30 September 2013

Leadership Calls (Which Is Hard)

I have such lovely friends. I'd love to list all of their names out, but of course, there are privacy reasons involved, so I can't. They crack me up every single day, and never fail to amuse me. Maybe that's one of the reasons why I don't like summer vacation much; I miss them over the summer. We're all like a family who, though they bicker a lot, they get along a lot too. They're like the brothers and sisters I will never have.
     Anyways, why am talking about them?
     Today, I am going to let you have a peek at my crazy hectic life that I have, through my words and the experience I had today.
     So, about last week, around September 21st, I had an idea for a project that involved all of my friends and I. The project is kind of top secret (I sound like a little kid: "It's our top secret project!" I'm cracking up). Anyways, I told my friends online through PM, and they all agreed. PM is really the way that I can contact them; I'm only allowed to send text messages once in awhile.
     There was a lot of planning put into this. During my spare time, I was busy replying to text messages, PMs and emails, staying up until 10:30 in the evening as I wrote in many notebooks everyone's ideas. Even now, I'm still pretty tired! Finally, we finally decided to meet as a group to discuss the project during lunch inside of a classroom.
     As soon as I arrived inside of the classroom, all I saw was pure craziness. There was people playing patty cake with each other and having debates. I had to munch down my lunch rather quickly and begin the meeting.
    Now, I know what teachers have to endure every day.
    Let me just tell you right away, I am not one who likes public speaking. I'd rather be one of the people listening to the speaker, but sometimes, when I have to step up to take on the leadership role, I would calmly take the position. I didn't get why people said I had natural leadership skills; now I am beginning to understand. We had to use our binders as mallets to settle everyone down. That's how loud everyone was.
     We began to discuss the topics. It was hard, even with the "Talking Block" that my friend--who nicknamed himself Tony Stark, being such a large fan of the Iron Man movies--offered us to use. There was a lot of people being off topic, and for a good five minutes, there was debating about our characters, apple sauce and chocolate pudding. Finally, after the bell, we all left.
     There's going to be another meeting on Friday, probably. I'm nervous, in a way. After all, leadership calls.

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25 September 2013

My Birthday!

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I have received:

Ten hugs, 
60+ greetings of happy birthday (verbally),
My homeroom class singing "Happy Birthday", featuring the virtually infamous boy band/group, The Unwanted,
Five glomps,
13 greetings of happy birthday (written),
a bouquet of white roses, 
a balloon,
and yet not one materialistic present, while is fine by me. :)
Apparently, I am getting more presents tomorrow. More to come!

Being greeting happy birthday
is enough for me
and even as I turn into a teenager
which are, supposedly, "emotional and kicks a lot of people",
I don't feel like a teen.
But this morning,
I felt
Different
As if I can see things in a different way.
I am not longer a kid,
or a teen, 
I am a 
teen.
Happy Birthday to my friend and I.
We share birthdays. xD
I feel
content,
happy,
and flying. 
Soaring. 
Funny I feel this way.
I feel a lot like the girl in the picture above.
Make a wish.

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love this girl. <3

(P.S. sorry for the bad format and making this sound unprofessional; I have to go out to dinner!)

13 September 2013

One-On-One Chat: Getting To Know Each Other

Morning: Hello, everyone to this lovely one-on-one chat with the lovely Chloe from Rainbow of Words, who has also published the book "Totally Spaced Out". How are you today, Chloe?

Chloe: I'm pretty good, Morning, still a little shaken from the sudden change from summer's blissful nothingness to fall's sudden business. And yourself?

Morning: I am doing quiet well, thank you very much.

Chloe: So, Morning, how did you begin blogging? What inspired you to start your blog, The Ups and Downs of my Not-so-Average Life?

Morning: Blogging? Ah, this is a very good question. On NaNoWriMo, I saw that a lot of writers on the forums had blogs. But then, around January this year, I had a resolution to be myself and find out who I am as a person. So I started the blog, The Ups and Downs of My Not-So-Average Life. I wanted my voice to be heard. Another reason why I began blogging was because there's this lovely blog author going by the name Perfectly Imperfect, and she was the first person who awed me by her words.

Chloe, your blog, Rainbow of Words, has been growing with readers and followers. I know you have many blogs, but this one has been the one that has been rapidly growing. Tell us what you blog about, and why. 

Chloe: Well, a lot of my blogs are random, I-ate-an-apple-so-I-should-post-about-an-apple-named-Phineas type blogs, nothing very serious, but Rainbow of Words is different. Despite the fact that my blog really doesn't have any theme, most of my posts are longer, deeper. They show more of what I think about. Rainbow of Words began as a writing blog, for me to share my work. nd ended up as a collection of what I think about. I post about my life, and life in general. About inspiration, and art. Really, my blog is nothing special, just this and that. But I like it that way. And, in a way, this blog has changed who I am. 

Speaking of change, has blogging changed or affected your life in any way?

Morning: Blogging has changed my life in both a positive and negative way. Because of blogging I have became a more positive, confident and outgoing person. I've also gained a lot of online friends. The negative thing that blogging impacted is that some people that discovered by blog and are saying hateful things about it, but honestly, I'm not going to stop blogging because of some haters. I'm going to express myself with my words and blogging and that's just how it is. 

Anyways, Chloe, who is someone who inspires you in life?

Chloe: 
One of my role models has always been the country pop artist Taylor Swift. Ever since I first got one of her albums in my stocking at age nine, I've been hooked to her songs. But in the last year or so, I've noticed how inspiring she is as a person. She's always saying kind and amazing things, and she's not afraid to be herself. I admire  that in a person.  Another person I admire is my close friend, Selah. I first met her when I was six, and since then, she's inspired me to work hard and dream big. Just seeing the smile on her face is enough to help me keep on going when it is tough. She means everything to me. She's such a treasure to have. Morning, I know the majority of your posts about  are lessons you have learned. Which one of these lessons written about on your blog do you think influenced your life the most?

Morning: I've heard many times stories of people that they were finding themselves and such. Many times people have told me that I would have to go on my own path to finding myself, and that post has had such an impact on me because honestly, finding yourself takes time, unlike in books, in only takes a matter of months or weeks. What I mean by a long time, I mean years, maybe ten or fifteen. And even then, we are still trying to find who we are as people. The post were my honest thoughts on that matter and I have to say I'm proud writing about it. 

Chloe, I know that you're a creative person. Do you do and work on any personal projects that matter to you?

Chloe:  I do have a few projects going on at the moment. The first one is the charity I created with the money I have earned from selling my published novel, Totally Spaced Out. Basically, I sell books, and put the money in a special jar. Once I get to my goal (five hundred dollars), I will use it to donate to an endangered species (such as... penguins). This is meaningful to me, because not only is it a way for me to share my work with the world, but I also get to help a cause I believe in. I currently have one book for sale as part of my charity, and am brainstorming on a second one. Speaking of books, Morning, I hear that you are an author, and we all know that writers need their inspiration.What are some ways you use to get inspired?

Morning: The ways that I use to get inspired is that I just open all five of my senses up to the world. I listen. I see. I smell. I touch. I taste. I always try to have a notepad with a pencil or a pen so that way, whenever something that I hear and see or any of the other senses that I say, "I have to have that as a story idea!", I can write it down. Like yesterday, for example. Someone that I know while I was taking pictures for my yearbook class complimented me on my shoes and said something about them. I thought, "Bing bing bing, idea alert!" Now, I am planning to use it for my novel this November. 

Morning: Well, thank you so much Chloe for chatting with me!

Chloe: The pleasure is all mine, Morning!

Like this? Then please comment! I haven't gotten that many comments lately (and I would try to reply to all of your amazing comments; my computer just keeps on crashing). Also, if you want to do a one-on-one chat with me, just send me a comment with a link with your email and I'll reply ASAP!

09 September 2013

Future Choices.

Hello, all of you lovely blog readers and friends!

I was trying to make a vlog for you all, but because it was taken at my school because of the camera troubles I have at my house and due to the number of times that it was photobombed by my lovely friends, I can not post it. However, I can tell you that it talked a lot about my friends and that my friends and I argued about pie a lot because I still owed my friends some. I also mentioned RPing with my real life friends on Goodreads. Some of you lovely readers got the chance to watch the video.

But lately, things have been popping up. I don't know whether to consider them good or bad things, but it will have an impact on my future.

So, I can go to a regular high school, which, all my life, I said, I'm going to that high school. I've always cheered for their football team, I took swimming lessons there, and my parents introduced me to some of their friends that teach at the high school nearby.

There's also another high school here, but it's not just a high school, it's K-12, which teaches life values (be brave, be kind, be nice, do nice acts of community service) and they do a lot more community service work. They also have individualized teaching, meaning they teach in smaller classes for people with different skill levels. Apparently, if I went to the K-12 one, I'll have a bigger chance into getting into an Ivy League college because Ivy League college always come around and visit the school. Plus, it may help me with my writing career.

I got offered to go and study at the K-12 school. Which, is scary. Because to be offered to go there is rare, and the only way you can get in is through invitation that says that you're eligible to get in. Afterwards, you have to send in the application forms and, if they do choose you, they have to go through the long process of interviewing and signing more papers. 

But if I go to a regular high school, I'll have a so-so chance of getting into a Ivy League college as everyone else here in the country.

The next problem is that if I go through K-12 school, I'd end up having to cut my connections to my friends here, because the K-12 school doesn't have connections to the other high schools, meaning that they don't do sports. If I wanted to do sports, I would have to go to another high school. But I also have some friends at the K-12 school I haven't seen in a long, long time.

I really, honestly, do not know what to think. I want to go there, but at the same time, I don 't want to leave my friends. An understatement, really; some of my friends are moving out of state, some, because of where they live, are going to another high school. One of my friends is even going to go to a boarding school down south.

Some of the writers on NaNoWriMo that I met I had asked the same question whether to go or not, and they really said that I should go to the K-12 school. Some said to go to a regular school.

Now that I think about it, this reminds me a lot like the decision Jane Arrowood makes in  Formerly Shark Girl has to make about what to major in college, whether it was art or nursing. I don't wish to spoil the story for anyone who wants to read it, but do you know what she chooses?

She chooses the choice that would make her the happiest.

Now, I have to decide this before September. I hope that if I do have to choose, and when you have to choose a choice that would change your life, like accepting which college or school to go to, that it would somehow be the choice that makes us happiest, and that are, according to us, will be our preferable choice, the choice that we want, not the choice of that someone else wants. It should also be the choice that will lead you to the right direction.

After all, the choices that we make do impact us.


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02 September 2013

The 365 Days of Novel Writing

So, I am starting a new project. It's called "The 365 Days of Novel Writing". What I am doing is I am writing a log in one of my many notebooks I use for projects. For 365 days, starting on September 1st, I will be working on one of my novels that I really want to publish, and by next year, I will begin to send my novels off to agents. Publishing and becoming a successful author is one of my dreams, and to even think of publishing before I become an adult would just be wonderful. Right now, I am going to type up the first entry in my log. This is what it says:

"Day One--Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Okay, so I am embarking on a year-long journey (365 days, this year isn't a leap year) journey. This is one of the many projects I've attempt to accomplish, which many of my plans have failed due to my lack of motivation.
     But I hope that this one succeeds.
     Being a published and successful author is one of my many dreams I have. To become published before I turn eighteen would be absolutely AMAZING! Yup-- I am a dreamer-- and make many of my wishes come true. Starting today. I mean, you're dreams won't come true unless you start working up to them, right?
     The writing and publishing business is a tough one, just by hearing about the deadlines, schedules, and rejections from many, even Linda Sue Park, who wrote Trust No One, and who I also got to meet at a writing workshop at my library. No lie. I even have her autograph to prove it.
    Do these facts faze me? Yes, a bit. Writers, in order to survive, need to not just have talent, but patience. One who will rewrite their manuscripts and takes every piece of criticism with a grain of salt. One who can wait, for "Good things come to those who wait."
    This is not a journal. This is not a dairy. This is a log about a girl who is making her dreams become a reality. She is like many, but of course, there are differences and she is original. This is my log about my book.
    My plan to write daily in this log may fail, but again:
     I am an avid dreamer. And I do not intend to fail."

August 30th: Field Trip To The Park

Friday. The field trip.

     Well, let me tell you, I did not know what to think of this. Last year, in seventh, everyone was signed up to go to the field trip to the same place, but then the rain poured and we got to stay in watching homemade videos and movies and run around the lunch room.

     This field trip had its ups and downs, to be honest (and no pun intended)!

     On the permission slip, it said that we would be walking, as the place was a park and it was in walking distance. What I and everyone did not know is that we would be walking through the trail in the woods, sill damp and muddy from the rain that was pouring a couple of days back. I had (luckily) decided to wearing hiking shoes. The next thing we knew, many from our team were jumping, complaining and groaning.

     Once we entered the field, we saw lots of paper plates taped onto skewers that were in the ground. At first, I thought that they were plates that we already set for us, since it was a barbecue. Later, as the teachers told us to line up by height and paired everyone up in groups of three, tying our feet together like they do in three-legged races, did we realize that we had to go around and answer questions that were taped on them! The top three groups with the highest amount of answers correct got prizes!

    After around thirty minutes of walking around with two others from my team, we ate lunch. Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, chips, soda and cookies! Three awesome people that shall be named nameless (because of privacy reasons) braided my hair into this really beautiful braid as we waited in line. I even took a photo of it. 

    As soon as lunch was done, I got to go around more and take pictures of people, being one of the students in the yearbook class. I got to take an entire group picture of all of my friends that I made last year, which is neat. One of the things that I got to take pictures of people running around holding blankets behind their heads, which I also got to do (which, trust me, is amazing).

    At the end, I found out that my group won the race, which was amazing. I won a pen! To some, that may not seem like much, but I love any sort of writing related utensils and objects. :)

    On the way back, I bumped into one of my old friends from the Shakespeare theater club last year which lasted for three weeks. I didn't expect that we would talk so much about so many things, but again, it has been awhile.

    Well, what's happened to all of you these past couple of days? Post in the comments below!