September 24, 2015

A Memoir: Killing the Pablo Picasso Inside

Killing the Pablo Picasso Inside
When I was young, I had apparently had aspirations to be an artist. Rain was leaking from the sky in a slight drizzle, and I had no appointments on my extremely (not) busy schedule as a five year old, so I decided to lug up the giant art box, or treasure chest as is more easily compared to and do something productive. My brother helped me set up the red, blue, and yellow Fischer Price easel while I tore giant pages out of a pad of paper meant just for projects like the one I was about to embark on. After I had slaved away creating seven or eight masterpieces, I began to think about what I should do with my artwork. Just like any normal five year old, I came up with the perfect plan. I drew and advertisement poster, slid into my rain jacket, and hauled all of my things (plus my brother) out to the driveway because I had decided to sell my pictures. They were on sale for 25 cents each, and as soon as I sold them all, I knew I was going to be rich. My brother and I jumped around and waved our signs each time a car splashed by, but not a single soul stopped to satisfy the dreams of a five year old "starving artist" and her trusty sidekick. Maybe it was because the sky was still sending a mist down from the heavens and my artwork was damp.  Maybe it was because my street was a dead end road that was pretty deserted as far as cars go. Or, maybe it was because my art was the actually worst. Whatever the reason was, the fact that I wasn't able to sell even one of my pieces kind of ruined any hope for ever creating anything worth buying. If I had to assign a color to that day, it would have to be gray because the hope (or color) vanished in my soul. That is why whenever I see a lemonade stand, pet rock stand, etc. that is being hosted by little kids, I try to stop if possible. I don't want others' hopes to be flushed down the storm sewer as mine were on that fatefully rainy day. 



Mischief Managed,
July



*note* pictured art is by various artists displayed at ArtPrize 2015. 




September 14, 2015

A Memoir: What the Heck??

Heyyy guys,
So I wrote this little memoir for my Creative Writing class in school, and I just wanted to share it with you to hopefully pass on little bit of wisdom that I learned this past year. 
The prompt was to write about a moment of awesomeness in your life. Let's go :)

It's hard to pick just one moment of awesomeness from my life, but the one I feel compelled to write about is what I would consider bittersweet, both positive and negative. It started out completely positive for me and those who knew about it, but just recently, I learned something about it that shattered the proud feelings I had gotten from it. Let me explain. 
Last robotics season,  I was put in charge of writing an essay for a prestigious award that crowned a leader as one other leaders should strive to be like. This award is called the Woodie Flowers Award. I chose my school's head mentor, Randy. In the past, one of my friends and I had written a different essay about Randy, and he won mentor of the year because of it. Anyway, I spent a lot of time gathering information about him and recording quotes from my other team members about why Randy is so special and important, and from that data, I constructed a heartfelt essay that I'd have to say was pretty darn good. However, I soon discovered that my essay was 2,000 characters over the required length, so I had a lot of editing to do. After a lot of reworking to get my essay back under the limit, I showed it to another one of the mentors (stay tuned for more about her later) and one of my friends on the team who helped me edit further and polish the essay. As I pushed the blue "submit" button, I felt happy about what I had written and really, truly believed that the mentor I had written the essay about had a chance at winning.  
Now, let's flash forward a few months. We were at the state robotics competition where my essay was against all other essays to finalize a winner who would move on to be the World Championship's Woodie Flowers nominee for our state. It was time. They began to introduce the award, saying stuff like "this mentor has been working with the FIRST organization for over 20 years.... this mentor.... this mentor...." and listing many other achievements... My heart was in my throat. That sounded familiar..... They quoted my essay!  "The winner of the Woodie Flowers Award who will move on to represent our state at the World Championship is Randy ----- from FIRST Team 10218!" Let's just say lots of hugs and high fives were shared at that time, and I was super proud of what I had achieved. So did I win the award? No, not really. Randy and his actions won, with the help of me and my essay. You are probably wondering how my essay did at Worlds, and unfortunately Randy did not win there, but everyone agreed that winning state was awesome too. For real though, how many people can say that an essay they wrote won an award at the state level??? This felt awesome. 
Now, if I stop the story there, you will probably wonder why this is also negative. I'm getting to that. A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with my brother's best friend who I consider a second brother, and he told something that made him mad and really hurt me. It was at the World Competition that he overheard the mentor that had taken part in helping me edit the piece say to other people when asked if I had written it, "Well she had help," in a really snotty tone of voice, implying that she was the one who the credit should really go to for the win. Wow, hearing this hurt a lot. It's not like she went out saying that she wrote the article herself... but by saying what she did, she basically discredited my hard work and took the credit for putting it all together when really all she did was help me edit and submit it on the website. Understandably, that made me really upset. I felt that the award was pretty much all I worked on and contributed to the team, and that she was trying to take that away from me. 
I hope what I've written here has correctly portrayed my emotions towards the subject and that you as a reader can understand why I can't ever feel completely happy about my accomplishment again. So, please, whoever reads this.... Never try to take credit for somebody else's work. It will only end up hurting your relationship with them. Just let people have their moments of awesomeness! Even if you did help in some way on their road to accomplishing whatever it is they accomplish, remember, it's their time in the light. Don't wreck it. Let it stay awesome. 

*names and team #'s are fake for privacy reasons* 

Anyway, I just wanted to share that little piece with you today. If you would like to see more of my creative writing work (in other genres) let me know by commenting down below! And also let me know what one of your greatest moments of awesomeness has been. 
Mischeif Managed,
July


September 01, 2015

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Heyyyya friends! So I've seen this tag floating around on the blogosphere lately, and I decided to do it myself! Happy reading! 

A POPULAR BOOK
YOU DIDN'T LIKE.
 MY ANSWER: IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN

I found this book terribly boring and was quite disappointed considering all of the hype it had. I couldn't relate to the main character, had trouble feeling any sense of sympathy for her, and frankly, I didn't care whether she decided to stay or go.


A POPULAR AUTHOR
 YOU CAN'T SEEM TO GET INTO.
MY ANSWER: JOHN GREEN

I hate his characters, his plots, the way his books are written, and basically everything about them. Granted, I haven't read all of his books but in my opinion, John Green novels are highly overrated and not worth the time or money. 


A LOVE TRIANGLE WHERE THE PROTAGONIST ENDED UP WITH THE PERSON YOU DIDN'T WANT THEM TO BE WITH.
MY ANSWER: GALE --> KATNISS <-- PEETA

I was not happy with how this love triangle turned out. Of course I can't explain much (because spoilers!) but in the end, one boy "won" Katniss and the other was made out to look like a bad person. Even if the two I wanted together couldn't be together, the author should have resolved it in a different way where they could still be friends. 


A POPULAR GENRE YOU HARDLY READ.
MY ANSWER: MYSTERY

I rarely read mystery books because I can never wait to figure out "who did it" so I always turn to the last pages and read those first..... And that kind of ruins the suspense for the rest of the book! Oops. 


A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER 
YOU DISLIKE.
MY ANSWER: HAZEL GRACE LANCASTER

I'll keep this one brief because I know I've ranted about Hazel more than once on this blog.... In short, I think she's whiny, hypocritical, and overall not a good representation of someone battling cancer.


 A POPULAR SERIES YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING.
MY ANSWER:  THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

I've heard great things about these books from a few of my friends, but I honestly think they look kind of cheesy in a completely dark way (does that even make sense???? Lol). So just no. 


A SHOW/MOVIE ADAPTION THAT YOU LIKED BETTER THAN THE BOOK.
MY ANSWER: THE GIVER BY LOIS LOWRY

I think The Giver movie is the ONLY movie I have ever liked better than the book. They honestly changed a whole ton in the movie, but the changes made it more exciting while still getting the lessons from the book across. The movie was just so well done, I couldn't help but love it! 


A BOOK SERIES EVERYONE HATES BUT YOU SEEM TO LOVE.
MY ANSWER: TWILIGHT BY STEPHANIE MEYER

Twilight gets so much animosity, but I honestly don't understand why. I thought it was well written, intriguing, and easy to read. I considered it to be a good story with lovable characters, and was actually kind of hard to put down and stop reading! Of course it isn't my favorite book of all time, but I just don't think people should hate on it so much. 


 A POPULAR SUBJECT 
YOU'RE TIRED OF READING.
MY ANSWER: LOVE TRIANGLES.

Nearly every YA book contains a love triangle these days, and it's been getting old for a while now. Need I explain more?? I don't think so. 


A POPULAR STYLE OF COVER YOU HATE.
MY ANSWER: REMADE BOOK COVERS FROM CLASSICS

Especially in classics, I like my original covers. Why would you even try to change these??




Okayyyyy, well that's all I have for you tonight. Let me know what unpopular book opinions you have in the comments below, and if you would like to do this tag on your blog, go right ahead! Make sure you let me know so I can read your post :)

On a side note, I get to see the Stanley Cup tomorrow, so that's pretty exciting.... :D
Mischief Managed,
July