Sneak peek at my self-analytical essay for JOY

This is a little sneak peek at the essay I am writing for my Journalist of the Year portfolio.


I was lounging in my Ikea computer chair during a sweltering day in mid-summer. The sky was clear and giving off a vibrant blue as I glanced out the window to look at the massive Mount Rainier jutting out from the Cascades. The phone began to ring as I glanced quickly at the caller ID. The name was not recognizable. A few moments passed before my mom answered it and yelled out my name. It was for me. I took the phone from her hand and said “Hello.” I could never have foreseen that from the moment of the call, my life would forever be changed.

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Author: Chase Charaba

Hello there! I'm Chase, an ambitious, aspiring young novelist and YouTuber who hopes to get a novel published one day. I'm also trying to produce the highest quality YouTube videos by constantly learning new ways to film and edit. I've been involved in journalism for 5 years, including 1 year as co-editor of a national award-winning high school newsmagazine and 1 year as the co-editor of an award-winning college newspaper. I write mainly epic/high fantasy, but I also mess around with science fiction, horror, and realistic fiction.

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