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On Hiatus (IWSG)

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our group posting for IWSG. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

My blogging hiatus is now long overdue, as September came and went without a post from me. First of all, I apologize to everyone who has visited, read and made comments in my last few posts. I’ve been unable to return the visits nor respond, which I hope to make up for as soon as I return to blogging.

I know this hardly seems like a proper IWSG post, but some of you might recall that I was having health issues of late. My doc found a cyst and it turns out I was also anemic, but last week, I finally went in for surgery to have the cyst taken out. The good news is that it’s benign. I’m sleeping a lot lately and admittedly, haven’t done much writing since the couple of weeks leading up to the surgery, but I hope to catch up on some reading instead during this period. I need to learn about making blog posts on my phone so I apologize in advance if something is wonky with this post.

If you’re still hanging around my blog, thank you! I look forward to coming back and doing my regular visits!

 


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Time Out (IWSG)

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for our group posting for IWSG. Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts for August are Nancy Gideon, Bob R Milne, Doreen McGettigan, Chrys Fey, Bish Denham, and Pat Garcia! Thanks for all your hard work!

Taking time off from blogging is rough. You come back and then you wonder, what do you write about, and would anyone even care? I suppose that is one of my major fears and insecurities… what do I have to say and does anyone care? Maybe it’s an insecurity shared by every writer, or maybe I’m caught in a purgatory that is all my own…

I realized my brand of writing was 70% staring/procrastinating and 30% writing, which means I’m not very productive, even when it comes to something as simple as writing a blog post. And that’s what mostly accounted for my being MIA. I had some things come up, and well, blogging just became the thing that had to go, at least for a while. I’m still doing rewrites on my WIP, “Lost,” though, so I haven’t totally been unproductive writing-wise. And as I continue chugging along there while riding the crazy waves of that thing called real life, I’ve decided to continue my blogging break for a month or so. But of course, I just can’t make this post and NOT share some music. See you in Sept!

 


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Celebrate The Simple Things

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

Some days, all you have to do is look up to find something unexpectedly wonderful. Saw this on my way home today.

June 19 2015-moon, venus, jupiter

The photo does not do the actual sight justice (sorry!) but if you care to look up at the western sky in the early hours after sunset, you’ll see this wonderful phenomena of the crescent moon just below Jupiter and Venus. More information here, and according to this, Jupiter and Venus are converging on June 30, so that should be something to watch out for as well!

I’m also celebrating getting 10 days off next month to visit family. My brother will be visiting as well, so it’ll be the first time in years everyone will be together.

Revisions have been going slow, but it’s steady progress, and I’m still confident I can reach my target for June, as long as my muse and MS prove cooperative.

What are you celebrating this week? Are you fascinated by the night sky and do you intend to watch out for the June 30 convergence? Any plans for the summer holidays?

 

 


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Celebrate The Small Things

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

This week, I’m celebrating trying new things, particularly food. I usually don’t like to experiment, preferring the tried and tested, but it’s been fun trying out new flavors, and seeing what I like and don’t.

I also finally gave traditional Chinese medicine a whirl. I’ve been tired a lot lately and it’s kind of sad when you’re told by an elderly neighbor, who looks very healthy and energetic, that you look pale as death after only a short hike, and that you probably need to see a doctor about your lack of qi. Qi translated would be something like the force or energy that helps our body function as it should be doing. Anyway, I just started taking the mixture of herbs that is typical of Chinese medicine, so we’ll see how it works out. The thing is, unlike Western medicine, traditional Chinese ones hardly have immediate effects. So I think I need to learn to be patient as well, instead of immediately dismissing it as not working. After all, what’s the point of being in Hong Kong if you are not going to try authentic Chinese medicine?

I’ve been revising again and actually finished a chapter. It’s not much, but I’m happy with it. Now if I can just keep at my goal for the rest of the month…

What are you celebrating this week? Ever tried any herbal medicines, acupuncture, fire cupping, etc.? What did you think of them? And if you haven’t tried them, would you? Do you think they’re based on actual science and can really cure people, or just a bunch of old beliefs that does not live up to modern medicine?

 

 


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Celebrate The Small Things

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

 

How can it be May already? Where has the last four months gone? Looking back at April, I didn’t make much progress in my WIP. My sleeping schedule is all messed up and I’m tired most of the time. Work isn’t going great (but at least I still have a job–so I suppose that is one thing to celebrate about).

So what else am I celebrating this week?

  1. Finished reading Atonement by Ian McEwan and starting on another book (Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters). I’d been on a reading slump for some time so while it may not sound much, this is actually good news for me. Atonement started a bit slow but since I’ve seen the movie version, it made slogging through the boring parts easier, and I’m glad to have another book off my reading list!

  2. My birthday!

  3. And the three-day weekend. Yay!

 

Not really a celebration, but I went to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron last week. The 3D was really not that great in my opinion, and perhaps I had high expectations of the movie, as I found it was just okay for me. Don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t seen yet so that’s all I’m going to say about it. The Agents of Shield episode this week that leads into the movie was awesome though!

Anyway, a friend of mine shared this with me: Jeremy Renner singing (as Hawkeye) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I thought it was pretty hilarious. Enjoy!

What are you celebrating this week? Have you seen Age of Ultron? What did you think of it? Do you watch any of the other shows that tie in with the MCU?

 


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Celebrate The Small Things

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

 

This week, I’m celebrating:

  1. Getting help where you least expected it. I’ve been distracted of late due to some troubling news. I ended up sharing it with a colleague of mine (not something I normally do), and to my surprise, got some pretty useful advice from her. Whether or not they would work, I don’t know, but I suppose I’m celebrating more the fact that she actually took the time to give the matter some thought when I only mentioned it in passing.

  2. My mom’s cataract surgery went well.

  3. The weekend! It feels like it’s been a long, slog of a week and I’m so ready for the break.

 

What are you celebrating this week? Have you had someone go above and beyond what you expected of them? Anything you got planned this weekend? Hope you all have a good one!

 


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Celebrate The Getaway (CTST Post)

Summer came a bit early, as I went on a quick get-away to Boracay, Philippines, escaping the gloom of Hong Kong.

I’ve had it on my “Places-to-Go” list for a while now, as I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from people who’s been there before, and with the exception of some algae covering certain parts of the shore (apparently this isn’t exactly the best time to visit), it was everything it promised to be.

Beach-Boracay

I’ll work on a proper post with photos for next week, but for now, I’m going to focus on my celebrations:

  1. Cheap tour packages.

  2. Simple pleasure of looking up at the night sky and watching the stars. Orion was the only constellation I was familiar with, but the clear night sky is definitely a sight for sore eyes! Hong Kong is a smog-filled city, which means a few stars here and there is all the treat I get, even on a good night.

  3. I survived my first-ever parasailing experience, and actually thought it was fun–well except for that brief moment as I was going up where I had this morbid idea that I’d just fly away, never to be found again. But, all’s well that ends well, and I get to tick off something off my bucket list. =)

 

What are you celebrating this week? What’s your ideal getaway vacation? Have you been parasailing before? How was it for you?

 

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Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!


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Celebrate The Small Things

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Celebrate The Small Things. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

Things have been pretty bleak and gloomy in general. Maybe it’s because of the dreary weather, maybe it’s just the overwhelming pressure I’m feeling, both at work and in my personal life. Either way, now is a good time to take stock of the small things that make it all OK.

  1. I survived a pretty daunting business meeting where it’s just me against five people. It almost felt like a panel job interview all over again! So yeah, I’m feeling a bit good about being able to hold my own and working out compromises that are acceptable to both sides.

  2. Found the perfect outfit just when I was about to give up.

  3. Edited a chapter in my current WIP. It’s not much, but it’s progress, at least!

  4. Silly, entertaining movies like Kingsman, The Secret Service. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it, although the violence might be a bit too much at times. And if you have seen it, well who can forget how much fun was it to watch that fight scene while Give It Up by KC & The Sunshine Band played in the background?

What are you celebrating this week? Have you seen Kingsman? What did you think of it?

 

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here.


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Celebrate The Small Things

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Celebrate The Small Things. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

I had to work last weekend so it feels like it’s been one super long week. But we’re having a long weekend due to Lunar New Year celebrations so yay for that!

Things I’m also celebrating:

  1. Dinner and catching up with a friend I haven’t seen for a while.

  2. Curling up this weekend with a good book.

  3. Good food and great friends!

 

What are you celebrating this week?

 

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Celebrate The Small Things

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Celebrate The Small Things. Thanks to our host Lexa Cain and her co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Katie @ TheCyborgMom for continuing what VikLit started!

It’s been a long day, so I’m definitely celebrating the weekend!

I’m also celebrating getting a replacement for my phone a few days before the warranty expired. So yay for that!

What are you celebrating?

 

 

Celebrate The Small Things is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations each Friday, no matter how big or small. You can sign up here.