A Walk In The Moonlight

A few weeks ago my English teacher told us to write something using an excerpt from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien as a outline for what to write. Of course, we all had the choice of writing using our own minds to create a story using diction and syntax, but I chose to “follow the path of J.R.R. Tolkien” and write a (very) short story using it as a guideline. After brainstorming names for this little short story I decided to name it A Walk In The Moonlight. Anyway, here’s what I wrote that day (plus a little from today):

 

I rode my bike into the woods at night– again. These woods are like my home; it is somewhere I can go to get away from the world. Today though, something was off. Something was different. The trees seemed more twisted, and the moon not so bright. In the distance I hear the gurgling of the creek I always walk by, but today, instead of it flowing over the rocks peacefully, it sounded… angry? My curiosity got the better of me as I hopped off my bike, leaned it against a tree, then slowly walked off into the woods to the creek. The closer I got the more I noticed: the creek, even though I couldn’t see it,  didn’t sound angry… it sounded as if it were running from someone… or something.

Moon juice.Robbie V via Compfight

 

As I said, I wrote this using a page from The Lord of the Rings as a guideline, although I’m not sure what page it was. I hope you liked this story!

Spirit Animals

When I found out that this weeks Student Blogging Challenge post is supposed to be about anything related to animals my literal response was, “Wait. What? I can’t even decide on what my favorite animal is!” Luckily for me, after sitting at the computer desk for 10 minutes I came up with writing this post about spirit animals.

This is what the Urban Dictionary says about spirit animals:

In pagan religions and systems, a spirit animal or totem is meant to be a representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or have. Online, saying something or someone is your spirit animal is a statement that said person or thing is a representation of you or what you want to be.

For example, if you are someone who quick thinking your spirit animal might be a fox. I know, I know, foxes general associated with being sly (“sly as a fox”) or something to do with tricking people, but as spirit animal a fox is not supposedly bad. If you want to learn more about the fox spirit animal click here.

Now what about your own spirit animal? If you want to take the quiz click here to take it. I got a wolf, which according to that same website means that I have (and I do quote) “sharp intelligence, deep connection with instincts, trust or lack thereof in someone or in yourself” I do partly agree with this because I do sometimes lack in trusting people especially when it comes to trusting people to do projects correctly or neatly. I guess you can say that I’m just a little bit OCD while organizing or doing stuff correctly. Not to mention that I have a very small group of close friends (compared to some people) and I trust all of them except when it comes to projects. The other two qualities listed for a wolf are somewhat wrong and right, although I do feel like they do describe some aspects of me.

If you want to learn more about yourself and your spirit animal then I would definitely try taking the quiz linked in the above paragraph. Knowing more about yourself can come in handy!

 

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Chris Davey via Compfight

 

If you took the quiz, then what animal did you get?

My Trip

So this is week 8 of the Student Blogging Challenge, and I guess this time I’m planning a trip to a few different countries. Three of the countries that I would visit are the UK, Japan, and New Zealand. Of course, I am assuming that I’d already know Japanese by the time that I’m 18 (when I would be leaving on my trip). In total, (according to my parents) the cost would be about $10,000. I would be going during the summer so I would pack a mix of long sleeve and short sleeve shirts just in case of weather changes.

Time

According to this time calculator (on a plane) it should take about 9 hours to get from the USA to the UK, and then 12 hours from the UK to Japan, and from Japan to New Zealand it’s about 12 hours– not to mention the time to get back to the USA which would be about 16 hours. In total I would be flying on a plane for about 49 hours, which is about 2 whole days. I would also be staying at each country for a week or so, depending on what is most convenient. Instead of calling my friends and family back in the USA I would email or text them, this would wipe out the time zone problem.

Visiting

While in the UK I would visit London and go visit some of the Sherlock and Doctor Who filming locations and take some tours there. I might also go to a comic con if there’s one going on at the time that I’m there. In Japan I might wander around and go on a few tours, and in New Zealand I would visit some of The Hobbit filming areas, including Hobbiton in Matamata.

 

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I would love to go on a trip like this– it would be so much fun! After I get back home I would probably start planning my next trip around the world.

Count Out Three!

Hey people! This post is for week 7 of the student blogging challenge; I chose to play the “Count Out Three” game.

   My Comment on Dia’s Blog:

Hi Dia! I love books and for a year or so the Harry Potter series was at the top of my list of favorites. Although, if I had to choose one person to sit at a table with and talk about books, I would choose John Flanagan. He is not exactly a “celebrity”, but he is the writer of both the Ranger’s Apprentice series and the Brotherband Chronicles (I totally recommend both series if you haven’t read them).

Visit my blog at: http://bit.ly/1JRtklz

Dia’s blog post caught my eye because she says that if she where to talk about a book to a celebrity it would be Emma Watson and talking about the Harry Potter series. As you can tell from my comment, Harry Potter was my favorite series, but then I found the Ranger’s Apprentice series and that stole the position on the top of my list. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Harry Potter is awesome.

     My comment on Conner’s Blog:

Hi Conner! My family would also be at the top of my list, and friends as a close second. I would also put fandoms (not sure if you know what those are) as third and (of course) chocolate/ candy as forth. Gotta have chocolate. *insert smiley face here*

Visit my blog at: http://bit.ly/1JRtklz

Conner was writing about his favorite thing is: his family. Family is very important, they are almost always there for you and will help you through hard times if given the chance.

     My comment on Colby’s Blog:

Hi Colby! That puzzle is really awesome– I solved it in 6 minutes and 18 seconds. I started off really well, but the background slowed me down because it’s almost the same color, not to mention that on this puzzle I started from the middle and didn’t try to put the background pieces together until the very end.

Visit my blog at: http://bit.ly/1JRtklz

 Colby posted an awesome Five Nights at Freddy’s puzzle. Puzzles aren’t really my thing, but solving one every once in a while is fun– especially when it’s Five Nights at Freddy’s!

Don’t forget to visit their blogs and check out there posts!

 

Black and White

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A world without color would be a somewhat lifeless world. You wouldn’t be able to see the blueness of the sky, the color of your shirt, or even the color of your eyes. It would all just be black and white.

In Lois Lowry’s book, The Giver, no one could see color except for 2 people: Jonas and the Giver. Because of this absence of color, it added to the idea that everyone was the same and that the government wanted to keep it that way. They didn’t know the joys of a sunset, the fun of sitting around a red-orange campfire and roasting marshmallows, or even the colors of a flower.

So, if you couldn’t see color then you couldn’t even see the beauty of a rainbow– it would just be a thick grey-ish line in the sky. As you can see, a black and white world would lack many things.

How To Join A Fandom

 By the way if you don’t know what a fandom or fangirling is then I suggest looking at some of my earlier posts.

Yes, I know there isn’t one special way to join a fandom. However, some people find a TV show or something and they just stay at the level of “really liking” the show. Lets just say you are one of those people who watch the first episode of a show and sort of like it, but you just can’t see yourself watching the show for hours on end. For example, when I started watching Supernatural I wasn’t on that level of fangirling over it; (luckily?) I looked it up on the internet and spoiled the whole series for myself, and now I’m trying to get to season 4 so I can see Castiel. So what is my favorite way to join a fandom?

Here are the steps I take before/while joining a fandom:

Step 1

Do a less than 10 minute search on the internet and get somewhat familiar with some of the characters and/or plot.

Step 2

Watch the first few episodes; maybe like 3 to 6.

Step 3

Pick your favorite character(s), but if you have found a character that you really like on step 1, then I guess just stick with that. You might find an awesome character later, but it depends on the show.

Step 4 (optional, remember this is what I do)

Spoil a lot of the series for yourself so that you know if your favorite charaters will/won’t die. If you skip this step then good luck trying not to drown in your tears.

Step 5

Watch a few more episodes (3-7 more). By now if you don’t like the show then I would just quit watching it– don’t waste your time sleeping through the whole show.

Step 6 (optional)

If you completed step 5 then by now you might start wishing that you had some friends to watch the show with you, so get some people to watch it. I’ve actually only succeeded in this step a few times.

Step 7

Make some popcorn and get comfortable.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since Christmas 2014…

Activity 1 was the FreeRice.Com sign up, and I’ve already done that, so here is Activity 2: writing about celebrations I have taken part in since Christmas 2014!

Some of the events I have taken part in (actually participating, other than a day off from school)  since Christmas 2014 are:

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New years Eve- This celebrated the beginning of the new year (2015). During New Year’s I was at my Uncle’s house hanging out with relatives until around 10:00 pm. My family then went to my grandma’s house to watch the New York ball drop thing that airs every year on that day. After that I stayed up a bit past 12:00 pm and texted all my friends “HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!” To which only a few of them actually responded.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year

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Ash Wednesday- Where us Christians give up something (candy, electronics, something that you have or use that is bad for you or something you think you should stop doing) for 46 days (until Easter). I had said that I would eat LESS snacks between meals which I believe that I have done a good job with.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Wednesday

Shamrocks and Ferns

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St. Patrick’s Day- This celebrates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. To celebrate I went out of my way to wear green so that no one would pinch me. 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day

Since there aren’t very many holidays after Christmas 2014 until now I don’t exactly have a lot to write about, but the ones I just listed are the more memorable ones; excluding most of the holidays when we had a day off between Christmas and now because I didn’t exactly “celebrate” those. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

SuperWhoLock

 

SUPERWHOLOCK

 

Blogging challenge activity 2!

  If you don’t know what Supernatural, Doctor Who, or Sherlock are about, then click the links. Thanks!

The first fandom that I had ever joined was the Doctor Who fandom. Before then, I had no idea what the word “fandom” meant. While watching Doctor Who I looked up “fandom” on the Internet and one of the first things that popped up was SuperWhoLock pictures– a combination of Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock.

Before I knew it I had finished watching all 8 seasons (the most recent seasons) of Doctor Who, and I then started watching Sherlock. After Sherlock I joined a bunch of other fandoms including Merlin and Death Note. Eventually my friends started to say to watch Supernatural, so here I am now: watching Supernatural.

Just a few days ago the question arose: which TV show between Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock was most popular? I haven’t finished Supernatural yet (I’m on season 3), so I can’t really say. My favorite TV show out of  SuperWhoLock  so far is Sherlock because of all of the mysteries involved *cough* and how insane the fandom is. *cough*

 

So what do you think? Supernatural? Doctor WhoSherlock? If you have only watched one or two of the three, then feel free to vote for your favorite so far!

 

 


My Family

If you all didn’t know, I’m participating in the Student Blogging Challenge for 2015! Activity 2 is to write a post about your family, so here I am.

Like most family’s, my family has our disagreements. For example, I’m sure that if my brother, Tate, and I had the chance we would be eating desserts all day; but of course my parents won’t let that happen. I’m also the only one in my family who is in a fandom, so they don’t exactly understand fangirling, but oh well. My brother especially gets annoyed when I say the word “Doctor” and then follow it up with “Who” and then he generally just drops out of the conversation.

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My little bro, Tate. It seems like he has a billion friends and he invites one of them over every day (I’m not complaining). He also loves hunting. His hobby is collecting skeletons of animals, especially deer skulls and antlers. He is like the clown of the family, he’s so funny!

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My parents are awesome. They respect the fact that Tate and I like hunting, most likely because most of my mom’s side of the family are all hunters and live on a ranch. Anyway, my mom is a stay-at-home mom; she is also a great artist. My dad sells houses for a living and likes to read books when he’s not working.

F- Fascinatingly Frustrating
A-Awesome
M-Maddening
I-Inspiration
L-Loving
Y-Ya!

Free Time

During the week students are almost always on the go. Between homework and after school activities, some students have little to no free time.

 

First, the teachers should give less homework. Some teachers give the normal amount of homework, but if all of the teachers give you the normal amount of homework, then the time needed to complete the homework jumps from 30 minutes to 2 hours. In conclusion, teachers should try to talk to each other about how much homework (in total) they are giving the students (if they don’t already).

 

Second, students should use their time wisely. Not just go home and play video games until 1:00 in the morning then decide that they should do their homework. I like to do my homework right when I get home so that I’m not all stressed out later. I would also suggest not using all your time up on after school activities. Take after school stuff that you think would not fill up all your time but is also fun so you won’t regret signing up for it.

 

Having somewhere to write down what homework you have and in what class really can help! I know that this free time problem only increase as you move up in grades, so manage your time wisely!