Sunday, May 10, 2015

A reflection of the project so far

Hello faithful reader! It's been a glorious few months for me, and now here has come that point in life known as reflection. While the project had a bit of a rough start for me, I'm happy to say that I have succeeded in my own eyes. I'm not finished with the book as of right now, but I have learned a multitude of life lessons while I've been writing this story. I'm going to continue to write the story even when 20 time has officially ended.Some of the lessons I've learned along the way I'm going to taking along with me for the rest of my life.
For a little bit of background on my story, it's centered around a guy named Hanz. Hanz is now over 100 years old and has been preserving his life through the use of his own technology. He has nearly replaced all of his organs with metal ones, and is running out of time. However, he never really lived his life. He went through it alone, antisocial, and without friends. He never attempted to reach out to people, and now with his last few days upon him he realizes just how badly he wants to go back and change his life. He builds a machine that allows him to do that, and he goes back in time and lives the life he has always wanted to live.
The main thing that I'm taking away from this project is to live life, because as I'm writing all these instances in which Hanz never does live his I realize just how lonely someone could be in this world. He goes through his life again so afraid to stand out and act like himself. He cares way too much what people think about him, which is probably going to be my biggest take away from this project. I'm not going to let these moments in life slip past me anymore, which is why I'm considering this project a major success for me.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nearing The End

Well, my English teacher said it himself that we are nearing the end of our projects. The school year is almost over, and I'm going to be devoting most of my time on the speech that I'm going to have to give about what I learned from this project. While I enjoyed many things from this, probably the most important skill I learned from this was time management. My day normally starts at 5 AM when I wake up for rowing practice. I then go home to get cleaned up, then I got school right after that at 8. School ends at 3, then I head home and take a quick power nap to regain some of the sleep I lost the night before. Then I leave the house again for rowing at 4, and don't normally get back until after 7. By the time i clean myself up and eat and sit down to do homework, its around 8 PM. I would do my homework as quickly as possible so I can get as much sleep as possible before I have to wake up at 5 AM the next morning. Fitting this project into my ridiculously busy schedule was a hard thing to do, but it taught me how to manage my free time when I had any. It taught me that I have to make priorities rather than just goof off all the time when I had the chance to. It wasn't easy to find time for this project, but I had to force it into my already hectic schedule. I didn't work on it as much as other people worked on theirs, but I gave it my all when I had the time for it.
On a side note the short story I've been working on is nearing completion. I'll be posting that to my blogs when I finish it up if I can figure out how to do that, that way my loyal readers can see a little snippet about what I've been writing about.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Mittens Of Creativity

For my story these past few weeks has gone a little slower than I would have liked. There were a lot of events on top of rowing and my normal school schedule that prevented me from working on the story, so not much progress was made this week for me unfortunately. I would have liked to do more, but that wasn't an option. Also for the title of the blog post I did mittens of creativity because I'm actually typing this up wearing mittens. Enjoy your week loyal readers!!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Throbbing Emotion

Like the title of the blog posts suggests I've really started putting more emotion into the story to the point where it had begun to throb, hence throbbing emotion. I like the story that I got going. But I would still like to squeeze in more time to it. Last weekend I went to boston for C.R.A.S.H. B's and was there for 4 days, and I couldn't do anything because there was no WiFi in the hotel I was in. This made me unable to access my story on Google drive so I lost those days, but boston was nice at least. It also cost $40 dollars for 2 crab cakes and some fries at the restaurant I went to so that was a legal verion of me getting mugged while there. And it costs $45 for a coffee cup with the Harvard logo on it which is just absolutly ridiculous. But back on the subject of the story Ive made some progress considering how little free time I have, and I'm happy with that

Sunday, February 22, 2015


I'm actually happy with the progress I made over these past two weeks. I found a way to incorporate time from each of my days to writing the story, but not only that I had an entire week of school off. I was able to make satisfying progress on my story for probably the first time since this whole project started. I took advantage of the time I had off, and was able to make progress. I'll keep you updated on how I'm doing, but until then I'll be busy writing!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

An Eventful Week Of Nothing

Just like this title suggests these past two weeks have been very eventful for me. To start we had the mock trial in our English class last week, which our team spent hours upon hours preparing for. That event alone consumed nearly all my free time as I practiced what I was going to say when i was being questioned as The Duke from The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn. I entertained my dog for an hour with my rantings and me trying to get into character and play the role as convincingly as possible.  Then this past weekend I had an indoor rowing regatta at Cincinnati, so I couldn't get anything done either over the past weekend. I haven't had a moment to breath for the past whole month. I've had Midterms, this mock trial, and 2 indoor regattas that I've had to go to which took up my whole weekend each time. I literally have not had a minute to work on this book and it's really starting to irritate me. I'm going to have to work it into my daily schedule after school now, even if its only for a couple minutes a day at least I would be making some progress unlike I am now. But as of right now, I haven't made any advancements since the last time I made a blog post, which is pathetic. I need to get some work done on this.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Midterm Week Progress

The past two weeks of my life were absolutly consumed with midterms. For the whole two weeks after I wrote my last blog post on being all excited about having a solid book idea, I was up past midnight every single night studying for the midterm tests that I was taking. In fact for my chemistry test I stayed up until 4 am preparing for it, got 3 hours of sleep and made it trhough the test on loads of caffine. I did well on the test so it was worth it, but with all of this studying going on I could not find the time to work on my story at all. Grades were my priority these past two weeks and I could not afford to carve out any time, so sadly I didn't get any work done on my story. I'll try and make up for it on these upcoming weeks, but these two weeks were a major flop for my project.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blog Post #5- Winter update

Hey everybody! It's been a while. Last time you saw me I had deleted two pages of one story idea I had begun to write. Well, now I've deleted even more pages sadly. I flushed two more ideas down the drain. They were good too, but again these felt forced. I can't describe the feeling but these stories just felt wrong. They didn't fit well with me, and once I got a few pages into them I realized again that this wasn't going to work. Getting this thing started is harder than I thought. I expected that the words and ideas would just flow onto the page like water, but that hasn't happened yet. This is so much easier said than done than what I had originally expected. However I haven't been able to give this project the amount of time I should have over the winter break. I spent a lot of free time doing things that could have been time spent working on this project. I did put a considerable amount of time into those two other ideas though, I sat down and just worked like an adult for a change in my life, but was unsatisfied with my work. I just feel like I could have spent more time on it. So here I am at ground zero... again. But wait, there's a plot twist! I've started writing a new story! And guess what? I'm a page in and I haven't burned it in a glorious fire yet! Yay! I started this idea last Friday in class and I like where its going. Starting these things are hard, The first sentence struggle is so real though, I rewrote it around 50 times, but I like the idea I have planned out. Plenty of potential here in this one idea for expansion and development. I'll be sure to keep you all up to date on how the story goes, but I think this one is a keeper!