The image above is the end of a story I wrote. We have been writing our stories in Language Arts since around the middle of the year. An author named Frances Dowell helped us write them. She taught us what parts needed to be in a story, such as the background check, which tells you a bit about the main character(s) life or personality. I used this and the “sticks and stones” problems (little problems that aren’t the main one) in my story. I am proud of it (although the ending isn’t as I planned originally) and I love to write fiction. I will definitely continue to write more stories.
Below is a link to Frances Dowell’s website. Check it out if you get a chance!
(Image from Sora)
I will start by explaining what a window and mirror is. No, not the literal meaning, in case anyone thought it was. A window is a book that brings you into another world, not like a book about planets, but one that doesn’t mirror your own life. That last sentence basically told you what I am going to explain now. But I am explaining it anyway. A mirror is a book that is similar to your own life. The main character might be like you, the situation in the book might be like one you are in, or it could be both.
The book Shadow Weaver (which is, first of all, a great book) is a window for me. The main character is not at all like me, and the situation is not like one I am in. I wish it was a mirror because being able to move shadows would be awesome, but it’s not at all like my life.
The story is that a girl has a special power that she got from a comet, the power to move shadows and make things out of them. Her own shadow also talks to her, but no one believes it. Her shadow gets her into a lot of trouble, because it actually can move around and cause harm. Her parents try to send her off to a “special” school, but it is run by an evil person who has a plan for kids with powers from the comet. The girl runs away and has to hide from the evil woman. So yeah, nothing like my life.
In a previous blog post, I mentioned that I was doing a daily habit. In the beginning of the year it was plank, (which was required), and in January it was writing. I’m starting a new one, which is drawing every day. Above are two of my drawings for today and yesterday (I use the app sketchbook). In January, I wanted to improve my writing skills, which I did, in my opinion. I wrote about random things mostly though. But it still helped.
Now, I’m trying to improve my drawings. I am kind of cheating by using an app because a lot of shapes are provided so I don’t have to make a perfect circle by hand. But still, I hope to improve by doing a drawing every day. I also really like to draw and I usually draw each day regardless of a habit tracker. By the end of February I want to draw a really good galaxy (seems easy but I’ve tried and it never comes out well). I think I’ll start with a lot of smudged backgrounds because I will use the smudge tool a lot for a galaxy. Daily habits have helped me improve things (except plank, I’m still horrible at it) and remember to do them. Also the tracker helps me set a schedule. Post your habits in the comments if you want.
And, just like last time, another horrible joke.
Q: Why can’t you hear a psychiatrist go to the bathroom?
A: Because the ‘P’ is silent! Hahahahahahahaheeheeheeheeheeheehee!
I really need some better jokes. Post ideas in the comments if you want.
I recently had an assignment where I had to say what type of punctuation I was. I put semicolon because it’s a mix of different punctuation marks and for me is something that I randomly use when nothing else will fit. I have a mixed personality and can be a random person. It can also be a confusing punctuation mark that doesn’t know what it’s used for. If you asked me what my personality was, I’d probably ask you why you asked me, give you a vague answer, and ask you to ask someone I know.
I had a lot of trouble with this assignment because I find it hard to define my own personality without someone else telling me, but I think I got it pretty accurate. If you like, comment on what punctuation you are.
This is my daily habit chart. For my LA class, we have to choose a daily habit to do and mark the days we do it on a chart. I mark mine on a pdf. I’m also writing a story in LA, (I might post some of it later) so I’m making a daily habit of writing of writing in a journal every day. It isn’t my story, it’s just a bunch of random thoughts. I chose it because #1, I want to improve at writing, and #2, we already had to write in a daily journal for LA so I’m not changing anything.
Earlier this year we also did a planking habit as a class. We would slowly increase the time that we would plank to get better at planking. It didn’t work for me, but it was still a good habit if you want to get better at plank. I’m not very strong, so it was hard for me, but like I said, if you want to get better at something you have to build a habit. All that a daily habit really is, is a habit that you do every day to improve at something.
Here is a time-honored knock knock joke just because:
Lettuce in, it’s cold outside!
Another horrible joke, I apologize.
Another school assignment. We had to do a comic based on a wisdom tale and here is mine. I did “The Blue Jackal Who Showed His True Colors” and I chose it because when I opened the book it was the first story I opened to and I read it and it seemed like it would be cool to draw. First, I did the drawings on an app called sketchbook. I only had to draw the jackal once because I made a screenshot of it and added it to each sketch changing minor things.
I used another app called Comic Life to access a comic template and insert my drawings. I added the title and stuff and then saved it to my photos and put it in my post.
So, I’m doing another book review. About another Star Wars book. It’s called “Allegiance” and it’s by Timothy Zahn (it’s in the photo above but I’m telling you anyway). I decided to take a break from “Les Misérables” because it is so, so, sooooo, long. “Allegiance” has a lot of different character groups and villains, similar to the other book I reviewed, and I think I read them in the wrong order. The story in this one is before the story in the other one. Oops. It gets kind of confusing, but it’s still a good book.
I recently had an all – remote learning week. It was the week after Thanksgiving break. It was so that anyone who had been vacationing had a week before back to school too make sure they didn’t have the virus, I think. But we still had work, and calls for most classes. I would organize my at home days like my school days (A and B period LA, C period history, D period science, E period French, F period science/movement, G period math) I didn’t do the exact times, but I did the subjects in that order. I usually had calls for most of my classes, but sometimes I didn’t and sometimes they were optional.
When I didn’t have calls I would get the independent work done for that class. One of my favorite classes is science, and we had to build a device that would save an egg from a 10 foot drop. Mine was very complex. I wrapped the egg in so much bread it no longer resembled an egg, shoved in a zip-lock with some tissues, and used another plastic bag as a parachute. And it worked! We also made a comic in Language Arts. We had a lot of fun projects that week. It was surprisingly easier to do the work at home because I could work at my own pace and take breaks when I wanted.
One of the definite downsides to the all remote week was that if you had a question for a teacher, you couldn’t just walk up and ask them like at school. Some teachers had optional calls for questions, which was helpful, and you could email a teacher a question. But it was harder than asking in person. Still, that’s the only thing that was really to complicated. I would wake up at around 8:00, set my alarms for the calls I had, and start my work.
Overall, it was a good week. Working at home for me is an easy way to get used to middle school work and honestly this remote learning thing (like I said before) means you can take breaks when you want and work at your own speed.
Some Things I’m Grateful For:
1. My family and friends
I am grateful for more things, but those are the big things. All of these are involved in my everyday life and are things that I am very appreciative of. I am grateful for my family and friends (yes, this includes my dog) because they are supportive (and other reasons, but I hate getting sappy and this would be an essay instead of a paragraph if I put the other reasons). Books and music are very important in my life mostly because I enjoy them but also because… yeah just for entertainment. School is where I see my friends, also without it I don’t know where exactly I would be. Also, most of the projects we do are really fun.