28 July 2013

"Two Thoughts, Two Different Opinions" Feature With Guest Jada: Harry Potter!

Last night, my friend, Jada of the blog Writer Girl and I were chatting about Harry Potter, since I was watching "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". So, we decided to write down our questions and see how much we're alike and different. The red is my friend, Jada, while the orange is me.

1) How has Harry Potter impacted your life?

J: Well, I only began reading the books near the end of 2012 and finished them in early January of 2013, I've been a sort of on/off fan girl about the books. I have an amazing friend who's read the books, let's say, at least 20 times. She also owns the movies. I've definitely considered rereading the books and I love to watch the movies over and over. Anyway, that friend of mine, she made fake Harry Potter wands, they're so much fun! At the craft fair, she was selling them, I bought one, then traded her my poem book for another, hehe. Another table was also selling wands and I bought one. So now I have three! And guess what, they're all read! Yay! Anyway, I was being such a fangirl/nerd that I brought them to the movie with me when we went to see Dispicable Me 2 today and was "Avada Kedarva"ing my family over and over while mentally planning a blog post on being Voldemort. So, Harry Pottter kind of came late in my life, due to the fact that I ignored my friend and my mom when they kept pushing me to read the books, and I HATED watching the movies, but now, I love Harry Potter, it's awesome!

M: Harry Potter has impacted my life a whole lot. After reading the book, Marisol by Gary Soto, in second grade, I became an avid reader. I also grew up, watching the Harry Potter movies, but I did not make any connection with the movies. When I heard there were books, I was like, "I have to read those!" Instantly I became a fan. As much as my cousins hated it, I still became loved the Wizarding World. I would be buried in the Harry Potter books, wishing, when I turned eleven, I would be invited to Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling's writing was just that believable. Most importantly, thanks to the books, they have helped me take those steps from becoming a reader into a writer. So yes, the Harry Potter books are that significant in my life.
2) When did you first find out about Harry Potter? Who told you about it?
J: Like I stated above, I began reading the books in the end of 2012, but that wasn't exactly when I discovered them. I'm pretty sure it was like 2008 or 2009, when my mom began pushing me to read them. I absolutely despised Harry Potter, though. My younger sister and my Mom would watch the movies, and I'd just sit around playing on my iPod or reading a book or whatever. I even remember all the recordings of Harry Potter movies and this one time when the goblin scene with Professor Lockhart was playing in the background as I did whatever I was doing back when I was 8 or 9. My mom kept trying to get me to read them, but I thought they were so boring. Plus, did you know, I completely hated reading until the middle of 5th grade, just a few years ago. Finally, just last year, in sixth grade, I decided to give the books a try. And I wouldn't be as big of a Harry Potter fan without my friend without her, she's the one who made the wands and has read the books 20+ times.

M: I think that it was when I was six. When I went to Walmart, there was this huge desk in the middle of the the store filled with Harry Potter movies, because it was a promotion for the final book in the series. I remember my Mom leading us to the desk and staying there for a long time. We got Harry Potter posters with illustrations fom the books. I even remember getting a plastic wristband that said "Ravenclaw." I didn't know what it meant then, but I was like, "That's cool!" There were also these "funny, yet scary, looking books," that were inside my brother's room (known then as the storage room, since me and my brother shared a room then) that my parents bought when I was younger. My parents hoped that we would read them, but then I was in kindergarten. Around second, I also watched the movies, but, as I said before, I made no connection to the books and the movies. Soon, in third grade, I pulled them out from the shelf and read them. I fell in love with the books and loved them ever since.

3) Do you like the couple pairings that the author made, in the end?

J: I'm completely fine with them. I expected Harry and Ginny to end up together, but I also would have liked Harry and Hermione. They're perfect together and were the best of friends, always there for each other. But I'm also glad that that stayed the way it is. I'm also so, so relieved that the Lavender and Ron thing is over. Oh my gosh, Won Won, seriously? But anyway I'm really happy that Harry and Ginny named their children after all the people that impacted their life. My friend was writing a fanfic about Lily Jr., it was interesting. Actually, I didn't understand it before I read the Harry Potter books, but now that I've read them, it's really good and well written. Hehe. And now that I've read the books, I can definitely see why everyone is so obsessed over Harry Potter. :)

M: I actually do. At first, I was extremely shocked that Hermione and Ron were paired up instead of Harry and Hermione, which I had hoped for, but then I realized that the two would actually be a good pairing. The two have had some trouble in the past. In the sixth book, that's when I realized that they were in love with one another and they didn't want to admit it, with Lavender Brown falling for Ron. (That really scared me.)As for Harry and Ginny, I also was shocked that they were a couple, but I ended up appreciating it. The two, like Ron and Hermione, both have a past that go a while back, but I do have to say I was surprised when their relation popped up in the final book out of the blue.
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4) And finally, which character are you mostly like?

J: I'd have to say Hermione. I'm one of the smartest kids in my class, I nag my parents all the time about being late for things, but I'm also a cat lover. I'm there for my friends, too, and I'm bossy sometimes around my sister. I've taken a few online tests, and they've said I'd be Dumbledore, Sirius, Luna, and I think Snape, they've also said Hermione. I think I have a little bit of all those characters in me. Also, on Pottermore, which is J.K. Rowling's official test, I was placed in Gryfindorr (did I spell that right?). I'm pretty brave, considering I'm no longer afraid of spiders and I went down a 100 foot drop water slide. Actually, I think I'm most known for my writing, bravery, and brains. Hehe. ^.^ So, yeah.

M: I have to say, after a long time of thinking while writing down my other answers, I would mostly be like Hermione Granger. Like Hermione, in the first book, I was a high-achiever, placing my studies first, and I couldn't tolerate rule breaking. I would do my homework while waiting for the taekwondo van to pick me and my brother up, and, if I didn't get it finished then, I would work on it as soon as the after-school taekwondo class was done. Also, whenever I heard people breaking rules, I would be shocked. Like Hermione, I am also really supportive of my friends and, out of all of my friends, I would be the brainiac. Whenever my friends needed help on their classwork or homework, I would help them and also have the knowledge that they need. I'm also on the smart teams at my school. "You're a lifesaver," my friends would say, and she is the lifesaver out of the three. I'm really supportive of my friends too; I'm known to be loyal and there 24/7! I also used to be afraid to show how smart I was, but she made being smart and bookworm cool. And, besides Hermione, I'm a little bit like Luna Lovegood-- for that strange curiosity in her eyes-- and Ginny Weasly who is fought as nails, having six brothers and being the only girl in the family. I also have lots of curiosity and I'm tougher than most girls out there.
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Do you like this feature? Do you want this to continue? Let me know in the comments! And thank you so much once again, Jada, for doing this with me!
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24 July 2013

School Is Approaching!

I am super sorry I haven’t been able to post anything lately; I’ve been busy camping and writing my novel! 
      School is approaching—and fast. Several of my friends and I were chatting online (since I am not allowed to visit their houses sometimes) about school. Here is a conversation I had with them two nights ago:

Me: Finally! I haven't seen you two in forever!!!!! 
N: :D
M: Yeah I've never been so excited for school!!!!!!! ^.^ 
Me: Really? I had to clean out my binder from last year. I miss seventh grade..... haha, and Icarus and Daedalus, who sacrificed their lives for a good cause. RIP to you. :P 
M: Absolutely!! (I can't believe so many people remember that!!!) I had soo much fun at that family fun night btw ^.^ 
N: :DDDDDDD 
Me: Me too! That was one of the best days ever!!!! Eating beans. Me and Nadia ran around the school during the first 30 minutes, trying to get people's attention. The. Only. Time. To. Run. In. The. Hallways. Awesome. Registration is like on the sixth, I think. 
N: SOOO FUN!!! 8D 
Me: I know, right? I'd love to do that again..... *is daydreaming* 
To be honest with you, I’m pretty excited too. I can’t wait! Last year was pretty nerve-wracking on the first day—I was shaking in my seat for the first fifteen minutes.  Here are some of the things that I am looking forward to:

    Seeing My Friends—my friends at school are like my second family. I met tons of new people and now have a bunch of new friends after several weeks of school. There was never a day where I came home, not laughing from the hilarious jokes and fun times we had. My friends from elementary and I would be in the library, playing the ultimate game of Uno. My new friends would be singing happy birthday to the birthday celebrant. 
     Getting Out Of The House More – I don’t get out much in the summer, except to go to the YMCA and fishing. In the school year, I am constantly busy going to various places. I have dance, teen writing meetings at the library, sports meets, before/after school activities such as the Shakespeare theater group and Battle of the Books. This year, I also have National Junior Honor Society (they accepted me in!) and swimming. Another thing I have on my plate are my mini community projects that I do over the school year. You can say I’m a very busy, but actively involved person.
     Head Start—I am doing Geometry this year! A lot of people are doing Pre-Algebra and Algebra, so it feels good to get ahead. I might get my credits early if I pass this year!
Of course, there are some bad things that I am not looking forward to. They are:
     
     Sacrificing My Lunchtime – for large amounts of homework and meetings for some of the activities I will be signing up for. Lunch time is my free time; the only 30 minutes I get to get a huge leap and start on homework. 
    Drama—I am not a huge fan of the gossip that happens at school, so I try to steer clear of it. This year is going to be quite harder though; I might get pulled in because my cousin is moving to my school, and he gets involved with a lot of the happenings around here.
     Less Time To See Friends—because of schoolwork and such.

Well, anyways, I have to go. As for my novel right now, my work out is 22,319, but I still can catch up. Swimming had just started, and I have the same two teachers as I did the first class of swimming at the community center! They’re a lot nicer and supportive than they were last time. I think it’s because they don’t have to be strict around us, unlike last time, they were telling us to not bob are heads under the surface. 
    Ciao, my friends! 
   (P.S If you could tell me some suggestions for school clothing that I could wear, please tell me. I am going shopping for school clothing, and I am not sure what to buy because buying clothes is one of the hardest things I could do.)
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04 July 2013

Bringing Out My Inner Child

Hullo everyone! Just a quick note: I'm not going to be on as often because of Camp NaNoWriMo. For those of you blog readers who don't know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is where writers write up to their desired word counts. I am working on a book that (surprisingly) has the same name as my blog.
    No, my novel is not an autobiography; it's about a girl, named Addie. She is a girl who got accepted into Gifted and Talented, but the coordinators are asking one more thing from her: to write an essay answering to the prompt before summer ends. The question? "Who am I?" It's a novel that I am hoping to finish up, edit, and eventually get it published. 
    Yesterday was my brother's soccer party. Everyone had a good time, chowing and drinking pizza, soda, cupcakes, Goldfish and ice cream bars. (I was afraid that the soccer team, mainly the boys, were going to be all hyper.) It was interesting, since I got to talk to the coach, the team players and their parents a lot more. One guy on the team, Edwin, took my phone and the next thing we all knew, were playing monkey in the middle. 
     After we all at, the team played Lava Tag and Mouse on the Ground at the playground next to the soccer field, two of my favorite games when I was younger. The surprising thing was? They invited ME to play. Which, in fact, I did. To be honest with you, I haven't played since last summer, mainly because I'm at that age where I am about to become a teen (plus, my parents never let me outside after I went to middle school). 
     Playing outside again.... it's a feeling that I want to feel again. I felt like a dozen shackles chained onto my ankles were unlocked, and a heavy weight on my shoulders was finally lifted. I was soaring-- flying, free, and happy.
     Now, today, it is 4TH OF JULY!!!! At eleven o'clock this morning, my family took my brother and I took us to watch the parade at Downtown. I stood near the edges of the street, watching as the people walked down and waved. There were veterans and Scottish bagpipe players. I didn't say anything; I was pure silent. Then, I heard my mom say, "Remember what Aunt Julie said? If someone waves at you, then you should wave back." As each minute passed, I slowly began to wave at everyone that came by. Soon, I was waving like mad. 
    Afterwards, we went to go and eat at a really fancy restaurant that my mom had a gift card to, from her boss. The food was simply delicious! here are some pictures that I took: 

Here is the appetizer: cheesy ravioli!!!! 
    My parents had one more surprise after lunch: bringing us to the movies to watch Despicable Me 2! I was super happy! While we were waiting to get popcorn, my parents let my brother and I take pictures in the photo booth. Even though I wasn't chosen to go to the Discovery Girls Summit, I still I had tons of fun. We were just having a good time today.


Here is the main course that I ate. Boy, was I stuffed!

This leads to someone that I learned throughout these events. I thought, since I am going to the eighth grade and am almost at that age where my childhood ends and the teenage years begin, that my childhood is over. Turns out, that it isn't. 
     Your childhood ends when you decide it to end. I'm not saying if you love your childhood, stay childish forever. If you are a 13-year-old, just because you're thirteen doesn't mean you can stop going outside and play. It's really your choice when you want to grow up.
     Happy 4th of July, everyone.
I wanted to add them in somehow! Minions are awesome. :)




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