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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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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Botched Up the Patch Job

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In my previous post – I mentioned how our City was in the path of an incoming typhoon, right?

Well, fortunate for us, the path went a lower course and missed us. The most we experienced was some heavy rains around five,  up to seven in the morning.

The day before, which was Thursday, we got ample time to prepare and anticipate for the typhoon. We moved the potted plants we had at the balcony indoors, covered up the washing machine, and I had to do an inspection of the roof above the kitchen.

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As if One Crisis Was Not Enough

Hello everyone. How are you all doing in these trying times?

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Things are slowly settling here in the Philippines. It would seem that by next week, strict quarantine controls will only be limited to a select few areas. Our city will probably go back to normal next week – well, at least the so called “new normal,” at the very least.

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Just Checking In. Some Quarantine Stories

 

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The Plaza Is Clear of People. Great time to take a photo!

Hello everyone! How are you doing in these trying times? I hope you are still sane and able to keep yourselves safe – you know, while staying at home and always washing your hands…

There has been nothing much going on by my end of the world. Buying supplies has been difficult and exhausting – mainly because you have to buy in larger quantities, and often, the things you need to buy are not available due to problems in the supply chain. At least it was not as apocalyptic as I had initially thought. I mean, the canned goods are still untouched, and I am still able to procure some fresh produce.

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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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