Here we are once more. The music is back and still grooving. I will be playing at least five songs, six max. Do you have energy? Do you have a bottle of water? No? Well, you better get one. You're going to be working up a sweat dancing to these songs. We got Zedd, Lovato, J Lo, and three other artists you might know.
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Monday, April 27, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
With only two left after today, we anticipate what could happen next. I can't believe we're almost done with the audiobook samples. Are you excited? Remember, I'll be doing a strawpoll when all the audibook samples are completed.
Today's reading is somewhat unique. With Identical Filming as a title, you'd think it would be about copyrights, illegal writings, and the like. You're slightly wrong. Instead, you get pulled into the film industry and learn what mostly happens behind the scenes as identical twin sisters discover each other after being separated at birth. They had no idea they had so much in common. What's the worst that could happen?
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Friday, April 17, 2015
As I give you all a little recap of The Grand Illusion, I also explain how The Quickest Case Ever was the first book I wrote with the same name detective. Which of the two detectives did I use? Well, you'll find out in the story description below. ;)
Daniel Hayes stumbles on yet another case. How typical of it to be such a common one. The manager of a famous business, even though their town has no beach, is dead. The police believes it an inside job, but who could it be? Leave it to the amateur detective to solve the case before nightfall.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Going to Indianapolis last week was totally worth missing the swimmer’s area meet. I and a few staff went to the ALPs University to represent Missouri. We got to learn so much about the athletes, coaches, and staff in Indiana. I look forward to when Missouri has a branch of the ALPs University.
In case you didn’t know, ALP is short for Athlete Leadership Program. Any Indiana athlete may join. They get together twice a year and take two classes to advance their skills in becoming Special Olympic leaders, or any leader they choose to be. The athletes have several choices as to which class to take; whether it be Videography and Photography, Global Messenger (1 or 2), Introduction to Athlete Leadership, Powerpoint, and so much more. With Global Messenger, they get to be representatives for Special Olympics Indiana.
As short as the trip was, I had a lot of fun. I got to meet so many people. I was able to record footage in the Videography and Photography class, that I will be combining both videos and uploading it on my YouTube channel. One of the things that I absolutely love about the ALPs University is that there was an input council meeting before the first class. I found it absolutely inspirational.
Not only did coaches and parents speak up to add input on how to make Special Olympics and the ALPs University better; the athletes did as well. A lot of the athletes spoke their minds and added many things on the list of inputs they had. The list went over 40 inputs; while they kept listing off more to add, the man encouraging them teased and picked on me throughout the council. He seriously wanted me to speak my mind, so that my thoughts could be count as input.
Towards the end, he finally managed to get me to say something. At that point, all the athletes were inspiring me. In fact, it almost brought tears to my eyes. I loved every moment being in that auditorium. It made me realize that the ALPs University needed to be all over the country, not just Missouri. So I stood after he pointed at me and said, “I think that ALPs University should have branches all over the country, including Missouri.” Before I could even sit down, a lot of the people in the audience applauded.
My trip to the ALPs University really effected me. It has put so many thoughts in my mind as to how to make Special Olympics Missouri better and improve. Not very many athletes in my state are involved in becoming leaders, let alone pay for certain things to make it easier for SOMO. I want to be more than a Global Messenger, more than a leader. I look forward to us having an ALPs University not just because we need it. Also because us athletes have so much potential in our disabled and/or able-bodied selves.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Though I do not regret having a No Show on Friday, I should have thought of a back up plan. So instead of playing music, like I normally do, I shall read you a great beginning of The Grand Illusion.
Two detectives, amateur and professional, accept different cases in different states. As each gather clues, their cases become more mysterious and puzzling. The two intertwine, forcing the detectives to work together. They have to race against time before something bad happens. The case turns into a ticking fuse against a real kidnapper. They need to not only figure out what the consequences are, but stop the kidnapper before someone gets killed.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Sitting here in one of the classes is such a thrill. After the Input Council, I'm even more excited and nervous to be here. I should probably mingle instead of blogging, huh? Lol.
I'll be posting on vine regularly while I'm here. :) Yay!
Vine name is TheEsperanza243.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
I know this was put up May of last year, but I just love how they put everything together. And I love what my co-workers, one of the managers, and Diane said. I really do appreciate having Special Olympics in my life. It changed me so much; I don't know what I'd be doing without them.