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Sunday, September 9, 2012

If you can raed tihs...

...tehn you can do waht pacrilclaty eervy ohetr posren on Ertah can do. You may fnid it azmanig taht you can raed teshe smarclbed wrods, but in fcat msot polepe can raed wrods wtih olny the frsit and lsat lertets in pacle. Dn'ot blivee the gyus who say taht olny starnge midns can raed tehse tighns. Yes, yuor mnid is starnge jsut lkie eroevyne esle's.
Now if you udnreodost the wlohe tnihg, floolw my bolg and eimal tihs to two thansoud of your firdens.

Monday, September 3, 2012

School

Okay, I've been kind of busy, but anyway... school is in full swing! It's a lot of fun.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Liebster Award

So I got nominated/tagged for this meme thingymabobber called the Liebster Award. One of my blogger friends, Stacy N. from Sweets Galore, nominated me. Here are the official (and sadly ungrammatical) rules of the award:

The Liebster Award are for bloggers with less than 200 followers. Award winners share 11 facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who tagged them, come up with 11 of their own questions and tag 11 more bloggers with the award.
 Okay, then. Eleven facts about me.
1. I am a really big fan of Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino for Clarinet.
2. I don't have a television.
3. I like searching through dictionaries for cool words.
4. I recently read The Queen of Water, by Laura Resau.
5. I have a pair of green leather that I've had for years. They seem to grow alongside my feet.
6. I think meme awards are kind of dumb, but they're fun anyway.
7. I'm getting bored of thinking up random facts about myself.
8. I am homeschooled.
9. I love to write.
10. Rosemary is for remembrance, and pansies are for thoughts.
11. I am learning Latin.

Now I should answer Stacy's questions.
1. What is the first book you can think of? The Queen of Water, because I was talking about it a minute ago.
2. What fictional place do you really want to go? I really want to go to Tolkien's Middle Earth. Well,  I want to go to some parts of it. I want to go to The Shire, and Rivendell, and that place Galadriel lives. I don't want to go to the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie.
3. What fictional place do you really not want to go? I really don't want to go to that swamp in The Chronicles of Prydain. You know, the swamp with sinking sand and crazy witches?
4. What animal can you relate to? Uh, I can't think of any I relate to. Ooh! I know! Homo sapiens!
5. What is your pet peeve? I don't like really bad grammar/spelling/punctuation in my friends' writing.
6. If you were able to make a new public holiday; what will the public holiday be about and on what day? I do something really great, so that my birthday (August 2nd) became a public holiday.
7. What would be the most annoying superpower to have? Laser vision.
8. If you were on the run, what crime did you commit and where will you run to? I like to think I'd never commit a crime.
9. Would you want a perfect world (no crimes, wars, hunger, sickness, etc) but no free will or would you want an imperfect world with free will? Free will, definitely. Are you kidding?
10. You're the leader of a new planet. What would you name it and where is it in the universe? It is near to Earth, and maybe I would name it Naboo, like in Star Wars.
11. What is the meaning behind the name of your blog? It's kind of obvious. I'm a girl, and I like thinking and writing.

Now I need to ask questions for the people I'm going to nominate. This is getting unbelievably boring.
1. Where are you right now?
2. What kind of computer are you using?
3. What does your name mean?
4. Why did you start a blog?
5. What is your favorite subject in school?
6. Do you like Truth or Dare?
7. Are you bored by now?
8. What do you think of memes like this one?
9. What movie have you most recently watched?
10. What book have you most recently read?
11. What do your pajamas look like?

Finally, it's time to nominate people. Here are the people I'm nominating off my list of interesting blogs:
1. Arina at A Somewhat Mathematical View of the World
2. Kalculator at A Ninja's Cake
3. Rafie at Geek Speak
4. Lizz at Lizz Speaks
5. None
6. of
7. the
8. other
9. blogs
10. I
11. follow
would be interested in this and have posted in the last year.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Latest Writing

Lately, I've been writing two things. The first is a book about my friend Spox, who is a young dragon. It's practically the first nonfiction I've written (not counting journals, and essays for class). The second thing I've been working on is an opera based on The Hobbit. My brother Rafie is the composer (ie, the music guy), I'm the librettist (ie, the writer), and my other brother Solomon is the dramaturg (ie, the person who makes sure all the facts are right, although if the script is based on a Tolkien story, it means the person who makes sure it's true to the spirit of the book). Sometimes I just write out the book's dialogue as a script, sometimes I write bits that aren't in the book.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Nixon in China

I saw Nixon in China recently. My favorite aria from it was "I am the Wife of Mao Tse-tung", and the singer was amazing. She wowed me so much that I wanted to show this video to you people.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

More Odd Quotes

"I'd drown brightly if this was a British torch."

"Don't tell me off for crumpling up a page of my script. It was Yorick."

Friday, June 15, 2012

I have just achieved greatness, geekiness, and the ability to annoy people

...by finally memorizing all of Tom Lehrer's Elements Song! I can even sing it at a decent rate without getting tongue-tied too many times. Allow me to quote from memory:

There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium,
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium,
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium,
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium,
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium,
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium,
And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium,
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium.

Then there are 3 more verses that I don't want to bother typing, but I've memorized them all the same.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I cannot think of a title.

This has nothing to do with the rest of the post, but if you have not seen The Tempest at CalShakes (That's the nickname of the California Shakespeare Theater)... I really, really liked it and you should see it.

Anyway, here's what I was meaning to write about. As summer comes and I graduate from homeschool, I've been thinking a lot about homeschooled characters in YA books. I have read a few books about homeschoolers over the years: Stargirl and Schooled, and for littler kids there's the Amy Hodgepodge series (I read the first book when I was younger, only because it had a homeschooled heroine, and hated it) and Ida B. And I feel like there's something really wrong about the way that the authors of these books portray homeschoolers, especially in Stargirl and Schooled. The main character in Stargirl is an eccentric teenage girl who has been homeschooled her entire life, plays the ukulele, wears long white dresses, acts totally goofy a lot,  changes her name to silly things like Pocket Mouse or Stargirl whenever she wants to, carries a pet rat on her shoulder, takes homeschool classes like "Elements of Nothingness" and "Gnomes", and has a really hard time fitting in when she finally goes to public school. The main character in Schooled is a boy named Capricorn who grew up homeschooled on a farm, has long dreadlocks, is obsessed with the Beatles, and has literally never known anyone except for his grandmother. When Capricorn ends up going to public school, he seems really stupid: he doesn't know what a loudspeaker is, he hears two kids calling each other "doofus" and "butt-face" and assumes that those are their names, and when he finds a spitball in his hair he decides that there must be so much paper in schools that wads of it accumulate in the air.

Jerry Spinelli and Gordon Korman (the authors of these books) do not seem to understand that most homeschooled kids are actually normal kids who happen to have a somewhat different education than the others. Not nutty kids with no social skills who like to meditate, and not isolated hippies. It really drives me crazy. I would understand if these characters were portrayed as being an unusual sort of homeschoolers, but it really doesn't seem like the author thinks that. Besides, these books make up too large a percentage of books about homeschoolers-- there are only around five total books about homeschoolers that anyone has read. The authors of this sort of books would have us believe that most homeschoolers are like that.

Ida B is much better. The main character, who has the same name as the book, is a quirky although realistic character. I barely remember Amy Hodgepodge at all, but from what I can remember, the story starts on the day she goes back to school. She fits in just fine, aside from a little bit of fairly typical fifth-grade drama. And in these two books it's not really the characters that bother me. It's the fact that all of the books about homeschoolers that I've read involve a homeschooled kid starting school. I'm not saying that it's not exciting to start school after homeschooling-- hey, I'm doing it myself in 2 and a half months-- but really, every single story is about that. All these books about homeschooling are school stories. You would think, from reading them, that the most interesting thing about homeschooling is what happens when you finally go back to school, and that nothing interesting ever happens in the homeschool world. This is not true. If this were just a subset of the books about homeschoolers it would be fine, but it's not. It's all of the books about homeschooled kids and teens that I've read.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

M is for Magic

I recently read a book called M is for Magic, a collection of stories written by Neil Gaiman (who is a very good author, as you probably know). It's a really fun book; a quick read, but each story draws readers in and shows them a slice of a world. There's a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, and a few stories written to suggest horror. It was published before The Graveyard Book and Instructions (a picture book poem), and it includes the short story that became The Graveyard Book and Instructions without the illustrations. But there are lots of stories that haven't been published on their own, so even if you've read The Graveyard Book and Instructions there's plenty of new material. I would say that up to 14-ish is the ideal audience for this book, although the stories are nicely constructed no matter your age.

Friday, June 1, 2012

So I'm making another blog.

A long time ago, I had an idea that thinkingwritinggirl.blogspot.com would actually be a writing blog. If you've read my posts at all lately, you probably know that that isn't what it's turned into. It's turned into an all-over-the-place random blog with photographs and writing and what I'm doing in my real life. And the truth is that I hate all-over-the-place random blogs. So to make it a little less random, I'm moving my photos out of this blog and onto another blog, http://sashaspictures.blogspot.com/ I will try to have this blog be a writing blog (fiction and about my life), but I can't make any promises.