The view from the top of a building on Ximen Str. in Hsinchu Taiwan, taken on the 31st of December with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of The Ghost City Series.
I got some news from my friend Jean-Seb; he is coming back from Kuala-Lumpur in Malayasia to get his work visa sorted out. He just moved to Phuket from Sumai in Thailand and is working for a new company. I look forward to seeing him in February 2007.
The weekend was a bit exhausting, even though I slept a lot. I cooked some more fish on Monday night and I think our diets have improved dramatically; no more Family Mart for us!
I have had time to see where I am at in my writing and on what stories I was working on. Look forward to seeing another chapter of Galactic Rim up by the end of the week. It is already written, but I just want to make sure it is up to my standards. In other news, I will be posting a few more shorter stories in the coming weeks.
One is directly related to GR and centers on Fleet Commander Bobby Birondeau’s implants and the history behind them. One is called Ångström and deals with advanced technology making its way into the past. The Kobayashi Tales retell the adventures of a solo in Cyberpunk 2020. Metahuman involves Nazi scientists and human evolution gone wrong. Postmortem deals with what is left of humanity in the 200th century. Most of these stories have 6 to 10 pages already written. I have to continue editing them and continue writing them. I thing that I really enjoy doing is illustrating them with photos from flickr.
I find that I do need to edit those stories a lot, since I wrote them in a short amount of time. They also lack a bit of elegance and refinement, a quality that I need from my writing. We are all perfectionists at heart. In fact, I have made numerous edits to GR and I have not published those edits at all. GR is 13000 words long and has 31 pages.
I find that I need to be in a certain mood to write. I need to have my creature comforts and be by myself. Sometimes that is hard, because we have only a very small studio apartment here in Hsinchu. I also need to find my strong Orange Pekoe tea that I used to drink every morning. I have been told that I can get it at the Orange Mart, I will have to see tonight if I can find it.
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I am preparing one of my students for her exams and the parents have asked me to add another hour per week until then. We both start teaching extra hours this week and next week. Already, we have 3 more teaching hours per week after our full time job.
I am quite happy with my level of tiredness today, it isn’t too bad and I am not tutoring tomorrow, after another hella-day. I have completed 3 out of 7 exams. I need to finish 2 more today. Then, it’s easy street for the next couple of days. Hopefully, but you never know when something will hit you out of the blue.
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