How does everybody like it? I think that I am finished with it! Now to the dedication and summary…

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We need to write the dedication for the End-of-the-Year Book today because it is due tomorrow, so please tell me whom you would like to dedicate it to as soon as possible, so I can write it up!

Mr. Gifford Mrs. Nelson The Readers God Zac Demars
(MHS Freshman with Cancer)
Votes 6 1 1 1 3

Here is what I have so far, but remember that this is just my basic outline and I am far from done. Please help me decide on colors, and tell me how you like it so far.

With colors, I have decided to color the dragon a deep maroonish-red, but am still unsure about the stomach scales and the webbing of the wings.

Mr. Gifford, I need to know the size of the cover art that we are choosing. Are we doing a full cover picture, a medium-sized one in the middle, or a large one taking up almost the entire bottom half?

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Okay, so the cover art is due like this Friday I think… I need to know some things. What do we want on it? Do you want me to do a variety of things such as the different genres on our “logo”? Should I do just one like a dragon or something? I need some ideas and I’m kind of freaking out right now due to all the work I have right now, so sorry about this messed up post, but gaah! I am really frustrated and I just want to get away from it all right now…

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I got an idea now! How about this, a dragon curling around a large hourglass with space in the background and butterflies and flower petals pouring in the hourglass rather than sand. I’ll throw a quill pen in there somewhere.

How does everybody like this? Anything you want added or taken away?

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I have finished the basic outline and am about to start coloring it. What colors should I use?

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For the end of the year book, (check Meeting Overview: April 20,2007 for more information,) I heard of an awesome idea from Elizabeth.

Right now, we are currently going to submit whatever we feel like with one random theme. What if we do this but have one guideline? Every piece that is submitted into the book must have this one particular item in it; the item may be the main point of the piece, or may just be sitting on a table in the background. This would make it fun to search through each piece to find the item and would keep the book a little themed, but still wide open for anything at the same time.

There are many items that we can choose to be the one item, but here are a few that we were brought up.

  • hourglass
  • quill pen
  • feather
  • apple
  • globe

My favorite is the hourglass which I think would be a cool idea. If you have any ideas or have a favorite, comment and I will add any new ones to the list. Hopefully we can decide on one so we can start making arrangements for our book.

If we do decide to do this, then I have an awesome idea for the cover art. I could draw the one item, whatever it is, and have whatever else around it. Currently I am picturing a dragon curling around an hourglass, but whatever we choose will effect the picture.

I don’t know what you all think of this idea, so please comment and share your thoughts!

We actually had a pretty good turn out at the meeting that was held on April 20, 2007, with fourteen members, but unfortunately Mr. Gifford’s eldest had pinkeye and needed his father at home with him. Due to Mr. Gifford’s absence, our meeting only ran about 20 minutes long or so and we took a brief run through of some topics.

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Unfortunately, there were not a lot of members at our last Magic Pens meeting that was held at 10:30 AM, (although it started quite a bit late,) on March 24, 2007 at the Bagel Stop/Book Nook. Due to the lack of members, and the somewhat short amount of time that was available for Mr. Gifford, we did not discuss a lot of new topics, however, a few good topics were brought up. At first, each person who attended the meeting shared what they have recently been reading and what they liked about it and then gave a short review on what they plan to write about recently. Afterwards, we discussed the following topics.

1. Goals – Now that the play is over, Mr. Gifford would like everybody to return to their goals and to keep up with their writing. He would like to remind everybody that it is all right to talk about items that you have thought about writing but haven’t yet to get help working some things out, early responses and feedback, or even thoughts on how people will like it.

2. Mr. Gifford’s New Story – After watching a television show that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel, Mr. Gifford was inspired to write a new story and using his own advice, shared his plans for the unwritten piece at our meeting before he actually started writing it. The new story, The Club is to be about himself and our club of Magic Penians in Minot, North Dakota, however there are some twists. He has already posted the first chapter so check it out!

3. End of the Year Book – The end of the year is approaching fast and we need to start thinking about the collection of writings that we are going to “publish” at the end of the year. Mr. Gifford would like everybody to seriously try to attend our last few meetings before school ends so we can discuss in person what we will be doing for the book. So far, it looks that we will be doing a random assortment of short stories that will each be limited to about 500 words or so. Begin thinking about your best short story to fit this limitation. Another topic on this subject that was brought up at our meeting was who should be priveleged with a spot in the book. Should the book be for active members only or can a member who hasn’t posted for months have their share? Should we make a qualification such as attending a certain amount of meetings or posting a certain amount of writings? There is still a lot of discussion on this subject that needs to be discussed at our future meetings.

4. Hoodies – We have finally decided that the hoodies that we will be getting will be a navy blue color with silver on top for the drawings and writing. Matt’s Thermo Nuclear Warhead will be on the front of the hoodie in a small pocket-size with my Behind the Scroll on the back of the hoodie in a large size. As far as we know, we will be ordering hoodies rather than T-shirts unless there are enough votes for a different article of clothing. If we do happen to change to T-shirts, all who have already paid for the hoodie will be refunded as the T-shirt costs less than the hoodie does. If you are still interested in purchasing a custom Magic Pens hoodie, please see Mr. Gifford by the end of this month.

Although we may not have discussed a large variety of topics as in previous meetings, we still had fun and enjoyed ourselves. After Mr. Gifford left and the meeting at ended at 11:30 AM or so, six of us actually stayed and hung out until 1:00 PM. During this time, we decorated blogs, talked, listened to iPods and such. Too bad there weren’t a lot of members there…*nudge, nudge*

We had a meager crowd at our Magic Pens meeting, Monday, February 19, 2007 at Main Street Books at 1:00 PM, but we did get a few good points across. Here is a thorough overview in case you missed the meeting or need a little refresher.

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Here is a summary of the meeting that was held at the Bagel Stop/Book Nook at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 22, 2006.

1. Our World Stories – Remember that there is about one week left until the two 1,000 word stories that take place in Our World are due. Post them on your blog with “Our World” somewhere in the title by January 1st, 2007. To help accomplish the goal of 1,000 words, keep the story short and simple. Do not make it too complicated with complex characters and plots. Stay focused on a central idea and character and create stereotypical side characters. By the end of this school year, we plan to combine our Our World stories into our final “published” book and name Our World. These short stories will help form Our World and give it a more structured base. Afterwards, we can begin to mix different stories and characters from different authors.

2. Awards – There is a rough idea right now that at the end of the school year we shall give out an award to the best story on Magic Pens. This award has been “gifted” with the name “The Tandy Award.”

3. Hoodies – For the T-Shirt idea, we have finalized the idea of hoodies with Matt’s ThermoNuclear Warhead idea (with the correct form of “than”) on the front in a small pocket-size and my Objects Behind the Scroll idea in a large size on the back. We are currently deciding a color for the hoodies. Neon green, yellow, gray, and white were brought up at the meeting. Basically we want a soft color for the black artwork to show up on. Prepay for your hoodie by the end of January as soon as Mr. Gifford receives more information on pricing and such.

4. Plot of the Month – Tim Olson has proposed the Plot of the Month idea at our meeting. Every month Mr. Gifford will post a new plot that takes place in Our World on his blog. The idea is to post a story on your blog with “Plot of the Month” somewhere in the title that is writing about the plot from a certain characters point of view. Many characters will be there, meaning there will be many different points of view on the same topic. For an example, we mentioned something happens in a Superman story. You can write in the villain’s, Superman’s, Lois Lane’s, an innocent bystander’s point of view, etc. Plot of the Month will start January of 2007.

5. Matt’s Google Page – Matt is still accepting requests for permission to edit his Google Page. E-mail him stating a color that has not already been chosen for your words to show up in. Check Matt’s Google Page often for information on Our World. When you write an Our World story, please put Our World somewhere in the title so Matt will know it takes place in Our World and can add any information given in your story on his page.

6. Goals – Remember to maintain your goals. Write for 15 minutes every day and post all of your ideas. Continue to post your Sunday Check-Ups and remember to post your two 1,000 word Our World stories by January 1st. For all who are wondering, Mr. Gifford has announced that his two Our World stories will appear on his blog shortly. As Mr. Gifford said, many people feel alone when they check their blogs and find no new comments. Try to read at least one of everyone’s posts often and comment when you read them. Good things to comment on are mistakes that you have found, what you liked, what you didn’t like, future ideas, suggestions, what they should try, what they should work on, etc. Mr. Gifford has stated that you do not have to read his blog, (although you should try to.)

7. Magic Pens Officers – Our Magic Pens Officers election has taken place and the results are in! The runners were Jared Wilson, Branson Ruble, Randall Roberts, Erik Hobbs, and Noelle Brooks. Due to Branson and Erik’s lack of contribution, they did not receive a seat at office, leaving Randall Roberts, Noelle Brooks, and Jared Wilson for the three positions. Here are the results after the voting took place.

  • President: Randall Roberts
  • Vice President: Noelle Brooks
  • Secretary/Coffee Fetcher: Jared Wilson

Future officer-only meetings are to take place. Officers should set good examples by posting often, keeping up with goals, reading other people’s posts, attending meetings, and not disappearing for long periods of time as some Magic Pens members often do.

8. Our World – A lot of Our World information was exchanged along with basic “rules” for the different mythical creatures and species. (I have a full page of notes to write out.)

Dragons: It is still currently being decided whether or not dragons should be beasts or intelligent beings. Possible origins for how the dragons came to Our World were discussed. Did dragons mutate from lizards such as Godzilla or mutate from humans such as the Hulk? A favorite right now is that the dragons had left Earth before and were currently staying on another moon, planet, etc. When the Qurks attacked Our World, they created a “magnet” for mythical creatures drawing the dragons back to Earth along with all of the other creatures, (unicorns, gryphons, etc.) Be aware that due to their immense size and diet, there are not as many dragons as there are humans. Dragons do speak their own language, although some know human speech as a second tongue. It is still under discussion whether or not they speak physically or mentally. There are different variations for the dragon race. The three main species are the Chinese that tend to be longer with no wings and sometimes many legs, the Wyvrens who have two back legs, a set of wings, and no forearms, and the most common, European/Western dragon who has two forearms, two back legs, and a set of wings. Feel free to twist these different variations. (I plan to.)

Dwarves: Dwarves are of course shorter than a human and are better at mining. The dwarves in Our World will be most like the dwarves from Dungeons & Dragons. They will be sturdy, mine for coal and other minerals, have a high resistance to heat, and will carry no axes with them. Matt stated that hammers are a lot more powerful than axes especially when sharpened to a point at the end. He gave the idea that the dwarves use their hammers to penetrate armor and help with their mining.

Elves: Matt has stated, “Elves were engineered by humans to be free-loving.” They should be medieval-like who know about technology, yet do not like to use it. Instead they have chosen to retreat to the forests of the world and send small groups out to travel. They have heightened senses with pointed ears, eyes that see spectrums, and actively use their entire brains. They are human-sized if not a bit taller, and have longer life spans than humans. They do not live forever however.

Faeries: In Our World, faeries have changed their size to accommodate their need for food. As Matt said, “A watermelon would feed an entire family, no village of faeries for a week!” Standing at about three inches tall, faeries are able to go within the circuits of technological things to make their technology perfect. They have genetically mutated themselves to their size meaning some will be smaller, and some will be larger. Three inches is the average faerie height in Our World. Our faeries will have wings and will also be capable of weapons such as the blast pistol. These weapons will not deal as much damage due to their small size, so the faeries will make deals with other races. They will offer their high technology for the protection from others.

Merfolk: In Our World, Matt stated that merfolk will be like the Zora from the Zelda series. They will be fish-like creatures with extra fins, lungs, gills, two legs, flipper like feet, and can function on both land on water, however they would prefer to be in the water. You can also relate them to the creature Harry Potter transformed into in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Minotaurs: Not much information was given about minotaurs. Whether or not they should be savage beasts or somewhat intelligent beings is still being discussed. Most likely, they will be wild beasts. An idea has been given that they are modified humans.

Vampires/Undead: We did not go into detail for vampires and the undead as we are still awaiting Shaundra’s input on this topic. It was said that the undead have come from the magic in our world. It was discussed that vampires are creatures of the night that should be feared. Are they mutated bats or mutated humans? Not much is known yet.

Qurks/Aliens: Aliens are basically whatever you feel like creating, although Matt suggests that you try to use a race that has already been created so there won’t be too many species floating around. It would make it very difficult for him to try to collect data on too many species.

Other Creatures: Any other creatures that were not listed were spoken to be mostly wild creatures with little to no intelligence. It was said that most of these creatures have been in “hibernation” until the Qurks attacked. There are still some current creatures in Our World such as horses.

Other topics were brushed upon at the meeting. The basics of Our World are finally coming together. Once again I shall state that for full information on Our World, check out Matt’s Google Page.

Nanites: There was some discussion dealing with the human discovery of nanites. It was said that we could create living and non-living metal with them and that some people have harvested the power of plasma to use small amounts of atomic power to power larger creations.

Magic: Magic is definitely a big topic regarding Our World. At our meeting, it was said that magic is an “aurora” around every living creature. Whether or not they can use the magic from their aurora depends on whether or not they have the “Sight.” Magic drains energy when used, and it can “interact” with other auroras. Some people can see the “magic auroras” while most cannot. Some people in Our World can be paranoid of the magic, while the government is trying to keep it under control. Whenever they see that one being is getting a little out of hand, they deal with the situation. The government tries to make sure that it doesn’t get to powerful. Matt mentioned something about powerful rituals being able to restore magical abilities.

New Locations: Feel free to create new cities and places within Our World, as long as you give information for Matt to place on his Google Page. Many different places were brought up at our meeting. Scroll City is a place to research and study technology and magic. This city is said to be immensely powerful with high-tech machinery yet prefer to be peaceful. Atlantis was said to be under a large bubble, New York in ruins, and Petra is still standing as it is carved into the mountains.

Technology: Some places are still full-tech with computers and such, while others are not so technological. Some species have more technology such as the faeries. Basically, you can create just about any technology.

Well, this is what I got from my notes at the meeting. If there are any mistakes, especially on the Our World stuff, please inform me.

We held a vote at our meeting and have chosen a white hoodie. If 30 or more of us buy one, the price will be cheaper, so pre-pay for yours before Winter Break! Matt’s ThermoNuclear Warhead idea will be located on the front in a pocket size, and my outline for the scroll and dragon idea will be located on the back in a large size.

Since many people have complained about my idea’s clutter, I’ve created some different variations. One variation has the items displayed around the sides of the scroll along with the top to reduce the clutter, and the other has the objects a little behind the scroll. The first picture is just a touch-up of the original. Please tell me what you think of them!

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From a few people asking me to run, I have decided that I shall. Thanks Mr. Gifford for persuading me. 🙂

I think that I would make an excellent choice for a Magic Pens officer as I’m on Magic Pens every day and have attended every meeting so far. I will continue to write a review of every meeting I attend for those who did not attend.

With a Blogline account set up, I’m aware the second that a new post is put out which would help me read posts as soon as possible. I check everybody’s blogs everyday and I try to read as many of everybody’s stories that I can. Everytime I read a story, I also comment on it giving tips, errors I’ve found, and my favorites, etc.

As a writer on Magic Pens, I try to keep up with our goals and I write almost every day. I’ve posted many posts, and I try to post at least two to three every week. I’ve drawn many different T-Shirt design ideas, and have looked at all of the other ideas for our hoodies. I’ve recruited a new member, and I speak with members that have not posted for a while, in person, to remind them that their blog still exists. I’ll also help people change the appearance of their blogs.

Please vote for me!

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For those of you who missed the meeting that was held in the computer room at 3:30 on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, here is a short overview of what we talked about.
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