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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)

TITLE: Are You Summer? 'Cause You're Hot!
By Madison Iszler


It's that time of year again, when the temperature goes up more degrees that you'd care to count. When you can sleep in. When you actually have time to do the things you've been waiting the rest of the year to do. When you don't have to worry about any tests or homework the next day. When you don't have to lie about your fake tan. When you ditch the jackets and long sleeves for shorts and t-shirts. When you don't have to worry about what to wear to school tomorrow. When you start looking around for a summer romance. When you don't have to panic because you forgot your lunch. When you have much less to worry about.
Summer is probably my favorite time of year, for a larg number of reasons. But there are some downsides to it as well. Some of the pros of summer are going places as much as you want. You have time to do things beyond school. You have a lot less to worry about, and you can focus on other things besides school and constant intramural busyness. I love summer because you can meet more people and learn new things. I love summer because you can focus on your relationship with Christ above all else. I lov summer because you can deepen and form new friendships. I love summer camps. Summer is also a convicting time, at least for me, because I'm reminded that now I have time to pick up my Bible and to actually talk to Jesus. I'm convicted because I didn't make time during the rest of the year for the most important person in my life, Christ. I'm convicted as I remember different things I said or did that proably hurt the receivers of my words or actions. I'm reminded that I might never see the people I've been with for most of the year ever again, and I'm convicted for not acting like it. I'm convicted for not trying my best to be an example of Christ. I'm convicted for trying to fit in more than anything else, and for compromising my standards. So summer is a time to start afresh, to learn, and to grow. I love summer, don't you?

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Laura Manley07/17/09
I do love summer! I enjoyed your story as you describe the pros and cons of summer. Your story would have been easier to read had you broken it down in paragraphs. Something to think about next time. Thanks for sharing.
diana kay07/18/09
good peice some good ideas. i agree on the spacing but content good . I got a bit irritated with the repetition of the word "convicting" partly because I kept thinking of convicts !! Sometimes reptition is good but I think I counted 5 times which might be a little excessive! Well done and keep writng.
Connie Dixon07/18/09
Some good thoughts on your summer entry. I especially liked your title. Ditto on the previous suggestions. You also might want to use spellcheck for some mispellings. Keep up the writing and the good work(especially while you have more time during summer) :o)
Graham Starling07/19/09
I loved the title, and there were some nice ideas here, although possibly a sticky 'e' key? Proof before publish.
I felt the lists would have had more effect if they'd been shorter and more punchy (personal feeling).
Lastly, let all you love about summer inspire you rather than send you on a guilt trip. You'll do all those things you feel guily about with more passion and effectiveness if you act out of love and appreciation rather than a sense of unfulfilles duty.