My Story

For the last couple of months we have been writing a very organized story. You might think that this story is just a bunch of words mixed together. But no. My classmates have had the amazing opportunity of being able to create a story with personal advise from an author. This author was Frances Dowell. She has been helping us create such imaginative stories. She gave us steps, advise and support.

Frances Dowell is a local author in Durham, NC. She mainly writes middle grade fiction books. The most recent book she wrote was, How to Build a Story . . . Or, the Big What If. This experience with her was such an interesting one. I hope to work with her again.

My story, The Hunt, is not quite finished yet but it is moving along quickly. I am hopeful that it will be finished by next week. I would like to take some time to share a part of my story. This part is not the start of my story but it is near the beginning. Here it is:

Then it happened… again. I get sucked into a reality of thoughts. I think that I am in Hazel’s thoughts. She is letting me in. For the guard it was a lot harder. I see that she is thinking about me. When you are in someone’s thoughts it gets pretty loud if the person is thinking about many things. Witch Hazel definitely is. I didn’t get an exact message but I heard something like, “She is special.”. Right when she said ‘she’ I knew that she meant me. When I start thinking my own thoughts I get pulled out and fall straight back. Luckily, Hunter caught me right before I hit my head on the ground. I look up and see their faces hovering above me. “What am I?””. 

I hope that that section of my story was interesting. I plan on posting some more parts of my story if you would like. I will be sure to tell you when I am finished with it. Please, if you want, go look at Frances Dowell’s website.

There she has all of her books. I have not read any of her books yet but I plan to later this year. I will see you next time. Bye

 

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Window or Mirror

 

Hello, it is good to be back. Today I am going to be explaining if I think my book is a Window or a Mirror. The book that I am going to be talking about is…. Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief! I have just finished this book and i am excited to talk about it today. I think that Percy Jackson is an amazing book. I am only on the second one but I already love the whole series. Alright, lets get started!

First of all we have to know what a window or a mirror is. It is not really that hard to understand. I book that is a window is a book that you can look right through. When I say “look right through” you might think she’s crazy I have read Percy Jackson before and you can not see right through it. But no, when I say “look right through I mean that you have nothing in common with that book. I mean that there is nothing that you can relate to in that book. A mirror is kind of the opposite. a mirror is a book where you have a lot in common with that book or even just a few things in common. A book can be a window and a mirror. You might be able to look right though some parts of the book but other parts are mirrors. 

For me, I think that Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief is a window. I think because I can’t relate to most of the book. I don’t really have anything in common with any of the characters. I mean, obviously I am not the daughter of a god or am I….. I don’t go to a camp with kids who are the sons and daughters of gods. I don’t have dyslexia. I am very different from all of the characters in Percy Jackson. Windows and Mirrors are weird things to think about. They really make you think about the book and reflect on it. Percy Jackson is a window for me.

Think about the book(s) you are reading or have read and just think if it is a window or a mirror for you. If you would like, type in the comments and tell me what book you are reading and if it is a window or mirror for you.

See you next time! 

 

 

 

Daily Habits

My daily habit tracker.

 

My daily habit was to read every day and to get outside every day. I chose these because I want to get better at reading and they are both good for me to do everyday. It felt good to have something to do every day and be able to color it in on the tracker and see your progress throughout the whole month. Doing this made me notice many things. For example, I noticed that I read a lot more than I think I do. I also noticed that  when I don’t do one of my daily habits than my day feels incomplete.

Before we did our own daily habits we did a plank  everyday. This daily habit was a little harder than just reading every day or going outside. But it showed us that you can do any daily habit you want. Even if it is just making your bed or going on a 3 mile run every day.  I thought that mine would be good for me because with doing so much online school it feels so good just to get outside and take a break from the screen. I chose to read every day because I am a pretty slow reader and i would like to get better at reading and to read faster.

Those where only my daily habits for January. For February I think that I am going to still read every day but replace get outside with relax. I just think that with all this school stuff and COVID-19 i just need a time to relax during the day when no one can interrupt me.I plan to have a successful month with lots of time to read and relax.

You can have a daily habit too! And you don’t even need anything!

Have a good day and I will see you next time!

 

 

 

What Punctuation am I?

I think that I am a question mark because I ask a lot of questions. I might not always say them out loud but I always have some sort of question in my head. For example, when we do an assignment I might not know exactly what we are doing so I will ask a question. Most of the time I am just asking myself the question. If the question was “When do we turn this in?”, then I am not going to actually ask that because I know a place to find that answer. But for a moment it got sucked out of my brain so I had the urge to ask the question. I also do ask a lot of questions about what I am interested in. For example, I am interested in doctors, politics, education, and nature. In the end, I think that I am a question mark.

Comic Life

This is my Wisdom Tale! The comic above is based of of the wisdom tale Feathers. It’s moral is to “Think before you act”. Wisdom tales are tales that have a moral. I chose the wisdom tale, Feathers, because I thought that this tale has a very important moral. The moral is very important for everyday life and I wanted to show that to people.

I created my comic using Sketchbook and this was my first time use in Sketchbook. I had a friend help me figure it out. And having that extra help really helped me accomplish what I wanted to accomplish and finish my comic. I really love using the layers, I thought that those were very helpful. Making this comic was really fun for me and I hope that I could see some of your comics!

Are you making a comic?

If so, show me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Interests

 

This is a picture of the gondolas in Telluride, Colorado.

I am love to travel! I love to see amazing places! I also really like to back. When I was younger I went traveling with my family around the country for two and a half years. My favorite place I visited was the Red Woods. The Red Woods are amazing! They are so beautiful and the trees are so tall. I also really liked visiting Arizona. When we visited Arizona it was the perfect temperature. It was about 72 degrees during the day and nice at night. We also stayed in Arkansas for a little and it was terrible where we stayed! There were so many mosquitoes and mosquitoes love me so I got so many bug bites. It was crazy.

Mascarpone Toffee Bars

I also really enjoy baking! I think baking is so fun because you can try so many different recipes that all taste so different. My favorite thing to make are these mrascapona toffee bars. They have a sugar cookie crust with toffee in it. Then you melt chocolate and mascarpone together to make amazing and smooth chocolate. You add the mascarpone and chocolate mixture onto the warm crust and cool it in the fridge. Then take it out, add some toffee or sliced almonds and now you have a wonderful treat that is homemade and delicious! This is just one of the many thing that I like to make!

What are your interests?

Write in the comments about what you are interested in. 

 

My Remote Week

Hello everyone!  Last week we had a fully remote week at Durham Academy. I thought that this remote week was really positive but I would much rather be at school learning in person. Though I do think that the remote week went really well and if we did it again then we would know exactly what to do and how to do it. Having so much time not doing school work I did get to do a lot of fun things with friends! I played a lot of Minecraft and also got to just talk with friends even if we are not playing a game. Which I love to do! My family and I set up Christmas decorations. Which was really fun! To help me get focused on my work I would sometimes play calming music. My independent book that I am reading is called The Magician. I recommend this book to people who love people fantasy books. I think that this is one of my favorite books of all time! The Magician is a sequel to The Alchemyst which is the first book of the series. Outside of school, I baked a lot and my dad got a new family game called Wing Span. It is super fun but it is really hard to figure out how to play. In the end, I thought that the remote week was very successful!

Photography Club Post 1

These are my first photos I toke in photography club!

For my first few pictures I used Photo Shop Express to edit them. When I edit my photos I love to make them look warm and cozy. On Photo Shop Express you can do all of these cool things to make your picture the best it possibly can! Of course I plan to take a lot more throughout photography club but this is what I have now. If you are in some sort of photography club then I would love to see your photos! You might not have that many but show me what you have. I plan on seeing some amazing pictures in the comments!

 

 

 

Gratitude

I am grateful for:

  1. Being able to come home to a cozy and warm house
  2. Having a loving family
  3. Being able to feel safe
  4. Being able to go in person to school
  5. Being able to celebrate thanksgiving
  6. Being healthy
  7. Having food
  8. Being warm
  9. Living in a safe place

And a lot more!

What are you grateful for?
Write in the comments on what you are grateful for!

 

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