IELTS Speaking test in India – August 2018

The IELTS test questions below were shared by S whose Speaking test was in India:

Speaking testIELTS test in India

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– What kind of job is it?
– Can you describe your first day at work?
– Do you remember a teacher from your primary school?
– Do you remember any teacher from your high school?
– Did you think about becoming a teacher when you were younger?

Cue Card

Talk about something that you would like to get replaced. Please say

– What is it?
– How old is it?
– Why do you want to replace it?

Discussion

– What are the things that get replaced often?
– Who likes to replace things more frequently? Why?
– Do children replace things faster than adults?
– What are the effects of replacing items more frequently?
– How can we encourage people to do it less often?
– How is economic growth related to people becoming wasteful?


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How to Never Be a Writing “Failure”

Dealing with rejection doesn’t have to be a discouraging experience. Here, P.S. Hoffman offers five ways to fail smarter and set yourself up for success, even after you’ve been rejected by a publisher or an agent.


This happened a few weeks ago.

I just finished a short story. Months of work. I can’t tell you how many drafts I’ve been through. Finally sent it to one of my favorite publishers.

And they rejected me. Again.

But… you know what? I’m counting this as a major victory for my writing career. Let me tell you why:

How to Never Become a Failed Writer

Do you know the difference between a great writer and a “true failure?”

Great writers know this:

Failure is not an option. It is a necessity.

Most new writers (and a surprising amount of professional writers) give up when they hit that critical mass of “one failure too many.”

It comes in many forms:

  • Not finding the time to write
  • Always starting “the next new thing” (and not finishing anything)
  • Spending hundreds of hours on a manuscript, only to get it rejected seventeen times in a row.

I invite you to walk through the fabled halls of Great Writerdom. See how the floors are littered with their old rejections. For some of the world’s bestselling authors, these rejections were a point of pride—Stephen King even pins them to his walls.

Failure is Not Permanent…

Unless you choose to give up permanently.

What does a true writing failure look like?

Someone who has given up on writing their dream novel. Or someone who quit writing because they decided it wasn’t worth the long, winding path, potholed with failures.

Great writers understand that failures are the fires in which they forge their craft. Failure is the fastest—and in many cases, the only—way to grow.

5 Ways to Fail Smarter at Your Writing

1. Which Failure Hurts You the Most?

This is the failure I want you to think about right now. The rest of these strategies will help you get more out of your failures.

So… what is crushing your writing muse right now:

  • Can’t find the time to write?
  • Can’t focus when you sit down to write?
  • Can’t get over the latest impersonal rejection for your short story?

2. Bask in Your Failures…

Don’t hide it. Don’t swallow it whole and try to pretend you don’t feel pain over your failures.

Emotions are the writer’s most powerful tools. Feel them. Use them.

At best, you will remember this feeling, and your drive to succeed will improve. At worst, you’ll have something new to write about.

3. …but Don’t Dwell on Them.

You get twenty four hours to feel the pain of failure. After that, you gotta get right back up on that horse, and keep on keepin’ on.

Find a reason to keep writing, and go. When you get focused on writing new words and new ideas, you won’t have time to despair.

4. Why Did You Fail? (This one’s CRITICAL).

You need to be enthusiastic about doing better.

You must have the will to analyze your failures. Find something—anything—that works.

For example, if you find it hard to sit down and write… Plan out your writing time for the next week. Write down your starting goals, and keep track of how you did. Be passionate about improving.

And if you’re desperate, I’ve heard of some writers who tie themselves to their chairs… but I can’t vouch for the effects of this strategy on your mental health.

For longer term goals—like getting your manuscript published—I highly suggest you keep sharpening your writing skills by reading more books and blogs about writing.

Want to improve as fast as possible? Writer’s Digest also offers online courses and workshops that will help you hone your craft.

5. Fail Faster So You Can Fail More

I sent my latest short story to 10 different publications. They sent back 10 of the same, canned response: “Thanks, but no thanks.”

What did I learn?

There was something fundamentally wrong with the beginning of my story. Nobody was getting past the first couple of pages. Nobody bought into my protagonist.

It needed work—especially in the beginning. After two more weeks dedicated solely to making my main character more likable, and sharpening my beginning (I ended up cutting 1000+ words), I sent out the story again.

Publishers started talking to me. One of them asked me to submit it again for their August submission period.

No, it’s not a publication (yet), but I’m one massive step closer.

The Strategy Behind “Fast Failure”

We don’t want to fail. In fact, I doubt I’ve ever aimed to fail with my stories.

Still, it’s inevitable. So, here’s one last strategy for you writers:

Don’t slam your head against the wall again and again, asking “why does this hurt?” Instead, when you see failure happening, stop and recognize it.

Figure out why you’re failing, and take steps to fix the problem.

Let’s say you want to try out a new voice or style with your next story. But it’s risky—you’re not sure if it will work.

Don’t spend forever writing the whole story. Just write the first few pages, and see if your friends want to read more.

Aim to fail faster. That way, you get a better chance at honing your craft in a way people actually want to read.

Are You Using Your Failures the Right Way?

Fellow writer, I’m excited to fail. And I hope you are too.

Because our failures can sharpen us and vastly improve the stories we tell. Writing is—and will always be—a struggle. Even some of the best known writers (who sell millions of books a year) confess to struggling with false starts, books they can’t sell, and bad ideas.

Embrace your catastrophic losses. Because through your failures, you will achieve your writing dreams.

What Was Your Most Painful Writing Failure?

  • Why did you fail?
  • What did you learn from this failure?
  • How are you going to make sure you “win” next time?

Answer in the comments below!


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IELTS Speaking test in Nepal – September 2018

The IELTS test questions below were shared by S who took his Speaking test in Nepal:

Speaking testIELTS test in Nepal

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you wear a watch? Why?
– Do you think it’s necessary to be on time?
– How do you spend your spare time?

Cue Card

Talk about a comic actor/actress who is popular in your country. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– Why is he/she popular?
– How did you know about him/her?

Discussion

– Why are some movies personalities so famous?
– What is the difference between movie stars in the past and nowadays?
– Do you think actors earns more money than others?
– Why do you think some people try to copy movie stars?
– Is it a good or bad trend to copy them?
– Do you think boys and girls like to watch the same movies, or different ones?


from IELTS-Blog http://www.ielts-blog.com/recent-ielts-exams/ielts-speaking-test-in-nepal-september-2018/

5 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Memoir

by Cheryl Suchors

For some writers, structure appears like a bridge in the mist; for others, like myself, there’s only the mist. Several ingredients can be used to create a structure, like that bridge, that works for your book. You may know the answers to the considerations below right away, or you may need to experiment and discover them through the writing itself. Either way, memoir structure is as crucial as structure in fiction and no good memoir will be able to stand tall without it.

Memoir Structure: 5 Things to Consider When You’re Writing a Memoir

1. Order of Events

In some memoirs, Without a Map by Meredith Hall for example, the chapters jump forward and backward in time. This adds an element of unpredictability that both challenges and engages the reader.

Most memoirs, however, tend to flow chronologically. That is, they run through events in the sequence in which they happened. But even a chronological memoir isn’t purely chronological since the narrator is now an adult filtering past experiences through the lens of a wiser, more mature person. This is part of what adds richness to the tale.

If you can avoid a mostly chronological structure, good for you. You’ll benefit from the inherent complexity. But if, like most memoirists, you are using a chronological structure, there are still several techniques to help you avoid the pitfall of “first this happened, then that happened,” an approach that drains the life and tension from a book.

I stuck to a chiefly chronological structure in 48 PEAKS, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, while playing with various elements of structure to create movement and interest: storyboarding, sectioning, tense, and time.

2. Storyboarding

Basically, a book poses a central question or issue in the beginning and answers or resolves it, for good or ill, by the end. Storyboarding the rising and falling action that creates drama is a technique borrowed from film.

I learned how to use a storyboard to structure my memoir from Mary Carroll Moore, author of Your Book Starts Here. (She also does a youtube explanation, embedded below, and offers a wonderful blog on writing at marycarrollmoore.com.)

Essentially, there are five key points: the triggering event that gets the action rolling down toward the second point, a conflict or complication that gets worked through to create a rising action; the third turn which sends the action spiraling downward to the fourth point, the lowest point of the book, from which the action ascends to the fifth point or conclusion. These five points shape, in effect, a capital W.

Figuring out these five points provides the skeleton of your memoir. From there, one decides what must happen between each pair of points or leg of the W.

I wrote my five key points onto five brightly colored sticky notes and stuck them in their appropriate spot, creating a large W on a big piece of white cardboard. Each scene or action I thought belonged in 48 PEAKS went onto a sticky note. I placed the stickies somewhere between a pair of points. I moved certain bits around to even things out or build tension. Sometimes I had to create scenes to improve the flow, or delete those that weren’t integral to the rest of the book. In either case, it was easier to come to these conclusions because I could literally see the cogs that made the wheel of my memoir turn.

3. Sectioning

Once you’ve settled on the right order for your storyboard, see if it makes sense for your manuscript to be divided into parts. Sectioning can be a way of supporting your reader through the material in a way that we’re all so used to it doesn’t intrude as it guides.

My manuscript, for example, fell into two parts as neatly as an apple cleaved in half. (Not that I planned it that way.) A main character in the first half, for reasons I won’t go into here, disappeared in the second half. And that disappearance created a certain thrust for the second part.

From a story point of view, the sectioning made sense. It also, frankly, made the material easier for me to work with, since I was manipulating one half of the book at a time. I did have to go back later on to ensure themes wove the two halves together, but sectioning made earlier drafts less arduous.

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4. Tense

In what tense will you write your memoir? Present tense has the benefit of intimacy and immediacy; simple past is familiar, virtually transparent to readers, and can be easier to sustain for a book-length project.

My early drafts were written completely in the present tense because it helped me, the writer, feel again what I transcribed. But I experimented with the simple past as well and liked both ways. I couldn’t decide which to do, until a developmental editor suggested putting the first half in the past tense and the second half in the present. This idea appealed to me because, as a reader, I sometimes found books sagged in their middles. Switching at that point to the present tense introduced a novelty and a speed that I hoped would keep readers turning the pages.

Changing tenses worked because I began the book with a prologue that took place four years after the start of the book in chapter one. I wrote the prologue in present tense to establish that year as the narrative present. In this way, the whole first half was past tense because it had happened earlier. The second half of the book returned to the narrative present and took off from there.

5. Time

Flashbacks are another way to play with time and break up the chronological line. They not only add depth to characters but also create tension as the reader must wait for the story to move onward. Flashbacks were a handy device, I found, when I didn’t want to resolve a situation too quickly but wanted the drama to build for awhile.

You can also use long sections of narration in the same manner as flashbacks, breaking up the forward motion of the book with, in effect, pauses to consider a point, a whole chunk of history, or a theme. I advise using this technique sparingly; too many pauses or digressions can merely aggravate readers.

If it makes sense for your story, one can also create flash forwards, though these are typically brief and have to be handled with care so as not to jolt the reader.

Conclusion

Finding the structure that fits and supports your memoir takes effort. If you’re going with a primarily chronological order, as most of us do, a slightly playful attitude allows you to experiment, to stretch and pull the inherent drama from your story like taffy.

Above all, be patient. Persevere. If you keep at it, the structure that uniquely suits your memoir will come to you through the mist.


Cheryl Suchors began writing at age six when she wrote a play starring her sister and herself. She continued to write poetry until she took a twenty-year detour through the business world. She holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Smith College. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Limestone, The Distillery, RE:AL, and HerSports magazine, as well as in the anthology My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends. In her business career she coauthored the book Own Your Own Cable System. Her debut memoir 48 PEAKS: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, publishes Sept. 11, 2018. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and a plethora of plants. In her spare time she visits their daughter, travels, and engages in political activism. She continues to hike every chance she gets, most recently in Poland and Canada. You can find her on Facebook at CherylSuchorsAuthor, on Twitter at @cherylsuchors, and at cherylsuchors.com.


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New Literary Agent Alert: Britt Seiss of Martin Literary & Media Management

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Britt Seiss of Martin Literary & Media Management) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

About Britt:

Britt has a strong background in publishing. She has interned with the Taryn Fagerness Agency, Wales Literary Agency, and Martin Literary & Media Management. She joined Martin Literary & Media Management in July 2018 as an Associate Literary Manager. Prior to becoming an agent, she worked in the sales division of The Quarto Group where she worked in domestic and foreign book sales. Britt has a BA in English Literature and Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Washington.

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What I’m looking for:

On the Adult side, I’m looking for SF/Fantasy novels that feature elaborately built worlds and realistically flawed characters. I’m especially interested in retellings of fairytales or stories that are based on myths and legends by #ownvoices authors. I love a likeable villain, and I’m a sucker for speculative fiction that makes us confront the choices we’ve made. I’d also like to see a bit more horror in my inbox, but think more Gothic than gore.

For Middle Grade submissions, I’m looking for anything magical or spooky. I love witches, fairies, and evil queens (I’m a huge fan of Holly Black). I’m definitely looking for flawed main characters and kids who can learn from their own mistakes.

How to Query:

For all queries, please include a query letter, a detailed synopsis of your story, and the first chapter of your work pasted into the body of your email. Please also include a link to your blog, website, Instagram, and/or Twitter account.  Please send your queries to Britt@MartinLit.com. Twitter: @BrittSiess


 

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IELTS test in Oman – August 2018 (General Training)

The IELTS test questions below were shared by a test taker from Oman (thanks, V!):

Writing testIELTS test in Oman

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently visited a sports centre and discovered some problems and the poor condition of a changing room there. You have made a complaint earlier, but still no action was taken. Write a letter to the facility manager about it. In your letter

– Describe the problems
– Include details of your complaint
– Say what actions you would like them to take.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Many people believe that it is a good idea to have a dress code at work places. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give your opinion and examples from your own experience.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Can you describe your colleagues?
– Do you like to use a dictionary?
– Do you prefer to use an electronic or paper dictionary?
– Would you like to receive a dictionary as a gift?
– Would you like to write a dictionary?
– How much sleep time do you think a person needs?
– Which group of people needs more sleep, young or old?

Cue Card

Talk about an event you have celebrated recently. Please say

– What was the event?
– Who was there with you?
– How did you feel about it later?

Discussion

– Why should events be celebrated in a group?
– What is the most important event in a person’s life?
– How can you see whether people enjoy an event or not?
– How is an international event beneficial to a country?


from IELTS-Blog http://www.ielts-blog.com/recent-ielts-exams/ielts-test-in-oman-august-2018-general-training/

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 453

For today’s prompt, write a dream poem. I love to write these every so often. Sometimes the dream takes center stage (and it can get kind of surreal). Other times, I incorporate pieces of a dream or dreams into a larger poem. If you don’t dream, write a poem about your lack of dreams or imagine what a dream might be like.

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Here’s my attempt at a Dream Poem:

“in dreams”

i have trouble harnessing gravity,
often bouncing around like i’m
on the moon. & i fall. frequently.

it’s a little troubling how often
i’m walking along ledges without
railing. & then i fall. in love

with people i’ve met & people
i’ve never met. & then i fall
& kick my feet & eventually

i mostly seem to forget.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He dreams more often than he doesn’t.

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Tobias S. Buckell Discusses Successful Writing Collaborations and the Elements of Powerful Sci-Fi

Tobias S. Buckell is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 stories and science-fiction novels, which have been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. Born in the Caribbean and later living in Grenada and the British and US Virgin Islands, this worldly wise author currently resides in Bluffton, OH.

We had the pleasure of talking with Tobias ahead of his keynote at indieLAB. Read on to discover his thoughts on what it takes to write powerful sci-fi, the process of writing with a co-author, and what’s next for his career.

What are the top three elements of powerful science fiction, if your opinion?

Powerful science fiction to me has always meant a work that challenges me to reexamine the world currently around me. When I can finish a work and come back to my own reality, but see it a little differently, then I find the work powerful.

I also think powerful SF takes us away to a different setting, and that by doing so we often tend to let go of some of our assumptions in that journey, which can make us more susceptible to the moment where it challenges us.

And lastly, like any other genre, I think there has to be a great story embedded in that, with memorable characters. In that sense, I think powerful SF is universal to what makes all great fiction important to us.

What are you tired of seeing in your genre?

The moment I’d say I was tired of something, someone will point out a great example of it. I think we’re in the middle of a great explosion of genre work right now, so I’m not tired of anything. I’m not able to keep up!

That being said, the field is not nearly as diverse as I’d like it to be. I really want more work from more diverse folk hitting the shelves. There’s been growth in that area, but we’re still far, far from reflecting the actual diversity of actual demographics.

How have the various places you’ve lived influenced your work?

I grew up in the Caribbean, and the islands and their history have had a big impact on me. From the rhythm of how I write at times to the fact that I am always interested in power on a cross-national scale, I think you can take me out of the Caribbean (I now live in the US) but never the Caribbean out of me!

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What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever heard?

Don’t stop!

If you could choose one author from history to talk with, who would it be, and what would you ask them?

I’d want to talk to Alexandre Dumas. He was prolific and is still often ignored by academia, but was mixed race at a time when that blocked so many opportunities. And yet he’s still read today for fun. His father was a black officer in the Napoleonic army. There’s a fascinating book about that called The Black Count. It inspired The Count of Monte Cristo.

What has collaborative writing with other authors taught you?

You really figure out what you care about in your own writing when you have to justify it out loud to someone else constantly throughout a story. I have also learned to flesh out a story do a depth I wouldn’t have done on my own, because if I am flying by the seat of my pants and writing something by instinct and a collaborator asks ‘why,’ I want to have a good answer. That has forced me to become a more thoughtful writer on many different levels.

Which story or novel are you most proud of, and why? Which was the most difficult to finish?

My second novel, Ragamuffin, was the most difficult to finish, and I’m proud of it because of that. I rewrote the first third over five times. I was hung up with fear about trying to match the first book, and struggling to grind through. It was a challenge. But by finishing it, I learned a lot about how to work on future books when the passion and enthusiasm weren’t there.

What are you working on right now?

A fantasy novel where dead gods are mined for their magic.

Can you give us a brief preview of what you’ll discuss at indieLAB?

I am going to talk about perseverance and how special the act of writing is. As well as tell some funny stories about the ups and downs of being a hybrid author in an ever-changing world.


Learn more about Tobias at TobiasBuckell.com, and don’t miss his keynote at the all-new indieLAB conference, September 29-30, 2018!

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IELTS Results competition winners in August 2018

When I say ‘What a beautiful day it is today’, I can be certain there are 13 people in the audience who will agree. What 13 people? The happy winners of IELTS Results competition in August, of course! Let’s congratulate them properly and give them a round of applause for all the hard work that got them the ultimate prize – their target IELTS score!

And the winners are:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8 in IELTS

  • Pournima Balasubramanian from India, Band 8
  • Rahul Anand from India, Band 8
  • Niels Schoubben from Belgium, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Tasneem Iqbal Patel from India, Band 7
  • Gurminderpal Gill from India, Band 7
  • Hellyben Trivedi from India, Band 7
  • Kirtanpriyadas Sadhu from India, Band 7

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Thi Viet Ha Le from Vietnam, Band 6.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Kyrylo Gliebov from Ukraine, Band 8

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Pooja Patel from India, Band 7.5
  • Ramesh Chaudhary from India, Band 7.5
  • Miggy Karimattam from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Shavindri Samarasekera from Sri Lanka, Band 7

Congratulations to the winners! To mark this very special day we are sending your certificates of achievement to your emails. Your IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

So, how did they do it? Hellyben (Band 7) was subscribed to our daily IELTS emails and found them helpful. Kirtanpriyadas studied by the book ‘Target Band 7‘ and used these practice tests to simulate the real exam. Kyrylo (Band 8) used our writing correction service. And of course we’d love to find out what others did. This is why we’re asking all the winners to share their stories of how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Their IELTS tips are posted on IELTS-Blog.com as soon as we get them, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.


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Why I Write Poetry: Eileen Sateriale

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Eileen Sateriale who writes, “Writing challenges allow me see how other people approach the same topic which expands my horizons.”

Eileen Sateriale is an Analyst for the Federal Government. She writes in her spare time. She has had poetry, short stories and travel articles published in on-line and print media. She lives in Methuen, Massachusetts with her husband.

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Why I Write Poetry: Eileen Sateriale

When I was in school, my fifth-grade class had a poetry contest for Valentine’s Day. I won the contest but I thought the second-place poem was better than mine. I shyly accepted my prize and hoped that the runner-up knew, that if I were the judge, I would have awarded her first place.

Eileen Sateriale

For many years, I wrote sporadically but then I rediscovered writing when I was a stay-at-home mom in the 1990s. During that time, I pursued many writing avenues. I was the public relations liaison for my daughters’ private school. I wrote articles about school activities and student accomplishments and I contributed to a column for the school in a local newspaper. I also had some short stories accepted for publication as well as some travel articles. However, I really enjoyed writing poetry and discovering different forms. I had some poetry published in online and print media. For my efforts, one time, I received a $10 gift certificate as payment and another time, a leather bookmark! So, I know that quitting my day job would not be wise.

I try to write each day. If I am having a hectic day and can’t write, I’ll approach it the next day. I wrote a lot of poetry about my children growing up and enjoy rereading it now that they are grown and on their own. I found myself writing about current events and find it amazing to read about the current events at the time, years later. After the attacks of 9/11, I wrote a lot of poetry. It’s a good thing that I did that then for I could never go back and recapture the emotion of the raw event.

I find writing challenges beneficial because they help me generate new material. My favorite are poetry form challenges. With poetry forms, I research how the forms came to be and try a fresh one on my own. I like taking the time to make the rhyme and the syllable count match the form while making sure that the poem is readable and makes sense. Some of my poems have been a work in progress for years but they will be worth it when they are done. Writing challenges allow me see how other people approach the same topic which expands my horizons.

Lastly, I hope someday, I will reconnect with my fifth-grade classmate on a poetry website. It would be awesome to read her poetry!

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