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1st Term Business

Term one personally went very well for me. I got A’s in every class and did a pretty good job on all of my tests too. Although there is always room for improvement in my academic life. My goal would be getting my homework done earlier. Sometimes I tend to procrastinate my assignments until the last minute, and this can leave me up late at night so I don’t get much sleep for the coming school day. So I would love to accomplish this goal of doing my homework earlier so I can get more sleep, because everyone knows that sleep is good for you. Doing this will also raise my performance in my classes because I’ll have more sleep and not zone or nod off in class, giving me the ability to pay more attention. So accomplishing my goal of doing my homework earlier will help me in many ways, and I am excited for term two.

Technology: Friend or Foe?

Technology is a wonderful tool to the world, but we need to be careful not to get trapped by it. Technology is accessible through many ways now, smartphones in our pockets and laptops all over, technology is almost in every corner of the world. Technology is certainly an important tool in our lives, considering that almost every single one of our classes has computers for us to use. We do assignments online, do research for projects, and heck we’re even using technology right now! I’m writing this post and you’re reading it, and I hope you’re not supposed to be doing something else right now because technology sure has a way of distracting us. Technology is designed to grab our attention through advertising and constantly feeding us notifications to keep us hooked. Technology can distract us from more important things like our family and friends, and can keep us from finishing our chores or other school assignments. Even though there is a downside to technology though, I believe it to be more of a friend. Technology has helped us so much and has even raised the earth’s carrying capacity to allow us to continue living in peace on our planet. As long as humans stay responsible with this tool and don’t give it all of their time and attention, we’ll be alright. The earth can be a better place if we’re careful with technology.

The First Story I Read

For this assignment I decided to read, The Veldt, by Ray Bradbury. And I must say that this was certainly one of the most…interesting…things that I’ve ever read. The story starts off with the parents checking on the nursery, a virtual reality room that creates images and stories based on what the child wants to see. The parents had been concerned about the nursery lately because it had only been creating one scene for a matter of months, an African Veldt. Everytime the parents went in there, there was a dark nature to what seemed to be happening. The parents, George and Lydia, had a talk with their children, Peter and Wendy, about the repetitive appearance of the African veldt. The children seemed to act suspicious about it, and this concerned the parents even more. They locked up the nursery out of fear and to help thier children not be as attached to it as they were, but this upset the children. And they had a sinister plan to get it back…

This story was a bit disturbing to me. There were clues and hints to what finally happened in the room throughout the story, but it was so disturbing when my suspicions had been confirmed. I liked the usual technology in the world but the technology of the nursery certainly convinced and frightened me. I certainly recommend this story to people, just be prepared for a dark ending…

What I’ve Been Reading

This year I have felt that I’ve been reading faster then I have in previous years. Though many people can claim that they’re reading seven books at a time, I’m not quite that fast. But I have been finishing books faster this year. I finished, “The School for Good and Evil: The Last Ever After,” this year and I’m almost done with, “Imposters.” They were both brilliantly written and the school book is actually the third in a series, and apparently “Imposters” was the second book in a series and I didn’t know that. So now I know how that other book ends haha. I am currently reading, “The School for Good and Evil:Quests for Glory,” and I am on page 165 so far out of 568, so I’m getting there. After I finish this book I’m going to read the fifth book in the series that just came out. I believe that there will be more books in the series so I’m excited to continue reading. After I finish that book I’ve really wanted to re-read my favorite book series, Michael Vey. Everything that I’ve read this year has been wonderful and I’m excited to continue this voyage of reading.

I Can Use Figurative Language!

The lake shimmered in the early afternoon sun, casting diamonds throughout the park. Ducks glided gracefully across the water, sending ripples to the shore line. The dock let out a small creak as small children ran past the long legs of their aunts and uncles to see the ducklings paddling below the dock. Each duckling waited for the small crumbs to fall down from their small hands into their waiting beaks. Splashes rippled through the water as a the family dog ran through the shore, sending the ducks fractically paddling away. The smell of steaks, burgers, and hotdogs danced through the sky as the wind whispered through the trees. Children shouted across the field as the ball rolled softly into the pond. Quickly the ball was returned to the game, full of winning determination. Soon, the ball was motionless as it was left alone in the field. Each wooden table once alone and friendless, was now full of family and friends, bubbling with conversation. Legs shuffled beneath the table as the dog searched for scraps of food, finally finding some beneath the children’s side. This small feast of food layed down in the grass was like heaven to the dog. The dog laid down by the side of the table, finally full from it’s feast.

The last sliver of the sun slipped beneath the mountain, engulfing the land in a shadowy twilight. Millions of stars shone from above, diamonds each smiling down to earth. The grass rustled as the wind swept through it, lifting corners of blankets all around. The blankets and jackets wrapped tight around the family with the chill in the air, though they all still looked to the sky, waiting. The sky was a sun as the first explosion went off. Smiles and laughter spread throughout the park as more suns lit up the sky in a vary of colors. Red, White and Blue were illuminated by the fireworks as children ran with sparklers in the dark field. The dog barked at the colorful bursts of light, suddenly calmed by a scratch behind it’s ear. The lake reflected the dancing party in the sky, all night long until it ended. Slowly the park was empty  once more, no more excitement throughout the night. Small ripples spread through the lake as the ducks slept peacefully on the shore.

2095: What Will the Future Be Like?

The morning sun slowly rose upon the quiet city, soft humming of the AC in the distance. As alarms go off in my ears, I stiffly step from my sleeping pod onto the heated tile floor. The sensors in my eyes inform me of the temperature of 117 degrees outside, the coolest it’s been for months. I step through my door frame to the hall as a tight plastic suit wraps around me. I step out swiftly, heading to the kitchen screen. The screen shows the low food supply we still have in our apartments fridge. Our building still has weeks before we get more. I tap the quickest option of coffee on the screen and walk down the rest of the hall to the elevator. I step into the single slot, immediately shooting down at high speeds. Sensor in my eye alerts me that my coffee is waiting for me inside my car. I step out of the elevator, heading for the car. The door opens as it scans my DNA from a far. I get into the car and grab my steaming cup of coffee from it’s holder. The car starts up and swerves onto the road. I lean my head forward, turning to look out the window as the car makes everything turn blur, my sensors frantically trying to scan every object we pass. The splashes through the incoming tide of the ocean, the sound of crumpling plastic underneath the wheels. It’s not long until Nebraska is overtaken by the ocean, I’ll have to take a hover train soon to Mount Everest like almost everyone else did so long ago. The car comes to a quick stop in front of the factory as the door swings open. I step out into the ankle high ocean water that has invaded the parking space. I step onto the hover platform that takes me up to the factory door, the smell of salt overwhelming me. I walk in and head right to my station. I pull a shredded plastic bag out of the filter, allowing more ocean water to flow in down the line. Sounds of the machines splitting the salt from water is working harder and harder, the smell of smoke in the air. I shake my head as I pull more plastic out of the filter. Our world will be completely submerged by the ocean soon, I don’t know how much longer our species can survive here. If only we could have stopped global warming…

There Will Come Soft Rains Poetry Analysis

World War 1 finally ended in 1918, and two years later in 1920 Sara Treasdale wrote a poem called, “There Will Come Soft Rains.” This poem had a meaning behind it, and I think her point was clear. We can’t keep doing pointless things, because nothing will come of it. “Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, if mankind perished utterly.” I think this means that if we keep doing things without reason, if we were to disappear, everything would stay the same. The world doesn’t care about what we do if we do nothing, so we have to do something and start caring. The War was fought over just an argument that lead to much destruction, and in the end it brought millions of deaths.  Mothers who lost their sons, wives who lost their husbands, innocence lost and destruction throughout the whole world. Nothing was really solved after all this death and destruction.  We were selfish and the world didn’t change for the better, if anything it made it worse. I think that is what the poet, Sara Treasdale, was trying to tell people through this poem. We definitely need to start thinking and caring a lot more about what we do.

What I’m Doing Right and What I Can Still Do…

I have always been driven towards education in my life. Learning to improve has always been a major player in my life, so I am always willing to expand my knowledge and go forth with a growth mind set. I am currently taking five honors classes, including this english class. I’m honestly proud of myself for getting into the honors english program because normally writing essays aren’t my strong suit. I always try to get all of my assignments in on time and try to make them the best that they can be. Writing poetry is also something that I have mentioned I enjoy, and I love continually strengthening it through english every year. Being a little more educated in my personal vocabulary is also something that I like to use from my english education. Using larger words for what I’m saying helps me sound more professional and I enjoy hearing these words out in the public, instantly knowing the definition instead of being lost. Vocabulary helps in my poetry journey as well, which is extremely helpful. Overall, essays are where I need to improve but I know that if I stick with it I’ll continue to get better and better.

A Serene Poem: Light, Harboring a Broken World

A Serene Poem

Light : Harboring a Broken World

The World has crumbled before my eye

Everyone mumbles before they die

I wish I could fly

To cry

To say goodbye, to

The nefarious darkness that has

Engulfed our world

 

All hope is lost

The cost of the

Worlds pain

Will not go in vain

For it has come

Knocking at our doors

 

Everyone screaming

All beaming with despair

Why doesn’t anyone care

Everyone has retreated back to their lairs

Maybe I could be the one bright mind

To restore the lost light to this beaten up world

 

This idea was wonderful

So magical

So colorful

I could feel the light return to me

Feel the fight burning inside

I needed to expand everyone elses eyes

 

I want to share it

Care for it

Ponder upon it and

Wonder about it

I will never surrender this light to fear

I will not let it drown in darkness once again

 

Surely this light can be shared once more

Bringing delight to all those

Who are touched by the bright

Light of its love

The people need to see the light

The possibility of being free to lift their spirits free

 

I am here to harbor it

Neighbor it

Be the reason it will still be here to

Light another season

Of course I can not be the only one

Everyone else needs to help garden it

 

Help give the life back to the light

Help it soar high like a kite

Let it defeat the engulfing mouth of darkness

Let it bark back like a vicious dog

Take back the control on the world

Everyone fighting to strengthen it

 

Thanks to the hope that has come crawling back

The hope has reclaimed it’s spot in our souls

Now it is strong

It has won

It’s light once more has brought  

Bright smiles to people’s faces

 

Thank you light

For always shining bright

For returning the hope to this world

To help everyone to cope with the world

For returning the love to everyone

Who once lost it

 

Thanks to the light going out

We were all able to restore it to shine brighter

To fight stronger

To burn longer

To last for all of eternity

For no one to ever feel alone again

Who am I as a Writer?

I honestly love writing. My love for writing sparked from a young age when we would do some of the most fun writing projects ever. We would read a book, pick something we liked about that book, and draw a picture and write a couple sentences. That was litterally the first writing assignment I’ve ever had, and I’ve loved writing ever since. Throughout the years my writing skills increased and I continued to get better and better. In fifth grade we did an entire unit on poetry, and I honestly love to write poetry. I feel like I can really express myself in a deeper kind of way, instead of saying it directly everything in a poem has a secret meaning and purpose behind it. Also writing books is a hobby that I enjoy. I consider myself a pretty creative person with a large imagination, so I always have ideas on what to write stories about. I always try to write creative stories that can relate to my life and my imagination. Currently I have about 20 stories being written, I just keep getting too distracted to finish them all… Essays are not my strong suit. Writing persuasive essays is the essay format that I personally think I’m best at, and I really need to work on essays that are just informative. I get so bored looking for different facts to put in those essays, so I have a goal for myself to get better at those this year. Overall, I really do love writing. I can’t imagine my life without it, because writing is letting all of the creativity out of my mind and onto the paper.

A couple books that I am writing:

Beyond – A girl that has been held in captivity her whole life, discovers a way that she could possibly escape, and the reason why she was locked up in the first place. But escape is not easy, the cost is high in blood. To make things worse, going un-noticed is impossible there. He is always watching.

Myth Life – Only seeing the inside of the palace walls, Ember has never understood freedom. Until she reaches the age of 16 and discovers the whole world of terror that she had been hidden from her. Trust no one or be killed. With the balance of the universe at stake, it is crucial to keep it maintained, or everything will cease to exist.

The Locked Door – Her whole life, Hannah has lived by one simple rule, never open the door. Hannah had a life of luxury, the most perfect and popular girl in town. Until one weekend when her parents disappeared, and she broke the one rule that she lived by. Opening the door, she locked herself into a new way of living, never being able to turn back from that day forth. All that she regrets was never locking the door behind her.

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