April is International Writing Month… Right?

I’m convinced. April is International Writing Month. Why? Let me explain:

1. April Camp NaNoWriMo is going on. For those of you who don’t know what it is, It’s pretty much NaNoWriMo, except it’s a lot less intense. You can pick the word amount. And for those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is….here’s the link: nanowrimo.org

Depending on how fast you type and what your goal is, it could take you from 5 to upwards of 40 hours to write it all. That is if you don’t get distracted or slow your writing speed.

2. It’s approaching summative season. Summatives are work work and more work. Specifically, writing, writing and more writing. blech.

Why do we have to have stupid summatives? They just load you up with extra work you really don’t need.

3. Aside from summatives, teachers are just like “Oh, you don’t have enough work yet. Let me give you a writing assignment.” Which takes the form of an essay or a commentary or whatever else like that that they decide to bug you with.

So much stuff to do, not nearly enough time. Add on top of that the joy of eight courses at a time, more than half of them enriched. Thanks IB.

What kind of stuff have you got to do?



TCWT Blog Chain Post

Okay, here we go again. Before I start, I have to say I:

A: forgot about this until a day or two before I had to go

B: Really had no idea what the topic was about. I just kinda went with it.

So…. yeah. We’ll see how well this turns out.

The prompt this month was:

“What are your thoughts on reading or writing books in non-novel formats? Are there any you’ve particularly enjoyed?”  

First of all, what is a non-novel format?

It’s pretty much exactly what the name implies; it’s a book/story/etc written not in the standard format of sentence-paragraph-chapter-book, but in a different style/release format. It could be a serialized book: parts of a book that come out periodically, or it could be something like a diary. It’s really an expansive genre.

I haven’t actually written any non-novel formatted books; I’m rather partial to my paragraphs and chapters. However, I have read more than I thought I had at the beginning of this post.

Serialized Novels:

Serialized novels are novels that are released in parts; for example, a chapter gets released in a magazine/newspaper every other week. Several of today’s “classics” are serialized novels: Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina were all released periodically.

Of course, in our modern world’s society where (almost) everyone is dependent on the internet, you can’t think that people won’t use the interconnectivity of the internet to inject their writing into the web, where it comes to rest on the screens of people all over the world, waiting to be devoured. Websites and online communities have been built around this fact; FanFiction, WattPad, Figment, to name a few. Writers put up their work, and the online audience reads and comments on it.

One of my personal favourites in this category is the Narnia (duh) FanFic A Rabbit Hearted Girl by Slenderstell. I LOVED it so much. the link is here.


For me, I read the Dear Canada series (comparable to the Dear America series for those of you on the south side of the border) where fictional girls write about their experiences in real-life events in Canadian history. For example, I remember reading one about a Chinese girl who immigrated to Canada with her father, and he was working to raise money to bring the rest of their family over. There was another written by a Native girl, who describes the white men coming to her land. Or another about the Halifax explosion in 1917. One that I remember distinctly, though not the title or what it was about, but that there was a stain on the paper because the girl writing it spilled applesauce or jam or something on it. I remember thinking that that was so cool; I’d never seen something like that before.

However, another possible example of this, though maybe slightly more novel-like, is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, about a middle-schooler who is really kind of clueless. He does go through many things that middle-schoolers today go through; bullying, questions on popularity and girls, etc.


People will also publish a book of poems, where the poem on one side of the page may very well have nothing to do with the one on the next side. for example, poet Shel Silverstein has produced several books of poems, which have become quite popular. Some of his books are: Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and A Light in the Attic.

What do you think of non-novel books? Could things like collections of comic books be considered part of this genre?

Hope you enjoyed this!


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TCWT Blog Chain Post

This month’s TCWT blog chain post prompt was:

“How does music relate to your writing?” 

THANK YOU to John for picking a much easier topic this month than last month. This is going to be so much fun. Here we go!

I’ll start off with a quote by Victor Hugo:

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.”

In this way, are writers and music not alike? As writers, we come up (hopefully) with these amazing ideas and concepts that can’t be explained to anyone directly. They’re a mystery to everyone around us, but in our heads, they’re their own world. But don’t try keeping it shut up or locked away in a silent corner. Each time, it’ll burst out and yell “Pay attention to me! I’m important!” Most of the time, they’ll burst out at the oddest moments. Sometimes, it’ll be because you see something related, but other times it’ll come up out of nowhere, bursting in, dragging along ideas to add to it, make it better.

So if writers and music are so alike, there are two possible scenarios that happen when they’re combined. One, they become the best of friends and are inseparable. The writer soon has earbuds in about 24-7, and they often draw inspiration from their music. Two, they’re too alike and push each other away. The writer can’t concentrate with the music surrounding them constantly. They turn it down, turn it off, push it away.

There are both types of writers in this world, with a majority of the first type. Personally, I’m the first type. If I’m at my desk working or at school doing independent work, I’ll often have music on. I have music on right now. It helps me focus by drowning out the outside noise, and especially if it’s familiar music, it gives me something to do, whether it be humming/singing along/tapping my foot, while writing/working which actually helps me concentrate. However, if I’m doing things like studying for a test, or doing something that requires deep thinking, the music distracts me. However, I often have vocal music on, so maybe just having instrumental would not induce the need to shut it off. So maybe I’m a little in between types one and two.

As to what I listen to while writing, well, that’s another question. I haven’t really got a list of what I listen to specifically while writing, though there’s a great series of more instrumental writing music on YouTube (type writing music into the search bar, and it’ll be one of the first that comes up, it’s got a galaxy background). I’m not trying to promote anyone’s stuff, it’s just what I found to be amazing. It has different genres of music mixed in, with some almost haunting things, lots of movie soundtracks (I’ll talk more about those later) and other higher energy music. Apart from that, I listen to whatever I’ve got. I’m listening to a playlist of a bunch of music I have, and according to iTunes, it’s a mixture of rock, pop, alternative, inspirational, and religious. Yeah. It varies from time to time what exactly I’m listening to.

Currently, my favourite artist/band is Switchfoot. They have a very interesting range of songs that cross several genres. My favourite full album is Nothing is Sound, and I don’t have one favourite song. There are so many good ones. While they won’t attract all audiences due to the fact that they are a Christian band, but still appeal to many, because they appeal to things everyone faces: loneliness, hurt, betrayal, happiness, being yourself, not changing for others, etc. they say themselves that they are “Christian by faith, not by genre”.

Because of their diverse city in melodies and beats and all around tone and musicality, they fit for lots of different writing types. Some have a much more indie feel to them, others are more rock, others are bordering on pop. Their lyrics are some of the strangest I’ve heard, one line sometimes making no sense in the context of the last. But altogether each song is a masterpiece.

Some of my other favourite artists: TobyMac, Tenth Avenue North, and Group 1 Crew.

MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS have got to be writer’s best friends. They have such differing sounds, yet are recognizable. One time, I was listening to a mix of soundtracks for writing, and one came up, and I knew that it was from the Narnia movies just from listening to it. And while this may be because I’ve seen the movies too much, which I doubt, it was immediately recognizable. In short. I LOVE MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS. I love listening to them for writing.

To all you writers out there, keep at your task of showing others the amazing worlds hidden inside your heads, and enjoy music from time to time. Try something new you haven’t heard before.

(Kudos to all those who found the reference to TobyMac in this post)

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IB- Good or Bad?

Ugh. Why did I have to choose the super demanding academic program that consumes about all of my time in homework and studying and blech. Welcome, fellow bloggers, to the world of an IB student.

For those of you who don’t know what IB is (and unless you take it/have taken it/know someone who takes it you probably won’t know it), it stands for International Baccalaureate. It’s an international academically enriched program, and it sucks the life out of just about everyone who takes it. Basically, you take a bunch of smart kids and dump a load of work on them. The top definition in Urban Dictionary is:

IB, A.K.A. International Baccalaureate – A malicious program aimed at the unnaturally brighter population in an attempt to overload their brains, thus reducing them to vegetables without lives. However, a true IB student will respond by adapting and bsing their way through.

IB, therefore I BS.

And that’s honestly what it is. IB students count themselves lucky if they have only 2 hours of homework a night rather than about 6. Really. And just to set the record straight, IB and AP are NOT comparable. I have several friends in AP, and man their lives are so much less cluttered than mine.

But, then again, there are upsides to it. You have to do a 4000 word essay in grade 11/12, so when university profs hand out a 2000 word essay, it’s no problem. The transition to University is much easier too. You’re already learning to work hard, manage your time (mostly) and that you really do need to study for tests. Cause TBH, before IB, I was doing none of those things.
So to all of you out there thinking about going into IB, think very carefully. It can be a great thing for some people, i know i absolutely love it (despite the ranting above), but my brother would not like it. Also think about workload. You’ll probably be spending a couple hours a night working on homework, so do you have the time for that?
But you know what, overall, I’m completely certain that going into IB was the right decision for me. It boosted my self confidence to see that liking school wasn’t a bad thing, that there were others who like it too, and I don’t have to explain things a thousand times before they get it.  SO think about it, but to al you smart cookies out there, definitely think about coming to IB.


Isn’t it annoying when you work really really hard on a piece of art, whether it be a drawing or a painting or a sculpture or whatever, and you hand it in, thinking it’s great, but you get it back and apparently it’s awful? Yeah. I know what it’s like. It’s no fun.

So I decided I would show that I can do art. Here, I will show you all some of my latest pieces.

Feel free to comment, I’d love to know what you think!


Pictionary 2.0

Pictionary is a game popular at teen sleepovers and other get togethers. Everyone has played it at one time or another, and some are great at it and some are not. I think it’s a great game to work on both your art and language skills, either way.
However we’re not here to talk about pictionary, but about Pictionary 2.0.
Pictionary 2.0 is a game best played in a group of 4 or more. Each person has a piece of paper and writes a quote/phrase and passes it on to the next person. They have to draw that quote/ phrase, fold over the paper so only the drawing is visible, and hand it to the next person. They have to come up with a phrase for that drawing, fold it over, pass it on to the next person, and they have to draw again. This goes on and on until everyone gets their own paper back, and then you read aloud and show the best pictures of your page.

This game has become a new year’s tradition in my group of friends, who we’ve gotten together with for at least 5 or 6 years on new year’s. Every year it brings lots of laughter, and we sincerely enjoy it.

For those of you who like a good, clean-cut sheet, I made a PDF sheet.

Pictionary 2.0 sheets

For those of you who just don’t care, take a piece of scrap paper and just have fun with it.

Enjoy the game!


A to Z of book Characters

Yesterday, I saw something really interesting on another blog: someone thought of book characters for every letter of their blog title. This intrigued me. I decided to try this here, but step it up a little and try for one for every letter of the alphabet. Alright, here goes.

A- Alice from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

B- Ben Blue from the Virals series by Kathy Reichs

C- Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

D- Digory from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

E- Edgar from the Atherton series by Patrick Carman

F- Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

G- Grover from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

H- Hi from the Virals series by Kathy Reichs

I-Isaac from the Fault in Our Stars by John Green

J-Jacob from Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

K- Kadin from Celestia by Steven James

L- Lien-Hua from the Patrick Bowers series by Steven James

M- Matt Cruse from the Airborn Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel

N-Nikki from Halflings by Heather Burch

O- Octavian from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

P-Piak from a Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

Q-Quentin from Paper Towns by John Green

R-Ristridin from Mysteries of the Wild Wood by Tonk Dragt

S- Seaweed from the Submarine Outlaw Series by Phillip Roy

T-Thomas from Maze Runner Trilogy

U- Ursula from the Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

V-Viola from The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

W- Wade from Pulse by Patrick Carman

X- Xiana from the BOoks of the Infinite series by R.J. Larson

Y- I can’t think of one for Y..

Z- Zia from the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

If anyone has one for Y I’d love to know. Have a wonderful day everyone.