Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fictional Characters

The first character I read about was Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins. His character has played on our culture's facination with serial killers. Lecter is so facinating because he plays a cold blooded serial killer, and yet he has somewhat of a soft spot. His character also shows his vounerabilities. One of the main ways his character is obviously fictional is the fact that he does care somewhat about one person. He has a soft spot for Agt. Clarice Starling. If his character was a real serial killer he wouldn't even have a soft spot for her.

The second character I read about was Cookie Monster. He is facinating because he is a puppet that is obsessed with cookies. He is important because he is a funloving monster that even though he is obsessed with cookies he always finds a nice way to get them. Everybody loves him. When there were rumors about him being replaced with a veggie monster thousands of people signed a petition to stop it from happening. That is one loved monster if you ask me.

A character that holds interest to me is J.D. from Scrubs. He is important because he represents pretty much everybody. His character is so intreguing because he shows the flaws that everybody has in them as well. He is nerdy, silly, loveable, kind to others, and on the negative side he can be needy, sometimes greedy, and even a jerk. These are qualities that everybody possesses, and that makes him easy to relate to. Even when he is being a jerk he eventually finds a way to make it right. Because of this he is a good representation of our society.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Importance of Stories

Part 1:
Stories are important to childhood because they teach kids many things. People read stories to kids because they teach them many skills, and they can teach kids lessons. Stories can teach kids colors, numbers, and rhyming. They can also teach kids morals and things like that. Being read to also helps improve their language skills, and they can even teach kids to be creative.

Part 2:
Much like kids, older people read stories to further education. Reading makes us aware of important problems that we might otherwise not know. Stories teach us more complex lessons and morals. They also can lead us to a higher level of thinking. Stories also can be an escape. They let you leave our world behind and transport you to a sometimes fictional world of wonder.

Part 3:
I think a lot of times the people of our nation look to books for an escape. They flock to them because the stories offer them a place to get away from the troubles of our world, and lets them get wraped up in fictional issues. In the case of non-fictional stories, they make people aware of what is going on. Those stories give people common ground, and can also aid in the process of fixing some of the problems. Stories allow the writters to express themselves, and bring up important topics. They allow readers to be educated, and to learn the viewpoints of other people.

Part 4:
I liked rhyms when I was little. I really liked Shell Silverstine, and people like him. One of my favorite books was a book that I call "Pidy Widy". That wasn't the real name, but in my head that name stuck. I also liked it when people made up stories. I would give my dad certain criteria, and he would have to make up a story with those exact specifications. I had my parents read to me every night before I went to sleep up until middle school.

Part 5: Characteristics of a well-told storyDevelop a list of 7-10 characteristics that stories should have. Be specific. Do not just say that "stories should have good characters." What makes a character good? Think about what the author should do and how the reader should feel when reading.

1. Descriptiveness
2. Flow
3. Round characters
4. Plot
5. Conflict
6. Foreshadowing
7. Theme
8. Point of view
9. Accurate punctuation
10. If a factual story, use accurate facts.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Yay, it’s my birthday today! I am officially 18! So far the only present I've gotten today was a pop from my friend John. A lot of people have wished me a happy birthday though. Parts of today suck since I bowled a terrible game in gym today, my friend Rob endlessly tortured me, and my dad is going into chemo for the fourth time, and now my whole class is singing to me. Oh dear lord. On the upside though I am going home with my friend Michelle, and we are going to Target to look for a birthday present for our friend Leah. We are going to make a stop at Southdale too so I can get my free Caribou. Then we are going to eat at Perkins for my birthday dinner. Hopefully my parents will have something special waiting for me when I get home, but if they don't I guess I don't blame them. The party should be fun, but I have no idea when it's going to be. One thing my friend Leah and I are going to do sometime since she just turned 18 too on the 16th, is get my belly button pierced. She is going to get her ears pierced again. I want to get my belly button pierced I think. It depends on how much it will cost and how much it will hurt. I somewhat don't like needles. Speaking of needles today is also the blood drive. I was going to sign up for it, but I chickened out like last time. I feel somewhat guilty for not doing it, but I will give blood someday. I swear. I can't wait to check the mail today. I hope I get a few birthday cards. If not today I probably will get them within a week. Knowing the people who send them I will probably be getting money in them. I really don't know what else to say. Oh yeah. I just remembered another cool thing about being 18. I can officially vote! I can't wait to vote in the upcoming election. I am not totally sure who I will be voting for, but most likely it will be whoever wins the democratic nomination. Ok, that is all I have to say about my birthday today. I hope today will be a good day.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

"Let Me Let Go" Critique

2. The song I picked was "Let Me Let Go" by Faith Hill. I picked this song because I really like it, and I find that it relates to me. The song is about someone who can't get over their ex lover. This relates to me because I have the same perdicament. I noticed that I tend to like songs that I can relate to. I find that listening to songs such as this helps me express my emotions in a less obvious way.

3.The title of the song fits perfectly. The title of the song was picked because the phrase let me let go is used many times througout the song's chorus.

4.Imagery is somewhat used in the begining of the song in the second stanza. She mentions touch and sound. Metaphor is also used in this part "I've been two thousand miles Down a dead-end road" She hasn't really been down a road, but that is describing how she feels. Hyperbole is also used because she uses exaggerations throughout the whole song to describe her situation.

5.The tone is sad and longing. The tone is set up by somewhat exaggerating her situation. It is also enhanced by the melody, and her singing the song slowly.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Writing Territories

I personally like to read novels. I like novels because they take longer to read, so I will have something to keep me busy longer. One of my favorite authors is Stephen King, even though I haven't read any of his books since last summer. I like to write either short stories, poems, or journal entry style stuff. I used to write almost every day, or at least once a week, but I haven't writen anything in a really long time other than for school. I usualy write in a journal about stuff that is going on in my life. If I don't have anything interesting to write about in my life I write about random subjects that are usualy depressing ones. I don't know why but it seems that it is easier to write about things that are sad than happy.

3. Thursday, the day of the hockey game was very fun. I couldn't get out of school, but I hung out with my friends. It was sweet because I pretty much did nothing all day. First hour all I did in math was a fun word wuzzle work sheet. In gym second hour I talked to my friends in my gym class in the weight room. After that I hung out with my friends in the cafeteria. My friend Michelle and I listened to my ipod, and started planning our trip to Wisconsen Dells this summer. We don't even know if we are going to be able to go, but hopefully everything will work out. By the end it was very annoying because my friend Adam kept taking stuff out of my back pack and hiding it. He used to do that in eighth grade too, so he was doing it for old times sake. When we had to go to fifth hour I had to go to child psych. I was the only one there at first, and Mrs. Kieffer had her kids there, so she asked me to watch them while she went to talk to Mrs. Irons. Her kids were very loud and hyper. I got out of sixth hour early so that was fun. It was a good day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

new post written late on 02/27/08

Writing a play was very interesting. I feel that the story would have been better if I wasn't limited to settings that only can be done on stage. I also would have found it easier to write it like a short story. It wasn't too hard to write though, because in art of film I had to write a movie script. It was also difficult to figure out how to start it. I would have to say that writing a play was a unique experience.

If I were to give a ten year old boy advice about living in today's world I would say to work hard. If you prepare early you won't get behind. It is also helpful to be self confident, and to follow your dreams. I would say that nothing in this world worth having comes easy, so don't be afraid to do the work. I say this because I wish I would have prepared for things earlier, even though things have still worked out. I would also say to not care about the mean things that people could say, because that has really helped me growing up.

I have no idea what makes them last forever. Maybe it has something to do with many people finding them good works. That message has probably been passed down from generation to generation, thus preserving the title of those works as being amazing. They must be good in order to keep the interest of people for so long. I don't think I could see myself writing something that would last that long. Partly because I couldn't see myself having a writing career, which the authors of those works had. I also am not as skilled of a writer as those authors. I enjoy writing, but I am no where near as good.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Theme is very important in writing. It helps convey a main idea, and gives substance to a story. Without a theme a story would just be a bunch of random words that hardly have a point. For example in the story of the tortoise and the hare, the theme of the story is that slow and steady wins the race. Without that lesson the story would just be two animals running through the forest. The theme of a story doesn't have to be blatantly obvious though, it can be very well hidden within the story. A story also can have multiple themes, you might have to search harder for multiple themes, but that could also lead to better understanding of what you are reading. The same thing goes for ideas being present in writing. Without ideas there pretty much wouldn't be a story in the first place.

I believe the theme I am going to try to incorporate into my play is the idea that love is patient, and worth waiting for. A theme such as this is important to me for various reasons. One of those reasons is because I am a hopeless romantic, and I fantasize about various scenarios, so I have plenty of ideas. It also is important because the type of story I would write is how I wish things could be in my own life. It is funny though, because most guys don't do the things I fantasize about. Thus making it a fantasy I guess. I also greatly enjoy romance.

In the play the main conflict would be the struggle of a girl who has her heart broken, but still is deeply in love with the guy who broke it. When she finds out he has a new girl she makes it her mission to break them up. In doing so she winds up meeting another guy, and falling for him. In the end her ex realizes that he still loves her, and the girl must make a choice between her past, and her present. This may sound really corny, but I like it.