Key point here being that its quantitiy over quality aka just type away and edit in December.
So essentially Cold Turkey writer but without accidentally locking your screen because you typed an extra zero into the word goal… (a story for another time that I’ll probably talk about when I’m scraping the bottom of the preverbial idea barrel)
Except given my previous failures and because I have school assignments due in the month so I’ve modified the challenge slightly.
Instead of working toward a fiction novel, I just post a ton on this blog + I also count all the words I write for assignments and the like.
So instead of an insanely long, single story, I’m going to be posting unconnected short things.
Note that the 1,667 words is a guideline/target so some of these posts will be a lot shorter if I have a busy day and don’t have the time to write more – but I still need to make it up at a later date.
Remember how at the end of summer I was super gung-ho about posting a “Learn->study->explain” post each week?
Well, I think the fact that I haven’t posted a single one yet 3 weeks into term shows you how much of a flop that whole plan was.
Why haven’t I posted one yet?
I’m not really sure how to word the thing without basically retyping out all my notes, which won’t exactly help me memorize the content (there is a reason I always handwrite my notes in class). Also, there might be the issue of inadvertently violating the copyright of the class material.
I’m wasting my down time right now because my brain is still in vacation mode – what with the typhoon 2 weeks ago, Mid Autumn festival off last week and National day today
It’s hard to organize the thing, since a lot of the content that stretches over several lectures
So instead of just typing out all my notes, I’m going to write a weekly reflection thing similar to what I did when doing CAS. What I mean by that is I will record hours spent on the material and rate how productive I was in each aspect.
In other news…
I’ve been spending some of my free time listening to the Christine Blasey Ford & Brett Kavanaugh testimony. It’s 10 hours long, but I feel as though I need to watch the whole thing, instead of just watching short clips of it.
There have been moments in my life where I feel as though I am part of history in the making.
Up until now, the short list of events consists of mainly the 2008 & 2016 elections, Snowden protests, and the Occupy Central/ Umbrella Revolution. This hearing is now on that list.
Because it marks a watershed moment in how we as not just Americans, but people as a whole, view issues related to sexual assault.
Because it shows how politicians are increasingly choosing their party over the people they represent.
Because it demonstrates a sea-change of people pointing to an issue and bringing it out into the light.
I am also a bit disturbed.
At how quickly seemingly bipartisan issues become politicized in today’s political climate.
At how fast outrage is generated in the masses through social media or traditional news organizations.
At what this means for the future of my country and its people.
I don’t know what the future brings, I can only state my thoughts and hope for the best.
Despite living in Hong Kong for so long, I still consider myself an American, specifically a Texan.
It’s where I was born.
It’s where I grew up and spent most my life.
It’s where I think of when you ask about my “hometown”.
I guess I feel so invested in this because while the decisions made don’t directly impact my day to day life here in HK, the implications have started to shift the way I view the USA I grew up to love.
Perhaps this is a bit too on the nose and patriotic for most of my audience, but I believe that the USA can be – and is at its heart – better than it is at the moment.
So I urge you, if you haven’t already – Register to Vote!
I’ve made a blog post in the past on how to do so in less than 20 minutes, so you have no excuse not to (well unless you aren’t eligable to). Whether you are voting in state, absentee or are an overseas citizen, I’ve got you covered.
I’ve been taking some time off to rest and relax, since… welll…
I crashed and burned last semester trying to take 6 courses, many of which also had full lab components with weekly expermiments + lab reports etc.
So I was sorta ignoring this blog for a while to just get away from writing stuff that had to do with academics and school. I hope you all understand, I might go into more depth about it but that is for a future post.
But I’m back now!
With more posts on the horizon so that I can get back into a productive mindset for the new sememster coming up. Fresh new start and all that!
In other exciting news, I’m going on exchange to the University of Leeds during my spring semester! (yes during Brexit)
So if you want to know more about that, I have a new blog “Away in Leeds” that basically talks about me preparing for that trip. It will also have a bunch of stuff related to HKU university life, in case people are thinking about going on exchange TO my university.
This one will be more academic related and goal oriented, while the other will talk more about hku culture and exchange planning.
I’ll test this two blog format out and see if it works, but I wanted to have a separate blog for exchange stuff, so that people could just look at the stuff they are interested in, rather than everything to do with my university life.
Lastly, there will be a new post coming out tomorrow about registering to vote in the USA Midterm Elections!
(Both because it is an important topic and because I feel as though you all deserve to have more posts after such a long absence)
So in honor of the last few weeks of my summer break, I’m doing the four seasons – starting with spring!
Spring (春 chūn) – New Beginnings & changes. Planting the metaphorical seeds for a better future.
Daily Diary progress & Habitica
I’ve been working a bit more on developing better habits, since… well let’s face it.
I’m 20 years old now and have NOT acomplished anywhere as much stuff as I wanted to do by this point in my life.
Earlier in my summer break, I decided to start keeping a diary about my life and goals. It’s not the first time I’ve done so (I have diaries dating back to when I was 12), but this is the first time I have kept at it for more than a month or so without giving up.
I honestly really liked doing it and will probably continue into the school year, since writing acts as a nice way for me to reflect on my day. I might post a bit more about it in the future!
In other habit news, I’ve also been experimenting with different apps to improve my productivity for the upcoming school semester. If you have any suggestions for apps I should check out, feel free to comment below or contact me!
Summer (夏 xià) – Joy, Vitality & Enthusiasm. Watering the positives and weeding out the negitives with whole-hearted enthusiasm
Ecology field work with Oriental magpie-robins
Over the summer, I have been doing some field work with a HKU professor’s lab, studying Oriental magpie-robins (Copsychus saularis).
Essentially, I have been going around to different nest boxes around HKU campus, checking on their status by taking photos of the nests, eggs and chicks. Unfortunately, all the chicks in the nest box this year didn’t survive, so we weren’t able to “ring” any of the juveniles. 😦
I have one last check next week (since their breeding season ends around the end of the summer), then I might continue to work with the lab doing some literature reviews, or helping out with the playback test data collection (essentially isolating the recorded OMR songs with a program called Raven).
Either way, I’ve loved the work I got to do over the break and can see myself making it into a long term career. So glad I picked ecology as my primary major! 🙂
Fall (秋 qiū)- Transition & culmination. Reaping the harvest from what has been sowed.
Basically the subtitle. So HKU has this rule that in order to become a full fleged association with the student union, you have to comply with a whole list of stipulations.
One of the requirments is that the club must have existed for 2 years without funding from the union itself, another being that at least 40 HKU students must be members. So in an attempt to make quidditch “a thing” in HK, the team have partnered with the university’s Equal Opportunity Unit (EOU) and gotten a some of scholership money to create the “Fly for Equality” project.
(unrelated side note: possible future post idea – explaining HKU/canto slang terms like “ocamp”, “chur” “dem beet” etc?)
Winter (冬 dōng) – Rest & reflection. Storing what was gained before and contemplating what is to come.
HKU -> Leeds exchange plans & updates
Finally we come to the bit that I’m assuming 80% of the readers skimed to. To be frank though, not much has happened since I last posted.
I’ve contacted the International Affairs Office (the people incharge of outgoing exchanges) and they gave me the advice to register for semester 2 classes in case the thing falls though, and that more information will be provided later.
Bit nervous though, since I have to do everything from register for classes to get student visas all within the span of a few months during the school year. I’ve asked my other friends about it and they said the IAO focuses of sem 1 and full year people first, so I shouldn’t really panic until October.
But yeah, I’ve been doing some research about Leeds and the surounding area, specifically on museums, historical sites and botanical gardens (yup, I’m both a history nerd + ecology geek, and dang proud of it!)
So if you know of places I should visit, again feel free to comment below!
So yeah, hope this entry was somewhat interesting…
Missed my self-imposed deadline by a few minutes due to an internet issue and not saving often enough, but hey close enough!
In fact, since you are just a bee that lives around Centennial Garden I don’t even need to make one up for you.
But I’m doing so anyway to make me sound less crazy when I am personifying and writing a letter to a freaking insect.
Ingeborg by the way because it was the most random girl name I could think of starting with an “I” (since I assume you are a worker bee which are all female, and the letter to stand in for Insect, just because). Apidae for the taxonomical family you are in (along with all other bee species).
In German for the title because why not, I know how to say it (have been learning the language for about a year now) and it makes for a more interesting title. Plus the explanation bumps up my word count slightly since to be perfectly honest 500 words per day is a bit… ambitious for 30 days, but I don’t want to fail this challenge before it even really begins 😛
I titled this challenge the “ Sudo-wrimo” after the Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge I would normally do during November, where people across the world attempt to write 50,000 words in a month (see the previous post).
Note that it is spelt “Sudo” rather than “Pseudo”. Why? Well because I am a terrible speller and have always been annoyed by silent letters, so it is spelled phonetically and since “Sudo” is much shorter and reminds me of the Pokemon Sudowoodo, so hey.
This entire introduction pretty much shows the tone of the rest of this challenge, very casual and not formal at all, with barely any editing – just me practicing quick turnarounds of thoughts -> words on a page/ screen, since that is quite a useful skill and I need to practice my writing skills.
I’ve been typing for a while and am still only at around 250 words…. Great….
Since I didn’t do an 🎃 October recap 🎃 last month due to midterms, I’ll use my remaining words to give a short overview of my classes and other things that have happened since my last goal update (not giving the course code at the moment since I’d rather not have this be one of the first things that pops up when you search “HKU-course code” )
Biochemistry – Did a midterm few weeks ago, 1 point below average so not great in the grand scheme of things, but considering it is one of my weakest subjects and I felt as though I failed it after the exam, I am pretty dang pleased with how I did.
Economic History – Got the same score in both the Book Review essay and the mini quiz (A-). Was hoping for a better score on the essay, but did a lot better on the quiz than I thought so I’ll take it!
WWII Pacific History – Finished and turned in the midterm document analysis essay, haven’t gotten it back yet, but really should not have procrastinated on it. Still think I did okay on it, but we will see.
Common Core – No real midterm, just a bunch of assignments here.
Ecology – I went on a field course trip during reading week and IT WAS AWESOME! I’ll probably write more about it sometime later, but have started updating my formal website portfolio with a lot of photos I took on the trip. Felt I did really well in the midterm MCQ in that “the-test-felt-a-bit-too-easy-not-sure-if-is-because-I-studied-well-or-because-I-crashed-and-burned” kind of way.
So that is all for today, be sure to check in tomorrow for another 500 words in my Post A Day “Sudo-wrimo” challenge this month!
So its already the end of October and I still haven’t gotten around to making that October goal post yet…
The punny goal name I was thinking of was “Braving and Overcoming Obstacles in October” or Booo!👻 for short ( in honor of Halloween of course) but:
a) that is super cheesy.., like wow…
b) it turns out that I spent so much of my time overcoming said obstacles (ie mountains of midterms, EOSA things, tutoring intensity, first ecology field course etc) that I never really got around to making that goal post in the first place
So this monthly goal update post is more of a “Task Completed, (though with mixed success)! Moving on”
Now normally around this time I would be planning for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) – aka where you attempt to write 50,000 words in November (1,667 words a day) in a quantity over quality, zeroth draft just get it on paper kind of novel writing.
But honestly? I’ve got bigger fish to fry, mainly with exchange preparations and final exam preparations.
I know November is a bit early to start, especially for me, but I really need to tackle these tough classes now before they overwhelm me in December.
So instead this will be a bit like Fall Post a Day blog challenge, with a post a day about what I am doing/learned/studying etc, though upping the anty to 500 words a day for a total of over 15,000 by the end of the month.
👩⚖️🎓Rules to make this more official:📝📚
500 words a day for each day of November
There is no regulation about where I write to meet the word count, provided it is not required for class work – i.e. if I write 500 words for my official website/cv page, that counts, but notes or lab reports for classes don’t
Posts don’t need to be well edited, just typed out and published
Topics can be chosen ahead of time and partially typed out as long as at least 100 words were written on the day the post is published.
Quotes and the like don’t count in the word count – aka I can’t just post a poem as my 500 words since that I kinda plagiarism and cheating
So yeah, the theme (subject? target?) for November is “Study Notes! Part revision, Part writing, All in preparation for December”
… Yeah not really good with coming up with names for these things, but hey practicality over style is more important on this front.