Monday, July 21, 2014

Catching Up

The first day back after a long absence from writing is always the hardest. I've learned to pretty much give up on expecting that anything I write on that first day (today) would be worthwhile for any reason. And so, this post today is totally useless, and I'd actually prefer you not even read it.

I've been very busy with schoolwork, as always. This semester has been learning all about peacekeeping and different conflicts all over the world. I started thinking about how to best combine what I've been learning in class and what I can write on this blog. I still believe that one of the best skills someone can have, and so I'd like to practice being able to do that by explaining some of the issues around recent conflicts like Sri Lanka, Syria and Taiwan.

With that in mind, I'd also like to take the time and write some more about science, about which I am not an expert, but hopefully can explain a few things in a simple enough way to make somebody understand them. That's all I really want.

With my schedule lately, I haven't been able to write about or see any movies in a while, which I'm sure you can imagine makes me very sad. Within the past month, I've seen some really great movies (Wadjda and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and a really bad movie (47 Ronin), all of which I hope to write about sometime soon. I especially want to delve into 47 Ronin, which I found fascinating in how there might actually be a good concept or idea hidden in there somewhere. I really wonder how much would have to be changed to turn it into a great movie.

In addition to that, I'm running out of good movies that I'm looking forward to for now. Guardians of the Galaxy is coming out this week, and I'm really excited and hopeful for that movie. I hate the comics, I hated the way that the marketing for the movie was being pushed down comic readers' throats, and I was totally uninterested in any of these characters, but I'll be goddamned if the trailers and the hype surrounding this movie didn't make me very eager to see it.

I always have Korean going in some form or another, but with the Korean test that I took yesterday and grad school always bearing down on me, I wasn't able to write anything in Korean for public consumption in the past few weeks. I hope to fix that soon, but I'm honestly running out of things to talk about. Maybe comics?

Speaking of, I've been reading a lot of good things lately too. I just got fully caught up on Robert Kirkman's Invincible, and with Walking Dead taking a new turn lately, I'm excited to share my thoughts on all things Kirkman. And, even though I'm wholly unqualified to do so, I really want to talk a bit about what makes Ms. Marvel so great. And it is. So great.

On a side note, I haven't been totally out of the loop in terms of writing. I actually got started on a short story (for the first time in five years.) It feels pretty good to write fiction for a change, if only to keep things interesting. If/When it gets finished I might share it here, who knows?

And, that's it for updates. Tomorrow I'll write something worthwhile now that the muscles are good and stretched.
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