Synopsis: I wrote this for a school project in the fifth grade. It’s about this kitten, strangely named Tito (Tih- toe), as he tried to climb the mountain Pikes Peak (the closest mountain to where I was living at the time, in Colorado). He had a bunch of friends of various species (a fox, a cougar, a rat, a hawk) who helped him in the trip, and they had to face a dangerous wolf and a snowstorm and other terrible things as they tried to get to the top. After that, I wrote a few sequels involving adventures on other mountains.
What’s Good: Well, this was one of my first big stories, so it got me started thinking about plot and character development. Plus, it was also the first story I finished completely… and it was probably about six pages on MS Word, font size 14. For a fifth grader, that’s not bad.
What’s Bad: I was a fifth grader, so there were plenty of holes in the plot, plus the writing wasn’t terribly complex either. For example, the fox had her leg torn off in the battle with the wolf (who fell over a waterfall later… which is odd, because there aren’t really that many waterfalls on Pikes Peak). But later, the fox was still running faster than many of the other characters… hmm, did I forget about that leg she was missing? The geography was off, the names of the character’s were great (the cougar was named Cougar) and other generally newby-ish stuff. The worst thing is, after a few computer crashes and file transfers, I no longer have a copy of the story or the sequels I was working on, so it’s all just a memory now.
The RNA Story
Synopsis: I’ve mentioned this one on BZP before, and even tried to post it (but I eventually gave up due to bad reviews). I had to write this story for a science class, depicting protein synthesis in a creative way. What I did was made the cell into a kingdom, had a villainous virus invading it, and had three RNA warriors create a protein that’ll save the day. The initial writing was a little too basic, and it got complicated as I tried to include scientific terms in the story with not a good understanding of how to do so. Later, I tried to incorporate the story into my Senior project, in which I would make a movie of it. That whole thing fell through as I ran out of time and I couldn’t get any actors to play the roles.
What’s Good: Well, compared to the stories of other students who wrote on the same topic, mine was much better. It did tend to include a fairly accurate summery of what protein synthesis is, based off info from our Biology textbooks. And the story was also fairly entertaining too.
What’s Bad: I wrote this with a due date, so it didn’t have the best structure. And I learned recently that it doesn’t even follow protein synthesis correctly, as the Biology high school textbooks are not absolutely correct. In my collage class, we briefly discussed advances in Biology, where scientists are still trying to figure out what’s going on in our cells and adding new stuff each year. For example, according to my textbooks, DNA is made up of Intron strands and Exon strands, the former being useful information and the latter being gibberish. The M-RNA is supposed to filter out the introns from the exons. Turns out that, today, scientists are discovering that Exons might actually not be just junk DNA and might actually play some role. Thus, my overly simplified example of RNA synthesis, which doesn’t include many complicated things of the current time, is already becoming obsolete as new stuff is discovered. That’s what I get for trying to write something that incorporates science.
That’s enough for now. I have some other things I’ll add on tomorrow. You know, just to keep you coming back for an update. Better take it for all its worth, because I’m too lazy to actually continue on any particular story of mine, and am content to just write about stories of the past. Ha!