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Well, first things first, I would like to apologize for my 2-week long absence. Some things have happened in my time away, but I’ll try to keep this post as short and sweet as possible without going too terribly into detail. So, as you can tell by the title, I have mostly really good news to report. However, there is bad news, but I wouldn’t say the news is completely horrific, just a couple things that I’ve been a little upset about. I’ll start with the good news.

To cut straight to the point, everyone, I have a best friend! Yes, it’s true, and I can’t believe how oblivious I was until I was actually able to find out for sure. I know what you must be thinking, though. If you’ve been following my previous posts up to this point, you know about my best friend I met in 3rd grade. Don’t worry, though, I definitely haven’t thrown her aside, no way. She’s just become, what you would call my “long-distance” best friend, because she lives in a different state. That makes sense and works, doesn’t it? Anyway, if you don’t know who it is, then you must have missed some of my posts. It just so happens to be the friend I made at the beginning of this school year (refer to previous posts if you don’t know). She told me that I was her best friend during 1st period one day when we were working on a paper. Of course, that made me really happy, because that just so happened to be one of my goals at the beginning of the year, to get a best friend. Mission accomplished! A little while after that, I forget when it was, I was sitting in the back with her while we were watching a movie in 1st period, I had, well, you know those rare yet perfect moments you can have at certain times in your life? One of those. I had been just a little sad and upset that most of the time the only time my best friend and I got to hang out just the two of us was during our 1st period class. After doing some thinking, though, I was able to come to terms with it, because, I am her best friend, and that’s not really something I should be worried about. So, that day I told her, that, even if that was mostly the only time we got together and the rest was with her and her boyfriend, I didn’t care, as long as I could be her friend. Surprisingly, she got pretty emotional after that. I think that made her happy to know I was willing to compromise like that in order to be her friend. After I told her that, we were silent for a couple minutes, then she reached over and hugged me. That was a pretty great moment. And now, onto the bad news.

The bad news is, ever since Nationals, we haven’t had archery practice, and we won’t be having it again until next year, which, as you know, will be my last. The thing I hated most about that was not being able to see all of my team in one place. I mean, sure, they’re all around me in school every day, but I have no classes with most, if not all, of my teammates. There is one last thing we’re doing before the end of the year, though. This upcoming Friday, we’re having our Awards Banquet where, last year (if you remember), I received the William Tell Award for Most Improved Female Archer on the team. I’m excited for that, because I’ll finally get to see my whole team together again one last time before this school year is over, which isn’t that far away. That’s the next thing I want to talk about. As I am typing this, there are only nine days of school left for me. This week will be the last normal week for us, because next week, the last week, we have finals all through the week (wish me luck on those). Now, don’t get me wrong, I will be happy to get away from all the work once this year is over, but I just always get kinda bummed out because I won’t get to see a lot of my friends for awhile. It’s not that bad though, I mean, I do actually have plans for this summer, so that’s awesome. Hopefully I’ll get to spend some time with my best friend, though I have yet to ask her about that. The only thing I know for sure currently is that my GS Crew and I are actually planning to go to Chicago. We’ve actually been doing some fundraising this time, so it better work out, or I’m going to be pretty upset. I love Chicago! And finally, as far as this blog is concerned, I will try my best to keep you updated over the summer, and not go on a super-long hiatus like I did last summer. That’s all for now. Come back for my next post!

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Hey everyone, it’s been a few days since I posted last, hasn’t it? Well, at least it hasn’t been too awfully long. Before this week, though, I’ll tell you about this past weekend. So, this past Friday, we had an archery match. It was against a team we’d gone against before, and, before anything else, I’ll just say that we did win, by 70+ points. Awesome right? Alright, so I was in the first flight, awesomely, because the first couple matches they’d put me in the second flight, but I’ve worked my way up and still going! After I was done shooting, my archery buddy had one of her relatives babies (I would suppose) and was playing with him. She and two of my other archery teammates then went out into the hallway to play with a volleyball with the baby, so I decided to go along with them. We had a lot of fun while the second flight was shooting. Here comes the most interesting part: I actually reconnected with an old friend, who I hadn’t seen since elem. school. I don’t think he remembered me at first (I did remember him, obviously), but then I started talking about myself, and after I told him my name, he said he remembered me. Then something completely unexpected happened. Out of nowhere, he whipped his phone out in front of me and said, “Put in your number.” This is how I responded: “Whaaaaaaaat?” He repeated it, so then I was just like, “Okay, whatever…” So I put in my number, and now we text a little every day. Don’t get the wrong idea though. One of my friends thinks he’s totally crushing on me because of that, but he’s really not. He said himself he’s just happy to talk to an old friend. I feel the same way.

Now, onto the next day. Saturday, that is the day I had a Grand Adventure exploring a big city with of my friends. Yep, we went to a convention in a big, fancy hotel, played an awesome video game in a dark gaming room for literally two hours, then we walked all around the huge city. Yeah, it was pretty awesome. So, now about this week.

Hmmm…. What to tell you about first? Well, I could skip to Wednesday, but I think I’ll tell you about something amazing that went down Tuesday. On that day, a miracle happened… On that day, I was finally able to voice all my true feelings for the first time. On that day, I really did do a full on confession of the heart. I talked to my friend who, if you recall, I feel I’m supposed to protect (if not reference previous posts). I just told her what she really means to me, you know, as a friend. I must have struck some kind of chord, because she started getting a little emotional. So yeah, Tuesday was definitely awesome. And Wednesday! You won’t believe what happened on Wednesday! Well, yesterday at the time of this writing. The first awesome thing I did: I was able to get excused from my 2nd period class in order to go to a 2nd period English 9 class, one for the people that failed it their freshman year, and I got to read 2 of my poems, that I wrote, in front of them. I know, you must be thinking, “Wow, that’s awesome!” And it was awesome. My reception was good, and I don’t know if it was because there were people in there that actually know me or what, but oh, well. It was still good! Now, skipping to later that day after school, what happened at archery practice is the craziest thing that happened that day. So, it’s Wednesday practice, right? Hardly anyone shows up for Wednesday practice. It wasn’t a match, it wasn’t an invitational, it was Wednesday practice, and guess what? I got a new season high! It only went up one point to 260, but still! New high score! At a Wednesday practice! How awesome is that?

Discovered 2013

Posted: September 30, 2013 in My Story as A Poet

Today…

Today was the day the winners of the America Library of Poetry poetry contest were announced!

Now, before I tell you if I won anything, I’ll tell you that they are planning to publish me in their book, Discovered 2013.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

I actually won…

NOTHING!

Yes, it’s kind of sad, but I actually ended up not winning anything, unfortunately. But, guess what? It actually didn’t bother me that much, because at least I’m getting published again, which means I’ll be getting more exposure for my work! Not only that, but I had a totally awesome weekend, which involved roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over a fire, and watching people beat each other up. So yeah, I’ll just try again next year, and hope for the best!

Summer Plans

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Archery, My Story as A Poet

Okay, so I wasn’t at my best during Thursday’s practice, I actually got a lower score than I had in a little while. It just wasn’t my day. So anyways, after Nationals, that will most likely be the end of the season, so we won’t have any more matches after that (I’m not sure if we’ll be continuing practices, though), but that doesn’t mean we’re completely done with everything. Over summer break, we’ll actually be doing some more fundraising events, which I think is great. I think it’s great because not only will we be raising more money to help build an archery complex, but I’ll be able to see my team over the summer. I know you’re probably wondering about that, like “Well, why don’t you just find a way to stay in contact with them and make plans to hang out over the summer?” That’s what you’re wondering, right? Well, that could be a bit of a complication for me. You see, I’m pretty lame when it comes to that stuff. I mean, I quit hanging out with friends outside of school when I got out of elementary school. See, I told you I’m lame. However, I think it might be a little different this time, there are a few good friends of mine on the team that I would totally love to hang out with over the summer. Well, we’ll see what happens. I’ll be sure to tell you guys whatever happens, unless it’s something that I absolutely CAN NOT share with anyone, despite the fact that I keep all my personal info a secret. You understand, right?

Oh, and one more thing, I was finally put in my school newspaper for my poetry. Yeah, I was in my study hall class, then I noticed I got a message with questions asking me to answer them for the paper. Awesome! I say it’s about time, don’t you think?

Don’t worry, all this exposure hasn’t gone to my head, if that’s what you’re thinking.

Alright, so the only practice from last week I told you about was Monday, I almost forgot about Wednesday and Thursday. Both practices went as usual, we did everything we normally do. Then my coach was talking about Nationals, and she was asking who was going to ride the bus there and who was riding with there family. I was going to ride with my family, like when we went to the State Match, but I’m seriously thinking about riding the bus, with my friends. You know, I want to make the most of every moment I have with them, because I know the harsh truth that nothing lasts forever. So, I’m going to tell her today that I want to ride the bus, but I might wait until my dad shows up to pick me up and talk to him, then tell her. We’ll see how it goes, I’ll tell you. Oh, and after practice was over Wednesday, me and some other archers, my friends, were playing with a softball, you know, throwing it back and forth to each other. I was able to throw pretty well. People always told me I had a heck of an arm. Well, I do have a little experience in baseball. Anyway, one of the times it was thrown at me, I had to run after it, and I almost nailed a perfect power slide, but I lost all control and wiped out. Now THAT was interesting.

Another thing, I made a goal yesterday that I wanted to write the perfect poem. The perfect poem for me, that is. One that will describe my feelings exactly so when people read it they will know. There are a lot of people that need to know how I feel, and it’s about time I got those feelings out there. And you’ll never believe this. I know I only made that goal yesterday, but I wasn’t expecting to reach it so soon. That’s right, I already wrote it. I wrote it with every fiber of my being, pouring my heart and soul into it. I nailed it spot on this time, I’m sure of it. It darn near brings a tear to my eye. Things are going really good.

Student Poetry Contest

Posted: April 4, 2013 in My Story as A Poet

Alright, so do any of you remember my post about entering that poetry contest? Well, guess what? I got my entry sent in over spring break. Pretty awesome, right? Oh, and it wasn’t one that I had previously written, I wrote a completely new poem just for the contest. Let me tell you, when I was writing it, I was totally in the zone. And another thing, it’s pretty deep. That poem came from the heart. I revealed a lot of my deepest feelings in it. Now, maybe in a few hours or so, I’ll post my poem. Let me know what you think when you read it.

P.S. Contest is by The America Library of Poetry

Alright, so we didn’t have school Wednesday because of snow, so I didn’t get to go to archery practice, but I was able to go yesterday, and I finally got my State shirt, along with another shirt that just had a logo in the shape of the state I live in, and some other thing. The thing is, I called out of class early, the last period of the day, because we were taking a team picture. I had no idea that was going to happen, and I totally forgot to wear my team shirt. Anyways, when I got there, I was so happy, I actually thought I was going to burst into tears. We got to shoot at playing cards to see how well we could adjust our aim. Can’t wait for Nationals!

P.S. I totally just found out about some sort of poetry contest, I don’t know all the details, but the Grand Prize is $500, so yeah, I think I’ll enter.

Locally Famous

Posted: February 1, 2013 in My Story as A Poet

I remember how excited I was when I finally got my book. The day I went back to school, I brought it with me and showed a lot of my friends and teachers. I showed my principal, and he thought it was so cool, he took my picture info about the poem and me getting published and put it in the school newsletter AND on the Facebook page! After that, people I never even talked to before started recognizing me! There is also, I guess you could say, an old friend of the family who works for the local newspaper, and you can probably tell what happens next. I’m locally famous in my hometown!

What Started It All

Posted: February 1, 2013 in My Story as A Poet

It was a normal day, I was at home, on the internet, when I saw an ad for World Poetry Movement. I clicked it, and it said you could win money if you send in a poem, so I decided to send in my best poem at that time. It ended up on their Facebook page, and I thought that was cool, so I shared it with my friends. But the big stuff didn’t start happening until the day I got a letter. A letter from the World Poetry Movement, saying they wanted to publish my poem. Publish it. As you can probably guess, there was a major freak out up in my place. The letter also included an option to buy a copy of the book, along with a Certificate of Publication and an Artist’s Profile to go along with my poem in the book. Of course, I took advantage of all three. I had a little help from my dad and grandma. Next, you’ll find out everything that happened to me after that. Come back for my next blog!