A Step Forward

It has been quite a while since I last updated, and quite a while since I was last able to sit down and write. It is, in my opinion, rather unfortunate that I haven’t been able to write lately. I have been both under a lot of stress, and been quite busy to the point of not being able to merely sit down and just write. I am uncertain if over the next few years any of this will change, but I am going to be hopeful that I will be able to get some writing done.

I’ve decided that I’m going to actually say what’s happening. For the next four months I’m going to be working a minimum wage, unskilled labour job in another city. I’ll be moving there with my boyfriend. We have rented an apartment for the summer, and I’ll be leaving to meet him there in less than a week. It will be an adjustment. I have had a single month to see and say goodbye to my entire life here, and it has been relatively jolting, stressful, and full of far too many tearful goodbyes. I am going to miss my family, my dogs, and my friends, all of whom have supported me, laughed with me, and been there when I’ve needed them most (as I’ve done for them). I am used to the life that I have built here, but it appears to be time to start a new one.

From the new city and the unskilled labour, minimum wage job, my boyfriend and I will then be moving overseas and travelling to South Korea. Yes, we are well aware of everything that is going on in the news right now. We know the risks, we are aware of the conflicts and how far back it dates, we are aware of the locations of the military and naval base locations on the peninsula, and we know what’s going on. Ever since we decided to look at South Korea for teaching positions, I had been focusing on the news coverage. I have been well aware of the history of Korea, the war between North and South Korea, how it started, that it ended in a cease fire, and what’s happened since the cease fire, and to where it is now. I’m aware of the tensions between the North and the South, between North Korea and the U.S, and the involvement of Japan and China. So we are well aware of the possible risks we are taking, and the history of it all.

On that note, we are still planning, at this point in time, to go there to teach. We are looking at a small coastal city in the southern part of South Korea. We are in the mids of discussing the contract with our recruiter/school, and finalizing details. We have a few months before we’d leave, so that also gives us time to see how things will play out. If war breaks out, then we don’t go, if it doesn’t and things de-escalate, then great. Either way, we’ll stay on top of it.

Now, it’s a scary, new start. My family is both terrified and uncertain for me. A part of me is very excited at the opportunity for us to be taking this on together. I feel like a lot of what I’ve been through, and this change in my life, has finally given me the chance to really be happy and to feel good about myself. I know my parents don’t want me to go, and I know their concerns. It’s not so much leaving the nest, it’s more the distance. They understand my decisions, both financially, and for education and experience reasons. There are many factors that came into this decision, and it wasn’t, for lack of better phrasing, simply to travel the world with my boyfriend. Luckily, they understand that. I love my family, and I always will, and I could not be happier or luckier to have had such amazing parents and siblings growing up, and to be so close to them as I am now. I’ve been able to tell them this recently too.

Okay, I feel like I’m getting off track and it got very, very personal there. Let’s try to get back on focus.

In light of the travels, and the teaching, and going back to school to upgrade my teaching qualifications, I am going to try to write at the same time (anyone else think I take on too much?). I plan to adjust slightly the way I’m posting. I’ll post when I write (of course), but I think I’m going to also use this to document my travels too. I’ll post about whatever adventures we might have gone on, whether it’s hiking through the mountains, or finding temples, or simply making it to other cities, or marketplaces, or hidden gems of places within the country. It won’t be about the day to day activities of a teacher (don’t worry). I’ll post pictures occasionally as well, as I’ll be bringing my camera with me. I hope to make good use of it, and I’m really quite looking forward to using it, and getting some really good photographs.

I hope that everyone is doing well, that they are continuing with their writing, their lives, meeting their goals one day at a time. We’ll all get there. I wish you all the best of luck, and I will do my best to be more active. I’m sorry for my lack of presence.

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Today I’m working on a writing lesson plan for an ESL class. The first activity I chose for it is called Free Writing. The idea is that for a predetermined amount of the time, the students write about a specific topic, and keep writing about it, until the time is up. It doesn’t have to be grammatically correct, or perfect; the idea is to get students used to writing and to just keep writing.

Of course, I love to write. I absolutely adore writing. The classes we had on teaching writing gave me so many ideas, and all I could think about was writing. Some of the activities we talked about in class even gave me ideas of how to get around writers block, and even exercises that I could do to help expand my vocabulary, and even remind myself of words I do know. Every now and then, I’ll have a moment where I realize just how many great words I know, and I’ll think, why the hell am I not using these words more often? They’re fantastic! I’m thinking of taking advantage of these exercises to not only help my students when I do teach, but to help myself as well.

My life, as it stands, is going to be taking a number of different turns, and where I’ll end up by the end of all the decisions that will be made, I am completely uncertain. Emotionally speaking, I am not sure whether I will be happier by the end of it, or if I will be plummeted into another spiral  of depression in which I will need to pull myself out of once more. I am hoping, of course, for the former.

The one thing that I will hold onto, with every part of my existence, is that I will always be able to write. I will be able to continue with my writing, my characters, and create new stories. I am hoping that the more I write, the more complete the stories will become, the better they will come with each edit and revision. I am hoping that they will one day be published, even if it may be a ways down the road. I know the struggles, and the difficulties that authors have with getting published the first time, but of all the goals in my life, this is one that I will not give up on lightly.

So to everyone who is struggling, who is having a hard time; it doesn’t matter what it is, what you’ve been through, where you have come from, at some point, better things will come to pass, but you must not give up; you must keep going, keep pushing yourself to not give up. At some point you’ll realize you’re not longer surviving, and you’re actually living.

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Writing, writing, writing

Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and since I’ve written anything. The last time would’ve been to finish NaNoWriMo and 50,000 words, and I’ve since been unable to find the time. Yesterday though, I spent the better part of the day writing and got a fair bit done. I added in a lot that I think really provides more background, better connection with the characters, and will add more to provide actual depth to what has been going on. Also, this chapter is going to end up being way longer than I anticipated, and right now, that’s a very good thing.

It felt good to get back to writing. While I’m currently living in a different province, I’m back at school, and adjusting to this new routine; I’m glad that it’s not completely different. I’m glad that I can still sit down, when I have the time, and write. There’s been a lot of changes lately in my life and definitely some adjustments, which have all for the most part been good. There are some that I will need more time to take in and manage, but the important part is that I am managing.

It feels like the time is going by very quickly. It’s already nearly been two weeks since I left, and it’s gone by very fast. I knew it would; I knew I’d step off the plane and a week would come and go. The next five weeks are going to feel like that too, especially when I start having classes every day. I guess I should take advantage of my days off now, when I can.

I’ll be back at home in five weeks, and hopefully finishing this all up within a couple of weeks of me getting home. After that, well, we’ll see what happens job wise, and life changes wise. I don’t quite know what to expect yet. Since I’ve left to do this, a number of things have come and changed things, and they have happened very fast.

I hope everyone is having a good start to their new year!

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The Start of 2017

I’d had every intention of writing this post prior to the end of 2017 and then writing the post I’m currently writing on New Years day, however things came up, I got far too busy, and unfortunately I was unable to do the former, and post pone the latter. So here I am now, on January 5th, writing the post I meant to write on January 1st.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful New Years, that if you’ve all made new years resolutions, that you’re off to a great start and that so far this year has been good for you. I know that there have been many things planned this year for me and I am looking forward to them all coming to fruition.

For example, as of Sunday, I will be flying out to complete a program that I had been doing one course at a time online. Starting January 9th, I will be taking the final two courses on campus to complete the class part of the program, and then returning home to do my placement. Once the placement is complete and everything is approved by the program coordinator, then I will be officially done and can finally look for a job in a field I would be happy to start a career in (outside of writing and filming and photography…and…well…yes). There are, regardless, many exciting things to take place this year and I’m looking forward to each one of them.

I plan to continue writing, training, filming, editing (thanks to a number of people who have provided me with software), and photographing. I will update as often as I can and I am going to try to be more present on both my blog and with my followers.

I hope every one has a better year than last, that all things start looking up for everyone and continue to look up; that we all achieve our goals, and work towards everything we’ve set out to do this year both for ourselves, and those around us.

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Day 30 NanoWriMo 2016

It’s the last day and it’s official! I reached 50,000 words! I actually went over 50,000 words but regardless, I made it to the goal.

So now that I’ve accomplished this, I plan to try to stay on top of this and finish the rough draft of book 3. I may not be able to write every day, but I’m still going to work at it regardless and get it done.

It’s the last day everyone, don’t forget to validate and obfuscate your work when you submit! It’s the final crunch if you haven’t finished already. For those of you that haven’t, keep it up, it’s almost done and you’re almost done too!

For those of you who are done and reached your goal already, congratulations, you did it!nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_winner

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Day 25 NanoWriMo 2016

We are nearing the end of November and I’m still on track! Considering I lost a few days where I wasn’t able to write, I’m quite impressed with myself that I’m still on top of this and that if I do write for the last few remaining days, I’ll definitely finish with 50,000 words!

I’m working on book 3 now that book 2 is done. Well the rough draft for book 2 is done. While I was putting the outline into chapters and scenes, I realized book 3 might be a lot shorter and I was quite concerned with that. However, as I’ve been writing, I’ve already had to add in a few extra chapters because I’ve added a bunch of extra scenes that weren’t initially in the outline that helped to add more to the story. This I’m quite happy about. Once I’m done all the rough drafts (which I’m hoping to complete the rough draft for book 3 after NanoWriMo 2016 and before NanoWriMo 2017), I’ll go through and edit them all (I started on book 1 but had to stop and will likely get back to it once again). I’ve decided that if they are too short on their own once they’ve all been edited and ready to be sent off to publishers, then I will consider them all as one book and put them into three parts. I do realize that there are going to be a lot that I have to change and add in as I edit so there are tons of variables, but we’ll see!

Anyway, keep it going everyone! Only 5 more days!

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Day 20 NanoWriMo 2016

All right book 2’s rough draft is officially done!

I just finished it with 30,300 words and I still only have 10 left to write 19,700 words which is a lot. I’m behind it’s true, but I’ll get caught up. I had a few days where I was just far too busy that I couldn’t get anything done and that is entirely my fault. I plan to reach the 50,000 word deadline though, and I will.

It feels good to have that done and now it’s just book 3 and the rough draft. The first 20,000 words should be good. I actually should find out if I spread out the outline for it or not. If not, I should do that today so when I write tomorrow I don’t want to worry about it.

Anyway, I’m writing what I’m thinking too much.

Keep it up everyone! You’ll get it done!

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