My ultra-boring life

Friday, May 11, 2012

Grades for the semester

OK I don't have ALL my grades in, but I'm pretty sure I have an A in my writing class and I got an A- in my lit class, which is a miracle!  HOORAY for extra credit!  I really struggled with the papers in that class, but apparently my teacher is awesome anyway. 

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAAY FOR SUMMER!!!  in which I must finish writing my novel.  send me your e-mail if you want updates on that.


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Heroes

In an effort to avoid finishing my take-home final essay, I am blogging for you, lucky people. 
We went and saw The Avengers this last weekend.  It was, of course, most awesome.  Joss Whedon does a masterful job of balancing each character with empathy, all while packing it full of action and comedy.  But that's beside my point -- my point being it had a hero for everyone. 
There's the anti-hero types, the altruistic type, the 'born-to-it' type, the accidental type, the duty-bound type.  But what really makes them heroes are what they all have in common: not their love of adventure and excitement, not good looks, not brains or brawn, though all those things help.  It is their proclivity to put the needs of others ahead of themselves, to the point of sacrificing themselves for the good of others.  This is an understated gift that is essential, in my mind, for a good hero.  And we need good heroes.  Our world, our society, needs people who give themselves up for the good of others.  We don't see it often -- certainly not in world leaders, or most public figures.  I have seen it, though.  In occasional airline pilots, or mothers, or joes on the street.  Some people do it in dramatic risk-their-life-in-a-flash fashion, others through personally draining, daily life choices.  It's never easy.  It's rarely that public.  But these people are heroes and we need them.  We need them to keep the world moving, we need them to give us hope.  The good thing is, EVERYONE can be a hero.  It's a choice we all can make. 

SPOILER ALERT for Avengers: I keep asking myself 'who was the main hero in the Avengers?'  Joss Whedon did such a great job of balancing the supers that you couldn't name just one -- but there was one, Phil Colson, who sacrificed himself for the greater good.  He was the hero of that movie. 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Almost done for the semester!

Free at last!  Almost...just a take-home final to finish and then I'll be done.  What a relief!  As usual, I LOVED my writing class but struggled with my other class.  I think I'll be satisfied with a B in that one, especially after that last paper.  Ugh.  I was so frustrated with it I couldn't even look at it again before I turned it in. 
I'm excited about the summer.  Seeing family and friends and working on my novel!  I got great feedback from some of my fellow writers in class and will be working with them a little more over the summer, so I'm pretty excited.   I'm taking Advanced Fiction writing in the fall, from my favorite teacher even, so I'm pretty stoked.  It's nerve-wracking working on this stuff for me, but having positive feedback that is helpful helps SO much. 

And I'm still excited about going to Disneyland next year.  If you want to go with us, comment on this post and I'll see what I can do!