30 November 2014

November Summary













How is everyone today? My brother and I are having a hearty time watching Brave and having a movie character battle between Fergus, Merida's dad, and Stoick, Hiccup's father. In November I have been quite a busy person, mainly because of NaNoWriMo! After so days having to catch up from my word count, which I have been very much behind on and a main reason for my absence, I have finally won and written a 50,000 word novel! I'm so sad to have finally let Bee's story come to an end, but starting next year, I will be rewriting and editing so that about 75% of my novel has been polished before I let beta readers begin to critique.

Another thing that has happened in November is that I have watched Big Hero 6 twice: once with my friend Kristi, the other time with two friends from my school who's names, out of their request, I will hide out their respect. The first time, as you have read in a previous post, I went to go and reunite with some of my friends. The second time I went to go and watch the movie, it got sold out at five in the evening. For two hours, my friends and I stalled the mall where the movie theater was at, spending lots of time in Hallmark and Claire's! I love the Hallmark store; it's all squishy and cheesy but it's cozy and welcoming, which makes up for it. 

My brother, who has not seen any movie in the theater for a month, had tried to do a Baymax fist bump with me today, and he said, "Ba wa wa wa wa." Very disappointing.

My family and I had a rather laid back Thanksgiving with friends. This year, I am extremely thankful for all of the friends and people that I have met; they have changed my world, and I am a much outgoing sweet person because of all of the new things I have tried this year. While shopping for clothes, I bumped into one of those friends and we talked for a quite some time. During that weekend, I had bought a camera, a Canon Powershot ELPH SX600 HS, if I am not mistaken, as well as Just Dance 2015! My entire family loves this game; we played it for about several hours yesterday and today.

Over all, this had been a great month! I can't believe that December marks the ending of the year. Time sure flies by fast! Before I know it, it will be a year since I had first stepped into that audition space for The Magical Adventures of Merlin and have breakfast for dinner. However, I will be busy next month. The first half of December will be dedicated studying for finals, while the second half is dedicated to riding amusement park rides! I am going on vacation for Christmas. I won't post much, but I will try to have two posts in January about how my trip went.

Also, can you all please go and fill out my blog survey? As the year wraps up, I want to hear from you-- the readers-- as to what I can do in order to make this next year of blogging better! Thank you!

12 November 2014

I'm Okay.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." -Dr. Seuss
I am super behind on NaNoWriMo. I am barely at 15,000 words, and in order to keep up with my word count, I have to go and write about 2,000 words a day to reach my goal of 50,000! The reason behind this is not because of procrastination, but because of activities that I did over the weekend, and I have to conclude it being one of the best weekends I have had this year.

I went to a writing conference that was being held in town exclusively for school students from grades 6-12, and a lot of my friends from theater and engineering camp were there, including my friends Sabrina and Kristina-- who are both amazing flawless ladies, by the way. :)

Afterwards I made it on time to musical theater performance class, and as a reward for working so hard, all five of we students that were there that day ended up doing a bunch of improvisation where we acted like preppy cheerleaders at a surgery and did a whole bunch of different scenes. The two youngest in our class, both fourth graders, did skits that made me crack up so much.


Sunday. After waiting a month, our cast party came! The planning for it all backfired; the original plans were watch a movie together and eat pizza. The scheduling date got moved to the ninth, and the movie which we were all going to watch, Big Hero 6, got sold out. In that case, our cast split ways before all coming together for the final get together.

I wasn't sure what would happen. I texted my friends frantically the evening prior to Sunday, who some were going to see Dracula Untold. I had mixed feelings about watching that movie-- mainly because I watched the trailers it was too intense for my taste. (If you place that and another horror film trailer together, you get a"I-am-terrified-to-my-seat" feeling.) By then I told my parents it was okay if we went shopping in the area where the pizza party was going to be held at, until my friend Kristi called me! She and I made plans within an hour to watch Big Hero 6 in another theater in town (which was super close to being sold out).

We all laughed at the trailers, and smiled at Winston in Feast. During the entire movie, I felt delighted. I laughed, I cried, and I can totally feel the relationship between Hiro and Tadashi, along with the metaphor Baymax represents. The little girl next to me kept buzzing to me and my friend the entire time, and it was cute.


The cast party was the last thing that happened over the weekend and that turned out great (except five people couldn't make it, because one was suffering migraines that day, one had to make up a huge pile of homework, one was trying to fight a cold, and the last two's family forgot). We kept buzzing about how our lives are-- and how I wasn't a part of Seussical anymore, a play which I auditioned for and received a major role, but had to drop out for reasons I do not wish to dwell on. As suggested by everyone there, I'm going to go in and talk about potentially volunteering with the performances in December.




You know, for awhile, I've been feeling super bottled up inside about not seeing my friends-- and I still am bummed, but with an opportunity that popped up, I have hope, for awhile. For now, I will just sit here at home, writing frivolously in my notebook my novel and dreaming about helping out with technical stuff. That's going to be okay with me.

(P.S. Blogs by Kids, which I have been following since about a week the blog was created-- yes I get around on the blogging community a lot-- featured me, which you can read here! If you all want to meet bloggers by other kids and interests as you, that is the place to be!)

02 November 2014

Bee's Theme

Today I am very pleased to tell you about my novel's theme! This month of November is the month of NaNoWriMo, and I am planning on writing about a novel idea I have had in mind for quite some time now.

I've been doing NaNoWriMo for exactly two years; today is my NaNo birthday! I exactly remember the day I joined NaNoWriMo. My family went out to go watch Rise of the Guardians at a faraway movie theater (alert: I was supposed to go to the exact same movie theatre today with some friends, but apparently the day got moved). Nearby that movie theater is a long chain of stores that my family went to visit. There, at Kohl's, I bought this sparkly white t-shirt and turtleneck for Christmas and New Year. Several days prior to that, I joined the NaNoWriMo group at my library, and so when we were shopping at Best Buy, I causally asked my mom to join the site. After that, we went to go eat at a sushi place. :)

Throughout the past several months, I have been giving you tiny snippets of how the it will play out, and although this information that I have presented is quite vague, I can now to you the plot and premise of this! Now I know this is not the plot line, but I believe that the overall theme is what makes the plot the plot, the characters the way they are, the reasons behind everything in the story. So it is really important.

Cornelia Beatrice Harvard, or Bee, as she is better called by her family, often gets teased about her physical appearance. Everyone thinks that she is adopted, looking nothing like her parents, and she is looked down upon by everyone at school-- quite literally, as her height is only 4'11". She physically looks like a freshman, but is actually a sophomore who's brain power can challenge those of the juniors and seniors.

There are several unfortunate circumstances that cause her to be thrown into the world of public school, for a good cause. Her reasons for joining are for the greater good of her family. Her knowledge on the interaction very discreet and vague, for she rarely interacts with anyone outside of her family. Her personality and values all revolve around the intellect; be analytic and rational, speak only with others who carry and crave the same level of knowledge as she, and goals come before everything else.  This causes her to be a bit of a loner.

Some of the main "antagonists" are three (or four, I still need to decide whether to add or remove a character) students who stand in the way of reaching this goal that she is trying very hard to achieve. Yes, they are formidable opponents whose skills, however different, are on par with hers in intellect. All are older, and Bee gets competitive and fired up to fight against them, but her small demeanor makes the antagonists underestimate her.

Are you all understanding what I've been trying to say so far? Everyone can't see past the physical appearance of Bee to see what the real thread coming from her is: her brain power and determination.

At first, Bee strongly dislikes the antagonists with their cockiness and ability to sway the school crowd of the school's opinions. She sees them to have no reason as to why they would be fighting for the same goal as she. As the novel progresses, she realizes that how they appear to be is different then how they really are on the inside.

Before I reveal to you what the main theme is, before I make it obvious and clear, I would like to tell you about photography and what it means to me. My camera just shattered (the screen part) which totally kills me, but hopefully I will get it fixed and won't have to get a new one. When I first got my camera, all I took were just pictures with everyone and everything all poised and smiling towards the camera. As I progressed in my photography, my photo library subjects changed. I took photos of subtle little things that no one seemed to notice, but that's how I am-- I notice the tinniest details that no one seems to care about.

My photography reflected me. I bring my camera everywhere. I take pictures of things that aren't properly positioned. I take photos things people see, and what they overlook-- soda cans, glasses, city lights, and dead plants. I brought my camera over my phone. People used to think that that was a strange thing to do, with everyone with the increasing usage of smartphones, but they got accustomed to it. Even with my camera broken, I still use it. Half of my LCD glass may be shattered, but that doesn't necessarily hinder my perspective. I just need to view it on my laptop.

This was me several months ago, using a school camera. 

The main theme of my novel for this year is all about the perspective of how we take in the world and other people. This is more like a 3-dimensional, 360 degree sort of perspective. I bet when we first see people or their actions, we only see the front part-- the 2D feel, and this causes us to hinder our sight on their reasons on doing certain things. This is a lot similar to biases. We have to look past that and give the entire view of everything before judging.

Usually, that is how I try to think a lot when I interact with my surrounding environment, especially when I try to help others. That's the way I work. I ask myself, "What does everyone need? What can I do to help?" At my school, there's a lot of people have really horrible days, and when I have to work with these people, I try to help cut them some slack and help them through. I can't help it; it's in my nature to do that.

This is one of the major struggles that Bee has to go through. She is critical and sees 3D in a rational and critical standpoint, but with anything emotional? Oh boy. For her, that's uncharted territory which she has to wade in very carefully. (I just tested her for her personality type, and she is an INTJ, one of the toughest personalities out there, and it's almost the polar opposite of how I am.) I love making my characters in all of my novels suffer about deep things: grieving, healing, broken hearts, identity crisis, and now, perspective. There's some deep stuff going on here at my little imagination office.

How's everyone doing so far in NaNoWriMo? What's your novel's theme? If you want to talk to me during NaNoWriMo for Word Wars or you've ran out of steam or need a plot idea, talk to me! I love talking to people during NaNoWriMo!