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My Father

I really hate them. Okay, so I try to help someone out and I have time, but I’m not able to help them. And then they basically chew me out for it. It doesn’t help that the individual in question is my own father. But I don’t really consider him my dad in the first place. He’s never been there for me in my life ever. He always put his work/profession before his family, and he doesn’t have a good grasp of understanding what is truly important. All he needed was to have me help him find this one cable for his external hard drive. I wasn’t even able to find the device itself, because I would assume that another cable would come with purchasing another one of the thing. But aren’t external hard drives’ cables supposed to be wired together to the technology? It doesn’t make any sense.

Anyway, my father. The person who didn’t care about my studies until he criticized me for not finding anything I’m learning in college interesting. The person who went to Russia for no good reason instead of sticking around for my high school graduation. The person who has been using me as essentially his tech support at him for helping him with simple things (like how to get rid of markings or commentary in a Word document and enabling his internet connection with the sliding of a switch) and who always offers advice, albeit discouraging advice, on my writing.

He called me today – in fact just a few minutes ago – asking about the progress of finding the cable or hard drive.  I said I was still looking, and I was looking because everywhere I went I couldn’t find anything that led me to more clues, so I was gonna keep trying. Then he basically ended up assuming that I wasn’t even doing what he asked of me and not to come to him for any favors. Fine, it’s not like I wanted you to do anything for me anyway, dad. Have it your way. Besides, I’m better off without your help anyways. You should know, you taught me that from your expertise in neglect. You really should think before you speak, though. You never know whose feelings you’re going to hurt.

Hmph.

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So I know I didn’t get a post up yesterday, but that’s okay. Since this is a self-challenge I thought up of I’ll make it simple. Instead of blogging every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, If the week hasn’t ended yet – and for all intents and purposes, this blog’s dates will coincide with those of a regular calendar where the week always starts on a Sunday – I’ll make it so that I can write a post in any three days of the week, so long as I post an entry three times a week. So that way it will remain consistent and Saturday posts are acceptable. However, once the next Sunday hits and I don’t have a third post in beforehand, then I’ve failed the challenge.  I’m just trying to make my blog be one of the more consistently updated things I care about, is all. Like I said before, I can’t abandon every website online.

But productivity is another matter in and of itself. Speaking of which, to anyone who might be reading this who’s starting out college or could use some quick tips – I’ll probably start a series on that in my third day posts. So without further ado, I bring you the first segment.

College Tip #1: Don’t Procrastinate. If you really care about your education that much, then focus and prioritize. Sure, you may have to have your nose stuck in books all the time – but it’s better than not working your hardest to get decent grades. Because honestly, graduating comes down to one thing: buckling down and studying as much as you can and getting all the work in on time. So you wanna graduate? Pass classes. You wanna pass classes? Do your homework and study for exams; when studying for exams, do so in advance. Don’t cram the night before – you’ll end up hating yourself for it. Trust me on this one.

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…Of school has passed. But today was a different first day. Today was the first day of my internship.

I gotta say, even though I’m still learning what to do and everything – kind of like job training in a way – I love it already. Not only does it feel like it’s something I’ve always wanted – but it is. A lot of people tell me I give up way too easily. Yet I saw this through to the end, and honestly I’m very glad that I did that. The internship is a lot of work, but I’m not worried. In fact, I’m confident that it will be a breeze.

Essentially, all I do is open mail up, see what it is, categorize it (determine whether it’s Fiction, Poetry, or Miscellaneous), look at submissions and store each individual submission one by one into a database where we keep track of it all. Of course, that’s only the first step in the process of processing those submissions that our editors have to read and determine the writer’s fate. And if I happen to be the last person out when leaving the office I’m in charge of shutting down the computers, and turning off the radio and the lights, as well as shutting the door and making sure that it’s locked (although from the outside, it should automatically lock, regardless). The internship looks as though it will be difficult, but fun in the long run.

As far as classes go, well I have just completed my first assignment for my Comics and Graphic Novels class – purchase a recent “floppy” (comics of the spineless variety) and read it, then present it. Well, 2/3 completed anyway.  I bought the most recent Batman at Barnes & Noble and just finished up reading it and now am thinking of a way to present it tomorrow.

Speaking of assignments, I have a small response to write up on a Blackboard-like interface for one of my other classes. So I’ll go do that now. I won’t see you, but you’ll see another one of my posts on Friday.

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For about a month now I’ve been in contact with this one literary journal on campus about possibly being an intern there for class credit and it’s gotten official now pretty much. I was supposed to get the stuff in last week, but in any case I couldn’t do it Tuesdays and Thursdays because they’re pretty much booked, although I do want to walk to the building that my journalism practicum was in last spring just to see if I could volunteer for them as well, or maybe I’ll actually get an on-campus job with them and it’ll only be something to do on Tuesday only. But I’m still considering that as an option because maybe it won’t happen at all, and if it doesn’t that’s okay. If it does, great. I do like to keep myself busy with a ton of things all at once, but burning myself out isn’t a good idea. However, I think I can manage all this without it being too bad.

I just hope I’m right.

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What’s interesting about my textbooks this semester is that most of them were cheaper at the bookstore than they would have been from Amazon, shipping cost and all.

I kind of already have homework, but it isn’t really homework. Before adding the internship that I’ve been wanting, I have to write a statement as to how it complements my English education and everything. I have a pretty good idea what I want to write for the statement, too. I wasn’t able to do this today even though I could have, but I’ll do it sometime next week.

This semester is going to be an interesting one. I’m taking British Lit, Western Films, Comics and Graphic Novels, Geology [class and lab], and the internship for credit. But I can’t add the internship until next week since the managing editor of the place I’d be interning at left early today. Not to mention, I need to pick up the Drop/Add form from her and have my advisor sign it – and I don’t know if my advisor’s already back in town, so I think it’s better I come by on Monday anyway since I want to start immediately. However, I still need to figure out my internship schedule.

After finalizing all that, I’ll be at 16 credit hours, 3 of them being the internship for credit.

It’ll be fun.

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This blog post will consist of fifty things. But instead of being the typical “Things I’ve Accomplished/Done” format, it will be divided into two parts. The first being 25 things I’ve done, the second being 25 things I either haven’t done yet or want to do at some point in my life. So, without further ado…

25 Done:

1. I’ve traveled outside the United States.
2.  I’ve gotten second place in a community college poetry contest.
3.  I’ve read a book in a single day.
4. I used to get offended when someone thought I was younger than my actual age. Never mind the fact that the guy thought I was twelve and it was during 14th birthday.
5. The most I’ve talked to someone on the phone in one call was about six hours.
6. I’ve walked out of a movie because it was incredibly boring.
7. I have been, and still am,  a staff writer for the student newspaper at my university.
8. I’ve stayed friends with someone I met online when I was fourteen.
9.  I eventually had the pleasure to meet that someone four years later. We’re still good friends today.
10. I’ve seen a couple of shows on Broadway.
11. I passed my last math class ever over the summer.
12. I’ve gone parasailing.
13. I’ve walked in the rain alone.
14.  I’ve been on a Ferris wheel.
15. I auditioned for the role of Mercutio in West Side R&J: A Cabaret.
16. I’ve slept on the floor.
17. I’ve written 50,000 words in 30 days. Three times.
18.  I’ve gone vegetarian on more than one occasion, as well as vegan sometime later in my life. I failed both attempts though, but I want to try it again sometime.
19. I’ve been to a midnight movie premiere.
20. I played the flute…and hated it.
21. Years before I played the flute, I was learning how to play the piano and very much enjoyed it. I later quit, and now want to go back and learn it again.
22. I’ve been to Disney World.
23. I procrastinated studying so much that I had to stay awake for three whole days to get caught up on work.
24.  I’ve been on a train.
25. I’ve slept in until late in the afternoon.

25 Yet To Do:

26. Go on a road trip travelling across the Contiguous United States.
27. Start a band with a friend, or several friends.
28. Go on tour with said band.
29. Move to a different state or country.
30. Publish at least one of the books I’ve written.
31. Meet J.K. Rowling just so I could tell her how much she’s changed my life and been amazing.
32. Visit all the spots on my growing list of places I want to see.
33. Become fluent in yet another language aside from the two I already know. Probably Japanese.
34. I want to meet and hang out with John and Hank Green.
35. Dye my hair.
36. Get my driver’s license.
37. Open a business that’s a joint cafe, gym, and arcade.
38.  Graduate from college. Preferably, and hopefully, on time.
39. Invent something worthwhile.
40. Be on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
41. Write a story in every genre.
42. Figure out in-the-near-future living arrangements sometime after I graduate from college.
43.  Write, record, and release a hit single.
44. Hear said hit single in a store while I’m shopping at said store.
45.  I want to take a picture of something meaningful, that would be seen by millions.
46. I want to get into a habit of keeping things clean and not making a mess out of it later so that I can avoid having to clean it up.
47. For at least one academic semester, I want to get a 4.0 GPA.
48.  Work out more.
49. Get back into learning programming languages.
50. Have a final gathering with my group of best friends forever before I move out of the state (because once I leave here, I’m never coming back).

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I am so sick of not being able to get what I want.

I want to go to Seattle for spring break. I want to be at LeakyCon, and a bunch of other conventions that are not only in the state I live in – don’t get me wrong, I love TnT and Izumi and Trek Expo, or at least the idea of them – but having only been to one of those that doesn’t say much. But like I was saying, local events are great, fun, and enjoyable – but I just want to be able to move up in the world. Go my way up the ladder and all that. Also I want to be at VidCon but that’s another story. I want to perform: act, sing, improvise, maybe even dance, who knows? – even if I’ll need some practice. Whatever. There’s always room for improvement.  I want to draw – create and design. Even if it is an imperfect sketch of a Charmander.  Whatever. At least I tried and practice makes better. I’m not exactly what you would call an artist, but I’d try anyway.

I want to be successful in the things I want to do. Now listen people, by success I don’t mean I want to be famous. Nothing like that. Truth be told I would rather want to be an undiscovered talent that may have actually had a chance to make it big, but amazingly didn’t, and is happy with that. You may not realize this but I’m not in it for the fame. I never have been. I’ve always done my best to succeed, and not be afraid of trying harder if I didn’t do as well as I thought I should have while working as hard as I have to try and get something going. Even if you knock me down, I’ll get back up and finish what I started.

And speaking of starting things and finishing them, a while back I decided to try and use and write on this blog fairly consistently – I don’t know if the others that said they would be doing the same have been still doing so, but I know I haven’t. I think my last post on here is from mid-June. I don’t know, I haven’t checked my blog lately very much – but no, I’m still here, in case you were wondering. And I’ve decided to take the original challenge to the next level. But first, without revealing many details, I will just say that in the last couple of weeks I have been trying to make a very crucial decision, and I think I’ve finally settled on something. The decision has to do with the internet and various websites and what have you that I frequent often.

Now, this blog isn’t too relevant to my decision, but I figure that without certain sites to be on – especially ones that I’ve neglected long enough – I would probably somehow lose my mind. Even if the internet is a tool that eliminates all productivity of an individual, I am so dependent on it that I need several sites to get by while I’m off doing coursework for the remainder of my time at university. Being that I am going into my third year, I feel as if it is opportune to give it my all and to do that, sacrifices must be made. However, I wouldn’t want to  leave this blog behind yet again – so I’m proposing a self-challenge.

I liked being a part of the consistent blogging challenge with others so much that I decided I wanted to make a comeback on this vlog after a much unintentional hiatus, because you see, I can’t hide the interesting updates on and of my life from the internet (and the people who may or may not follow my blog) forever, and I decided I wanted to share it with you often since eventually (because you never know what could happen), some people might be wondering what I’m up to or what I’ve been doing, and then they’d remember to check up on me here to find out.

My “comeback” is actually an expansion of  the challenge , but for myself only, although may join in on this as well if they so desire; It is a year-long project. Starting today, August 15th, 2011, I’ll be writing a blog post about whatever topics may come to mind, or maybe something interesting that everyone else has talked or is talking about. This will go on for every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since today.

This is the first.

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