened and did what her parents expected her to do. However, nowadays she is an adult and would hardly believe in such lies.

DSC_0435But what about children who did not grow up yet? The 3rd story was devoted to my little sister Ann who is 9 years old in the moment. A couple of years ago she believed that she could stop the acclimatization hair loss by putting already lost hair back to her head:

“I am just afraid of becoming bold like you and Veka. That is why I plant my hair back so it will keep on growing .“

Oh, children! We all have been so! They believe so many ridiculous things! And the next interviewee was not an exception.

The next story was about the second sister of mine – Venera. She, as many other smaller brothers and sister in the majorityVenera (in front) and me of families, was born to become a toy in the hands of the elder child. In the story that elder child was me:) In order to have some fun I made her to find the Papua Old Guinea on the world`s map:

“I was searching for it about an hour, scared of failing the task. I was very nervous about that you will not accept me in games if did not find the country.”

That is how it works! But my next interviewee could not share her experience of suffering from elder brothers/sisters only because she is the only child in the family.

Gaukhar, however, had her mother to make up facts for her instead of brothers and sisters. The parents made her believe that famous Soviet cartoon character – Karlsson – really existed and lived on the same street. Nevertheless, Gaukhar suspected the lie:

“I always wondered where he was, because I never saw him.”

Unfortunately, someday we all grow up, realize the ugly truth and obtain a collection of the adult problems. One of the most relevant problems of the society this year was Ebola – the virus that came from Africa and that still cannot be cured. On my midterm post I wrote about the Caleb Akano`s kola nuts lie. I interviewed Gaukhar and Karina on the subject. Both of the girls agreed that maybe that was a lie, but at least a hope for infected people:

“Of course it gives people hope! And I hope that finally they will discover some cure to save people from Ebola.”

After the break I interviewed Alexandra Solonevich and she told me one more amazing lie story from the childhood. Her aunt did not want Sasha to disturb her, so she lied to the girl that she was….an alien!

“I was sometimes annoying and in that case she reminded me that: “Hey, I am an alien and have strings instead of heart. And if you brake my strings I will disappear soon! “

Poor Sasha believed her and did not bother the aunt for nonsense. The story was so funny that the next class, when theyyy professor taught us how to use Storify and Thinglink services, I made projects with both of them devoted to Sasha`s story!

The next story was about Professor Filitsa Mullen and her …..Santa Claus Lie! It is Christmas soon so the story is extremely relevant for the time. Professor told me about her belief in Santa and her parents` rude way to reveal the truth:

“And my dad said: “How stupid can you be? How can you believe in Santa Claus?” You, people, told me to believe in Santa Claus and now you are telling it like this – this kind of crude and rude way that there is no Santa Claus?!”

Things happen, dear Readers! Sometimes people lie you and then reveal the truth in very ungentle way. The next and the last my interviewee – Ivaylo Stefkov – became the victim of his parents`lie too. His parents did not tell the boy that his grandfather died and they said him the truth after he, actually, asked them about the grandpa:

“First of all, my trust to my parents was destroyed.”

So from the story above we can see how far can lies go. Nevertheless, the parents usually lie not in order to harm us but protect us from something. So don`t be angry at them!:)

Dear Reader,

That were all of the stories that I published so far. And now it is time to end up the post and say “Good bye”. I have enjoyed publishing the stories for you and probably I will miss that time! However, the life goes on and maybe someday I will try myself in the role of blogger again:)

This is my video for the last “Big Big Lies” post !:)

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Alive but Not

Dear Reader,

This week I will tell you a creepy story of a lie. Ivaylo Stefkov, an AUBG student, told me this on the first day I created the blog. This happened when he was about 7-8 years old. His grandfather passed away. However, Ivaylo`s parents did not tell him this in order to protect the boy from such news in that early age.

And a couple of years later he asked his mother about the grandfather. She, of course, told that he was dead because that they had not told the son about it. Ivaylo felt angry:

“I knew what the death was! “

– he explains. He confessed that because of the lie he missed tha last chance to say “Good bye” to his grandfather. He also was struck by the fact that the parents kept it in secret that long so he could not trust them as before:

“First of all, my trust to my parents was destroyed.”

Ivaylo thinks that the parents were not supposed to do what they had done. He was old enough in order to perceive the situation in a right way. That was the reason for him being so angry with his parents. 

However, I can understand his parents too. They just wanted to protect their son from something that might had harmed, frightened or upset him. They did not mean to hurt him. Nevertheless, as a result he could not trust them anymore. It hurt him even more as if they had told him the truth. Because in the end he still discovered it.

So Dear readers, even if we want to protect somebody from any harm and problems, we should remember that we are not able to. We would not be able to save beloved person from every trouble and sometimes can even harm him/her unintentionally. So please, take care of who you love, but dose the care.

However, continuing on the Grandpa topic in a positive way, you can check out what the typical grandfather “consists of” in my new Thinglink project 🙂

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Jingle Bells, Dear Readers!

Dear Reader,

In spite of the fact that it is still only the 19th of November, the spirit of Christmas has already appeared in Bulgaria. Especially if you visit malls in Sofia you will realize that the Christmas atmosphere is already there! However, I am not the only who already looking forward for celebrating the Europe`s biggest holiday. Writing and Literature AUBG professor Filitsa Mullen shared my Christmas inspiration and told me about the biggest Christmas Lie in her life. The lie comes from her childhood and what do you think it is?

Of course, the professor was one of the children who strongly believed in Santa Claus:

There were a couple of very very big lies ,and I think they are about the same. I think the one that most people will kind of empathize with is my parents telling that there is Santa Claus.

Filitsa`s parent`s told her about Santa Claus not as about the saint, but as a famous Christmas character, who brings gifts and rides sledge. However, soon the professor found out the truth. She was about 7 at that time and she was celebrating New Year`s Eve in Greece with her parents. She and other children who presented received the Christmas gifts left by Santa Claus when suddenly:

We were all so excited: “I want to see Santa Claus! I want to see Santa Claus!” So we got the gifts and said: “Oh the Santa Claus was so nice!” And my dad said: “How stupid can you be? How can you believe in Santa Claus?” You, people, told me to believe in Santa Claus and now you are telling it like this – this kind of crude and rude way that there is no Santa Claus?!

The professor confessed she had been really devastated after she knew the truth not because there was no Santa Clause but because her parents had lied to her about something so important and made her believe in something that did not exist. Ans at the same time they were so cruel about revealing the truth:

It just took away the joy of receiving a gift that day.

So after such a sudden reveal Filitsa Mullen decided not to push the idea of Santa Claus with her child. Her son is 6 and he likes the idea of Santa Claus. He believes in Santa and even writes letters to him! However, the mother tries to explain him that long time ago there was such a man who gave gifts but the concept was just changed as the time passed. She tries to explain him that it is not true without making him not believe in Santa.

Dear reader, hope you enjoyed Filitsa Mullen’s story. You can also try out my new ThingLink Project I created for this post!

The First Storify Experience

Dear Reader,

Today the professor taught us how to use the Storify service. We were assigned to write on any subject somehow connected with the topic of our blogs. So the only thing that I have found that somehow fitted the assignment was Nicki Minaj`s performance from the EMA 2014 because there she debuted the sing ” Bed of lies” (now you know which word I searched:D). I haven`t watched the show and I haven`t heard the song, however, I had to write about this performance.

I found some tweets of people who were looking forward watching the show, a lot of tweets after the performance, and even some people who confessed they did not like either the performance or Nicki Minaj in general.

So here is my Storify work result:) Or you can take a look at it here 🙂

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Moreover, you can see my Storify for my previous post devoted to the children`s misbehavior aspect:)

Also Professor taught us how to use Thinglink service today:)

Because we were assigned to choose a picture somehow connected with the previous post, I have found a collage of some famous aliens from cartoons. If you have read my previous post, then you know why I am willing to post about aliens now 🙂

Click here in order to see the project and test it 🙂 You can click on the targets on the characters in order to get more information about them, including videos.

yyySo on today`s class we learnt a lot of new features of multimedia journalism ! I have never heard of Storify and Thinglink before today! However, now we are able to do even more than we could yesterday! And that`s great 🙂

The Alien Aunt and Her Squid Father

Dear Reader,

I am finally back from the Fall break and today`s post is about my friend, an AUBG student majoring in jMC. – Alexandra Solonevich. She told me a fantastic story from her childhood that can be another (The first one was Desi`s story) excellent example of what adults can think off in order to make children behave.

Today`s story is about Alexandra`s aunt who did not want the girl to annoy her. So the aunt made up a story that she was an alien and she had string instead of heart.

I was sometimes annoying and in that case she reminded me that: “Hey, I am an alien and have strings instead of heart. And if you brake my strings I will disappear soon! “

The aunt told the girl that every time she annoys her one string is broken. So Alexandra was afraid and avoided bothering the aunt without any reason. Moreover, the aunt “confessed” to the girl that her (aunt`s) father was a squid. She also told the girl that a lot of her alien brother`s and sisters lived in their town but people could not recognize them. So Alexandra was truing to identify them walking in the streets:

It was just terrible because I believed this all and I was trying to find all those people in the streets.

However, one day Alexandra learnt the truth. She says she felt reveal and anger but she liked the realization that her annoyance could not kill her aunt 🙂 Nowadays she laughts at the situation, especially at the “squid” part 🙂

Moreover, here is my Storify project on the topic of the post:)

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Dear Reader, hope you liked Alexandra`s story. However, you can still watch her interview below:)

7 weeks of lies

Dear reader,

It has been 7 weeks since I have created the blog. 6 different lie stories have been published since then. The next week we have a fall break so I want to summarize the posts that I shared with you!

_51B3330On the 1st week the assignment was to interview somebody not of my age, my gender, but speaking English. So I decided to write the post about professor Yavor Gueorguiev – the Spanish professor in the AUBG. He told me the love lie story and even confessed how it felt when he faced the truth:

This is not like “Let`s have a drink!”, this is not like something you can just postpone. It is much more bigger.

Fortunately, Yavor managed to overcome that period ,and nowadays he is “very very happy.”

The 2nd week`s post was devoted to my rommie`s story about the biggest lie of her childhood. Desi`s parents invented a bear in order to make the daughter do what they want her to:

“They told me that a big bear from the forest will come and will take me”

Desi was so scared of being raised by the bear and never seeing her family again that she could not resist doing what her parents told her. However, nowadays Desi remembers that laughing and , of course, does not believe in the bear anymore!

The 3rd week I told you the story about my smaller sister Ann. While me and our middle sister suffered from the hair loss caused by the acclimatization, Ann was so afraid to lose her beautiful curly hair that she “planted” them back:EkrNzzL_fgE


“I am just afraid of becoming bold like you and Veka. That is why I plant my hair back so it will keep on growing “

In spite of he fact, that she is only 9 years old at the moment, she does not believe in this anymore 😦 That was really funny to observe her naive trials to save her hair:)

Continuing on my sisters, the 4th week`s post was about the lie that I invented for my another sister Venera. This was years ago, when I still had some influence on her 😀 I told her that if she did not find Papua Old Guinea on the world map for me, I would not play with her:

“I was searching for it about an hour, scared of failing the task. I was very nervous about that you will not accept me in games if did not find the country.”

So afterwards, I told her the truth. Both were happy: she – because she did not fail the task, and me – because the joke worked out 🙂

On the 5th week I told you the story of Gaukhar,who believed that the soviet cartoon`s character – Karlsson – lived near her home in a small house. Her mother told her so when she was very small, however, the girl had some doubts: 941711_186987918123581_1720531676_n

“I always wondered where he was, because I never saw him.”

Later Gaukhar faced the truth and she felt very sad about it. Fortunately, nowadays Gaukhar remembers the case without any kind of sadness – it became a very bright and funny memory from her childhood 🙂

On the 6th week we had a midterm so I had to find an article somehow connected with lies. Unfortunately, at the moment one of the most relevant topics in news is Ebola virus, that came from Africa and now has spread throughout the U.S. and Europe. I did not really like the topic, because it is said and scary. However, I had no time to find anything different. So I asked 2 AUBG students for their opinions about Ebola and some proposed drugs for it. It turned out, that the students did not know a lot about the virus: 

“I do not know that much about Ebola. i know that it came from Africa and now is spread through almost the whole Europe…It has already been spotted in Macedonia, I hope it will not reach Bulgaria and my own country,”

said Karina on the issue. Girls seemed frightened by the threat of virus just like so many other people nowadays. They both agreed that they wanted scientists to invent the drug as soon as possible.

So dear reader, that was the summary of my work for the first half of the semester! Hope you enjoyed my blog 🙂 Here is a short video for you shot in the AUBG library today:)

Oh, my midterm…!

Dear reader,

Today is my JMC class midterm day. The professor gave me an assignment to write a report on a news story in 3 hours. So i came across the article on the internet which tells about Ebola Drug lies, that have already been proposed. In the article you can also find some information about the Virus, and some ways to avoid infection.

Some people think that Caleb Akano`s kola nuts cure is the next Ebola cure lie. Until now there is no sufficient way to cure Ebola virus. Nigeria applied for access to an antibody cocktail developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical which was used to treat two infected American health workers. Spain obtained a dose of the drug known as ZMapp, though Miguel Pajares, a priest brought to Madrid from Liberia who had the cocktail, died on the 12th of August.So how to survive?

However, some reactions may be taken. The best steps to steer clear of the disease are avoiding bodily contact and washing hands frequently, according to the World Health Organization. Of course, this does not cure the deceased but at least helps to avoid infection.

I interviewed 2 AUBG students on the subject: Gaukhar and Karina. You know Gaukhar from the previous post. Karina is from Kazakhstan too, she is junior in the AUBG. I asked them what did they know about Ebola and it turned out that we did not know much.

I do not know that much about Ebola. i know that it came from Africa and now is spread through almost the whole Europe…It has already been spotted in Macedonia, I hope it will not reach Bulgaria and my own country,

answered Karina when I asked her about Ebola. Gaukhar first heard of Ebola with the help of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Both of the girls said that it was kind of annoying to observe that amount of the Ice Bucket Challenge videos on Facebook. However, they both agreed that donating money for researching on the decease is a great thing.

despite of the fact I did not like flash-mob a lot, I like the idea of donating money!

confessed Gaukhar, speaking about the ice Bucket challenge.

Speaking about lies of Ebola we could not avoid the theme of the cure. According to the article Akano, a 28-year-old political science graduate who lives in the Nigerian city of Lagos, hopes that kola nuts will save him from Ebola. But what if it is another Ebola-Drug lie?  I asked the girls about the subject.

Of course it gives people hope! And I hope that finally they will discover some cure to save people from Ebola,

says Karina about the proposal of the cure. Gaukhar was worried if the proposed cure was lie or not. She said that it would be terrible if it turned out that it was the lie, made up for money.

Dear reader, take care of yourself and of your close people. That was my midterm assignment, and now you can watch the 5-shot video with Karina`s participation and listen to the girls` interviews.You can also take a look at the girls` photos in the slideshow below:) And do not forget to participate in the poll I created!:)

 

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