Sunday, May 10, 2015

Blog Post # 12

Hi everyone!

This week's post is meant to be a reflection on my 20 Time project over the past year.  This post will actually help in the speech I have to give later this month that I mentioned in the last post.  I am basically just stating what I have learned in my experience doing this project.  Before I talk about what I have learned why don't I talk about how well I think this project went for me.

For the most part, I think the project went quite well.  I got a good piece of my novel written and I have a complete path for where I wanted it to go.  I've even thought about where I wanted to go beyond the novel (Sequels!!).  Are there things that I feel I have failed at?  Totally.  I definitely did not get far enough in my novel as I had wanted.  I procrastinated.  This really did set me back more than I had wanted.

This connects to what I have learned during this project.  I just need to work on simply not procrastinating.  It isn't a big issue for me when it comes to most school work, but I do tend to put things off when I know I have a lot of time.  I can justify procrastinating sometimes.  I feel it is important for me to leave time during my day to relax from the daily stresses of life like school.  This keeps my nerves down since I know that I wont have to worry about anything while I am enjoying my free time..  As the year went by I became more and more in homework.  Sometimes working on my project was the last thing on my mind.  But this project should be a part of my free time.

With the growing events that are shaping our world today, I feel that it is imperative that I continue to work on this book.  As I have written this book, I have learned  that it is very important that we work to achieve global peace.  I want this book to serve as a tool to help push this along.  It may seem strange that a book all out about war could be used to find peace, but to me this book is a representation of what could happen if we do not work together as a society.  The events in this book aren't even the worst case scenario a nuclear war would be far worse than one involving normal military forces.  Like I said, my experience in writing this book has really opened up in me the
significance of finding a way to promote world peace.

That's it for now.  See you all later !

Cameron



Monday, April 20, 2015

20 Time Blog #11

Hi everyone!

The main focus of my project now is to  prepare for a speech I have to give later in May.  The speech is to talk about what I have learned over the past year during my experience with the 20 Time project.  I have an idea in my head for what i am going to talk about. 

Writing this book has made me aware of how important it is to learn from our past mistakes in history, especially when it comes to wars.  Wars are always disastrous towards are society, and the past two world wars rank as the most destructive of all.  A third world war would definitely surpass both of them, and I have tried to emulate that in my book. I personally am worried about the possibility of another global war, particularly because of the recent events taking place around the world today.  One of the important things this book has helped me to learn is that we cannot forget our past mistakes, and looking back at our history can help us to solve problems that may occur in our future. We can create a better place for the next gengeration by looking at the past, otherwise we may be doomed to rep our mistakes.

Anyways that's just what Ive been thinking to do for my speech.  I will begin refining my ideas in the coming weeks.


See you all later!

Cameron



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blog Post #10

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my tenth blog post.  I don't really have too much to report this time.  I've been quite busy with other work from school this week and it has left me burnt out.  I was able to get a little more writing done though for my book.  I've also come up with something else that I want to add to it.  While the book will still mostly focus on Keith and his experience in the war, I wanted to take a few chapters and focus on President Thompson.  I feel its important to not only portray the events Keith participates in but also whats going on in the war as a whole.  Since Thompson is president he would be coordinating a lot of the fighting with his generals and allies.  As I have written the timeline for the entire war, I can use a lot of the events that it has mentioned in the chapters that will focus on Thompson and flesh them out a bit.  I think thats pretty much it for this blog post.  See you next time.

Cameron

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blog Post #9

Hi everybody!

Welcome to the next blog post!  So this week I drew up a timeline for my World War 3 scenario.  It went to a front and a back of loose leaf and another front.   The timeline lists events from now until the war ends.  The book will not cover the entire war, but one of the more crucial parts of it, which is mainly in Russia.  I plan using the timeline to help lay out the events Keith partakes in and to show how these events fit into the to the overall picture.  Often throughout the book I will show Kieth hearing about fighting and battles in other areas of the world while he himself is fighting in the war.  The war itself will last three years.  This may seem short, but I am going to stress in the book that new technology causes the conflict to move along quickly but to also unfortunately cause a massive amount of destruction and loss of life to the fighting between the two sides.  What was fun about writing the timeline was that I got to plan out the campaigns and battles that are fought along with what countries participating.  When I read through it when it was done it was kind of like reading through history and watching the war progress and spreads.

By the next blog post I should have some more typing done.  See you all then!

Cameron

Sunday, February 22, 2015

20 Time #8



Hi everyone!

It feels good to be posting this blog.  I did spend a good amount of time over break working on my book.  The entire prologue and Chapter 1 have been typed up on my computer.  They have also gone through several changes.  The first being a did cut a good part out of the prologue.  It was information that I realized wasn't necessary to the plot of the book and it was information that could be easily explained as the book progressed.  Typing the book has also allowed me to edit and rearrange sentences in paragraphs into ways that seemed to work better.  I also was able to add detail to some areas to help better explain certain parts.  This actually helped to make them take up more pages than they would had I just left them as they were.  Another thing I have been doing recently is looking at some of the locations in the book using maps or Google Earth.  This helps me to visualize better what the scene may look like.  This way I can describe in better in my writing.


Here is the next piece piece of my writing I am going to post.  It is going to explain what the new U.S. government looks like and was taken directly from my writing.  Just as a warning it is quite a long description.


The Legislative Branch would be eliminated from the government. All power would be placed in the hands of the Executive Branch, specifically the president, the vice president, and the cabinet. The president would remain in office for life and would appoint his successor. There would be no elections in the federal government. To accommodate the new duties, the Cabinet of the president would be expanded to include new departments. The Supreme Court would remain in place, and it would have the responsibility to ensure that any member of the government including the president does not overstep his bounds and become tyrannical or corrupt. Any member of the government had to adhere to the beliefs of the Revolutionary Party in order to be appointed, and the formation of other political parties was deemed illegal. A similar structure was given to the states. There were no legislatures, and the governor and his staff would be responsible for the affairs of the state, but they would be directly elected by the people in order to maintain a form of democracy in the country. This new government did have the makings of a dictatorship, but it was created with the intention of being benevolent. The people had the same rights they were entitled to as before, and they were assured by President Thompson that the government was changed for the benefit of the people.

All see you all in the next blog!

Cameron

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blog Post #7

Hi everybody!

Their is not to much to report on this week for my project, but I am continuing work.  I do have one things I would like to share with you.  Henceforth I am going to start typing my book.  I said in earlier posts that I would begin to do this after I completed the beginning of the book and that for the most part has happened.  I wish though that this was something I had done from the very beginning of this project.  Physically handwriting the book has been very slow and I feel that I could have gotten more done if I had typed it.  Honestly though, it does not concern me too much, its just another lesson learned.
Typing will make it easier now to have all of my chapters in a place I can easily access them.   It also will allow me to edit as I go and add new things that I think need to be added.   I going to go back to the beginning of my writing and start retyping those drafts first.  The I will continue on with the next chapters.  I'm not going to post a little bit form the book with this post because their simply isn't a lot going on right now.  I need to catch up on the previous chapters first.

Midwinter break is next week and I am going to try my best to spend time working and writing.  I feel my project is in sure need of it.

See you in the next blog post.

Cameron :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

20 Time #6

Hi everybody!

Here we are at my sixth blog post for my project.  Not a huge amount of stuff to report on this week, just more research, brainstorming and writing but as I said in my last blog will be posting a little bit more about the events in the book.  This week I will provide a summary of the first shots of the war along with who will be involved.  However before I move on to that I want to say this.  This project has been a very fun and interesting experience so far, and I hope it continues that way.  One of the things I have been focusing on with this project is taking  my time with it.  I really don't want to rush this book to get it done.  I want to spend as much time as possible with it so that it will turn out good in the end.  Also, this will allow me to enjoy every minute of it,, because I have enjoyed writing and learning something new each time.

So now here is my little summary of the beginning of World War III.  This time it is not actually taken directly from my writing but the same information will be shared within the book in a different way.

A few years before the war began an alliance was formed between Russia, China, and Iran, all with some sort of authoritarian government.  What followed was a massive buildup of military strength, raising heavy concern amongst NATO and the United Nations.  In the weeks before America's 250th Independence Day, intelligence had reported large amounts of mobilized troops near these countries borders.  Fearing war, the United States set its forces on high alert along with its allies and demanded the demobilization of the alliance's troops.  July 5th is when they struck.  Russian forces moved into eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.  They also sent troops to support the Iranian army that was not as advanced as Russia or China in its invasions of Iraq and Turkey.  China occupied Mongolia and invaded the Korean peninsula currently united under democratic rule and launched amphibious invasions of Japan and Taiwan.  The US and its allies immediately declared war and begin prepping the armed forces for a counteroffensive.

See you next time,

Cameron

Sunday, January 11, 2015

20 Time Blog Post #5

Hi everyone!

It feels great to be back again.  Wow it has been a long time since I have had to post on my blog.  I am happy to let you know that even though I haven't posted anything in awhile that doesn't mean I haven't been working on my novel.  It is going excellently and I'm having so much enjoyment in creating this book of mine.  The most progress that I have made overall has probably been in the area of research.  That is what I have primarily been doing these past few weeks.  While it is fun to read and look up important pieces that I need for the book, as you learn something new each time, it is also a very daunting task.  I have been doing a large amount of it now so I do not get stuck when i write the later chapters when I do not have the right information I need, or when I feel something is missing.  I feel that its best to get it all out of the way as soon as possible and I think most authors would agree with me.  However, like I have said in my previous post, just because I have been doing research most of the time does not mean that I have been ignoring the actual writing portion of the novel.This will soon become my primary goal each week, to try to get as much writing done as possible.

The beginning of the novel  have been properly established in writing and I am pleased to report that it is turning out good so far.  One of the biggest issues I had in writing is that this part of the novel was slow for me to write.  I really wanted to just jump into the action, but it is extremely important that I lay the groundwork for this book.  I'm satisfied with the way that the beginning turned out and am super excited to be able to start writing on what I consider the fun stuff.  As promised in the last blog post, what follows is a summary of our main character.

Keith Lawrence was tall for his age, with short auburn hair and brown eyes.  His face was slightly scarred by pimples he had left unchecked for too long.  He was 18 years old and had just graduated from high school.  This was his last summer before he would head off to Stanford University in order to become a lawyer, and work at his father's firm, Paul J. Lawrence, Attorney at Law.  His family lived in San Francisco, in a somewhat luxurious home that had a marvelous view of the Pacific Ocean.

This is actually the first paragraph of the book, minus the prologue of course.   I hope you enjoy it and I am looking forward to some feedback on my writing.  Next week i will provide on how 
The Third World War will start. Not in real life of course. ;)

See you all again in the next blog post!