Making the Impossible a Possibility

The Importance of Words

Currently, I am in the lovely state of Massachusetts, way up high in the Berkshire mountains. I am spending three weeks at an intensive summer writing camp at a well-known college in these parts. The food is wonderful, the writers are friendly, the professors are supporters of  “free thinking,” the dorms are live-able, and the nature is unbelievably beautiful. Think the tallest trees, the grassiest, rolling hills, and just picturesque mountain scene.

I have already learned a few valuable things already. First of all is a little bit of advice for writer’s block that I learned from my professor.

If you are writing a piece and get stuck with writer’s block, continue to repeat writing the last word you jotted down. As your brain processes that consistency, it will begin to think of brand new, exciting ideas, and suddenly you have something wonderful! I’ve tried that strategy already, believe me, and although it sounds silly, it’s worked every time.

I also have a lovely musing to share with you, which was stated by a boy in my writing class by the name of Alex. He said something along the lines of this:

“People are always scared of silence. They think it’s emptiness, some formidable, crazily loud thing. But what if, just like how in the art world white is a mixture of all colors, in the world of language, silence is a mixture of all words, so that you are truly enveloped in a blanketed sound of all of the things the world has to say?”

And on that note, I will leave you with one of my entries, which was to explain what we think of one word: WORDS.

Words are one of the best essences to describe oneself with, of course, whether in song or speech or writing. Some words are preferable to your own being, like (for me) symphony, chartreuse, tranquility. Some words also appear distasteful, like grange or squelch. But, overall, words are one of the easiest ways to connect people, because no matter the language, the tone of your speech or writing or the way you emphasize certain words expresses the feelings invoked within the person.

But words can be overrated. Why do you need to speak, to read, to write to convey a point? Isn’t it just as strong to look at a serene landscape and appreciate the value of it? Do you really need words for people to understand its beauty?

People say words are like photographs. They capture a specific tone, a windowpane’s glance into one instance, one remembered moment. But what about appreciation of the simplicity of the photographs themselves? For isn’t it true that any media of art in general allows people to connect through their cultures? Why can’t we leave the unsaid in the silence, and for once feel the liberty to just express oneself through instruments or clothing or watercolors? I do not feel it is about the importance of words, but it is about understanding the power of expression as a whole. ~S.I.H.

I hope you enjoyed my entry. Have a great day! 😀

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I most assuredly just had to blog to you, because I just recently read one of the best books I’ve yet had the luck to choose off of the library bookshelf. I had heard that there was a lot of hype about Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, but I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. I know it’s very judgmental for me to state this, but I like thick, numerous-hundred paged novels, that I know will most likely be of substance, with well-developed characters and interesting plots. When I picked up If I Stay, I hesitated. I almost reached to put it back on the shelf. But then I decided to tuck it under the crook of my arm, and then add it to the pile of the six other thicker novels I was checking out of my local library.

The book itself is only 196 pages. But oh, my dear goodness. {It probably didn’t help that I read the book between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 12:15 a.m., but we won’t mention that. Then again, hey. Some of the best books are read in the wee hours of the morning!} This book took me on one of the biggest emotional roller coasters I’ve ever had, due to a book. I was openly sobbing during six different passages of the book. My emotions literally were torn between being shocked, happy, sad, angry, disgusted, sorrowful, and joyous, all at different points of the story.

A brief synopsis of the story goes like this: Mia is seventeen years old, and highly into her musical pursuits, as well as her family and friends and boyfriend, Adam. One morning in February, Mia goes for a car ride with her mom, dad, and brother, and a terrible car crash happens. Instantly, every part of the life Mia’s used to changes. She now is in a hospital, in critical condition… but she’s OUTSIDE of her body. She can SEE everything that’s happening! But when she learns of everything that’s happened, how can she live with the new situation? Should she stay on Earth with Adam and the family and friends she loves, or should she let herself die, so that she can be with others that she has loved while they were living?

This book has many powerful messages about love, the strength of a family, and being courageous. I recommend this to any teenage girl, or any person in general, who might be struggling with the importance of family. I also recommend this to anyone that’s had to face tough choices, or anyone who’s looking for a quick yet memorable read. If I Stay will surely always stay with me as one of my favorite books. 🙂

Ah, dear.

Where does the time go?

The funny thing is, I really do think I’m busier in the summer than I am during the school year. I know it’s a pretty pathetic observation to admit to, but it’s true.

Every weekday, I have three hours of work at my local recreation center. I am an assistant, in charge of watching over and helping twenty-five children in a clay and arts class. They make numerous crafts to take home, and the sweet thing is that most will proudly proclaim that each specific item is either for their mom or grandma. It always amazes me, too, to see some of the things they manage to create with their own hands. The keen imagination they are so lucky to have is so brilliantly portrayed throughout all of the finished work! It is true, though, that some days are filled with having to work with stubborn little girls or just having to hide your own bad mood, but, overall,  it’s about the best job I could ever think of having at this time.

I’ve also been working on my AP Literature summer assignment. I’m hoping to post a few of my reading logs over the next few weeks. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a bit slow-going for me, but I am thoroughly enjoying reading one of the classics, which I tend not to do on a regular basis.

I’m sorry to say that I’ve obviously fallen by the wayside with the promised posts I originally started so very well off on. However, I want to leave you with this short list of  the series of blog posts that can be expected to come within this lovely summer:

  • Posts on my insight of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A few book reviews on YA Fiction books
  • A major post on writing Fan Fiction
  • A log on my stay at a college in Massachusetts {Three weeks! I’m so excited for my adventure!}
  • And a few other blog posts that will be inserted here and there.

Well, I hope this little post is enough to tide you over for a while. Happy Independence Day! I plan on typing to you soon. 😀

Dorkin’ it Out

Quite honestly, I am beyond elated to start AP Literature next year. I know, right? School hasn’t even been over for two days yet and I’m already thinking about next year. Isn’t that a classic.

Well. Today I received my summer assignment for AP Lit, and it just happens to be Huckleberry Finn. How sweet to start off the course with Mark Twain, a well-known author around our area. The best part is, we will be blogging over the course of the summer on our own blogs. Unfortunately, my blog title contains my full real name, which I do not wish to post on here, but I will be occasionally reposting my AP Lit-related blog posts so you can evaluate them yourself.

This is just a little update on what I’ve been up to, regardless of tidying up my room and desk and listening to a combination of Sarah Bareilles, Owl City, and Mormon & Sons.

I am planning on soon posting a series of posts on fan fiction, which just happens to be an area of my expertise! I figure a little excitement every once in a while can’t hurt anything, right? So look forward to that occurring shortly. I also will not be forgetting the always-promised “things” post. Type to you soon! 🙂

This is always a time of the year that brings up mixed feelings. I’m always crossed between being excited and sad. It’s a relief to end all of the stress of the school year, but it’s sad to think about how I only have one year left in the school district. I’ve learned so much on so many levels through my progression in education, and I never feel like I can show my full appreciation. However, I’d love to compile a list of things that people have the option to do with the end of the school year.

  • Tell the teachers who taught you the most how much you really learned for them. Just a few small words of appreciation mean the most to teachers, because they never know how students truly feel about the course without accreditation.
  • Plan something special with your friends for the last day of school. Whether it’s some crazy {yet rule-obeying, of course} prank or writing inside jokes on your arm, it adds to the fun of the bittersweet day. Personally, my friends and I create a theme to dress up to for the day; for example, last year we dressed up as our favorite music artists.
  • Take the time to scope out your favorite haunts. It’s good to take a second to reminisce all that has happened throughout the school year, because some memories are worth maintaining {of course, there’s always the select few that are not worth remembering.}
  • Make sure you save any school papers and projects that are important. This might be because you were really proud of the effort you put into something or the grade you received, or even because you know those papers will help you out in a course next year.
  • Finally, the treat. Make sure you do something to celebrate all of the challenges you overcame and the end of all of the responsibilities of the school year. Whether it’s participating in your favorite pastime or eating a big ice cream sundae, it’s important to recognize your growth as a person.

The “Things”

Consequently, I have failed to maintain my own schedule. Fortunately, I have the right to plead that I just completed my first round of the SAT, so I believe intense studying is a good excuse for missing a post. 😉 Onto the list…

Things Every Girl Should Know

  • I believe it is true when people say there will always be someone for everyone. It’s much better to go out and be yourself than wait around and sulk while waiting for the right guy {or your crush} to come along and sweep you off your feet. One day, you’ll be happy to have someone to spend time with, but when you are moping around being single, you’re missing out on wonderful opportunities!
  • You are held in high respect when you maintain your classiness. Quite honestly, boys often don’t like to hear girls cussing or living the wild life or freely engaging in illegal activities. I believe it’s really ignorant how society regards women who don’t maintain their femininity to be unsuitable, but I do believe one must respect their own body and make good decisions in order to be acknowledged as a “nice” girl by others. The way you dress and present yourself influence public opinion more than you’d think.
  • There’s always going to be another good day in the future. Nothing in this world is worth contemplating ending your own life over. I’ve heard numerous empty threats and many other serious statements, but it’s always held true that those same girls had really good days just a week or so after uttering the harsh words. Friends are always there if you’re feeling down, and there’s always means of escape by writing or music or any other hobby you thoroughly enjoy. Don’t let small or even big things influence your life. The past is gone, and the future holds many exciting endeavors. Learn your passion and be yourself.

Those are three of the most simple things I could come up with, because they’re what I feel strongest about in general when examining the aspects of being a female. I hope that you don’t mind my opinions, and honestly contemplate my reasonings. 🙂

I have hesitated from posting this past week on the terms of re-figuring my exact purpose for this blog. I’ve always toyed with the idea of having a day or even a week set out with a schedule of pre-planned themes. Gratefully, with less homework toward the close of the school year and the free time to plan it out, I have decided on a few constants I hope to maintain.

Every Friday {I hope; everything must be tentative with my hectic life; then again, I’ve just recently discovered the wonderful “pre-write a post for a later date” publishing option,} I plan on writing a “Things Every ______ Ought to Know” list. This can have a variety of topics, and can be in a variety of tones, which I think can make this set series of posts very successful.

Every two weeks, I plan on writing a book review. I’m an avid reader, so I hope that writing book reviews will help me create a log of the styles of writing I admire, and show my blog followers (you) who I really am. Everyone knows that what you read can define you as a person. It’s interesting to see how people can be judged by their own book choices.

So, without further ado (since this blog post is obviously dragging on long enough as it is,) here is the premiere of the Friday “Things” List!

Things Every Reader Ought to Know

  • No matter what, you can’t change the book. The words have been printed and bound, and the characters’ fate have been finalized. The best you can do is accept the author’s decisions and either be happy or disappointed with the results.
  • As stated before, a lot of times people will judge you by what you read. Most likely you will only read books that interest you and appeal to your demeanor, but you always want to avoid an awkward moment with a book that could surprise people (if you know what I mean.)
  • Make it your mission to examine your reading history. Do you have (a) favorite author(s)? Do you have a favorite style of writing? Do you favor a specific tone for the narrator? You might be surprised with the patterns that you find.
  • Keep some sort of log for yourself. Whether it’s writing down titles and quotes of books that made you think or inspired you, or simply typing up book reviews as a record of what you’ve truly enjoyed or despised, it’s good to remember what you have read and learn what you still need to read about.
  • Make sure you have variety. You will get very bored with reading if you always read about the same topic. Mix it up! Try different types of prose; some poetry, an audiobook, a novel, short stories, blog posts. Read about something you don’t really understand, and see if you can learn something. Challenge yourself to read a genre you think you hate. (Perhaps it would be best to have someone recommend you a book they liked of that genre!) To have a healthy reading diet, you must maintain a balance of all literary pieces.