Officially a college student

I signed up for classes this week for Fall Quarter, which is pretty exciting. I decided that an arts degree will work better for me than a business degree because it allows for more electives to cover University of Washington prerequisites and computer classes so that my transfer in two years will be much easier.

I am taking the following classes in the fall:

– HIST& 214 (American Honors: Northwest History)

– ENGL& 235 (Technical Writing)

– COLLG 110 (College Success)

– AMH 001 (American Honors Leadership Seminar)

That’s all for now, but PROM is tomorrow (Saturday!)

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Excerpts from “The Other Half”

I am currently calling my new novel The Other Half. Book titles come very easy to my head, the same with chapter names, but I want something that really fits the storyline and the emotions of the novel, so for once in my life I am actually waiting before officially naming it. Maybe the current title will stay, although I doubt it.

I started writing this novel two weeks ago and I am now at 48 pages. It isn’t the best thing I have ever written, but I hope that it will be by the time I finish it and begin the editing process.

There are parts of the novel that are REALLY rough, such as the second chapter, Embers. Despite the cool chapter name, the content really fails to deliver and I will probably end up rewriting it, except for the last part. Spoiler alert, someone dies. Actually, that’s to be expected since the entire basis of the novel is around mysterious murders and disappearances that are all connected.

I can tell you all that the novel is a dark, urban-fantasy set in middle class suburban USA. The main characters are seniors in high school and there will be a little bit of a twisted romance. Romance, in my opinion, is good in a novel because it shows emotion, but it has to be done right. I’m not a fan of the competing sides for love thing, such as what was displayed in the Twilight saga, so I have made sure that it does not show up in my novel. A little bit of competition is okay, but when you have TEAM EDWARD and TEAM JACOB, or TEAM GALE and TEAM PEETA, we have a problem.

So, to finish off this little writing update and teaser, I will share a few small excerpts from the novel.


She fell to her knees with a thud and wept. It would take her a considerable amount of time to regain her strength and call the police, and when she did the news was quick to spread. Andrew Kayne was dead. – Page 13.


It was already a tense situation, and he didn’t like police to begin with.

“Is it okay if I record this conversation on my phone for accuracy and for the newspaper’s records?” Colton asked.

The detective nodded and sat down at the head of the table. He kept his eyes on Colton as he set up his phone’s audio recording and pressed the red record button. “What can you tell me about your case? Who called it in? What happened?”

“I can’t comment on the specifics of the case at this time,” the detective responded bluntly. “All I can say is that there was a murder and we are doing our best to find out who was responsible.” – Page 20


College planning

I start my first year of college in the fall, and I choose my classes this Thursday. Because I like to have a clear plan I sat down and decided which classes I wanted to take for the next two years that satisfy a business degree and a transfer to a four-year university.

I decided on these classes:

  • ENGL& 101 (which is already covered by my AP test, so it will just be on my transcript)
  • ENGL 103
  • MATH& 142
  • MATH& 141 (I already took this class, so it will just be transferred over)
  • MATH& 146 (I also already took this class)
  • MATH 147
  • MATH& 148
  • ENGL& 236
  • ENGL& 235
  • ECON& 201
  • ECON& 202
  • HIST& 156 (Passed my AP test, so it will be transferred over.)
  • POLS& 202 (If I passed this year’s AP test, this will be covered)
  • ASTR& 100
  • GEOL& 101
  • ACCT& 201
  • ACCT& 202
  • ACCT& 203
  • BUS& 201
  • CIS 121
  • CIS 150

My writing playlist

I’ve been busy writing that new novel I mentioned last week and dealing with school, so I haven’t found much time to blog. Yesterday I managed to add almost 2000 words to my novel, which isn’t too shabby. I wrote while listening to my iPod playlist for the 1990s and the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, which really helps me write.

I’ll be devoting much of today to choosing which classes I want to take for fall quarter in COLLEGE! It’s kind of scary that graduation is in less than three weeks and soon I will be in college.

These are the songs I listened to yesterday while I wrote/did other things:

  • “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” – Ratt
  • “Swing on This” – Alice in Chains
  • “Believe” – Elton John
  • “Hopes Up” – Soul Asylum
  • “Wonderwall” – Oasis
  • “Big Long Now” – Nirvana
  • “Give it to Me Strait” – Tim McGraw
  • “Something for the Pain” – Bon Jovi
  • “Honey, I’m Home” – Shania Twain
  • “Ain’t No Right” – Jane’s Addiction
  • “Amsterdam” – Van Halen
  • “God Smack” – Alice in Chains
  • “I Just Want You” – Ozzy Osbourne
  • “Eyes Wide Open” – Goo Goo Dolls
  • “Man on the Moon” – R.E.M.
  • “Pretty Noose” – Soundgarden
  • “Ashes in Your Mouth” – Megadeth
  • “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” – Queensryche
  • “Superunknown” – Soundgarden
  • “Been a Son” – Nirvana
  • “Some People Fly” – Queensryche
  • “Pull Me Under” – Dream Theater
  • “Until it Sleeps” – Metallica
  • “Bridge” – Queensryche
  • “Hand in My Pocket” – Alanis Morissette
  • “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” – Alabama
  • “Alone+Easy Target” – Foo Fighters
  • “Sold (Grundy Country Auction Incident)” – John Michael Montgomery
  • “The Difference” – The Wallflowers
  • “Ironic” – Alanis Morissette
  • “Don’t You” – Candlebox
  • “Architecture of Aggression” – Megadeth
  • “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite” – R.E.M.
  • “Floods” – Pantera
  • “Rock & Roll Overdose” – Kix
  • “Get a Life” – Queensryche
  • “Horse” – Live
  • “Check Yes or No” – George Strait
  • “This is Shangrila” – Mother Love Bone
  • “Carry On” -Tim McGraw
  • “Had Enough” – Tesla
  • “Scar Tissue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Man in the Box” – Alice in Chains
  • “I Stay Away” – Alice in Chains
  • “Big Gun” – AC/DC
  • “Why Go” – Pearl Jam
  • “Soak the Sin” – Blind Melon
  • “Are You Ready” – AC/DC
  • “When Love & Hate Collide” – Def Leppard
  • “You” – Candlebox
  • “Better Life” – 3 Doors Down
  • “Life on My Own” – 3 Doors Down
  • “Mr. Recordman” – Ugly Kid Joe
  • “Got the Life” – Korn
  • “Turn to Dust” – Def Leppard
  • “Black Gold” – Soul Asylum
  • “Change” – Candlebox
  • “The Way You Love Me” – Faith Hill
  • “2 x 4” – Metallica
  • “Stellar” – Incubus
  • “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” – Shania Twain
  • “Mr. Jones” – Counting Crows
  • “Hot Wire” – Kix
  • “You Got the Wrong Man” – Tim McGraw
  • “No Rain” – Blind Melon
  • “Miss You in a Heartbeat” – Def Leppard
  • “Everything Louder Than Everything Else” – Meat Loaf

Writing Update

Have you missed me yet?

I know, I know, I suck. This will be my third post this month, which is really killing the number of page-views I could be getting right now. I have neglected all of you, my dear readers, and for that I am truly sorry.

However, things are getting exciting from my point of view. I broke through. After I finished National Novel Writing Month in November, I hit writer’s block and I wasn’t motivated to write anything other than articles for the newspaper. I tried starting a few blog projects and promised all of you a few new segments, but none of those turned out. So, yeah, I basically lied to you guys. Last week changed all of that.

It was May 9th. It was a sunny day and my dad was working in the back yard, getting things ready for our big summer projects. I decided that I needed a change of scenery and I sat on the back patio with my laptop. I opened Microsoft Word and just started writing. By the time I went back inside because I had to do a few things, I had written two pages of a murder scene. Two pages was the most I had written in about two weeks, so that was very exciting.

Trying to keep on the momentum, I spent much of the 10th outlining and planning. Pretty soon I had planned out the first three chapters of a novel. I took a break for a few days, but by the end of the day on the 13th I had written two chapters. Two terrible chapters, but two chapters nonetheless. I had also started to world build and delve into the family tree of the main character, which proved to me that I was serious about this new project.

Now, here on the 18th, I have written three chapters and about six pages of the fourth. The best that I can describe this new novel is if Stephen King decided to co-direct an episode of Grimm set in Washington but decided a love story would be kind of cool. Of course, my writing isn’t as good as Stephen King’s, but you get the picture. Creatures and murders.

I would love to expand on this, but I have a school board meeting to attend in an hour. I am being honored as one of the top 65 seniors in my school district (which has over 1600 seniors in it) by the board, which is pretty cool. Apparently we get certificates and roses, so this should be fun.

Until next time,

Chase

Island Adventure

I spent most of my Saturday on the secluded Ketron Island, Washington. The island is home to only 17 people and far less than that were living on the island at the time, since it isn’t quite summer. The island is located in southern Puget Sound and is accessible only by personal watercraft or the Pierce County ferry system. \

I went with a group of friends from school and we spent the day doing various activities. We caught the ferry at 12:00 and took it across the water. The wind as the boat cruised through the water was cool and refreshing, plus we got to watch the speedboats and birds. When we reached the island we headed to the house where my girlfriend lived for many years, which her grandparents own.

We had a nice potluck lunch and spray painted a sign for a photo shoot for the school newspaper. We then went exploring the island for an hour and a half or so. We took pictures with old cars, went inside of abandoned houses, and trekked through four-foot tall grass.

Afterwards, we headed down to the rocky beach and made a fire to roast marshmallows and we skipped rocks in the water. We also found a sea lion carcass and a lagoon.

We left the island on the 6:00 ferry and headed home. It was a fun adventure, although the fire left me smelling like smoke all evening.