Term Three Goals

Ah. It’s nice to be back at school with my fellow classmates and friends, but here comes a reading blog, which comes in the inevitable package that is school. Even so, I love learning new things, even if it tires me out. Here are some goals I want to achieve in Term 3.

Q1 What reading genres do you want to read?

A1 – I want to read some free-verse poems. I feel like it would help my writing by reading popular ones. It would be good to find great topics for my audience, not just diary entries that I’ve done. It could steer me away from writing depressing things. I hope so, but it’s easy to write that way, I guess. I hope I can write something that connects with people on a way personal level, without saying sad things. Maybe love or miracles? I dunno. If you have any ideas on personal topics and can comment them, please do! Thanks ūüôā

Q2 –¬†What reading routine will you follow this term?

A2 – I will try to read more. I already read quite often. About twice a week scheduled. Whether it’s a magazine, series of small stories or a novel. I think I will try to read 3 times a week, it will give me a new vocabulary of words. I need a new metaphor ideas. I want to make a slam poem like the one called: “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan (amazing poet). Search it up on YouTube it has an extremely emotional and beautiful clip too. I cried. Who am I kidding? I cried my eyes out at this spoken word poem. I want to influence people. My favourite lines from that poem are (BASICALLY EVERYTHING.):

  1. “To this day he is a stick of TNT lit from both ends, could describe in detail the way the sky bends and the moment it’s about to fall.”
  2. “He was three when he became a mixed drink of one part left alone and two parts¬†tragedy.”
  3. “Started therapy in 8th grade. Had a personality made up of tests and pills. Lived like the uphills were mountains and the downhills were cliffs, four-fifths suicidal, a tidal wave of anti-depressants.”
  4. “One part because of the pills, nine parts because of the cruelty.”
  5. “Juggling depression and¬†loneliness, playing¬†solitaire, spin the bottle; trying to kiss the wounded parts of ourselves and heal.”

Q3 –¬†Other reading goals?

A3 – Read a 70+ page non-fiction book about something… human body, cars, music, aviation or something or other. I usually do read non-fiction, because it’s not fiction (although I do love my fiction!) and you get something out of it for studies/school. I guess I just do it to kill time and to learn. I get curious sometimes and when I do it gets a little crazy. Even if I have nothing to do with the subject of matter… They say that reading fiction helps sympathy but I’m already a cry-baby when it comes to touchy subjects.

Word Study – Dork Diaries: Holiday Heartbreak

Remotely (adverb) –¬†

  1. To be far away, at a distance, without physical contact. “His house was remotely placed in the countryside, he had nobody left to see anyway.”
  2. In the slightest degree. “Marie never felt remotely happy in her last year of highschool.”

Bizarre –

  1. Strange or weird. “Katie was bizarre. She liked spicy things.”

Ditch –

  1. To leave something/someone. “Catrina was ditched for soccer but she liked tennis better.”
  2. A deep hole/trench. “Catrina fell in a ditch and broke her leg.”

Producing songs is hard work!

Hi viewers!

My passion project is to make a small EP with four songs.

The song titles are yet to be revealed! Average time – 3 mins per song.

Producing Equipment:
MacBook Pro 2012 OSX 11.9.0 (microphone for vocals and acoustic guitar; surprising very good quality)

Ashton Acoustic Guitar (no amp plug but great sound range)

Monterey (not sure about brand) Electric Guitar (best sound, contemporary, five tones on guitar)

Blackstar 40watts guitar amp (7 tones)

Garageband MacBook Version

Here are the steps I take to record songs:

  1. I make the backtracking first so that most of the work is done. I use my guitar for most of them and layer three tracks. I always have to spilt them and edit the tone and speed of the guitars. This is very time consuming I have taken 5 weeks on a single backtrack.
  2. I record claps and accents. They enhance the songs greatly. They help keep the beat and rhythm. The bass is the best.
  3. I then record the vocals. These have to be the main focus. They have to be pristine for viewers to like the content.

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Poetry

Poetry is my personal favourite form of writing. It seems to be so pretty and beautiful. There’s no limits to the amounts of metaphors you can make when you think. It’s quite amazing hot beautiful our words can be. We just have to be careful to taste them before we spit them out.

I made these poems.¬†I did my poems on a character from Paper Towns – John Green. I did three on events in the story. I really love this book. If you have some time, it is a must read ūüôā All of these poems are from Quentin’s perspective.

“Her name is Margo.”

I was so lucky

To live across the street

Of a goddess

That I adore

I lived there

For many years

Yearning for her love

But she was always out pulling pranks

That sly vixen

That night owl

She had mystery in her lungs

And mischief in her smile

And her blue eyes

Were my summer skies

“I need a favour,¬†Quentin

I didn’t know whether it was a mirage or not

I couldn’t tell

But she was sitting in my room

With the light of the moon

And she was asking of a favour

It was a surprise

But I didn’t mind

Because I loved her so

But we spent all night 

Roaming the streets

And pranking all who seemed to miss karma

Then when they were done

She told him about how she never wanted to be found

In a paper town

“Paper Towns”

Suddenly she disappeared

She didn’t tell anybody about her escape

But Quentin knew she loved mysteries

So he kept his eyes open

For things she had left

A pin on an opened map 

In her room

He recalls

Her saying about a paper town

He wasn’t ready to let her go

So he went to find her

Down the highway with his friends

They try to find Margo

Please stay tuned for more on my Passion Project and other updates ūüėČ

 

PROJECTS NEED PLANS

MY PROJECT : EP (small original album of songs)

I AM SO EXCITED!

I want to produce my own songs a soon as possible. Not sure about people hearing them though, I guess I’ll just need to be extra good in recording and editing. Although, I don’t have an auto-tune set or voice changing or enhancer so please bring ear-plugs.. ¬†ūüėȬ†

So, I’ve always been writing songs but now I’m super duper critical of them. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I could produce extremely great content but also take forever perfecting them. I have made 10 songs lyrics, I ask people for feedback. Usually not family because they will almost always say “it’s great”. I want more criticism.¬†

I have catered my songs to anyone who likes slow music, soul music, thinking music, old soul music, old music and cry music. They may not make much sense to people even my age because not everyone has seen what I’ve seen. Quite like when I write poems portraying something which other people perceive as something else, then having to change everything.

My next step would be to record my audio. (production!)

Recording devices:

Garageband РMacbook Pro (OSX 10.9.5)

Computer Microphone Macbook Pro (surprisingly great audio quality)

For Guitars – amp (Blackstar 40watts sound amputator guitar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Inquiry

We usually read books and appreciate them. Their characters; we get immersed and plots we fall in love with. But, really, do we think about the creative minds who made these books of magic? Well, we know authors from best sellers and all-time favourites but do we know those authors that have good content but haven’t been in magazines and other places?

I chose to do my author inquiry about her because she makes really nice books, my favourite is ‘Cicada Summer’. I have read it 6 times and love it so much!

Kate Constable, author of children and young adult books.

10 Facts about Kate Constable:

  • She lives in Melbourne, Australia and in AFL goes for the Western Bulldogs.¬†
  • Born in 1966, Melbourne, Australia.
  • She studied at Melbourne University and finished her degrees in seven years, working part-time in many different jobs of different profession. ¬†She started writing after many years of law school because of her love for young adult and children’s books.
  • Her favourite TV shows are Dr. Who, Mad Men, Truly Madly Deeply and Sense and Sensibility.
  • Her favourite music artists are Paul Kelly, Pennies From Heaven, Sound of Music and Jane Siberry.
  • Some of her favourite books are Little Women, Harry Potter and The Great Gatsby
  • She likes champagne, politics, tea, coffee, sleep, books, reading, writing, ¬†homemade lemonade and intelligent conversations.
  • She has a blog, kateconstable.blogspot.com.au and she is actively posting.
  • Right now, she is reading Wonder by R.J Palacio.
  • She is going to be in the book ‘The Book That Made Me’ and talk about the books that shaped her as a writer, reader and person.

Awards:

2011     Crow Country
                        Winner, CBCA Book of the Year (Younger Readers)
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Winner, Patricia Wrightson Award (Children’s Literature), NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† Shortlisted, WA Premier’s Literary Awards (Young Adult)
¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† Shortlisted, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Children’s¬† Literature)


2010    Dear Swoosie (with Penni Russon)
                       Girlfriend Fiction

2009    Cicada Summer 
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Shortlisted, PM’s Literary Awards (Children’s Fiction)
¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards (Best Children’s Long Fiction)
                        Shortlisted, Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards (Upper Primary)
                        CBCA Notable Book (Younger Readers)

           Winter of Grace
                        Girlfriend Fiction
¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬† Joint Winner, Children’s Peace Literature Award
                        CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)

2008    Always Mackenzie    
                        Girlfriend Fiction

2007    The Taste of Lightning
                        Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards (Best Young Adult Novel)
                        CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)

2005    The Tenth Power        
                        Book 3, The Chanters of Tremaris

2003    The Waterless Sea    
                        Book 2, The Chanters of Tremaris
                        CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)

2002    The Singer of All Songs 
                       Book 1, The Chanters of Tremaris
                       CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)
                       Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Titles For Youth
                      Booklist Editor’s Choice
                      Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth
                     Book Links Lasting Connection
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ALA ‚ÄúAmelia Bloomer Project‚ÄĚ Award winner
                     Georgia Peach Award for Teen Readers Nominee

Latest books:

Cicada Summer, New Guinea Moon and Crow Country. 

I swear I was born in the wrong era

My ideas were very fluent, I had a clear image of what I wanted to do but I can’t really imagine the practice. I wanted to do something I’ve always wanted to do.

So I thought about making clothes, like a sundress. Maybe even four to symbolise the seasons or an era but then I’d have to worry about cloth, providers of fabrics and models. I wanted to do this because my mum worked in textiles for quite sometime and likes to make her own things. This might have taken a while though. I didn’t have a clear idea of what the dresses would look like, then again who would wear them? I liked this idea but I’d want to perfect them and never get them done!

Well, I also like many different sports. Netball, karate and swimming are my favourite sports. I could do a tutorial of how to evade from opponents in Netball, spar in rings for Karate and show how to do long distance swim in freestyle. These sports have been with me almost my entire life! I currently have some muscle injuries right now, so I couldn’t.

My final idea was making an album of some songs that remind me of old music. I tend to like old music, I don’t know what’s so great about it but it kind of gives me a sense of deja-vu. My dad loves old music and he has loads of memories from songs. It’s kind-of like cold hard nostalgia. Pop music to me is a little bit draining; not saying it’s not groovy but well it has no meaning, just the same sort of beat over and over, with one sided love and partying as topics. I want something for the soul. So I wrote some songs. I really love old music, it’s like poems for the heart. I can sing a little bit, and I have my instruments so I’m fine with this. I really love music and I think I could do it easily.

The songs are inspired by these legends:

Tracy Chapman– Fast Car

Michael Jackson– She’s outta my life

Howard Jones – No one is to blame

Supertramp – The Logical Song

The Beatles – All My Life

Men At Work – Overkill

The Horses – Daryl Braith

U2 – October

Coldplay – Yellow

Cold Chisel – Choir Girl

Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds Of Silence

 

 

Watching Words

Hey blog readers!

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A girl with a soul of solitude, Eloise and a ghostly girl Anna have an adventure. A house is brought to life with the magical girl and Eloise and they have a friendship that is stronger than most. Until Eloise realizes something in common with something of her past with the girl. Her nostalgia dose begins.

I made that blurb. I am in love with the book Cicada Summer¬†by Kate¬†Constable and have read it 5 times. It is a brilliant book and I love it so much. The story is sublime, amazing and it’s very interesting. The cover is very nice also.

I took quite some time making examples and getting information so please read till end! ūüôā

Falter [fawl-ter] :

Origin middle English

To hesitate, lose strength or momentum/move unsteadily/speak hesitantly

Ex.

As she spoke, she faltered. Her voice sounded broken as she held her tears.

Geelong cats was on a winning streak; while the Hawks faltered.

Her pale dress falters in the wind as the stands on the porch in front of the wire door she just slammed closed.

Decay [dih-kay] :

Origin Old North French/Middle English

To rot, to decline in something or for something to degrade.

Ex.

His mental heath was decayed too much and it was very distressing.

His excellence decays as he makes silly and influential mistakes.

Maroon [muh-roon] :

Origin French/Middle French

To isolate or abandon in an often dangerous place without much or any resource.

A dark brown/red

Ex.

His shirt was the color Maroon.

He was punished with being marooned to a lonely room. He had nothing to do in there.

Psychology [sahy-koluh-jee] :

Origin: New Latin

The science of thought processes and mental heath

The science of an animal or human behaviors.

Can be confused with:

psychoanalysis, psychotherapy

Ex.

The psychology of their behavior was very unexplainable.

The psychology of the killer was very weird and he needed help.

Danny began taking courses in college on psychology.

Queasy [kwee-zee] :

Origin: Late Middle English

To feel nausea, sickness or uneasy

Ex.

She felt queasy as she walked home alone.

He was feeling queasy after eating too much at his birthday party.

Memento [muhmen-toh] :

Origin: Latin/Middle English

A object or item kept as something to bring back memory; a keepsake

Also less commonly spelt momento; both are correct fundamentally according to some sites

Ex.

They offered a necklace and I have it till this day. A memento of last Christmas.

I keep my school books as mementos of when I was younger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

The book of choice is Esio Trot. It is a Roald Dahl book and I have read it many times. It is a humour book and I would recommend it to anyone of any age wanting a short novel with a great story. The illustrations are by Quintin Blake. I love this book so much. Please read it! Esio Trot is tortoise backwards!

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  1. Hoppy lived alone in a flat in a tall concrete building. He was retired, lonely, shy¬†and had a crush on Mrs. Silver for many years. This was a secret of course. He’s a solitary man. He grew many flowers, plants and small shrubs on his balcony and grew very fond of them and his view. Below his apartment flat was where Mrs. Silver lives. She always liked the plants he grew. They were riots of colour. He always wanted to talk to Mrs. Silver and have tea but he’s so shy his courage takes his words.
  2. Silver seemed to already have a love-life, well she was attached to her pet tortoise Alfie. Every time Mr. Hoppy saw her giving Alfie love he grew so much more jealous of him. I mean Alfie. Alfie had been with Mrs. Silver for many years. She loved that tortoise so much. Mr. Hoppy wanted to be a tortoise, but mostly just be with his secret love and stop his jealousy.
  3. One day, when Mr. Hoppy saw Mrs. Silver on her balcony below him they talked. The subject was Alfie, of course. She was rambling about how in eleven years Alfie had only gained¬†a few kilos. When they had this talk Alfie weighed up to a grapefruit and Mrs. Silver was a bit worried. She said she would give anything to have him grow bigger. Mr. Hoppy had a brilliant plan…
  4. He said he had all the answers (he didn’t) and gave her a “magic” poem. It reads it backwards and he said that it’s tortoise language. He told her it was like that because they are very backward creatures. How bizarre. He got praised and he told her to chant this to him and he would grow bigger.¬†The poem read:

    ESIO TROT, ESIO TROT, TEG REGGIB, EMOC NO ESIO TROT, WORG PU, TOOTHS PU, GNIRPS PU,EMOC NO ESIO TROT, ELBOG DOOF!

  5. He went to every pet store in the city. He went to every 14 of them and bought all their tortoises. Big and small. He had set up his living room to house 140 tortoises with dark shells that weigh in near Alfie. It took him two days to get the 140 tortoises. He feed them cabbage leaves for their meals. His living room carpet was the shade ‚Äúdark moving tortoise‚ÄĚ.
  6. He was once a mechanic. So he used his old materials to make a claw to put their tortoises on her balcony and switch them so it gives her the illusion of change of weight. This wasn’t hard for Mr. Hoppy to make. He could switch the tortoises when Mrs. Silver was out in her part-time job.
  7. The first time he switched them was straight after the making of the claw. He measured their weight and swapped accordingly, this time making counterfeit Alfie heavier. He achieved with success. She never noticed. He wanted Mrs. Silver to love him.
  8. He did this again eight more times within 7 weeks without getting caught. When that was over he couldn‚Äôt fit his hibernating house and was twice the size of real Alfie. That day, Mr. Hoppy went to her apartment and held ‚ÄúAlfie‚ÄĚ and got praised. Mr. Hoppy‚Äôs ego grew.
  9. She then wanted him smaller so he could fit in his little houses. He told her o read the backward poem like out language and it will reverse. Mrs. Silver still believes this.
  10. He did the same with the bigger turtles but in reverse. She was so impressed she made him tea, praised him and hugged him. She had fallen in love. He proposed. She accepted. After that he gave away those tortoises and lived happily ever after‚Ķ With “Alfie” of course.

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Catching the Reader

My PMI is about a book called “Zac and Mia”. I highly recommend it, one of my all-time favourites.

Won these awards or has been in:

Winner, 2014 Ethel Turner Prize, NSW Premier’s Literary Award
Winner, 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (Australia/NZ)
Winner, Text Prize, 2012
Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Award, 2014
Shortlisted, WAYBRA awards, 2014

The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world he wouldn’t–couldn’t–be friends with her.¬†

But in hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note–then a friendship neither of them sees coming.

You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world.
In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac.
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Or maybe they both need each other, always.

Here are some variations of the covers:

z&m 1 z&m 2 z&m 4

 Positive

The covers are very eye-catching. Especially the eye one. I still am wondering about the design and the daisy. I loved it because it was different from the other books. Everyone can interpret it a different way. The colours could say something, the picture could say it or the layout could.

The blurb is so well thought out. It’s casual but deeply emotive. It has that personal vibe that really hits home (well at least for me).

The title makes it sound romantic and like they are star-crossed lovers. But even so it lets of a vibe that it will always be okay in the end for me and it really brings out character in the book.

 Negative

¬†In my opinion, the title is okay but could be better. It should be as deeply as interesting the book is. Maybe like “The storm they could not predict” or “Together by a wall”¬†or “You’re all I’ve got” something intriguing. Maybe it’s just me.

Interesting

 The concept of the eye and the daisy is a very interesting one. Being safe in the eye of a hurricane. The splash of yellow in a daisy. How frail a daisy is. Funny metaphors come from that one.

 

Shape Animation

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Our shape animations were so fun to make. They were really fun to make because we had so many ideas. The task was to have a 3D shape and make a storyline that involves that shape. It has to be involved in the story and have facts about the shape. I think this was really cool because we were using teamwork and practicing using shot-lists. My group used a triangular prism and used glue sticks as bases for the polymer clay. I think our set, lighting and our figures were our best assets. We took more than 30 photos that were usable and 60+ that were flops. We used a DSLR with a clicker to take the photos and used one lamp for a light source. I made the set, did all editing and Mrs. Elmer, Evie did the storyboard and did lighting and Milly did photos and made Mr. Elmer

Our storyline had 5 characters and had one small set. The set was made of cardboard, polymer (oven-bake) clay and paper. It was glued together. It was a lakeside campsite. Our shape (triangular prism) was turned into a tent.

The story was two glue-stick people go camping. They set up everything and are having fun. They are near a lake and have a fire set up for when night falls. They decide to go fishing in the lake nearby. It isn’t long before the snake-man finds the tent and destroys it with his cat and his mutant hamster sausage dog. Mrs. Purple Glue and Mr. Blue Glue soon return and find their tent disassembled and get sad. That concludes what it basically is.

Our characters are…

  • Mr. Blue Elmer
  • Mrs. Purple Elmer
  • Snake man
  • Cat
  • Giant hamster sausage dog

I learnt that I need to plan more if I’m going to make a great film and also that I have an audience. It can’t just be for what I can see, I need to have opinions and be super critical of myself. I need to work for what people would like but also be creative and try different things.

We did really great on our lighting, set, storyline and our figures. The lighting was consistent, our set was very simple and suited our other elements, our storyline may be short but entertaining, and our figures suit the theme.

I loved doing this project because I had lots of fun and learnt lots about our shape of choice.