Thursday, September 29, 2011

Writing is a Hobby

My goodness, has it only been one day since the last post? I feel like blogging, so that means more musings for you!

I recently received direct feedback from a friend of mine at school who checked out my blog. His very words were "Boring. Very boring." Fortunately, I'm not the sort of person who takes criticism badly and leaves the keyboard forever. I accept feedback of all sorts at any time, and I listened to what he had to say.
Apparently, he says, someone once created a blog and filled it with beautiful pictures of the nature around his hometown, and he got dozens of followers in no time. Whereas my blog is nothing but a brick wall of text. Maybe he has a point. From now on I'll sneak in the occasional scenery into my blogs, to brighten things up.

I have also realised that, in writing my blogs, my usage of words and mode of speech may be, indeed, quite "boring". In order to remedy this, I have started up a new blog! Notebook of an Amatuer Writer is a blog I have created to help improve my writing skills and attract more feedback. I have several things planned for it, and one of the things I'm going to do is, I'm going to give a detailed account about the time I dissected a frog at school. I'll call that one "Graphic Description Writing Training". Heheheh. [This blog has since been deleted.]

Anyway, kindly show support for my new blog, and comment on it. The first post is up and explains about writing as my hobby, and the way I see novels. Please comment on it, tell me what you think of the idea. And don't forget to follow it too!

I am reminded that I should be thankful to the followers of my current blog. To those of you who actually check for updates regularly, thanks a lot! And to that friend of mine at school who reads my blog but refuses to become a follower of it, if you're reading this then start following my blog already. Yeesh. Well, see you all later~

"Every writer I know has trouble writing."  ~Joseph Heller

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Joy of Shiny Handphones

Back again with a new post. What do you think? Two posts in three days seems alright for now. Don't forget to comment after reading my blog, I really need criticism here.

I never thought it would happen to me, of all people, but it seems that I have fallen victim to the irresistible joy of owning a shiny new handphone with internet connectivity. Before this, I had gotten by reasonably with an old model handphone which could make calls, send texts, and wake me up in the morning with a polka tune. But yesterday it went haywire and I couldn't make any calls, and because of this I had to walk back home from tuition. More or less. So that night I got a new handphone.

The first thing I did with my new handphone was, I tried out the games. There weren't any good ones. But then I noticed something called Ovi in my handphone, and I tried it out, and I had downloaded three games in half an hour, and continued playing them for the next two. By the time I realised how long I had been playing with it, it was 11 pm and I still wanted to check out the handphone's ring tones, music, and alarm clock functions. I eventually fell asleep at 12 am, which is a terrible thing since I got up for school at 6.30 am. In my book that's barely any sleep at all. These things are very very addictive, and that's why I deleted every game I downloaded, and now I only have the average games that the handphone started off with.

So, kids, remember to be cautios around new handphones. They tend to be fascinating, and for that very reason they will hook you in and bring out the worst in you. Be content with whatever handphone you already have, and if you don't have one, then all the more better. I realised what I was doing in time to stop myself, but handphones will destroy you if you let them. Video games are only the beginning. Heck, my handphone could even connect to the dreaded Facebook if I ever wanted it to. I shall overcome the temptations presented by my shiny new mobile, and I shall become the master of it, not the other way around. The Joy of Shiny Handphones is a powerful thing indeed.

One of my friends at school read my blog recently, and his comment was "Boring. Very boring." Mmmm... yummy feedback. This is the kind of criticism I need to improve my blog, since the best kind of learning is learning through mistakes. Please start commenting, I shall do my best to beautify my blog's home page and all that. Start commenting quick too, because it will probably be a day or two until I come again~

"If you want to kill someone, give him a smartphone." ~ Mr. Tan Kok Cheang, Additional Mathematics Tuition Teacher

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Saddest Animal in the History of Etymology

I now realise how rarely I've been updating my blog. Up until now, I've only been updating like, what, twice a week? But in the early stages of my new blog I should really keep the posts up to mantain interest from new readers. I need to follow the ways of Matthew Taranto, who really isn't a video game nerd, and Miss Hedgey, who really doesn't support incest at all, except possibly among fruits.

In one of my recent posts, I, eheh, "accidentally" mixed up the words "moose" and "muse". In that blog update I used the word moose several times and even attempted to use its plural form. But that's the funny thing. What exactly is the plural form of the word "Moose"? I typically use "mooses", but later that day I checked out, which is another branch of Wikipedia, and it had a few interesting things to say about mooses.

As it appears, the subject on the proper plural form for the word "moose" is rather controversial. Wiktionary was helpful and enlightened me a lot. If you want to read what it has to say for yourself, please your well-placed curiousity by clicking here. But in summary, it goes like this: For a long time the plural form for the word "moose" has been problematic. For a time, the word "mooses" was accepted, but its usage is now rare and considered "uneuphonious". Plus one for Wiktionary there. Some use the word "meese" (anaolgy of goose - geese), but its hard to keep a straight face when you say it, and "meese" is only used in humorous context. In the end, the authorities decided that "moose" should be treated as an invariant noun, like "fish" and "sheep"; the word works for both singular and plural.

That's the sad, sad history of the moose's name. "Etymology" means "studies on the history of words" by the way. In honour of the moose and his problematic life in the plural form, I have replaced the background of the blog with a moose standing in a nice field. If you can't see the moose, because your toolbar has been made thick by toolbars from Facebook and I don't know what, then you can remedy this my pressing the F11 key. There, doesn't he look happy? The moose is now the unofficial mascot of My Official Blog Since Two Hours Ago.

Of course, a few weeks from now someone might visit my blog for the first time and see the moose but not read this update. Then they wouldn't know his sad story and wonder why he's standing there. But it doesn't really matter; the moose makes a nice background figure by itself. Its quite a noble creature, actually. Well, it is. Its, like, a step away from a reindeer or a stag. Anyway, compared to, say, your average hippopotamus, the moose is quite a noble creature indeed.

The number of my followers has now increased by *one*. I send my thanks to my sister Hannah, who should really criticise me more. Remember, updates will be more often now, so see you in a few days~

"Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats." ~Woody Allen

P.S. The word "moose" is used in America, nut Europe names the species "elk", the plural of which is "elks". Only American meese are unhappy.

P.S.S. The word "moose", in its original tongue (Algonquian), means "he strips off". What the hey.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Unpredictable Moosings

Up until now, my posts only contain information about my blog and why I was inspired to go into it, and I also explained a few aspects of my blog like the name and all that. Now that all of it is done, I have to actually start thinking up what to write instead of pulling out a subject from the blog itself.

I'm sorry, did I say "moosings"? I meant musings. Unpredictable musings. As in, you know, random thoughts. Sometimes when I sit down to do boring Mathematics homework, I lose concentration and start thinking about random things. There's probably a huge archive of them somewhere in the recesses of my skull, and if I can recall even half of them then I've got enough blog material to write about for a year.

So, my blogs will contain random thoughts, or "unpredictable musings" as I prefer to call them. Some of them may appear to be a bit weird and off the mark, but hey, that's unpredictable mooses for you.

In short, I'm going to post practically every interesting thing that comes to mind into my blog now. Today I sat down and started a list of subjects I've mused upon in the past, so its comforting to me that whenever I'm at a loss of what to write about, I just pull out the list and select a topic. Thumbs up!

The number of my followers has increased to 3! Many thanks to my cousin Tim, whom I know to have a blog of his own. Perhaps I should check it out and get some ideas, then I won't have to write so many mooses. I got to "pen off" now, so later~

"I had a stick of CareFree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality." ~Mitch Hedberg  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two Hours Ago

What do blogs usually contain anyway? On hindsight I probably should have done some poking around other people's blogs to find out what blogs are usually about, instead of leaping into this blogging business with my eyes shut. But then again, I can't be bothered to put in the effort, so here's my blog as you find it. One thing I'm almost certain about, is that my blog is far from normal.

Albert Einstein says time is relative. Or something like that. My blog's name is "My Official Blog since two hours ago". When I gave this blog its name, it was five minutes old. Now it's a week old, and the name still says the same thing. What does "two hours ago" really mean here? I wasn't thinking about it very clearly at the time but it just seemed like a suitable name for it right then, and in my opinion it still is.

I don't know, it just seems like the right title for my blog. Perhaps its because I feel inexperienced as a blogger, and the "two hours ago" phrase implies that I'm still very early in the blogging business. Or maybe I like the term because it causes slight confusion and blunt humour. Whatever the case, I just know that if I'm confronted about it I'll only be able to say "Er."

Also, two hours ago I was watching Johnny English Reborn starring Rowan Atkinson a.k.a Mr. Bean. It was okay, plus I got to see Mr. Bean talking. Yes, that's something that most blogs usually contain isn't it? The writer's recent movie activities and all that. Well, its getting late-ish now, and it's not like I have anything else to say, so T-T-F-N~

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." ~Albert Einstein

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Malaysian Blog

Third post of the blog, and I think I'm doing okay. Writing can be fun if you look at it as a hobby.

When I started contemplating the idea of starting a blog, one issue that immedeately entered my mind was what I would name the blog. As I explained earlier, I started the blog to make up for a lack of facebook. This way, when anyone asks for my facebook I can give them my blog instead. However, to make it easier, I would need a blog address that is simple and easily spelled, while at the same time being amusing in a way that attracts interest.

The first blog addresses I thought of were or Unfortunately both of these had already been used. So I took the "my blog is mine" idea and started thinking, how could I change this to become a good address while still being available? After a while a simple solution occured to me. I named my blog "my blog is Malaysian".

Of course, there are several other Malaysian blogs in existence; click on the "Next blog" button up there to look at some of them. But I don't know what kind of address they had put for their blog, and this happily leaves one more name available for me to use. I was easily able to find an address for my blog that is easy to spell, incurs interest, and suits the personality of my blog, while at the same time granting my blog Malaysian citizenship. Although on the whole, my blog will contain very little actual Malaysian content, but nevermind about that.

My advertising is working, and I now have 2 followers! Many thanks to my classmate CCW, and my sisiter Ruth. I wonder if I'll ever have as many followers as other people have Facebook friends? Regardless, until next time~

"A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works." ~Bill Vaughan

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Baby Steps

Right, my first blog post after my introduction... alright, I can do this.

I have never read anyone else's blog before. I started this blog on a fancy, and I'm making its foundations on randomness and things I persume to be what blogs usually contain. Despite all this, I think I might actually do a decent job of it.

Recently I started reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Its slightly more than a thousand pages long, and its really quite interesting. Other books that I have read recently are Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. These three books have thought me a few things about writing that opposes to what I always thought. In writing, a colorful narration and witty phrasing is not everything. It is completely possible to make a good book based on a clever storyline and a perfect sequencing of events.
I also read books by Terry Pratchett a lot, a writer who uses the word 'cynicism' more often than most. These books made me emphasise on usage of language in my essays, but now I realise that its not all that important.

My new blogging hobby is now one blog, two posts, and four days old. Unfortunately I lack one essential thing in writing blogs, and that is, people to read them. Being severely lacking in Facebook as I mentioned earlier, I do not have many means of advertising my blog, and because of that, the number of people reading my blog last I checked is Zero. But, if no one comes to the attention of my blog, writing it is still a useful hobby (in my belief anyway), and helps to pass the time. I believe that if more people wrote blogs in my class, we wouldn't be getting so many D's for English.

Anyway, I have a few ideas for spreading my blog around, so hopefully by the next post I'll have at least one person who viewed my blog. If it goes well. Until next time, seeya~

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

Monday, September 12, 2011

Opening Ceremony

Hey there, welcome to my blog! If you found it, most likely you're probably one of my friends, few of which I have given my blog's address to, or you're a random blog surfer, in which case, thanks for stopping by!

Why did I choose to start a blog? My reason is something like this: In this modernised (or modernized, if you like) world, everyone seems to have something internet-related through which people can "interact" with them, such as with Facebook and Twitter. I don't know why but I can't quite bring myself to like Facebook very much, and I don't know anyone who has Twitter. After thinking it over, I decided that I could compensate for both of those, uhh, deficiencies by starting a blog, which sounds a lot more fun and isn't swamped with commercials all the time. *coughfbcough*

So, here's the first post of my first blog, and chances are, I'm not going to be very good at this blogging thing for a while. I'll give myself time to get better. I remember the first real essay I put any effort into writing, at the beginning of this year, and it was terrible. And then in my English mid-year writing test, I was graded "A" for my short story on a dog named Huck. I remember the first time I tried writing something approaching a novel which I wrote on a few pages of notepad,  which was about gladiators and assasins and the like, a few months ago, and it sucked. And then last weekend I started writing a "book", as I like to call them, which follows something like the writing style of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid", except my version has a rat as the diary owner. My friend agrees it's a lot better than the first one. Hopefully, I'll learn how to write great blogs as fast as I learned how to write all the other stuff.

That's all I can think of saying right now. I'll try to update my blog a few times a week, so please do check sometimes! Until then, see ya!

"Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself." ~Terry Pratchett