Happy Birthday to About Writing!!!

January 12, 2010 in Blogging

Happy Birthday!

I don’t believe it.  My humble little blog has turned one.

I had no idea time could pass so quickly when doing what you enjoy.

About Writing began on the advice of a friend who encouraged me to express my thoughts and exercise my creative muscles.  At the time, I was on the other side of the planet, all the way in Cambridge, in the middle of winter.  Now I’m all the way back home, in the sweltering heat of summer, still writing away.

275 posts, 646 comments and almost 185,000 hits later, here I am, still writing away.

About Writing has undergone a lot of changes, but I’ve managed to stay true to my interests.  Initially, I really only wanted to record the progress of my novel, but it has managed to become a resource for fantasy writers (which really began as a pooling exercise to help my own fantasy novel), a place for interested travellers to read about Europe and its many wonderful cities (which really began as a travel diary to chronicle my experiences), a place to debate whether Prague is really overrated (the jury is still out), a movie review blog, a book review blog…video games, stage shows, delightful cuisine, news stories and even a stab at parody writing.

But at the end of the day, it’s still just an aspiring writer’s blog.

Writing is truly a magical thing, and this blog has helped me embrace it.  About Writing has changed my life, literally (and not only because of the endless hours I seem to be pouring into it).  I’m a happier, more creative person because of it, and for that I am thankful.

Many moons ago, I wrote a post about cringing at my old writings on this blog.  Having had a skim through my old crap, it really does stink.  I still hold the hope that, someday, through writing on this blog, my writing skills may improve just that little bit.

Here’s to an even more amazing year two for About Writing!


PS: my wife saw two homeless guys duking it out in the street today.

Seven Degrees…thing…

March 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

Just a quick one.  It’s been a while since I was tagged by Digital Dame for this Seven Degrees of Separation thing.  I’m ashamed to admit I still don’t know enough bloggers to pass the baton to, but nevertheless, here are 7 random facts about me.

1. I have a deep fascination in the supernatural and things we can’t explain, like ghosts, the afterlife, and UFOs.  Despite not having any personal experience with any of them (though I have read extensively and know people who have had experiences), I believe all three exist, especially the first two.  I have been struggling with religion for years (still am) and I consider myself an agnostic theist.  At least for now.

2. I am a huge, massive, enormous movie buff.  I watch around 3-4 movies a week per week during my studies, and averaged at least 1-2 even when I was working crazy hours.  I try not to discriminate between genres – I just like to enjoy good movies and even the occasional guilty pleasure.

3. I don’t drink alcohol.  Don’t mind a tiny sip at formal functions but if I had a choice I wouldn’t drink at all.  The reason: I simply don’t like the taste, and frankly I don’t understand all the fuss.

4. I can speak and read four languages at varying levels of fluency (the threshold being that I can carry on a normal conversation with it).

5. I write, eat and play racquet sports (and bowling) with my right hand but in all other sports I favour my left.  This could be the result of me being born left-handed but taught how to do most things with my right.

6. I’ve learnt various musical instruments throughout my childhood and a small part of my adult life – piano, recorder, violin and guitar.  I can’t play any of them.  In fact, I was so bad at the violin that I was encouraged to quit.

7. I love Japan – in particular the food, the cool technology and the wacky culture.  I’ve been there at least six times (I think) and I’ve even lived there for six months (where I met my wife, who was also on exchange over there at the time).

And there you have it.