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I always like to seem accomplished during my summers, keeping up with the books & stories, and doing something worthwhile.  This doesn’t mean I stick my nose in a Calculus book all summer, but I like to do the things I can’t do during the year: write & read.  Every summer, writing is usually one of my biggest struggles, as well as accomplishments.  Every summer, I try to write a novel.  Does it work?  Why don’t you take a look at my many 5-page long manuscripts.  8th grade was the year, when I reached 75 pages…and gave up at the spur-of-the-moment.  I could say that I will write a novel this summer, that I will get it published, that it will be brilliant.  But I probably won’t, and it probably won’t.  That doesn’t mean I can’t try.

Step 1: Idea
I used to think that I had the best ideas, but couldn’t execute them.  Now, it’s really the opposite.  While writing 100 pages comes easier to me, coming up with the basic idea is difficult.  I used to go through all the mumbo-jumbo processes of outlines and drafts and drafts and outlines (which are probably not so mumbo-jumbo), but it made me stuck and confused.  In fact, I should probably be using outlines because every time I come up with an idea, it’s terribly convoluted.  The “novel” that ended at 75 pages had about 10 conflicts, which made it lose the point.  I can’t stay concise…which is the problem with my writing…and me, for that fact.

Step 2: Write, write, write
When I first started this craze for novel-writing, I used to go to the self-help websites and read…just read.  I’d download free books on iBooks…and check them out from the library.  They all said the same thing: keep writing no matter what.  But, if you know me, you know that I am the biggest perfectionist in the world.  Truly.  I can’t stand not editing a sentence after writing it.  Yes, I’m a bit lazy on this blog (as you’ve noticed by the numerous grammatical errors), but a book is like a baby–it needs to be nourished and taken care of.  I can’t just write 100 pages, go back and edit, and realize that it’s a crappy piece of work.  Then again, I have trouble making changes to my work.  Once I come up with an idea, I’m convinced it’s brilliant–and no one can convince me otherwise.  Nevertheless, this is precisely why I start a new book every….week.

Step 3:….I wouldn’t know because I’ve never actually gotten this far.

So, do you think I can do it?  Do you think I can really unleash my imagination?  Will high school have changed me?

…You’ll just have to wait and see.

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Will there ever be enough time to do everything in the world?  Blogging, for instance.  It’s been too, too long…and as tempting it is to write down and blog, I just haven’t been able to!

To catch you up with what I’ve been doing:

  • My tennis team is already in the semis for playoffs!  Seeded first, we’ve been maintaining our undefeated record (for the division, since we lost one match which was non-league).
  • I’ve been exchanging emails with my French correspondant for the exchange!  It’s so exciting to have a pen pal who I’ll actually meet soon.  What’s even more exciting is how alike we are…for example, our love for classical music, primarily Bach’s Prelude.
  • The weather in Vermont is truly bipolar, and directly affects the emotions of a typical high schooler.  On a sunny day, the hall ways of the school are buzzing with excitement; on the contrary, a rainy day is the essence of a post-funeral.
  • Finals are in a week, summer is in two weeks, and GIV is in three weeks.  My family always jokes that I always have to have a “carrot” in front of me…to keep me going.  Right now, that “carrot” is GIV, then Lyric, then TIE…and so on.
  • Scotty Mcreery won American Idol!  It was exciting…but it doesn’t feel like a lot.  We all know that the ratings are swooping down, even though the talent this year was incredible.
  • Italy has finally wore off, and life is back to normal.  I do kind of miss it now; Venice, Sienna, Tuscan vineyards…and the gelato.  (But not any other type of food)

Meanwhile, as Facebook has been spreading around, the Prince and the Princess got married and the bad guy died.  Yes, I am one of those obsessed fairy tale followers, and recorded the wedding just to watch the kiss.  (by the way, I know that it’s been a month since the event…but I feel like I just have to say something).

About Bin Laden: what do you think about the celebrations of his death?  Against humanism, or deserved fate?  Post comments below!

On a happier note, my blog has reached a 1000 hits!  And it’s been six months already.  This may be the first year that I’ve maintained my New Year’s Resolution.  As the days and months pass, maybe it’ll spread to more than just friends and family.  That would also require me to write more than just my life!

In preparation for the summer, I’ve started a book list.  Here are the candidates:

  • The Piano Teacher by Janice Lee
  • Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Last Summer by Ann Brashares
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anna Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream by Shakespeare
  • Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

Any other recommendations?

Other goals for the summer:

  • Play tennis
  • Read ^ books
  • Write, write, write
  • Play the violin
  • Bike around
  • Get all my driving hours
  • Volunteer

One more week…can I do it?  Good luck to everyone with finals!

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