Wednesday, January 26, 2011
This note is a promise that
This is not the time to engage in
the pursuit of
We must not
need to satisfy our thirst for freedom
Now is the time to make
The life of the Negro Sadly crippled
we must forever conduct our struggle on
Bitterness & Hatred.
We must not
need to satisfy our thirst for
be satisfied as long as the negro is
Go back to Mississippi, go to Alabama, go back to South Caroline
I have a dream that
Hope to Millions of Negro slaves will be transferred
a lonely island of Poverty
I have a dream today
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The book Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer was beyond amazing!! I couldn't take my eyes off that book, and before I knew it I had finished it in a mere two days!!
In this book, Vlad goes through A lot. For one thing, he’s now dating Meredith, the girl of his dreams. This book had basically picked up from where it last dropped off; That had been when Otis had stayed over the summer for the protection of Vlad and for Nelly of course. I really thought that was very father-like for him. Also, even though he doesn't want to admit it, he does love Nelly. It’s getting a bit too obvious.
It all had started with a short chapter on someone named Ignatius. Which left me confused, I thought I had missed something in the other book that I didn’t comprehend. Then it started off with a question, I had understood that Otis was testing Vlad’s Vampiric Skills. Apparently he had more than Otis had thought on tracking someone down. He had asked Vlad where he was and Vlad pinpointed it saying ho Otis was standing as well, Otis had told him it was unusual for someone to know this much. Vlad considered this a curse while Otis considered it a blessing. In my opinion it’s neither, it’s just genetics.
It was the first day of school, also known as the day Otis was leaving, the day Vlad’s life went back to “normal”. I knew Vlad would miss Otis. One thing that I knew for sure was that he’d miss Otis’s protection, since it actually said that in the text. Vlad would miss the late night’s up , Learning new skills. Right before Otis was about to leave he had taught Vlad a new skill, the skill of glyphs.
It was the first day of Vlad’s Sophomore year. He was already late. Otis had to talk to Vlad for a second before he had left. I had wondered what it would be about. He was talking to Vlad about his hunger for blood. I thought that was unusual the book had mentioned nothing about his thirst for blood rising. Again, I thought I missed something in the previous book. Otis had again mentioned drinking blood from the source, in other words a human. But Vlad was against that, since he was half-human as well. He was against the whole Drinking-Blood-Against-A-Human’s-Will thing. Otis did mention donor’s that’s when in my mind it seemed like Vlad was listening. Because it wouldn’t be against the person’s will. But, there was a problem.. They were located in Paris. Vlad had then instantly denied the request. I was wondering why Vlad denied this request knowing that he would eventually feed on someone. Vlad wouldn’t leave Bathory for Blood. Over here, he had Henry, Nelly & Meredith Of course, his sweet caring, loving,pretty girlfriend.
Vlad had met up with Henry they were talking on the way to school and just found out Snelgrove was there. Thee old Middle school Principal. There was a problem with that, Snelgrove hated Vlad with all his will. I found that kind of amusing actually, I wondered what dumbfounded idea’s Snelgrove would suspend Vlad for, I was just aching to know.
This, Vlad thought was going to be the worst year of his high school life. Vlad was finally at school, where he met Meredith! She, as always was talking to Melissa Hart, one of her Friends. This kind of reminded me of the stereo-typical Popular Clique. Vlad & Meredith had decided to met at Henry's aunts food joint, tomorrow. While Vlad was looking for his locker he ran into Eddie. In my opinion I was wondering when Eddie would actually stop stalking Vlad and get some friends as well as a Life. Eddie Poe, the freak that was stalking Vlad ever since his eyes turned a purple right before his eyes. Eddie was holding his new S.L.R camera. It was time for class...
School was over. Vlad & Henry were on there way home. Vlad could tell Eddie was stalking him. One reason, he heard that annoying click constantly. It came up every second of his life on his way home. If I were Vlad since I have anger issues, I would have threatened Eddie right on the spot.
Today Vlad had to say good-bye to Otis. Otis had to leave, because D'ablo was trying to find a ritual so that he could become the Pravus. Vlad had tried his best to make Otis stay; but, in the end Otis had left.
After Otis had let D'ablo came at Vlad's front Door. Vlad had noticed a change in D'ablo. He was talking, he didn't send out his goons to kill him, or kill him himself. It was Vlad's Father's Journal that Vlad had wanted. Vlad had certainly denied to give it to him. Even I would have done the same if D'ablo had tried to kill me Multiple times.
D'ablo had then left saying that he would torment him and left. I had instantly thought Otis!! I had come to this conclusion because Vlad couldn't get in-touch with Otis, neither could Vikas.
It was the night of Halloween & Vlad was going as Frankenstein's Monster. Vlad then noticed he couldn't contact Otis. He told Vikas and he was facing the same. He went to go get Henry who didn't want to come, so he left. He had met Meridith at the party and left. He had took Meredith outside of his home, and they had kissed. When Nelly had opened the door Vlad was almost about to bite Nelly. I felt sad for Vlad at that moment, he couldn't be with the one he loved. I had also thought this was unlike Vlad and thought D'ablo was controlling him. Later that night, he had a nightmare, He was being tortured. He woke up abruptly & figured out it was all a dream.
Someone named Igantius was named after Vlad. I wondered if D'ablo had sent him for Tomas's books.
Vlad had told Henry, his Drudge about his dream, At school. The bell had rung & Vlad was off to class. But Meredith came by and greeted him. Before I knew it they were making out in a broom closet. At this point I figured out Meredith really liked Vlad. But soon enough, Snelgrove had caught them. He gave them both a detention. I was kind of Furious, because I knew this was all done in Snelgrove's hate for Vlad.
Eddie had found out Vlad was a Vampire. Vlad had asked Henry what was wrong, He was acting out of place lately. I was noticing that as well. Henry didn't go anywhere with Vlad. Henry had replied it's you.HE had let the monster within him come out. In my opinion there had to have been another problem... Henry had really wanted freedom from Vlad.
It was another day in Bathory high & it was lunch. Vlad had seen Henry at theopular table and pulled him over. I thought there was really something going wrong in Henry's Life & that he wasn't ready to tell Vlad. Henry got furious and Left...
A few days later Vlad had found out a way to set a drudge free. I had thought, it's done, nothing will ever be the same again, This series will die out and become boring.
Ignatius had finally found him. He was laughing as if he were stronger. Vlad had went to the Crypt for a Valentine Party & saw this pretty girl named Snow. He later drank from her. Vlad, was now terrified he had never drank from a human before. He had rushed to Henry and told him about the whole thing.
Vlad's nightmare were still continuing, He thought it was D'ablo torturing him. (some of that is right) So he went to Henry and told him he thought that it would be better if they sent it through FedEx!! Vlad had thought that this was a dumb idea, & that it would be better if they met face to face.
Vlad and D'ablo finally met face to face. He had found out that D'ablo was toturing Otis. I was glad i was right. Then they had a fight and Vlad won using the pravus tool. Later that day Henry told clad he still wanted to be his druge. Vlad also broke up with meredith...
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Cathcart, Brian. "Some Stories Need to Be Told." New Statesman (London, England) Vol. 137, No. 4885. 25 Feb 2008: 25. SIRS Researcher. Web. 22 Nov 2010.
The topic I was researching on this time was suicide. Over thousands of teen’s think committing suicide is the way out. In the Article I had read Adults had kept on asking Why so many teens were killing themselves. From my point of view it was easy to tell, It was because they were unhappy with there lives. They needed to find another way out. Just to end it all.But you really shouldn't just end it all. There is another way out! Just talk to someone you trust, someone you can talk to. It'll help. It will show you that if today feels like a horrible day, tomorrow won't be a repeat. It will be different. It could be happy.
In the Article it also showed what the news/media could do by just reporting a suicide case. On one hand, it's a job, and we need to make money in this so-called world. But, on the other hand it's sometimes just better off not mentioned, and a vigil could be held by close family members and friends. Not by thousands of strangers you don't even know.
In the Article they had mentioned about how much information was good to give out, and how much information was honestly just bad to give out. They had said that a while back some News/Media source had given out how the person had committed suicide. In that month alone, there were at least 9 other people who were trying to commit suicide the same way. So the matter on if it should be reported or not is controversial.
The Article had also mentioned that the amount of information given could get the reporter's more pay, but as I said before, cause more suicides. The problem is with News/Media is that some Families want to be discovered, and others just want to be left alone, just to have a vigil on their own...
The article had lastly mentioned on how it was a possibility that some of these suicide stories could be fakes. That just got me really Angry and got me thinking why on Earth would you do that? Don't you know how many extremely emotional people there are in this world? so think about how many of those people would be living in London now? It was really shocking that false stories could be a possible theory in the world of New and Media....
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Heather Brewer's Second book in the Vladimir Tod series is called Ninth Grade Slays. It's a Fantastic book!!! This book was basically the sequel to her first of the series, Eighth Grade Bites. This book was about how Vlad had adjusted his life so far. In this book Vlad gets a letter from his Uncle, Otis that had said that there might be a Vampire Slayer out to kill Vlad in the little town of Bathory. He also makes a new friend, Joss, He's Henry's cousin. So far Vlad doesn't notice anything. In this book Vlad also has a few more interactions with Meredith, his crush. During the beginning of the book when Joss just arrives. Vlad goes to the winter dance. Alone. He finds out that Joss went to the dance with Meredith. So, Vlad decides to stay in the hallways, on the stairs. But to his surprise Meredith confesses she likes Vlad. He does as-well, and the chapter ends with Meredith kissing Vlad....
Later on he is sent to Siberia with his uncle, Otis.To meet a friend of his...and his father. His name was Vikas. Vikas had tutored Vlad for the time that he was staying in Siberia. During that time Vlad had lea rend very well from Vikas, and a bit from Otis. Otis and Vlad had gone somewhere and Vlad got to see his father again, but through Otis's memory...
In this book I had also noticed that Vlad was quite sympathetic. For example: Vikas was suggesting Vlad to take revenge on the bullies, and Eddie Poe. Vlad had argued not to do this, no matter what they did to him Vlad wouldn't hurt them. Vlad had eventually won the Argument.
After Vlad and Otis had left Siberia back to Bathory, Vlad had noticed that Otis was falling in love with Vlad's human aunt, Nelly. Otis wouldn't associate with Nelly because of the trouble he was already in by the Elaysian council. It was also forbidden to fall in-love with a mortal. Well, according to Elaysia.
Later that same day Otis had to leave, he didn't want Vlad or Nelly to get hurt because of him. A short time after Otis had left Vlad noticed someone was staring at him. He noticed his sharp fangs, he knew it was a vampire. He thought it was the slayer! He didn't know what to do, But the Vampire did. Within a split second the Vampire reached Vlad. He then sucked some of Vlad's blood and spit it out into a tube. Vlad had asked him who he was. He replied my name is Jasik, and that he isn't a slayer only a mere thief. Jasik had left in the time he came, off to wherever he was going. Vlad had fainted on his front doorstep thinking "But why my blood?"
Vlad had later been awoken by his drudge, Henry. Vlad didn't tell anyone about the incident.He then later finds himself thinking about the slayer, he abandoned the thought by leaving it as "misleading information." But, to his surprise it wasn't. It had come to him when he least expected it. It was Joss! He had found out while he was walking home with Joss from school. The only reason that Joss had come to Bathory was to slay the Vampire...
It was the night and Vlad had agreed to meet Joss somewhere to get some tips on how to slay a Vampire. But it was also the 4th year death anniversary of both Vlad's Parents... They had been killed in a fire, Vlad had awoken early and decided to turn off his parents Alarms, he thought then they might get some sleep. He then went to school. By the time he got home there were Firefighters and Ambulances surrounding his house, he went in to find both of his parents. Dead. Vlad was looking at there picture, and decided to go to the graveyard to go and meet them again. He did that every year. He finally reached the Graveyard, found his parent's graves, sat there and starting crying. Wishing that all of this was a dream. That they were still here. That it was all his fault...
When Vlad had gotten out of the cemetery He saw Jasik, Walking into Vlad's old house... Vlad had followed Jasik in there and finds out that D'ablo is alive!! He then just watches him from the other room...
Vlad then meet's Joss,for the lessons on how to slay a vampire. But instead Vlad tells Joss that a vampire drank his blood and got away with it. With Joss thinking it was the Vampire he had set out to slay,he asked Vlad where it went, Vlad's response was Stokerton.
Joss finally woke up Greg and they drove to Stokerton. Greg had no idea what they were driving for, since he didn't know Joss was a Vampire Slayer, so he kept on insisting that Vlad was going to Stokerton for a girl. He was insisting that Vlad was going for a girl because Vlad had paid Greg $30.00 to go to Stokerton, & in Greg's opinion, He wouldn't pay that much for just anything.
Vlad and Joss had finally got to Stokerton, & Vlad see's D'ablo within an instant Vlad points to D'ablo. Joss has a confused look on his face, he claims that is the man that hired him. Then D'ablo tells Joss to kill the Vampire: A.K.A Vlad. Joss finds out then stakes him in the chest, and left Vlad there to die.
Vlad is then Admitted into the hospital. Everyone came, even Joss. He said that he missed on purpose and that they think he is dead, and then abruptly leaves. Otis comes by and says he will be staying the whole summer. Nelly then just informs Vlad that the doctor's said he'll be in the hospital for about a month, despite how quickly he heals.
Vlad has gotten out of the hospital, and now in school. He meet's up with Meredith who asks him to the summer bash. In all, this book was amazing, & fascinating!!