I am Conner's MtPleasantHighSchool.WikiSpaces.com page. Conner is young yet and prone to mistakes, and would therefore like the reader to keep in mind Voltaire's observation and subsequent suggestion that as "we are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly."

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bert_and_ernie.jpgConner is a reader. Conner can't remember learning how to read; he has read since he was a toddler. He probably learned from "the Big Red Barn," which his parents used to read him when he was a little boy. People read as entertainment, to gain knowledge, and as a diversion from their troubles, among other reasons. To be a good reader, the most important thing a person must have is practice. Honestly, the thing that makes reading easy for Conner is that he has read so much throughout his life. The hardest part of reading is staying focused through long passages of explanatory text. To choose new books, he goes to his mother's store and looks around, generally sticking to the poetry and literature sections. He also tries to read books his friends recommend, but more often than not he's too busy reading stuff he picks out by his lonesome. The qualities he looks for when selecting a book to read are an interesting premise, an author he already likes or who has a good reputation, and a decent cover (although he acknowledges you're not supposed to consider that last one). Conner tries to read at home every night, but sometimes he is too tired from school, work, and extracurriculars to get to it before he falls asleep. Conner feels that the ability to read is possibly the single most important skill a person can have, and that exercising that ability is among the most important activities a person can do to keep their wits keen and hearts pumping.

Conner is also a writer. He learned to write mostly in school, but learned to write creatively outside of school beginning in junior high and really developing in later high school. People use writing as a medium of expression, escape, and exposition. In order to write well, a person must read often (deep within and wide across genres, whatever type of writer the person happens to be) and practice. Conner considers himself more of a poet and songwriter than narrative storyteller or informative writer. Ideas sometimes come to Conner seemingly at random, in fragments that assemble themselves over the course of a week or two into a cohesive idea that can be turned into something worth reading. Less often, they will come from reading something another person wrote, said, or sang, which will bring to mind a new idea from the dark recesses of his own mind. He doesn't decide what to write about by any set method; generally, he just writes about whatever he can write about. He tries to avoid writing the same thing twice, and tries even harder to only write things that are worth showing another person. The kinds of response that help Conner's writing are criticism - both positive and negative. He finds it useful to know what's good about his writing so he can write more like that, and useful to know what needs work so he can give that the attention it needs. Conner writes at home sporadically, typically going through cycles - two weeks writing hardly anything at all, then a week-or-two-long period of intense creativity, sometimes writing three or more poems or songs in a single day. Regarding his writing, Conner generally feels most happy with the most recent products, and prefers to ignore the work of his earlier years. He thinks he is developing at a decent speed and in the direction he wants to go. He is not now, nor does he hope to ever be, satisfied with what he has already written - to paraphrase Saul Williams, "The greatest scribblings have not been scribbled yet."

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