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 Are You All Doing?

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“Let Me Out!” – Our cat stays at home, too.

Tomorrow marks the start of a more lenient community quarantine measure in our country. I don’t know if that is a good idea, but at least more people will be able to work and get on with their lives.

The virus infections seems to be under control. Probably.

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An Amusing Turn of Stats Event

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I know this is nothing to be completely happy about – it just means that my blog – which has usually been flying under the radar, must have caught the eyes of a bunch of spambots.

Since I have no new comments in my notifications, I guess I should be thankful that the Spam filter is working as it should be.

But still, it’s funny, and I got a good chuckle out of it. Look at how my blog has performed for the past few days — then suddenly, BOOM!

This reminded me of that post Jim Borden made on his blog,  The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild. It’s amusing to see such performance out of our blog, eh? Outstanding!

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Anyway, my suspicions were mostly confirmed when I saw where most of the views were from. Hahaha…

Well, anyway, that’s all for now. I hope you are having a good day today. Stay safe!

If you like this blog, and the things I post here, I highly recommend that you follow me here. If my current post has not convinced you yet that it is a good idea to follow me, please take a look at my past content and decided then.

See you around, and have a nice day!

What Have You Been Up To?

To help fight the spread of COVID, staying indoors, and away from human interaction is the best we normal human beings can do.

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Our work has been on rotation running on a skeletal workforce, and last week was my scheduled off days.

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On Community Lockdown

Hello everyone. How are you all doing?

To control the pandemic, our government declared a community lockdown. Cool. I can stay at home, yeah?

For an introvert that can spend hours at home, indoors, that is not a bad news. However, I still have to go to work this week, mainly because I am in the government sector, and my work deals with necessary documents and paper work. The good news is that I am not on the front lines, and that there is no documented infection in our city. The community lock-down is more of a preventive measure to curb the spread.

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Don’t Trust Your Memory

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I knew that our memory is fallible. I read articles in the past, similar to this one (“Why does the human brain create false memories?“), that our brain fills in the blanks on things that it thinks to be the most possible.

The other day, I was busy looking for a shelving , which from what we recall consists of three layers, in increasing sizes. It was installed in our living room before we had it remodeled.  I looked everywhere for the longest one. I looked under beds, inside closets, even had the nagging feeling that we might have thrown or given it away. My wife believes that we had them stored.

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Closing Shop

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Perhaps one of the biggest change that we will be experiencing for 2020 is the closing of our store.

My wife and me have been running that small brick and mortar shop for at lest ten, but less than fifteen years. It has been a grind, and we had experienced a time when it was very successful in its heyday. However, as all good things must come to an end, so must our business.

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