Good news first, My TED Talk was amazing. I didn't have a chance to practice as much as I'd liked, which is my fault, and i wasn't too, too nervous and that's what made me do better in my opinion. I remember trying to look at the audience as much as I could and everyone looked mad for some reason, which I knew was from boredom because it was very, very, boring to be honest. The first few were fun but after a few hours I was about to fall asleep. In the audience, it was just our team, so about 50 people, and apparently, a bunch of people watched us online, and I believe that that was about 750 people watching us in total, but that seems like too many. I could rant for a long time about this, but I'll just pop in the video from my teachers' blog instead.
Bad news: Since the school year is over, I'll still be blogging, but not very often unless I remember. It'll probably only be when the publisher contacts me and the totally executive decisions that I make.
All in all, I'm very proud of my 20% Time project. Yeah, I didn't finish on time, but yeah, It's still an accomplishment. Yeah, I lost sleep, was stressed, and sacrificed time on my phone, but yes, it was worth it. I will admit, writing was terrible, and I was more stressed than I've ever been. On top of homework and sports, I was writing for hours a night, but towards the end, I started skipping nights. I wish I could go back in time and finish earlier, but it was so boring and I needed a break. I regret this so much. But it was all okay because I buckled down, stopped using my phone and watching Netflix, and eventually, I finished. I walked my dogs and showered and ran on the trails for ideas and I logged them in a composition notebook, which is now my Idea Notebook in general, so this started something new for me. I used to just make a document on my iPad and write what the title will be, but now I go in depth with bullet points, character info, settings, and details that I want to add, and now I'm a lot more organized. It's already pretty full and I take pictures of it. After a while, I finished writing and turned it in. They STILL haven't gotten back to me, and I expect an email any time.
I'm so glad Mr. Eckert and Mrs. Hellwig allowed us to do the 20% project, because I would never be here without them. I wouldn't even try to write a book if they didn't encourage me to. Doing something that actually benefits my future is so much better than learning what x squared is. I'm glad that I'm doing this, even though it was hard. If I publish another with a reasonable time frame, I think that this will be a good project for me. I'm definitely going to go further with this, so be sure to stay tuned.