PATCHING UP THE BEACH BALL

Blowing up a beach ball is the worst part. I get exhausted from the lack of air in my lungs. Trying to start a paper is like blowing up a beach ball to me. It gets tiring, never being able to come up with ideas right away. Never being able to put your thoughts into sentences. All I want to do is see the final paper, finished and printed out; all I want to do is play with the blown up beach ball. Finally I’m finished blowing it up, it’s time to play! Finally I’m done writing my paper; it’s time to read the finished product! They both look great on the outside. Colorful and full of life. But what if that beach ball pops? What if my paper isn’t as good as I thought? The beach ball pops and all I’m left with is plastic as the air slowly drifts out. I read my paper and realize all I’ve written down are airy words. Words that are just there to fill up the space; words that don’t belong. As I try to search for the hole that let the air escape, I search my paper for the meaningless words that crept their way on to my white sheet. I find the hole and patch it up. Once again I’m back where I started; exhausted from blowing up the beach ball. I find the hollow words and delete them. I’m back at the top of the page. Drained from trying to put my thoughts into sentences; my sentences into paragraphs. Eventually my paper is full with words that have a sense being there; words that actually matter. I may be worn out, but blowing up the beach ball again was worth it.

image by Valentina Powers.

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Written Proposal

Video Pitch

Weekly Blog Post 1

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Weekly Blog Post 3

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Interview Relection

Product

TED Talk