Life is a Journey

Date of Completion

Fall 12-26-2012

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Carol Smith

Second Advisor

Arthur Millman


My converging areas of interest are the mind, critical thinking, and creative writing, which I synthesized as a sequential examination of the layers of the cognitive process of my creative writing. For my synthesis, I was interested in the creativity that results in good writing and I wanted to reflect on my own creativity, the styles and sources of it, and the cognitive processes that support it. The synthesis has three sections: the first section serves as an introduction to my ideas about creativity and the process of writing. The middle section is a collection of my stories, which I grouped together under the title “Heaven and Earth.” The third section is my after-thought, which reflects on the creativity and the process I used to write the stories. These seven short stories express my personal outlook on life and death, heaven and earth.

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