14 On the 14th!

First of all, before I start anything, let me just say that it is so cool to be turning fourteen on January 14.

Second of all, I had one of the greatest birthdays I’ve ever had today! (Which is why I’m publishing this so late.) So before we get into the checklist, let me tell you how my amazing day went.

I woke up a little earlier to get ready for my assessment for the performing arts school and to continue watching A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. (As of the time I’m writing this episode, I’m on episode 6: “The Wide Window: Part Two” and it is so good. I love it!) .  We left for the assessment (which was at 11) around 10:20. I was really nervous, but in the end, I think I did great. I was one of three assessors (and we were all one the creative writing track) and out of the three of us, I finished last, with less than four minutes to spare. I’m feeling pretty confident about the assessment. We’ll see what happens at the end of February!

After that, I only had an hour to spare before my birthday twin (remember Magnus from my Ujamaa post? That’s him) had his birthday party. My mom and I looked at tile and flooring for the basement (and I saw this wonderful purple bathroom that I’m absolutely in love with) and then we stopped by CVS.

Before I knew it, it was time for the party, which was loads of fun! We watched (part of) a movie, played games (including a very weird round of Paranoia), and danced to little kid music and Ed Sheeran. I also realized, at one point during the party, that one of my friends had nabbed my phone and taken over two hundred pictures with it!

After the party, my mom and I went to see Hidden Figures (not Hidden Fences!!), which was so good I can’t even begin to describe it. If you haven’t seen it, you need to! It’s equal parts funny and educational, and the cast is amazing. (And I’m not just saying it because one of the actresses was on Twisted.) Also, it was really inspiring and it was so engaging! If it were a book, I wouldn’t have been able to put it down!

After the movie, we popped by Barnes and Noble to get some books. I finally got my own copies of the entirety of The Infernal Devices trilogy. After Barnes and Noble, my mom and I went to Olive Garden for dinner, and we had a lot of fun. (And pasta. I’m still full!).

Then we got back home, and I finally was able to charge my phone and respond to all the birthday messages I’d gotten throughout the day (my phone had died earlier in the day). Now I’m sitting here writing about my day, and thinking up 14 things I want to do this year. To refresh your memory, here’s the list I made last year, and I’ve checked off all the things I’ve done.

1. Finish the novel I’m writing with a friend. ✓ (Did this, I’m just not really friends with the person I’d started it with. 

2. Try to stay on the honor roll. (Fingers crossed for distinguished honors!) 

3. Try finishing every single anime in my list. That’s going to be a very fun challenge. (I tried. But failed. Maybe this year).

4. Find yet another book series, this time without a cliché protagonist. ✓ (The Amateurs: check it out!” 

5. Instead of trying to make my way through an entire play, maybe just read more of Shakespeare’s sonnets. I actually like the ones we’ve read in school. ✓ (I’ve read a few since then.)  

6. Say, “Sorry, I’m Jewish,” the next time someone says Merry Christmas to me. Just to see how they would react. (Sadly, no. Thought about it though.)

7. I’m going to go small scale again and say finish two stories. 

8. Tell my English teacher that a short story is no less than 20,000 words, and mine was only about 6, 350 words. Who cares if it was over twenty pages? Double spacing it did not help. 

9. Or I could just write an actual four page short story. Challenge accepted!!! 

10. Read more Stephen King and Nicholas Sparks. ✓ (Kind of. Stephen King? Yes. Nicholas Sparks. Not so much). 

11. Become a better artist. By that, I mean make my Impossible Task a little less impossible. 

12. Learn to play an instrument! ✓ (I’m playing the clarinet in the school band this year, although I didn’t actually ask to do that. But even though it was a mistake, I’m kind of glad about it.) 

13. Actually do all of the things on this list! (All except two!)

14 Things I Wish To Do While I’m 14

  1. Finish editing the book I wrote last year!
  2. Finish writing the second book in that series.
  3. Instead of just playing concert music, I want to learn a song from a movie score and play that. (We’re playing the Captain America theme song for the spring concert, but that doesn’t count).
  4. Maybe this year I’ll start reading an already published book series so that I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out!
  5. If I get into the performing arts school, I want to make the volleyball team for the charter school that shares the building with them. If I don’t and I stay in IB (or end up at the science school) I’d like to make the volleyball teams for those respective schools.
  6. Reread all of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books. I didn’t get a chance to do so before the show came out (since I don’t own all of them) but rereading them would be a nice flashback to my childhood.
  7. Try writing something new: not a short story, but a poem or screenplay, some form of writing I’m not as familiar with.
  8. Try to get comfortable with writing limits, although this seems pretty impossible. We have a four-paragraph essay due on Monday, and we asked our teacher if we could go over just a little…and she said no. So maybe I’ll just have to get used to those limits.
  9. Rock my first day of the ninth grade!
  10. Start working more puns into casual conversation (and into my writing).
  11. Join the Girls Who Code club at my school next semester, and learning the basics of HTML and CSS.
  12. Finish the board game I’m helping Stephen with. (And get our teachers to play it)
  13. Win the mock trial we’re doing in Social Studies! It’s about Captain Preston’s role in the Boston Massacre, and I’m the prosecutor. The defense lawyer is really intense, but I still have faith in us! I’m going to spend the next few days studying all of Barba’s best trials for inspiration.
  14. Last but not least, I’d like to keep my old friends (forever and ever!), but since high school seems to be separating us, I’d also like to make sure that I make new ones as well. I want to enjoy high school as best as I can, even if I don’t end up where my friends are.

Death of an American Star

As you know, my thirteenth birthday was last month. Today was the long-awaited celebration of said birthday. With the help of Without a Cue, we put on “Death of an American Star.” The party featured characters such as Tyler Quick (played by yours truly), Kaylee Joiner (played by Zoe*), Smiley Cyprus (played by Ciel) and Serena Gomez (played by my mother). The night was filled with twists and turns, and shocking details about each character was revealed.

My character was relatively innocent. I mean, I was in the judges chair when Shawna Twang was murdered. Even though I was convinced that Leah Mikale (played by Aria) was guilty–because she hated my show and everything it stood for since she was a “real” singer–the killer turned out to be Kylie Stickler, seemingly innocent country singer who claimed to have spilled Kool-Aid on her clothes (I don’t know why I didn’t see that).

Solving the murder was the best part of the night, but there was a game of charades that we played during a break. One team would send up a volunteer, and the other team would tell the volunteer something to act out. The team had to guess. My team was first, and the song we had to guess was “Give Your Heart a Break.” None of us got it, but kudos to Ciel for trying! It actually made sense after I thought about it. That was probably the second best part of the night!

We also did a Pitch Perfect-esque Riff-Off, which was also pretty cool, but also harder than I thought. It’s actually really difficult to come up with a song quickly that has the word in question in it. Still fun, and I’d definitely do something like that again.

All in all, the party was really great. I would definitely do something like that again: I hear that Without a Cue does Sweet 16’s as well!

*used aliases in this post as well. I couldn’t help myself.

 

A Great Start to Being 13

When I woke up this morning, my first thought was Please let this be 4:00 am so I can go back to sleep. Then I remembered: it’s my birthday! 

I was in a pretty great mood after that. 

When we got to school, my friend Ciel* surprised me with brownies. It was a very sweet gesture. (Definitely nicer than a spider!)

Then she told me she planned to spend the whole day embarrassing me. She was very successful. She told almost everyone who walked in that it was my birthday, and then she told an entire group of our teachers the same thing. 

In Social Studies, she stood up on a chair and led the class in singing “Happy Birthday.” But I have to admit, the theatrics were nice. (Although I wanted to crawl in a hole when my math teacher announced that to the class) Thanks Ciel! You’re a great friend! 

Lunch is when things got a little crazy. For some reason, our guidance counselor handed out packets during lunch, so we all rolled them up and started beating on each other with them. It was amazing. There were two sneak attacks after lunch, too. Fun times! 

All in all, today was a great birthday. I look forward to being 13! 

13 More Things I Wish to Do While I’m 13

As some of you know, my thirteenth birthday is today! Last year, I published a list of twelve things to do while I was twelve. Here’s that list, and I’ve checked off everything I’ve done. 

After that list, I’ve written a list of thirteen more things to do while I’m thirteen. Enjoy! 

1. Get all A’s and nothing but A’s I my pre-algebra class. (Translation: understand what my teacher says!) ✔️
2. Finish all six seasons of Gossip Girl! Currently on episode 16 of season four.✔️
3. Find a new book series to read besides PLL.✔️
4. Finish writing all of the stories I’ve been writing. (I finished one!)
5. Finish reading Romeo and Juliet. I’ve been on Scene 2 since May of last year! 
6. Be more assertive. ✔️
7. Rock my part at the school play-and get an even bigger part next year! (I did rock my part, but this year we didn’t have a play.) 
8. Get my crush to notice me. I’m not telling who it is, but I’ll give you a hint. Those glasses are so cute! (I did this, I just don’t like him anymore. Sigh.) 
9. Enter a writing contest. 
10. Win a writing contest.
11. Learn a new language.(I’m learning French!)
12. Get through the year! ✔️

13 MORE Things to do While I’m 13 

1. Finish the novel I’m writing with a friend. 

2. Try to stay on the honor roll. (Fingers crossed for distinguished honors!)

3. Try finishing every single anime in my list. That’s going to be a very fun challenge. 

4. Find yet another book series, this time without a cliché protagonist. 

5. Instead of trying to make my way through an entire play, maybe just read more of Shakespeare’s sonnets. I actually like the ones we’ve read in school. 

6. Say, “Sorry, I’m Jewish,” the next time someone says Merry Christmas to me. Just to see how they would react. 

7. I’m going to go small scale again and say finish two stories. 

8. Tell my English teacher that a short story is no less than 20,000 words, and mine was only about 6, 350 words. Who cares if it was over twenty pages? Double spacing it did not help. 

9. Or I could just write an actual four page short story. Challenge accepted!!! 

10. Read more Stephen King and Nicholas Sparks. 

11. Become a better artist. By that, I mean make my Impossible Task a little less impossible. 

12. Learn to play an instrument! 

13. Actually do all of the things on this list! 

BFB (Best Friend’s Birthday)

If you couldn’t guess what this post was about by reading the title, then please go to your room. (After you read the rest of this, of course!)

Today is my friend Emma’s birthday. She’s been one of my best friends since fifth grade, and I am so happy that I can say that.

My favorite memory of Emma is a sleepover we had the weekend before middle school began. We watched Cyberbully and did makeovers…it was the carefree weekend I needed before starting middle school. There was also the time we were at play rehearsal and  she came up with an opposite version of “I Think I Got You Beat”. It was brilliant! 

Do you have as many great friends as I do? If you do, hold on to them! 

And be sure to wish them happy birthdays! 😉