Have A Read

©Abhi Sharma on Flickr
©Abhi Sharma on Flickr

This past week was my school’s Thanksgiving Break and while I promised myself I would use the extra days to read ahead on my Biology and History notes, I spent some of those days reading short stories. Late one day, I stumbled across a Huffington Post article titled These Classic Stories Are So Short, You Have No Excuse Not To Read Them and found myself scrolling through the .pdf file of Lorrie Moore’s How To Become a Writer.  Continue reading

The Domino Effect

Moving forward without looking back is a pretty good life philosophy; future success may be hindered by a focus on past failures.  However, like all good advice, it should be taken with a pinch of salt.  An obsession with the past is obviously unhealthy, but correcting past mistakes is key in life.

People say that it took Thomas Edison more than a thousand tries to get the light bulb right, which is great evidence for the fruits of persistence, but let’s look closer.  Why was Thomas Edison successful in designing a working light bulb?  I might not know the full answer, but I do know that one part of it is this: Edison learned from what he did wrong in his previous light bulbs and modified his subsequent light bulbs accordingly. Continue reading

Kickin’ it Back Old School

TheFineBros is one of my favorite channels on YouTube and I especially love their “_____ React Videos”. They feature four main categories: YouTubers, Elders, Teenagers, Kids, and even Celebrities once. Basically, they put a group of people within each category’s age range (except for YouTubers) and show them a popular video or event that’s trending, film their reactions while watching to it, and ask them a few questions about their thoughts afterwards. I love the series for because it provides so much insight on how different people from different age groups think. Continue reading

Chilling Echos

Hey guys,

So this week White Rabbit & Co. Publishing is doing a music-themed blog post.  The idea is that we post a video (or videos) on music that currently interest us or that we love.  Since the last year, I’ve been rather obsessed with a television series– Orphan Black. *Warning: Some episodes are rated M, or TV-14, so watch at your own discretion. *

As I have an eclectic taste in music, the darker soundtrack of Orphan Black is incredibly unique and amazing.  I do admit, I didn’t quite like the soundtrack at first because it has a dark and chilling effect, but another listen, I began appreciating it’s uniqueness (and I’m all about unique… after all I named my main blog after the concept of being unique).

Here are the masterpieces of Trevor Yuile:

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AMC’s (Not Really) First Look

Alright, this isn’t really an AMC First Look, but it is a first look on my definition essay. We basically have an entire essay to define something, and we’ve decided to dedicate each of our essays to something ambiguous and intangible.

I, for example, chose love. And here is my zero draft:

“Love is breathing, thinking, crying.

Love is opening up your heart and mind to people and animals and food and cultures.

Love is achieving, and dreaming, and learning.

Love is watching the sunrise and sunset on your roof or at the park with a huge mug of hot chocolate.

Love is going to the beach at 3am with your friends and having a bonfire.

Love is skydiving or para-sailing even when you’re afraid of heights.

Love is staying home from work or school one day to watch a Disney movie marathon.

Love is calling the radio 50 times to win the Disneyland tickets for their birthday.

Love is not winning the tickets and buying them anyway.

Love is giving, and loving, and appreciating.

Loving is going to the library everyday with your kids.

Love is walking your dog and saying hello to all of your neighbors.

Love is waking up at 2 in the morning to wish them a happy birthday at the exact time they were born.

Love is falling in love every time you see them smile.

Love is cooking your parents a big breakfast in bed on their anniversary.”

And that’s all I have for right now. But hopefully, in a while, I’ll have something better. Check back soon on AMC’s First Look.

The Magic of Zero Drafting

You know that awesome feeling you get when you’re writing and writing and the words keep flowing and you can’t stop and everything seems to be going really well and then you look back on your sentences and realize they’re an incoherent mess?  Yeah, that kinda sucks.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to write like a pro without the process of painstakingly picking out the perfect words.  But writing without editing can be really beneficial.  Zero drafting, as my English teacher calls it, is basically a brain dump of everything you can think of in response to a prompt without worrying about traditional English things, like diction, format, and grammar.  You’re really just getting your ideas down on paper.  It’s like in elementary school when teachers would ask a question and ask everyone to brainstorm and everyone’s hands would shoot up to say the first thing that came to mind.  Zero drafting is a way to get down as many ideas as possible that you can later reconstruct into a top-notch essay.  So with that in mind, I’d like to encourage everyone to try zero drafting.  In fact, this post itself is a bit of a zero draft, and in the true zero draft spirit, I’m gonna neglect editing, so please pardon any glaring typos or grammar mistakes.

Brain storm away! Credits to Clayton Cottingham on on Flickr.

So here are some topics I’d like to hear zero drafts about in the comments (pretty please).

What is one small change that would drastically improve the world?

Describe your vaguest childhood memory and add (make up) details as you see fit.

Narrate your day from the perspective of someone unreasonably interested in you (pretend you’re stalking yourself).

Happy zero drafting!

~The Mad Hatter