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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 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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Celebrate The Small Things, is a weekly blog hop, wherein we post our celebrations, big and small, every Friday. Thanks to our host VikLit and my fellow co-hosts Diana Wilder, LG Keltner@Writing Off the Edge, and Katie@TheCyborg Mom for all their hard work!

With only a week left in October, I have to ask myself, where has time gone? I can’t believe NaNoWriMo is in one week! And I had planned to participate this year, except now I don’t know if I have the energy for it. Hopefully, the weekend start will be enough to get me into gear.

So what am I celebrating?

  1. Got my plane ticket booked for the Christmas holidays, and only at a minor inconvenience of switching airlines, as everything else was sold out. My fault for waiting this long to get my travel plans in order.

  2. Have been really enjoying Japanese restaurant near work. Highly recommend trying tsukumen if you have never before!

  3. Democracy. It’s something I take for granted, I suppose. It’s not a perfect system and being able to choose your own leader does not always mean you get a good one. But seeing how hard the students are fighting for it in Hong Kong, and continue to fight, makes me think that I’m lucky enough to not have to fight for it.

Some photos from one of the protest sites …

Admiralty

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What are you celebrating this week? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What preparations have you made leading up to it? I’m maggie_hk over at the NaNo site if you want to be buddies!

 


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Celebrate The Progress

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Celebrate The Small Things is the brainchild of VikLit. Each Friday we post our celebrations, no matter how big or small.

It can be hard to appreciate things at times when we do not see the tangible results but we have to remember that it’s the small things, the little steps we take, that bring us to the finish line. And on that note, my celebration for the week is Progress:

  1. Sent off my manuscript to my mentor Janette Currie from the Womentoring Project. This is a HUGE thing for me as I’ve never showed my work to anyone. And so the wait begins…

  2. I got caught up with two of my online courses (yay only two more to catch up with!)

  3. Crossed off some more to do list for work (it’s a never ending list with new stuff constantly being added to it!)

  4. Revisited my April Camp NaNoWriMo project and got a bit of editing done. I have a long way to go on this one!

And with that, I’m ready to call it a week and enjoy my weekend, with some much needed sleep.

What are you celebrating this week? How do you keep things in perspective when progress is going slow?

Progress

 


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Sleepers, Wake! Don’t Let Life Pass (Your Characters) By

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We all have them–that folderful of ideas for stories we’d write some day if we could only find the time, the unfinished novels just sitting in our hard drive (or drawers) we will get back to once the muse revisits us. We could grow old and die waiting for that day to come. After all, isn’t it so much easier to curl up in bed with our smartphones and tabs or do a marathon of that favorite TV show? We certainly find the time for those.

Time passes by. Nostalgia hits and you have a look at that folder, to see what could’ve been and what could still be. Alas, you realize that the world has moved on and your characters haven’t. You’ve failed them and they no longer have a place in this new world. But it’s all right, you say. It’s not totally a lost cause. A few changes here and there should make everything right. But it doesn’t, not really. You’re back to square one as you realize it’s no longer the same story and characters you loved and imagined. Perhaps that’s for the best, perhaps it is not. Maybe you decide to surge forward this time. What does it matter if you’ll run out of plot by page twenty? Maybe you decide to let it sit again, working out the story in your head before you can find the courage to go on. How long must your story and characters have to wait?

We can only procrastinate for so long before we run out of time. Novels don’t get written in a day, not even a week (unless you are a really, really fast typist and is all-sorts of brilliant). If you’re lucky, you’ll have a good and well-polished manuscript in a matter of a few months but more likely, one would need to invest years. I guess the question we need to ask ourselves is, are we content to simply have a folder full of ideas, or would we rather have those ideas come to life,  if not for others, then for ourselves, at least?