free hong kong (Poetry stuff too)

Poetry isn’t too bad, but it still isn’t my favorite. 

The way we analyze it has made it actually interesting. I can actually look for stuff instead of talking about feelings. The rhythm thing (excuse my terms) is actually interesting too. It’s cool to break down a poem by myself and be able to think about it. I don’t have to listen and wait for everyone else to get it, and the stuff we read actually requires thought. That might sound mean but the worst part was waiting for EVERYONE to figure out what it meant, and then we heard what it meant to them. Then we’d all be wrong and learn about the real answer. I know I won’t get the theme for Eldorado probably but at least we don’t all talk about it for 3 days. That’s actually really nice, it’s a big improvement. 

Sound and sense has made stuff much better. I know what to look for now and it actually helps me understand stuff. It’s way better than getting a poem and being told: “analyze this”. I didn’t even know what to look for. That’s a really bad way to introduce a unit and maybe that’s why everyone hated it. We would be told what to look for but it was never clear and out into a decent format. Now I can at least look for reference and understand what to find. I can read the poem and sort of pick stuff out instead of going in blind. I know I might not be able to find everything and some stuff is confusing but I have a structure now so that’s great. 

Eldorado is an okay poem. Poe is a weird writer and most of his stuff is dark. His usual tone doesn’t make it too hard to find a theme though. He just hides the theme really well somehow. It actually not painfully boring to analyze his work. It is 30 pages long and is attention-grabbing. It’s not just about nature, and the way he incorporates his theme is always interesting too. I haven’t gone much into other authors but hopefully, they won’t be boring.

I hope we get to read this poem too

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Enter Title Here

The difference is that my story is longer than the six-word short story. I’m right but I’m obligated to write around 280 more words, so I guess I can explain this better for you. 

Right now my short story is horrible. My draft kind of sucks and there’s a lot that I need to work out and fix. A big part of that is dialogue. Considering that’s what makes a story interesting I think I need to add it to more spots than just three or whatever. My story is bare without it, no one likes to read details so that’s a major change I need. A change that might seem small that I need is fixing my run-ons. Apparently, I do that a lot, and that really shouldn’t be in my story.  Grammar is important and that’s something else that’s coming into the final draft so I don’t look stupid. I actually need to put a theme in for my final draft. One that’s actually clear so the reader gets something from this. I have no idea what I was thinking but I just completely forgot to make it clear. So hopefully I won’t forget that again because then my story would be worthless (just like my draft). 

Those are the big major changes to do with my draft. The basis of the story won’t change too much in the final draft. For the most part, I still like my story it has a good concept. There’s just going to be a few minor changes in it.  I’m going to introduce and describe my main characters way better. The theme is going to be based around one of them so I need to include him way more. To go along with this, I’m going to need way more dialogue if one of them is supporting the theme. 

DNTW has shown me the importance of dialogue and characters. This is something I really need to use better in my story. So we’ll see how it turns out.

 

 

This picture shows how I felt after seeing everything I needed to fix

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I thought the word count had to be >350

Imitation is the highest form of flattery but there isn’t too much of that in my current book to put into my short story. If there’s an element from the book Sand and Steel that’s good to use it’s probably the impact of setting. I would use comedy but that isn’t something you see as much in the book I’m reading right now (as previously stated in the last blog).
The element I’m hoping to draw the most from is the use of setting. If there was a better element to use I would, but my book is nonfiction and not everything there can carry over to fiction, so here’s why I’ll use setting other than the obvious reason.
The element of setting is used super well in Sand and Steel. This isn’t just because it’s a nonfiction book though. Every place has a big impact on the events happening there, for example, the training grounds. The location of these areas used for the rehearsal runs of the invasion is really important in the book. Thy impact the parts about the training because there’s a lot of factors from setting that play a part in how well these runs go. The beachheads used would determine how accurate the location would be, or the tides would be the difference between soldiers drowning or making it onto land. Every aspect of the setting plays a huge role in the story here, and this can be really well put into a short story. It might not be as accurate, but places can be used to change what will happen in a story. The setting is used like this in almost every story, and that’s why it switches over so well for a short story like the one I have in mind. It’s a huge element that’s really important to any story. In my story, which will be about a criminal on the run, the setting will play a huge role. In this type of story, it can mean the difference between being caught, and getting away, or even life or death. It’s a really crucial element that needs to drive the plot and I’m hoping I’ll be able to draw the way it’s used in Sand and Steel to my story so it’ll be well written.

 

Going over the wire away from the police is a good idea – going where the police are would be important in my crime story (obviously)

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The room where it happens

The setting is really important for books. Without setting there isn’t really a story but that wouldn’t count then so here’s my blog on setting. The setting plays a big role in nonfiction books espically in my case. The book Sand and Steel deals with the invasion of Normandy in World War Two. So when you start out seeing the story set in the 1940s, you probably know even if you suck at history, that the story has something to do with World War Two. If you could guess that then you might be able to guess where the Allies and Axis are at this point. The Allied armies are staging for the invasion in Europe and the Axis are prepping for defensive measures in France and occupied Europe. That’s the big point with the setting, but the setting isn’t always about the big point. Which is good if you’re reading this because this will be longer than 8 sentences. The geography of these two places (Mainland France and England) is actually really important to the story. If you know something about history you might know that France and England are across from each other, and a body of water called the English channel sits there between them. Back to historical stuff, the Germans were prepping for an invasion coming from the sea (naturally), but unknown to them, the Allies had also planned an airborne assault. Paratroops were a new concept and might be a surprise that the Allies can use to their advantage. Again on the defensive side, we see the Axis flooding fields to defend from airborne assault attacks. Setting plays a role here because the Germans are trying to defend occupied France, which will create some conflict later on in the story. The setting of training areas in England plays a huge role in the whole story of Allied staging. When trying to get ground for training, the British Ministry of Defense had to evict citizens from their homes. Even whole villages had to be deserted for combat training which would, in turn, create a lot of conflicts between the government and people. Certain training grouds would also be attributed to deaths in accidents that would even be covered up by the military. Setting here doesn’t play a big role in character development but it can apply to a small part. It can develop character from past experiences like Monty and his victories in Africa. These made him overconfident and cocky which had him disliked among some staff.

 

Map of Occupied Europe – 1944 pre-invasion

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I’m not laughing you are

Non-fiction books are not the books that you would find too much humor in. It’s even harder to find any humor in a book about World War Two. 

My specific book does not have any significant examples of humor at the moment. The book has been discussing pre-war preparations for the invasion of Europe. Lots of serious topics can’t really use humor well, it would just be out of place. In the book, it discusses Chruchill picking out names for specific operations. He would ponder his options and have to change many in certain cases because they were too humorous or not serious. One operation was Bunnyhop and he had to change the name because he didn’t want to write to any families that their brave son had died in operation Bunnyhop. This mindset applies to the book as well. It would be disrespectful in some cases to talk about heavy topics with lightheartedness and humor. For example, if they were talking about the lives lost at the invasion of Normandy it would be inappropriate to include a random joke or example of humor. It would be disrespectful to the men and women who served during this time. War is a very heavy topic and humor just isn’t utilized too well in too many situations. If humor is used it could be used in a case like a military blunder or take a lighthearted jab at an important character. If it was used in the case of a military mistake it would have to be a minor one. A mess up like a very minor issue involving something that can be seen as comical without putting a disrespectful look on a serious topic would be a good example. This can involve a mix up with a mechanical issue or a  personal joke with a minor character would be a good way to put humor into the story. My other example would include more of political humor. This would be a more subtle thing to put in the story. It would be a propaganda thing or something to do with the way a character acts. A little bit of this is included in the story but it isn’t very present. It can be seen when comparing two Generals who didn’t think alike. Monty and Eisenhower didn’t get along too well at first and there are some examples in the story when it includes quotes from each general about each other. 

Below is a picture showing is how humor shouldn’t be used – this would not go over well in a serious book (the internet is a different story)

Blog 2

A character from Sand and Steel that was introduced recently is Sergeant Bernard Sender from the 579th Bomber Squadron.
Sergent Sender was stationed in Norfolk England before D-Day and was a turret mechanic. The book talks about the airbase mechanics and describes them often as the forgotten men of the war. These men were responsible for all the maintenance on planes as they came in from missions and back onto the base. From other interviews in the book, many of the pilots praise the grounds crew because without them the missions wouldn’t be possible. Sergent Sender is introduced being a member of the ground crew and talks about how hard they worked. He said, “If it was three o’clock in the afternoon, you’d start immediately and work right through the night.”. This shows us how hard of a worker Sender was. He talks about how there were no working hours ever, and you just did your job like you had to. It tells you that Sender took a lot of pride in his job. He worked day and night to make sure everything worked the way it had to for the crew and he took pride in it. It shows the patriotism and pride that the men took with all their jobs they did no matter how small they seemed. This doesn’t just go for Sender though, I think it speaks to a lot of characters seen throughout the story. The aspect of the care Sender had for the men can also apply to Staff Sergent William B. Dowling of the 392nd Bomber Group. You can see the bond he held with the men he worked for when he talks about a crew he was with. The first plane he worked on was Gypsy Queen, and before they left for home they gave him a silver cigarette case with the plane’s name engraved in it. He recalled this gift as one of his most valued possessions. This shows the bond that he had with the crews he worked for. Sergent Sender was the same way, and he took a lot of pride in his work.
Both characters took a lot of pride in their work and cared for the crews they helped. Their actions showcase all of their pride and patriotism they had for the duty they performed.

Pictured below is an airbase crew working on a plane

It won’t be long

The book I’m reading is Sand and Steel by Peter Caddick Adams. I picked this book up this summer and it’s been really good so far. It’s nonfiction and generally about the events leading up to and during the invasion of Nazi Europe and France.

The story starts out discussing the resistance to Nazi power in France, and the importance of propaganda and radio speeches. After this short introduction, the book moves towards the coming invasion of Europe. I haven’t gotten to the actual invasion yet, so the story is still set in England, and Nazi-occupied Europe. 

The book so far has been talking about all the important events happening on both sides to prepare for the invasion. The Nazis have been building the Atlantic wall over in France to set up defenses for a possible invasion. 

The lead of this project is Erwin Rommel, the famous German General who saw action in North Africa. Rommel while being very highly praised and intelligent was often disappointed with the German military system. The German military had always been thought to be a highly industrialized well-equipped force but before the invasion, it was the opposite. In Africa Rommel was used to an industrialized force that could move quickly but now the military primarily used horses and was short on petrol. I found this aspect of the German military really eye-opening, and Rommel is a very complex character to read about and it was really interesting to look into. On the opposite side, we have the Allied forces. The book doesn’t really focus on too many individuals for the allies right now but rather on the bigger picture. The story talks about all the planning happening in England and the training of Allied troops there. It also mentions the politics involved with this planning

Pictured is the German Military using horses to transport artillery

and other military operations. The US military started out with moving troops to England for staging. Later on, it goes on and describes major action leading up to this moment such as the African front and other previous invasion plans. Many of the major operations happening play a major role in who is in charge of what and why. Surprisingly politics played a huge part in leadership and who did what in Allied high command. During pre-invasion planning, rumors were spread that Churchill didn’t support any D-Day invasion plans drawn up. British General Montgomery didn’t trust Eisenhower’s ability to plan, and both of these situations were publicized. These rumors were cleared up later by Churchill and Montgomery but it was really interesting to hear about how this affected the Allied Command. 

Where I am in the story now, it has the allies finalizing a plan to invade Normandy, and it’s discussing all the details of the plan. It’s all taking place in England at the moment and all pre-invasion. It’s a very in-depth and a great topic to read about