I am a Freakboy.

Oh hi there, WordPress viewers. Long time no see.

Do I even have any viewers on this blog anymore? I’m not sure, considering I have been posting as frequently on here since the end of school/beginning of summer as I have on my YouTube channel. (*cough* That’s a link to my channel where I am less than 30 subscribers away from 600. *cough*)

Oops. Anyway.

During this summer, I have been doing typical young adult things: Work, Netflix, Netflix, and more Netflix.

I have started watching The 100, the newest season of Orange is the New Black, and, to the effervescent glee of some of my family members, friends, and coworkers: Game of Thrones.

I have lists of what I’m currently watching, shows I want to watch, what I’m currently reading, what is to be read, and books read summer 2015 on my iPhone, iPod, and my Tumblr.

I love making lists. There’s just something so satisfying about making a list of things to do/read/watch, and being able to cross them off/erase them once they’ve been completed.

Not only have I been binge-watching a lot of Netflix, I have also been trying to read as much as I can since, if things work out in my favor, next semester will be extremely busy.

So far this summer, I have re-read Paper Towns by John Green in honor of the upcoming movie, which has been pushed back a few times and I have to wait about a month until it hits theatres, re-read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom since first reading it my junior year of high school, and freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, which is 400-something pages, verse form, and I started and finished it in a little less than 4 hours.

I have been doing some soul searching these past few months and trying to figure out some gender and sexuality identity things, so I’ve been trying to read and watch as much information on LGBTQ+ things as I can. I’ve been reading way more fiction books with non-binary main characters, and even have read parts of a nonfiction book as well. I’ve also been watching more members of the LGBTQ+ community on YouTube.

So, yeah. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past month and a half or so. What have you been doing during the summer? Got any book recommendations or TV show recommendations? Make sure to leave them in the comments below!

Oh, and my blog name and links and all of that jazz will probably change. Again. So I apologize in advance for even more confusion!

Tuesday Thoughts || Creativity

I found the perfect theme for my blog, and then I realized that it was $79. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. #poorcollegestudent

Hi there.

This feels a little peculiar because, for the most part, everybody that is following this blog and reading this blog knows me as “Rian the Student”, and not “Rian the Person”.

Well hey, hi, and hello there. Here are some basic facts about me:

My name is Rian (Yes, pronounced like Ryan).
I’m 23 years old, turning 24 on July 15th. (Yes, I realize that I don’t look my age.)
I love cats and have a little fur-baby named Charlie.
I identify as androgynous and genderqueer.
And I’m in a fairly new relationship with a person who shall be named cute person when I mention them in future posts. (Because it’s what I call them on every other social media site, so why the heck not!)

All of the posts on this blog previously have been for my Adolescent Literature class (That I passed, boo yah.) and since that’s over, I want to start making more personal posts on here about me and my life and whatever else I can think of.

I don’t want this blog to become a virtual diary, but more of a reflection on what kind of person I am (was) in my early to mid-twenties.

I might still post “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” and “Harry Potter Moment of the Week” posts every now and then, but I don’t want this blog to be a continuation of my class experience. Hence, the blog and URL change.

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Last CreativityDefweekend, for the first time in four months, I picked up my camera and filmed a new video and took some pictures. And it felt really nice. For those of you who don’t know, I occasionally post videos and things of that nature. (Link in the sidebar!)

I felt like me again, almost as if I were visiting a me I hadn’t seen in a long time.

That’s one thing that I plan on doing this summer: Posting more videos.

One of the biggest ways to become successful on YouTube is to post frequently. But I’m not doing it for the views or the subscribers, or the possibility of making this into a job type of thing in the future.creative-quotes-about-life-a-life-creative-61156

I want to post videos because it’s something that I genuinely enjoy doing.

The difference between being creative and imaginative is acting on it and making it a possibility.

I have had tons of ideas, but no time and/or energy to execute said ideas. But now it’s summer vacation and I don’t have reading requirements to fulfill or papers to turn in.

I have a job, yes, but any time outside of that is time that I can spend finally acting on my creativity and creating something that I’m proud of.

And that makes me really happy.

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36. 300. 177. 30+. 80+. 27. 16. 3.

First of all, Past Rian was a dummy and deleted practically all of the pictures, and so every post prior to “Social Media.” doesn’t have any images, besides the Harry Potter MotW introduction and my signature. Oops. 😦

Second of all, this post is inspired by Kelsey Empfield because I read her end of the semester posts and couldn’t help myself because she’s so quality and you should check her out.

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The beginning of this semester kind of reminds me of the very first YouTube channel that I ever created.

I didn’t know how to edit videos at all at the time and so all of them were about 10-15 minutes long with extremely awkward pauses.

Re-reading my first handful of blogs for this class reminded me of the time I went back and watched those videos and they made me feel awkward and weird.

But that’s how a course has to start: Awkward and weird.

Unless you’ve previously known your classmates, you don’t know anybody and you don’t know how they’re going to respond to your work and you don’t know how you’re going to respond to theirs. And it’s even more difficult if it’s an online class. You can’t look at them and vibe off of what they’re saying in real time, you can only respond to something that they’ve already posted.

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This semester can be summed up into 8 numbers: 36. 300. 177. 30+. 80+. 27. 16. 3.

Summed up into 8 little numbers, that was my semester.

(This is about to get very “12 Days of Christmas”-y, I can already tell. It’s a good thing these aren’t birds because that would be quite a lot.)

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First and foremost, are my own posts, the content that I have contributed to this class.

I am not a blogger, nor have I ever been a blogger, and I don’t think I will ever call myself a blogger.

I have a Tumblr blog, but if you’ve ever been on Tumblr, you know that a Tumblr blog is significantly different than a WordPress blog.

In the past, I had always tried to have a blog, but they would fizzle out after the first month, sort of like every single journal I ever owned as an adolescent.

Two memes were consistent on my blog: “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” and “Harry Potter Moment of the Week”. (Fun fact: At the beginning of the semester, I would call it HPMOOT, instead of HPMotW. Good job, self!)HPMOOT

My personal favorites of my post would have to be “Harry Potter Moment of the Week #10 || Favorite OTP” and “Speaking Out About Speak“.

As I was re-reading through my posts, it was interesting to see how different “my voice” sounded through the words. (That was a weird explanation, I’m sorry!) As my posts got more and more recent, I saw that I sounded more passionately through my words than my first few posts. The Harry Potter MotW posts are the ones that I really saw this change and I feel like “Favorite OTP” was the one that really stood out among the rest.

“Speaking Out About Speak” was also another one of my personal favorites. We had finished with the Twitter Chat for the book, and I felt like I needed more than 140 characters to express how I felt about the book and how important it is to have such heavy topics like rape in YA novels. Going back to read the post and its comments made me feel an overwhelming level of emotion and support.

300 Tweets.

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When I found out in Contemporary Literature that Twitter could be used as an educational tool, I was kind of mindblown. I have a personal Twitter and I pretty much just use it to “shoot the shit” with my internet friends.

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 8.53.55 PMI liked being able to connect with people over Twitter about a book or a certain topic, but at the same time, I feel like Twitter is more of a hinderance for me. When I talk (or write), I talk (or write). Currently, I’m already over 700 words for this post, and I’m not even halfway done. (Kudos if you read the entire thing!)

177 Comments.

This number includes other’s comments and my own because WordPress doesn’t give you that number. (Or maybe it does, I don’t know)

177 Comments over a span of 36 blog posts. That’s an average of 4.916(6666667) comments per post. Of course, this isn’t an exact number, some have more than others. But with those comments, people thought that what I had to say was interesting, or they felt the need to add their input, which is fantastic. In order for a class like this to work, participation is necessary in order to bounce ideas back and forth with each other.

30+ Articles.

30+ different articles over a plethora of different subjects: Social Media, Young Adult Literature, Assigned Reading, Self-Censorship, Diversity, etc, etc, etc. The list goes on and on and on.

80+ Reading Hours.

Before reading the 15+ page syllabus (Yes, you read it right! 15+), there is a paragraph in big, bold words at the very top:

WARNING: This course comes with its own warning label! First, it’s heavily reading-intensive: You should expect to read 1-2 full-length books each week plus 1-2 critical articles. The good news is that most of the books are fast, absorbing reads. Second, most of the books include controversial material. Young adult literature, for reasons we’ll discuss, deals with the hard stuff. Some of it may push your buttons. Be prepared for story lines that address death, drug use, rape, abuse, sex, power, poverty.

Two years ago, I had attempted this class and withdrew halfway through because I fell behind in the assignments. This semester, I was determined not to make the same mistake and so I read and read, read and read, and read some more. The first week of class alone, I read four books, which is completely insane. Some of my friends can tell you: I am a really slow reader. One of my friends can read 120+ pages in about 2-4 hours. With that same book, it would take me about 8 or so.

One of the things that I love about this class, is that it gave me an excuse to read up on Young Adult novels that I had wanted to read for a while. I have a ton of YA novels piled up on my shelves, and a convenient public library that is right down the street from where I live. Not only did I have plenty of physical copies of books, but I also had my Kindle Fire that I was able to take with me and read on the go if I had any free time.

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I have ne854e0de8ca8a1c92950f8f0524cf4fc3ver read almost 30 books in a year, let alone 27. Yes, compared to some people, that might not sound like much, but reading 27 books in 16 weeks is something that needs to be celebrated all on its own. It’s crazy to think that, just four months ago, I was anxious over the fact that one must read 1-2 full length books in this class as a requirement.

This semester reawakened my love for books and for reading. It introduced me to some of my favorite books from when I was younger, and some new favorites. All I want to do now is curl up with a book and just, read, read, read, read, re15745753ad.

I tried to read a variety of different genres of books, but that wasn’t always the case. As I said in the middle of the semester, I tend to stick with dystopian and romantic comedy-esque young adult novels. But this semester also taught me that, if I contin41qap6ztVoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ually see a book on a shelf at the library or a book store, I should just read it because turns out, it’s a fantastic read.

My favorite books this semester were “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson, “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell, “The Treatment” by Suzanne Young, and “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson.

Each of these books, in their own unique way, showed that life isn’t all about sunshine and rainbows. It shows that being a young adult in society, whether in the past, present or future, is harder than what people make it out to be. And although it might be nice to have a happy ending, that isn’t always the case.

One book that I wished was added to the required reading list was “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. Yes, I have already read the book, yes I already know what happens, yes it’s sort of predictable, and yes I cry every time. John Green’s writing style is phenomenal and he’s able to convey the voice and personality of sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace so well. Also, his videos on the book and the movie on his and his brother’s YouTube channel should also be a must to watch whilst reading this book.

I mean, any John Green book would work in this situation. DFTBA!

16 weeks.

I was very anxious at the beginning of the semester because, once I put my work schedule and my class schedule into my calendar on my computer, I didn’t think that I would have time to do anything. From 7 AM till 4 PM, I am going from work to class, back to work, back to class, and back to work. For the first couple weeks, I would come home and end up passing out on the couch till about 8 PM (Which may have been what happened tonight. Oops!)

3 credits.

This class wasn’t about the credits. Yes, it’s nice that I will receive 3 credits for this class, it’s been much more than that and will continue to be more than that.

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I’m a very indecisive person, so telling me to choose which classmate’s blog I enjoyed the most is almost an impossible task. I enjoyed reading everybody’s posts about what they’re reading, the different blog memes that everybody chose, and reading their different views. But out of everybody’s, I really enjoyed Staci Brandner‘s blog. She had some really great ideas and I enjoyed reading her Harry Potter MotWs.

I plan to read allllllll summer and, since I’ll have more free time, I also plan on posting plenty of YouTube videos as well. In terms of reading, I plan to read the rest of the Harry Potter series since, after I re-read the first book at the beginning of the summer, I kind of dropped off of that since I got so busy. I also plan on reading The Chronicles of Narnia series since I have had all of the books for over a decade and have only made it through part of the first book.

One question I wished Ellington had asked about our learning and reading is: What other social media tools did you wish we used in class? (YouTube and Tumblr :P)

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #13 || Luna Lovegood

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Fear not! This might be the last regular week of classes, but I am planning on posting a final Harry Potter Moment of the Week (of the semester) next Thursday.

Hey, hi, and hello there! My name is Rian and every Thursday, I share my favorite quotes, books, movies, characters, scenes, spells, professors, houses, WHATEVER you can think of from the wonderful world of the Harry Potter series. The image above is linked to the lovely Uncorked Thoughts, the wonderful person who created this meme, so go check it out!

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The girl gave off an aura of distinct dottiness. Perhaps it was the fact that she had stuck her wand behind her left ear for safekeeping, or that she had chosen to wear a necklace of Butterbeer caps, or that she was reading a magazine upside down.

From the very first description we get of Luna Lovegood, I am absolutely smitten. There are so many reasons why I absolutely love her from the very first lines that Rowling describes her.

Luna was very brave, maybe even one of the bravest characters in the books, whether she was at Hogwarts, the Dumbledore’s Army meetings, or in the Department of Mysteries.giphy

Similar to Harry, Hermione, and a plethora of others, she’s loyal to the fair few friends that she has.

From the very first line, we know that she is an oddball of a character, which makes her just that much more lovable.

One of the main reasons why I love Luna is that she has a very different friendship with Harry than Ron and Hermione have with him. I enjoy the scene in the film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Harry and Luna are talking about the Thestrals. So many times in the books, he feels alone, like he can’t fully talk to anybody because they wouldn’t understand the struggles, but he’s able to speak with Luna about all of this stuff that he has pent up inside.

She’s also very true to herself. She knows that people think that she’s weird and quirky and “loony”, but she’s completely okay with that and, no matter what, she’s going to be herself.Luna's_Patronus

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Innovation & Unlearning || Blog Post Replies

**Turns out I actually didn’t need to make a post about this, oops!!!!

The dictionary installed on my computer defines innovative as:

innovative |ˈinəˌvātiv| || adjective

(of a product, idea, etc.) featuring new methods; advanced and original: innovative designs | innovative ways to help unemployed people.• 

(of a person) introducing new ideas; original and creative in thinking: an innovative thinker.

Innovation is a tool that is needed to allow us to grow as individuals, teachers, and learners. It is a way to break away from the “traditional norms” that all of us have faced in our lifetime.

tumblr_mby80lfYgl1rzkykpo1_1280In his post “The Mindset of an Innovator”, George Couros calls himself an educator and an innovator, an innovative educator, and he explains a few different things in the post that he has decided to do from that moment on. I enjoy that he shares these revelations with his readers, because it also inspires them (us) to do the same.

But not only does he share some things that he is going to start doing, but he also shares areas that he wishes to improve.

I build upon what I already know, but I do not limit myself to myself. I’m open to and willing to embrace new learning, while continuously asking questions to move forward.

I model the learning and leadership I seek in others. I take risks and try new things to develop and explore new opportunities. I ask others to take risks in their learning, and I openly model that I’m willing to do the same.

I have become innovative as a learner and thinker by discovering new ways to share what I’ve read, and my thoughts and ideas. Before this class, I wasn’t big on blogging (Which is a shocker, because I love social media and I love to write). I found it to be more of a hassle than picking up the camera, filming, editing, and posting. But this class, and being able to read about other’s experiences with reading and vibe off of them has opened up my eyes to new experiences that different innovations can bring to the table.

Innovation in learning is a way for somebody to educate themselves and others around them on new methods on how to understand a certain subject. Instead of doing A, B, C, then they’re able to do X, Y, Z, and get a similar result, but the latter way of learning might be something that works for them, when A, B, C didn’t.

Not only is innovation important in learning, but unlearning is also important. Will Richardson’s post about the “Unlearning Curve” mentions a few things that we need to unlearn. Because of the lack of innovations (look at me trying to connect the two, great job self), we have almost sort of grown into this rut of things that we are familiar with, but it might not be the best way to execute the plan.

For instance, in a world where literally any place can be a classroom, we have to unlearn the comforts of four walls that we’ve become accustomed to. When we can share our work with wide audiences, we need to unlearn the idea that student writing and projects are simply ways to assess what they know.

Throughout the semester, this course hasn’t had a physical classroom. We don’t have a set room in a specific building on campus with a set time that we meet to discuss the wonderful subject of young adult literature. We communicate and discuss through our blog and Twitter posts, and we’re able to have a regular classroom discussitumblr_ljf307jHVf1qb13xjo1_500on sans an actual classroom.

I completely agree with Richardson’s above quote, because it’s completely true. Any place can be a classroom, we have just learned that a classroom is for learning and that is the only place one can do their learning.

This semester, I have unlearned several things, but there are also things that I need to continue to work to unlearn.

I have unlearned the fact that we need a classroom in order to have a discussion and be a class.

I have unlearned the notion that only young adults can read young adult fiction.

I need to unlearn the fact that my method of learning is completely different from somebody else’s.

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? || 04.27.2015

Holy cow it’s the last week before finals week and what have I done? …..Well I’m typing up this blog post if that counts, whilst my significant other is just scrolling through Tumblr like a hooligan. Actually, now she’s lip-syncing to early 90’s electronica while Charlie is chillaxin on the floor.

If you’re new to this blog, hey, hi, and hello there! My name is Rian and every Monday (and sometimes Tuesdays), I post about what I read last week, what I’m currently reading, or what I plan to read this week. Book recommendations would be appreciated, so be sure to leave them in the comments below!

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Last weekend, I read “Fan Art” by Sarah Tregay. Senior Jamie Peterson has fallen for his best friend and, as much as he tries to keep it discreet, everybody in school knows where Jamie’s feelings fall. But as much as Jamie 17924987would like to come clean to Mason, doesn’t telling the truth ruin everything about their friendship?

I enjoyed this book because it seems like your “typical almost love story”, but it’s different. It’s told from the perspective of Jamie, and it really allows you to dive into how he’s feeling and gives you a deeper perspective. It really makes you connect with the character and feel what he’s feeling.

A few weeks ago, we talked about how important it was for teens to have a variety of different novels to choose from in regards to different ethnicities. I think that’s also important when it comes to sexual orientations and gender identity, because there are so many more out there on the spectrum than straight and gay and male and female. It allows teens to see that they aren’t alone in the world, even if they feel like they are.

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #12 || A Very Potter Musical

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Ahhhhh, just a few more Harry Potter Moment of the Weeks until this semester is over, HOW CRAZY IS THAT?! I can’t believe how fast this semester has gone.

If you guys would like me to continue these posts through the summer, then let me know in the comments below. And of course, if you would like to keep in touch with me on other social media sites, I’m pretty much on almost every single one, so yeah 😛

Hey, hi, and hello there! My name is Rian and every Thursday, I share my favorite quotes, books, movies, characters, scenes, spells, professors, houses, WHATEVER you can think of from the wonderful world of the Harry Potter series. The image above is linked to the lovely Uncorked Thoughts, the wonderful person who created this meme, so go check it out!

ALSO, this post is inspired by Staci Brandner’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week, so here’s a link and go check it out!

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In 1824, Charles Caleb Colton famously said “Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery.” And I completely agree.

One of my favorite things are parodies. There are millions of parodies of songs on YouTube written about a plethora of subjects. My favorite parody would have to be “A Very Potter Musical” by StarKid Productions.

As today is Harry Potter Moment of the Week and by the title, if you guessed that it’s a parody of Harry Potter, then you would be correct. (“A Very Potter Musical” will be shortened to AVPM for the remainder of this post.)

AVPM is a musical parody based on several of the Harry Potter novels: Sorcerer’s Stone, Goblet of Fire, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows, as well as their film adaptations. It tells the story of Harry Potter’s return to Hogwarts, the difficulties of adolescence, his participation in the House Cup Championship, and return of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort to power.

Although the musical was performed live in April 2009 on the University of Michigan campus, the entire thing and it’s sequels are available to watch on YouTube.

If you watch this and think it’s just going to be a musical adaptation of the Harry Potter story that we all know and love, then you are sadly mistaken. It’s silly and hilarious, but it also has the things that I love about the actual Harry Potter series itself.

Here are some hilarious quotes to convince you to check it out:

I don’t know, man. Cedric Diggory, he’s pretty awesome. NOT! He sucks! I’m totally gonna win, it’s in the bag!

Yeah, Hermione, I’m the boy who lived. Not died. God.

I don’t want my life to be like Spiderman 3, I hated that movie.

There’s only one thing to do: I have to die. I love you all…except you Draco. I can’t f***ing stand you.

Alright, well I’m not surprised. C’mon, let’s go watch Wizards of Waverly Place!

……Yeah, I’m kind of obsessed. It’s amazing. You should watch it, and it’s sequels, and all of the other musicals that StarKid has come out with. Oh, and here’s Act 1 Part 1 of AVPM. Enjoy 😛

And yes, Harry Potter is played by Darren Criss, who played Blaine Anderson in Glee xD

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