Let me mention abt. the author’s note. Please!

In my opinion, the author’s note should be considered as an excuse. It basically says that the author of the book changed little bit such as using pseudonyms. I think it isn’t special to do that because non-creative writers have to protect the characters’ privacy. Additionally, readers can still enjoy reading the book even though he has done that. Since we don’t know what the characters’ actual names are, we don’t notice any incongruities. I wouldn’t care if John Berendt didn’t write the author’s note. 

I just wonder why Ms. Sutcliffe made us to read it before we started to read the book. I don’t see any differences even if we would have read it after we finish the book. 

Anyway, the author’s not isn’t important.


I read The Boulevard student magazine!

After I skimmed the whole of the magazine, I picked Robert’s article to read in-depth because I thought it was related to me . It was about changing school and the first day of school.

I like his article. I found some good techniques to write a creative non-fiction. For example, he described his feeling to his old school. This is a part of important things to make his article better. In English class, I learned that adding some your background before you start to write a main part makes your creative non-fiction better.

I also found nice quotations from his article. I can see how much he was nervous in the first day of school by reading these: “M-m-m-m-Michel” and “Y-y-yesir”. Explaining is not the only way to describe your feelings. You can use nice quotations like his to do that.

“It was the first day of school” He added this on the end of the article instead of adding it on the begging of the article. I think it is cool.


My peers

I intended to write my memoir very seriously. I actually did. I wrote it to show the readers how much stressed I am to do everything in English. However, they were laughing as they read my memoir yesterday. Of course, they were not making fun of it. They said it was amazing and nice, but I was just surprised because I consider it as a “serious” memoir. 

Anyway, I learned many things at the time. They suggested me to add more of my life in Japan such as my old school and why I decided to move to here. I will add my background to my memoir for final. This is what the all of three reviewers suggested me to do. They also found grammar and spelling issues so I will correct them and take their advices.

I read two my classmates’ memoirs too. They were really good. John used neat dialogues. And Bethany’s made me almost cry. It was heartwarming. I will use their techniques to refers to write a better memoir.

Thank you, John, Bethany, and Baylee:)


abt. my memoir

Before Ms. Katie distributed the description of the assignment, I had already had an idea what I would write about because I had known that I would have to write a memoir eventually. I have wanted to write about my life in the United States. My life has changed dramatically since I came here. It was July 2011. I was sixteen.

I am going to focus on what I have learned from Americans, what I have struggled with, and the differences between Japan and America. Usually, I am exhausted to write five pages long paper. However, I am so excited to do that this time because I have so much things to write. Moving into another county is a big deal.

My readers will enjoy to read my memoir even if they haven’t been through the same experience because I will make it very interesting. My purpose is making them want to go to another country. Totally different country. Like America and Japan. I want to let them know that doing it is “very fun”!


How to survive awful days?

That will be okay if I have the worse day ever. I will feel happy with shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel that smell so good. No matter what happens, I can survive miserable days with them. Whenever I am angry, worried, sad, and overwhelmed I do these five steps:

1) Take off clothes

2) Turn on the hot water

3) Pour it over myself

4) Wash my hair with shampoo that smells so so good

5) Wash my body with shower gel that smells so so good

Now, you feel better!

You feel refreshed!

You smell yummy!


Share my memoir with my brother

I am disappointed by my brother’s reaction to my memoir. His memory totally differs from mine. When I asked him to tell about the day we hang out, he started talking about a different ride. He didn’t remember the moment when we rode the specific one. I don’t blame him though because it was a year ago. I am pretty sure my memory is true.

In my English class we learned how humans couldn’t remember all of their memories very vividly. That’s why I think writing a “memoir” is difficult. Human’s brain is limited. I don’t believe all writing Solomon did is true. How could we remember all days for twelve years!?!?


My precious memory

It was September 2012, right after the summer was gone my brother and I went to the theme park in Louisiana. Although it is not the hugest theme park I’ve ever been it still looks exciting for us. There is a pool, water slides, roller coasters, and so many rides.

I love riding on roller coasters. I love getting a thrill out of speeding on them. So I asked him if he could ride on the roller coaster with me.

“Noo!”-he said.

“Why!? It’s fun. Ride on it with me!”- I said.

Our debate like that continued for a couple minutes. I tried to make him to ride on it. Finally, he decided to do that! He looked scared. I looked excited. When we got on the top of the coaster, I closed my eyes. I was ready to go! I was ready to fell!

“Ohhhh my gooood!”- we screamed. We sounded like we were scared.

After the roller coaster finished moving, we looked at each other. We both looked like we were died.

“It was scary”-I said.

“Yes, it was”-he said.

We were glad not to throw up.