Final Tri-Annual Progress Report & 2018 Writing Plan


Usually I’d post this during the final days of December, right before the New Year. Alas, December 31 was on a Sunday. And I’ve become a stickler in keeping with my posting schedule. So I compromised to have this post published right as the old year ends and the new year begins.

But before I start regaling you with my final progress report and 2018 writing plans, I just want to say…



Now, in 2017 I made a lot of plans. Some I was on goal, others I was not. In particular in not writing any new stories until at least I’ve completed one or two of my current  WIPs. But I did write 30 new poems in NaPoWriMo this past April. And I did get two poems, both written during NaPoWriMo, published in an online magazine.

Anyways, here’s a look at my writing progress from September to December. And what my writing plan for 2018 will be.

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One Lovely Blog Award


I’d like to thank fellow Scribophile member Lauren for this nomination! Here’s where you can find her on her blog and Twitter.

First things first, let’s get the rules of the One Lovely Blog Award out of the way!


  • When you get his award, thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself that are not in your Bio.
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees.

Hmmm, now to share 7 things about myself that’s not in my bio? That might be a bit hard, so sorry if I’m repeating myself.

  1. When I was little I got hooked on martial arts films so much I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up. Thought it’d be cool to fight with staffs, flip in midair, throw shuriken, run across water, etc.

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  2. I’m a bookaholic. Actually it’s gotten so bad that I’ll need to attend Books Anonymous. But doubtful the program would be of any help.

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  3. My favorite season is Spring. It used to be summer but that was my feelings during my younger years. The heat of summer was a sign of summer vacation and eating as much ice cream, snow cones, etc that I want. Now, the heat is just unbearable. I much prefer the gentle warmth of Spring and the blooming of colors and life that comes with it.

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  4. When I was younger, when I attended Catholic school, I wanted to learn to play the clarinet and violin. I thought the instruments were cool and made a beautiful, distinct sound when played. Unfortunately I never had  the courage to speak up about wanting to learn to play them. Also, because my mom was a single mom raising 3 kids. I knew there wouldn’t be enough money to pay for the instruments and join the school’s music club. Or for lessons.

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  5. I’m a huge anime fan. It’s been my goal to pass my love for anime to my kids, as well as my love for books. Unfortunately, I’ve been more successful with the former than the latter. So much so, I’m the one asking my kids what anime they’re watching as they’re now more in the know than I am.

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    6. Aside from being an anime fan I’m a huge Korean drama fan. Actually, I started watching Korean dramas, after watching a lot of Japanese dramas. Which I only started watching because I really, really, really wanted to watch the TV series based on the manga Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers). My favorite Korean actor, one of many, is Lee Min Ho. Who also played the character of Domyouji in the Korean drama adaptation of Hana Yori Dango.


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    7. Hawaii, Paris, Italy, Greece, etc. These are the typical places most people might list as places they’d like to visit one day. That’s especially true for me, but there’s one place I’d love to vacation to the most above all. Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. See #5. Akihabara is a district in Japan, a mecca of computer tech, video games, manga and anime.


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    Well those are my 7 things. Now who will I nominate? 😀

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Happy Banned Books Week!- Part II


Well Banned Books Week ends today. And as you know, I’ve chosen to read The Hunger Games.

A co-worker had told me the other day that I’d love the book and how I’ll finish reading it one day. Boy, she wasn’t wrong, even as I feel as my lungs are being set on fire, every time I cough.

I spent the whole day yesterday, laying in bed. Most of the morning wasted in sleeping and waking, stuffed up more than a turkey on Thanksgiving. Yet still managed to read all book one of The Hunger Games trilogy.

I haven’t read and finished a book in just one day since college. When I read Harry Potter for the first time. Although, I read it out of order, starting with book five.

Hell, I haven’t read a whole book in a day since junior high. When I’d spend my recess heading to the library to 1) to return a book(s) and 2) to take out more book(s). Just to spend the rest of recess, as the wallflower I was (and still a bit am), with a book glued to my hand.

I don’t what took me so long to read the series.

Anyways, I plan to do a review of book one real soon. A why you should read The Hunger Games, rebuttal against the reasons it was banned. Until then, I’m going to try my best to get over this cough. And deal with this pounding headache.

Did you enjoy Banned Books Week? What did you do to celebrate?

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Happy Banned Books Week!


Happy Banned Books Week!

So yeah, the books I ordered from Amazon came this past Tuesday. And you can’t believe how excited I was to see the tiny brown box with “Amazon Prime” tape all around it, on my porch.

Beautiful sight isn’t it?

amazon box at the door

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