Posted in 2018, personal, Update Post, Writing

Get to Know Me #1 – Celebration for reaching 200 followers

I’ve decided that for every milestone I reach on my blog I’ll answer five questions from these few cheesy conversation starter lists I’ve found on the internet. Of course I’ll still be doing other things when I reach these milestones, I’ll just be answering these questions as well. I think this will be fun and if you want to write a post where you answer these questions or if you want to answer them in the comments feel free. I won’t be making this something that you need to either be nominated for or that you need to nominate anyone else for. This is just for fun.

So without further ado, here are five questions that I’m answering because I reached 200 followers.

1. Where is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?

The most interesting place I’ve ever been to is the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I know that most people might find a museum very boring, but I’m the type of person who is interested in looking at artifacts and reconstructions as well as the type of person who likes learning more about different cultures. I am currently working towards a degree in archaeology after all. Also I haven’t been to many places. I’ve never even had the chance to leave the continent yet.

2. What is your favourite colour?

I actually have two favourite colours, blue and orange. When I was really little someone asked me this question and I hadn’t thought about what my favourite colour was before then so I just said yellow. However in reality it is both blue and orange.

3. What fictional place would you most like to go?

This is a harder question. I think if I could visit any fictional place I would like to visit Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings. It’s such an interesting city built into the side of a mountain. Of course I would like to go to many other fictional places, it is really hard to choose.

4. Are you usually early or late?

I’m kind of in between. Sometimes I’m really early and sometimes I’m a few minutes late. It doesn’t help that I’m a night owl and I can’t seem to wake up most mornings after 8am so I can easily leave super early for anything I need to go to. It’s just that I’m also lazy and tend to do other things in the morning which cause me to lose track of time causing me to be late.

5. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

The furthest I’ve ever been from home is Arizona. For reference I’m from the north shore of Lake Superior.


Feel free to answer these questions yourself. I’ll see you tomorrow for an anime review.

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Posted in 2018, Fiction, personal

Why I Love Fiction

So since this is a blog all about fiction and writing which to be fair it may have been a mistake to make my blog topic so broad, I’ve decided to write a post all about fiction. So I have been reading a lot since I was 7 or 8, started writing stories after I moved when I was 14, and started blogging when I was 18, so I’ve had a lot of time both to come to enjoy fiction and think about why I like it. I’ll probably write a post about why I like writing, however that post probably won’t be released until after I finish my Golden Kamuy post in at least two weeks. So here is my explanation of why I love fiction.
Ever since I started reading books longer than 150 pages I have been learning things from books. From A Series of Unfortunate Events I learned about anagrams, the correct direction to read manga in, as well as many other random facts. From The Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke I learned roughly what a brownie was before I went into Girl Scouts. You can learn a lot just by reading a book, watching a movie or television show, or by playing a game. Not only random facts, but also real life lessons. This is the main reason why I don’t think limiting what a person can read or watch or play too much is a good idea.
Another good way to learn from fiction is to read older stories like those published over half a century ago. It’s interesting to see how stories like Hamlet, Sherlock Holmes, and The Call of Cthulhu have influenced modern fiction. Hamlet is the most commonly quoted Shakespearian play and helped inspire movies such as The Lion King. It has been referenced in all mediums of fiction many times. New versions of stories about Sherlock Holmes are released quite often with multiple movies and multiple television stories. The Call of Cthulhu was the beginning of the ever expanding Cthulhu mythos. I find it fun to look at how older fiction has influenced newer fiction.
Of course one of my favourite parts about fiction is enjoying it myself then seeing it being released into another medium so that more people can experience these stories. I got so excited when the new A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Original series was announced because up until then the only adaptation we had was a movie which condensed the first three books plus the ninth book. The movie failed to include many of the things that made the books so great. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like people who never read the books really liked the Netflix series because of its absurdist qualities.
Of course most of the things I like about fiction are related to me thinking and observing rather than me interacting. I find that in any community I join I’m an observer and people tend to think that I’m either strange or they don’t actually see me. This is a problem I hope to solve and I hope I can remedy this by interacting more with people on the internet. The only thing that really gets in the way of me doing this is my mental health. Because another thing I love about fiction is the way people tend to group up in terms of what they enjoy. They discuss certain characters and events within the story and through art they show their love for it. Though fandoms can often be toxic, it is just so great how they can form in the first place.
And that’s why I love fiction.

Posted in 2017, personal, Ruminated Scrawling, Update Post, Writing

Quick Update and World Suicide Prevention Day

Hello,

Sorry I haven’t posted in two days but I wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t have much of a buffer. To fix this I decided to spend a few hours today and several hours for the rest of the week writing posts until I have a buffer of two weeks. I’m doing this with the help of a very useful app which I will actually write a review on. It’s a writing app which keeps track of words written and multiple projects called Writeometer just in case you want to check it out before I review it.

Anyways today is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. If you can please donate to a suicide prevention/mental health related charity, or if you can’t donate do one of the following things.

  • Light a candle in your window at 8 tonight
  • Go to an event in your area
  • Hang out with friends

Now I’ll start writing my posts for this week. I already wrote a movie review for Saturday. I reviewed a movie that has been talked about a lot lately in both anime and nerd culture. I can’t wait for you to read this post. I will also be writing a ruminated scrawling based on the same movie. It should be fun.

Thank you for reading my writing,

EclaDragon

Posted in 2017, personal, Ruminated Scrawling, Update Post

Goals for 2017-2018

Since it’s the first day of September, I’ve decided to make a list of goals that I want to complete in the next year. This is of course because for many September is the true beginning of the year since in Canada at least most schools start their years in September. These are mainly goals that I know I can easily complete, but there will be a couple more difficult ones. I will also be withholding a goal or two for personal reasons.

So here’s my list:

  1. Win NaNoWriMo – This year it will be a little more difficult to win since I’ll be writing the first drafts of several short stories and a couple other smaller projects instead of writing an actual novel. I realized how many uncompleted projects I have just sitting there waiting to be written so I decided that I might as well.
  2. Submit at least 5 pieces of fiction to be published – This does not mean that I’ll get published but I need to start at least trying if I want to get those stories out into the world.
  3. Improve my GPA – It’s not that low but it could definitely be better.
  4.  Grow my blog
  5. Interact with different communities more frequently.
  6. Take a lot more pictures – This is one of my hobbies. I got a DSLR camera for Christmas last year and I just love taking pictures. I will probably not post pictures here because I don’t feel like they belong here.
  7. Complete Secret Project #2 – I can’t tell you about this goal because it’s a secret. I won’t tell you about Secret Project #1 mainly because that’s not its actual name. If I gave its actual name it would be obvious what the project actually was. There are some people who know about Secret Project #1. No one knows about Secret Project #2 but me.

So here’s my list of goals for this school year. What are your goals?

Posted in 2017, personal

School Things

So I just looked at my university’s online student portal and I saw that my program change request finally went through. Now most of you may not know this but I put this request in in February and the last time I checked was in late June. It had still not shown up online. But I just checked and under my profile I can see my correct program. I’m so happy.

So now I’m “officially” an archaeology/environmental science student. Yes, I am in fact double major, something that is entirely possible because of my past courses.

School starts back up next week and I’m moving back into my residence room on Sunday. I can’t wait.

Posted in 2017, personal, Update Post

WordPress Anniversary

So apparently yesterday was my two year anniversary for when I first made an account on this site. I know I made this blog shortly after and made it private so that I could get some work done on it before actually writing my first post. When I finally wrote my first post I know it wasn’t good or interesting. It was just something I wanted to get out there and I think that that’s the main spirit of this blog. I watch something, or write a poem, or see something out in the world and I want to tell people about these things, but that is kind of hard when you are not a person who easily makes friends.

But then last year in May I decided that I would officially start writing posts at least weekly so that my blog could grow and I think that plan has worked for the most part despite some minor failings on my part. At the moment I have about 125 followers on here, 132 followers on Twitter, and 26 followers on Tumblr. By the way out of all of these I have stopped browsing Tumblr about a year ago so if you are trying to interact with me through Tumblr I’m sorry but I most likely won’t answer you.

I just hope that there can be at least as much growth this upcoming year as there was last year.

Posted in 2017, personal, Ruminated Scrawling, Update Post, Writing

Pseudonym question

The book review I was going to write today is going to be delayed because I wasn’t able to finish the book in time. I don’t know when I’ll end up posting it. I’ll try to complete the book for next Monday’s review by Thursday. I may end up dropping the weekly book review posts in June to make it easier on me.

I am still going to try to complete one story this week and I have decided that it will be the story I mentioned last week because I have recently come up for a great idea for that particular story. On the side I will be participating in writing blog challenges involving picture prompts. I have already entered a few and I have found that they help me get hyped up for working on larger projects. They are also fun.

I have been thinking about whether or not to use a pseudonym for my future publication submissions just because of some of my future plans. This is mainly because of the things I tend to write about have very little to do with my chosen area of study. I don’t want these two of my plans for the future to clash in any way. But if I end up using a pseudonym what name would I use? I don’t know but it would have to be something with some meaning for me because I don’t want to go on the random name generator on behindthename dot com to find a good name. I guess that I’ll just need to think about this for while longer, though I do have to decide before my next publication submission.