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Sunday, September 9, 2012

If you can raed tihs...

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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.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Things you should never have to say

Here are a couple more very crazy things people have said.

"Don't put that in your hair! It's bloody!"

"Keep your tongue in your mouth and don't lick the wallpaper."

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I got a card in the mail...


It's from my teacher, because it's the end of the school year. That means graduation from middle school! I know, I know, graduating from middle school-- especially, um, homeschool middle school-- is a small occurrence, because I've noticed that people tend to get more excited about each graduation in turn: so that high school graduation is bigger than middle school graduation and college graduation is bigger than high school graduation. But this is my first graduation from any school (unless you count preschool), because halfway through elementary school I switched to a join elementary/middle school. (Well, homeschool.) So yay!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Perigee Moon!


I saw its glow first, behind the edge of the hill.
It slid into view as I walked,
A bright honey-colored lantern,
Or a shining cryptic coin,
Goldening the sky around it.
It was a sight to steal my eyes and make me gaze,
It was a deity to bring back all moon mythology I’ve ever heard.
The sky had other specks of light,
But the moon was on a different, dazzling level.
I sat cross-legged in the dead grass.
The frogs sang.
That night, it felt as if all the world was watching the moon.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Photography and stuff!

I've taken a couple of hikes lately and I hadn't yet posted the photos I took. So here are some of my photos.







And at Bass Lake again (previous Bass Lake hike):







Thursday, April 19, 2012

Things You Should Never Have to Say

"Whoopsie, I accidentally cut myself in half."

"Ow, but that's a nice pillow."

"I can use my fez as a shield!"

"Be quiet, I'm watching somebody else play video games on youtube!"

      "What did you like about that piece?"
      "The notes."

Rafie: "What does Мальчик* mean? I think it's some kind of bug."       *Russian for boy
Clem: "Me too."

"It's not in the shape of a weasel, or a camel, or a whale, so it must not be a cloud." (Read this to understand.)

Monday, April 9, 2012

A difficult question for you all:

Does anybody (aside from me, and probably Corambis) know who Rossencraft, Guilderstone (or Gilderstone), and Corambis are? The only hint I'm giving for now is that I'm laughing myself into stitches over the phrase "I there's the point" right now. Comment your guesses!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

Happy Easter!
For those of you who don't understand why I'm posting about Passover and Easter, my family is sort of half and half in terms of heritage (and we're all atheists religiously). I consider myself culturally Jewish, but we basically just celebrate all the holidays.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Matzo, Chocolate-covered matzo, matzo bry, etc.

So I know I've been a little lazy about posting, but I wanted to say: Happy Passover! The festival of matzo, chocolate-covered matzo, matzo bry, and all those other matzo things that people would probably never eat if the Jews had waited to let their bread rise on the way out of Egypt.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The show went awesomely!

I'm really sad that it's over, though.
Also, I'm officially not crazy anymore.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Announcement!

I wanted to let all my blog followers know that this Wednesday (i.e. March 21) at 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM, my classmates and I are performing our production of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. I'll be playing Ophelia. I know that some of my blog readers are people I only know online and don't live anywhere near me, but if you're anywhere in the vicinity of the theater at Live Oak Park in Berkeley, California, please consider coming.
Refreshments will (not) include air (on a chameleon's dish) and Polonius (but only if you're a politic worm).

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Glowing Shreds of Light


Beneath a sky of dark dust gray,
Amidst the dullness of the night,
Beyond the only trace of day,
Live the glowing shreds of light.

Golden orbs that line the street,
Silver scraps of window light,
Lamps on each carriage I meet,
Against the blackness of the night.

When I see them from afar,
Spread wide, they the earth illume:
Silver glitter, scattered stars,
City of light beneath the moon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

π

My great apologies, dear followers, for a lack of interesting posts. But I would like to alert you that today is 3/14, Pi Day! Or at least, today is the day I celebrate Pi Day, because some people celebrate Pi Day on 7/22, which is not for a few more months.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Prophetic Dreams!

Last night I dreamed that I went to English class, talked to my family and friends, practiced my lines, and took a walk outside. Then I woke up and my dream came true! Isn't that a huge surprise?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Extremely Happy Valentine's Day to You!

Happy (very late) Valentine's Day. Even though it was two days ago, I have a rather funny story to tell.
There is a girls' club and a boys' club at Hickman Charter School. I find it hard to imagine that there could ever be anything romantic between the girls and the boys, partly for the reason that all the boys are really gross and annoying. (Okay, we're probably just as annoying, but you get my point.) So my friend Ursula made a Valentine and showed it to all the rest of us girls. It said "We don't hate you" on the outside (with a teddy bear holding a heart) and "...much" on the inside. After making sure none of us minded-- nobody did; we all found it hilarious-- we presented it to the Boys' Club from the Girls' Club.
With all the girls walking behind her, Ursula approached the boys at lunch and handed the card to Bryce.
He read aloud, "'We don't hate you.'"
This set all the boys laughing, for several seconds without cease.
"'We don't hate you'? Ah ha ha!" Rowan said, in a fit of laughter. "Yeah, thanks! We're so complimented."
"Open it up," Ursula said.
"'...Much'," Bryce read. "Much! Much? 'We don't hate you much'."
Everyone-- boys and girls-- laughed even harder this time, and the girls went back to our lunch spot. A few minutes later the boys returned the Valentine to Ursula.
"They crossed out 'don't'," she said. "So now it says, 'We hate you much.' Geez, they can't even make their own card, they just modified ours."
"It's not even grammatical," I said.
We laughed about the not-very-romantic Valentines.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I can read your mind

There's rosemary, that's for remembrance: pray, love, remember; and there is pansies, that's for thoughts.
...
...
...
Now let me predict your response!
1. If you don't know me, and know Hamlet REALLY well, you are thinking, Hey, I recognize that!
2. If you are named Evelyn Polonius, you are thinking, A document in madness!
3. If you are someone else in Homeschool Co-op, you are thinking, Why is Sasha still obsessed with that play?
4. If you are in Hickman, you are thinking, Oh. haha.
5. Otherwise you're thinking, What is she talking about??


Was I correct? please comment and tell me.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pictures!

I took a small walk in Tilden Park and got a few photographs I'd like to share.






Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Weird, very weird...

For some reason, Blogger decided that there were two December 2011's and that January 2012 just started. In the pageviews calendar, I mean. It is very weird. (Speaking of weird things, I know an extremely good way to make people think you're weird: say things like, "Of the chameleon's dish, I eat the air promise-crammed".)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

So I watched a movie (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) made of a play (of the same title) based on another play (Hamlet). For those of you who don't know-- that is, my wonderful blog friends I don't know in real life who, by the way, are totally welcomed here-- I'm in a production of Hamlet (playing Ophelia). If  I do know you in real life, you already know about Hamlet from my nonstop chattering about it since December. In fact, if you know me you probably expect me to type every Ophelia line right into this post, including the ones that aren't even in our abridged script, and include a full list of the characters each of my friends are playing. But I won't do that, because this post is about how Hamlet caused me to watch Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Anyway, my point is, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is just totally brilliant. It's like Hamlet's plot plus Monty Python's goofy rambling conversations. I can't even explain it very well, but basically it's a bunch of things going on in Elsinore Castle that aren't in Hamlet's script. In it, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are walking around when suddenly a troupe of magical traveling players (you know, the Murder of Gonzago ones?) transports them into Hamlet, where everyone seems to know them and nobody seems to know which of them is Rosencrantz or which is Guildenstern (which is hilarious because in Hamlet no-one can keep them straight, not that it ever matters which is which). And while they have to figure it all out, the players are mysteriously playing out everything that happens in what is now real life...
Yes, it sounds weird. But yes, it somehow works. And is great.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the Thirteenth

Happy Friday the Thirteenth to you! Yes, it's a holiday. Maybe not quite an official one. And yes, I said "happy". I know it will be a very happy one, unless it isn't, in which case that will have nothing to do with it being Friday the Thirteenth. Here's what my family and I are doing to ensure that I have good luck, and to prove how ridiculous superstitions are. Some of them might not make sense unless you're a theater person. It actually seems that a lot of superstitions are common sense.
I opened a large umbrella in the house and twirled it around. My mom grabbed a salt shaker and "spilled" it on the table without throwing any over her shoulder. My brother crawled under a stepladder. I'm making a point of not knocking on wood, and of saying "Macbeth" a lot. You are not allowed to say "the Scottish Play" today! If I see a black cat, which I probably won't, I will follow it around. I wish I could go in a theater today, because if I could I'd whistle and knit a bunch. (Comment if I'm missing any superstitions.)
So happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Another Great Trip To... Steep Ravine!

I should have posted this earlier, but anyway... I went camping at Steep Ravine again. Steep Ravine is probably my favorite camping spot ever, because there are tidepools there, a nice beach, and a few good hikes. We stayed in a cabin this time, because it's Winter. But it's much more like camping than like staying in a cabin, because the cabins are two rooms and have no electricity. The cabins are right beside the sea. I wrote some poems about Steep Ravine, and here's my favorite one, about a time I couldn't sleep and stepped outside for a minute.

To awaken by night,
Glance across the two stars
Not hidden by the curtain
And hear the ceaseless thunder of the crushing ocean waves.
The door calls.
And outside
Not a bird. Not a hare.
Outside it is moon, stars, hill, grass, house, sea
And a person
Just one
To take it all in.

I also took photos of a lot of different things:

The ocean


 A campfire


The shoreline just after sunset


Flowers, rocks, and waves


Grass


My friend Evelyn, sitting on a rock


The cabin area and parking lot, as seen from a hill overlooking Steep Ravine


Plants


...and more.

Also, I came up with some really great... things you should never have to say!
Things You Should Never Have to Say is an ongoing list that my friends and I have. It started out where whenever someone gave advice that should not be needed (e.g. "Don't put a muffin in the VCR"), someone might say "Things you should never have to say!" But we have now extended the category to ridiculous things that people say. If you want to read more of them, Arina likes to compile lists of them on her blog. Here are some from the trip:
"Then we were, like, dead."
"Your life isn't worth it for an ice-plant."
"Ow!! Ow!! Ow!! That didn't actually hurt."
"Don't throw snails at people."
"I have Plot Armor, so I get regurgitated in Chapter Seventeen." Apparently, Rafie and Solomon believe in some dumb thing called Plot Armor, a theory saying that in every book the protagonist will be okay simply because they're the hero.
"Don't tape the napkins!"
"Here you go... oh wait, you don't want soy sauce on your pancakes."

All in all, I love camping at Steep Ravine.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It is now 2012

Happy New Year everyone! If you had a good 2011, like I had, I hope your 2012 is just as good. If you had a bad 2011, then I hope your 2012 will be better.
Something about 2012: Last November we had and 11/11/11. Next December we'll have 12/12/12! Sadly, we won't have any more of those for about ninety years, and probably none of us will still be alive then. Well, I hope to be, because then I'll have lived in 3 different centuries, but I'm doubtful that it will actually happen.