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I forgot where I read/heard this, but I was informed that 2010 was supposed to be a bad year for those born in the Chinese zodiac year of the Tiger. In retrospect, I suppose I half agree. I mean, there really wasn’t anything significantly good that happened to me last year — just another wave in the ocean that is life. However, because last year was so relatively uneventful, I feel like this year will be a period of change for me, though, for better or worse, I cannot say. All I can do is move forward with a self-discipline and an open mind.

There are actually many endeavors I plan to devote myself towards throughout the coming months:

Writing

First and foremost, I hope that we can get thegamerstudio.com up and running as soon as possible. The site’s going through a bit of a “reboot” at the moment, and we plan to have a new layout, as well as loads of new content in the coming months. I’ve got quite a bit of gaming-related writing I’ve done behind the scenes, and am looking forward to publishing it. However, I’m also currently for other gaming sites to write for as well — it never hurts to have multiple projects running at once. Besides, I could definitely use the journalistic exercise.

Another writing endeavor I’ve had on the back-burner for a long time is a script — yeah, a script. One of my cousins is actually going to Chapman film school at the moment, and talked to me several months ago about me writing a script that he could possibly use. I’ve never written something of that magnitude, but I’m no doubt intrigued. I do have a couple of ideas, but for now it remains on the back-burner pending further inspiration.

Music

It's awesome. However, I can't get it to work properly. Damn.

Ah, music. Savior of I, many a time. For christmas, I bought myself a Shure SM57 instrument mic — a very good professional quality piece of equipment. However, I’ve been having some issues with recording. For some reason, I can’t get an audible volume when I playback my recording. What the hell? Perhaps it has something to do with compatibility between my macbook and GarageBand. I just can’t figure it out. Regardless, I keep trying.

Also, just today, I finished recording a semi-crappy backing track for my friend Serene, who entered a create-a-song contest. She hasn’t recorded the vocals yet, but when they are recorded, I’ll post about it. I am unhappy with the recording, though. Since I couldn’t get my main setup working correctly, I had to adapt and record with an acoustic and my macbook built-in mic; it’s as classy as ghetto recording can get!

Me

As for myself, I would really  like to get into shape. I’m not super fat, but working an office job has begun taking its toll. Fortunately, I refuse to let it take over. Hopefully I can manage to be consistent with working out. Sadly, I’ve been sick for the past week and a half. What a crappy time to be sick, you know? Christmas AND New Years. Bummer. Furthermore, playing an instrument looks a lot cooler when you’re in shape (like J from Luna Sea above). I’ve even changed my blog theme to reflect this new mindset. Ha.

However, what I plan to work on most, is my sense of self-discipline. I need to focus on what I plan to do and stay committed. I’ve made a lot of half-ass commitments in the past, and in the end, I found that to be pointless. Hopefully, with 2011 here and 2010 in the history books, I can move forward with my head and spirit held high.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Could success be beyond the door?

As one who follows me might know, I’ve been quite busy lately. This, however, is not a result of work or necessity; it is rather of my own accord. Recently, I’ve been training (Angela knows what I’m talking about) myself so that I may become a better writer. I’ve actually decided to put my creative writing on the back-burner for now, in favor of learning a more journalistic style of writing.

After lots of self-reflection, I decided to gravitate towards my passions – one of them being gaming. Those who know me know I’ve played video games for a long time, in fact, often longer than I’ve known that given individual. Combining two passions – gaming and writing – seems like a natural progression for me. As a matter of fact, I’m actually surprised I haven’t ventured further into this territory in the past. Aside from starting a blog on IGN, I’ve taken the initiative to volunteer as an editor at a start-up gaming site: thegamerstudio.com. It is there that I am training; learning to use my writing skills in a creative, enthusiastic, and more realistic fashion. The best part? I’m having a blast.

Even though I’m “working” more than I have in a long, long time, I feel more alive (if that makes any sense). While gaming used to be a way for me to kill time and escape the mundane-ness of normal life, I’ve turned this time-sink into something much more productive, but equally as entertaining. It’s almost as if I’ve found a job (albeit a non-paying one at the moment) doing something I actually enjoy. With this, feel I’ve entered a door. While I’m not sure where it’s going at this point, my instincts tell me one thing:

“Keep going.”