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  • So today, I tried the VR on the PlayStation 4. I've been doing some research on it before buying because I wasn't sure if it was a good purchase at first. Thinking to try it out, it was purchased.

    Setting it up, I noticed you must make sure to be in a safe room away from items you could knock down or you can cause yourself injury. I remember reading a reported death that happened in Russia, where I believe this guy tripped over or either into a table. Also I've read how you have to watch out or you'll accidentally hit your pets if you have any or anyone around you.

    For setting up, the headset must be at the same level as the device that comes with VR. After some reviews, I was unsure what to think of it until trying the PSVR for myself.

    Wow, I have to say it's not what I expected. It's weird how it's like you are actually in the game. Everywhere you turn, you see other angles of the game you're playing, which is an interesting technology of gaming. It's like 3d television, but more of a closer interaction of playing games.

    The first game I tried was a horror game because I usually play horror type games. Well, I play all sorts of games, but I think I shouldn't have tried a dark game for my first experience. You can hear the ambience and the music. For a horror game, it's a surrounding eerieness which causes paranoia. It's so different playing on a VR because the danger or anything else feels more real and more directed to you personally. Wow, that's a strange experience that I can't quite describe. It's really interesting for those afraid of heights or anything. It's very strange.

    As I look more into this technology, I will be posting more on this...

    My First Try On The PSVR

  • Every year on June 10th, I think about the friend who died at the age of 16. June 10th was her birthday, and all day my family thinks about her. Her name was Amber. That is a reason I don't use the name Amber for any of my books.

    I first met her in 4th grade. The very first day, my mother met Amber and her mother. My mother warned me that she may not live long due to how morbidly obese she was.

    I think it was pretty sad kind of because everyone in school always picked on her because of her weight. I always felt sorry for her which was why I accepted her. She became obsessed in making friends with the thin, pretty, popular girls. She would try to hang out with them, and did everything they told her to do in order to be friends with them. However, I would overhear the girls talking about her. Of course, it was how fat she was.

    The girls would tell her to stop talking to me because they didn't like foreigners. Everyone like today, always assumed I was a foreigner because apparently I behave more like a foreigner than an American. My mother and sister looks foreign as well. This made me a target for racist bullying. It was where girls, and also boys even bullied girls. I was bullied by many boys, even physical bullying. The schools I attended had no diversity at all. It made you feel uncomfortable because all non-Whites and foreigners were subjected to severe bullying and biasness even from teachers.

    Before going back to Amber, I must share about the students who were nice to me. They happened to have been foreigners. The closest one was a girl from Somalia. I had the greatest times with her. We joked, we laughed, we had fun and we did almost everything together. Unfortunately, she moved out of the town after a girl pulled off her hijab in class. At the time, there were no Muslims in the town or attending the schools. I was very sad when she moved.

    I met a girl from India, but she only lasted a few weeks there. She also moved after a girl bullied her because of her tan skin. She wasn't even that dark, but this girl hated people with any colour to their skin. Like I remember how she often talked to me, but one day the girl explained how she hated dark skinned people. She then told me that she liked me however because I was pale and looked White even though I didn't have a White mother.

    I remember a boy and his female cousin from Bosnia. Even though they were European, students still hated them because they were foreigners. The boy took majority of the bullying, who befriended me more than his cousin. Almost everyday, he would be fought. The teachers all pretended not to have seen anything. They would even punish him for the fights even though the other boys started it. I liked his personality, and actually I named a character after him. I did this since I already started a book with Bosnian main characters.

    I also named a manga character after a girl from China. I remember her being very quiet and shy. Since I was the same as her, quiet and shy, we really didn't know how to start conversations. Yet, she seemed depressed about being in the school because the students did not like Chinese people.

    The one I spent the most time with was with a boy from Mexico and his younger brother. He came over my house almost everyday playing video games, watching movies and tv shows and sitting in the yard. He was very mellow, calm and fun loving. I do remember him also teaching me Spanish. It was very sad, because I found out he lived in an empty house, and his parents neglected him and his brother. That's why he never wanted me to visit his house. I wasn't for sure if he was being abused as well. Well, he said alarming things and I noticed he hated going back home. I wasn't allowed to have boys as friends, but he was really the only boy I was allowed to talk to. I mean I did understand my mother was concerned for my safety.

    Back to Amber, I questioned if she was a good friend, because she did things so that the other girls would accept her. Like even though she knew I was allergic to blueberries, she would try to tell me to eat a blueberry muffin. She also did other things. Anyway, despite this, I knew she was lost and tried to fit in. Still, this was when I stopped hanging out with her. Pretty soon, her birthday came up and she invited me to her birthday party. I decided to go and found out I was the only one there. That's when I properly met her step-father and sister. She really didn't want to do anything but just sit around and eat all day. I did also feel awkward whenever she would yell at her mother. Yes, she often did that to her mother. I cannot fairly comment because I didn't know what went on in her house. Anyway, we went to a pizza joint, where they sat all day eating pizzas. I don't eat much, especially like this, so the entire day for her birthday, I just sat there and watched her eat pizza. I remember one day Amber also visited my house, my mother spent 700$ on fast food for Amber only in a few hours.

    I will fast forward it to the day I found out she died. My family found out through the newspaper. Her obesity was a contributing factor to her death. Her Facebook account became her memorial page. When reading her old posts, she would share how she always hated herself, she wished she was dead, and she hated being fat. She always mentioned how she wanted to just be with her grandma who was dead, and she no longer wanted to live. On her wall, students would apologize for fighting her and for being mean. It was too late then. Why say it when she is dead? My mother and my step-grandma went to her funeral. I was too upset to go.

    I remember her step-father thanking me for being Amber's friend, because he knew that I was the only friend that she had, and I was the only person who was nice to her. Her step-father admitted Amber never had any friends. He apologized for Amber not being a friend she should have been to me. All of those things that she did were pushed aside. I mean, you don't think about those things during that time, especially in that situation. Anyway, he was grateful to have known me.

    That was the song posted on her memorial page and also played for her funeral. Although it has been years, those are things you just don't forget or get over. After that funeral, we never saw Amber's mother, step-father or sister again, even though we were good friends. I think they moved away. 

    I think her story is an eye opener about the obesity epidemic in America. That's why my mother and I share her story. We share it to bring awareness to obesity, unhealthy eating, over eating, inactivity and most importantly child obesity. It's a serious problem how so many children are obese today. This story helps bring awareness to the dangers of children being obese, and how in the new study, it shows children are actually dying before their parents. 

    A Story About A Friend And More

  • It's the first Wednesday to this month, June. That means it is time for another post for The Insecure Writers Support Group. You can learn more about it here.

    I will just answer the optional question,

    "What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?"

    I never really had a trouble naming characters in the past, but lately it can get a little tricky. That's because I noticed a lot of foreign websites were removed recently after the 2016 election, and I have untraditionally foreign characters in my WIPs. It can get hard trying to find a long list of names if I use a lot of characters from certain countries, like Lithuania, China, Japan and others. I have to purchase books in order to get a long list that I need. 

    However, I think it is harder to come up with book titles than naming characters. It is easy, but for me, titling any of my WIPs is difficult. I keep in mind the things I learned about titling books, but also for me, manga and games. I know the title has to be intriguing, easy to remember and to make it convenient for most people to pronounce. This is another thing I factor when naming characters with foreign names too. I pick a name I like the best, but I try to think how easy it is to pronounce. 

    Anyway, you know most of my WIPs are not yet titled due to this. I am aware not to make titles too long, convenient and yet enticing to say, and something the author would proudly stand behind. For many of my projects, I haven't found good titles yet. I write the project because I could be stuck trying to title the project when I can just title it later, but work on the actual WIP. Recently though, I noticed when I am getting ideas, sometimes I can forget to name my characters for a new project. I just do a quick search for names. Anyway, I just let myself get inspired for the title later on...

    June IWSG Post

  • So I finally have the blog upgrade. It took a long time only because I wasn't sure how I wanted to design it, so I worked with someone after they told me they have an idea of how I should design it. No, I am still not done finishing the coding part of fixing it. It's slow because I am doing things on a phone.

    Anyway, I did say I wanted to post about young writers since I am a young writer. After reading other posts and articles about us, I wanted to discuss this. Well, I don't feel as young as people treat me. I learned once you start saying, "When I was younger..." That's a sign you are old. I do remember growing up in the 90's. For some reason, people still think I should still be considered as a child.

    Being a young writer has its perks, some perks, but mostly struggles. First, I read how young writers may find it easier to write about teens and young adults, because that's what we are. We have an advantage because we don't have to do extra research in order to know how young people think and how they behave. After some research, I picked up the habit that I do mostly write about teens and young adults, around my age.

    However, I did read one piece, advising writers to not only use teens and young adults in their books, but they should use also older characters. I mean, main characters or the POV. I considered their advice, and I tried by using characters that are at least 30 years old. I have parent POVs too, where obviously the parent is the point of view of this story. Well, these are just characters who have children, a family. Mostly, I write about teens and young adults though. My first project, the Fantasy series, it begins with a character who is 24 years old, then the other characters are teens. I mean, the most important main characters in the story. There are lots of important characters in this story though.

    The personal struggle is how young writers are seen by older writers and older professionals. No, no one is defined by other's comments, but constant comments of being put down can be a problem. I mean, it becomes a problem when we have to always prove ourselves; I mean work three times as hard in order for agents, editors, publishers and other people to even consider our work. I think because most people assume young writers couldn't meet deadlines when they arrive, as soon as difficulties come, we'll immediately give up. Plus, there's the dedication to researching for books most assume young writers won't and can't do.

    When I was writing, my greatest inspiration was Christopher Paolini, the author of Eragon in the Inheritance Cycle series. My mother encouraged me to learn more about him when I struggled with being a teen writer. I remember reading, if I am not wrong him publishing at the age of 19, but I read recently this project he worked on at the age of 15. This was really the only writer who I felt was more relevant to me. I looked to him as an inspiration to keep going, and not listen to the "professionals" who tried telling me because I was a teenager, there's no way I can be published.

    I remember this particular guy who was saying agents and publishers are not going to take me seriously, and they would basically eat me alive. People my age have no place in the writing industry, assuming only because of my age, I didn't understand anything. I was 13 at the time. I grew to have a thicker skin when it comes to comments. Now I feel numb to all comments. That was just an example of what young writers go through. I know I have seen some young writers who seemed like writing was more like a pastime more than a career, had difficulties being committed and I have seen strange stories. The most bizarre one I ran across online was a story about rainbow pooping unicorns taking over the world. However, these struggles wasn't any different than older upcoming writers.

    I have read about older writers and their time management, and how they have to juggle with lots of responsibilities pretty much. That's where young writers can have an advantage, but not entirely. We still have things to do, but perhaps our responsibilities are cut in half. Maybe. You do still have school, chores, jobs and whatever else we may do. Particularly, most people assume homeschoolers can freely do whatever we want, but that's not the case. In fact, homeschoolers are given even more work and we never get breaks like those who go to public school. But for me, I went a step further in my education and was going to college the entire time. Plus, I was being trained as a nurse, later I became a PCA. As soon as I began training, I started work as someone who provides home health services to people. So, I did have a lot to do, but nonetheless, I was committed to my writing. I was serious and I never gave up on publishing.

    I wish there can be more writers publishing as a teen and young adult.    

    Young Writers

  • I was reading more about being a manga writer in Japan. I remember awhile ago, I read this guy's post on how it's near impossible for outsiders to get into their entertainment. He wrote a manga and submitted to a manga publisher in Japan. They contacted him back to tell him they feel his manga does not fit the Japanese manga style. They told him to switch things in his story and promised if he changed it, they would accept it. However, he was not willing to change his manga story.

    I have read another post which was from a person who was a manga artist. They were saying it's extremely hard, but not impossible to get hired as a manga artist in Japan. The reason is that they wish to maintain the Japanese style of manga/anime, which is very much different than all other animations. 

    The other concern is a language barrier. It would be difficult to work in an environment where people have poor communication. 

    An article shared how manga writers are required to stay in Japan at least for the process of getting projects done. It also advised to keep your day job because manga writers in Japan are only paid once a month. Perhaps they'll change that? Not sure. This is why you can't depend solely on your salary as a manga writer. It would be best for someone like me, who is not really writing for the money. 

    Awhile ago, I spoke with a manga writer who shared how he felt it's difficult to get into the Japanese manga industry. The Japanese studios are for serious manga writers. Well, I am serious and I made sure to let everyone know that I'm serious about being a professional manga writer. I have learned how to duplicate their work exactly as they wish. Also, I'm willing to change anything in my manga to follow their guidelines.

    Another Note: I was repeatedly asked to write other people's manga scripts since I plan to work in Japan as a manga writer, and one guy thought I was Japanese. No, not Japanese, although since I don't know all of my ancestry and family, I am unsure about that really. Anyway, I really cannot write anyone else's manga script. I have a ton of work to do with my own projects. Also, no more translating languages to English. I have been doing this. Most recent was a Russian document, and another was Japanese that needed to be translated to English. I did it, but I realize that took up most of my time. So please, no more translating request or manga script request. 

    Becoming a Mangaka

  • Despite of many experts advising me to change my author brand and pen name from the Native American theme before publication, but I choose to bring awareness of their culture. If you do not love these people, the Indigenous people as I have came to love them, then you simply could not appreciate my work. I learned if everyone followed their way of life, most of the world's problems would be no more. Although I learned I am not related to them by DNA, I share their tears, I feel their pain and I understand completely. You don't have to be Native American to acknowledge their oppression. I believe we should all stick together and help each other out, including those not of your own race. So, I choose to keep my pen name, and will publish under Tikaani Moon. I wished to share that I do this only to bring awareness. I wanted something with a Native American theme that wasn't mocking and disrespecting them, in which I haven't really seen. It means a lot that I publish this way.

    I believe my adoptive step-grandma influenced a lot of my views on Native Americans and America. I was accepted and adopted into my step-grandma's family, but I mostly felt connected to the Native American side of their family. Through adoption, sadly that question, what are you? Is puzzling to me. I was recently questioned this by a writing workshop, who wanted to select which race I was. Also, literary agents and writing associations wanted this information as well. Through adoption, I lost my own culture, ancestry and family, and the Native American culture is the only thing I was raised to know. Honestly, I am grateful to have gotten to know their beautiful culture.

    I was given advice to pick an author brand from my own culture, but what culture is that? You know, that's very hard to do when the stuff I'm finding out about myself, well, my own ancestry gets a lot of bias reactions. All I wish to identify myself as, is biracial and mixed race because that's what I am. That question kind of upsets me because I lost who I am.

    How can I know when no one is willing to tell me? All they say is very vague crap. They mention the Middle East, India and Russia. Okay, I know my mixed ancestry does include the Middle East, India, Philippines and Russia in some way, but I am not 100% how. Why is that so important to know anyway? I have came across several who wants to bombard me with these questions. Can't I not just publish without answering this question? People think when I refuse to answer their questions, I am being rude, but this question is difficult to answer for biracial people. Deep down, I wish I was not biracial. I wish to only identify with one race, and one race alone, but that's not the case with me. I hate that being a writer, that means you'll be labeled as your race. When people mention me, they'll probably always say, biracial writer. Since I am biracial, people pressure me even more to know what race I am; to see which races I represent and identify with.

    I have decided to not change my author brand or my pen name. This is my way of helping out the cause. Also, I feel if it's in our power to help others, we should help someone when you see them suffering. It says for America, "...For liberty and justice for all." And I have decided to volunteer a portion of my life to making sure everyone, including the Indigenous people are treated equally.   

    Publishing Under Tikaani Moon

  • Back in the day, it was common to wear headscarves. However, many fashion trends are returning, and I can't see why the retro headscarf couldn't. It is a popular habit in Eastern Europe. There are several reasons to wear a headscarf.

    Anyway, useful ways to wear a headscarf (also why they were worn back in the day)...

    • During windy days
    • If women just had their hair done
    • For protecting hair and head from the sun, leaves, dirt or anything else
    • For riding in convertibles
    • Gardening
    • Church & prayer
    • Riding a bike or anything that the wind would blow their hair
    • For lazy/bad hair days
    • People with curly hair or natural hair
    • Keeping hair out of the way
    •  Or it was worn just for fashion as an accessory

    Audrey Hepburn made the fashion trend popular. Being a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, and the Retro fashion, I have been promoting this vintage fashion trend. Also, I have been sharing the cultural reason to wear them.

    The best way in wearing it today, is by not covering all of your hair though. The point is to not be confused with the religious head coverings. Not sure if I said this before, but I like to copy the way scarves are worn in Russia. This is the most appropriate way to wear them in modern times. You can also google search 1960's or 50's headscarves and copy these.

    Another mistake I have ran across, was how people label the vintage headscarf as a Muslim hijab. You shouldn't call it a hijab, especially if it's not for religious reasons. It should only be called a headscarf. Most people of modern day makes this mistake because they probably don't fully understand the difference between a hijab and just a plain headscarf. Okay, a hijab is the name of a hair covering for Muslim women. So it's inappropriate to call it a hijab if you are not Muslim, especially if you are Christian or anything else. You may also call it a head covering, hair covering, or plain scarf.

    I have bumped into people who wanted to wear headscarves, but it is uncommon to wear scarves in their location unless they are Muslim. Try to be careful what patterns you choose for headscarves, and try to be careful how you wear your headscarf. Follow Eastern European and Vintage patterns only. I also like the East Asian scarf patterns. It is also good to make or purchase square shaped scarves, fold it in a triangle shape, then tie it under your chin. Or you can tie it behind your neck, but only copy from the 1950s-1960s style. A little of your hair from the top should be exposed though, or you can even allow your bangs or parts of your bang to show. However, make sure your hair can be kept out of your way during activities, because that is the whole purpose of wearing headscarves. Try to keep a vintage look so people would better understand. If you can, try to wear retro/vintage styled clothing with it or clothing that matches the scarf you are wearing. Also, you can wear sunglasses. It is good to observe Eastern Europeans and copy their style as well.

    Covering the hair has several different reasons, and it doesn't belong to one culture or religion. Even Christian women and Jewish women cover their hair. From a few years of research, I learned actually Christian women were originally supposed to cover their hair. The hair covering has been around for centuries, including the 19th century, and it was done by different cultures. From the question, yes, other religions can and actually should wear some sort of hair coverings.

    There are also headscarf styles that are traditional to African cultures. I'm not sure about copying these styles, unless you are able to pull it off and it fits your face. African American women can wear these styles though for fashion, culture and/or bad hair days.

    For me, it is kind of cultural and influenced by religion. I was raised to believe covering the hair was most appropriate, and women shouldn't really be seen without hair coverings. It seems headscarves does have some cultural and religious reasons when I think of the reason why I wear headscarves, but not all the time. It can be for any of the above reasons as well. Almost everyday, I find myself needing to throw on a headscarf to hide my bad hair days, and I do a lot of activities where my hair would get in the way. So a headscarf is fashionable, classy and yet useful during this situation.

    When making them, it's good to make them out of silk, lace or satin for the summer. Thicker fabric is best for cooler weather.

    Useful Reasons To Wear Head Scarves

  • I started the process of rereading book one of my Fantasy series. I have gotten a long way from chapter one. I believe I'm on chapter nineteen? Forgot, but I made pretty good progress. I am glad I was able to zip through the chapters. Of course again, I have to wait until my family is asleep before I could get work done. That leaves me at midnight, working. Yeah, just as I have mentioned in this post: Trying To Get Back Into Writing.

    About a month ago, I wrote the last notes to the outline of my second book. I wrote a lot, but I put it on hold temporarily to finish polishing the first manuscript. I would like to return to writing the second book. It's just about finished. Well, I'm almost done writing in the main scenes from the outline. Pretty soon, I will have to fill in stuff in between scenes in order to compose it into a complete novel. I just would like to have the second manuscript together before publication.

    Lately for the past few days, I haven't had the chance to work on anything. I only read documents through my phone, and I've been studying and being busy with classes. It did benefit me to learn more about the topics I write about, and to get my other projects together. But this is something I've put sweat, tears and so much hard work into. I really want to get back into getting a lot of work done on my Fantasy WIP. I'm dead serious about being a published writer.

    So, this is my first time rereading the entire first book as a complete story. Then I will reread it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.

    UPDATE: I am rereading the final chapter!

    Rereading the Final Draft (And Working on the Second Book)

  • Yesterday, I purchased a book after meeting an author named Simon Pearce, an author from the U.K. Being the first English person I spoken to ever or met, let me say first that it was a privilege meeting him. He invited me to view the reviews and stuff.

    I began reading the reviews as he asked. I'm glad I did to get a little more about the main character and his parents. Mo is his name, but full name is Mohammad Adil Dhillon. Actually, I never read anything with a Muslim character before. So this is interesting being the first different main character, because I have only read books with European main characters. This let me realize how writers should use more other races.

    I recently read the beginning, as this old man in his neighborhood is called Moth Man. I remember reading the part in school, where the English teacher shared the backstory of the Moth Man sightings and how the old man was named Moth Man.

    I also read the part about Mo's parents, and how his father pressured him taking an exam. I just thought of how I always didn't like parents who did this to their children, and how I never liked parents who are like Mo's, because obviously here, there is a poor communication here between parent and child. I think parents shouldn't add stress and pressure to their children's lives.

    From what I read of the description, Mo struggles with being enticed by terrorist rhetoric, which was influenced by how he is treated in school. This shares a problem that is not properly addressed. I know in every country, any person of a minority group deals with racial bullying. With young Muslims, you don't know how this would effect them.

    So now I am reading the book, along with other books in any chance given.

    Mo (The Spotlight Tales Book 1)

  • Giving updates for all designing projects. First, although I did get training on website building, CSS stuff, I wasn't sure on the blog design. I have been working to build the blog to make it more like a website, but every time I build the CSS, I restart again. I guess I've been doing too many experiments with how the blog could look. I'm a little bit lost with how I want the haunted house and the mixed race blog to look, but I'm currently working on that too. I collaborated with someone to see what they feel would make a more professional looking author blog.

    I knew knowing website building would be an asset for my career in the corporate world. That's why I took the time to learn through colleges, online classes, articles and videos. I think I put more focus on building the company website than the blog. About the company, it is a new online store. We will sell items on eBay, Etsy and our own website. We will sell jewelry, clothing, pet products, and also gourmet food. We are collaborating with others for an easier way to get foods from different cultures and countries.

    While I help work on that, I wanted to start a non-profit organization, in which I will further share in a random post. I was told I would need a website for this as well. So I am doing all of the required steps to start my organization. It's a bit tricky to do so, but I am determined to finish what I started. Plus, this is for a good cause. This organization is for Native American culture awareness. I am looking at people who'd be interested in investing in the organization. This isn't the only organization I'm working on however.

    I recently read about now building CSS has gotten easier because you don't have to multiply, do math. I was trained to be an accountant, so I probably could have did the math, but this makes it easier. Well, when you are hired as an accountant, the computers does most of the work anyway. If the company is not old fashion, there is a program in the computer to help accountants. You just have to know how to use the program.

    Designing updates are for all designing projects. So I have also been trying to get inspiration to design original Lolita fashion. Going over my sketches, I realized they fit under the Lolita category. Me loving lace and ruffles, you know all of my designs must include lots of lace, bows and ruffles. Also layers.

    What do I plan on doing with those clothing designs? Well, I am using them for my career as a real life doll. I design them, then I will make the outfits.

    For game developments, unfortunately I cannot actually design games because I can't draw online. I have been trying to practice, but it seems hopeless for me to draw digitally. I draw like a 2 year old. My failed attempt to draw the old Pokemon:

    I had this picture redrawn, and here it is:

    This is my vision, and where I was trying to go with this art. So yeah, I should stick to traditional art. I will repost this photo for another post.

    So, I have stuck with my strength, and that is writing. I am training to become a professional game writer and narrative designer, the person hired onto a game developing team to do all of the writing aspects of game creation. I have a bit more strengths since I also create game ideas, and entire games. I will take my game scripts and concept to a professional company, in which I have already found some. Because I am a game writer and game creator, I like that I will have a little more say so over the actual game development. Being hired as a narrative designer, you don't really have this, since you are hired by the game creator to write the game script.

    So I will give more updates on my projects soon. 

    Designing Updates

  • I remember reading an article about Abraham Lincoln's mother for Mother's Day. Although this isn't the article I read, you may read some post from the Washington Post here.

    The link I wanted to share was from years of studying military history, of learning about Mother's Day Origins. I don't want to make this day into a long boring history lesson, so I instead shared a link of its origins from 1908 of being originally a movement for anti-war. What better time is this since we are facing a risk of WWIII. Here is National Geographic that explains a bit about Mother's Day: 7 Things You Don't Know About Mother's Day's Dark History.

    Oh, and Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers all over the world. Well, this is for the good mothers. Also, apologizing for anyone who has lost their mother.

    A Link For Mother's Day Origins

  • Going over a class today, my family was discussing our studies on the healthcare in different countries. My mother for instance shared about the struggling economy in the Sub-Saharan African region. Despite this, they are still striving to provide healthcare for all of their citizens.

    It was shocking to discover through my studying that the United States is the only country that doesn't offer universal healthcare. It's one of the most advanced countries in the world, but has the poorest healthcare system in the world. From research, the minority groups in the United States are known to suffer from the bias system United States has. I also read Americans pay way more than anyone in the world; like double it to 15 multiple times or something. Why is that? You know, for people who are outside of the U.S., I can tell you our healthcare system is desperately needing to learn something from the other countries. Never has the United States offered this to all of their citizens. I feel it's rigged unfairly. I mean the only ones who receives the best healthcare treatments are the wealthy here. The middle class and poor are kind of left out to fend for themselves.

    I don't think Obamacare was good. My family gets a lot of heat from this, but please listen to our side of the argument. Obamacare was put in place to help those who couldn't afford healthcare, yes. However, it's from the people like my family. They take from the middle class and the rest of the people in order to allow people to continue their healthcare benefits. Because of this, most people, including my own family are left without any healthcare at all. This is not fair. Everyone should be able to get healthcare and be treated whenever they need to. Instead when medical emergencies do arrive, the middle class is left without no way of getting treated.

    Also, Obamacare was put in place to allow the citizens to pay for the officials in the White House to receive top healthcare. Why should the American people pay for that when most cannot even afford it themselves?

    In the United States, it seems our system is intentionally rigged to leave people out. You can't even be seen at the hospital or clinic unless you have a insurance or is able to pay really expensive bills to be seen. If not, hospitals and clinics have the right to not see the patient, even if it is an emergency. I have seen people getting kicked out of hospitals because of it.

    Canada, I have read how some people feel America would benefit if they copied Canada's healthcare system. According to my studies, it isn't entirely perfect, but it's a lot better than America's healthcare. Canada, although it is free, there's a serious problem with the long waiting list to be treated for even serious operations. That's a major flaw in Canada's healthcare system. I think if countries stopped trying to compete and stuff, they could collaborate to help each other out. Perhaps Canada could help America in finding ways to have free universal healthcare for EVERYONE. America has its pride though, and the officials hate to admit if they need assistance.

    Another embarrassing issue, America is the only country with a severe gun violence problem. I'm not saying we should get rid of guns altogether, for my family owns 3 guns, but we always keep them locked down in our house. However, something should be done about this. Those shootings you see on the news, those are only the ones the media chooses to share. In reality, there are shootings that happens every single day. The bad part about it is that, most of the shootings are caused by American citizens, and no terrorist related incidents. Now in America, if people gets angry at you on the street, there's a risk of them pulling out a gun and shooting you.

    Isn't it pretty crappy too that if there's a war that breaks out, the American citizens pay for the officials to be safe in luxury bunkers, while leaving us to die? All of the bunkers were sold off to the rich as well.

    Well, that's just what I wished to share about my research.

    Why Doesn't The U.S. Offer Universal Healthcare?

  • This is just something random I remember from 9 years of studying World War II. Something sparked my memory of this.

    So, I will not make this long because I developed a very bad headache from working all night, but just something simple noting that today, it is celebrated as the day Nazi Germany surrendered against the Soviet Union, officially in 1945. The German Instrument Of Surrender had been signed in late of May 8th, but officially celebrated on the next day, May 9th. In Russia, they hold a Victory Day Parade, which you can watch online and follow online as well. I did for a class once, and it was very nice.

    I remember watching a documentary about the Soviet Union vs. Nazi Germany. It was very interesting to watch how the Soviet Union was able to turn things around after Germany nearly wiped out half of their country. Despite it, they were able to get a victory. I took notes on the documentary for class.

    In class I remember being asked about if I knew if one of my ancestors was involved in any way related to this, especially since it seems my mother came from an important family. I have to say, sadly, I don't know. I wish to look into this, and if I find anything, I will make sure to share it with everyone!

    I'm alone on congratulating Russia today, because no one around me didn't know it even took place. Nor were they interested in knowing. 

    May 9th Marks Victory Day In Russia

  • When I was active on Twitter, I met a writer named Karl Bacon. He recommended his book to me since I like reading about the American Civil War. I went on Amazon and purchased the book. Then I found out my phone couldn't download anything else. So I deleted a few apps to download it. Yeah, I found a new and better way to read and that's on my phone or kindle. I stopped purchasing physical books after running out of space to put them. My family had to start stacking books where it didn't make sense to put books at.

    I am currently reading it, but so far, I find it useful and insightful to read about a real soldier's experiences in the Union army. It can be added for research. Here's a bit about the book....

    "Michael palmer is a good man, a family man. But honor and duty push him to leave his comfortable life and answer the call from Abraham Lincoln to fight for his country. This “citizen soldier” learns quickly that war is more than the battle on the field. Long marches under extreme conditions, illness, and disillusionment challenge at every turn. Faith seems lost in a blur of smoke and blood … and death. Michael’s only desire is to kill as many Confederate soldiers as he can so he can go home. He coldly counts off the rebels that fall to his bullets. Until he is brought up short by a dying man holding up his Bible. It’s in the heat of battle at Gettysburg and the solemn aftermath that Michael begins to understand the grave cost of the war upon his soul. Here the journey really begins as he searches for the man he was and the faith he once held so dearly...."
    I think I'll have to start from the beginning though because I recently got a new phone, and I forgot what page I was on. Anyway, so far, I did find this book realistic to life as a Union soldier in the American Civil War. For a Civil War researcher, you can find yourself visualizing the events, as if you are reliving the story as you read it. 

    Current Read: An Eye for Glory: The Civil War Chronicles of a Citizen Soldier

  • I didn't know how to title this because this is just a bunch of random musings, thoughts and updates. Hope they all make sense.

    So first, yesterday I worked double on the job. Well, I do home health care services, I mean, that's the job title anyway. Wherever I am needed, I go to the patient's homes. You can't just sit around all day neither. I help also people who need assistance both medically and any other help they may need. You do a lot of stuff they can't do for themselves, that does include cleaning up their house and yard, among other things. Hand out medicine, make sure they are taking the right dose and other stuff like that. However, I do wish to share how my boss, which is an extraordinary doctor, he does own several different companies. Him and also another vice president or the president of Pro-health Care, a guy from Somalia I believe, he is ranked the 7th most paid and most successful business people in the country and in the world. I was thinking, wow! He owns a ton of companies, and even personally knows Barack Obama and the others in the White House. It's incredible, although my family also does personally knows the officials, but that's still amazing.

    Anyway, back to my work, the most embarrassing thing happened during the time. I came inside the house to ask the patient a question, but the woman couldn't understand what I was saying. I didn't realize I was speaking in a foreign language until she pointed it out. She immediately recognized it as Russian. Now she thinks I'm a foreigner. I am unsure why that happens everyday, but it does. For some reason, I can speak-let me stop right there.

    Today, I was given two great ideas. I was sleep, so I guess they were from dreams. I woke up out of my sleep and immediately wrote it down. Well, I did get another great idea for another new book, which is Horror. The other two ideas, one is for a Science Fiction book, the other is for a new project, which is a Horror, Science Fiction, Zombie book. This is the newest project I started. It makes me realize how dark, strange and mysterious my dreams and thoughts can be. I need someway to let these thoughts out, and writing is a perfect way for me. Not all of the dreams were and are dark however. Some can be whimsical and fun. Yet they are all very strange. So, I've been doing that today, when I was not doing home health assistance work.

    I am still working on the CSS and HTML stuff I'm working on for the new blog designs. Designs, because I need four designed. The fourth one is for the company website, which is an e-commerce website and company. I am slowly getting the artwork I need since I can't draw digitally to save my life. You know, I attempted to yesterday or the day before on Photoshop, and I failed. They are too embarrassing to share. I will not give up. I am serious about drawing anime digitally.

    So, yeah, awhile back, I did get training on that stuff, and I've been trying to brainstorm the design. I mean, since it is an author blog, and for Tikaani Moon, I want it different and fitting the theme. So yeah, that means dark, mysterious and with Wolves and the moon because the Wolf is my spirit animal, and I feel deeply connected to the Wolf. But lately, I've been distracted by helping other people code designs into their websites and blogs because they don't know how to code. I say, "Okay, you can just place it there and there." The person has no clue what I'm saying to them. So then, I tell them to just give me the design and their website or whatever it is and I can place it in for them. I realized I've been too busy doing that, that I forgot about my own blogs. So sorry, but I probably will have to stop coding for other people, in order to get my own stuff together. I am unsure where I am going with the design since there are so many ways to do it. I just read about CSS Grid and how CSS improved and gotten easier for people who build CSS and stuff like that. 

    Another thing, I watched something random about Austria, which caused me to want to write something based in Austria, or either just a character. So far though, I don't have anything that would fit what I want. I can make it fit. Also, I thought about the times I've been wanting to visit Nova Scotia, Canada. That or just include it in my projects. I am not a writer who would only use their hometown. Well yeah, for my first project, I did use my own State, Minnesota, but it does start off in Canada. I like to include different States and countries.

    Lastly, when I write, I know I did say I stopped listening to rock. Recently, I went back to my rock playlists after hearing the new Breaking Benjamin album. I really love this new album and the band, and now I returned to listening to rock when I write. But with caution now. I am now a little more aware of the issues of listening to rock. I still listen to international music, in fact, I listen to that more than I listen to any other music. Lately, I've been listening to Romanian pop, Jpop, Kpop and Russian pop. Most people don't know I like Russian music, because one time I told someone, their reaction was negative. Any music that is not in English is not positively viewed by people in America. Even when I tell people I like Jpop and Kpop, they don't favour that at all. I secretly listen to Russian pop, and have a secret playlist of all of my international music. Back to rock though, here is one song from the new album from Breaking Benjamin. How appropriate is the name of the song, huh? Feed the Wolf....

    A Bunch Of Random Thoughts

  • You know, back when I first started this blog, I wasn't going to actually blog until I was published. Then I read articles that suggested unpublished writers should also blog. It does help to build an audience before your book is available. It also helps build your author brand. I recently read Do Real Readers Read Unpublished Writer Blogs?, which puts a lot into perspective when blogging as an aspiring writer. I also have read an article on this very topic.

    I also found something else which explains how difficult it is to blog as an unpublished author. I mean, more like an aspiring writer when you don't have anything available yet. The article mentioned how it's easier for published and established authors to actually blog. For aspiring authors, it is difficult to keep readers, have a following and keep an audience. I mean, I do agree people can get tired of waiting for you to have something available. They can tend to lose interest in waiting. It's also hard to get people interested in you if no one knows who you are. I mean, it's not like you're J.K. Rowling or something.

    The difficulty doubles if you are like me, starting out as a teen writer. I just read a post about how teens and millennials who write, and I did agree that writers like us have a harder time. People often don't take young writers as seriously as they would much older writers. Only because we are young, they assume our work is not good, sloppy, less researched and educated, and is simply not to be taken seriously. I will write another post about young writers...

    Some aspiring writers ask, what should they blog about? I too kind of ask this question. That's why my posts can be kind of random. I read advice, but still is unsure. The article even predicted us aspiring writers will eventually post about this very topic. I mean, it can be uncertain because you are not established enough to give out advice or any information that people suggest for blog posts. Most likely, we may attract more unpublished writers. People emphasized on how it's important to attract readers, not really other writers, but I don't think it's too bad to attract writers as well. I mean, if you are an aspiring writer, it can be good to get familiar and known by the writing community.

    I do remember reading an article though that suggested blogging may not be a good way to market books, because we're most likely attracting writers again, not readers. Yeah, but for me, ever since I changed my author brand, I am kind of finding it difficult to actually attract people with the same interest in the topics I write about or that is relevant to me.

    The person who wrote the article was even questioning, open to any ideas on how aspiring writers should blog. I got ideas to post what has inspired you for your projects, and other writing or project related topics. Also even personal daily life so others can get familiar with the author. I'm not the type to share personal stuff, being a quiet introvert. However, I have been trying to have some type of a realistic connection, I guess or whatever. You know, I think it's because of the criticism I get how people don't believe I'm a real writer and stuff. Not that I care, but I had to fill in some gaps after being anonymous. I actually miss being anonymous though, but you know, I can't do anything about that now. 

    I hope soon us unpublished writers can improve our blogging....

    Blogging as an Aspiring Author

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