Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Write about a time when you have felt fear....
-The time when I felt fear was when Sammy J and Brookie turned off the lights at my house at night when I came down the stairs, turned on white noise and hid on me.  Then sam came out of where she was hiding with her hair in front of her face like the grudge and it scared me. 
What are some of the physical symptoms of fear?
-Closing of the eyes
-Freezing up  
-Teeth chattering
What does the face of a fearful person look like?
-Wide eyes
-Frozen in place
How does extreme fear affect the mind?
-Maybe you might pass out
-Make you go insane
-Imagining that you're seeing things 
-Have a meltdown/cry
How does it affect what we see and hear?
-Fear effect what we see and hear because when we are scared every little thing becomes more enhanced.  For example creaks, bangs, loud noises, etc. all become more scary and it causes us to make up scenarios in our heads.  Also, when we see things like shadows, reflections, etc. that also scares us and causes us to make up scenarios. Our senses get messed up.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Macbeth- Success

1. What is your definition of success?

My definition of  success is being fully happy with what you have accomplished in your life and if or when you have accomplished something that you have worked hard for, that is what I think success is.

2. How do you judge whether or not people are successful?

How I judge whether or not other people are successful is if I see someone that can carry their own, if they have money that they can use to put food on the table, can take care of their family and if they are happy with their life & what they have.

3. How might the interpretation of success differ depending on who is judging?

I think that the interpretation of success might differ depending on who is judging by what the person that is being judgmental has been through and what they have.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pondering The Life Span

Should scientist try to help people beat old age so we can live radically longer lives? Why?
I do not think that scientist should try to help people beat old age.  Why I think this is because we have gone an extremely long time living life normally, letting older aged people die on their own when their body is ready, without any problems.  So why would we start changing that now?  That could cause major complications and health increases financially, like Mr. Callahan said.  I feel like we shouldn't have scientist attempt to make the life time longer because what is someone body isn't prepared to live longer and they're ready to go? Then what?  I just feel like it's a terriable idea. 

What would be the benefits of a scientific breakthrough that allowed people to live radically longer lives? 
The only benefit I could think of based on this so called "scientific breakthrough" would be allowing older men and women to live longer to see their families.  I'm not sure if this breakthrough would give you an exact year of when you would die but as for me I feel that I wouldn't want to know.  But then again, if you do have children, grand children, great grandchildren, etc. this breakthrough could give you the opportunity to know exactly how long you have with your family or just in general an comforting feeling knowing that you have time with them that in previous years, like now, you wouldn't have had.  Thats the only benefit I can think of. 

How long would you want to live, if you could choose your life span?
If I could choose how long I wanted to live I would probably say around 97 because my Nana Mann lived to be 97 and that seemed to be a long enough life for me.  She lived a "long life" like Mr. Callahan said and I would like to live to be that age and do everything she had done in her life.  

Friday, March 14, 2014


Where do you encounter advertising?
I often see advertising or hear advertising on billboards, pandora, radios, tv, cartons, websites, cereal boxes, everywhere.

Which specific advertisements "stick in your head?"
The ones that stay in my head are the ones that are sad, factual, funny, creative, etc. 

What makes these advertisements memorable?  
What makes them memorable is they either connect to my life somehow or they are colorful, artistic, funny, catchy, etc.

Do you think advertisements have an effect on your personal interests? Why or why not?
Not exactly but I suppose what the advertisement is about really depends on if it effects me or not.  Why I think that is because often I find advertisements annoying because they are around so often but once in a while I will see one or hear one that tells me about something I was thinking about doing or looking at.  For example, dress shop advertisements like Davids Bridal talking about all their new prom dresses coming in.  Something that doesn't effect my personal interest though is cigarette advertisements because I think they are disgusting and I have no interest in them whatsoever.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated

Below is the link to my Belief podcast.  To get to the video, click on the link that will bring you to another page, click download and listen away!

                 Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated
        "Treat others the way you want to be treated."  Have you parents or elders ever said this to you? Did you ever notice what happens when you change how you treat your peers, teammates or co-workers?  Or maybe even how you feel when someone is disrespectful to you and you can't do much about it?  Well when I was a young girl, that specific motto was told to me on almost a daily basis.  My mother wanted to drill that thought into my head so I never, ever forgot it because it is such an important rule to live your life by.  
          Fourth grade seemed to be the year that this motto was most important to me.  I had just began going to school at Walton Elementary School in Auburn where there I met my two "bestfriends" Nachole and Alyssa.  Shortly after I started my school year there I began to notice that almost on a daily basis I would be ignored by my friends for no apparent reason.  I began to become concerned that I was doing something wrong or that I wasn't liked, which was one of my worst fears considering I had never been alone or friendless.  Every so often they would say harsh words to me which made me feel absolutely worthless.  I didn't think anyone deserved the type of treatment they were giving me.  So, I began to find new friends that treated me the way I wanted to be treated.  I was respectful, kind, and caring to them and the new group of girls I became friends treated me the same in return.  Brigette and Austie became my new, caring friends. Which like any young girls would do, once Nachole and Alyssa noticed that I found new friends, it made them even more upset with me.  That's when I realized that they weren't worth my stress because if they were true friends they would have been kind to me from the first day we met and continued to be throughout our friendship.  Once I had these new friends, when Nachole and Alyssa attempted to talk to me I just ignored them because I knew that if I became friends with them again, they would just treat me unkindly and not how I treated them, with respect and compassion.
        So, I believe that you should treat others the way you want to be treated. If someone is rude to you, why be friends with them? There are other people that are much kinder and will be just as nice to you as you are to them.  If you want to treat someone nicely, someone will be nice to you back.  If you chose to be rude and negative then you'll most likely get the same reaction or attitude back. Treat others the way you want to be treated and you can live a life in a more positive situation, that is something that I strongly believe.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Personal Writing Reflection

Name one thing that worked really well for you this week. Why did it seem to work well? How will your writing influence what you work on next week?

One thing that worked really well for me this week was finding topics to write about.  A couple weeks ago we did this type of writing called "Encyclopedia of an ordinary life" which was basically writing little definitions of our favorite words, things, people, places, etc. that fit with our lives.  That seemed to work well for me because I was able to write about something I enjoyed to write about and came easy considering it was things to do with me.  I didn't really have to make up much because it was basically writing about my life in little snip-bits.  How this writing will influence what I work on next week is it will make me put more detail and better word choice into smaller stories, if that is what I decide to write about or am assigned to do next week.  Why that will happen is because these past couple weeks I have had to put lots of details, describing words and good word choice into smaller writing pieces and I intend to do that throughout the rest of the year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


 What do you know about "voice" in writing? How would you describe your own writing voice? Is it developing or do you feel that it comes through strongly in your writing? Can you describe it?

Voice in writing is when you read someone's piece and you can tell they wrote it just because of the word choice they picked, the conversations they add into it, the way they describe things, etc.  When you can read a piece and can picture the writer saying the writer saying the piece because it sounds so much like something they would write or say, that's when theirs good voice.  My writing voice is unique because each character that I write in my piece sounds a little like me in their own way. At least I try to make them.  Also, the way I put my sentences together and the words I choose sound like me.  Personally I think the voice in my writing is very strong.  There is no mistaking that my pieces are mine. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Encyclopedia Of My Ordinary Life

Hamburger Helper
Yellow and brown mush.  It smells to me like what a skunk that got ran over smells like to the average person.  Disgusting.  I refuse to eat it.  Never will I ever, eat Hamburger Helper.

Not an actual man, just a last name.  To most at least.  To me it's the last name that hold a wild, strong blooded, loving family together.  One of a kind.  I am part of the Mann Clan and I'm proud to say it.

Planning, My Outfits

Lay on my bed, stare at my clothes, start planning.  Mentally plan my outfit.  Lay there for a while longer, get up and put the outfit on.  Step in front of the mirror, change my mind.  Repeat another 5 times, put on the original outfit, then leave.  Planning is hard work.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Live life to the fullest, love with all your heart & do what makes you happy. "You are confined only by the walls you build yourself"-Andrew Murphy

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Writers Craft: Excitement!

        The last time I remember being extremely excited about something was this pervious summer.  Over the years, my family and I had talked about going on a family vacation but we could never agree on a place to go.  One day out of the blue, my mother told me her and my step father decided we would be taking a trip to New York in mid August.  You can bet that I was absolutely overjoyed to hear that news.  It only got better from there.  Not only did she inform me that we were going to Manhattan but that we would also be going to the Bronx to see a Yankee game.  I almost couldn't contain my excitement.

We drove for hours it seemed. Although I slept almost the entire way down, I always seemed to wake up every time we stopped and I would look outside the window and notice each stop that less and less grass was appearing on the ground.  Just concrete and sidewalks.  By the time we reached Hoboken I realized how grateful I was that I had legs that I could walk around and stretch with.  The first thing we did once we got to our hotel was unpack and head straight down to the water where you could look across at the amazing freedom tower. It was the most beautiful sight I had seen in a while.  It was the type of thing you really just wanted to take in every detail of.  Every night after that I would go out and look at the Freedom tower, it was just so breath taking.

I would have to admit that the most exciting thing I dealt with while in New York City was Times Square. I had an amazing time while there and before I went there I had no idea that it would be the best trip I ever went on.  I couldn't compare anything else to the experience I had.  It was amazing.

Critical Lens

"You see, but you do not observe."-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) 1892
I chose this quote because I felt that it was easiest to relate things to. Especially in terms of relating to Christopher. This quote to me is saying that most people don't take the time to really look more in depth at things, just a quick glance.  There's more often then not more to things and most people don't take the time to really look.  When I think of the quote "You see, but you do not observe" I imagine objects or people.  Objects or people that others don't take the time to get to know.  

When I think to relate this quote to Christopher, the first thing that comes to mind is his pattern or visual mind abilities.  Christopher has the ability to view things way more in depth than the average mind.  
" But most people are lazy. They never look at everything. They do what is called   glancing, which is the same word for bumping off something and carrying on in almost the same direction, e.g., when a snooker ball glances off another snooker ball. And the information in their head is really simple. For example, if they are in the countryside, it might be:
1. I am standing in a field that is full of grass.
2. There are some cows in the fields.
3. It is sunny with a few clouds.
4. There are some flowers in the grass.
5. There is a village in the distance.
6. There is a fence at the edge of the field and it has a gate in it.....
But if I am standing in a field in the countryside I notice everything.....I stopped and looked at the field and I noticed these things: 
1.There are 19 cows in the field, 15 of which are black and white and 4 of which are brown and white.
2. There is a village in the distance which has 31 visible houses and a church with a square tower and not a spire.
3. There are ridges in the field, which means that in medieval times it was what is called a ridge and furrow field and people who lived in the village would have a ridge each to do farming on...." - Christopher (pg.140)
That shortened quote, from the book curious incident, is a perfect example of how Christopher has a more in depth mind.  He observes everything he sees.  

People in the world today I feel don't take the time out of there day to really observe all the great things in life or bad things.  Compared to Christopher's view on things people don't pay attention.  For example, a flower.  If you looked at a flower Christopher would notice darker colored areas on a flower, how many colors there are, how many antenna type things there are in the center of the flower but an average person would only glance at the flower in a garden and maybe notice the color but they wouldn't observe it more in depth.  
“What is important is not what you hear said, it's what you observe.” ― Michael Connelly.

Literacy Autobiography

Like most young children, I started out my first ever reading experience with picture books that my mother would read with me.  I learned how to read and write at a fairly young age also, so I had a lot of time to really enjoy books and find lots of new ones.  I absolutely loved reading when I was a little girl.  In kindergarten, I had a wide variety of books I liked.  For the most part, I liked any book that was put in front of me, as long as it meant I was reading something.  But, that was also the year my mom bought me a Leap Frog.  If you don't know that it, it's a little machine that would hold these plastic books and it would teach you how to read, write, new words, etc.  I loved it so much that I ended up breaking it from using it so much!  Once I hit first grade, there always seemed to be a new book we were reading as a class.  Same goes for 2nd and 3rd grade.  For the most part I enjoyed them, but not everyone has the same taste in books.  In 4th grade I got offered the chance to be in a program at my school called Gifted and Talented, a program for advanced reading and writing students.  In that program, that's where I really began to see how well of a writer I was, at least for a 4th grader.  At one point in the program, we were asked to all make a book for our own and send them in to a contest that could potentially land us a real publishing deal.  Mine, didn't make it but I thought it was a good first attempt.  That class taught me different skills that I still use today.  I definitely benefitted from it.  Once I was in 5th grade, I got an offer to be in the Gifted and Talented for another year, which I gladly accepted.  Throughout the school year, I slowly started learning which typed of books kept my interest long enough for me to finish them.  Still, I wasn't quite sold on just one genre.  I found myself reading lots of types of books such as the famous Goosebumps books, ABC Mystery books, Magic Tree House books, Where The Red Fern Grows and many more.  I became pretty interest in the more adult and more maturely worded books at times.  I felt like I connected with them better.  As a writer in 5th, I was very into writing what I thought was mystery, scary, jumpy, twisty types of stories.  I found myself writing more about what I knew I personally liked to read in books.  6th grade was an interesting year for my writing and reading style.  At some point during the year, I decided I didn't like reading or writing anymore and I would do my worst work because I dreaded writing or reading anything I was offered to write or told to.  Which as most teachers and students know, that does a number on your grades.  I knew I was good at writing and I knew I enjoyed reading, I just never wanted to put in the effort or time to find a good book or write a good story.  Throughout that entire year, that type of attitude didn't change much at all.  Once 7th grade rolled around, I finally started asking for advice from my teachers and librarian on good books in the genres i knew I enjoyed and to my surprise, I had good luck.  One book that I really enjoyed my 7th grade year was Looking For Alaska.  It was one of my very first more grown up books and I was really pleased with it once I finished.  Although, writing in 7th grade, along with 8th, didn't come so easy for me.  I had a hard time dealing with the fact that my class and  didn't have as much freedom with our writing as we used to.  I struggled to enjoy writing during those years which really bothered me because I actually loved to write, to the point where for a while I thought about becoming a journalist one I was older.  So I was disappointed when I found out that not many assignments were free choice.  My freshman year was probably the best year I have ever had when it comes to reading and writing.  I really liked all the books we read as a whole class this year and the entire writing unite was what I had been waiting a long time for.  To Kill A Mockingbird was one of the best books I have ever read.  I know for sure that if my class and I hadn't read it together, I would have eventually found myself reading it because it's my type of book.  We read quite a few other books as a a class and individually as well, but one that really  stood out to me the most would have to be Romeo and Juliet.  Even though it is a play, it has a lot of poetry type of scenes in it and I adored how Shakespeare's words are so old fashioned but still have a modern day feel to them.  Going to see the play acted out really made me have a better understanding of the book too.  My class and I had a lot of writing to do concerning our books, but for the most part they helped us understand the books better by writing about them.  Every month or so we would have a new writing assignment to do, which I didn't mind.  Usually there was a choice for those and I liked the fact that it was all free writing, not really many boundaries with where I went with my story.  My absolute favorite part of the whole writing experience was the poetry unit.  Poetry is something I have a passion for and luckily, I'm not half bad at it!  It comes easy for me and I loved the fact that after so many years of having to write stories, there was finally a change.  So far for my sophomore year, I have read the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and I hope that as the year goes on, I continue to read more books like.  I also hope and encourage that we do some poetry because I personally think poetry is a good change for the usual "write a story" type of deal.  Going through school with all different types of writing and reading has taught me what types of books I enjoy but not only that, it taught me that I'm not too bad of a writer.  Well there you have it!  My writing and reading autobiography.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dialogue Frustration

.Describe something that frustrated you this week.  Why was it frustrating? What can you do to avoid the frustration in the future?

This week something that frustrated me in my writing was the fact that I felt like I was being repetitive with my dialogue.  It was frustrating because I was struggling to get my story to go where I wanted it to within the 500 word limit.  I felt as if I had lost my creativity.  Something I could think about doing to avoid this frustration in the future is maybe find a quiet space to write, with a better topic that allows me to write with a lot of voice and creativity without struggling to find the right words.