The past few days I have been relearning much of what I already knew from taking Chinese in high school.  I have learned many new words as well, and different sentences, so I think that all of what I know about Chinese will blend together nicely with this course.  I’m going over drinks and how to order them right now, which is honestly something huge that you should know if you’re visiting China.  There are fewer English speakers then you would think, and so communicating is…Continue Reading “Greetings and drinks… Again”

So as of this week, I am back to studying Chinese.  I’m using the Rocket Chinese courses, as they seem to be the best for what I need.  Once I feel that I am much more sufficient in the language, I will go back over to China.  I want to be able to converse with these people in their heart language, hear how they think and understand how they speak.  Although Chinese is already taking up much of the time I would normally use to…Continue Reading “Beginning Chinese Again”

Revelation is a fascinating book of the Bible.  As a christian, I find that there is something riveting about the book.  It’s about the world ending, it speaks of the future and of how God will judge us.  It’s incredible to read all that is planned for the earth, even through the obscure writing.  Because of the clouds surrounding the meanings within Revelation, it is the cause of dispute and discussion among Christians and non-believers alike.  Everyone has their own opinions and thoughts of the…Continue Reading “Revelation – Strengthen What Remains”

Creating a visual world such as To the Moon

I have this huge draw right now toward creating a game.  Many plot-lines that are in my head would be best served in the form of a game.  To the Moon is a fantastic example of an indie game that did a marvelous job of telling a story.  I can’t see this game’s story being told in written form, or even in movie form.  The game blends interactive elements with pointing the way for the player to follow the story.  It is these immersive games…Continue Reading “Creating a visual world such as To the Moon”

Okay, my mind is filled with fantasy worlds.  At any moment during a day, I’ll be struck by some mechanic of some story that might combine with another, and another, and another… And then I come up a world.  Sometimes it’s a light world, a colorful place filled with happy people and a happy sort of feel.  Other times it’s a dark place with evil men that prowl around the planet.  Sometimes it’s like our world, with a little good, a little bad, and a…Continue Reading “Fantasy worlds”

I stretched my arms.  The air was heavy, almost suffocatingly hot.  The train platform was crowded, making me feel claustrophobic.  I breathed deeply, the sounds of the ever busy city humming in my ears.  I heard a siren in the distance, reminding me of how few sirens I’d heard in the past few weeks.  This was a law abiding society, and the need for police officers was drastically less than it was back home.  A female voice announced the train was approaching, warning everyone to stay…Continue Reading “A short paragraph description”

Contrary to my belief, I was not graced with as much time to write as I assumed.  However, I have many descriptions and stories that I wish to share!  During my month spent in Hong Kong, I walked around a lot.  I thoroughly enjoyed the walking, as it let me see the environment of  China, as well as the people who live there.  Having took two years of Chinese during high school, I was able to communicate with some of them, however, my pronunciation was…Continue Reading “I have returned!”

Just thought that I would give a quick update here.  I’ll be leaving for China for a month on April 8th, and returning May, 6th.  Although I will be in Hong Kong and the surrounding areas, I will continue to write here as well as begin another story that I am planning as I write this.  Although I can’t say yet the specifics of what the novelette will be about, I believe that it is going to be even better than my first.  I’ll be…Continue Reading “China trip!”

So no less than fifteen minutes ago, I came up with what I have deemed a good ending to my first story.  Well, a “good ending” may be too strong, but it is an ending nevertheless.  I’ve struggled the past week or so with rounding it out, and I’ve been working on this specific story now for about two months.  Given that it is my first ever attempt and I actually haven’t spent tons and tons of time on it, I believe that this rough…Continue Reading “Finishing a story… Why endings?”

I believe that we need to be reminded of what our freedom costs. I really do.  Having just finished Saving Private Ryan, I decided I have several thoughts that I wanted to share.  The first of which, is that I bawled.  I really did.  For the first time in months, I completely broke down.  It wasn’t even necessarily because the movie was sad, but because of how much that the generation of WWII gave for us.  The horrors they experienced, their bravery, their iron will….Continue Reading “Saving Private Ryan”