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 It’s the end of May and I finally did the walk for graduation from Quinnipiac University. It was an okay affair but it was hard to see who was speaking through the sea of heads and hats. I couldn’t see my parents in the audience, though granted I didn’t look around much. This was more for my family’s sake than my own, as I was kind of bored and waiting for it to end. I was glad to finally get my diploma or whatever it’s called and get out of there. Admittedly, I should have stayed put and waited for my parents to retrieve me but I either didn’t know what to do next and followed automatic pilot in everyone getting out of there or I wanted to get out of there. That left me with the irritating situation of waiting outside for my parents to come while they looked for me inside. Call reception was terrible but I was able to find a landmark and tell them to meet me there. I met my advisor and professor and we talked about the Albertus Magnus application process for a bit before I reunited with my parents. 

I was tired and wanted to go home, so I can’t recall putting much effort in smiling for photos. My father a few days later came to me saying he wasn’t “trying to break my balls” but gave me a several minute speech about how I should put more effort into faking smiling for photos since I look too grumpy and murderous in mine. They want special photos where I’m happy. I understand where he’s coming from, but it only reinforced why I don’t like taking pictures. I don’t like being told to smile, it’s annoying and it’s like being told what to feel. Not to mention my default expression is somewhere around neutral and I’m not sure what expression I’m making, so smiling mightn’t always come out right like with my latest photo ID. Granted, the photographers can and do school me into the right type of smile, as with my graduation photo. Though there, I merely asked if my smile was appropriate. Maybe I could smile more for photos for my family but the others would have to tell me if it’s the right and nonawkward kind of smile. Hopefully, I won’t have to deal with having another picture taken of me for awhile so I won’t have to deal with the issue much.

The final letter of recommendation for my application to get into Albertus Magnus has finally been submitted. I’d have hoped for it to be submitted before the end of May but the professor I tapped to write the letter has presumably busy with work and other writer things. Fortunately, he apparently had it in his calender and was on time. Rolling admissions meant that I had another month or two to have everything submitted but that meant any response might take longer. Whatever the outcome, I’m glad this process is finally done with so it isn’t hanging over my head.

Was also supposed to do the volunteer job onsite this week but due to communication difficulties, I wasn’t able to do so and all of the options got rapidly booked up. I admit, I waffled on which ones to take, since I didn’t know what my preferences were when asked. Fortunately, the person in charge gave me contact list to copy down to excel and was able to show off what I can do from there. The next time the selections come up, I’ll try to choose at least one a week for the weeks that are available. Which from each week I’ll choose might be a bit trickier, especially since I’ll have to coordinate with my helper for when she’s available to drive me to and from there. I’ll see how that works out, especially for my resume.

Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Appmon )

That’s all for now. I’m thinking of posting my individual Appmon episode reactions here as well, since they can be more eloquent. Hopefully by June’s end, I’ll fully be caught up on news and made some fic progress. Until then, see you!. 

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Next month will be the time I take the walk for graduating from Quinnipiac University. I technically don’t have to do that to graduate but it’s an obligation to my parents. I’d have to get up really early on a weekend in order to do all of that stuff and I’ve only just attempted to get back on a good sleep schedule. Hopefully it won’t be too grueling. And speaking of education, I should hopefully have all my submission information for Albertus Magnus College’s MFA program put in by later this May. Just need to prod the second Letter of Recommendation writer to send his letter in on time, do the headings for the documents, and compose my writer’s resume and it’ll be all set. My mom thinks that I might actually get accepted this time unlike with Southern CT’s MFA program. We’ll see about that. As soon as the last item’s submitted, it’ll be out of my hands, and I wouldn’t have to worry about it until an announcement one way or the other comes, which I’m told will likely be quick since May’s early in the submission process.

In the meantime, going to work at another volunteer job. It’ll be basically be about doing office work and data entry. Some of the latter can be done at home, but it’s expected I should do that work in the office, the closest instance of me getting out into the community. I hope this leads me to eventually getting a paid job. These volunteer positions often seem like a racket. At least this will be work that won’t be too challenging for me, or require too much socialization. I can even do some of it on a computer where I can listen to the news or music. The person who helps me arranged for this, and is going to transport me to the job location. I don’t know if I’ll continue working if and when I start doing classes for Albertus Magnus but we’ll see. Writing stories for school can occupy a lot of time and it’d do not to have too many distractions.

Cut for fic babble, and potentnial spoilers for the Power Rangers movie and Appmon )

That’s all I can think of for now. I’m sitting here on a Saturday night, an hour or so from going to bed, and thought of an amusing line for a fic and wondering how I can look to real life events for plot inspiration so I wouldn’t be too formulaic. I often take inspiration from other matters or other shows, so great to have variety. Hopefully by May, I’ll be mostly caught up on news. Until that time, see you!

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 I went to the Albertus Magnus open house on March 1st with my mother. Finding a parking space and where the open house was taking place was a challenge but we got there in time. The MFA person who came to meet us with nice and answered all of our questions. Though some of the staff might be unfamiliar with genre work, they were open to it and they clarified some of the admission policies rules that were important. For example, one thing to do was to write about my “Writer’s Journey.” There’s a book with that title but they actually meant what are the influences that formed my writing style. That should be easier than rushing through a long book and giving my reaction to it. My influences are mostly those from different story mediums, so that’s going to be interesting.

Judging from the meeting with the MFA director, they are okay with that kind of thing. I had a talk with her this Wednesday and she was pretty friendly, explaining the program and working toward a completed novel manuscript by the time I graduate. She indicated my genre preferences wouldn’t be that odd among those in the program. My writing’s pretty solid from her perspective even with the occasional grammar mistakes and that wouldn’t be a deal breaker when I submit my application to them (Though I’ll still have that looked over). At the beginning of April, I’ll have to cut back on some of my writing time in order to tackle the essay about my writing journey and influences. I’m aiming to submit everything by May and the word count is between 750 and 1000 words, around three to four double-spaced pages, so it wouldn’t take too long. However, I want to get started early so I wouldn’t be scrambling at the last minute. I’ll get a quick response, so one way or another I’ll know if I’m going to graduate school this fall.

Fic talk, and spoilers for Kong Skull Island and Digimon Universe Appli Monster )

That’s all I can think of for now. In the meantime, see you! 

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 I might have a chance to go to another college MFA program. There’s one at Albertus Magnus College not far from where I live and the description so far indicates they might be open to genre. Then again, their definition of “genre” might be different. The program and college in general seems a mix of online and in-person classes. Though I prefer the latter, I wouldn’t mind doing online classes if they would get me some additional education in fiction writing. My mom and I have questions about the Application rules that include if we can reuse Southern material. If we must do original work, that might cut into my writing time and delay some fics. Whatever the case, we plan to clarify things at the open house March 1st. We’ll see if this avenue’s viable for me then.

I’m only three months behind on the news now. Depending on my sleep schedule, within a month and a half, I would be already caught up. That’s good, since that would leave me more time to watch other shows and do one or two house responsibilities. Dad prodded me to get into the routine of putting dishes away. I don’t mind, since it only takes five or ten minutes. I surmise it’s time to edge my way into such responsibilities. Hopefully they won’t cut too much into my story watching/reading or writing time. I’m a story lover, so it’d suck if I could barely squeeze that into my schedule.

Other stuff )

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’m going to see if I can start to have a consistent sleep schedule starting tonight. I won’t hold my breath but I’ll try my best. I’ll update at the end of March. Until then, see you!

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Well, it turns out I didn’t get into the Southern MFA program after all. I knew they focused on literary rather than genre but from how the head of the program talked when I met him, they seemed flexible and I wanted to be honest about who I was and what subject matter I tackled. It turned out that I was apparently too genre to fit in the program. They said if I could switch my focus to literary, I could try again in another semester, but I’m not sure. Most of my ideas fit into genre, so I don’t know if the right decision is to grit my teeth and have to right in a literary style for a few years in order to get by in the world or be true to myself and go elsewhere. If I decide to not have another go at the Southern MFA program, that leaves limited options if I want to continue living at home. There is an online class that my Quinnipiac adviser suggested which I might look into. I never did online classes before, so I don’t know what they would entail. I would be strange to do things without being in the physical presence of an instructor. Still, first time for everything. Something to consider when the fall semester comes around.

Cut for fic babble and maybe some spoilers for Digimon Universe Appli Monster )

That is all for now. Less than two weeks after coming into office and our latest president has already shown he would be monstrous against all those who have been screwed over by the government and the rich. There’s going to be a lot of protesting in these four years, which would hopefully last beyond his administration, if there will be another administration. A lot of implicit evils that laid the groundwork for him were done in previous, more “respectable” administrations and would continue if another “respectable” administration comes to power. Hopefully, as a disabled working class person, I’ll survive these four years. In the meantime, I’ll continue to write and plan stories. Until next time, see you!

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The end of the year has come. I’ve completed and passed both of my last Quinnipiac classes with A’s and steadily submitted all the documents needed to get into the Southern CT State University MFA program. Apparently, most of the classes that have to do with writing have already been taken, so I’ll have to make do with electives whether I get into the program or not. I’m still in contact with my advisor and Senior Sem professor and will inform him if I get into the MFA program.

In anticipation of my Quinnipiac email getting shutdown, I set up another email account and transferred most of my active online accounts to that. I’ve had some of them attached to my mother’s email since I didn’t think to set up an personal email for the longest time and I thought all that was available was gmail. Fortunately, I finally got the idea to google around to see where I could get a free email address and set everything up the same day. I’ll tell my Quinnipiac professors to contact me with that email if they want to talk to me for any reason. I don’t expect to get much messages that don’t somehow relate to school business, but I guess it’s common courtesy anyway.

Pattern changes, spoilers for Digimon Universe Appli Monster, Moana, and writing talk )

That’s all I can think of talk about for now. 2016 was a good year in some personal accomplishments but not so much in world affairs. Here’s hoping 2017 will be much better. By the end of January, there might be an update on my graduate school situation and what progress I made on my writing, among other matters. Until that time, a happy new year!

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It’s near the end of another school semester but this one is more significant. This will be my last time at Quinnipiac. My mom keeps becoming sentimental over this being my last semester but I’m not feeling much. To tell the truth, unless I bungle such a milestone in some way, my feelings are a vague “good, I pass” and I move right along. Maybe I’ll get sentimental later when I finally leave, but until then, I’ll be focusing the short term education needs.

School, fic, and some spoilers for the movie Trolls )

That’s all for now. When I next post, it will almost be the new year and I’ll have hopefully submitted all the documents I need to get into Southern and the MFA program. Until then, see you! 

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 It’s already that time of the semester where most of my writing time gets taken up by schoolwork. I’m on the second draft for my twelve page Senior Seminar paper and basically have to rework everything. For the essay to make sense, I introduced the entire mythos of Godzilla, with a section about the first film and another about the entries that followed. By the time I was done with that and finished introducing what the essay was about, I had already taken up three pages. I don’t know if that’s too long or if the Godzilla mythos needs that much detail to be understood by the average layman.

Since my professor said that my major categories are about monsters as symbols vs monsters are characters, I should group the sources that talk about them that way, with lots of “Critic A said this, while Critic B said that.” On the first draft, I seemed to merely report on what various scholars said. I kind of did the same with the second draft, so at the halfway point, I looked it over and rewrote a lot of it. It isn’t comparative as the professor suggested but the quotes seem support each other and writing the essay is no longer such a chore. When I’m done, I’ll look it over again and reword any confusing sentences. I didn’t the last time and that confused my professors and fellow student reviewers.

More schoolwork talk, among other things )

Anyway, that’s all for now. I can’t wait for this election to be over. It’s revealing some unpleasant sides to people. When I next write, it’ll be two to three weeks away from my end at Quinnipiac and hopefully I’ll have everything prepared to enter the MFA program at Southern.

Happy Halloween!

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A month into my new classes and I’m settling in. Reading has been a bit sporadic but I’m trying to get into a routine. With Tuesday and Thursday classes, your reading time alternates between two and five days, so it’s a bit hard to pace things. Last week, I read nearly thirty pages of a difficult article in one day and it was grueling. Sometimes, the material can be difficult and you can’t take it in all at once. I read another article that was nineteen pages and reading it over three days was a bit better. At least by the time I feel overwhelmed, I already read most of the six or seven pages and still have an idea of what I’m reading about when I resume the next day. Hopefully, that’ll stay the course when I keep to this pattern.

For Senior Seminar, I’ve already collected much of the sources for the long essay and story to come. I’ve got plenty of sources for Godzilla. I might need to get more but my professor said I seem to have enough. Searching through a few college article databases brings up nothing for Gamera and Ultraman, so I want to learn a bit more, I’m going to have to track down documentaries and interviews. A few other sources for Godzilla might do but a common theme has been the various ways to present a monster movie, how they could be metaphors, and that they have attracted such a passionate fanbase because they are characters to root for. That falls neatly in with the story in mind that I have.

At the moment, I’m summarizing sources beginning with the shorts and it’s kind of difficult to know what to quote and what to paraphrase but this’ll supposedly help me go back to certain quotes that caught my interest when it’s time to write the essay. I suppose I’d better base them around my other notes I jotted down for them, since that’s where I wrote what was relevant to me and the professor said we can graft the summaries to our goals. That will be helpful, since there are several long videos and it would be easier if I only summarized them from how they might help my project.

Over to the Human Rights class, we went to an event where three Nobel Laureates had a talk and I was able to give a question. That was certainly informative about activism around the world and my mom who accompanied appeared to have a good time. It was interesting to be in the presence of well-known people who have been in the thick of activism, since they feel as ordinary as everyone else around me. We talked about the event a lot in class. Now, though, we are settling into the routine of reading articles and talking about them after they are presented to a student in class. We are already a week behind because the teacher liked to go over the first article in more detail but she said they would try not to do the same for the other articles.

I’m going to present mine in a few weeks that talks about LGBT and Human Rights, and I wonder how long beforehand do I have to prepare for it. The presentation is supposed to be around five to ten minutes and be a cliffnotes layman’s version of what the article is talking about. I’d probably ask her when I next see her in class. I’m sure I’ll do fine but hopefully I’ll be understandable when I speak since I’m not a loud speaker or much of a speaker at all. There is an essay or two in the future but I’m not going to worry about that until later. For now, I’m pretty content with my two classes.

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That’s all I can think of talking about for now. I feel like I’ve covered everything that I wanted to. When the end of October rolls around, I will have got a bit thicker into my classes and maybe make significant progress on some of my fics. Until then, see you!

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Near the start of another semester and wondering how much I might have to delay my own story writing to accomplish class writing. Since one class is all about writing one long essay, that seems all but inevitable. I might also have to write something long to get into graduate school but that might need to be clarified. It’s been a long time since my mom and I paid any attention to that stuff. On the bright side, both of those things allow for telling stories and I might be able to learn to be more succinct with those, since they can’t be more than thirty or forty-someodd pages double-spaced. Those are on the upper end of my average chapter lengths, and around the length of my longer one-shots, so it might be helpful indeed.

So far, it seems these two classes won’t require any books. The Human Rights class explicitly confirms this while The Senior Seminar still has a “To Be Determined” message. Of course, this could mean we have to buy our own books particular to our research but I wouldn’t exactly complain and neither would the family account. There is a book or two I’m thinking of getting as sources for the essay portion of the paper but I’ll wait to check with the professor. I have little idea of what they have to entail thus far, since neither have opened up their websites on blackboard and posted their syllabus. That might change in the next day or so but in the meantime, all I can do is wait.

Storytelling Woes )

That’s all for now. Maybe I should talk about more than my writing but it’s much of my life. I can do show and character analysis or talk about real world stuff but meh. The last point doesn’t grab me as much. Anyway, the next time I post, I shall have done over a month of the semester and the true gauge of the work there shall give me something extra to talk about. So until then, see you!

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Still recovering from my sickness and my sleep schedule hasn’t been got on track. On the bright side, I solved my fall class issue. I shall be taking a Human Rights course in place of Playwriting. Though that was rather my last option, the other course that really interested me involved international travel. I’m not much of a traveler and I’m leery of flying, so that was out. I feel a bit guilty since I expressed a lot of interest in that class in the email to the professor and yet when the travel issue came up, that interest dropped like a stone. I know professors get contacted by many students interested in their classes only to turn them down or never speak with them again and they probably have to build a tough skin and not take it personally. Yet I can’t help thinking I might have falsely raised hopes. I’ll just send an email to that professor later and hopefully that’ll take care of things.

In the meantime, with the fall semester coming and the others to follow, I might downgrade the number of fics I post to one a month to one every other month or when they could be posted. Classes can really eat up one’s writing time, so I want to prepare for that. Editing fics for posting can also take a while and I don’t want to rush things, so I have to prepare for that. So my fic for August might still be posted during that month but not on the first Sunday. I was going through it two pages per day but I decided to downgrade that to a page per day so I could have time to read stories that have influenced my writing style and could serve as an example so I wouldn’t overdescribe or linger in my tales. That might leave me going more slowly through my backlog of planned fics and I pray I might actually get to go through them all within a manageable amount of years.

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That’s all I can think of for now. By the next time I speak, the new semester would be close to or have already started. I would have also already seen a few movies by then and I might offer my thoughts on them if I feel if there was anything notable about them. Until next time, see you!

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 A bit of a wrench has been thrown into my fall semester schedule. The class on playwriting cancelled due to there not being enough students, so I have had to look for classes that interest me and fit my schedule. The trouble is all the ones that catch my attention so far either apparently have requirements I haven’t pursued or were full. My advisor said he would look into that a few days ago and he is likely busy, so I would have to wait for the verdict on that. 

In the meantime, I seem to be getting sick. Ever since Monday night and Tuesday morning, I started to feel mucus and a cough which had grown on Wednesday. I might have caught the bug that caused Mom to cough to the point of making a retching-like sounds that she seemed to be on the mend from. So I’m in for a long haul that might cause even more chaos for my sleep schedule than it already goes through. But I’ll get through it like I always do.

And speaking of chaos, my watch and read schedule had been thrown even more behind than it already is. I thought a few weeks back I could try to keep a better sleep schedule by breaking from a pattern that often caused me to stay up more than was necessary. I plan to resume when July came around. 
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 Been done with the semester for nearly two weeks now and apparently grades came back where I passed highly in both classes. I edited the final essay for Critical Theory and Practice after getting feedback from the professor. Fortunately, I seemed to have put it well together enough that I only needed to do cosmetic edits. The script for Script Writing was a bit more difficult. Due to that professor’s busy schedule, I had around three days to do a 20 page draft that I usually take two weeks to do. Trying to follow his advice and think up of alternatives to what I did was at times frustrating. I worked on it until the Friday midnight deadline two weeks back and eventually shrugged and just sent what I had. It seemed I got a good grade from that. Maybe I did improve some things. He did admit at one point script writers go over more drafts than we have time for in class and this final draft was just a simple stopping off point. Hopefully I’ve learned something from that which can be applied to my stories in the future.

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In around two weeks, I’ll be done with this semester, so I’m feeling the crunch. I have a final essay and a script to hand in by the beginning of the second week of May, so next week I might skimp on my usual watchings and readings. That might put me another week behind but I have a whole summer to catch up and I might need more time to do a 8-10 page paper and 20 page script. I don’t have any idea of what turn my essay would go with the sources I chose and I’m feeling antsy about this latest iteration of the script (Probably because I haven’t replotted it) but I’ll see how it all falls out in the end.

That means most of my other creative writing has screeched to a halt. The part that doesn’t fall under most is some The Land Before Time writing, since the free up of time by ceasing to do liveblogs means I can watch those films and do some writing. I have one story in mind that I haven’t completely plotted out yet but some scenes were so entrancing I wrote them anyway. I’ve just finished viewing the first four movies and shall move on to movie 5. I was pleased to find one thing I mentioned in description seemed to later match up with Littlefoot’s character in the movies. I might have to change or add some details later as I go through the movies and TV series, but I seem to be on the right track with characterization and can’t wait to delve into the meat of the plot.

And watching the movies so far has been a nostalgia trip. I know there are definite problems for how the sequels were made and I wouldn’t like that to happen to any of my own stories but I can’t help but be fond of these movies. They were a very significant part of my childhood, enough that I wrote my first fanfiction with them in a Mickey Mouse notepad. So far I’ve been enjoying the experience and I’ll see if that enjoyment holds up for the material I haven’t watched yet. I’m vaguely thinking I might write some The Land Before Time fanfics as a test runs for the longer pieces. I’m running out of fanfic material I already mostly finished and feel ready for posting, so that might be one avenue until I make sure other fanfic is up to quality.

Other stuff )

That’s all for now. When you next hear from me, I’ll be off for the semester and probably have seen Captain America: Civil War. Until then, bye!

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Near the end of the month and the end of a few patterns that have held for a long while. 
For one, I will be finished with my liveblogs at the end of this week. It has been a wild ride that has gotten wilder and eaten up a lot more time out of my day. Finishing will mean more time freed up to pursue other interests. The same could be said for a weekend news show I watched, whose cancellation was most unfortunate and dickish. But watching each episode takes four hours, and if I watch two in one day, that I can mean I stay up more than I should. With that time opened up, I can catch up on two or so podcasts I follow that have grown quite a biacklog. For both instances, at the very least, I could plot to go to bed at a more descent time and not have a sleep schedule as much out of whack.
In university news, I’ve chosen my last classes. One was senior seminor, where you have to write something really long but my advisor, who would be teaching it, brought up the option that I could write a story with my creative writing concentration, though there would need to be an essay-like introduction. If I was going to write a Godzilla-inspired monster story, I the introduction would go over the history of Godzilla and similar such films. I’ll be looking forward to that. The other class was Playwriting, since I want to continue my story-making streak in some way. Exploring that format will be interesting, with not being much of a play person myself. We’ll see how that goes.
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Anyway, that’s all that I can think to babble about for now. It’s Tuesday morning and I have been up since yesterday morning. Within several hours, I hope to go to sleep and have a nice long rest. Hopefully Tuesdays could be my “rest” days until I could start getting my sleep schedule on track and catch up on my watch schedule. So I’ll see what awaits me in April. Until the end of that month, see you!
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 Have posted my first Buddyfight fanfic at the beginning of the month and so far no reviews. I’m not exactly surprised, since one-shots seem to get less reviewed than chaptered fics and the Buddyfight section might get less traffic than other sections. So I’ll just continue posting fics monthly, with March being my first Gamera fic. I hope I’ve got the voices of the human characters down right. After that is Trinity of Loss for April and then Brother of Brothers for May. I was tepid about posting that last one since I thought there were significant problems there. Two chapters reviewed and corrected so far though, and nothing seems to be too majorly wrong. When I get to the final chapter, I’ll see if that remains the case and then go from there.

Moving on to fics that are to be posted to fics I’m still writing, I’m on chapter 3 of Past Wild Endurance. Chapter 2 was a little shorter than expected and might become shorter on a second look to get the right theme I right. Chapter 3’s first scene will remain unchanged while the following scenes could range from barely any change to significant alterations. I’m nearing the end of rewriting Babysitter For A Day and the New Gamera fic Departed Calling, but I would have to reread them to be sure they would be ready for posting in the future. Reviewing Together in Death and though so far nothing much was changed, I have the sense I might need to make some major changes as I go along.

I’m interested in getting into some Godzilla fics at some point. I looked at the plot of the Godzilla and Anguirus friendship Jaws of Life and I was no longer feeling it. There was some subplot about Mothra that I now think should be her own story and things should be simpler. So I’m planning to streamline things a bit, narrow down the human cast and just have the scenario I’ve often imagined in my own dream continuity of Godzilla be what happened here. It feels descent enough that I shouldn’t let it go to waste. Minya might play some role but that’s because this takes place after Son of Godzilla and before whatever the heck film where Godzilla and Anguirus are BFF is next chronologically. That timeline matter is something I’m probably not going to touch very much. Strangely, whatever lukewarm response Minya seems to get from fandom, he plays a significant role in at least two other stories I have in mind. One is a follow-up to All Monsters Attack/Godzilla’s Revenge and the other is that Mothra plot I just mentioned. At any rate, maybe in a few weeks I’ll start replotting and maybe even writing Jaws of Life.

In other news, I’m doing fine with classes. Studying for a Critical Theory and Practice test by going over the terms twice a day and will soon come up with the first major writing of the class – applying these concepts we’ve been reading about if I remember correctly. I’ll see what that’ll entail and how it’ll effect my writing schedule. For Script Writing, I’ve hopefully finished plotting /and completed the first two scenes for the short. I have a meeting with the professor before class on Monday to discuss the script. What I have planned seems a bit much for the 15 - 20 minute limit but hopefully I might be able to pace it in a way where I use the minimum to get a great point across and it doesn’t feel rushed. I’m a bit new at script writing and the technical terms to use, even with reading a script book, so I guess I’ll get some correction on their use in that meeting.

I’ve seen Kung Fu Panda 3 and it’s a fun, great film that builds on the previous ones. If this was the final one in the series, it would be fine. I think it would be fine if Dreamworks sticks with trilogies with its popular properties. It seems like it would work for them. Its next offering later in the year Trolls I’m a bit more dubious about but we’ll see what the reception is when it comes out. Moving over to Disney, I’ve already spoiled myself a bit thoroughly with Zootopia. It seems junior novelizations couldn’t be aligned to when a film is released and international airings come ahead of the US’s, so a lot of information about the plot is available. Its Wikipedia entry even has a detailed summary. Even with what I already know, I still look forward to seeing the movie. It sounds interesting, with intriguing characters that I’m sure I would like. Moana also sounds fun from what I heard, and I hope that a trailer about it accompanies Zootopia.

Going to Zootopia might be an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone since for the next five weeks or so, our car wouldn’t be available to drop me off or pick me up from college. My younger brother needs to go to a school for reasons related to his college pursuits, so I need to use Metrotaxi to get to my university. I haven’t used it in a while, so over $400 is in the account. But including tip, a round trip costs between $60 and $80, so I’m kind of rapidly going through it.  I’m supposed to get an extra $100 into the account when March rolls around but I’m not sure when exactly that would happen. I realized I’ll have spring break on the week of March 14th and I’m sure my brothers have it on a different week but I’m not sure if that makes the total weeks I’ll eventually take other transport to school either 7 or 8. I went to get a haircut last Wednesday with the person who accompanies me to the movies and other tasks who said she would be happy to help. We’ll see how that goes but I feel nervous about having her presumably spend money to accommodate for such needs.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Falling a bit more behind on my watching schedule but maybe I can find some way to stabilize it soon. When March comes, I’ll be nearly done with liveblogging. See you!

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I have started classes and with those classes come some changes. 

On Monday, I’ve begun yet another semester. So far still at the “getting the feel” stage of these classes. The Critical Theory and Practice class, which I described as “studying how literature is studied” happens around three times a week and I’ve already done class reading for. So far, it seems to be about that, with mentions of being aware of how you read a book and jotting down notes whenever something important jumps out. I’ve done some of that through only underlining so far, though I might use other note taking suggestions as I proceed to read on. Anyway, as I probably mentioned before, the professor’s one I had before and it would probably be interesting to see the ways literature is studied.
The Script Writing class is once a week on Monday and, in an amusing moment, I first met the professor when trying to track down the room number. The same number with different preceding letters led to some closet, and I was going to ask the desk people in the area I pass to go downstairs where the room was when the man having a conversation with them recognized me and directed me to the room. It was my professor. I never looked up a picture of him but apparently he did so of me or recognized that I was about to ask about his classroom. Whatever the case, I learned I’ll be with just around a dozen classmates and we went over the basics of what to put in a script. He mentions installing a script program that we would be using and that there should be a student version that would be free until the end of the semester but when I input my information at the website everything is still priced impressively and the free trial is only a month. I wouldn’t mind actually buying the program outright since it sounds interesting but I’ll talk to the professor about before I dive headfirst into it. In the meantime, I’m reading the script of Silver Linings Playbook, which is over 150 pages. Granted, script pages are short but still it’s a great commitment.
Which brings me to a great change in my usual reading habits. I’m likely going to drop reading from a certain new site. I talked about skipping certain authors before but after seeing the reading schedule for the semester, I went “screw it” and decided the most I would do with that site is read the summaries for each article. Maybe I would take a peak but I’m tired of being exhausted and want to have time to look at other writings in my free time, whether for pleasure or research for stories. Heck, with a steadier sleep schedule, I might eventually be up to be able to read faster again. We’ll see how much I’ll progress on that front when I grow used to the class reading schedule.
And as for posting fanfic, I’ve reviewed so I would have something to post at least until April. I’ll see how well I do at spotting grammatical or other flaws when I post and if I get any reviews that comment on it. As for the usual writings, I’m not yet sure if I might have to scale back to one page per day or not since script writing will be coming on the horizon soon. That might eat up a lot of writing time. Once I finish with the Smile liveblog, I’ll see if I could add some more writing time in for long chaptered stories like Past Wild Endurance. Will see. 
Anyway, I’m planning to see my first 2016 movie on Thursday, Kung Fu Panda 3. I can’t believe how long it’s been since I saw Kung Fu Panda 2 in theaters. It’s getting consensus reviews of B- so far, and I surmise I would enjoy it regardless. Let see if the main villain here gets the same Draco in Leather Pantsing as the antagonists from the previous two movies. From clips, he seems amusing. The film after that is Zootopia, which comes out in March. I admit, I poked around for spoilers because there are books released and that gave away a plot twist for Frozen. I kind of regret doing that. Let’s just say there’s a few twists and you should steer clear of spoilers.
Well, that’s all for now. Still trying to get to some manageable sleep schedule for this semester. Hopefully I’ll be able to adjust to some kind of good pattern. Until the end of February, see you!
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 It’s the final days of 2015. I’ve finished the fall semester with apparently good grades and only two semesters to go before graduation. I’ve got Atragon and War In Space for Christmas, adding two more movies to my monster DVD collection. I finished my rewritten chapter 1 of Past Wild Endurance and the rough draft of the final chapter, which gives me two days to work on the revised chapter 2 and the other chapters that follow. I think I finished a few stories and starting in 2016, I may start posting them. I finished my liveblog of Suite Precure and have started Smile. This would be my final Precure liveblog and other than some Godzilla stuff sprinkled in between, I’ll be completely done with liveblogging. That would open up some time that I hope to do some other stuff.

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So until my first post at the end of the first month of 2016, see you!

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 Three more weeks and yet another semester at my university shall come to an end. After some communication confusion, I was able to get the information needed to finish my essay for the documentary for my religion class. It required reading far enough into a book to get the themes that were applicable to the documentary project and essay and that was a bit of a challenge. I’m used to reading one page every four or five minutes, not two. Fortunately, it worked out. We did the filming and now the next step would be to edit it altogether and provide a narrative. That results of that would be interesting. I hope I contributed enough to the project but whatever the case, it would be one more thing I would be done with. Then one of the main worries would be the test, which the professor got into specifics about this today. Fortunately, studying might not be as hard as I thought it would be.

For my Shakespeare class, I finished the first draft of the final essay. It wouldn’t be due for around three weeks but I decided to start it this Thanksgiving break anyway since I believe I have all the materials I need. My professor for that class consented to looking over the first rough draft which I emailed to him today. I kind of doubt I would be able to just submit it now with minor edits. Still, to have plenty of time to have it examined and then rewrite it instead of waiting until the last minute is appealing. That way, I could put some more concentration on studying for the religion class. I’ve also been reading a scene me and two others were supposed to memorize and act out in class. I believe I did okay. I can’t recall memorizing any material for activities beside tests, so I kind of stumbled even though I only had two speaking lines. I at least contributed with coming up with an additional reason why we selected that short passage of that Shakespeare play, which my group mates were appreciative of.

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That’s all for now. My fanfic situation is at it’s usual pace, with the latest draft of my Gamera fic looking to be near completion. The first draft of the final chapter of Past Wild Endurance might be several pages near the end. I’m several pages near the end of the second draft of that story’s first chapter as well. I’m on the second draft of my plot for Past Kingly Endurance, shortening the arcs into three rather than four chapters. Other than that, everything’s on track. When I next post, it would be the end of 2015 and I would have probably also seen Star Wars the Force Awakens, which I might mention. Maybe the next year would actually look up in terms of managing my free times. Until then, see you!

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 I have already signed up for Spring 2016 classes. When I saw my advisor’s email to set up appointments for that thing, I just dismissed it assuming that would be dealt with later in the semester. Fortunately, I coincidentally bumped into my advisor and I looked up my sign up time to learn that it was just a week from that time. I got a meeting with my advisor and we determined to get my requirement for a Critical Theory and Practice class, which I admittedly didn’t look up to see what it was about until now. It seems to be about how literature is studied in the discipline of English and the theories and practices around how that study is formed. The course description indicated that this would be of help in the future class where you have to write a long as hell essay. Hopefully it would be helpful in that arena. I’m taking the class with a teacher I had before, in a class I believe was about English novels around the time of Dickens and it’s nice to be taught by professors familiar with you.

The other class I chose was Script Writing. I was kind of interested in that craft since reading The Writer’s Tale of how Russel T Davies did Doctor Who scripts. From the description of the class, it seems right up my alley and I do enjoy crafting stories while in class. I hope the professor isn’t the type to press for more ordinary slice of life tales rather than speculative fiction. Other professors in the creative writing sometimes pressed for that but didn’t object much when I went in a speculative direction. Though speaking of creative writing, there was the issue of a prerequisite. In any other ordinary case, I was required to take some other previous film course. But since I had a concentration in creative writing, the professor and the chair of that department pleasantly granted an exemption.

On Monday the day of the signup, there was a little snag where attempts to get accepted into both classes were bounced back because I didn’t have a prerequisite. For the English class, it was some snafu because I apparently did take a prerequisite and my advisor helped to add me to the class. For Script Writing, it was prompting the chair of film to remind someone to force register me for the class. It was a bit anxiety inducing but as I continued to check to see the classes remained opened, it didn’t bother me too much. Now that I see both classes continue to remain open, I guess it was a bit silly to be worried. But fortunately I’m now set for Spring 2016.

That’s all for now. I need to ask my Shakespeare professor later about the particulars of a critical short essay analyzing an article analyzing a Shakespeare play. I already begun it but it’s been a while since I’ve done essays, so I’m rusty and am a bit unsure of how to go on for 1000 words. Hopefully it would all go well and I would be able to do the later longer essays this semester. Anyway, see you!

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