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2018: Year End Update

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-up 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.

Here’s to a better year for all.

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Status of Fan Fiction XXI

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 the some of the other updates, but I pulled it in the fan fiction 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 lack of updates for all the others. Yet I’m 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.

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Spring Cleaning 2018


Since I have a little bit of time, I thought I update on this for the year. Some major changes happening in my life lately so I’ll be even more delayed on updating. I’ve been thinking of making it official and actually upgrading to some fancy blog by next year. So possibly a lot more purging happening this year–whenever I get time in. I’m also moving this off WordPress.com since it’s not completely safe here. I have another site on Siteground and considering my domain is from there, I’m thinking of moving this one on there too. WordPress.com is tempting me with some credit to upgrade to another plan for more flexibility in features, but I think I have to pass. It’s not worth the headache and considering I’m on a budget right now. The deal is better with my current plan on Siteground. All of this will depend on how successful my new venture would be. My hosting plan for this site will expire around October 27 so there’s still time. We’ll see.
If I go through with the plan, the new site will be a clean version of contents. That means I might get rid of all images regarding to stars altogether since the legalities might be too sticky and I don’t want to get into it. (Or I could look it up to see if it’s possible to do a revamped version of posters from my caps so it wouldn’t be violating the terms with using people’s official posters, etc.) I will still bring my reviews (books, games, TV drama/movies, subscription boxes, etc) with me, because those are my opinions. I’ll probably bring Translations along too since it’ll be free (aka I’m not benefiting from it) so it might be okay. But still, a lot to consider later with how I’ll transfer it all.
What led to all these decisions? I’m thinking of starting another blog about life and other topics. It would take too much to maintain several at the same time. Also, because my drama updates are nothing special and has been lagging like insane. (Not starting a pity party here, lol. It’s the truth.) I will still follow the stars I like (whenever time permits), but I just feel too overwhelming at times to update consistently. I might also merge some items here to the new blog–if relevant. It will probably dial back on the entertainment part though. Again, still tossing around ideas so it’s not sealed and shut on everything.
Now, regarding the posts and progress (from the cap above), I’ll try to finish it out–as much as I can, especially how I want to move it by the end of this year. Will it happen–since my drafts count keep going up like that although I did empty stuffs out? Possibly, but don’t bet on it. I’ll probably have to make the sacrifice and toss most of ’em because they might not fit with the new theme anymore.

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Year 2017 in Recap

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When I thought that 2016 was a terrible year for me, I was wrong. 2017 continued to tank to a new level of crappiness. There were many frustrating things–one after another. It was like when I asked, “How much worse could 2017 be?”, it was like a challenge to the universe. So stuff happening in real life obviously affected how much time I have for this blog or attempted to keep some sort of activity. I did better than last year regarding updates, but that was a lot of effort, because I’m still way behind on some news that I wanted to talk about. Yet no time or more like didn’t feel like it at the moment. I continued to get drained to another level that I thought might not be possible–like several days before. Then the pattern just repeat itself at different intervals. I think somewhere along the way, I ended up revamping my blog by getting rid of the too random posts. Like those general update ones. Although my blog already is random on many levels, but I didn’t want to just post for the sake of placeholders too much. Anyway, here are some stats for this year.
Total Posts in 2017: 155 (11.7% of all time).
January: 18 (% of the year)
February: 10 (%)
March: 21 (%)
April: 20 (%)
May: 11 (%)
June: 18 (%)
July: 6 (%)
August: 4 (%)
September: 20 (%)
October: 14 (%)
November: 9 (%)
December: 4 (%)
Books Reviews: Sad, because I actually read a bit this year but didn’t feel like doing reviews for some of them. Maybe I’ll go back to do them later.

Movies + TV Series Reviews/Episode Summaries:

Fan Fiction: Complete failure–unlike what I promised last year about getting  things done. I started looking over some of the fan fics again and managed to get going on some, but I can’t promise on how fast it would be rolled out. I’ll get it out when I’m happy with what I wrote.
Songs Translations: I used “You’re Always Beautiful” to start the year, thinking that if I continue to retain some sense of positiveness, somehow things will get better. But it didn’t. Anyway, how was this year regarding translations? I didn’t realize I was that productive. Mostly, I tried to push the majority of 183 Club’s songs out.
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Vietnamese:

I didn’t want to do this update like I said last year. However, I felt like I needed to persuade myself to continue on. Not to mention, I want to keep some sort of teeny, tiny bit of hope that 2018 will actually be better. So we’ll see, right?

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Spring Cleaning 2017

Well, spring started already so I thought it was suitable to bring back this post. Although I didn’t make much progress last year regarding overall posts, but I did clear out like 30+ posts out of the drafts. It was mostly because I did a cleansing around the X-mas/New Year time, lol. I went back to all the published posts and the drafts, clearing out absolutely irrelevant posts and/or too random posts. I know I started this blog out in total randomness and didn’t expect it to be all glossy all the time, but I felt some stuffs could do without. So yeah, I cleared it off, mostly posts relating to polls, etc. Also, the 3 private posts are gone. I decided I was done. I no longer wanted to go down that road any longer. Those were three posts in regard to a certain drama and I wanted to fix the summaries before making them public again yet I don’t think I could do that so I might as well put that idea out of its misery.

What to make of the rest of the drafts? I actually had 8 done and 2 more almost done–all of which were translations. Also, I totally forgotten about 6 of the songs I had translated long ago and didn’t bother publishing them. Talk about bad memory, right? Going back to do another cleansing, I realized I’d made drafts for a song twice so I deleted one, which just brought the total of drafts down one more. Then I deleted 4 more since I know that I probably won’t get around to it anyway. No point in keeping it around.

I’m still debating whether to delete about 15 more drafts so we’ll see about that. As I was thinking, I ended up finishing a review so one more down. The total of drafts left is now 119. With that, I think I should end this post here and see how it goes for the rest of the year