Status of Fan Fiction XXII

It has been two years since I updated on this. However, I don’t think anyone cares, lol. Because I wasn’t making progress with the fanfics anyway, why bother taunting anyone, right? Because I actually made some progress of recent, so I thought it would make sense to get back into this.

The total number is still 69.

Past Fan Fic(s):

Hide & Seek – 25 Votes – It has been ten years. Can you believe it? Yes, that’s right. Ten years! It didn’t feel that way because I started it ten years ago but updated it slowly at first. Then the drag came five years ago when I was so stuck that it wasn’t even funny. At long last, I finished it. Thank you so much for those even supporting it, lol. It was a sloppy ending, sort of. But I felt because I did a good job with some of Vic and Cyndi’s other stories, I felt it was all right to end it like that. I meant, I wrote the ending ten years ago but didn’t tie it up until now. So I debated whether to change it or not. Or extending it to fifteen chapters even. But in the end, I didn’t. I felt that was enough. Not everything had to be showy. Like I said already, I felt I did a really good job for their other stories so I felt like going subtle with this one.

The Dating Game 6-7 – Yes, I left it in the background on purpose and finished it already. This was because I wrestled back and forth and kept deleting. I didn’t know what I wanted for Jacky. But finally, at long last, it’s done. No more edits regarding it. At least regarding storyline in general. If there are mistakes, I would go back and fix, of course. That’s about it. Also, it will continue posting until it’s done. To clarify, I was stuck for so long that I finally made some move late June and going into July, so managed to write some of them back to back just like that. I’m thinking of publishing two chapters per day to make up for the lack of updates for the past six years. YES, it has been six years. I was shocked when I read the time stamp on the last update too. But I guess life happened, huh?

Current Fan Fics:

Payback – 3 Votes – I have something going on for a while until I got stuck again and wanted to change my mind about the nature of the story. So yes, a little setback again.

The Business – 7 Votes – I had something going but I backspaced again so some more delay. But this was actually my first time pushing past some barriers and going all the way so I thought I reconsider about a reckless ending SO yes, that was why.

ON-HOLD:

Honey In Tea – 9 Votes – The only one not moving at all so I thought I put it here. I’m not going to give up on it. But I just thought I put it on hold until after I finish with some of the other ones.

Stranded – 3 Votes – I had some notes going but I put it aside again, wondering if I should go in a certain direction with some of the plots so yes, it’s back on hold.

Upcoming Fan Fics:

The Dating Game 8 – YES, there is part 8 since I left it on a cliff hanger again. SORRY, but I just felt like ending it there. Hopefully, it won’t take another six years before I’m done with it, lol. But to give a little heads-up, I’m thinking this is heading toward a ten-part story. YES, ten. I might end it at 8 or 9 though. I don’t want to push it too much.

One-shots is now at 22. I initially wanted to post one of the stories I had in the background but I ended up scrapping it. YES, not a good thing when I’ve been lacking with updates. However, I felt it made sense since I no longer liked it. Perhaps, I’ll try to come up with something later.

So, what now? I can’t promise anything because this year has kicked up to a new level of craziness with the unpredictable. However, it’s safe to say that I’m focusing on finishing The Dating Game as soon as I can. Also, I have to get creative and stop before 2020 in the story’s timeline. Because seriously, who wants to deal with this year anyway? Even if in the fictional world. So yes, the story is going to stop at 2019–depending how much stuff I want to happen during that time. Unless, I can get away and skip the whole year with just a bunh of random vague summaries. However, I don’t think it’s plausible, becacuse seriously, the pandemic is unknown right now for the obvious reason, so I don’t want to skip ahead, especially since this isn’t a sci-fi.

Fan Fiction: Critiquing Your Own Stories

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.

Heaven’s Gift

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.

HIDE & SEEK

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Honey In Tea

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Neurotic

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.

Payback

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Scheming Nature

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.

Slanted Thoughts

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.

Slicing Boundary

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 Business

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The Dating Game

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 Other Extreme

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.

Tri-Visual

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.

True Friendship

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.

When Wishes Come True

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.

Winds & Rain

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.

Conclusion

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.

Lost Beauty by Angela Chang

(Credit: 福茂唱片)

Song Title: Lost Beauty (遺失的美好)

Music by: Huang Han Qing (黃漢青)

Lyrics by: Yao Ruo Long (姚若龍)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Teal = Pin Yin
Royal Blue = English
Indigo = Vietnamese

海的思念綿延不絕
hai de si nian mian yan bu jue
The ocean’s longing is continuous and endless
Nỗi khát khao của biển triền miên vô tận
終於和天 在地平線交會
zhong yu he tian   zai di ping xian jiao hui
Eventually, it will will join with the sky at the horizon
Cuối cùng, nó cũng sẽ chắp nối với bầu trời ở nơi chân trời
愛如果走得夠遠
ai ru guo zou de gou yuan
If love could travel that far
Nếu tình yêu có thể đi tới bao xa
應該也會跟幸福相見
ying gai ye hui gen xing fu xiang jian
It will definitely meet up with happiness
Thì nó sẽ nhứt định tương hội với hạnh phúc

承諾常常很像蝴蝶
cheng nuo chang chang hen xiang hu die
Promises are usually like butterflies
Những lời hẹn ước giống như là những con bướm vậy
美麗的飛 盤旋然後不見
mei li de fei   pan xuan ran hou bu jian
They will fly beautifully, hovering and then disappearing
Nó sẽ bay lượn thiệt đẹp, rồi sau đó biến mất đi
但我相信你給我的誓言
dan wo xiang xin ni gei wo de shi yan
But I believe in the promises you’ve given me
Nhưng tôi tin tưởng những lời hứa hẹn mà anh đã trao ra
就像一定會來的春天
jiu xiang yi ding hui lai de chun tian
Just like the spring that will definitely arrive
Giống như là mùa xuân rồi cũng sẽ tới

我終於帶著你愛的微笑
wo zhong yu dai zhe ni ai de wei xiao
I’ve finally carry along your love with a smile
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng mang theo tình yêu của anh mà mỉm cười
一路上尋找我遺失的美好
yi lu shang xun zhao wo yi shi de mei hao
On the road, I will seek out my lost beauty
Trên đường đi, tôi sẽ tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
不小心當淚滑過嘴角
bu xiao xin dang lei hua zui jiao
Carelessly, I let my tears slipped past my lips
Không cẩn thận, tôi đã để nước mắt tuông trào khỏi bờ môi
就用你握過的手抹掉
jiu yong ni wo guo de shui mo diao
I just used the hands that you once held to wipe it away
Tôi chỉ dùng bàn tay mà anh đã từng nắm để lau nó đi

再多的風景也從不停靠
zai duo de feng jing ye cong bu ting kao
Regardless of the landscapes, it couldn’t persuade me to stop
Cho dù có thêm bao nhiêu phong cảnh đi nữa cũng không thể giữ tôi lại được
只一心尋找我遺失的美好
zhi yi xin xun zhao wo yi de mei hao
I only have my heart in seeking out my lost beauty
Tôi chỉ chú tâm vào sự tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
有的人說不清那裡好
you de ren shuo bu qing na li hao
No one could say clearly how good it is
Không một ai nói rõ được rằng tốt ở chỗ nào
但就是誰都代替不了
dan jiu shi shui dou dai ti bu liao
Yet no one could replace it
Nhưng cũng không có ai có thể thay thế được vị trí của nó

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承諾常常很像蝴蝶
cheng nuo chang chang hen xiang hu die
Promises are usually like butterflies
Những lời hẹn ước giống như là những con bướm vậy
美麗的飛 盤旋然後不見
mei li de fei   pan xuan ran hou bu jian
They will fly beautifully, hovering and then disappearing
Nó sẽ bay lượn thiệt đẹp, rồi sau đó biến mất đi
但我相信你給我的誓言
dan wo xiang xin ni gei wo de shi yan
But I believe in the promises you’ve given me
Nhưng tôi tin tưởng những lời hứa hẹn mà anh đã trao ra
就像一定會來的春天
jiu xiang yi ding hui lai de chun tian
Just like the spring that will definitely arrive
Giống như là mùa xuân rồi cũng sẽ tới

我終於帶著你愛的微笑
wo zhong yu dai zhe ni ai de wei xiao
I’ve finally carry along your love with a smile
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng mang theo tình yêu của anh mà mỉm cười
一路上尋找我遺失的美好
yi lu shang xun zhao wo yi shi de mei hao
On the road, I will seek out my lost beauty
Trên đường đi, tôi sẽ tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
不小心當淚滑過嘴角
bu xiao xin dang lei hua zui jiao
Carelessly, I let my tears slipped past my lips
Không cẩn thận, tôi đã để nước mắt tuông trào khỏi bờ môi
就用你握過的手抹掉
jiu yong ni wo guo de shui mo diao
I just used the hands that you once held to wipe it away
Tôi chỉ dùng bàn tay mà anh đã từng nắm để lau nó đi

再多的風景也從不停靠
zai duo de feng jing ye cong bu ting kao
Regardless of the landscapes, it couldn’t persuade me to stop
Cho dù có thêm bao nhiêu phong cảnh đi nữa cũng không thể giữ tôi lại được
只一心尋找我遺失的美好
zhi yi xin xun zhao wo yi de mei hao
I only have my heart in seeking out my lost beauty
Tôi chỉ chú tâm vào sự tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
有的人說不清那裡好
you de ren shuo bu qing na li hao
No one could say clearly how good it is
Không một ai nói rõ được rằng tốt ở chỗ nào
但就是誰都代替不了
dan jiu shi shui dou dai ti bu liao
Yet no one could replace it
Nhưng cũng không có ai có thể thay thế được vị trí của nó

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在最開始的那一秒
zai zui kai shi de na yi miao
At the very first second of the beginning
Kể từ giây phút ban đầu
有些事早己經注定要到老
you xie shi zao ji jing zhu ding yao dao lao
There are some things that are already predestined until the end
Có một số chuyện vận mệnh đã định trước rồi
雖然命連愛開玩笑
sui ran ming lian ai kai wan xiao
Even if fate likes to play jokes
Cho dù số mệnh có trớ trêu cỡ nào đi nữa
真心會和真心遇到
zhen xin hui he zhen xin yu dao
Truthful hearts will eventually meet
Những kẻ thật lòng cũng sẽ được gặp nhau

我終於帶著你愛的微笑
wo zhong yu dai zhe ni ai de wei xiao
I’ve finally carry along your love with a smile
Tôi rốt cuộc cũng mang theo tình yêu của anh mà mỉm cười
一路上尋找我遺失的美好
yi lu shang xun zhao wo yi shi de mei hao
On the road, I will seek out my lost beauty
Trên đường đi, tôi sẽ tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
不小心當淚滑過嘴角
bu xiao xin dang lei hua zui jiao
Carelessly, I let my tears slipped past my lips
Không cẩn thận, tôi đã để nước mắt tuông trào khỏi bờ môi
就用你握過的手抹掉
jiu yong ni wo guo de shui mo diao
I just used the hands that you once held to wipe it away
Tôi chỉ dùng bàn tay mà anh đã từng nắm để lau nó đi

再多的風景也從不停靠
zai duo de feng jing ye cong bu ting kao
Regardless of the landscapes, it couldn’t persuade me to stop
Cho dù có thêm bao nhiêu phong cảnh đi nữa cũng không thể giữ tôi lại được
只一心尋找我遺失的美好
zhi yi xin xun zhao wo yi de mei hao
I only have my heart in seeking out my lost beauty
Tôi chỉ chú tâm vào sự tìm kiếm những nét đẹp mà tôi đã mất đi
有的人說不清那裡好
you de ren shuo bu qing na li hao
No one could say clearly how good it is
Không một ai nói rõ được rằng tốt ở chỗ nào
但就是誰都代替不了
dan jiu shi shui dou dai ti bu liao
Yet no one could replace it
Nhưng cũng không có ai có thể thay thế được vị trí của nó

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Love Journey by Angela Chang

(Credit: 福茂唱片)

Song Title: Love Journey (愛情旅程)

Lyrics: F.I.R.’s Ah Qin and Chen Shu Qiu (阿沁/陳淑秋)

Music by: Ah Qin (阿沁)

Key:
Bold = Chinese
Teal = Pin Yin
Royal Blue = English
Indigo = Vietnamese

你給的體溫 幸福的氣氛
ni ge de ti wen   xing fu de qi fen
The warmness that you’ve given, the blissful atmosphere
Cái ấm áp mà cơ thể anh đã trao ra, bầu không khí đầy hạnh phúc
他在你身邊 睡得好安穩
ta zai ni shen bian   shui de hao an wen
She’s by your side, sleeping peacefully
Cô ta đang bên cạnh anh, ngủ một cách yên tĩnh
是你太殘忍 還是我太笨
shi ni tai can ren   hai shi wo tai ben
Was that you who was too cruel? Or was that me who was too stupid?
Có phải anh đã quá tàn nhẫn? Hay là tôi đã quá ngu si?
這樣的容忍 有點太犧牲
zhe yang de rong ren   you dian tai xi sheng
That kind of tolerance is a little too sacrificial
Sự khoan dung đó giống như đã hy sinh quá lớn

不習慣你的眼神
bu xi guan ni de yan shen
Not used to your expression
Không quen thuộc với ánh mắt của anh
在風中不安的變冷
zai feng zhong bu an de bian leng
In the wind, it turned cold because of insecurity
Trong gió, nó đang biến lạnh nhạt vì cảm giác bất an
離開的時候是過程
li kai de shi hou shi guo cheng
Leaving at that moment is a type of process
Ra đi trong lúc đó cũng là một quá trình
我為愛狂奔
wo wei ai kuang ben
I rushed in wildly because of love
Tôi đã vì tình yêu mà điên cuồng

每次愛當從心痛啟程
mei ci ai dang cong xin tong qi cheng
Every time falling in love, there was always heartache accompanying the journey
Mỗi lần yêu là lại gặp phải nỗi đau thương theo cùng
我明白等待背後是傷痕
wo ming bai deng dai bei hou shi shang hen
I understand what’s waiting ahead is a scar
Tôi hiểu được sau lưng sự chờ đợi là những vết thẹo
為了一個人 每夜不熄燈
wei le yi ge ren   mei ye bu xi deng
Not turning out the lights each night because of someone
Vì một người mà mỗi đêm không tắt đèn
愛一個人愛的透徹
ai yi ge ren ai de tou che
Loving someone is loving thoroughly
Yêu một người là yêu đến cuối cùng

忘不了愛走過的旅程
wang bu liao ai zou guo de lu cheng
Can’t forget the past steps of the journey of love
Quên không được những con đường mà đã trải qua trong tình yêu
我依然相信幸福的可能
wo yi ran xiang xin xing fu de ke neng
I still believe in the possibility of happiness
Tôi vẫn tin tưởng rằng hạnh phục có thể đạt được
只有一個人 我願意去等
zhi you yi ge ren   wo yuan yi qu deng
I’m willing to wait for only that one person
Chỉ vì một người đó, tôi tình nguyện đợi chờ
在離開了以後 還會心疼
zai li kai le yi hou   hai hui xin teng
After leaving, the heart still aches
Sau khi rời khỏi, trái tim vẫn còn đau

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她給的擁抱 幸福的氣氛
ta ge de yong bao   xing fu de qi fen
The embrace that she has given, the blissful atmosphere
Cái ôm mà cô ta đã trao ra, bầu không khí đầy hạnh phúc
你在他身邊 笑得好天真
ni zai ta shen bian   xiao de hao tian zhen
You’re by her side, laughing so innocently
Anh đang bên cạnh cô ta, cười một cách quá hồn nhiên
是我愛太深 還是太單純
shi wo ai tai shen   hai shi tai dan chun
Have I loved too deep? Or was I too naive?
Có phải tôi đã yêu quá sâu? Hay là tôi đã quá ngây thơ?
這樣的轉身 有點太犧牲
zhe yang de zhuan shen   you dian tai xi sheng
To turn around like that is just too sacrificial
Quay mình như vậy giống như đã hy sinh quá lớn

不習慣你的眼神
bu xi guan ni de yan shen
Not used to your expression
Không quen thuộc với ánh mắt của anh
在風中不安的變冷
zai feng zhong bu an de bian leng
In the wind, it turned cold because of insecurity
Trong gió, nó đang biến lạnh nhạt vì cảm giác bất an
離開的時候是過程
li kai de shi hou shi guo cheng
Leaving at that moment is a type of process
Ra đi trong lúc đó cũng là một quá trình
我為愛狂奔
wo wei ai kuang ben
I rushed in wildly because of love
Tôi đã vì tình yêu mà điên cuồng

每次愛當從心痛啟程
mei ci ai dang cong xin tong qi cheng
Every time falling in love, there was always heartache accompanying the journey
Mỗi lần yêu là lại gặp phải nỗi đau thương theo cùng
我明白等待背後是傷痕
wo ming bai deng dai bei hou shi shang hen
I understand what’s waiting ahead is a scar
Tôi hiểu được sau lưng sự chờ đợi là những vết thẹo
為了一個人 每夜不熄燈
wei le yi ge ren mei ye bu xi deng
Not turning out the lights each night because of someone
Vì một người mà mỗi đêm không tắt đèn
愛一個人愛的透徹
ai yi ge ren ai de tou che
Loving someone is loving thoroughly
Yêu một người là yêu đến cuối cùng

忘不了愛走過的旅程
wang bu liao ai zou guo de lu cheng
Can’t forget the past steps of the journey of love
Quên không được những con đường mà đã trải qua trong tình yêu
我依然相信幸福的可能
wo yi ran xiang xin xing fu de ke neng
I still believe in the possibility of happiness
Tôi vẫn tin tưởng rằng hạnh phục có thể đạt được
只有一個人 我願意去等
zhi you yi ge ren wo yuan yi qu deng
I’m willing to wait for only that one person
Chỉ vì một người đó, tôi tình nguyện đợi chờ
在離開了以後 還會心疼
zai li kai le yi hou hai hui xin teng
After leaving, the heart still aches
Sau khi rời khỏi, trái tim vẫn còn đau

*All translations were done by DTLCT.

Year 2017 in Recap

year_review

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 repeated 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, 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 fanfics again and managed to get going on some, but I can’t promise 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.

Chinese:

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 a teeny, tiny bit of hope that 2018 will actually be better. So we’ll see, right?