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.