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Ben Babcock

Goings on

So I suppose I should give a general update after being offline for a while. :r

My idea that my English teacher read my novel and give me feedback seems to be a good one. Even though I'm not less bored in English class, at least I'll get something out of it by the end of the semester. I've reached 40 000 words now, and I'm pretty proud. A friend of mine as well as my English teacher from last year, Ms. Sukalo, are also reading what I have so far.

Speaking of English, we get some choices for our "Independent Novel Studies" this year. The Stone Angel by Margaret Lawrence :rolleyes:, The Plague by Albert Camus, and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. There was a fourth one too, but I don't remember its name. Of those, I've read Catcher in the Rye and consider it a great novel, but everyone wants to do it (due to the fact that it is "short" ). We spent about ten minutes trying to figure out how to divide the books up evenly, but got distracted by a fire drill. Anyway, I hear that Camus is "difficult," but that persuades me in his direction—if only to help the rest of my befuddled peers who get saddled with him.

The other English class has Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four amongs their choices! I am so jealous! :'( My only consolation is that my class is (hopefully) doing Fifth Business as the class novel study.

In Drama, we're rescripting fairy tales to perform for grade twos. ^_^ My group is doing "Sleeping Beauty," and my principal role is the King (Sleeping Beauty's father) although I'll play one or two other characters as well. It's fun, eh. :D

Hmm . . . what else. Oh, yes, I am employed again by the law firm where my dad works. They're moving offices and need someone to help dispose of really old files and books in order to condense for the move. The pay is good, but I need to get more hours in order to make any money. :/

And to sum up with this weekend's adventure, I bring you yet another interesting round of . . . English! :D Ms. Sukalo is Chair of Communications (eg; English) at another high school in the city (Hammarskjold). Anyway, the organisation of the books (novels, textbooks, et cetera) was terrible and they were trying to reorganise everything. So she invited some of the Shakespeare group to come over to Hammarskjold with her and help clean up the books and reorganise them. We get volunteer hours, and it isn't a bad way to spend an afternoon. After moving and storing about fifty billion copies of The Stone Angel, however, I don't think I'll want to do that for my novel study. . . .

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I’m a 26-year-old math and English teacher back in Canada after two years teaching in England. In my free time, I read books! When I’m not reading, I’m writing, coding, or knitting.

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