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It’s all happening this week.

I have had possibly one of the most exciting weeks of my life. Remember that College Herald competition that I’ve been harping on about for weeks? Yeah well one of my stories was chosen to be published 😀 I was so so ecstatic when I found out! I also won a $100 JB-Hi-Fi gift voucher!! For anyone who knows this store and who knows me, they’ll completely understand what a HUGE deal that is. I see a new Ipod in my future!! 😀

I found a copy of the paper it was in and photocopied the page. Nothing will ever compare to the elation I felt when I read my name in bold lettering under the title and above the body of a story I’d written, published in a national paper that is read by upwards of half a million people every day. It only proceeded to further solidify that this is what I want to be doing with my life, it’s the career path I’m going to follow.

Guess which story was chosen? THIS one. I’m so happy! It’s the first submission I made and I am quite proud of it so I’m very glad to see that in the Herald. This couldn’t have come at a more convenient time as I will be applying for Wintec at the end of the week. Also, this Friday I am flying down to Wellington to embark on my training weekend for the Just Write project!!! 😀 The time has finally come, and the combination of being published in the Herald and getting the opportunity to be involved in this training weekend should dramatically increase my chances of being accepted.

In other news… Here are some photos I’ve taken recently. Winter is good for one thing and one thing only… Interesting pictures.

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I think I’m going to start going back to Jujitsu as well. I have a new friend who’s interested in going with me so that’s new motivation and potential fun 🙂 I’ll keep you updated.

Hope you’ve all had a good start to August!



August 2, 2010 at 5:24 am 2 comments

Short Films

Recently I have had a growing interest in short film. It kind of sparked about a month or two ago and I started watching a few videos on youtube and reading some information on the internet about how to create them, what different kinds there are and what you need. I never bothered to try anything because it all seemed way out of my league and a huge undertaking to get anything done, but when the teacher of my Elective, Digital Film, explained that we would be making our OWN short films throughout the duration of this term, my hopes were ignited. She explained how simple it can be to create just something small with a small idea and have it be up to three minutes long. I also learnt about Stop-Motion film, a kind that I’d never considered before.

We watched some videos in class and I immediately decided that it is a form of film that I would definitely like to have a go at. Here are a few of the stop-motion films we watched in class:

Pretty amazing huh??! These people are so talented!!! I’d give anything to be that talented! I guess it’s all practice and experience 🙂 Maybe I’ll get there one day…

Anyway, speaking of which, today I went out and bought a cute little Polly Pocket set to use for a stop-motion film and tonight I tried my hand at it.




It is SO not as easy and smooth as they make it look in the videos!!! It’s a very long, slow process that involves a lot of tweaking and photo taking. I created a 51 second video and it’s rugged as. It’s nowhere near as smooth transitioning as the ones you see above. I did my best though and did what I could given my lack of experience and aching back, neck and knees. Also, Polly Pockets turn out to be rather difficult to “tweak” :/ It’s hard to get them to cooperate efficiently lol. The hardest part actually was trying to keep the camera balanced and not move anything so that the picture wouldn’t change too dramatically in the wrong ways. Clearly I did not do that well, but like I said, I did my best!

Here’s the video I made:

I sort of gave up in the end. But hey, it’s a start! Right?

I really look forward to creating some more and trying some new ideas. I have a lot brewing and I’m excited to practice so that maybe one day in a few years time I’ll be producing works of art like those examples I showed you.

Do you have any interest in film? Have you ever tried to create a short film before? What’s your favourite short film that you’ve ever seen?

July 24, 2010 at 9:09 am 2 comments

Thankful for Great Opportunities

I know I haven’t updated for a while but I’ve been super busy! I’ve been doing all I can to make things happen for myself and that has kept me SERIOUSLY busy. But, after all my efforts, I am proud to say that I have scored some FANTASTIC opportunities for myself! 😀

There are two major things that have happened and I’m very very proud to say that I went out and made them happen for myself by being productive and proactive, it’s helpful to know that I’m working actively towards becoming the person I want to be, which is a self-sufficient, productive and efficient worker.

Firstly, I received some excellent news today…

I’m sure the vast majority of you will know of this magazine…?


Well about 3 months ago I emailed 9 different New Zealand run Magazines to ask if they’d ever consider allowing me to write a piece for their magazine. I had ONE reply from one of them to tell me that “sorry, can’t help, this magazine is finishing, good luck in your endeavours”. I was hugely disappointed because that magazine was by far the most important one to me and shall remain unnamed. I was extra disappointed to find that 3 months later they have NOT finished and are continuing to publish copies with no signs of finishing.

Thanks guys.

Anyway, today I received a very special email from the Editor of Girlfriend Magazine 🙂 They offered to let me write a piece in their “Real Girl” section about my blog! I won’t say too much more because I’ll scan the article once it’s printed and you can read more, but I am VERY excited about this opportunity! AND they’re letting me write it myself!

Yay for getting my name out there!

The other HUGEEE opportunity I have been totally BLESSED to have come upon is to earn my place as a team member on the Just Write Project. It is a scholarship that is only available to 10 students throughout the whole of New Zealand. It involves training in media and journalism, all expenses paid trips to Wellington and Auckland for training, a chance to have my work published in New Zealand Media, a chance to learn how to create different forms of media and work with a bunch of experienced and talented journalists.

How exciting is that?!?

There’s a bit of a story behind how I scored my place actually…

When I heard about the Just Write project, I was amped as and thought it sounded write up my alley, but then I discovered that the application closing date was three days prior 😦 However, undefeated, I emailed the woman in charge of applications and asked her if she’d consider a late one and she said that I was in luck because her email wasn’t working properly and she was having applications coming in late anyway. She’d consider my application if I could have it to her by the next morning at the latest. So that gave me less than a day to pull it all together.

The application required a character reference, fill in the application form and complete 2 pieces of writing between 200-500 words long on 2 of the topics they give you. The choices were:

  1. Who’s your all time favourite person in the world and why?
  2. What’s your earliest memory?
  3. What do you think is wrong with the world?
  4. What do you think is right with it?
  5. What global issue do you think most affects your local community?

I chose “What do you think is wrong with the world?” and “What global issue do you think most affects your local community?”, I wrote about obesity for the global issue and manipulated my “Body Image and the Media” article to fit the criteria for what I think is wrong with the world.
It was nothing but sweet relief when I sent my application in, although I felt disappointed that I hadn’t done the best I could. If I had been given more time I would’ve made it fantastic.

HOWEVER! A few days later I received a congratulatory email, saying I’d gotten a place on the team!! I was so so happy 😀 I responded immediately to secure my place, and now I just wait to hear back about when we begin!

So you see, it pays to ask 😉

There is loads more happening in the world of my aspirations in journalism and I’m actually having a go at a new angle of writing right now.. I’m trying my hand at writing a novel. I won’t tell you about it because it’s rather personal, but it sort of started out as a zone for me to write whatever I felt like and surprisingly enough the words just seemed to flow with no problems. I’ve never been able to easily write a fiction piece before. It’s quite an exciting project for me but it’s just that, a project for ME. I don’t have any plans to share it with anyone other than those immediately close to me. It’s a chance for me to creatively express myself and where I am in my life at the moment.

I have a few new articles to start researching from once I get passed some serious school work I’m loaded with right now. I have assessments galore and they take precedents over leisure writing, but I am writing a small piece to send into the beacon and for the school newsletter about the Just Write Project, so I’ll scan those hopefully and publish them on here for all of you to see 🙂

I hope you’re all well, and expect to see some exciting new topics and articles coming your way soon! I have inspiration brewing… Expect good things soon.



June 14, 2010 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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