How did 2017 go for me?

I am not here to bore you to death with how it went –you’ve got enough on your plate without me ruining your digestion anyway. Let me just break it down to three categories:
a) Reading Updates
b) Writing Updates
c) Personal Goals

So without further ado, here’ s the list:

Reading Updates
I managed to read 150  books in 2017.

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Don’t let the number fool you though. More than half of the number are volumes and volumes of Manga- Japanese comic books. Before you say I cheated, and admittedly I know it looks cheating to anybody, Goodreads counts it just like that. Besides, finishing one entire series of manga is a difficult feat in itself.

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Writing Updates

Articles and more Articles. I poured my heart, soul, and time into these babies and seeing them published gives me great joy. Who would have thought that a childish dream of seeing one’s name in Google with great merit was actually achievable?

Bloggingwise, I think I did better last year and my somehow I’m pretty much consistent with my content. The unplanned series was Monthly Articles where I kept a list of the notable articles I had read in a month and a short review. This was introduced in March of 2017 and I didn’t miss posting a list until December! I intend to keep at it not because it gets readership but also I sincerely learn tons from the articles that I read.

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My manuscript, on the other hand, is there somewhere. I can’t spill the deets yet as there isn’t anything substantial to spill.

Personal Goals

My only personal goal for this year was to chill. After going through a successful operation in 2016, I promised that I would detach myself from things that were irrelevant to me as a person and as a writer. I managed to focus more on things that actually mattered like saving money and keeping my body healthy. Connecting to my family members and establishing a closer relationship with them became my strength.

2017 was a great year for me and it opened a lot of doors. 2018 is the time for me to go through each one of them and grow. Yes, I suck at endings. Happy New Year.

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DECEMBER Articles

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Happy Christmas and New Year to all of you! Oh boy, time surely flies so fast. Who would have thought I’d be consistent in givin

Pop-up penguins shock China zoo visitors

I would have understood it if the entrance fee was cheap. It would have looked like a funny joke: you get what you pay for.

The Pale Blue Dot: A Timeless Valentine to the Cosmos

When you recognize how small you are, you go out of your way to be significant. That is always how it works.

Why Lion is Art’s Most Powerful Symbol

My best friend has a fascination with lions but who wouldn’t? Aslan will give you his two-cents.

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Paul Goodman on the Nine Kinds of Silence

As there are different kinds of smiles, there are kinds of silence.

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Anger

According to Le Guin, anger can be a powerful tool but it can also lead to one’s destruction.

The Compelling Case for Working a Lot Less

Isn’t this one of the articles you wish your boss read before asking you to work overtime? Henry Miller even said, “drink if you feel like it” so, how can I say no to that? Working for 8 hours a day, six days a week has finally taken a toll on me and now, my patience has worn so thin, bordering indifference at work. But why let me bore you to death when you are enjoying your vacation!

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Maya Angelou on How a Library Saved Her Life

On point. This article fired up my desire to put up my own library.

 

 

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NOVEMBER Articles

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Oikawa: The year is almost over.
Iwaizumi: Don’t forget December!

There is something about November that makes one feel that time flies faster than usual. Have you noticed that I feature different anime characters every month? Oikawa Tooru gets a good seat in my heart for his “worthless pride” and I think he is going to stay there a bit longer.

Moving on to the articles:

What IKEA and Our Education System Have in Common (It’s Not a Good Thing)

A. J. Juliani shares his two-cents about our education system vis-a-vis IKEA (and building his daughter’s big-girl bed) . I assure you, it’s very creative.

The disease that could change how we drink coffee

Arabica and robusta sounded foreign to my ears before and now here I am learning about the difference between castillo and caturra.

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Popularity at work still matters whether we like it or not

The alpha students had high status – everyone knew them, and some wanted to be just like them – but they weren’t necessarily well-liked. In fact, many loathed the “coolest” kids in school, just like among adults. – Mitch Prinstein, 2017

Told you, I was popular.

Three cups of coffee a day ‘may have health benefits’

This shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore but seriously, those people who have written nasty comments in the BBC website could use a chill. Haven’t they read previous reports in TIMES and Reader’s Digest? I got one of the articles here.

 


On a side note, choosing between going after writing jobs in WIM, publishing my own articles and editing my manuscript is taking a bigger chunk of my time than actually doing them. I think I quit my full-time job, what do you think?

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“Another thing is war. I am naturally warlike. Attacking is one of my instincts. Being able to be an enemy, being an enemy — these require a strong nature, perhaps; in any case every strong nature presupposes them.”

Friedrich Nietzsche