I realized I totally forgot to do one for last year. Not to mention how it’s going into summer now so this post is considered really late. However, I thought it was time I update on some things.
First off, I managed to fix formatting for the majority of the posts already. I’m still reconsidering about getting rid of some of the drama updates or not. But that could be saved for a later time in the future.
Next on the task list? I’m trying to fix the formatting for all the fanfictions right now. It’s lagging since I’ve been busy with real-life stuff again. But this could help me with finishing some of the long-awaited fanfictions still in limbo. The random activity the other day with critiquing my own fan fiction sort of stirred some interest up again so who knows? I’m keeping it on the positive right now, just for the sake of my sanity. Considering all the things happening lately–and that it actually impacts the rest of the world too. I’m not going to go into detail because I want to reserve whatever it is left for the relevancy of this blog only.
I need to fix the links from my Pinterest account too so it reflects and directs back to this blog as intended. Other than that, probably going to check that task list again and debate whether to still review some of the series or not. Because it has been a long time. I have forgotten most of the details already. We’ll see.
Anyway, let’s get right into the stats since it’s what this post is supposed to be about. I actually captured the stats above before I published two posts so it’s a little off. The actual draft count should be 124. I actually have some more posts that should have been published ages ago but most are actually songs translations so I kept it back as cushions. I will probably try to insert them in whenever I get some more posts out.
Notice that the post count for published content has been reduced by about 30 posts since 2018. It’s because I removed some of the irrelevant posts already. It was either too random or those were just placeholders to insert other types of posts. So yeah, had to get rid of them.
What else? I’m mostly active on my Facebook page nowadays, but not by much. Again, like I said in a past post, it’s easier to update with my phone about a random tidbit than hop onto my blog and try to update with a more extensive post. I would feel less like cheating if it’s so short, lol.
So that’s that for now. I’m not making any big promises this year. Since it seems to not worked out so well in the past. So just mini tasks here and there for now.
Years ago when I was still active on Winglin and other online communities, there was an explosion of different authors and readers alike coming out with websites or their own page to critique different fan fiction authors. Whether it was to help the authors improve their writing techniques or just something fun to do, it was quite an experience. I never submitted my stories to any of those websites but found them intriguing because I learned of how an author’s perspective could be versus how readers see it. It’s so obvious for everyday, published authors to go through this process. But at that time when I started posting my stories online, it was a new experience for me and it opened my eyes to some levels.
So, what’s the point of this post, right? Especially when I’ve been lagging soooo much on stories. This is an attempt to get back into it. Because the following will be an activity like the title said. I’m going to have fun and critique all the fanfictions I’ve ever written. Yes, I won’t leave anything untouched. But before I do, here’s a disclaimer for those who haven’t read the stories yet (so don’t say I didn’t warn you):
NOTE: The following contains spoilers (obviously from the title), SO if you haven’t read my stories yet, DO NOT proceed.
The beginning of the story had great potential and felt refreshing. It paved a nice and peaceful picture and a hopeful feeling because it described the two major characters’ feelings and goals in life. The humorous exchanges between several characters led readers to believe it would be a fun story. Although it had some typical formula of a small-town family with the scenic backdrop to pave the way, there was some mystery with various characters that readers could look forward to exploring. All in all, it paved a promising picture.
The problem with this story was that it was too wordy. It was one of my first attempts at writing fanfiction so it got so messy with descriptions. It didn’t take into account “show instead of telling” so it felt flaky and corny. In addition, because there was a setback with the last few chapters so it dived into the morbid side without intending to in the first place. It completely took away from the main plot and its lighthearted feeling that was established in the first place. A bad call. Like the feeling when the writers totally gave up and just wanted to end it already like how I often criticize them, lol. Also, the feeling of the celebs chosen was so random and unorganized, like lumping a bunch of people together just because. It felt like a test run.
The setting at the beach at the beginning of the story was promising and lighthearted. It presented a typical picture yet also let readers see a glimpse into each major character’s personality with a dash of humor. It seemed like they didn’t change much over the years, except for the circumstances around them. Light humor continued to occupy the scene, paving the story and pushing the major characters together–or apart–as time went by. There were some surprising details to the plot but it lacked some details here and there, not allowing the full potential of the plot to be explored.
Like some other stories, it started out describing the scenery and then introducing the characters. The weather, once again, like some other stories, gave hints to what the plot was going to be like. There was some side humor but just subtle, not too much. It was saying like the story meant business and it was no time to joke around, not really.
It was an interesting concept although it didn’t take in a lot of rules of sci-fi and went off the rails regarding technicalities. However, what made up for it was the layout of the major characters. It kept consistent and featured three female leads. What broke the rule for the third one was leading into a happier, hopeful ending than was predicted. It also gave more character and depth to one of the so-called villains and even allowed for that person to redeem himself and had a start over.
This was a typical setup of two pairings that were living on the opposite side of society. They met and interacted and somehow became entangled in a complex scheme. It provided a sense of mystery to the overall story and made the readers want to know what was to come and where the story was heading toward. The ending was a bit of an unknown, especially after the intense confrontations between two of the major characters and how it went down. However, it proved to be going on a typical route with allowing all problems to be resolved in a more favorable manner.
This story attempted to mock the life of gangsters and how it was supposed to be yet failed because, in the end, it was equally cliche and was corny in a sense of allowing some bizarre details to come into play. Although having the theme of gang-related activities as the backdrop for the plot, it failed to achieve its intended effect because of the halfway compromise of the mood as an overall. Sometimes, it edged toward the side of intensity or darkness that could push past the barriers of safety but it was shy of making it into something much more.
The story started out really random, bordering childishness because of the constant fights between two of the major characters. However, it evolved into a sadder story because of what happened at the end. Although it attempted to resurrect the atmosphere with some side humor, the plot never recovered with the happiness felt at the beginning of the story. It was later explained in the second part why it was so and eventually leading the plot into a darker path than was originally intended to–or so it seemed when compared to the beginning of the first part. What the plot lacked severely was the explanation and more details into a certain mysterious organization that impacted some characters’ lives so many years and ongoing. Some of the undertones provided a hint about how they were a big deal and were not to be messed with. Yet it failed to back up the claim as the story went along and eventually wrapped up. It also never explained why Tammy’s character had so much impact on what Wallace’s life was going to be and yet left him alone after he had apparently restored his memories. Or was it because it was to emphasize how scary he was if he returned to his past self? Or because the organization didn’t care how things turned out and that it was only important they kept everything a secret? Some things were never answered.
This was a fun read, at least at the beginning. Sure, there were childish humor and constant competition between the two siblings–or so readers thought as it was with typical siblings rivalry. However, it took a dark turn, killing a major character unnecessarily. Was that an attempt to be overdramatic? Or was it because the writer just decided to give up and end it that way?
The story seemed really random but that wasn’t a bad thing. It hinted potential with so many major characters involved and how each was at a different point in their lives. It was fascinating to see how they all met and would become important–one way or another–in each other’s lives. The story shifted between humor and intensity and back again. Yet always managed to push the plot forward, introducing new characters or circumstances into their lives and how they would react to those situations.
Although the cast was so extended that it provided an outlet for many story arches yet because it was so crowded that it didn’t allow for a focus on some characters. Also, some of the characters had suffered from the inconsistency of personality, except for the main characters. It also created an unrealistic atmosphere with so many of their gatherings and their strong bonds over the years. It could be both good and bad but mostly it was unrealistic. Not to mention how ridiculously meddlesome most of them were of one another’s lives. The occasional stalking of various parties was equally bizarre.
The first scene already gave a snapshot of what the story was going to be about and how the dark mood predicted the inevitable ending for some characters. The weather foreshadowed a lot of the scenes that were to come for the story. The layout wasn’t bad yet the constant side randomness and humor involving the characters downplayed the overall theme for the majority of the story. It was actually character-based and not plot-based like it should have been. The lack of information on both gang’s background made it hard to relate and didn’t allow for more interest toward that side of the story. It became a wannabe gangster story because it didn’t say how or why they were fighting or fleeing for their lives. It was only covered briefly at the beginning of how both sides had been fighting since forever yet never revealed the real reason why.
The storytelling style was strange yet intriguing. It made readers want to read more and find out what was going on and what was the deal with these characters. Or if they could get out from the current prison they were in. However, there were only glimpses here and there and some side details of the characters. They could have been extended to a much more complex story.
This story started out introducing the main characters right away and hinted at their established relationship and how it would come into play later on. The story began lighthearted with some side humor and then took a more serious turn as the characters acknowledge much more complex issues surrounding their lives. In some sense, the story allowed the characters to face reality with a hard punch. But in other sense, it felt a little dramatic and forced. Yet the story was still written a dialed down sort of way, like some subtlety of daily life happenings that could edge toward blandness but jumped back with a kick to tell us that reality will strike again. It was a mixture of complexity and simplicity. It had this balance and one tip of the scale would lead the story spiraling away.
The story introduced some promising aspects, such as the story being told from the main character’s point of view. There were also inspirational quotes involved. So that sort of gave a feeling of a legit book. However, it took a shaky turn and ended up being a typical high school, mean girl type of war. There were some interesting ideas but the execution was terrible and the plot dull. If at all, that was.
Extremely disappointing because it seemed like an attempt to crank out something that involved the two main characters. It seemed like an unfinished story and didn’t involve a lot of details. It would have been better to wait for some sort of idea to come forth before continuing with the story. It should have been a one-shot, then it would make more sense.
So, aside from being random for this post, what’s the point here? Of all the stories I’ve written, I only liked True Friendship. Yes, that sad. I took it slow and made it through without feeling like I needed to rush anything or wanted to write to please readers. It wasn’t like I didn’t add in random conversations or some bizarre humor. The story had both. But what was different was how the two main characters didn’t end up together but also didn’t downplay their relationship throughout. It acknowledged some of the more realistic aspects of life, even if it didn’t allow for the story to cover all. I did get stuck on it at one time but the time spent thinking about the plot as an overall and side brainstorming, it had allowed me to change the ending for the better, at least to me.
I also realized some things about my writing styles. Well, I already realized it for a while now but here’s an outright confession, lol. Some characters, especially the main ones, tend to fall into one formula. So I think that’s something to take into account to try to make it different in the future. Or least mix it up a bit.
If anyone noticed, I think I got influenced by Gu Long and Jin Yong at times, lol. No jokes. Sad, but I read those two a lot so I got influenced, especially with describing sceneries and stuff. But of course, I couldn’t go to their level. Not yet. The reason I said “not yet” is because I at least want to reserve some hope that one day I could reach another level. Or like find my own styles. For now, just recognizing the flaws is enough.
So that’s the fun post. More to come in the future, hopefully.
NOTE: This post will be updated from time to write as I add more stories to my blog or finish the current ones.
2019 has been a very frustrated and tiresome year for me. Mostly because I haven’t updated my blog since February. It’s even worse than that one time I totally disappeared for three months and didn’t care to update. It had to do with the fact that I’m still in the process of revamping the blog since I moved it to its new home. Another reason and a major hindrance was real life. It always gets in the way of me doing what I enjoy. I was worn out and frustrated that it was hard to update. I also didn’t want to just update for the sake of updating like that one year I did, which ironically caused more work for me because I had to go back and deleted the overly nonsensical posts that I published during that year.
I watched quite a few series this year that I wanted to write reviews about, also translated quite a few songs that I wanted to publish. Yet stuff from real life kept creeping up to suck the soul out of me. I seriously don’t want to get really emotional and personal on here, considering how most of you came to look for helpful information or fun posts. Yet that was the sole reason why I failed to update this year so I thought it was relevant.
I think I had updated more on my Facebook page yet that was also lacking in many areas. Then the Photobucket crash incident happened. So now you guys might have some ideas why half of my images don’t show up. It’s another thing I have to fix before I could get this blog back on track. I hope to do that this upcoming year. I also hope to get back into finishing my fanfics, which seems impossible because it has been years for some stories and I’m going nowhere still. Yet I hope that could change next year.
I must say that this has been one tough year. Or more like another tough year. There were major changes in my personal life hence the lagging in updates also. However, I did accomplish some goals that I set out to do regarding this blog. You might not notice the difference but I had already moved my blog from WordPress.com to SiteGround via WordPress.org. The formatting got lost for half of the posts, which I’m still in the process of fixing slowly and also trying to get rid of posts that no longer show any relevancy. Although this blog is about randomness that I managed to conjure up over the years, I at least want some sort of depth in content going forward.
Also, I managed to watch more or less some of the shows on my to-watch list. But still haven’t found time to finish the reviews yet hence a long lag in progress. I seriously just want to focus on updating this blog but reality is keeping me from it. It’s getting to the point that I’m very frustrated with it. I also wanted to update my stories as well but found it harder and harder to think. Again, reality.
For this coming year, I hope to get back on track and find some sort of ground to stand so I have time to focus on this blog more. Aside from that, I’m often updating my Facebook page for this blog more. Or more like my randomness are on there because it’s just faster to write something or forward another post than conjure up a quality post here.
That’s it for now. I’m no longer doing those year-end wrap-ups where I list a bunch of posts because I think it’s a cheap attempt to insert links in. So yes, I might do general updates but won’t be that way anymore.
The last time I updated this was more than two years ago. I thought I need to bring this up again, despite having literally no progress at all for almost two years now. What happened? The crazy and/or dramas just kept piling up that I couldn’t catch a break to do it. Well, I did write a lot but I kept backspacing or just scratching it out altogether. To be totally honest, my focus for the past few years has been the three parts of Wan Xin Bang (萬心幫). It’s listed in some of the other updates, but I pulled it from the fanfiction section because I was changing it around too much. When I’m finally done, like absolutely no more changing my mind about the plot, I will post it up. Yes, there are three parts of Wan Xin Bang. It’s also my first wuxia attempt ever so it’s really hard but also fun. I also ended up starting my second wuxia, which would also be having multiple parts, lol.
Anyway, getting back to this current update, the current total vote is 69.
Current Fan Fics:
Hide & Seek – 25 Votes – One vote up from last time YET I’m still not moving. Again, I’m trying to preserve some sort of light tone to it, even if some details are leaning toward a more serious route. I don’t want to end up killing some characters senselessly just to finish the story off. So yeah, sorry, but I’ll try somehow to finish it. It’s just hanging in limbo for now.
Honey In Tea – 9 Votes – One up from last time I updated. Once again, didn’t want to ruin it.
Payback – 3 Votes – Regarding this, I merged part 2 with part 1 so now there’s only 1 part, nice? Yes, hence the updated poster to include Dou Hua Mei. She will be an essential character, and that’s all I’m saying for now.
Stranded – 3 Votes – Totally scrapping it. Or more like some of the cast/characters and revamping it to make it my version. It’s not working out. Not to mention a tragedy happening at the beginning of last month also drove my decision.
The Business – 7 Votes – Will finish it. I actually like this one so I’m not giving up on it. It just needs time for me to not ruin it.
Upcoming Fan Fics:
I know it’s like ridiculous to still maintain this section when I’m up in my heads with a lack of updates for all the others. Yet I just couldn’t help myself.
Slanted Thoughts 3 – Okay, I know. You’re all like: This thing needs a 3? Yes, it’s crazy. I actually thought of part 3 like two years back. It’s mostly the first chapter and notes. But I think it’s going to happen. But rest assured that like some of my past sagas, this will only be three parts.
The Dating Game 6 – I’m almost done with this. Just need a few more chapters. I actually want to do another read over to see if I should go with that route or backtrack. I might post it up to keep my lack of updates for fan fics less pathetic.
One-shots is now at 22. I’m not sure what I should be writing about, even if it’s just one-shots. I actually have some drawn up, but then ended up scrapping it, because of recent events, etc.
So overall, all I can say is I can’t promise anything regarding updates, considering how the craziness just keeps piling up. Now, I have other more pressing things in my life to take care of. Maybe when that front is more stable and I’m less stressed, updates will happen. If you haven’t noticed yet, I don’t want to get updates out for the sake of it.