Dimitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 | In Tune

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I’ve always had a love for music- whether it be the repetitive, over-played pop music on the radio, or the soothing piano melodies that I listen to at night, but especially for the tunes that I can play myself. I have been playing both the piano and viola, and have a tremendous appreciation and love for both instruments.

However, while I enjoy playing classical melodies on my own instruments, I’ve never really taken a moment to step back, listen, and admire the beauty the genre is. That is, until I met my best friend, Liam.

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Finding Inspiration

landscape tree water nature wilderness mountain meadow lake mountain range pond reflection autumn park blue reservoir body of water sunny mountains alps loch atmospheric phenomenon mountainous landformsLast April, after purchasing my new laptop, my mom, who is a writer, and I purchased the app Scrivener. It’s truly worked wonders in allowing for her to prepare a manuscript.

I, however, haven’t gotten as much use as I have wanted to, and that’s due to one factor: I’m waiting for inspiration.

Inspiration happens all the time, especially for me. Every day, for example, I’m inspired by the writing pieces I read. They might lead me to write a new book review, or simply provide a new Word of the Day. Each month, when I write a special edition, new ideas come to mind as far as what beyond my education I can explore. Our backyard kittens, for example, inspired not only a new series, but inspired us to care about and interact with an animal species in ways we could never have hoped to before.

Perhaps one of my greatest sources of inspiration was my Cross Country trip this past June. It was a life-changing experience, and I really got to observe the beauty of our country and the culture, nature, and landmarks within. It inspired a whole slew of posts thereafter, but also inspired me to gain a new perspective on the way I thought of our country, which I wrote about in this special edition.

As you can see, inspiration occurs to me every day. But for something as large as a novel, it has to be just the right idea. Once you find the right base for a story, that’s where all the smaller ideas can come into play. I’ve jotted down several smaller ideas, but none have come across as just the right one. And I’m okay with that.

Last Spring, I wrote about how I would strive to begin a novel over the next year. I’m still waiting for the right time, but that time will come soon enough. And I’ll keep you updated when it does. For now, I still have so many little inspirations to build off of, those that fuel my favorite content on 12 and Beyond.

I have yet so much content to release, and I look forward to continuing to share my story.  The next two months will be very exciting, as I have multiple special posts (especially in April) and a video planned that I can’t wait to release.

Finding inspiration isn’t easy or hard- it comes across in the smallest (or largest) of ways, and you never know when the right idea will hit you. I’m still waiting. 🤓👏

Gabe

 

12 and Beyond’s Gallery: Now Open

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12 and Beyond’s new Gallery, a collection of my best work, is now open. Through a new, organized, and streamlined design, you have easy access to discover your next great read. Click here, or visit the Gallery page at the top of the blog, to visit my Gallery.

12 and Beyond has become a representation of myself as a whole, and I hope you’ll enjoy my collection of both my favorite and my best written posts, including Travel blogs, opinion pieces, and book reviews, as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Thank you,

Gabe

A Tail of Three Kittens Winter Update

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Our kittens, miraculously, are surviving the cold. Each day, they continue to venture out into the snow-flooded landscape that is our backyard, and return countless times throughout the day for a meal. It’s hard to believe how much food our kittens eat. Mac and Callie have evidently thinned, but still look healthy (and just as cute) overall. Goldie even returns at night on occasion.

See, when the last edition was published, our kittens had only had to accommodate to a few inches- not a few feet, like we experienced at one point, where our kittens were absent for several days until the snow lessened. As of now, it looks like they’ll stand to live another year, and just might bring another litter of kittens for us to enjoy.

This post will be different that those previous- instead of providing journal entries in chronological order, I’ve put together a photo gallery, and each photo contains a caption. For the near future, I’m going to be continuing seasonal updates (the next one releases in April), though I have a special video post planned for late February / early March. All of this is subject to change. But for now, of course, please enjoy.


Click on the photos above to zoom in and read more of the description.

Thanks so much for reading! Stay tuned for the next edition, as we approach Mac’s first birthday, and share our latest adventures as our kittens adapt to Spring.

Gabe

Negating the Passé Composé & More | French Connection

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In the past, we’ve touched upon the passé using the verb avoir and être, but today, we’ll tie each of those concepts together by negating each kind, and discuss more regarding être in terms of the verbs that require être. Then, we’ll discuss several new vocabulary words.

Let’s get started.

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Midterm Assessments: Bonus Quizlet Sets

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Today, as I began preparing for my Midterm Assessments over the next two weeks, I put together several Quizlet study sets for me to study from. As usual, they have been published to 12 and Beyond’s public Quizlet account and you are more than welcome to study them.

Three of them are of my own creation, while one is not (made by teacher). Please remember, these are not related to my blog at all, and are intended for my personal use. Therefore, they are very content-specific to my school. In addition, while some subjects contain elements of memorization, others are very straightforward and ask more content-based tasks, like in French, where we will be completing a writing assessment for the midterm. Therefore, subjects like French and Science are not included in the collection.

This will be the last you hear from me before January 23. Otherwise, you can access the entire midterm collection at the link below.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS MY MIDTERM STUDY SETS

Thank you!

Gabe

Daniel Hart’s ‘Little Notes’ | In Tune

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Over Holiday Break, my family and I watched countless movies. We tend to gravitate towards movies that get considered as ‘Editor’s Picks’ or get nominated for Oscars, though we threw in a few comedies as well. A few notable ones that we watched were LION, Life of Pi, and The Outsiders, but my favorite would have to be A Ghost Story, a low-budget movie that grapples with our perspective on life, touching on the idea that life goes on after death, while also making the audience consider the magnitude of their choices in life. It’s a very mysterious, thought-provoking film, but definitely not horror as the name would suggest. This mood is, of course, complemented by a phenomenal soundtrack. Naturally, it differs from the what you’d expect from a soundtrack, especially given that A Ghost Story is so slow-moving.

The entire soundtrack is wonderful, so I decided to choose just one song to represent it:

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Word Wise 2018 Begins January 7th

Word Wise 2018 Logo.png12 and Beyond’s word-of-the-day series, Word Wise, returns for its 2018 season on January 7th.

This year, in the wake of the strifes our globe continuously faces, we’ll focus on optimism. From now until next December, 365 words will be featured that you can incorporate into your conversations in hopes to brighten your own day among those of others, and encourage you to view the world from a positive standpoint and look for the best qualities in people and the world around us.

12 and Beyond’s tagline has always been, “My View of the World”, and this year, I’ll be striving to make that view a definitively positive one. Just as if you look for the bad in almost anything, if you look for the good in something, I guarantee you’ll find it.

Join me on this journey beginning January 7 on the Word Wise page.

In addition, you can view the trailer for this year’s Word Wise here.

Thanks for reading!

Gabe