Sophomore Katie Mattie has loved writing for years, but recently took her passion to a new level. Mattie wrote a young adult fantasy novel that brings different stories from ancient Greek mythology to the context of modern day life. She currently has a literary agent and is working on getting her novel published. “It is going to be a trilogy,” she said. “I’ve completed the rough draft for the second book, and I am working on the third.” Mattie, who is from Ypsilanti, Mich., said she began writing the book in December 2007, when she was just a sophomore in high school. “When I first started writing, I had the beginning and ending in mind. So [I] just [needed] to fill in the middle,” she said. “I needed to figure out what happened to make the characters get to where they did.” In Mattie’s novel, a great war occurs between the Olympians and the Titans. The Olympians are banished from Earth because of an ancient curse, and live on Mount Olympus on planet Jupiter. Their arch enemy, the Titans, were imprisoned in the underworld — Pluto — for 3,000 years, but have just escaped back to Earth. When the Titans arrive on Earth, they try to take over the planet. Since the Olympians can’t come down to Earth because of the curse, they send their powers to five humans — Melanie who has “super speed” power, Alice who can generate a force field, Jenn who is “super smart,” Izzy who can fly and turn invisible and Colleen who is “super strong.” The first letters of the five main characters’ names create the acronym, MAGIC. Members of MAGIC go on a quest through different dimensions of the universe, completing tasks to unleash a secret weapon that will destroy the Titans. Mattie said the seventh Harry Potter book inspired her to begin writing her own story. “The seventh Harry Potter book came out in July 2007 and I didn’t want to pick up another book because I loved Harry Potter so much,” she said. “I thought I could entertain myself by writing my own book.” Mattie said she did not let anyone read her first draft, but after doing some editing, she allowed her father and a few friends to read it. “There were times when I didn’t feel like I wanted to continue writing the book, but I [had] told 50 friends I was writing a book and I had to finish it,” she said. Eventually, Mattie said, everything in her story fell into place. She sent out query letters to 50 literary agents, but only four of them showed interest. “Writers House, a huge literary agency in New York, [sent a] rejection letter, but said I had potential,” Mattie said. “I knew I was close.” Publishing groups like Little Brown and Company and Bloomsbury USA looked at Mattie’s manuscript, but turned it down. Mattie said the key to success in the publishing world is not to take rejections personally. “Persistence is the key when it comes to getting books published,” Mattie said. “I just had to find someone who believed in [the story] as much as I did.” She said the manuscript is currently ready to be published, and she will continue sending her work out. Mattie said she has enjoyed the writing and publishing process thus far, despite the letdowns, and will continue working to get her novel published. “What stuck out to me the most was how fun it was,” she said. “Writing it, I felt like it was in the characters’ hands to unfold the story. I needed to get to know who they were to tell the story the right way.”
Ørsted has contracted LOC Group to carry out Marine Warranty Surveyor (MWS) services for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK.Under the 18-month agreement, LOC London and LOC Singapore will execute all MWS work on the project’s substations.“Hornsea Two is a game-changing renewable energy project in terms of both scale and value. Our suppliers are a pivotal part of the project team and play an important role in realizing the project,” said Peter Clusky, Senior Supply Chain Development Manager at Ørsted.“We continue to deliver on our commitment to support the development of a competitive UK supply chain that can benefit from the many opportunities in Ørsted’s global portfolio of projects in the UK and around the world.”Sembcorp Marine is in charge of fabricating the offshore substation and the Reactive Compensation Station (RCS) for Hornsea Project Two at its yard facilities in Singapore, as part of a contract signed in May 2018.Semco Maritime will develop the electrical and mechanical basic engineering design of the structures.The 1.4GW Hornsea Project Two will feature 165 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines installed some 89km from the Yorkshire coast. It will become the world’s biggest offshore wind farm when operational in 2022.
Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] ELLSWORTH — Duane Crawford has spent many late-summer and early-fall hours over the past eight years preparing for high school football games. This year, the Ellsworth/Sumner head coach’s preparations look a bit different.After re-entering the varsity fold in 2012, the Eagles have gone from their first win to their first winning season to their first playoff appearance in a span of less than a decade. As Ellsworth/Sumner gets set to conclude its summer practice slate, the team is still dreaming big — but preparing to play a little bit smaller.Ellsworth/Sumner is set to kick off a new chapter in the state’s high school football history this coming season as a member of the Maine Principals’ Association’s new eight-man football classification. The switch to the new format offers Crawford’s program and others throughout the state chances to keep their teams thriving in Maine’s ever-changing varsity football scene.“This is going to be a really exciting season for us,” Crawford said. “It’s a great opportunity for our team to be part of this first season of eight-man football, and we’re hoping it’ll drum up some more interest for us.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlthough discussions to bring eight-man football to Maine began well before the 2018-19 high school sports season, the plan became a near certainty in November when the MPA Football Committee voted to replace the developmental Class E with an eight-man classification. After more meetings in the winter, the new format was made official April 25.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford runs with the ball as Bucksport’s Luke Wardwell gives chase during the second half of a high school football game Oct. 19, 2018, at Bucksport High School. Ellsworth begins the 2019 season when it hosts Yarmouth in the first regular season eight-man game in state history at 6 p.m. Sept. 6. FILE PHOTOProposals throughout the process varied in regards to which schools would play eight-man football, the enrollment cutoffs used and whether the MPA would be able to keep four 11-man classes. In the end, the four-class system for 11-man football stayed in tact as Ellsworth/Sumner was placed alongside Gray-New Gloucester, Mount Ararat, Maranacook and Yarmouth in the larger of two eight-man divisions.“We didn’t know exactly what it was going to look like, but there was a lot of support from schools of all sizes for an eight-man league,” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said. “The general feeling was that this was the right direction.”Eight-man football makes its arrival as schools across the state have seen declining enrollments and, thus, declining roster sizes across a variety of sports. Football has been hit particularly hard with the state’s participation at the high school level dropping 16.9 percent between 2008 and 2017, according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations.Ellsworth/Sumner has been among the programs facing that numbers crunch over the past few seasons. The team has been deep enough to stay competitive during that span, but with 10 of its 20 players from the 2018 team graduating this summer and a much smaller group of incoming freshmen set to arrive, the Eagles were looking at a different roster situation in 2019.The MPA also changed Class D’s enrollment cutoff from 469 for the 2017 and 2018 seasons to 419 for 2019 and 2020. With the combined enrollment calculation for Ellsworth and Sumner rising from 455 to 483, the Eagles would have had to battle Class C powers such as Hermon, Maine Central Institute, Mount Desert Island, Nokomis and Winslow — a safety concern, Frost said — had they stuck with 11-man football.“We looked at what we had for fall 2019, and we said, ‘We have to go eight-man for this season,’” Frost said. “We were kind of looking at eight-man from the get-go, but once the enrollment figures came out and had us in Class C, that was kind of the final thing that spurred us to see what eight-man football is all about.”Personnel-wise, eight-man offenses operate with two fewer linemen and one fewer back than 11-man teams. On the defensive side, the reduction in players enables teams to use five- or six-man fronts as opposed to the seven- or eight-man schemes used in traditional football.The field will still be 100 yards in length, though the width will be reduced from 53 1/3 yards to 40 yards to accommodate the change in numbers. Eight-man games do tend to be more up-tempo and result in higher scores than 11-man games, but players will still be running, passing, blocking and blitzing just as they’ve done their entire careers.Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford speaks to his players during a high school football practice session Aug. 18, 2016, at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles spent seven seasons in Class D prior to their switch to the new eight-man classification. FILE PHOTO“It gives us a new way to look at things as coaches,” Crawford said. “It’s a bit different and more of a wide-open game, but at the end of the day, you’re still playing football.”Senior Connor Crawford said he expects Ellsworth/Sumner to field 15-20 players this fall. That number would be untenable at the Class C level, but in eight-man play, it should suit the Eagles just fine.“At the end of last year, we had 18 kids,” Crawford said. “It’s hard to work with that number in 11-man, but if you’re playing eight-man, you have a lot more options.”As eight-man football is only a one-year commitment, Ellsworth/Sumner and the other eight-man teams may return to 11-man play in 2020 if they so choose. That arrangement is also in place for the state’s 11-man teams, which are eligible to drop down to the eight-man level next year pending MPA approval.At the youth level, the sport will continue to be played via the 11-man code. The only fundamental change within Ellsworth Football League’s youth program will come at the third/fourth-grade level, where tackle football is being replaced with flag football. Ellsworth Football League will hold registration at 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Ellsworth High School.“I think [switching to flag football] is going to be a good change,” Duane Crawford said. “You’re always looking for things that can boost your numbers anywhere, and this has a really good chance to be one of those things that can really become a positive for our football program going forward.”As for the varsity team, Ellsworth/Sumner will be eligible for the playoffs once again this year as the Eagles and the state’s nine other eight-man teams vie for a Gold Ball. The large-school and small-school (Boothbay, Old Orchard Beach, Sacopee Valley, Telstar and Traip Academy) divisions will each send four teams to their respective playoffs with the winners meeting in the new classification’s first state championship game.Players must take two weeks away for the mandatory “hands-off” period from Aug. 5-18 before the start of fall practices Aug. 19. Then, on Sept. 6, Ellsworth High School’s Tug White Stadium will make history as the site of the state’s first regular season eight-man football game when Ellsworth/Sumner hosts Yarmouth at 6 p.m.“We get to be the first team to kick off an eight-man game, and we’re hoping that we get a good crowd with a lot of people showing up,” Connor Crawford said. “It doesn’t matter what the numbers on the field are; we’re just going to go out and play football.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Eric Garcia deserved his chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Eric Garcia deserved his chance for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal shootout victory over Leicester City.Guardiola reserved special praise for Garcia at the final whistle. “Eric has a lot of personality,” he said.”He is a guy who has a lot of positional sense. He’s not the strongest one or the fastest but few times do the opponent beat him positionally.”He’s able to guide the line. He has good vision, a good pass. I’m very pleased. He didn’t make one mistake. One thing is a friendly and the other is a knockout game. He was incredible.”
Luton manager Jones expects Justin to feature for Leicesterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuton Town manager Graeme Jones expects James Justin to make his Leicester City debut in their Carabao Cup clash.Justin left Luton in the summer, signing a five-year-deal at the King Power Stadium having impressed last season, helping his side to Championship promotion and earning himself a spot in the League One team of the season. Jones said; “That was the sad part of the job for me, coming in when you’ve got two really dominant full-backs – I saw Jack Stacey play on Friday and you see what he brings to the show, James Justin exactly the same.”You come in and you haven’t got those players available, which is disappointing, but I think what everyone needs to remember is what he did for the football club, what both of them did.“But obviously James is coming back, how luck would have it.”I expect him to make his debut tonight for Leicester, so you’d think we will give him a warm reception and then make it as difficult as we can for him, so I look forward to seeing him. I am aware of what James Justin can do, he was regarded as possibly our best player here – he hasn’t played for Leicester yet, so it gives you an idea of the level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The federal government says it will monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in British Columbia’s Salish Sea to help develop measures to support the recovery of endangered southern resident killer whales.Terry Beech, parliamentary secretary to the transportation minister, announced the measures as his government is set to face new scrutiny on the impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on the threatened species.A court ruling found the National Energy Board failed to assess the pipeline project’s effects on the marine environment and the government has asked the board to reconsider that part of the review by Feb. 22. The project would increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold and whale experts argue there is already too much traffic for the 74-member southern resident whale population to survive.Beech says Transport Canada will spend $1.6 million on measures including deploying an underwater hydrophone, or listening device, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea.He also says the department will carry out a four-year project to better predict propeller noise and hull vibration of a vessel.
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Monday quashed land acquisition process for the Rs 10,000 crore Salem-Chennai eight-lane green corridor project, holding it required a mega realignment as the proposed route would have an adverse effect on environment.A special bench of Justice T S Sivagnanam and Justice Bhavani Subbarayan passed the order allowing a batch of petitions by 35 land owners and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss. The bench observed the project would have an adverse effect on the environment, water bodies and it needed a mega realignment. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court had on December 14, 2018, reserved orders on the batch of petitions, challenging land acquisition proceedings. The ambitious 277.3 km long eight-lane greenfield project connecting Salem and Chennai under the Centre’s ‘Bharatmala Pariyojana’ scheme aims to cut travel time between the two cities by half to about two hours and 15 minutes. However, it has has been facing opposition from a section of locals, including farmers, over fears of losing their land, besides environmentalists who are against felling of trees for it.