I chose this short story to be the base concept for my story. I think that it will make a great war story and a pretty easy on at that. The idea that I have in mind is for a man named Tim and his wife Cherry to be living in present day America. President Trump has put us into political and economic despair and we’ve just put been put into WWIII. Tim was drafted to fight in WWIII but he lies to his wife because he knows it will break her heart. Right before he leaves he gives her a note explaining about him being drafted. I thought of the idea because right now in history class were talking about the American Revolution and a lot of husbands got drafted and died in the war. In addition to that I don’t think that it is very hard for most of us to imagine a WWIII happening, and being in economic and political despair. I personally think that this story is pretty much realistic fiction because in my mind it’s very possible for all this to happen. Originally I thought about making a comical short story with lots of laughs and jokes. The first short story that I picked was, “Well I thought it was funny”, but the idea of a sad story captured my thoughts afterwards. The characters were originally going to be a group of friends that all lived near each other in a small town who would just do stupid things. The more I thought about it though the more I started thinking of typing a war story about a man who ended up befriending two of his military comrades. The setting remained the same throughout the development of my story because I like the idea of basing this story in present times.
This fair week has been a pretty intense one for me for a bunch of reasons. I have been begging my mom to let me get my permit since the day I turned 16 way back in April. Finally after the six months of me begging and doing extra chores and stuff she finally allowed me to get my permit. So I have been driving since last Thursday and let me tell you, I am awful! In my mind I never thought driving could be as hard as it is. I have a hard time paying attention to signs, keeping a constant speed, and I can’t tell you how many people iv’e cut off already. My mom claims to have anxiety issues, which personally I don’t believe, and I was so bad at driving at first that she now refuses to get in the car with me. So my step-dad has been teaching me these past couple of days, and my driving has seriously improved. I have been putting in the time and effort to get to know the vehicle that I am driving, and it is seriously paying off. I can now drive at a constant speed, and I am exceptionally good at paying attention to all the signs I drive past.
Other than all of this fair has been relatively boring. I only went like three times this year because its the same stuff over and over again. On top of all that one of my friends just happened to be grounded for the entire fair break, so that really sucked since I couldn’t hangout with him. My other friends were all busy with other things, so I just kinda did stuff by myself. I skateboarded a lot over the break and I landed a lot of really cool new tricks.
I am going to start off by describing my second week of school compared to the first. The only notable difference so far is the amount of work, but that is fairly normal so no complaints on my end.
When it comes to the elements of a short story notes, there were many notable differences that I would say strengthened my understanding of the terms. First off, setting is a very obvious thing to know when it comes to understanding a story, but talking about character reveal within setting was pretty new for me. Another thing that was discussed during the notes was a complicating factor. Of course I already knew every good story needs a complicating factor, but I never thought about it until we went over it. A term that was completely new to me was catharsis. The term identifies the emotional bond between the reader and the characters in the story. I have never heard of a good book where there was no connection between the reader and the characters. This is a key term in making a good story and I am glad that I learned it through the notes. When it comes to climax it seems the majority of the time it is a peak climax, but I learned that some stories will have what is called a plateau climax. Stories that have a plateau climax tend to be horror stories, because they draw out the most exciting parts. Lastly the term “unity” was a new one for me when it comes to a story. It basically means that all the elements have to come together in order for it to be a good story.
I can not remember the name for what the term is, but it is when an author uses the same idea for multiple stories while only adjusting minor factors. That term applies for the stories I am reading right now. The razorland trilogy (actually pretty good books) written by Ann Aguire. The only problem with them is that the same exact thing keeps happening over and over again.
So far my week had been pretty normal. This is my first year taking college courses, but they have been pretty relaxed up to now. I have to take my first AP history test today and I am just really freaking out over it. My other college course is CAD and that sucker is pretty hard. From the very first day we have been cranking out work. My other classes up to this point though have been relatively easy and little to no work. A major adjustment for this year is my lunch. I’m in lunch seven and there are way to many people in that lunch. Last year I was in the first lunch and there was barley anybody, so its been a pretty major adjustment. One thing that the school really messed up on this year was only having two lunch checkout things. The lines to pay for our food get pretty fat and it’s honestly ridiculous. I was just informed that I failed my first AP test indefinitely. That’s a pretty major set back for me right now and it’s pretty depressing. Through watching the slide shows I learned that Elise wants to be a prison guard, and I find that to be really cool. I am supporter of women’s equality and I think Elise taking charge and joining the work force is really cool. Right now my favorite video game would have to be UFC2. I’m sure everyone knows what UFC is but if not it’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It’s a major organized fighting sport and the game is just absolutely amazing. You can create your own fighter, and since I’m huge into wrestling, my character is of course is a wrestler. My dude is an absolute animal, like he goes hard and I beat people up hardcore. That’s why UFC2 is currently my favorite game.
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