The weekend went by fast. So, I was dealing with anxiety yesterday. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and didn’t do much in the way of reading or writing yesterday. Today I tried getting back on track but…today was the first day of my new class, Writing for Games.
Okay, so I was lazy today, but I did come up with a new world for one of my assignments that I would like to explore. I also submitted my interactive game story as one of our other assignments.
I think to get better I need to state what my goals are. I’m behind on studying for the English Praxis, and officially two days behind on reading “The Help.”
I had a busy day, so I didn’t do much today. Spent time with my girlfriend and sketch a character for Blood Matters. I’m still watching Inazuma Eleven with my cousin, we have 10 episodes to go in the season. Picked up a new client who needs their GoFundMe page done, always exciting. Not ashamed, I knew this weekend was going to be light.
The Help, pgs 19-50. My goal today was supposed to read up to page 36. The narrative became interesting so I ended up reading up to 50. This means I’m one day ahead of schedule. I’m going to start “journaling” on Goodreads and posting my review here.
I decided to focus on my Japanese lesson today. I learned the common question words (tango). Doku(where), naze (why), dare (who), itsu (when). I had fun trying to remember and I still haven’t committed them to memory yet, Looking for an anime series to watch, without English subtitles, while I learn.
I’m revising the concepts for the following projects:
Favor of Athena (comic book): working on scene summaries
Head to Head (video game): working on character designs and outline
Angel Protocol (novel): working on the outline
Blood Matters (novel): working on character designs
Oreo (film): working on scene summaries
My goal is to officially start writing on Monday with the holiday weekend coming up, I’m not going to fool myself that I’m going to much writing. Then again, I did more today, than I thought I would. Right now, I’m trying to get myself into a routine where I’m reading, writing, and learning every day.
What have you worked on during this pandemic? Let me know below!
Hey, long time no see, I hope you are all terrific today!
I had a two-month sabbatical to focus on my schoolwork and figure out where am I going in my career. The pandemic caused me to be laid off. I still haven’t heard from my employer if they are bringing me back. My Fiverr is averaging a gig every two weeks, and I haven’t been writing.
Truth is, I procrastinated due to a lack of self-discipline and lapse into a perpetual cycle of doubt. There is a bright side though, and that bright side is that I believe I finally figured out my career path. I want to be an editor, preferably in the comic book industry, but I’m opened to all industries.
I’m sharpening my saw in the four dimensions of health as I pursue writing/editing as my career. This is the perfect time to do so because I’m five months away from graduating with a Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing from Full Sail University.
To improve myself as an editor and writer, I’m starting this brand new blog. For the past month, I have recorded videos on my journey with Full Sail and reaction videos to the anime, Bleach. I will start editing them once Christina Beckford and I finished the first season. I’m also dedicating at least 45 minutes to the following areas: reading, grammar, and writing.
I will also be sharing my insights of my spiritual and physical health journies. I’m thinking about putting up videos to help teach grammar and writing for children, but right now I have to focus on me, building my brand, and being happy.
Reading: The Help by Kathryn Stockett pgs 1-11. The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungy, July 1st devotional.
Writing: Outline Issue 1 of Favor of Athena, worked on establishing the characters archetypes and designed two characters. I also completed the villain’s background story.
Language Arts: Worked on grammar, I started learning Japenese lesson 1, and Spanish lesson 1.
Completed my sprinting workout and 15 reps of pushups, crunches, back extensions, squats, calve raises, and dips.
This is sad and unbelievable. Even if you think “BLACK LIVES MATTERS” isn’t a thing. Even if you think he got what he deserves. NO ONE should lose their life from 1. Resisting Arrest 2. Jogging down the street and SUSPECTED for burglary. Even if they are guilty The loss of life, (black/white/Asian/Indian/Arab/Hispanic/special/smart/rich/poor/Jew/Christian//Muslim/Atheist/gay/transgender/man/woman/boy/girl, hell, even Satanist), is not RIGHT under any means other than SELF DEFENSE or WAR. I don’t want to hear that this is self-defense either. They had Floyd in handcuffs and he was peacefully obeying from the previous cams. and again even if he did start resisting, there were FOUR officers around him while he was in HANDCUFFS. No threat to their lives. Also no need for a knee to the neck. This is about race and how there is an uncomfortable fear of black men. Again, if you want to bring up that this happens to white men as well, I wouldn’t say you are wrong, but then that brings up another issue being we have untrained, unfocused, POLICE OFFICERS. Now, I’m not against the police. I know they have a hard job. I’m former military and I did corrections while in Iraq. I feel for the GOOD police officers. I’m also not advocating that black people should get away with crimes or whatnot. All we are asking for is fair treatment. Not being shot and killed because we were wearing a hoodie. Not to be choked out. Not to be killed because we are suspects, in ANY case, not to be killed during a peaceful demonstration. Not to be shot at while playing games with our children. Not to be killed because an officer thought that we were in their apartment. Again, show me the same EXACT issues, and then we can agree that its a POLICE problem. Until then, this is a race issue. One that speaks of how stereotyping is dangerous, and we are all guilty of it, in one way or another. For the brave, honest, and good police officers and detectives that understand where the black community is coming from, thank you. You are the officers who go into the ghetto and play with the children. You are the ones who understand what is right and what is wrong. You are the ones who don’t’ discriminate and use the appropriate show of force. We are not VICTIMIZING ourselves nor are we trying to use the past to remain VICTIMS. We are using the past as a way to prove that although things are SLIGHTLY better, that there is still a disconnect from being equals. Look at Philly last Monday. A white male went on a two-hour car chase. Trapped in an alley, he runs from the police officer trying to break the window. He runs into three other cops, who took him down. No EXCESSIVE FORCE, no GUNSHOTS, nothing. WHICH is how it’s supposed to be. If you know me, then you know, I’m not one to get into politics about race. I do think some black citizens are raised to “hate” police officers, but at the end of the day, we all have to do the right thing. Black lives matter. Police lives matter. All Lives matters, but before we can get to that, we have to understand that not everyone understands what black inequality and white privilege are. They won’t understand until they are subjected to the same treatment. This is the treatment that led America to break away from England. We are not asking for a civil war or anything like that. We just want everything to be fair. I shouldn’t have to fear going out to ride my bike. Do not blame the media. It’s in our own HISTORY books. The unfairness is getting better, but we still have a LONG road before we get there. The four officers were fired, but they need to be jailed as well. There is no excuse. I applaud the police commissioner and mayor for acting swiftly and I hope that this sad event opens more eyes to this inequality problem that WE as AMERICANS shouldn’t be having. I could segway into WOMEN INEQUALITY as well, but this is already long. I hope you take the time to digest this and not make any knee jerk reactions, because again, at the end of the day….. NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE in POLICE CUSTODY #blacklivesmatters#policelivesmatter#justice#stillmaturing#lensoflove<
WWE and wrestler Drew Gulak parted ways. This is after Gulak lost his match to Daniel Bryan in the Intercontinental Championship tournament.
Jinder Mahal is rumored to have a babyface run now that he’s back. He’s been absent due to recovering from a knee injury. While being interviewed he stated that his journey will be a hero’s journey.
NBA.com is reporting that Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the rest of the passengers in the crash all died instantly. The Los Angeles County coroner reported that the victims had broken bones, dismembered body parts, and smelled of fuel. The report summarized that they all died from the blunt force trauma of the crash and not the subsequent injuries. Bryant and the others were heading to a tournament, but the helicopter flew into thick fog and they crashed, and when the pilot, Ara Zobayan, tried to clear it, the helicopter took a turn and crashed into the hills. They are reported to have crashed at 184 mph with the impact scattering the bodies and debris over the size of a football field. Bryant was found outside the wreckage, his daughter found on the ravine. For more on this sad story: https://www.nba.com/article/2020/05/16/autopsies-show-bryant-passengers-died-instantly
NBA teams started to reopen their gyms and allow players to work out. Kevin Love expressed how happy he was to return to the gym. There still isn’t any news on if the season will continue, but owners are working on a plan that may see players return, but with no fans in attendance.
Eagles center Jason Kelce believes Andre Dillard can take over at left tackle. Dillard is going into his second season and was drafted in hopes of taking over from Jason Peters. Peters is exploring free agency and it appears won’t be coming back. This is the first time since Peters arrived in Philly, that the Eagles had to worry about the position. The Eagles made it into the playoffs due to the Dallas Cowboys’ poor play in the last four weeks of the season.
William Douglas, a writer for the NHL, hosts a blog called The Color of Hockey on the NHL site which covers people of color in the game of hockey. In his most recent post, he talks about Reggie Millette.
MLB.com has a feature article on the best moments in each ballpark’s history.
I was talking to someone yesterday, and they told me how they feel they are becoming their child’s friend and less of a parent. I told her that instead of their child socializing with their friends only when their teacher does Zoom check-ins, that they and the other parents can arrange digital play dates.
Which brings me to my first pandemic SUGGESTIONS for playdates. Now, before I go into these, they are not proven. I’m not a parent. I was an elementary school teacher for three years and a teacher’s assistant for three years. The value of children socializing with each other is an important part of their education. During this unprecedented time, we have to remember that even if we are isolated, we have the means to stay connected than we ever had before.
Here are my suggestions:
Digital Play Dates: Hey come on, you know, I know, we all know every child, who is fortunate, has some form of tablet or phone, even a computer. Set up digital play dates with Zoom or Facetime. Call the parent of your child’s friend and let them play video games on the phone while they talk through Zoom. Both parents can setup Twitch accounts that allow the children to stream their games to each other and talk to each other.
Video Games can be Educational: STOP! I know you are already saying they play enough video games. I agree, but again, we are in unprecedented times. Video games would be a nice distraction for them from this pandemic. Remember, there is a host of educational games sites. Some are free and others have subscriptions, but they all offer subjects like math, language arts, science, and social studies. Check out EducationCity.com
Active Play Dates: Since they can video conference with each other, they can still play with each other. They can work out, dance, do Tik-Toks. They are plenty of physical activity programs online such as GoNoodle. I’m sure your child already knows this site from school. This would be an awesome way for you and the other parent to connect with the children as you supervised them or if you are now teaching.
Study/Work Groups: Yes, your children are receiving work from their teachers. Why not let your children work on assignments together? This will keep a social consistency that reminds them of being in school. Again, you have to coordinate with other parents, but this would do wonders for your child if they are starting to become bored with playing with themselves.
Read Aloud: Book time(no pun intended) for them to read to each other using sites like Zoom. Again, this is another activity that we used in school to increase reading comprehension and fluency. Again, your children would love to do this because they are connecting with each other and it will remind them of their routines from school.
I hope those suggestions help you and your child. Let me know in the comments.
Terrio Jenkins is a multi-media writer and designer,. He has a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design & Digital Media from Rowan College at Burlington County, and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Alright, I know, let me explain why this post is late. I don’t write on the weekends, yes, I know, I should, but I spend that time with my family, girlfriend, and church. I do some planning and write if I get inspired to do so, but typically, I won’t be writing on the weekends. The exception being any project I’m working on. Right now, most of my projects are in revision or outlining phases.
Expository Writing: On Monday I wrote a piece about Giannis Antetokounmpo and how he came from a low-income family and that’s why he helps community service programs because those programs helped his family. Tuesday’s story was about how the WWE might be blacklisting Roman Reigns and I posted the results of the Monday Night Raw. Today, I started research for piece on Left-Eye and TLC, my favorite woman’s group of all time.
Persuasive Writing: On Monday and Tuesday I slaved away on finishing my Grandia 2 review and started watching Blue Exorcist as my next anime review. I love researching.
Fictional Writing: I’m working on the script for Lust. Right now I’m still deciding on the target audience and format. I’m leaning towards making it similar to the anime Psycho-Pass and Aria: The Scarlet Bullet which is also a Ranobe (Japanese Light Novel). I also starting thumbnailing the first pages of the first issue of the comic. In addition, I started redesigning the main cast of Favor of Ares.
Today I started redesigning the characters from Binary, the first book of what now will be called Sword Dancer(s). If you like Arthurian mythos than prepare to love this book.
The video game project I’m working on, Head 2 Head, is still being drafted. I’m trying to decide how deep of a story I want to tell.
Personal Writing: I’m keeping with my exercise routine. On Monday and today, I worked my upper body and cardio. On Tuesday, I worked on my lower body and cardio. I’m not hurting like I was on Monday, I barely finished the cardio program, which isn’t like me. Keeping up with my medications and drinking at least 5 glasses of water and eating fruit every day. I still haven’t made it to eating three meals, but I will get there.
Spiritually, I’m staying consistent with doing my devotionals every morning. Today was about God’s ultimate forgiveness for us. I know I try every day to forgive others. It’s a hard concept, but one that is needed, even if you are not religious. Dnt’ get me wrong, I’m not saying you will heal automatically, healing takes time, but holding on to the past will keep you there.
Financially, I’m blessed during this time. I now own a full share with the Walt Disney Company and I almost have a share in Apple. I’m trying to invest in some monthly dividend companies. I’m knocking off some of my debt, the advantage of living with your parents as you recover. I should be back on my feet faster than I anticipated, especially when I return to work at Hyatt…if I still have a job there.
I started my sixth class with Full Sail this week. Creative Portfolio 1. We’re learning how to brand ourselves as writers. so this blog will be seeing a redesign soon. It will be more focused on screen-writing, but I will still be posting about sports, because hey, it’s entertainment too.