How to Survive This Pandemic

Before I begin, let’s start by saying that I’m pulling this out of thin air as a way to keep my sanity. There’s no rule book or guide or whatever that I’m pulling this from.

We cool? Alright, let’s do this.

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To survive, you need to keep in your head that you are not safe. Yes, being complacent about safety will get you killed. Well, in this pandemic’s case, it will get you infected.

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It’s September Already?

Wow… Where’d the year go, eh?

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September, tells me that the year is close to ending, and that my annual creative challenges are approaching. In October, I have the Inktober challenge, and for November, NANOWRIMO.

I am not really ready for both.

I haven’t sketched or inked anything since the last Inktober which I failed marvelously. I mean, hey, daily ink drawings are tough, you know! Well, last year, I did not really had a lot of time, and I had to squeeze drawings between life obligations. Now, I have more time, I just have to have the right discipline.

As for NANOWRIMO, I have learned that when writing stories, it is very important to have characters ready. I mean, stories are events that are happening to characters, right? So, if I have characters with traits and appearances ready, I might have a shot. As for settings and things, I’m thinking of re-purposing my attempt for last year, and see if I can fix up a better draft than I did last year. Last year, I saw myself writing a story that did not seem exciting. It was a story, just not a good enough story. I wrote it up until I found myself stuck in a deep hole and could not find a plot device to pull myself out of the crap that I put myself in. I really need to be a better story writer, you know? Well, short stories, I can do – but it is a whole new ballgame when we are dealing with long form writing such as novels.

Thanks to the global pandemic, I can’t believe that the year is so close to ending. Frankly, if this is what 2020 has, I hope that our timeline starts to get better by 2021.

For the Philippines, September also marks the start of Christmas. Well, not really the start of real celebrations, but it’s when you’d start hearing Christmas songs off the radio and from the mall’s sound system. People will not look at you funny if you even hang your decors this early. But if you do, what will you do with your Halloween decors, eh?

Anyway…

How are you all doing? I hope you are all doing well.

See you around, and have a nice day!

How Do I Blog Again?

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OK. Let’s see if I can remember how this goes…

I cracked my knuckles before my fingers hovered above the home keys on the keyboard.

I know I haven’t been posting in a while, and in order for me to break the habit of not posting in the blog, I have to kick start the process by simply diving in.

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Remembering Linkin Park and Chester Bennington

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It’s been three years, yet I am still feeling the devastation. To hear the news about the death of someone you look up to can hurt, but what is even more gut-wrenching is knowing that they lost to depression.

I started listening to Linkin Park in my teens in the year 2000. Their high-energy rock music mixed with hip-hop appealed to my teenage soul. In the age of NuMetal, their style rose up from the rest.

Over the years, their style evolved and changed. From what started as a scream fest and rhythmic beats, they also incorporated other types of music, including slow and acoustic songs. I initially did not like their slow songs. I have always thought of them as this fast, high energy band. Slow songs are for the weak, I thought.

After a few years, however, my view and perspective changed. Their change in style was not weakness. It was growth.

Even I grew to appreciate the different tones in their music. It all depends on the circumstance.

Feeling angry? I’d play a high energy song filled with Chester’s screaming voice that seemed to soothe my being.

Feeling down? Mike Shinoda’s rhythmic voice is a good pick-me-up.

Feeling sad? Well, this was new. I would normally pick an upbeat song to get myself out of this slump and forget about this emotion. However, sometimes it takes accepting the sadness before you can move forward. They got slow, haunting music for this, too.

Their music is like this friend that is there with you through thick and thin.

That is why it hit me hard when I heard depression took the life of Chester Bennington away.

Depression is an unseen enemy that is difficult to fight.

It is hard to judge a person who had lost to depression. There are a lot of things going on inside their heads, that is far and different from the facade that is seen when they face the world. The happiest man can also be the saddest man behind closed doors.

I have to admit, I barely know the guy. I mostly know them for their songs. I’m a fan. That’s all. Yet I am hurt by the turn of events. I can only imagine how much more hurt his friends and families must feel. I felt I lost a friend.

My life is far from perfect. It’s a struggle and sometimes it can be difficult to keep moving forward. When everything seems to be crashing and falling and going through life is difficult… I have to constantly remind myself that there has to be a bright side, that there has to be more to life than this.

When I think and remember that my heroes are dead, and the world I am living in is a pile of trash and that there is nothing to look forward to but the embrace of death and darkness… I stop and think. Those who have gone before us will only keep living through the memory of those who remain. I live so that those who have gone before me will keep on living in my memory. Hence, we must keep on living and keep on struggling, for that is the nature of man – to shine like a candle in the darkness and once our light is extinguished, inspire others to also shine.

If you ever feel that things are too overwhelming, and that you have no one to talk to. There are people who are certainly willing to listen to you, and at least ease you through the hardship of life.

Pardon my ramblings. Forgive my words. I’m feeling a bit emotional today.

But hey, I’m alive. I’ll keep on living, and hopefully I’ll make Chester proud, eh?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I will listen to some Linkin Park music.

 

Have a nice day!

Why I Wanted to Be A Writer

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There is a certain power in words, most specially the written one, that I find quite interesting.

However, I have found that fiction – fantastical and emotional, and even tragic stories hold great sway to a man’s heart and mind.

For the past few months I have felt uninspired to write anything. Sure, I can wrangle up some words to begin a story, yet I cannot seem to get the inspiration to continue it. My life seems empty and shallow, and I cannot seem to be able to craft something of value.

Does that mean I am doomed to not be a story-teller? Does that mean that I am destined to just be an avid reader?

Why do I want to write in the first place?

I want to share my thoughts. A person’s mind is a sealed world that is hard to enter. Without a granted access we can’t peer into what a person’s thoughts want to say. However, there is a certain art necessary to putting words together to make a story interesting. You can have the most interesting story in the world, but with terrible writing skills, it may be better to watch trash burning.

Williams once faced an evil wizard in a tower. They fought. Zap! Williams defeated the wizard with a piece of pie. It was a sight to behold.

Is it selfish of me to want to write a story that would have a great impact on people the same way that other’s writings and works have affected me as well? The adventures of a hero, the death of a character, the trials and tribulations of an ordinary man thrown into the depths of hell from a series of unfortunate events…

The wonder of reading and experiencing another life in another world – I also want others to experience it through my works.

Things may be a bit uninspiring now, things may not be moving forward, however I often need to remind myself the reason I want to be one. I may be terrible now, I may not be of much good as a novelist. Fine – I’ll write you short stories. If I can’t write fictitious stories, I’ll tell you stories drawn from my own life. I’ll write you articles, and essays.

I want to write because I want to be a positive influence in the world.

Thank you very much for reading!

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I Got Scammed. I Did Not Think This Could Happen To Me – But It Did

I got baited to a scam, and fed them my credit card details.

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Everything happened so fast, I’m happy that I somehow began digging as soon as I hit the “Process Order” Button. However, it might be too late.

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Kabeneri : Don’t Start With the Netflix Version

I wish I had known about this when my sister recommended that I give Kabaneri a try.

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It was pitched to me as an action anime set in a zombie-apocalypse world. It’s a genre I liked, and so it immediately went in my to-watch list.

However, the episode number on MyAnimeList (MAL) and the episode on Netflix made me wonder… why are they different? On MAL, it was listed as a twelve-episode series, but on Netflix, it was only three. Continue reading “Kabeneri : Don’t Start With the Netflix Version”

Five Perks to Wearing a Face Mask

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Wearing a face mask in public has been mandatory in light of the pandemic plaguing the world.

To some, it is seemed as a restraint to freedom. How can one breathe free when there is a piece of cloth plastered to their face, right? Yeah, well that free air might be rather infectious with something that is not freedom.

Anyway, aside from the rather obvious reason that face masks help prevent the infection of the virus, here are five additional reasons why wearing a face mask is not all that bad. Continue reading “Five Perks to Wearing a Face Mask”