Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Uber Quick Update

Next two posts are coming really soon! Sorry guys that my deadlines keep on slipping! I have so much to do now that high school has started, and I really need to give some TLC to my blog! Okay, gotta go!

xoxo,
-Oakstar

PS: I felt like writing a PS.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Scary School Trip, dun, dun, dunh

Okay, some of the people who awarded me with four different awards and are waiting for them to come up on my blog: Next post will be all about them. Sorry for the wait guys!

Also I'd like to say thanks to all my amazing followers! When I first discovered the blogging world and posted comments on Morning's blog in particular, I was always amazed when they responded and said thank you. But now I realize how exciting it is to get a new comment, and even more exciting when you get a new follower! So thank you so much! It means a lot that you enjoy my simple, unglamorous blog by a girl who doesn't understand HTML.

You're probably wondering about my title. Every year, the grade sevens in my high school take a two- night trip to Quebec City and around to get to know each other. We went to a camp up north that specialises in things like Arbre en Arbre (ziplining and other activities similar to that), things like kayaking, forest survival, GPS orientation, and playing Old Quebec village. I had a very unique experience at this camp.

The first day was spent getting there and watching Divergent on the way, and then doing GPS orientation and kayaking. For GPS orientation, we had to find signs in the forest using a GPS. They called it geocaching, but that wasn't really what it was. Our group of four went off trail and climbed what felt like a mountain to get to two specific signs that no other groups could find. We found pink mushrooms on the way. Come to think about it, there were a lot of mushrooms on my trip. Curious? Just keep reading. We needed a break, so when we hear voices from another group of students kayaking across the lake, we chatted to them for a while and one of us found a beer bottle and tried to send it to them across the lake. I don't know how people do it in the movie, it only went for about two feet.

After GPS orientation, we were scheduled to go kayaking. I had never been kayaking before so I didn't know what to expect except being cold and wet. We changed in our cabins and then came back. I was wearing my bathing suit, my wind breaker, and short shorts. I felt that I should wear as little as possible if I was going to get soaking wet anyway.

They really didn't explain  it to us at all. They just really handed us life jackets and let us have pretty much a-free-for-all, not explaining what would happen if we tipped or how to paddle or anything. The girl I was paired up with was really adventurous, while I was more on the secure side, but we ended up going really far out through the two hours of scheduled kayaking we had in 55 degree weather. Um, burrrrr. I got splashed A TON  but thank the lord we didn't end up tipping. When we got out, I nearly was hypothermic and my feet were numb like almost everybody else and I could barely walk. The teachers kept telling us to hang up our life jackets, but that was not my main concern so I ended up dumping it on a bench and then running back to my cabin to get changed. I was freezing.

After that, everything was much better. We had dinner and I devoured the soup in less than a minute to warm me up. After we had an activity until nine o'clock. This activity involved making a different version of Little Red Riding Hood and acting it out in front of all the other groups doing the same thing. It got kind of really boring after a while, and my group didn't 't get to go. You know, typical school trip experience.

Curfew was at eleven, but I was exhausted and ended up going to bed ten minutes before with my friend Malina, only to be rudely woken up by the teacher asking us to go to bed. Okay, then.... But she was already a little grumpy because of someone blow drying a key in our cabin and causing the smell of burnt metal for the rest of the night.

The next day was Old Quebec Village, Forest Survival, and the part we've all been waiting for, Arbre en Arbre.

We had to lift very heavy mushrooms for Old Quebec Village. Enough said there.

I tuned out for Forest Survival. I was hungry and I listen to the exact same speech every time I go Girl Guide Camping.

Finally! After a delicious Lasagna lunch, it was Arbre en Arbre! I was so excited! I had only done a really baby ziplining crash course at summer camp, when I was, like, five, so I was looking forward to it.

Next update: Before the weekend it  will be posted. Sorry for the wait guys! I have so much homework now and I decided to post before you start thinking I am dead.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Writing Tips

Here are some writing tips I thought of just spur of the moment! I thought I would share them with you guys.

1. It's a great idea to work on stories and novels, but that takes a while. If you're looking for something quick and good that will get your creative juices flowing, try a poem, a limerick, or a quick paragraph that you can store as a novel idea. Or go Ernest Hemmingway style and try to write a story under ten words.

2. If you're writing about weather, try to write about it when the same weather is happening right outside your door. If you can, write outside, or step outside for a few minutes to take notes on the weather, the sounds, the smells, and how it makes you feel. (Note: Not recommended for extreme weather conditions.)

3. Feeling stuck? Ignore your electronic writing devices for three days. Then, on the fourth day, grab a pencil, a marker, a crayon, or a lump of charcoal. Even better, your keyboard. Write as much as you can in an hour.

4. The internet has some amazing story ideas it does not mind you using. It also has a variety of interesting pictures that can pique your creativity.

5. People watch. The girl behind the counter handing your take out order without a smile, what's her story? The old man with the old timey clothes walking down your street?

6. Change up the tense of your story, What works best for you? First person present tense? Third person past tense? Heck, try second. Anything to improve your story is worth a shot.

7. Don't write until you get that tug that a new idea gives you.

8. Get creative. Ask your friend a wacky question, smile at your enemy to see how he/she responds, anything that piques your inner writing superstar.

9. Try to write fanfiction. It's really fun!

10. Unless you like to, don't be too open about your ideas. Sometimes it's nice to keep them as secrets. I've noticed that after I've told someone about my new idea and they question it, it rubs the shine off. Like using a shiny penny.

Anyway, what did you think? Also, if you have any other tips, I'd love to hear about them! Tell me what in the comments!

-Oakstar

Sunday, 7 September 2014

We Comment

I know, I've already created a tag, but this is an award I've created. It's called We Comment and it's all about commenting on other people's blogs and spreading the love, one blog at a time.
Here's the lowdown:



What do I do when I get this award?
 
Congratulations! Create a post about the award! Tell your readers about how to get this award and what to do when they get it! You can write anything about the award, and make sure to encourage your readers to comment on other people's blogs! Then choose a reader who really cares, who makes your day, who really appreciates what you write. Let them know and be sure to comment on their post about the award. You can put the picture on your sidebar too!

I created this award to inspire all bloggers including myself to show others that they care about and appreciate their blogs. Since you only pick one reader, this award should be difficult to receive countless times.
I give this award to Jollygirl, because she is a truly amazing blogger and friend. She always comments on every post on each and every blog she follows. Jollygirl, you really deserve this award!
 
 Enjoy!

-Oakstar

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Back to school!

 A lot of us by now have gone "back to school". For me, high school has just started, and I'm a teeny little shrimp amongst the grade elevens.

A Poem (sort of) called The School.

The class.
The bell.
The hustle.
The bustle.
The friends.
The homework.
The repeat.

I love my school! I get to wear a uniform, which is super awesome, and I love the huge rush while I try to get to class, and I love that I have all different classes. It's all awesome! I find it really special that I got chosen to go to this school! I love it!