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Christina Sun is your average middle school girl. Or maybe not. (Or perhaps she is..) Refusing to go by anything other than Chris, she wears cargo shorts as often as possible and hates wearing any sort of dress-related clothing,
which might be problematic because it's kind of required for orchestra and tennis.
At any rate, she likes music, and sports, and games (like Pokémon), reads manga (like Prince of Tennis), and… fails at school. Save the world? Sure. The Ultimate Evil that the world needs saving from? Her chemistry teacher who never ceases to fail her on his exams.
Seth Go | The calm, cool, collected class president and Chris's best friend. He wins at everything academic and loses at all things sports.
Alan Kim | A FOB and computer geek. His IQ is one of the highest among the students who have passed through this school, but his inattention to class costs him his grades.
Emily Huang | Taiwanese-Korean-Canadian-American, the fourth in their quartet of friends and the hardest worker out of them all.
Mr. Miyamoto | Oh, you know, that evil chemistry teacher—who's actually pretty young and kinda hot.
The main characters' 8th grade year takes place in 2010-11 (in order to account for outdated technology such as a Nintendo DS. Granted, that also means that college years & beyond have yet to happen...) Any setting labeled main refers to this school year. See also THE TIMELINE.
Chris et al. live in a highly Asian populated area in Southern California. More detailed information can be found in the LOCATIONS section of the CHARACTER GUIDE.
A good portion of the stories, most of which are written in drabbles ranging from less than 100 words to two or three thousand words, are inspired by real life happenings.
The titles are from my 100 THEMES CHALLENGE. Given that this is a slice-of-life story, I thought it would be appropriate to write bits and pieces of the narrative in this fashion. (Not having to worry about a giant plot also made it way easier to maintain coherence during NaNoWriMo 2012.)
This story (and the working title “Dear Beans”) first came about during the summer of 2010, right after my freshman year of college. My group of friends (each of whom had a type of bean as a nickname; hence the email subject line, “Dear Beans”) decided that it would be fun to collaborate on a story.
The four of us were going to create our own universes/settings. Then our characters would interact across dimensions and work together to “save the world” from the “ultimate evil” (or something like that). (Hence why Mr. Miyamoto is the “evil” chemistry teacher...)
Unfortunately, that never really ended up happening. Still, this is my part of the story.
I usually like to read and write fantasy/adventure type stories. My typical genre is anything to do with knights, princesses, and dragons (i.e. fictional medieval period, possibly with magic).
So for once, I decided that I would try to make a story that actually drew upon real life events. The main character, Chris Sun, was intentionally half-based off me (that is, she is half-“me” and half-“not me”). Later, I decided that Emily Huang could attend PLNU and share my introverted awkwardness. Between these two characters, you get a lot of my life.
My apologies to anyone from whom I’ve stolen tales. XD At least we’ll know that much of it is plausible.
That is indeed a good question! I'm not entirely sure, to be honest. Someday, when I have enough to cobble into a book, I plan for this novel to be told in a non-linear fashion.
Reading this in 100 THEMES CHALLENGE order is probably not all that helpful. See the CHAPTER LIST/ARCHIVE for a suggested reading order and the list of drabbles categorized by setting and categorized chronologically.
No, really, does anyone have questions? or suggestions about what else I should put on here.
I mean, it's already a wall of text but still.
027 ForeignWhenever we went to eat at a fast food restaurant—which could be 'rather often' or 'fairly seldom' depending on how busy my parents felt (or 'always' if we happened to be on a road trip)—my brother A.J. would typically divvy up the fries in a systematic fashion. He would choose two arbitrary fries and compare their lengths; then one would be for him and one would be for me.027 Foreign by Sorcaron
“How come I always get the shorter one?” I peered at his almost mechanical movements, my hands on the edge of the table and my tiny body scrunched up against them. Grab. Compare. Separate. Repeat.
“You’re shorter than me. Also, I need more food cuz I’m older,” he replied without missing a beat, as if his reasoning was never questionable.
“That’s not fair.” I pouted.
“Sucks for you,” he said, expression not changing. He never did start eating until everything had been divided “evenly.”
“Chris, what are yo
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Me: When I grow up, I'm gonna get a digital piano first because they're cheaper/smaller/more space efficient in an apt. Then I'll upgrade to a real piano later!
Mom: Don't get a digital piano. They suck. D:<
Me: I love the way our piano sounds~
Mom: The sound is lovely (because we replaced all the insides like 15 years ago). However, the keys action is a bit shallow for my tastes.
Me: How about I get you and Dad a new piano and I can have ours?
//I don't know why I'm including this part. Oh well. I already had it typed.
Friday 5/15: Take last final. Immediately call Mom. Get the okay (surprisingly?) to purchase DP. Load $550 onto Amazon. Stress bc it was taking so long to process D: . Order DP + related items immediately after it processes.
Sunday 5/17: Received pedal + USB cord (still gotta figure out if that was a useful purchase...)
Tuesday 5/19: Waiting for DP case + DP bundle (DP/bench/stand).
1:30pm Hear knock on door. Package for DP case is left outside.
Me (to roommate): Woah, so tall. Some ppl online were like 'sure it's not a body bag?' lolol
1:55pm See FedEx truck #2 drive in. It can't be a coincidence... (Like seriously. What are the chances of there being more than two trucks from the same company arriving in one day in this middle-of-nowhere-it's-the-same-apt-complex?)
2:00pm FedEx truck leaves; didn't come to our apt. About to head to office when they call me and ask if I'm still here—there's a giant package.
Me: You think 2 ppl is enough to carry it?
Office dude: Yeah, definitely 2 ppl. It says "Team Lift."
2:03pm Roommate and I head to office. It's a giant almost-5-foot-tall box that has "Team Lift" stickers on every side (along with "Heavy"). [Dimensions: 58x16x15 in. / Total shipment weight: 59 lbs / 26.76 kgs]
Me: Do I need to sign anything?
Office dude: No, we didn't even bother putting it in. Just called you.
Me+T: *lift slowly back to apt*
Me: You think ppl are looking at us funny?Us: Got the body bag already. This is body lolol
//The stand that came with the DP bundle was uneven, so I ordered another one. That one came on Thursday along with the headphone jack adapters.
I am currently a graduate student (Mathematics), so I should be on this site a little less often... To anyone who thinks that Math might be an easy major.. it isn't. :P
I like to draw (mostly boys/fanart of books), read (kids'/YA novels), write (original stories since I can't come up with fanfiction), and play violin & piano.
The Lunar Chronicles, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Leviathan
More stuff I like:
Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, Throne of Glass, Mistborn, Red Rising, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, Pride and Prejudice
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Fullmetal Alchemist, Nodame Cantabile
Bible Quizzing since 2003 PK since forever and a day ago Follower of Christ Double majoring in Physics and Math | Oct 13, 2010 Graduated from PLNU! May 4, 2013 Can't draw chibis! Little brothers: 2, 3, 3.5 Playing violin since Jan 2012
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