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December 5, 2022

 

The House of Hades

Recently, I read The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is because they are doing something harder than they ever faced before and now they are in Tartarus. Since there in Tartarus we get to see old enemies they’ve defeated and how monsters come back to the surface world.

The protagonists are Percy and Annabeth. Their story is set in current time in Tartarus, which is where monsters go after they die. The significance of the Tartarus setting is that demigods aren’t supposed to be in Tartarus so how will they survive? 

Annabeth and Percy face certain forces and pressures. They have to fight against dehydration and they have to fight monsters and escape while being badly injured. They meet these forces and pressures by deciding to team up with Bob the Titan who is now a friendly titan because Percy took his memories from being Iapetus. You can see this early in the book.

The tension rises when Percy gets poisoned and they have to go to Damasen who is a friendly giant. This might leave a reader feeling nervous. They might feel nervous because they are currently fighting giants, but now they have to ask one for help.

The book climaxes when they are at the gates and now they have to fight Tartarus himself who killed two titans in a single strike. 

The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. Bob and Damasen make the sacrifice to hold open the elevator so Percy and Annabeth can make it to the surface. It’s a person v. person type of conflict that’s driving this story. This is because they had to fight their way out of Tartarus.


The Mark of Athena

Recently, I read  The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan.  I really enjoyed reading this book. This is because the kids demigods from Camp Half-Blood finally build the flying ship and make it to Camp Jupiter. They get to reunite with Percy and meet new people and learn a new culture.

The protagonist is Leo, Piper, Annabeth, and Jason. Their story is set in current time in Long Island, specifically Camp Half-Blood. The significance of the Camp Half-Blood setting is that they made the flying ship so now they are able to Camp Jupiter. The significance of the setting shifting from Camp Half-Blood to Camp Jupiter is that now they can reunite with Percy and go on a quest. They can also talk to the Roman demigods about the giants.

The crew faces certain forces and pressures. They meet these forces and pressures by deciding to go and meet Bacchus, save Nico, and beat the giant twins. You can see this early in the book.

The tension rises when Percy and Jason are being possessed and start to fight. This might leave a reader feeling excited. They will feel excited because these are the two leaders of the group so they would want to see who is stronger.

The book climaxes when Annabeth is in the room with Arachne and when she comes to get saved, both her and Percy get pulled down into Tartarus by Arachne.

The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. The demigods make their way to Greece to try to find Percy and Annabeth of the exit of Tartarus It’s a person v. person type of conflict that’s driving this story. This is because the crew had to fight enemies in order to win. These enemies include, Arache, Otis and Ephialtes. 

Recently, I read  The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan.  I really enjoyed reading this book. This is because the kids demigods from Camp Half-Blood finally build the flying ship and make it to Camp Jupiter. They get to reunite with Percy and meet new people and learn a new culture.

The protagonist is Leo, Piper, Annabeth, and Jason. Their story is set in current time in Long Island, specifically Camp Half-Blood. The significance of the Camp Half-Blood setting is that they made the flying ship so now they are able to Camp Jupiter. The significance of the setting shifting from Camp Half-Blood to Camp Jupiter is that now they can reunite with Percy and go on a quest. They can also talk to the Roman demigods about the giants.

The crew faces certain forces and pressures. They meet these forces and pressures by deciding to go and meet Bacchus, save Nico, and beat the giant twins. You can see this early in the book.

The tension rises when Percy and Jason are being possessed and start to fight. This might leave a reader feeling excited. They will feel excited because these are the two leaders of the group so they would want to see who is stronger.

The book climaxes when Annabeth is in the room with Arachne and when she comes to get saved, both her and Percy get pulled down into Tartarus by Arachne.

The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. The demigods make their way to Greece to try to find Percy and Annabeth of the exit of Tartarus It’s a person v. person type of conflict that’s driving this story. This is because the crew had to fight enemies in order to win. These enemies include, Arachne, Otis and Ephialtes. 


The Son of Neptune

Recently, I read The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.  I really enjoyed reading this book. This is because we get to see a new location that isn’t Camp Half-Blood and we get to see the differences in Camp Jupiter.

The protagonist is Percy Jackson. His story is set in the current time period near San Francisco. The significance of the San Francisco setting is that we get to see Percy with no memories, being attacked by the gorgons. The significance of the setting shifting from San Francisco to Camp Jupiter is that We get to meet the new characters who will help Percy. These characters include Reyna, Hazel, and Frank. Percy also gets a quest to beat the giant in the north.

Percy faces certain forces and pressures. They have to go to Alaska where there is no protection from the gods. Also they have to kill 2 giants. He meets these challenges by deciding to go accept the quest. You can see this early in the book. 

The tension rises when they are fighting the giant in Alaska. This might leave a reader feeling nervous. This is because since he is in his homeland, he cannot die.

The book climaxes when they drag the giant into Canada and they work with Thanatos to kill him. 

The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. They make it back to Camp but there is another giant there, but they easily defeat it. It’s a  person v. person type of conflict that’s driving this story. This is because they have an enemy they need to fight that can fight them back physically.


The Lost Hero

Recently, I read The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is because we finally get to see a character that isn’t Percy Jackson and we get to see the other kids at the Camp. Also Percy is missing.

The protagonist is Jason Grace. His story is set in the current time period, specifically on the Grand Canyon. The significance of the Grand Canyon setting is that they get attacked by venti and the coach is a satyr and Jason is a demigod who is able to fly. Also his sword is made of imperial gold. The significance of the setting shifting from the Grand Canyon to Camp Half-Blood is that we get to see what is happening at the Camp and we also get to see who their parents are.

Jaason faces certain forces and pressures. He has to go and save Hera because she got kidnapped by the giants. He meets these forces and pressures by deciding to go on a quest with Leo and Piper to save her. You can see this early in the book. 

The tension rises when they are fighting the wind god. This might leave a reader feeling nervous. This is because he’s not friendly and wants to kill them.

The book climaxes when they reach Hera and Jason is fighting the king of the giants.

The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. They make it back to Camp Half-Blood and they realize that Jason is a Roman demigod from Camp Jupiter and since Jason is here that means Percy is over there. It’s a < person v. person type of conflict. This is because they have an actual enemy to fight.


The Battle of the Labyrinth

Recently, I read The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed reading this book. Out of all the books in this series, I enjoyed this one the most. I think that the plot for this book was the best and they are preparing for the final battle.

The protagonist is Percy. His story is set in current time in Camp Half-Blood. The significance of the Camp Half-Blood setting is that they can get quest and they meet Quintus and they see the effect of the Labyrinth of Chris and Clarrise. The significance of the setting shifting from Camp Half-Blood to the Labyrinth is that they can now try to complete their quest.

Percy faces certain forces and pressures. He has to keep Ariadne’s string away from Luke. He meets these forces and pressures by deciding to go into the labyrinth and finding it. You can see this early in the book. 

The tension rises when Percy destroys Mt. Saint Helens and flies to Ogygia. This might leave a reader feeling nervous. They might feel this way because we don’t know if Percy is alive or not because Annabeth went back to the Camp and told everyone he was dead.

The book climaxes when Luke invades the camp. The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. Grover uses Pan’s cry and all the monsters run away from the sound. It’s a person v. person type of conflict that’s driving this story. This is because they have an enemy who is another person. This makes it a person v person type of conflict.


The Last Olympian

Recently, I read The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is because there was a lot of action and we finally get to see the power of the antagonist of the story. We see how our characters have grown throughout the story to make it to this final battle and we see their resolve.

The protagonist is Percy Jackson. His story is set in current time and the setting is in Nyc, specifically at the Empire State Building . The significance of the Empire State Building setting is that at the top of the building is where the new Mt.Olympus is located. The significance of the setting shifting from the Empire State Building to Mt.Olympus is that now Percy Annabeth and Grover can now fight Kronos and stop him from destroying it.

Percy faces certain forces and pressures. Percy has to fight the titan Kronos and stop him from destroying Mt. Olympus. He meets these forces and pressures by deciding to bathe in the River Styx to have an indestructible body so he would be able to fight Kronos. You can see this early in the book. 

The tension rises when Kronos actually makes it to Mt.Olympus and starts to destroy it. This might leave a reader feeling nervous. This is because Kronos is so strong and now it looks like he is about to complete his goal.

The book climaxes when Percy starts to fight with Kronos. 

The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. Luke takes the dagger he gave Annabeth and he stabs his weak point with it. It’s a person v. person? This is because the had to fight an enemy to resolve the conflict.


The Titan’s Curse

Recently, I read  The Titan’s Curse, by Rick Riordan.  I enjoyed reading this book. I liked reading this book because we get to meet two new characters Bianca and Nico. We also get to see the Hunters of Artemis. The protagonist is Percy Jackson. His story is set in specifically the military school, Westover Hall. The significance of the school setting is that they meet two new demigods, Nico and Bianca. The significance of the setting shifting from the school to Camp Half-Blood is that they can get quests and go on adventures. Percy faces certain forces and pressures. He has to follow the Hunters on the quest. He meets these forces and pressures by deciding to free a Pegasus named Black Jack and following them and trying to protect them. You can see this early in the book.

The tension rises when Bianca gets killed by a giant bronze guardian. This might leave a reader feeling nervous. This is because she got killed and Nico asked Percy to watch over her and now she is dead.

The book climaxes when Atlas is revealed and now Percy has to hold up the sky by himself. The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. Artemis gets Atlas to hold up the sky again and Thalia throws Luke off the mountain. It’s a person v. person type of conflict that’s driving this story. This is because Percy has to fight opponents to win. Also Nico is revealed to be a son of Hades and he leaves Camp Half-Blood.


New Animation Based on Aesop’s “The Farmer And His Sons”

From the producer of “The Witch’s Dilemma” comes a brand-new animation… this time based on a fable!
Presenting the adapted “The Farmer And His Sons”…

My animation is based on a fable by Aesop. It is called “The Farmer And His Sons”. It is very interesting. Once upon a time, there was a farmer who owned a large estate. He has two sons. One day, he called them into his room, ready to break the news. He had gotten very old and knew that he was dying. He told his sons that there was treasure buried somewhere around the farm! Before he could say more, “Father” passed away. In the original version, there was only that one outcome. I added an outcome where the sons choose not to listen to their father (thus they do not respect their elders- the moral of the story). They do not dig for any treasure, disagree over this and don’t do any work all summer. I won’t spoil the ending, but there is one “happy” and one “sad” ever after, so to speak.
I choose this fable/fairy tale because it wasn’t too over complicated and the decision that had to be made wasn’t so much of a stretch, it came naturally. Many people had to make up decisions because they choose fairy tales that were long and not really based on a choice, more of an adventure. “The Farmer And His Sons” already had a good implication for a choice to be made! And it is clear which ending is the morally correct one and which one is wrong.
To make this project, I first wrote a script based on the original fable. I scripted two endings- one following the original story and an alternative that I made up. Then I made storyboards showing the action in the acts. This was the planning stage. Finally, I made the animation part by part, animating the characters to have conversations and move around until it became an actual story. When I made the animation, I used the script and storyboards as guidelines to help me build the final animation. In total, it took about 4 hours.

Here is the link to my storyboards and script-
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXgarjbkH-c2PbUo-ZnoWTNgulUO-xnAkJFwSQW7R6o/edit?usp=sharing

I linked this so anyone can see what work went into my animation and learn how to do it themselves. They can see my storyboards and script. It may be an interesting experience.


HYACINTHUS AND APOLLO remixed

IT is the time of the Greco-Romans, and Hyancithus is the most beautiful man in Greece. All the lovely maidens want him, but he wants more. He wants a God. His two suitors, Apollo, god of the sun, and Zephyros god of the west wind, both want him. But he wants an olympian, and he chooses apollo. (don’t judge) He plays discus with Apollo and Zephyros uses the wind to strike him in the head and kill him for revenge. 🙁

[iframe allowtransparency=”true” width=”485″ height=”402″ src=”//scratch.mit.edu/projects/embed/158992900/?autostart=false” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]

TO create this beautiful animation that you see here before yourself, it took a long, grueling process. First I found a story to use. That was the easy part.  Then we had to write  a script of that and create and alternate ending. then we created our storyboards and change our characters. Finally we created it, the longest part which was mindless boring work.

 

Script

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LkfLPiSvSw60nD9BtKao6x98KuPoCPb9Rl7SC9n-bhI/edit?usp=sharing

https://www.youthvoices.live/tag/greekmyth/