Thursday, 24 February 2011

"So, you think you can write a short story, huh? Of course you can."

In writer's craft today we were given an assignment. We would write our very own short stories with the theme of loss. Which would explain why all the examples he read to us were depressing stories where someone always got hurt or hurt someone. Our teacher wants it to be very original, or as original as it gets. Mine is based on a dream I had last night so it should be very original. The story will be three to four pages in length (750-1000 words) and double spaced, which means it won't be a very long short story. There are several parts to this process that we must go through for him to mark: brainstorming, story organizer, scene 1 (of 3) rough draft, scenes 1, 2, 3 rough draft, and final copy. I'm pretty excited because it means that I will get to put my writing skills to the test. I'm not excited because my teacher will be reading it. I'm very personal about my stories and who reads them so hopefully this will be a chance for me to let go of my story and allow it to be out there. I'll post the finished product here so that it really will be out there in the Internet world.

Quote of the Day: "What you do in this world is of no consequence," returned my companion. "The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scarlett Letter

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Interplanetary Be Who You Are Day!

As we all know, today is Valentine's Day. However, I don't really like it because it focuses waaaaaay too much on couples and not on loving EVERYBODY as a whole. I am a very avid reader of author Kristin Cashore's blog and she has renamed Valentine's Day "Interplanetary Be Who You Are Day". I must say that I agree with her. So, from me and all of my friends who agree with me, Happy Interplanetary Be Who You Are Day!

Quote of the day: If you love somebody, let them go. If they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were. - Anonymous

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Je ne comprend pas!!!

I am having some serious issues with French this semester. It really doesn't help that my teacher speaks in French 89% of the time. I just can't follow what he's saying! HE SPEAKS TOO FAST!!!! I absolutely cannot think in French in the same amount of time I think in English. It doesn't work that way. I guess I probably could work harder to learn, but the knowledge of French is evading me this year. I loved my teacher last year, but I feel as though she didn't push me as hard as my grade 10 French teacher, who I absolutely love. Or, I could just try to learn and work harder at what I'm doing . . . Ah well, c'est la vie.

Quote of the day: There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all. - Anonymous

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Snow Storm Alert! And Apple Pie

Last night I heard the beginning of the storm that is supposed to be the worst we've seen in two years. Funny, I thought all the snow and wind that we had a month and a half ago was the worst we've seen in 20 years . . . But, while the weather forecasters are figuring out which storm (snow dump) was worse, I will be cleaning my closet and hanging out with a very dear friend of mine. We will be making cookies!! I was very excited about exams being over on Monday and I decided to make an apple pie that I had seen on Chef At Home with Michael Smith. It's supposed to be super healthy with whole wheat flour and rolled oats for a crust and honey substituted for sugar (which is odd because I thought honey was pure sugar . . .). Since it is my first (homemade) pie, I thought I would share a picture with the world.

Doesn't it look delicious??

It's actually pretty good. Another healthy choice was substituting vanilla ice cream with vanilla yogurt. It was surprisingly delicious and I shared a slice with a friend who came over yesterday. If you're searching for awesome recipes then check this out and find your own cool recipes.

Well, that closet isn't going to clean itself.

Quote of the Day: I did toy with the idea of doing a cook-book. The recipes were to be the routine ones: how to make dry toast, instant coffee, hearts of lettuce and brownies. But as an added attraction, at no extra charge, my idea was to put a fried egg on the cover. I think a lot of people who hate literature but loved fried eggs would buy it if the price was right. - Groucho Marx