How to Create a Character Out of Thin Air

August 14, 2012

Hello everybody. I’m back in school now, and through a series of unfortunate events (including, but not limited to being subjected to death by AP courses, slaying a dragon, a hospitalized rainbow-making buddy, and a vanishing ferret) I have found myself with very little free time. However, I recently had a brainstorming session with a friend about character design and thought that I would share what I’ve learned. Take everything I say with a grain of salt, though; I’m new at this.

Getting Started

The first order of business when writing a story is usually character design. If you have a vague idea of a plot and setting, the best place to sharpen them in your eyes would be by creating your protagonist. Recently, I have come to realize this is a very Rumpelstiltskin-esque experience; you have your imagination, your ideas, and your language of choice, and you must weave them into somebody who will carry on his/her shoulders the plot of your story. You, as the writer, are faced with a similarly daunting task. In between you and your completed character are several common obstacles. Read the rest of this entry »


School Is Ending!

April 18, 2012

As much as school annoys me, from the hours of homework to having tests and quizzes class after class, I am going to miss it when it ends this June. I know I will still have two more years as an upperclassman, but I know for sure it won’t be the same. The seniors that were my friends when I was a freshman are gone, and my senior friends this year will be leaving. I wish them all luck in college, or backpacking in Europe, but I can’t deny that I want them to stay here and help me finish my high school.

In my school, classes switch halfway through the year, so there are actually two “ends” of school. While I have met a few people who are sad along with me at the end of the first semester, I have never met anyone who feels the nostalgia I do at the end of the year.  Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prepare for the SAT

February 21, 2012

I realize I must not sound like the most trustworthy person to listen to in terms of how to avoid failing the SAT, but I hope you’ll read this anyway. : )

I guess I should give some background first. Last year I wrote a blog post detailing my marked lack of concern over my exam and my attempts to cram for the test in one week’s time, hopefully demonstrating to you readers that that is a horrible idea. This year I was far more concerned over how well I would do on my SAT, so I began to do practice tests from a Kaplan SAT book during winter break. After winter break a friend kindly lent me his Collegeboard SAT practice book, also known as “The Blue Book”, which gave me a lot more practice tests to do over the next 2/3 weeks until my exam. Last year I received a 1950 on my SAT, although I must point out that I fell asleep during the test due to circumstances I’d rather not get into. Over the summer my score on a practice test I arbitrarily took  mysteriously rose 100 points to a 2050. After three weeks of intense practice and review before my second SAT, I received a 2280 on the test. So how did I do it? Here is my advice. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Talk About Junior Year and AP Courses

December 20, 2011

Junior year is so much fun that I may potentially be losing my mind. Or that could be the sleep deprivation. So much like my post last year about how to not prepare for the SATs, I’m going to tell you guys a story about my past week at high school, where my eagerness for winter break was suddenly overshadowed by looming piles of schoolwork that frankly came out of nowhere. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Get Organized for School

September 14, 2011

Welcome back to school! While I’m definitely going to miss the summer, it’s time to get back to the (less relaxing) schedule of more work than play. To help keep track of your seemingly never-ending list of tasks, I’ve come up with a few tips that have worked really well for me.

1)   Use a planner! 

A planner can be your best friend during the year if you really stick with it. I recommend finding one that shows you a full monthly calendar so you can schedule long-term projects and that has daily planning pages. My personal favorite is the Franklin Covey planner,

which lets you change the pages each month (to keep the planner really light) and each year (so you don’t have to keep repurchasing entirely new planners). I think it is absolutely amazing since you can personalize the pages, choose whether you want weekly planning pages, monthly planning pages, and/or daily planning pages, and use the same planner every year. The planners also have places for any stray papers, your credit cards, and pens! Read the rest of this entry »

The End of High School/The World

May 30, 2011

This morning I woke up to my first day of “I never have to go to high school ever again.” Theoretically, it could be my first day of “I never have to go to school ever again,” but as I’ve already enrolled in a college, I doubt my parents would be okay with that. Some people might say that I’m jumping the gun because there are still two weeks until graduation, but as far as I’m concerned, the simple fact of never having to return to the halls I’ve wandered the past four years except out of my own volition is far more precious than striding across a stage and getting handed a piece of paper which won’t even have my name on it. Read the rest of this entry »

Famous African-Americans of North Carolina

February 28, 2011

When it comes to holidays, we usually overlook the less-advertised dates. Throughout the midst of Valentine’s Day cards and cupids, how can we forget to observe an important month like Black History Month? For this month, possibly you could look into an influential African-American from North Carolina. Of course we all know of Michael Jordan and his very successful career. But here are five famous and very important North Carolinians:

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