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My new blog. (:

It’s a Tumblr. I really never actually blogged about my life or anything, so I made a new one. I might still come back here occasionally to do Gackt updates or something. xD

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Broken heart taped back together. The image is not mine, no credit goes to me!

Broken heart taped back together. The image is not mine, no credit goes to me!

DIY: A How to Guide to Putting a Heart Back Together

Unhealthy obsessions
too late. No more sound.
My eyes seal
because light has gone away.
Fucked up in my head. Blood is
gore. Brings laughter.
Sunshine warped
light snuffed. Stilted words.
Thoughts incomplete. Death and
Darkness simultaneously. Scratching
of pen. Words crossed out. A sorrowful, sighing
sound. Hearts once cracked open, starts
to mend. A little. Just a pinch but splits
apart again. Start over. Sew it up. Uneven
stitching. Threatens to shatter, duct tape is silver.
Once more attempt, shall not fail.
Last resort: super glue.

I wrote this when I was feeling a little suffocated and caged in, not a good thing for me, you know. ‘Cuse the cussing, I put it in to add impact. Hope you enjoyed it~ (:

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Book Review on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Heathcliff and Cathy. Rochester and Jane. Do any of these names sound familiar? If they do, then the names Elizabeth and Darcy should rouse some memories too. Written by Jane Austen in 1775, Pride and Prejudice weaves a tale of love formed while characters clash.

When a neighboring house is let out at last to a certain Mr. Bingley, Mrs. Bennet can hardly contain her excitement at the prospect of marrying off one of her five daughters to a wealthy man. At the ball, it is obvious that Mr. Bingley holds an attraction for Jane, the oldest daughter, and vice versa. The excitement grows as the attendees realize that Mr. Bingley brought his prosperous friend, Mr. Darcy. The eager crowd of people rush to make his acquaintance, only to pronounce Darcy the most disagreeable and arrogant man. “[…] he was looked at with great admiration […], till his manners gave a disgust […] discovered to be proud, to be above his company […]” (pg. 11). The protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, is an intelligent, witty, young woman who is offended by him when she finds out that Darcy feels a strong condescension towards the country people. Elizabeth’s attitude is filled with venom because of his obnoxiousness. When she hears from Wickham, a soldier whom she is attracted to that Darcy has misused him in the past, Elizabeth jumps at the chance to solidify her reasons to hate him. “I had not thought Mr. Darcy so bad as this— though I have never liked him. I had not thought so very ill of him. I had supposed him to be despising his fellow-creatures in general, but did not suspect him of descending to such malicious revenge, such injustice, such inhumanity as this” (pg. 70). Meanwhile, through many chanced meetings, Darcy finds himself liking Elizabeth’s wit and fiery spirit and proposes to her. Because of his pride, the reasons he state for proposing to her are very belittling. To his shock, he is rejected vehemently by Elizabeth. Will they ever truly like each other and look past their prejudices?

I enjoyed reading this book because the language Austen writes in is no longer in use today. The language used is formal yet easy to understand, helping modern day readers build better grammar. It lets readers gain insight into a world past, its social customs and modesty. It is very interesting how the people used to subtly insult each other and yet still seem civil. Their wit is very refreshing as people today no longer apply these skills. Another thing I like about this story is that it’s very realistic. It addresses issues that are still problems today, such as prejudice and pride. Yet in the end, if a person looks past society’s preconceptions, one just might find love. I recommend this book to people who want to read a classical example of romance. The instances where the two main characters try their wits against each other are just hilarious. This book is very smooth reading, no bumps in the plot with any major tragedies. Therefore, many might say that this book is boring, yet it is the mediocrity that is so appealing at the same time. It lets us gain a true insight into courtship and love of a time long gone, without all the unnecessary drama.

Trigger by Susan Vaught

Trigger by Susan Vaught

Trigger by Susan Vaught

What happens when you can’t remember memories that are crucial to the gradual process in which you try to piece back your life? That is what Jersey Hatch is trying to figure out in Trigger by Susan Vaught.  He doesn’t know why his best friend suddenly hates him, he doesn’t understand why random words fly out of his mouth, but most of all, Jersey doesn’t know why he tried to shoot his own head off.

Popular, proficient in athletics and school, what really drove Jersey to kill himself? In fact, Jersey doesn’t even really believe that he killed himself. “Did I really get shot in the head? […] The scars—but I didn’t remember anything.” (p. 12) He keeps forgetting the existence of his left leg and arm because of the effects of brain damage. He’s now dealing with not being able to see in his right eye, relearning how to do everything from speaking to tying his shoes, and not only that, Jersey also starts school again. Now with the mind of a five-year-old genius, Jersey tries to find the trigger, the reason why the last barrier between his thought and action broke. As his mom grows more and more distant from the family, Jersey must learn to cope with the real world, armed with his memory book and Mama Rush, his ex-best friend’s grandma. Even so, Jersey never fails to see the humor in his situation.

Vaught writes the story in Jersey’s voice. Every time I reread the book, the power of the mental strength of a person in his position never fails to move me. Written in short simple sentences, it really helps us gain insight into a world we do not understand. I recommend this story for anyone who wants to read something that is very realistic. Because the story is written from Jersey’s perspective, it allows us to feel what he feels— his despair, his happiness, his confusion. The voice he has is very raw yet powerful, infused with strength that he has gained from his disabilities.

There are also many morals to be learned from this book. Even though Jersey’s situation is very helpless and full of hardships, he still learns to be less selfish, to stop wallowing in his own self pity, and learns to be less self-centered. “You’re so self-centered that you think I’m mad at you.”(p. 268). And because Jersey learns these lessons, we do too, but because we learn this lesson from someone who is severely less fortunate than we are, this lesson makes a greater impact on us.

The cover of the book also makes a great impact on me. It seems that the inner Jersey is trapped and the truth of his failed suicide is being kept ducted taped into unwilling silence. But most of all, it is the story that speaks for itself, for Jersey. We learn that only a person’s perception of his own world counts and that Jersey will have to make a difficult decision of pulling the trigger again.

Reflection and Self-Analysis

Analysis: I had to cut some excess words in some sentences because I wrote extra words. There were some parts of my review that confused my peer editors because I wrote the review as if people had already read the book and knew what I was talking about. I also wrote some run-on sentences and it seems that I also need to write a bit more to explain what I’m talking about in the review. A lot of people seemed confused about the many things I wrote in this review because, as I said earlier, I wrote the review as if people would know what I’m talking about.

Reflection: This review was difficult to write because there was so much I wanted to share about the book, the things I thought were really special about it. The problem was because many of the things I wanted to share would give the plot away; I could only describe each aspect in an abstract manner that only made it more confusing. Overall, I really had a desire to write out everything about the book because it felt that important for me to share the contents of the book but because it was a book review, not a book report, I had to restrain myself.

Satire on AIG

Journalism I

Word Count: 399

Draft #2

US Weekly has voted AIG “Best Company to Work For”

Today in a press conference, the bank companies all over America have expressed their discontent at the amount of money the government has given them for their bailout. When asked about the reason why the banks are not satisfied, CEO Edward M. Liddy of American International Group, Inc. explains, “Our workers are complaining about their bonuses. We will not accept our pride suffering from these workers quitting on our company, giving us a bad reputation. It doesn’t matter to us if our company ceases to exist as long as we keep our workers happy. So what if America is in so much debt? The bottom line: our company is the best one to work at because we always insure quality treatment of our workers. Our policy is that, happy workers help keep the company afloat. The money doesn’t matter.” If companies continue to have this attitude towards the way the people’s tax money being used to bail them out, the federal government should consider continuing this action in the future.

US Weekly voted AIG as the “Best Company to Work For”. Why? When asked, they answered, “We really admire their spirit. It’s really great for the workers that their employees care about them so much. We offer this title to them in order to encourage all the other banks to take the same steps to help their company stay open. We predict that the economy will go up, so it’s a win-win situation!” The eagerness AIG has towards the welfare of their workers will further productivity of the company, which in turn will help generate more profit to the bank’s business. Now if all banks used their bailout money to that extent, the domino effect that results will raise up the economy. It’s strategy that won’t hurt anyone, so it’s worth a try.

It is evident that the AIG Company has tried very hard to benefit the economy by the action of their company. Their action was well thought out and they put a lot of effort and thought into what the American people’s reaction would be. The act of providing this money to the workers shows how much the company really desires the happiness of their workers, making them one of the best companies to work in. After all, who wouldn’t want to work for a company that gives their workers extra money in times of economical recession?

This satire was so difficult to write for Journalism. ): I had to change the topic a lot and I finally settled for the recent AIG scandal.

The Dust Stirs Not

The Dust Stirs Not

Written by

Cindy Chu

Whispering footsteps

drop one drop two

scampering without direction.

A creak on the stairs,

lonely footfalls resound throughout the years.

Yet,

the dust stirs not

as phantom figures dash around.

With ghostly sighs,

tiptoes on the rug,

gleeful tumbling within doorways.

Still,

the dust stirs not.

The wind blows gently

as chimes tinkle

in a melancholy manner.

Overgrown weeds sway in a dance.

The curtains are swept open,

as the breeze flies through the open window.

By the sill,

A photograph.

Past echoes of laughter bubbling.

Yet still,

the dust stirs not.

Memories are appearing from that lone photograph by the sill. Ancient laughter is pursued throughout the empty house, and yet, nothing stirs.