She Hates Me, She Really Really Hates Me!

By Shanice, age 15, South Africa
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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The best question you could ask me is, "So, what do you write?"

Why? Because this is my answer: "Loads of stuff. Blogs, articles, short stories, novels, fanfiction, essays for unappreciative English teachers ..."

Yep, that's right - my English teacher hates me and my writing.

At first I thought it was just my writing (2 B's and a C, when I'm usually getting A's kinda gives off that vibe), but now as her 'playful' insults continue, I'm pretty sure it's me.

I'm not sure why she's so mean, but I can tell you that it made me miserable for months! After all, if my own English teacher hated me, then who was I as a writer? And if I wasn't a writer, what would I do with my life?

So I spent weeks just moping around and not writing. I vented about the Dragon Lady (my nickname for her) on my blog, but that was the only writing I did. She had completely destroyed me.

Then I received an email from a fellow writer and reader friend of mine. She wanted to know why I hadn't written in so long. She missed reading my work. That simple email made me practically glow.

I continued writing, and it took a while before I felt as confident as I do now. I refused to let a silly teacher bring me down.

The lesson I learned: don't let others deter you from your dreams.

And as for DL and I, I'm saving up a small folder with clips of my work. And when I save up just as much courage, if not more, then I'm going to show it to her.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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