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Better so far…

The haze is back like two days ago. But it’s getting fairly better today. The temperature is getting higher with some burning smell.

I’m interested in Ancient Greek history. Now I’m reading Alexander The Great and his entire line. Comparatively to the Chinese ancient empire, it’s equally interesting. But I don’t think I can put myself in his shoes than to have the Emperor Qin acting in one of my (hopeful) historical novels. And I have another point to make, if only the consorts and princessess were stronger like Olympias of Epirus and Cleopatra of Macedon.

Other than that, I hope to finish the novel I’ve been reading for the past two days.

I’ll compile an ideal wishlist tomorrow to be included at the side bar.

Rubbing the Bottle

I’m listening to Maroon 5 on Youtube – the entire selection of songs can loving every bits of it.

No matter how hard I’m rubbing the bottle, I don’t think I can ever get this book – Toys Battle (玩具大战) by Louis Koo. I was at my trusted local bookstore and asked to order for purchase. Seems I’m not the only person who’s trying to get my hands on this. However, this book is not in printing anymore, perhaps since they’ve sold their 2nd or 3rd (I’m not sure) edition. So, to those who’ve grabbed the book, good for them.

At that moment, I was like, “perhaps can I call the publisher and print that one copy for me and I’ll pay at all cause.” OOOoooo, that’s too much to handle. Of course I didn’t say that and kept it to myself. So far, I only have two Chinese books – Initial D: The Movie Picture Book (2005) and Louis Koo’s biography ‘Searching For Louis'(2002).

In fact, I bought ‘Searching For Louis’ by accidental. It was in 2002 and I attended his film promotion at one of the shopping malls. I can safely conclude he’s the first and the last celebrity I’ve met in person. I remember rushing home from school just to watch ‘The Legend of Condor Heroes’. And years later, there he was standing on the stage platform, and the three main criteria any girls would die for – Tall, dark and handsome. He’s very quiet as expected. I couldn’t believe it myself. My heart was beating fast. Don’t blame me. I was only twenty and loving it. And there’s this fan started chatting with me about how much she loved him. There comes her advertising of the book. When I owned the book, I barely read it until recently. He came from a long way to where he stood today.

There’s this page that had deeply touched me – Tears of a Seventy Year Old Nun.

Somehow, he’s conveying the nun’s message to me. It literally means – ‘Life has many obstacles, have the courage, dare to face it, dare to admit, then one day you’ll be able to stand tall again.’

That quote helps me a lot in different way. From my personal problem to my MS waiting to be plucked from the slush piles. In life, you need a lot of courage to face the hardship. It’s easy to say than done. But speaking from someone who has seen the darkness, and then running towards the tunnel of rainbow, in the end, when the wait is over, I hope the roses are blooming non-stop.

No, I’m not interested in his private life. I want to thank him for that beautiful page. I don’t think I’ll ever get the chance to do this personally. So, I can do it here, which is…better than never.

I do believe in one thing – In life, you’ll reap what you’ve sowed.

At the meantime, I thank God for having Adam Levine’s voice serenading my living room.

Most Wanted Collection

That’s the answer for today’s category.

To own an entire collection of Stephen King and Anne Rice novels…

No. Really.

Speaking about that, I want to share something on writing. Put that at the back of your mind. Do not write based on what’s super hot in the publishing business. If you visit certain sites, there’re Space Opera, Steampunk, Alternate History. And recently ‘Noir’. It has been there long enough that no one bothers. It can be referred to as Hardboiled fiction. But it comes down to one thing, the waste of your creativity sparks. The more you force yourself to write what the market is asking, you’re losing the real you. In the end, write what you’re confortable in.

“Writer writes everyday”

I put the above in bold for a purpose. It’s a common practise. Don’t bother calling yourself a writer if you don’t pick up the pen or pencil and start scribbling on that piece of paper, or sitting down for hours in front of the PC screen killing your retinas. Even blogging will do some justice.

On the other hand, speed writing is good to let your brain comes out with a topic, for example ‘Scar’. Then you start to write with the flow, no editing…just go for it. Give yourself about 10 minutes and then stop.

Some times by accidental, you can have that ‘sparks’ while watching a movie or listening to that particular song. For me, I had this thing called – Storyline Trailer, playing in my mind when I was watching Election 2 yesterday. I’ll probably blog about this movie next week.

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