IT’S SUMMER VACATION!

Hey! So, I’m happy to announce, at 9:30am EST this morning, I officially became a Junior! I’m in 11th grade (technically- however, when I’m asked, it’s always “uhhhh, I was in 10th, and I’m going into my junior year…). The saddest part, though, is that Mr. Rose isn’t coming back next year đŸ˜„ I did get a picture with him, though:

Me And Mr. Rose

I also got to take a picture with another favorite teacher of all time: Ms. Picone!

Me And Ms. Picone

I’m so happy to be out, although that’s mostly because I’ll have more time to write- I really like school, actually. Anyways, you may see a dramatic increase in posts, or a decrease, too. I can’t tell the future! I’m going to try to post more, but I’m making no promises.

In other news, my Tigers won our first playoff game! And, on top of that, we had a shutout 6-0 against the A’s the previous game. That makes three games that we’ve won! Which, I know, isn’t really a lot, but we beat the best team in the league on Tuesday (the first playoff game)- the Pirates. And just look at the picture I got:

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See the white streak?

I literally took 281 pictures trying to get the ball in action (like the above picture). I only got it, like, five times, but that’s okay. I have some nice pictures now.

Anyways, I’m off to write. Or, rather, outline. Camp NaNoWriMo doesn’t start for another 11 days. Bye!

-Sam

TCWT Blog Chain Post: June 2014

Hey! So, the blog chain is back again this month! This month’s prompt is: What are your thoughts on movie-to-book adaptations? Would you one day want your book to be made into a movie, or probably not?

This is a really interesting topic, one that I’ve thought about many times, probably because of all the crappy adaptations I’ve seen. Let me start with the absolute worst movie-to-book adaptation ever: the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movies.

First of all, can I just say that they’re supposed to be 12 years old, not 16. Now, that might be easier to overcome if the whole freaking plot wasn’t about Percy turning 16! I mean, c’mon now. When he turns 16, the prophesy is fulfilled. How the hell is that possible if he’s already 16 in the first movie?!

Sorry. Kinda lost it there. Anyways, another movie-to-book adaptation that irks me is the Harry Potter series. And not because of the main plots, but because he had blue eyes in the movie. Like, really guys, you couldn’t have given Daniel Radcliffe color contacts? I literally yell at the TV “NO HE DOESN’T!” anytime the Harry Potter movies are on and someone says, “Oh, Harry, you have your mother’s eyes,” (seriously, ask my mom- it annoys the hell out of her, and has earned me some groundings before).

Don’t even get me started on A Series of Unfortunate Events. First, can I ask why they would put three books into one movie when movies can never cover one full book? And it were really inaccurate. Also, because of the whole three-books-one-movie thing, it missed a lot of things. No. Just, no.

Anyways, I’ve yet to find a movie that meets my expectations from the book. Although Harry Potter is fairly accurate with the storyline, I still can’t get past the whole blue-eyes thing. So, I really don’t think the book-to-movie adaptations are good. At all.

That being said, if someone wanted to make a movie out of my book, that would be the highlight of my life right there. Yes, I know I’m being a little hypocritical here, but I’m holding on to the delusional hope that my book-to-movie adaptation would be different than all the rest.

Plus, it’d be freaking awesome to see my book title on the theater preview signs.

I guess because it’s made into a movie, that would mean my book is a hit. It’s awesome by everyone else’s terms, not just my own. And that’s really an amazing thought.

Alright, I’m trying to figure out more to say, but I really can’t explain it better than that. Plus, I have to go work on my Dos quarter project. Bye!

-Sam

P.S. Sorry to those of you who are in a different time zone than me, and who waited for all of their day for this post. While I am getting this up at around 7 for my time zone, I’m sure there are some of you who are already into the early morning of June 8.

 

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No Spelling?! No Grammar?!

Hey. If you’re anything like me, you’re silently correcting everyone’s grammar, whether it’s when on the computer, reading the newspaper, or  losing friends because they don’t appreciate the art of proper mechanics.

However, if you’re anything like my brother, you were never taught spelling or grammar until the seventh grade, where your teacher took it upon herself to find space in the curriculum and teach these twelve- and thirteen-year-olds proper usage.

Growing up, I always just assumed Roman (Ro) simply wasn’t grasping the basics of spelling and grammar. But earlier this year, when I saw that he didn’t know when to use a comma (seriously), I stopped and said, “Maybe this isn’t him, because I would think that he’d know how to use a simple comma by now!”

I did some research (a.k.a. asking my mom), and, come to find out, our public school system doesn’t teach spelling and grammar anymore. My mom told me that, and I struggled to comprehend it. How in the world is that even possible?

I remember someone saying that the school didn’t teach it anymore because now everyone uses computers, which have spell check, so, therefore, knowing spelling and grammar isn’t necessary, because the computer does it for you. I think it actually might have been the school itself that said that.

Can I just say something? Spell check doesn’t always know what you’re trying to say. Hell, it almost never does! Half the time, it wants to correct “of” to “on” even when I use it correctly. Also, I type regular words correctly, and it automatically changes them sometimes, confusing me. Another thing is, spell check doesn’t work very well for grammar. Thus the name of “spell” check. It does the basics of grammar, and that’s it. It also messes up a lot.

Personally, I like the look of red pen corrections. They stand out, and you don’t ignore them like you ignore half of the wrong suggestions in Word.

I don’t just blame the schools, though. I also blame the Oxford Dictionary. They added some words to the dictionary that shouldn’t even be used outside of texting! Anyways, if they’re going to do that, they should at least add Bazinga. #AddBazingaOxford

It truly is sad how spelling and grammar are slowly becoming lost arts. They should be necessities. Instead, they’re thrown aside, though of as unimportant because technology can supposedly do it all.

They’re so important, though. I mean, computers can’t talk for you, can they? They can’t make that amazing first impression. And let me tell you, if I were hiring someone, I wouldn’t want them to talk like “they don’t knows nothing” or “rite liek dis” either. Even if you didn’t know how to capitalize or use commas, I probably wouldn’t want you working for me (unless you didn’t have to do any writing at all). I mean, you would represent my company. I wouldn’t want bad grammar and/or spelling to tarnish my company’s name (especially because I wouldn’t be able to be in the same room without going all OCD on you).

My question is, why do people “srsly” (why is there a red line under that?! It’s in the dictionary!) believe that they can get through life without knowing proper usage? There’s just no way! You cannot seriously tell me that you honestly expect that not once in your entire life will you need to know it. You use it every day! When you represent yourself online, employers don’t want to see “som1 who tlks liek thisssss all da tiem” because they know they can get someone who actually knows how to write in English.

Maybe the majority of people in the US should read this….

Any thoughts on this? I can’t be the only one who’s noticed this, but maybe our public school system is the only one to actually believe that? What do you think?

Anyways, this post was written in response to this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge. It said to write about a “lost art” so I thought about spelling and grammar. And, if you comment, please, please, please use proper mechanics and spelling!

-Sam

P.S. As always, the original picture URLs can be found by simply clicking the images. I do not own the images, nor do I pretend to.