Explosions, Short Stories and Scuplture

So, it has been a couple weeks since I last posted.  In that time there has been an explosion of excitement in my hometown-literally and metaphorically.  There was, literally, an explosion, but it wasn’t made of excitement.  No, it was made of natural gas.  A natural gas line ruptured.  I was in my dorm when it all transpired.  I had just gotten out of the shower and was checking my phone.  I had a message from my sister that said, “Some big explosion happened way off and it’s still rattling the windows”.  This made me very curious.  I checked Facebook and discovered that a gas line had indeed burst.  Apparently, the explosion lasted from about 2:00 A.M. to 4:30 A.M.  I hated to have missed it.  I’ve never experienced something like that.  A lot of people said, “I thought the world was ending.”  I even heard of one guy who was on the verge of tears because he knew it was the rapture and he knew he had been bad and his parents would be taken and he would be left behind.  (Was that to many ands?  It sounded good in my head, but it looks wrong on paper.)  It just seems like such a crazy experience.  And…I missed it.  Sad.  (Oh, and no one was hurt.)

I’ve been writing a lot recently.  Not on here, unfortunately.  I’ve always enjoyed writing.  Recently, I wanted to write some short stories.  Rather than just thinking about it, I decided to finally just do it.  I’ve started writing three stories so far, and I’ve got three more ideas I want to start. I’ve also been reading a lot short stories to try to find a formula to work from.  I didn’t really know what to do for a short story.  I didn’t know if I needed more or less character development.  I didn’t know about how the action should rise and fall.  I also didn’t know how long the story should be.  The powers of wikipedia were needed!  I found that for a story to classify as a short story it has to have more than 1,000 words and less than 20,000.  I found that most of the classics-Twain, London or Tolstoy-range from 7,000 to 10,000 words.  In my research, I have also discovered Flash Fiction.  I’ve been writing about one flash fiction story a night before I go to bed.  There are several different types of flash fiction.  One says there has to be less than fifty-five words.  Another rule says a flash fiction story has contain no less than 200 words but no more than 300.  Then the most general flash fiction has to simply have less than 1,000 words.  I’ve been really enjoying writing flash fiction, because it’s so quick.  I don’t feel the need to develop a plot or characters.  I feel more freedom to just improvise.  I like having the freedom to just start writing, not knowing where it will end up.  I’ve kind of wanted to start a blog with the exclusive purpose of posting some of these stories.  I’m kind of embarrassed for people to read what I have written.

I have recently started another blog.  It was about my spirituality, but I think I am going to delete it.  I feel I should devote my time to this blog.  She was my first *wink*!  Actually this wasn’t my first blog.  This was and is my second.  I had another blog under the exact same name at Blogger.  Actually, it’s still there.  I haven’t used it in a while.  I saw all the analytics and technology on WordPress, and I was sold.  I guess there is a certain vanity to that.  I got caught up on seeing how many people were visiting my site.  I originally joined blogger for its simplicity.  It was straight to the point.  It didn’t distract you with site views and popularity.  It was just straight forward.  Now, I’m at WordPress.  Wordpress is very distracting.  They have very good analytics.  They can track how many readers you have.  That’s nice, but it can put a writer in a dangerous position.  Not physically dangerous, of course, but I have found myself thinking “Would people like to read that?” instead of what I should be thinking, “What do I want to write about?”.  That was why I originally got into blogging.  Just to share my views on the world.

I have been rather busy.  I’ve been working on a sculpture for my sculpture class.  It was made of wire and a coffee cup.  I underestimated how long it would take me to wrap all the wire.  It was completed only hours before the due date Thursday morning.  I wanted it to be about unity among our society, unfortunately I made it exclusively out of wire.  The unity message didn’t really translate.  Jeff, my instructor, instructed me and didn’t criticize.  I was glad about that.  He is one of those teachers who can be hard on us, but if he gives you praise you know you earned it.  At the end of the day I like that kind of teacher, because I always learn from them.

I hope this wasn’t to pointless, and that you enjoyed it!  If you write stories please feel free to email me! (emt164@gmail.com)  I would love to read your stuff.  Also, please comment below if you know of some good short stories or authors.  Lastly, I’ve been reading a lot of short stories, but The Ransom of Red Chief is my favorite! It’s really funny!  Check it out here!

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Week one…done :D

So, my first week back at School is done!  Naturally I am extremely excited! One reason: 1. the week is over 2. We no longer have Friday classes anymore.  I’m excited to have Fridays off, even though it made scheduling pretty difficult. 

So, I have few things to talk about.

I finally won the Lancia Stratos on Gram Turismo 4 last night.  It’s actually not that great, but it sounds good.  It’s cool to finally win it!

I bought my first Creed Bratton song, Rubber Tree.  It’s actually really good.  I really enjoy his sound.  The songs of his I have are really fun and full of energy.  I’m thinking of getting the whole album.  I also bought Spinnin’ N Reeling’, which he sang on the office on the episode A Benihana Christmas in season 2.  I thought that was kinda cool.

My first week back at school.  It went much smoother than my last first week at college.  I think am going to really enjoy my teachers!  My drawing teacher just walks around the room the whole time and helps us with whatever we’re doing.  I think I can really learn in that environment.  Also, my math teacher!  He is so funny!  I think I’ll learn a lot in his class also.  I don’t really know my other teachers well enough yet, but I am excited!

I want to run an idea by you. I’m not really sure who you are, I don’t have a big fan base but according my statistics I do have one.  I’m thinking about doing some vlogging (video blogging), what do you think? Feel free to comment below. And another shout out to my readers I want to thank you all for reading!  As of Wednesday night I passed over 900 hits!  So thanks guys! 😀

Anyway, that’s all for now thanks for reading!

It’s hard to find time :/

Hey, guys! It’s been a while since I posted my last blog. I want to start posting every night, but it’s hard to manage all my homework and post a new blog nightly. Anyway, let me you fill you in on some recent things that have happened. I’ve been researching Calvinism. I’m not Calvinist, nor am I very interested. I’ve just made some Calvinist friends and feel obligated to understand this belief system. Here’s my main beef with the people who call themselves Calvinist. Why follow John Calvin? Why not just follow what Jesus said in and through the Bible? I realize that Calvin was right on several points, but why not just do your own research into who God is and what Christianity is as opposed to just following this man? Here is my main problem with Calvin’s ideals: Election (often called predestination). It is the idea that God chose certain people to go to Heaven and certain people to go to Hell. I just don’t believe God would send people to hell. I’m not saying he can’t, because that is what we deserve. I’m just saying God loves us, therefore he gives us free will. And we have to chose whether or not to accept him as our Savior (John 3:16, John 6:35-37, John 10:9-10, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9, Micah 7:18 and Ezekiel 18:23,32 those are just a few verses I found). That’s really been the main thing on my mind recently. I’ve also been working on two art projects. A textured self portrait and a perspective drawing. Sand is hard to deal with. And I’m having trouble shading a sandwhich train (any suggestions would be much appreciated!) And that’s right! A sandwhich train! Ha Well, it’s late now. I’ll be sure to fill you in if anything else happens! Peace!

Soooo, the beginning?

Sooo here’s a little update for  you.

I move into my dorm in a week!  Whoa!  I can’t believe it’s here!  I’m really excited!  I haven’t met my room-mate yet.  So, hopefully he’ll be pretty cool.  Here’s some random, big news!  Killin’ Time with Thomas & Thomas has reached 643 subscribers!  Bomdiyada!  I’m so excited for that!  There is; however, some sad news :(. Tomorrow we’re recording what might be our last episode ever.  It’s sad.  I loved doing it!  It’s so cool to be apart of something big!  But I guess we’ll go down in the annals of history.  We’ll quit while we’re on top, just like the Beatles did!

So, how have you guys been?  It’s been a while since I last blogged.  I’ve been answering questions on plinky, but that feels like cheating or something.  haha oh well.  I have to go now. Camera shopping :/ ha

please, comment below!

What do you think?!

Sooo it’s finally the weekend!!! I’m glad to be away from school haha. Only 2 more weeks! Crazy! College is coming up, but that’s still a few months away.

So, I have a post written and it’s just sitting in my phone waiting anxiously to shock the world! I wanted to post it, but a certain person could get in trouble for it. It’s about something he/she brought up, “Klan Man”. He/she could get in trouble for hate crimes and I could get in trouble with the KKK. I always love making fun of racists. I obviously haven’t posted it. If you would like to read it, comment below!!

Rayban Wayfarers! I’m trying to find a model 2132, but I’m not having much luck! They cost $159.99 new! Obviously I don’t want to pay that! So I’m trying to find some on ebay for cheap. I’ve found a few from Korea and China, but I’m not sure how trustworthy those sellers are because they’re selling for $5-20. Oh well…haha.

We recorded a sixth episode of Killin’ Time with Thomas & Thomas this week. This one was mostly real talk, which was fun. You’re going to have to wait until next week to hear it! So, get excited!

Sooo, Gladiator is on! I have to go watch it! It’s my duty!!!

Thanks for reading,

-Evan