Poetry. I hate poetry. It’s boring to me and I personally don’t like to have to think so deeply about something in order to read it. Like why would i read something in order to analyze and take it apart. Don’t get me wrong, some poems that are easy to understand right away and analyze are cool. There are some poems that I have read and thought “wow”. Sometimes certain poems make me think different perspective. The poems we have read are the perfect example of why I would rather not read poetry. For example, when we read these poems I tried to understand them somewhat and got a theme out of them, well at least I did. Then when we analyzed them and took them apart, I was totally wrong. That’s why I don’t like poetry. When we read and went over the analysis for Eldorado that exact thing happened. I thought the theme was one thing and it turned out to be another. But after all I ended up understanding it. Other than reading a professionals poetry, I am gonna have to write a poem myself. The worst thing you could do to a person that HATES poetry is have them write a poem. So for this poem I thought about what I love the most to make it somewhat good. Food, I love food. That is what my poem is going to about and it is going to be amazing. I’m going to include how happy it makes me because nothing else does.
When I think about a death in a family, I picture relatives not speaking, grief expressed through every action, and a wave of reality that hits. These are all things I noticed when I read the book I Was Here. this book shows what it’s like for a group of people to go through a unexpected death and having to make sense of why this event happened. The challenge throughout the story is trying to find ways to move on and finding forgiveness. The one person that shows most of this anger and emotion is Cody, she survives her best friends death. She experiences confusion, anger, and depression. One thing i really loved about this book is to see how she overcame all of those feelings. I read this book to see what it’s like to go through something so terrible and to see different ways people overcome it. I felt that it was a great life lesson book. It is god for advice and comfort, especially if you are currently going through a situation like Cody’s. Going into reading this book i wasn’t excited because i looked at it as just another book to read for AR but afterwards i came out of it enjoying it. There was some things about the book i did not enjoy. For example, i did not like how the narrator dragged for most parts of the book. During Cody’s mission to avenge her friends death the feeling throughout was lost. This affected other characters as well and made it hard to tell what kind of person they were and what they felt about their friends death. Although i enjoyed this book, i feel that not everybody else will also. This book was very heavy in feeling and sad. Other than that it is a good, educated book to show suicide and how to stop or help people that may be going that direction.
The difference between my first initial thought my story and now is pretty different. when I first wrote my story I had little to no details and then as I moved further along I actually created a story you can follow along to. I created more characters that are involved, for example I added minor characters that I didn’t have before. I also added more dialogue instead of having paragraphs to explain the story. parts of the story that were too hard to follow along where I added dialogue to show emotion. I added more action any motion to follow along with. I added more action any motion to follow along with. I changed most of the story because I felt it was not very good. I feel that my final story came out and lot better than my first draft. even though I think my final story came out better I feel bad I could’ve sat a better mood and added even more detail than I did. It was frustrating to me because I don’t exactly know how to write a short story no matter how much we go over. It was frustrating me because I don’t exactly know how to write a short story no matter how much we go over it. Now onto my independent reading, I am not completely done with my book yet but so far I have enjoyed it. I personally feel that the mood of the story is upsetting considering it is about a suicide. I am not sure what book I am going to read for my Second book for this quarter. I do enjoy this author so I imagine I will be picking a book by her. but in all honesty I hate reading and I am dreading this independent reading.
The six word story I chose was “For sale:baby shoes. never worn”. I chose this one because I felt it was the easiest one to get an idea from. the idea I got from this six word short story isn’t a very happy idea. In my story it will start off with the wife, Emily, telling the husband, Ryan, about antique baby shoes she wanted to get for their baby girl, Penelope. Ryan continues to argue with Emily explaining how the shoes are not in their budget, being antiques. Ryan leaves for work mad and upset after the argument feeling regret the rest of his day at work. this regret gets to him to the point he decides to buy the shoes for Penelope because he knows how important it is to her. After finding and buying the baby shoes he is heading home when he sees off towards the area of his house a huge black smoke cloud. As he arrives home seeing his house in flames he shortly after gets word that his daughter and wife never made it out. Months later ahead the story explains how police find out it was arson. This makes Ryan eager to find out who it was. With past history of hating his wife, he instantly thinks of his mother, Nancy. After court hearings and investigations there was still no proof of it being her. Ryan refuses to let her getting away with it even if she is his mom. Ryan decides to cut the brakes on his own mothers car leading her to loose control and drive off a bank and dying. Getting life in prison, Ryan’s house is being sold. once new people move into the house, they look in the attic to find boxes left over with a pair a old antique baby shoes with the tag still on them. Having to not be their things the new couple have a yard sale selling the baby shoes. I got this idea just after advice from my peers and notes from in class. I now having a better understanding on how to write a story then I did before.
Ever since I watched the great movie rendition of If I Stay, written by Gayle Forman, I was excited to hear about I Was Here. Just like Gayle’s previous work, I loved how she takes a touching and sad topic and makes in into a loving mood. Right in the first sentence of the book it starts off with Meg’s suicide letter. In her letter she shortly explains how this is her decision alone and apologizes for the pain it will cause. I was surprised along after reading that how she continued to email the letter to friends and family. Meg also had another letter saying what motel she was in, room number, and what poison she ingested. I felt she was very blunt for also having a note instructing the maid to call the police along with a fifty-dollar tip. This made me confused right off the start of reading this book. A way I feel Gayle Forman likes to write her books is with flashbacks was like in If I Stay, she starts off by talking about the death while flash backing to how it lead up to it. Even thought I enjoy this type of writing, it can make me confused having to jump back and forth. It did make me upset when Cody explains writing her eulogy and including memories of them from kindergarten. Also the way she explained certain details she noticed about her and this made me try to relate but I couldn’t even imagine. My favorite character so far is Cody obviously. She is the main character and after all shes been through she doesn’t give off a sympathetic feeling which makes you want to feel bad for her. Meg is my least favorite character because although she committed suicide I
feel it was completely selfish of her. I feel it is selfish for anyone that commits suicide because in the end it hurts more people around them worse then they hurt themselves. I can almost relate to Cody because two years ago I had a family friend that decided to take his own life instead of reaching out and till this day I still have so many questions I wish I could ask him. Cody feels the same way for Meg, wanting to just get another chance to be with her. So far I like this book but I can not tell what the resolution will be, too early to tell.
My first initial reaction to “The Devil and Tom Walker” was that I did not like it. I felt that it was too hard to comprehend and was confusing. When I think of a short story that was too long. I also had to read it more than once to finally get somewhat of a comprehension of it. The only part of the story I started to get a little interested was towards the end where the suspense started to build up. I also felt like I lost interests once I have to think about the story more and more. I like to read and understand the first time. I can not say I have read anything much like this story before. The main reason I have not read much of anything like this is the amount of symbolization and deep meanings in the story. An example of the symbols in this story was how the author used the trees to represent people in the story. Also by explain how they are “rotten to the core” in sense of people seems pure on the outside but mean on the inside. I got a better understanding once we discussed the story and had things explained. My impression of the society was described poor and gloomy which helped compliment the story. It helped me understand some of the meaning and symbols by creating a lesson learning mood. Which is also why Irving wrote this story, to teach lessons. Some of the points he was trying to get across was the greed, showing how some people will do anything to get want they want, not caring about others. This is one of many points the author tried expressing in this short story. To improve this story for a more modern audience I would try to make it more understanding in a way. Instead of having such deep meaning that you have to stop and think about, maybe having a more obvious meaning that still keeps the reader interested. I also would try to have more action and suspense especially in the beginning. I didn’t enjoy the story until towards the end anyway. If I was the author these are some things I would modify for a more modern audience.
My perspective on the way I look at stories did not change much after discussing the notes in class. I did get a better understanding on how to look deeper into the characters and what the story really means. When I read a book I usually just focus on the main idea of the story, who the characters are, and where the story takes place. When I read a book or watch a movie I find myself having to reread or go back and watch the movie over again. I have to do this because I do not pay attention or think about the meaning of the story rather than thinking deeply about what the author is trying to say. One thing that I took away from the notes was when we talked about Forest Gump. One example from that movie was the quote, ” life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get”. any time I saw that quote I never thought about what it meant, but after the notes I got the analogy that if you would pick a good piece you would be happy and have a good day, but if you picked a bad piece you could have a bad day. To have a better understanding you could think of it as what you choose to do in life or in a single day can choose how your life or day will go. This helped my understand the characters and story better. The difference between just observing a story and being an active audience is finding a connection and understanding. If you are anything like me and just read a book to read it, you do not find the real meaning or connection of the story. If you read a book for the enjoyment then you can find the connections and true meaning behind the story rather than just the main idea. I am usually the type to just observe a story and just try to look for the main idea. I can not remember the last time I wanted to read for enjoyment. Besides reading, this week has not changed much compared to last week. They both were pretty chill. The only thing different I found was that think was went extremely fast.
My first week was just what I expected, the same old first week of school. Throughout the summer I was slowing counting down the days wishing for it to go slower, because the thought of only having two years left of high school is depressing. Besides the fact of that, I enjoyed coming back to see my friends that I may not have been able to see over the summer. Also, it makes me happy that it means football games, soccer season, and fair week is back! Some good things that have happened so far this week, that is good, is I finally started my first varsity game. Even thought it was only a scrimmage, it is important to me because I went from playing junior varsity and not getting a second of varsity time, to starting a varsity game. There is not much of a story for this week, but that might only be me not paying attention and not really caring enough to want to know if there is one. If there is anything that I have been paying attention to is everyone worrying about our football game against southern tonight. Everyone has been asking the football guys if they think we will do better than last year or be able to at least hold them off. I am excited to see what they can do. My expectations for this year most likely won’t happen, because when do they ever? But if they do I would like to make honor roll all four marking periods, keep my starting position for soccer, make new friends, and just overall successfully make it through this school year. My classes this year are actually hard for me. I think I will enjoy american literature and anatomy & physiology. My pre-calc class is just extremely boring and seems challenging, along with my american cultures class that just makes me want to sleep. I have not had any surprises yet this week, but I am sure by the end of this year there will be many. i am overall excited to see how this year goes and if I actually do all the things I plan on.
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