Why Creative Writing is Important

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My LA class doesn’t participate in too much Creative Writing, and it dissapoints me, a lot. That’s something I can’t hide. I’ve been reassured that at some point we have a creative writing unit in LA, but until then, what am I supposed to do?  I find it unfortunate that the only places I can really write are in my club called The Locker and on this blog. I absolutely love my school, it is really a great community to share writing with, but the main priorities come off as Maths and Sciences. Yet, that doesn’t fit for many people.

Creative Writing is so important. I know a few people who write to express their feelings, good and bad. Some people write what they cannot read. So, if you’re looking for a story about the vegetarian dinosaur who eats at an all meat buffet, you may have to write it. That’s not always a bad thing. It just gives more opportunities to write something without it being pretty much, well, plagerism.

Even if you don’t like to read, you could still write, just give it a try. Though Creative Writing is different than Writing, itself, it comes in many forms. Poems, Short Stories, a novella, even maybe writing song lyrics.

Face it, writing is important. Like it or not, try it.


October Student Blogging Challenge

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Woah, I haven’t been on my blog in a while! Things are changing. I no longer am a part of Ms. Mack’s wonderful Language Arts class. My current class does not participate in blogging, so I’m taking it upon myself to continue my personal blog.

My good friend Kenna and I will be continuing our blogs by taking part in the Student Blogging Challenge starting October 7th. If you are ages 8-18 this is an amazing opportunity to grow your blog. You can sign up as a class, a commenter (if you’re an adult), or just a personal student. Kenna and I won’t be doing many collaborations, we’ll just both be continuing our blogs. I do hope to do some collaborations with her in the future, though.

I’ll try to participate in as many challenges as I can, just know that with the busy schedule of a 7th grader, it’ll be hard sometimes. I’m super excited to be blogging again. If you want to join the challenge and don’t know how, feel free to comment down below. I’d be happy to try and answer questions as best as possible. Thank you!

A Better Look Into The Class Blogroll

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Are you bored and want to find a blog that you’d actually enjoy? Maybe the sidebar on my blog isn’t enough for you! Listed below is every student on my sidebar in my LA class, and I’ll give you a little glimpse into the bloggers.

Allison runs a lot and loves Pygmy Goats in pajamas.

Ava-Rose dances the night away and loves her cat.

Ben’s chickens are laying eggs, while he is trying to go fast on a Rubix Cube.

Cameron shoots hoops and is the next Kobe or Lebron.

Camille wants to travel to Germany and could keep reading Refugee.

Chloe likes telling stories and believes happiness is the key to life.

Claire-Louise wants to go to Los Angeles and finds neat words.

Claire loves books and is a member of Cabin Athena.

Jonathan goes crazy for Fortnite and enjoys time at the beach.

Jude loves gummies and would rather be on Mars.

Kenna is a total fashionista and listens to Todrick on the daily.

Kevin is a sucker for banana bread and writes poems about pain.

Kyla wants to go to Rome and Jamaica.

Lauren knows how to be a true friend and likes making DIY things.

Maddie is a fan of all things Supernatural and everything strange.

Quin loves his dog Nasher and enjoys time in the mountains.

I hope you have as much fun reading the blogs as I did when getting information for the post!

Blog Audit

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It’s the end my friends…of the Student Blogging Challenge! I’m still going to keep blogging. This is called an audit for my blog. An audit is a review to see how I’ve been doing and things to improve on. There will be a few questions I’m answering in this post and I encourage you to evaluate your own and make an audit.

  • How many posts did you write? I wrote 6 posts for the SBC

I’m very proud of my writing for the Student Blogging Challenge. I’m least proud of The Little Things I Notice because it was not an original idea and I believe that those who own the right to the topic should’ve been put in the Flipboard Magazine, not me.

  • Did you change blog themes at all and why? I did!

I’ve always had fun with the blog options and wanted to change my theme to an airy color scheme, as I expected many more readers than my small class.

  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?

Probably this post about money. It inspired a more NY Times newspaper style of writing, which I’m loving but don’t want to overload.

  • Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?

I added a variety of widgets. My favorite is the quote of the day, of which Claire is convinced I stole from her. I love the little quotes and even send them to friends sometimes.

  • What was my favorite part of this challenge?

I’ve added this question to the audit myself. I was so amazed by the variety of blogs I explored. It was wonderful meeting others who had similar thoughts as me on post subjects.

Time for a parent audit. My mother has volunteered to answer a few questions for this post, her answers down below.

  • What were your first impressions of this blog?
    • I was impressed by the topic choices. They seemed somewhat sophisticated for a 6th grader.
  • What captured your attention?
    • I liked the pictures that went along well with the titles.
  • What distracted you on the blog?
    • Honestly, today’s quote of the day is really distracting because I can’t think of any reason for you to have a quote from The Pope.
  • What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?
    • I kept scrolling, looking for your comments but I can’t….oh! Right under the title…yeah I would change that.

Thank you so much to Ms. Mack for giving us the opportunity to join this challenge!

Extra, Extra….Money-SBC

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Ahh, lovely viewers, I am sad to say that the Student Blogging Challenge is coming soon to a close. I have chosen out of three topics, to discuss money. Though just green paper, these little slips are the most valued paper in the US. Anyways, let’s talk spending extra. Are you mad that you had to pay extra to see Avengers: Infinity Wars in 3-D? I want to know why you have to pay extra!

My experience with 3-D: I rarely see these eye-aching movies, just for the reason that they are eye-aching. I’ve seen a few and there are many reasons to see them. I don’t find them super cool, but, again, I don’t see them often. My parents believe that is a waste of money. Me? No! It isn’t in my opinion.

About 3-D: It takes a lot of extra money to produce 3-D films. Also, a lot of extra time. For some reason, 3-D versions of movies always come out about 2 or 3 days before the normal is introduced.

What other students think: So, there’s a lot of different opinions. Let’s look. Allyse says, “I’d pay $3 to NOT see a movie in 3D. I hate the strain of your eyes watching 2+ hours of a 3D movie.”. While others say that they would pay the extra, only if the movie has stronger effects.

There ya go. I know I promised a HP post, trust me, it’ll come soon. What’s your stance? Let me know down below. If you enjoyed this, please check out the article that inspired the post here. Want to learn more about 3D? Check this out!

Experiencing Empathy

Showing empathy towards others can be life-changing for the one who is experiencing it. In LA class, we are reading A Long Walk to Water. 

In the book, we are taken through two 11 year olds’ POV on living in Southern Sudan in 1985 and 2008. Each with their own struggles, they have never known anything else. Salva is separated from his family in the middle of a Sudan War. Nya takes the long walk each day to get water for her family.

The project for this book was an Empathy Challenge. The challenge I accepted was walking in my backyard to get to the creek and collecting water in a 2 gallon bucket. The amount of water I collected was the amount that I could use on Thursday. Walking down was difficult, as my backyard is extremely steep and downhill. So, I definitely felt the empathy there. I only collected around 1 gallon, cheating in .5 gallons extra for a sum of 1.5 gallons. Yes! I know that it was technically failing and I am NOT sorry. You’d understand if you did this project.

How my Thursday went? Pretty darn ok. I don’t have that dramatic tale of how I was practically hallucinating because I was SO thirsty. I took my shower and by the end, still had almost all my water I’d collected. I take very short showers when not washing my hair, but when I do have to wash it, that’s a different story. Drinking was a bit more hard. I’m not someone who doesn’t enjoy eating food. I don’t even know anyone who dislikes eating food! Plus, I just got a new bag of Salt and Vinegar Lays. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO IGNORE THAT? Anyways, the more I ate the thirstier I was and if you’ve ever had those Lays, you know the struggle of always needing water. Don’t worry, I DID flush. It was an ok from our teacher Ms. Mack. Yet, I did include the washing hands part and that’s when I lost a majority of my water. I will add a side note that it sort of sucked because I wasn’t able to get my full hour of Essential Oil Diffusing.

This project really made me feel the empathy. As a Slytherin (blog post coming about Harry Potter and My Connections soon), I still have a bit of myself that didn’t completely feel ‘empathized’. Nya had no idea that there was a world other than that which made me feel like our idea of showing empathy wasn’t true to the tale.

Follow Up Questions Like They Have At The End Of Novels:

-If you are in my class, what did you do?

-Would you do this?

-What would you do?

-Do you think doing this is enough?

Totally let me know, I’d appreciate it! That’s a good comment starter that I’ll try and add at the end of posts.

Photo By My Dad. This is when I fell in.
Photo By My Dad. The amount of water I got and my dirty shoes.
Photo By My Dad. Walking down to get water.

Can A Gif Work Better Than Words?

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Ahh, Graphics Interchange Format. Mainly known as a GIF, you’ve probably received a couple in your life time. Invented in 1987, GIF earned a ‘word of the year’ award. Texters everywhere were referring to GIFs as a third language, instead of emojis. So, do they work better than words if they’re so popular? Why are they even so popular?

I believe that GIFs are great for those who may dislike talking, are lazy, or have Social Anxiety. Yet, what do others think they are good for? Since I am NOT a huge texter, I prefer words. I’m sure if you had more experience texting, if that is even a thing, you would be grateful for GIFs.

Contrary to the fact that I use words more than a GIF, I believe that GIFs are more beneficial and work better than words. In the world of digital communication, statements can be misread or understood all the time. That isn’t going to happen with GIFs because of the moving image’s expression or ‘story’.

If you read this article, you can get professional writers’ points of view in a way like many others. The author tells the story of Ms. Dikeou‘s experience with the moving story telling pictures. She uses GIFs to say things to others that she didn’t feel comfortable writing. “I’m able to express these really complex emotions in the span of two seconds,” said Ms. Dikeou. She wasn’t using GIFS until October of 2015.

You’ve heard my POV, what’s yours? Make sure you check out New York Times to see where I get post ideas!

Phobias and What They Mean

We all have fears that make us feel quite alone in this small, small world. I’m here to give you a list of 93 Phobias so that you can realize that it exists and that if someone has named it, it exists.

  1. Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders affects women four times more (48% women and 12% men).
  2. Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes. Phobics avoid certain cities because they have more snakes.
  3. Acrophobia – The fear of heights. Five percent of the general population suffer from this phobia.
  4. Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces. People with this fear often wont leave home.
  5. Cynophobia – The fear of dogs. This includes everything from small Poodles to large Great Danes.
  6. Astraphobia – The fear of thunder/lightning AKA Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, Ceraunophobia.
  7. Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces like elevators, small rooms and other enclosed spaces.
  8. Mysophobia – The fear of germs. It is also rightly termed as Germophobia or Bacterophobia.
  9. Aerophobia – The fear of flying. 25 million Americans share a fear of flying.
  10. Trypophobia – The fear of holes is an unusual but pretty common phobia.
  11. Carcinophobia – The fear of cancer. People with this develop extreme diets.
  12. Thanatophobia – The fear of death. Even talking about death can be hard.
  13. Glossophobia – The fear of public speaking. Not being able to do speeches.
  14. Monophobia – The fear of being alone. Even while eating and/or sleeping.
  15. Atychiphobia – The fear of failure. It is the single greatest barrier to success.
  16. Ornithophobia – The fear of birds. Individuals suffering from this may only fear certain species.
  17. Alektorophobia – The fear of chickens. You may have this phobia if chickens make you panic.
  18. Enochlophobia – The fear of crowds is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.
  19. Trypanophobia – The fear of needles. I used to fear needles (that and death).
  20. Anthropophobia – The fear of people. Being afraid of people in all situations.
  21. Aquaphobia – The fear of water. Being afraid of water or being near water.
  22. Autophobia – The fear of abandonment and being abandoned by someone.
  23. Hemophobia – The fear of blood. Even the sight of blood can cause fainting.
  24. Gamophobia – The fear of commitment or sticking with someone to the end.
  25. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – The fear of long words. Believe it or not, it’s real.
  26. Xenophobia – The fear of the unknown. Fearing anything or anyone that is strange or foreign.
  27. Vehophobia – The fear of driving. This phobia affects personal and work life.
  28. Basiphobia – The fear of falling. Some may even refuse to walk or stand up.
  29. Achievemephobia – The fear of success. The opposite to the fear of failure.
  30. Theophobia – The fear of God causes an irrational fear of God or religion.
  31. Ailurophobia – The fear of cats. This phobia is also known as Gatophobia.
  32. Metathesiophobia – The fear of change. Sometimes change is a good thing.
  33. Globophobia – The fear of balloons. They should be fun, but not for phobics.
  34. Nyctophobia – The fear of darkness. Being afraid of the dark or the night is common for kids.
  35. Phobophobia – The fear of fear. The thought of being afraid of objects/situations.
  36. Triskaidekaphobia – The fear of the number 13 or the bad luck that follows.
  37. Emetophobia – The fear of vomiting and the fear of loss of your self control.
  38. Gephyrophobia – The fear of bridges and crossing even the smallest bridge.
  39. Entomophobia – The fear of bugs and insects, also related to Acarophobia.
  40. Lepidopterophobia – The fear of butterflies and often most winged insects.
  41. Panophobia – The fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen.
  42. Podophobia – The fear of feet. Some people fear touching or looking at feet, even their own.
  43. Paraskevidekatriaphobia – The fear of Friday the 13th. About 8% of Americans have this phobia.
  44. Somniphobia – The fear of sleep. Being terrified of what might happen right after you fall asleep.
  45. Apiphobia – The fear of bees. Many people fear being stung by angry bees.
  46. Koumpounophobia – The fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.
  47. Anatidaephobia – The fear of ducks. Somewhere, a duck is watching you.
  48. Pyrophobia – The fear of fire. A natural/primal fear that can be debilitating.
  49. Ranidaphobia – The fear of frogs. Often caused by episodes from childhood.
  50. Galeophobia – The fear of sharks in the ocean or even in swimming pools.
  51. Athazagoraphobia – The fear of being forgotten or not remembering things.
  52. Katsaridaphobia – The fear of cockroaches. This can easily lead to an excessive cleaning disorder.
  53. Iatrophobia – The fear of doctors. Do you delay doctor visits? You may have this.
  54. Pediophobia – The fear of dolls. This phobia could well be Chucky-induced.
  55. Ichthyophobia – The fear of fish. Includes small, large, dead and living fish.
  56. Mottephobia – The fear of moths. These insects are only beautiful to some.
  57. Zoophobia – The fear of animals. Applies to both vile and harmless animals.
  58. Bananaphobia – The fear of bananas. If you have this phobia, they are scary.
  59. Sidonglobophobia – The fear of cotton balls or plastic foams. Oh that sound.
  60. Scelerophobia – The fear of crime involves being afraid of burglars, attackers or crime in general.
  61. Cibophobia – The fear of food. The phobia may come from a bad episode while eating, like choking.
  62. Phasmophobia – The fear of ghosts. AKA Spectrophobia. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
  63. Equinophobia – The fear of horses. Animal phobias are pretty common, especially for women.
  64. Musophobia – The fear of mice. Some people find mice cute, but phobics don’t.
  65. Catoptrophobia – The fear of mirrors. Being afraid of what you might see.
  66. Agliophobia – The fear of pain. Being afraid something painful will happen.
  67. Telephonophobia – The fear of talking on the phone. Phobics prefer texting.
  68. Pogonophobia – The fear of beards or being scared of/around bearded men.
  69. Omphalophobia – The fear of belly buttons. Touching and looking at navels.
  70. Pseudodysphagia – The fear of choking often after a bad eating experience.
  71. Bathophobia – The fear of depths can be anything associated with depth (lakes, tunnels, caves).
  72. Gerascophobia – The fear of getting old. Aging is the most natural thing, yet many of us fear it.
  73. Chaetophobia – The fear of hair. Phobics tend to be afraid of other peoples hair.
  74. Nosocomephobia – The fear of hospitals. Let’s face it, no one likes hospitals.
  75. Ligyrophobia – The fear of loud noises. More than the instinctive noise fear.
  76. Didaskaleinophobia – The fear of school. This phobia affects kids mostly.
  77. Technophobia – The fear of technology is often induced by culture/religion.
  78. Chronophobia – The fear of the future. A persistent fear of what is to come.
  79. Spheksophobia – The fear of wasps. You panic and fear getting stung by it.
  80. Ergophobia – The fear of work. Often due to social or performance anxiety.
  81. Coulrophobia – The fear of clowns. Some people find clowns funny, coulrophobics certainly don’t.
  82. Allodoxaphobia – The fear of opinions. Being afraid of hearing what others are thinking of you.
  83. Samhainophobia – The fear of Halloween affects children/superstitious people.
  84. Photophobia – The fear of light caused by something medical or traumatic.
  85. Disposophobia – The fear of getting rid of stuff triggers extreme hoarding.
  86. Numerophobia – The fear of numbers and the mere thought of calculations.
  87. Ombrophobia – The fear of rain. Many fear the rain due to stormy weather.
  88. Coasterphobia – The fear of roller coasters. Ever seen Final Destination 3?
  89. Thalassophobia – The fear of the ocean. Water, waves and unknown spaces.
  90. Scoleciphobia – The fear of worms. Often because of unhygienic conditions.
  91. Kinemortophobia – The fear of zombies. Being afraid that zombies attack and turn you into them.
  92. Myrmecophobia – The fear of ants. Not as common as Arachnophobia, but may feel just as intense.
  93. Taphophobia – The fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.

LET ME GASP FOR AIR. That was a load of typing, and I just realized I could have copied and pasted. I’ve collected this information over the years and was in a play featuring children with various phobias. The play was written for the camp by the directors (apologies, I do not remember the name). It was a piece was called Camp Phobia amount children going to a camp that would soften the fears. I played Violet, a 9 year old with a twin known as Scarlett, we were scared of boys. This was a Campbell Hall school summer camp The girl in the blue tie dye was pretending to be a counselor! I had so much fun. Also, note multiple phobias were left out.

Do you think you have one of these phobias? Do you have an idea of ones that may be necessary to add to this list?

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Hero Book Rundown

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Welcome lovely readers to the Hero Book Rundown! We’re going from a post about philosophy to a post on a school project. At my school, 6th Grade’s “big project” is making a book for those we admire, aka our heroes. What is a hero? A hero is a person that you look up to and are inspired by. They have probably impacted your life in some way or form. Who was my hero? My hero was none other than my aunt, Shelley. She is an author and award winning screenwriter. I chose her because she’s inspired me to take part in creative writing, which I have found a major passion for.  What was this project known as the Hero Book? With artist Peg Gignoux, students put their creative minds to work and created paper, collage-ish books that would later hold our writing and tales of the hero. With the editing help of our peers and Ms. Mack, we wrote 3 tales of experiences where our hero became more of a hero. Once our books were finished, we showed them at the Frank Gallery. My aunt lives in California, so she wasn’t there, which is why I did not enjoy the gallery. Who is your hero? What makes them your hero?

Taken By Me
Taken By Me

Moving Forwards For The Better

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And…my whole gallery just deleted itself, so that’s what I’ll be writing about instead of the gallery.

I love History class. Right now we’re discussing government and wrote about a specific question. What does the government do for people? My answer? It provides people opportunities to better themselves FOR themselves and opportunities for a better future. To me, opportunity means change. Change means moving forward. Example, I had to change this blog post from Aesthetic Photos to Moving Forwards For The Better. Meaning I had to change the post.

When 2018 started, I had a goal of New Year New Lily. I tried so hard, it was basically my catchphrase. It wasn’t a total flop, as I did change. But, what if I change the wrong things? I change how I was living. My skincare routine for the night, WHICH WAS LITERALLY JUST WATER. Also, check out https://24avaroset.edublogs.org/2018/04/18/just-plain-water/. My friend is an AMAZING writer and deserves comments on her post about water. Not suggested if you currently have to go to the bathroom. Anyways, I started doing yoga, lighting candles, basically working on my 2018 aesthetic new lifestyle. What I needed to change were my motives for changing, and how I changed.

I’m working on changing how I think, and I’m glad to say that I think I’ve found my own sort of style which is philosophical. Relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. This philosophical perspective makes me think deeper and I actually have SO much fun experimenting with this thought. My motives are how this will benefit my future. I want to either work in government or be an actor. Yet, what if I don’t go that way? I believe philosophy can help me in everything.

How do you want to change yourself for the better? Do you? I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts and letting me go on about my thoughts. By the end of writing this, I have decided that I will be devoting myself to philosophy and becoming a philosopher. Not to shabby for something other than a picture gallery, eh?