Screenshot of the Adobe Audition
I used Adobe Audition to add sound effects to my short story.
English Honors- Author Explication
College Rules Another ordinary day, walking into to her room, Hanna puts down her keys and is ready for a nap. Instead she pulls up her chair besides Noah and kisses him softly on the check. She then bends down to pick up the cat and says, hugging the cat, “Aren’t you just the cutest thing?” before letting it back on the ground. “Yes, yes I am.” Noah replies back. The two laugh together. They sit down at the desk and start their homework. Light conversations about their days are exchanged but most of the noise are keys clicking and pencils scribbling. Occasionally there was the slurp of the coffee, from Noah. Every now and then Hanna would get up and walk around their small dorm, which basically is a circle around the desk. She would murmur random words to her to make sense of the words she was studying. Hanna finishes early and starts to pack her things away as she doesn’t want to see anything school-related after homework is done. Noah finally finishes his last assignment and they lie in bed, chatting. They put a dish out for their cat and the cat eats it slowly. Noah and Hanna put on their shoes to take a quick stroll in the courtyard. The trees are just starting to turn yellow, the first sign of fall. The sun shines through the leaves, leaving a glow on their faces. Soon the sun starts to set and they watch it from their window, the cat watching alongside them. The pretty colors lighten up the room with a nice glow before vanishing for the night. Noah brushes his teeth while Hanna showers before both are in bed. Wrapped in blankets, they fall asleep in each other’s arms. Weeks have gone by and the rain has become snow and the lakes have become ice, winter is upon them. Hanna trouts into the dorm, stomps her feet at the doormat, and takes her shoes off. Shivering, she hurries to the thermostat and turns the heat on. Hanna looks around to the messy dorm. Eh, Noah will clean it. It’s his week to clean anyways. She picks up a shirt from the floor, smells it. Eh, it only smells about three days old. Tosses the shirt on and lays in bed. Eventually sleeps overcomes her. Noah walks in, it’s been dark outside for awhile. He looks at his girlfriend, passed out on the bed. She probably just didn’t want to do homework or see me. The cat meows and looks up with saddening eyes. He just simply picks up the cat and moves it over to Hanna’s bed. He turns on a light and quickly does some homework. The clocks flashes one and Noah rubs his eyes before surrendering to sleep. The cat still meowing at a sleeping Noah, occasionally switching to Hanna. After hours, the cat is tired and falls asleep with a grumble in its stomach. The alarm beeps as Hanna aggressively gets up to turn it off. She throws a shirt over herself, taking a quick glance at the window, still dark outside, and rushes into the bathroom. Hanna pasts Noah without a word, climbing over piles of clothes that have started to leave a distinct smell in the room, and gets ready for the day. The cat follows Hanna slipping itself through the small crack that Hanna had left in the bathroom door. Hanna turns to be met with the droopy sad chocolate eyes. She sighs Looks like the cat hasn’t eaten in weeks. Oh well, not my cat. It’s Noah’s cat. Out of guilt, she pours together a small bowl of food for the cat and puts it down. Even before she can fully put in on the ground, the cat has managed to eat half of it. She looks at Noah, and quietly leaves the dorm for the day. Hanna locks the door behind her, knowing that she will be back late and he won’t leave until right before she gets back. She and Noah haven’t been in the dorm together for more than half an hour in the last month and even then they don’t exchange more than a hello. This saddens her a little but she knows that they are both busy people. Days pass and Hanna returns to the apartment. She finds footprints left on the floor, they look dirty and almost deadly. She follows them into the bathroom to find the cat in the bathtub. It was sitting, crawled up in a ball. Wow the cat looks so sick. Maybe I shouldn’t have just put it all on Noah, maybe I should have taken care of it myself. She quickly fills up a bowl of water and food for the cat. The cat eats it slowly. Looking up and down, the cat seems a little reluctant to finish the entire meal. Maybe the cat wants to save it for later. The cat sits there before falling into a slumber. Hanna quickly finishes her homework and finally decides to clean up the dorm. She moves the pile of clothes off the floor and finds the clean ones and the dirty ones. Most were dirty and she puts them into a bin. Cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, she keeps herself busy with the messy dorm. Occasionally she would walk by the bathroom to make sure that the cat was still breathing. Hours later, the dorm is finally what it looked like months ago before everything went downhill. Noah stumbles in the dorm. His nose up in the air because the clean clothes smell was unfamiliar in the dorm. He looks around, admires the cleanness. Hanna had past out from all the work and he could imagine because the room was a big mess before he left. He didn’t even do anything about it. A light bulb goes off in his head, he has been so worried about himself that he hadn’t given one thought about Hanna and her life. Oh my gosh! The cat! Where is the cat? He hasn’t fed it in weeks because he always thought that Hanna had. Eventually finds the cat in the bathroom, realizing that she actually hasn’t. Gosh don’t you look a little skinny. He picks it up and it almost slips out of his hand. Kitty, do you need something? Love and support from your dad. I’m sorry that I haven’t been there. I should have been taking care of you that’s why I brought you here even when Hanna hasn’t wanted that. Noah hears rustles coming from Hanna’s bed. Ah, Hanna’s awake. I can talk to her. “Hi”, Noah simply starts. “Hi”, Hanna replies. “I’m sorry.” “I know.” “The cat…” Noah starts. “Looks so skinny because either of us has been feeding it like we promised. We really need to change. I barely see you, when I do, you are half awake. We both are so tired but we have to make time. We have to compromise.” Hanna ends. “Yes, yes we do.” With that they climb into the same bed and cover themselves in loads of blankets as the sun slowly sets, catching up on the winter and discussing how they were going to move forward. They talk until the moon shows its bright shine in the sky, before Hanna falls asleep. Noah usually still up doing homework, lays in silence watching Hanna as her chest rises up and down. He catches sight with the cat, who was looking at him with almost a smile across its face. The next day, Hanna awakens to the smell of hot breakfast, Noah had gone out in the snow to get her breakfast. They sit and enjoy the breakfast. Here and there, they would sneak pieces to the cat who eager awaited at the table. When Hanna and Noah finishes, they walked hand in hand through the courtyard and the cat quickly ahead of them. Noah’s body jerks, his eyes flicker, and his eyes slowly open. Noah wipes the sweat off his forehead and looks down at a still sleeping Hanna. He hugs her tightly knowing that he is always with her. Noah makes eye contact with the cat, looking back at him with his chubby face. Noah sighs with relief. Slowly, Noah closes his eyes. It was all a dream. In English honors, I read Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?. It was a book full of short stories and I used a couple of the Storie to get a grasp on Raymon Carver’s writing style and emulated it in my own short story. he uses a lot of short paragraphs and symbolism through objects.
Screenshot of the things we learned through Illustrator
For my personal illustration, I used inspiration from things that I’ve always wanted to do. Something I’d really like to do in the future is to create an interactive museum that people can enjoy and make their days better. I drew out a basic design of some of the rooms that I’d like to one day design more in-depth and produce, life-size. I have a basic exterior design, a milk and cookies room, a rainbow straws room that spreads aware of the use of plastic straws, and a boba pool. Each room is going to be unique.