Mankai!: Sakura in full bloom.



Making a list or lists…

Today I had an argument with my father and I’m still a bit upset, so I won’t finish the task tonight.

Day 2 assignment of Writing 101 is write a list, and the current topic for the writing contest at the English writing correction service I’m using happens to be ‘create a top 5 list of something you find interesting’. I think I need take time for making lists later. I already have lengthy to(/must/should)-do lists and endless reading lists, though.

I write because …

This is my first Writing 101 challenge of November.

So why do I write?

I started blogging here about two years ago. I just felt like, as an ESL learner, it could make me confident in writing in English. I was recommended to blog by one of my English teachers. I was taking online English conversation lessons, and I thought blog entries would be a good conversation starter too. So, those were the reasons why I started blogging in the first place.

Now I’m starting again. Why? I need some push to get myself back in the writing habit. I’m thinking about studying English Literature a bit more seriously at an online university. I will need some academic writing skills in English.

I love writing in general too. When I was blogging here,  writing itself thrilled me. I always believe writing makes us think more and deeply. Writing something is finding something new within ourselves.

Besides, I always wanted to write fiction. From I don’t know when, I was almost always making stories. I’m currently taking Oxford University’s Critical Reading course online and starting to wonder if I should take Creative Writing next.
2015 has been a tough year to me so far. I think I have many to talk about, both good and new. I’m not sure I will write about the latter here, but I hope to tell you what I was doing while I wasn’t writing in my later entries. So, now I can say “I’m back!” at last!

Happy blogging! 😉

Halloween with Literature, especially Tolkien’s

If any of you happen to have time at 10:00 am to 10:00 pm ET on Halloween and have some interest in Tolkien’s books such as The Hobbit, Letters from Father Christmas, and Silmarillion; writing flash fiction; and/or Literature in Halloween, please consider spending a little while of your holiday time online at Signum University/Mythgard Academy’s Fundraising Webathon. The seat is free, but limited.

Making it Through NaBloPoMo

a great way to keep you blogging. I hope it works for me this time.

The Daily Post

It’s almost November, the biggest month of the year for daily writing and blogging challenges — you know, the ones with names that sound like chemical formulas. There’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), National Non-Fiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo), National Playwriting Month (NaPlWriMo), a month-long drawing challenge, (NaNoDrawMo), and their blogging counterpart, National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo.

nablopomo_heroNaBloPoMo challenges you to publish a blog post every single day in November. There’s a huge community of participating bloggers, and the event’s organizers, BlogHer, maintain a blogroll and offer support, motivation, and prizes. It’s a great way to meet new bloggers, create a blogging habit, and try new things…

… but we know it’s daunting, and the excitement of Day One seems to wane a bit by Day Seventeen. That’s what we’re here for! The post ideas, resources, and tips below will…

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November in BU: Registration is Open!

I’ve registered for writing 101 and blogging 101 to push me back to writing.

The Daily Post

Get your new blog off the ground, give daily writing practice a try, or push your blog’s design to the next level with one of November’s courses: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero, Writing 101: Finding Everyday Inspiration, and Blogging 201: Intermediate Customization.

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero runs from Monday, November 2nd to Friday, November 20th, and gives you one new task each day to help you publish, customize your blog, and engage with the blogging community. Learn more.

Writing 101: Finding Everyday Inspiration runs from Monday, November 2nd to Friday, November 27th, and helps you cultivate a daily writing habit while finding fresh inspiration in unexpected places. Learn more.

Want to take things further with custom CSS? A Blogging 301: Advanced Customization course is in the works!

Blogging 201: Intermediate Customization runs from Monday, November 2nd to Friday, November 13th, and takes…

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