Friday, January 18, 2008

Personal Essay

1) writing this personal essay has really allowed me to grasp a better concept of bringing my personal experiences to life through words. It was really cool playing around with the diferent descriptions of physical, personal and emotional tools, attempting to bring the reader in my head. I like this more than fiction because I have already lived this experience, and I am able to bring it to life through my experience. It is as if the blueprint has been set, and I just need to do the interior design.

2) The reason reading is so important is because you are able to intake diferent techniques and styles of writers, and understand how writers are able to bring the story to life through the emotional/physical conflict and character/plot development through great/unique description and comparison. The writer would have no inspiration/drive to develop his/her skills. Reading is to writing as food is to a child. Reading doesn't only help writers survive in the literary world, but it helps them grow and succeed.

3) My favorite piece by far was the poem writing section. I view poem/song writing as an art, and a good song can move the world. There is such power within such a short piece, I don't have the literary skills/attention span to sit down and perfect a novel, but I sure as hell can write a kick ass song. My favorite piece that I've written is on my blog, it is called "One Leaf Down Tonight" and I have recorded it and it is really a descent song in my eyes. The play writing was definitely the most challenging because at the time I had no interest in writing plays. I had no motivation to write it and I couldn't think of solid dialogue to make it good. I kind of winged it, and it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't that great. I have definitely come away with a greater understanding/ appreciation for plays....which is very hard in todays world with all the technology/special effects/realism of the movies.

Coke or Pepsi:

Li'l Wayne or Little Debbie:
Li'l that a joke?

McDonald's or Arby's:

Chiptole or Taco Bell:

American Idol or MTV:

Buffalo Wings or Florida:
How about im on the beach eating Buffalo Wings in Fla?

New York City or Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Name you like for your future daughter:
Alvan (Al) or Roofus, named after a sweety close to my heart

Name you like for your future son:

What is or what will be the first country you see outside the continent of North America:
Well I've been to Canada a lot. how about that eh? Otherwise, I'm headin on over to Europa over spring break which shall be splendid....cause I turn 18 while I'm there....and who knows whats going to happen when you turn 18 in Amsterdam.....

Disney movie you would be most likely to watch on your 21st birthday:
I'll probably be quite intoxicated at the time, and in that case definitely Bambi. I'll be hysterically laughing through the entire movie. Even though it is not a funny movie.

5. Can you figure out what Disney movie my blog title comes from?

Monday, January 7, 2008


Meaning comes, from the soul within
Time put on pause from these whirl winds.
And I have the power to unlock the door,
But I'm a damn coward with my knees on the floor.

All we are, and all we've been
Is time fallin' slowly off this mountains edge
All we are, and all we've been
Is a predetermined destine in these whirlwinds.
Caught between the lines of now and then...

Well there once was a boy, walkin' down a dirt road.
In a cloud of dust, his cries rose above.
With tears in his eyes, pure sorrow he bleed.
Unto the unknown, he walked and he said.

Hey nah nah, oh mama.
Please save me naw naw,
From above.
Deliver me, unto your Kingdom come.
Let thy will be done,
And your song be sung.
Unto Your Kingdom come.

Now I'm walkin' down that same road.
People talkin', erasing the old.
I look up to the sun above,
And pray that her warmth
Will fill my empty cup with love.
But the rains they came, along with the winds.
A hurricane took all with him.
And now theres this boy, walking down a dirt road.
Cursin' the heavens, he's just a child but he's bold.

All we are, and all we've been
Is time slowly fallin' off this mountains edge
All we are, and all we've been
A predetermined destine in these whirlwinds.
Caught between the lines of now and then.

He said, I'm just a pebble lost within this tide.
With the nasty little devil who conducts the ride.
And at night, he strangles every last breath
Of a weary day unto her icy death.
I have the power to unlock the door,
But I'm a damn coward with my knees on the floor.

Hey nah nah, Oh mama.
Please save me naw naw from above.
Deliver me, unto your kingdom
Let thy will be done,
And your song be sung,
Unto your kingdom come...

Can you feel it? I can feel it now.
The love that is all around.
Can you feel it? I can feel it now.
Let us walk as one,
Unto your kingdom come...

unexcitingly pointless blog post

1. What is one principle that guides you in life? This may be something you are consciously aware of as a force in your life, or it could be something unintentional. Some examples of guiding principles could be "I value education," "I value family above everything else," or "I won't be happy without money." There is no condemnation for your guiding principle. State your principle, then explain how it shapes your life. Also talk about why that is a guiding principle and why it is important to you. Write at least 100 words.

One principle that guides me by the hand in my life is kindness to everybody. I value people as individuals and unique bringing different qualities unto my life. I rub off on everyone I meet, and everyone I meet rubs off on me. I have a hard time competing because I have a hard time getting past the fact that everyone has their own unique talents and desires in life.

2. What is one news event from the past year or so that has had some sort of impact on you, changed the way you viewed the world, or made you think. Explain what the event was and take us through the process of how it changed you. Write at least 75 words about it.

When I heard Jamie Lynn Speares was prego with an unwedded loser I asked myself, what is this world coming to? Why is this the biggest story of the month? I find it a pretty stupid stupid story. There are so many more issues to learn about rather than how screwed up the Speares sisters are. I am in awe, and speachless to the meaningless drama molded in society's pointless lifestyle.

3. What is one thing you hope to accomplish in 2008? Talk about why it is so important to you, as well as how you want to accomplish it. Write at least 100 words about it. If you can't say anything more about what you want to accomplish, write about other things to help you write more.

I hope to maintain my chiseled abs. I will not eat, and when I do I will puke it up in the bathroom. I will literally take a hammer and chizzle to my beautiful body to maintain my sculpt. I will apply oil to my abs daily to make them sparkle and glisten in the sun. I will periodically remove my shirt to show off my sparkling abs. I will be constantly flexing my abs, for perfect tone. Then, I will ask Eric Wangongu daily to punch my rock bod as hard as he can, and then we will see who's hurting more prior to that violent act.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


1) It was hard to create an entire story based off of a few sets and pure dialogue. It was very cool being able to explore the different opportunities availed within this form. I didn't find pleasant surprises in writing a play. I didn't find any surprises what so ever. It really isn't THAT hard to write a play, and I knew what I was getting into from the get-go. I think screen-plays would be really cool to indulge in. It is way more modern and able to emotionally grasp viewers through every word.

2) I don't really know what story I'd want to relate with my personal life. There are alot of stories that I have stunningly found a big relation with my life but in truth's sense I feel that my life is like stories that have been written, but in a completely new style. I have written my life thus far, and I feel it is a completely unique lifestyle and I find pride within being unique.

3) If I was giving advice to a 10 year old I would say: "hey dude, as your going into the best years of your life, really sit down and think about how you want to live them. It's so easy to get caught up in all the highschool drama and mean competition; but is that really going to make you happy? Can you really find a fulfilling joy within all of that? My mom once sat me down at the kitchen counter with a boiling pot of water. She grabbed an egg, a carrot and some coffee grounds. She put them in the pot, and after 5 minutes she pulled out the carrot and the egg. She then told me that the pot of water was like Highschool, and there are different types of people. Ones like the egg who go into highschool and come out hardened from the experience. There are ones like the carrot who go into highschool hard and thinking they are the shit, but come out soft and molded by others. Then there are the coffee grounds who go into highschool and spread into their surroundings, influencing others along the journey. What type of person do you want to be?"

Monday, December 10, 2007

1. How important is theme in what you write? Does a great piece of literature need to express an idea? Explain your thoughts on the matter using examples from things you've read. In your response, address the opposing viewpoint. (Write at least 100 words.)

Theme is the key to unlocking the doors of readers hearts. A great piece of literature needs to express and underlying idea to make people think and even change their ways. For example, The Great Gatsby satirically makes people open their eyes and through Gatsby and other characters the hearts of readers are brought into the text when the novel is able to display general follies of society itself. Themes make people reflect, contemplate, and introspectively understand their standpoint on the underlying morality.

2. Great works of literature can last a long time. Jane Austen's novels (including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility) are still popular almost 200 years after they were first published. Anne Bradstreet's poems have survived about 400 years. The works of Greek playwright Euripides (who wrote Medea) have survived for over 2000 years. What do you think causes great literary works to live forever? Could you ever foresee yourself writing something that lasts that long? (Write at least 75 words.)

Personally, I feel that something that lasts forever beautifully collabrates on and creates a personal connotation, metaphorically seeing ourselves in the text. Literature is art. What makes a painting good? Blatant tallent and the emotion evoked and brought to life with the piece. I could definitely see myself writing something that could last that long, not right now though. If I could just develop my skills, I know I'de be able to tap into amazing works. I have the heart, I have the mind, I have the pen, I just need the ink.

3. If you could have one long-lasting impact on the world around you, what would you want it to be? Explain why that is important to you and how, as a writer, you could have the chance to make that impact. (Write at least 100 words.)

Through my words, I would like to influence people to open their eyes and grow up. I would like to somehow influence society in a way that could somehow change how they think and act. Like in my previous blog post, I want people to love for one another, not love soully to be loved. I know I have the heart to make big things happen, the true question is do I have the motivation and self confidence to defy society's grip. Through my words I can make an impact, words are a beautiful, yet merciless power. You can influence how people think, feel, act through personal expression. I have the power to unlock the door of peoples hearts.

Monday, December 3, 2007


1. What is something you see in your world that concerns you? This could be something among your peer group, something you see in America, or something you see in the world. What is your interpretation of this topic and why do you feel that way?

I am frustrated with the complete warped reality of today’s society. I am frustrated with this “subconscious tape” playing in every guy’s head of “I need to get the girl, no matter what, or else I am not a ‘real’ man”, and this “subconscious tape” playing in the minds of girls saying “I have to do what ever I can to be seen”. It plays in my head, and I’m sure it plays in yours. I try to tune it out as much as I can, but it will always be playing in the back of my head. It creates a sense of complete disrespect for the opposite sex and an immature selfishness within everyone. They say that little boys are graduating from college these days. No one knows how to love, or respect another. Today’s society has lost the truth of what it means to be a Real Man.

2. What is one dynamic personality you have either known personally or know about? Describe the person (feel free to use a made up name if desired) and explain what makes him/her dynamic. Include any specific examples if you can.

The personality of “Cool-Kat” has frustrated me for years. He has always been an acquaintance of mine, but deep down I have always had an unspoken deceit towards Cool-Kat. To be blunt, he is everything I described in question 1. He is basically a disrespectful, cold self-indulged slob. No moral basis what so ever. I mean I may act out every once in a while with disrespect to speak up for an opinion I have, but Cool-Kat belligerently cuts into people around him, constantly to be funny. It’s not really the fact that he cuts into people around him, people don’t have to take it personally and usually don’t but how he acts upon others. He has never maintained a true-relationship in high school, cheating on every single girl. He basically spits in peoples faces and laughs. He has always been nice to me, but I have never been able to stand Cool-Kat deep down. I risked our friendship when I told his girlfriend how he’d been getting around, but he still holds no beef towards me. Even with all this hurt and blatant disrespect, he still remains Cool-Kat and a popular slob who goes on strutting through the halls spitting in innocence face.

3. What is one piece of art (painting, movie, book, song, whatever) that has greatly inspired you? What is that piece and what about it has inspired you? Explain in detail.

This song has inspired me to just go with life and not look back. I can spend my time worrying about everyone else’s permission, or I can just live. I can experience life, love and happiness on my own. Living, Loving, and Enjoying this time we have without the influential hardening of everyone else.

“Coconut Skins”
By Damien Rice

You can hold her hand
and show her how you cry
Explain to her your weakness so she understandsands
then roll over and die
or you can brave decisions
before you crumble up inside
Spend your time asking everyone else's permission
then run away and hide

You can sit on chimneys
put some fire up your ass
No need to know what you're doing or waiting for
but if anyone should ask..
Tell them I've been lickin' coconut skins
and we've been hanging out
Tell them god just dropped by to forgive our sins
and relieve us our doubt...
La la la la la...

You can hold her eggs
but your basket has a hole
You can like between her legs and go looking for..
Tell her you're searchin' for her soul
You can wait for ages
Watch your compost turn to coal
but time is contagious
Everybody's getting old

So you can sit on chimneys,
Put some fire up your ass
No need to know what you're doing or looking for,
but if anyone should ask...
Tell them i've been lickin' coconut skins
and we've been hanging out
tell them God just dropped by to forgive our sins
and relieve us our doubt
La la la la la...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Happiness comes in result of a personal succession. Happiness is the emotion released deep in our heart that disperses itself throughout our entirety, becoming numb; in a sense high on the goodness in our lives. Pure happiness comes from selfless deeds we do, not for the glory or the respect others give because of our actions, but for the soul purpose of helping others. My greatest happiness comes from helping others realize the goodness in their lives, it comes from helping others realize their potential. That brings true fulfillment in my heart, specifically when my friends come to me for help. Another great source of happiness in my life is my personal succession on the football team. I worked my ass off all summer and finally was able to see my hard work payed off. That personal succession changed my entire senior year. Playing on such a successful team with players I've come to and love inside and out has truly changed my life experience, fulfilling my heart truly. My friends and family have influence over my happiness. How they act and treat me really influences my mood. For example, when my friend sarcastically shoots me down, I often times take it personally and carry that with me for the rest of the day. I also influence others based on my actions and mood. I influence my girlfriend, my family, my teachers, classmates, teammates, coaches, and friends through how I act around them. I try my best to have a smile on and really be in depth with them when I am around them, because it makes me feel good. My greatest need in life is the love of others. I can not be happy with out it, it enables me to fully enjoy the wonders of this life. Without it I would not be able to express and bring out my love.