zaelle: Kiwis are descended from T-Rex (Default)
2016-03-09 10:09 am
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Sci-Fi writing

Crossposted from Tumblr, because it's fun and I would love a discussion, but I'm not a Tumblr celebrity :P

Tl:dr - I’m trying to write a sci-fi short story for the first time and I was looking for tips/thinking about what makes a) a story memorable and b) sci-fi as a genre memorable. Answer: Both define and question what being human means (even in the strangest or most extreme environments).

Do you agree? What are your thoughts?

The full post )
zaelle: (Nekotalia Iggycat)
2015-07-25 08:29 pm
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zaelle: Kiwis are descended from T-Rex (Default)
2015-07-19 01:28 pm
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So I broke my streak by skipping Day 7. I'm hoping to hop right to Day 8 later today. My excuse is that I was pretty much asleep the whole day thanks to anti-histamines.

Yeah it's my eyes, basically I was avoiding anti-histamines for days thinking that I didn't need them. I was wrong.

Also the core workout on day 6 was a little too much for my abs. Day 7 called for another intense workout so I plan to make it up at the end of the challenge.

Fingers crossed!
zaelle: (Nekotalia Iggycat)
2015-07-12 06:03 pm

30 Days of Yoga - Day 1

I've been thinking about it for a while but today I finally decided to take the plunge and try out the '30 Days of Yoga' challenge.

Basically, back when I was looking for an 'exercise at home' option, I found a youtube channel called Yoga with Adriene. I liked it because it was well explained, homey and Adriene always reminds you to go at your own pace. There are a lot of other fitness based channels which are very much "IF YOU'RE NOT DYING YOU'RE NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH!" ...which frankly, aren't conducive to healthy workouts. Adriene doesn't put you in that mood and she also tries to come up with videos based on specific health problems - if you have a bad back, if you're sick, etc. If she doesn't have a video, you comment to ask about how you can practice yoga despite having whichever ailment you have, and she answers.

So...the 30 Days of Yoga Challenge.

If you're curious, here's the introductory video:

Day 1 )

extra )
zaelle: (Nekotalia Iggycat)
2015-04-26 09:07 pm

Coursera - Sagas and Space - Thinking Space in Viking Age and Medieval Scandinavia

It's been a while but I thought I should record here my first serious attempt at completing a massive online course. It's kind of interesting that I've been better able to focus on taking this online course now that I actually have a job, than I ever did when I didn't have one.

Anyway, it's a fascinating course about how 'space' was perceived in early to medieval viking literature. The course says 'Scandinavia' as a whole, but most of the material we're reading from is from Iceland. I'm not sure if that's a result of more written records and sagas surviving better out of Iceland than from Norway, Sweden or Denmark, or for some other reason, but it is interesting none-the-less.

Relationships between Space and Memory )

On taking an online course )

Overall it's fun so far. The course is run out of the University of Zurich. I think if there's any lesson I've learned here, it's that I should use Coursera to take courses I'm actually interested in, regardless of how practical or useful they will be for my professional or life skills...rather than the alternative.
zaelle: Kiwis are descended from T-Rex (Default)
2015-01-05 09:39 pm
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Some additional thoughts

It occurs to me that I read a lot in 2014. Not all things were brilliant, most of them were escapism, but it felt great to have a neighborhood library so immediately available and so much time to read everything. The only thing I wish I did, was to keep track of all of them - or at least a list so I know which ones I already read/liked/etc.

I thought I would do this on Goodreads, but I didn't. I mean I reviewed some of the books/added them to my shelf, but I was pretty lax on it.

I'd like to keep better track of that this year, and be a bit more active on Goodreads.

Well, the last book of 2014 for me was actually Ancillary Justice. The first book of 2015 was a reread of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'

Now I just need to think of a way to make a ready standing list and just be able to return to it when I want to...
zaelle: America's overworked (America's overworked)
2014-11-06 10:38 am

Nanowrimo - Day 5

Word Count: 10,103/50,000
Word Goal: 1,667
Words Written: 1,689

I so barely reached my word count last night but I reached it! Huzzah! Which also means that the next milestone is 25,000! This is the danger point for me because I can already feel myself running out of steam. Also my most successful participation in Nanowrimo (back in 2008 or 2009 I think) never reached the 25,000 word count. It's only going to get more grueling so it's time to just grit my teeth and keep on!

Suez Canal and the Kelpie )

I was scheduled to go to this Saturday's write in, but had to postpone because...Raymond E Feist will be in the region and I'm going to see him! And get some books signed...and even if he runs out of time, at least I'll have seen him. Fangirling over favorite authorness over here :P

Oh and Widget!

zaelle: America's overworked (America's overworked)
2014-11-05 01:13 am

Nanowrimo - Day 4

Word Count: 8,414/50,000
Word Goal: 1,667
Words Written: 1,875

Well today was a pretty bad day in terms of writing quality - I actually had no idea how to fill up this time (because I have still failed to find an appropriate Celtic Sea Voyage legend) so it is instead filled up with the political and professional concerns of James' father. I should write more about sailing in the Mediterranean but I suppose tomorrow can be 'oohs' and 'aahs' over crossing the Suez Canal.

Today's Writing Experience )
zaelle: America's overworked (America's overworked)
2014-11-03 01:51 pm

Nanowrimo - Day 3

Word Count: 6,681/50,000
Word Goal: 1,667
Words Written: 1,295

I'm way below my wordcount today and tomorrow I'm going on a day trip to the next state. Agh but something strange happened today. I'm so tired today it's not even funny. I woke up at 10am, ate breakfast, sat down, did some work and writing, got super tired around 3pm, slept until 5:30pm, still felt exhausted, ate, and now it's 8pm and I'm ready to go to bed.

I hope I'm not getting ill or anything, but I know better than to deny my body when it does funny things like this, so I guess I'll go to bed.

Today's Writing Experience )
zaelle: America's overworked (America's overworked)
2014-11-03 01:20 am

Nanowrimo - Day 2

Current Word Count (End Day 2): 5,386/50,000
Word Goal: 3,500 (adjusted to 1,667)
Words Written: 1,705

Well, yesterday was a dedicated writing day and today was less of one. I had lunch with an old friend from my College and we caught up all day, so I only got a chance to work on my novel in the evening. Well, I knew that I wouldn't be able to repeat yesterday's success of 3,500, but I did at least want to hit the recommended daily goal of 1,667. All in all, that would push me beyond the 5,000 word milestone and it feels good to be even 10% there.

Today's writing experience )

And that's it for today! Onwards to Day 3.
zaelle: America's overworked (America's overworked)
2014-11-01 11:39 pm

Nanowrimo - Day 1

Current Word Count (End Day 1): 3,681 / 50,000
Word Goal: 3,500 (w00t!)

And it has begun.

Yesterday I vaguely planned out 15 chapters, each 3,500 words long (more out of practicality and simple math surrounding 50,000 words in 30 days than for any other reason). Basically what that accomplished was giving me an idea of where to direct this month.

I'm going to be writing a summary journal entry at the end of each day's writing just to track and record the experience for future learning. Here goes...oh my I feel so tired actually. I can't wait to sleep.

Novel Planning and Writing )

All in all, a nice start (a hopeful one anyway) and now I'm off to bed! Goodnight!

I hope that everyone else had great starts to their Nano projects!
zaelle: (Nekotalia Iggycat)
2014-10-24 12:30 am

Things teenagers say

My friend in London recently finished reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the time of Cholera" and has asked me to read it so we can discuss it. It's actually been on my reading list for a while (darn that ever growing list), but I haven't gotten to it yet, so I've been trying to convince her to read "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

Our conversation reminded me of the last time I was in a big bookstore in Singapore. Imagine walking through the entrance and on the first shelf facing you, there's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" as a greeting.

A group of 4 teenagers stand in front of that shelf and their conversation goes something like this:

Boy 1: One Hundred Years of Solitude?
Boy 2: From that guy who wrote 'Love in the time of Cholera'
Boy 1: Oh...
Boy 2: Yeah...damn emo man.

As a group, all four turn away from that truly beautiful book and I suppose, head off to find something less 'damn emo'.

I don't know why, but that greatly amused me.