Thursday, 28 April 2011

Letter to the Editor

Last week my writer's craft class was given an assignment. It was pretty self-explanatory, write a letter to the editor of a newspaper in response to any article. Mine was in response to an article that was talking about the members of a community in the north end of the city were complaining about and against a possible apartment complex going up in the middle of their residential community. We were asked to send these into the newspaper (London Free Press) and if they got printed we would receive four bonus points. Mine was printed in the paper today, one of four that were printed in the newspaper last week and this week from our class.

Wrong place for complex

After reading the article Development opponents optimistic, determined (April 18) I agreed with the members of the Old Stoneybrook Community Association. Putting an apartment complex in an already developed residential community poses many problems. Where would the tenants park? How would the complex be entered and where? Would the sewage system have to be adjusted for this? When there are so many abandoned buildings in the city, it would be cimple just to refurbish one of those buildings since the above mentioned problems are already taken care of. A large city requires apartments, but placing a complex in an already developedcommunity is not the answer to urban sprawl. No one wants people looking in their backyard. Before building new buildings, all of the options should be explored.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Illusions

I have read two amazing books by the author Aprilynne Pike. They are Wings and Spells. The books are very intriguing and, as you probably already guessed, they are about fairies! They focus around one fairy, Laurel, and her struggles with who she is and what she has to do. There's a third book coming out very, very soon!! In 8 days, in fact. I discovered the trailer for the book on Aprilynne's blog, Apparently! and wanted to share it with you all.

*WARNING SPOILER ALERT* The trailer does cover the basic plots and events of both Wings and Spells so if you haven't read those books yet beware!!


Enjoy!

Quote of the day: Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words. - Italo Calvino

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Tournament Update

My first rugby tournament was yesterday. I'm not going to lie, it was cold. It was rainy, muddy, chilly and we were outside for pretty much the entire day. It was originally supposed to be at Canner's Field, Exeter but it got moved to South Huron District High School because of the craptastic weather. We were actually the second game so we were warming up and stretching while the first game was being played. Let me get this out of the way: A lot of people say that hockey, or football have a lot of contact and complain about that. Let me tell you from experience that the contact in those sports is nothing like in rugby. There's a tackle every minute and when we're not tackling we're scrumming down. When we're not scrumming we're sprinting and when we're not sprinting we're trying to wrap tackle someone. But it was fun! I survived my first tackle and tried to help out in the rucks, but I know I could've done better. We lost all of our games but I think we still had fun. We were hauling butt across the field and screaming and getting tight and getting flat and sprinting fast. We did pretty well for our second tournament. A lot of the other coaches and referees said that we were doing really well for the amount of experience we had and that we had a lot of potential. We have an entire week to practice hard and practice well before our next tournament. The next tournament is in Stratford (yes, Justin Bieber's hometown) and then we have our last one in London at St. George's. I know we will do incredibly well in those tournaments. Gooooooo South! Fight, fight, fight!

Quote of the day: We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Rugby Tournament

Tomorrow is my very first rugby tournament in Exeter!! I am very, very, very, very nervous about this tournament BUT I am also very, very, very, very, very excited to be going. It would be incredible to experience the game first-hand instead of watching it or practicing unopposed. My mom is rather against the sport because she thinks I'm going to break all my bones (knock on wood!) because one of my team mates broke their wristin two places at the Saturday tournament. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be rainy and cold tomorrow (a high of six degrees!!) so I will definitely be dressing warm and snuggly. I do believe we will do incredibly well though because we are just that awesome. Even if we don't win any games I will be extremely proud of my team and how well we did.

Quote of the day: The ambitious will always be the first in the crowd; he presseth forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see one before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance. - Akhenaton

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A Multitude of News

Today in writer's craft we have started our blogging unit!! As you can tell, I am very excited about this since I do blog. I really hope that we have a test on this because I think I would rock it. We have taken a note on blogs, blogging terms (bloggers, blogosphere) and some legal issues with blogs. We have also looked at some Twitter terms, which I also have and rarely use. It was interesting to read the website about legal issues with blogs. People really have to watch what they say to each other, in person, on text or via Internet. We are being watched by everyone. Yeah, a little creeped out right now.

IN OTHER NEWS: After prom is a go for me and my friends!! It feels like this giant weight has just been lifted off my shoulders and I can breath again. We were all really stressing about it, but now that's done and over with.

Also, I have a rugby tournament coming up on saturday!! But I won't be there because I commited to doing a 30hr famine sleepover at my church and it wouldn't be right to bail on them after I commited to them first. Hopefully the team does well in the tournament.

All in all, it's getting pretty busy since the end of the year is drawing near. This also means I need to make a decision for university . . . And I am a pretty indecisive person sooooo . . .

Anyway, that's all. A lot is going on, and the craziness is piling up.

Quote of the day: Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours. - Swedish Proverb

Saturday, 9 April 2011

A Script

In writer's craft we were working on script writing and this is what I came up with. Let me know what you think!

A green forest. It has just recently rained. Water glistens on trees and falls from the canopy above. Birds can be heard overhead. A red fox steps out from the foliage and moves cautiously into view. A sudden crash is heard from far away. The fox is startled and hurries away. The crashing sound continues. Zoom into the forest, in the direction of the sound. The camera bursts into a clearing. Stumps litter the ground and trees lie fallen. Machines pick up the trees and drag them away. Men’s voices are shouting over the sound of the machinery. Machinery drones on. Trees keep falling.


Scott: How many more acres?

George: I don’t know. You’d have to ask Bobby.

Scott: Bobby!

Bobby: Turns to see who called his name. Sees Scott, waves and walks over, carefully picking his way through the tree wreckage. Hey Scott, George, what’s up? Looks at each of them in turn.

Scott: How many more acres?

Bobby: Cups his ear. What?

Scott: Cups his mouth. How many more acres for today?

Bobby: Two more and then we can start cleaning this crap up. Head office called and we also need to start replanting some of these trees.

George: Laughs boisterously. They want us to replant this shit? Kicks a fallen tree.

A loud creaking sound is heard in the forest. The workers stop and listen. Machinery is still running.

George: Leans over to Scott. Whispers while staring at the forest in front of them. Did you hear that?

Bobby: Pulls out his walkie talkie. Tell everyone to shut off their engines!

Greg: Voice crackles over. We still have two acres to cut . . .

Bobby: I don’t care how many acres are left! I said, tell everyone to cut their fucking engines! I want all machinery to stop running!

Greg: Yes sir!

Scott: Turns to Bobby and stares at him wide-eyed. What are you going to do?

Bobby: Mutters a few swear words before turning to look at his co-workers. I don’t know, probably have everyone evacuate the area. Shakes head.

Scott: Voice rises as he waves his arms wildly. You can’t have everyone leave just because a forest creaks! It was probably the wind!

George: Watches the two of them yelling at each other.

Another loud creaking sound is heard, making everyone stop and listen again. Machinery is shut off.

Bobby: Pulls out his walkie talkie again. Greg, you there?

Greg: Yeah Bobby?

Bobby: Hesitates and looks at the forest before speaking. Get me head office.

Scott and George both look at Bobby like he’s crazy.

Greg: Voice crackles over after a few seconds. You sure about that Bobby?

A loud crashing sound is heard not far away.

Bobby: Holds the walkie talkie up to his mouth. Don’t test me, Greg! Just get me head office!

A few seconds pass.

Greg: Patching you in Bobby.

Mr. Johnson: What is it Bobby?

Bobby: Mr. Johnson, it appears we have a problem . . .

All is quiet as everyone looks around uneasily.

Mr. Johnson: Gruff voice breaks the silence. What is it Bobby?

Bobby: You know that situation they had in BC last year?

Mr. Johnson: In the Delta sector?

Bobby: Dragging out the “a” sound in “that”. That’s the one.

Mr. Johnson: What about it?

Bobby: Swallows. Adam’s apple bobs. We are experiencing it right now sir.

Mr. Johnson: A string of curses is heard over the walkie talkie. Get your men out of there right now! I want your men and machinery gone by sundown! Do you understand me?

Bobby: Yes sir! Turns to look at his co-workers. You heard what Johnson said! I want every single person and piece of machinery out of here before sun set!

Everyone begins talking again and the machines are started up again. Everyone is in reverse as they leave the clearing and start heading back to the town just beyond the forest. Bobby climbs onto his tractor and starts it up. George begins to walk back with everyone else. Scott is standing still, looking at everyone with disbelief.

Scott: Bull shit!

Bobby: Brakes and looks at Scott.

Scott: Pointing wildly at the forest behind him. There’s nothing in there! It’s just trees! Glares at Bobby for a moment. I’m going in there. I was paid to do twenty acres so I’m going to do twenty acres!

Bobby: Are you insane? Do you know what’s in there?

Scott: Using arms dramatically, voice rising. There’s nothing in there! There’s nothing to be afraid of!

Bobby: Turns more comfortably in his seat. Did you hear what happened in BC Scott?

Scott: No.

Bobby: Those same sounds were heard in Bella Coola, BC. They thought nothing of it and so continued their work. The deeper they went the louder and close the sounds. One morning, the workers returned to their site to find all of their machinery destroyed and their security guards killed. All over the clearing were footprints too large to belong to any person . . . or animal.

Scott: You seriously think I’m going to believe that air quotes “big foot” attacked one of our sites in BC?

Bobby: Shrugs shoulder and turns to drive away again. Suit yourself. He begins to drive away and Scott turns to head into the forest alone with his saw.

Cut to where his co-workers have gathered beyond the forest’s borders. The sun is setting. Machinery surrounds a diner where they’re all inside eating. Laughter and talk can be heard. A scream pierces the still night. Camera pans quickly to the forest. An aerial shot of birds flying out of trees cawing. Cut to the clearing where two red eyes are blinking in the shadows of the trees. They’re too high off the ground to belong to anything human.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Time

It's terribly frightening to realize that in three months I will be writing my highschool exams for the last time. Prom is two months away and we are furiously e-mailing and calling places, trying to find a place where we can go after prom. In less than two months I will be accepting and/or denying university acceptances and in five months I will be attending that university that I have decided to go to. It's all terribly, terribly frightening. Life seems to go by waaaaay too quickly and sometimes I think we all need to take a look around and be grateful for what we have, who we have and where we are. The other night I was thinking to myself, There is no purpose in life. Our purpose it to be. Be alive, be grateful, be-lieve (see what I did there?) We need to thank the universe we are alive. We need to take care of this wonderful planet we live on because it's the only one we've got. And we need to cherish our relationships with others. Our purpose in life is to live. It's as simple as that. Life goes by too quickly not to.

Quote of the day: What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Anonymous