I became an author this year for 2015. That’s pretty big, isn’t it? I’ve always been a writer, but I’ve never had a true feeling of being an author. I always saw it as more of a dream, or some hazy future that was too good to be true. But being an author with a novel in the works makes it feel so much more real. This year was amazing. I’d been supported like I never had been before. I went back to Jakarta to visit family and felt absolutely embraced: by the culture, by the language, by the people, and the food. πŸ™ƒ Now coming back home, I feel surrounded by a different sort of embrace. It’s stories that I’ve come back to. They’re bad stories. They’re penny dreadfuls. They’re cheap thrillers and medieval fantasies. They’re classics and modern literature. They’re everything. They’re nothing. They are stories. 

Now it’s time to write even more of them next year. These stories will be even better. 🐯

2015 in review



Thanks everybody (especially you top five features in this report. You know who you are. πŸ˜‰ ) who was awesome this year! May next year be even better and get even more people involved. Good wishes for everyone!!! πŸ˜‡


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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

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Star Wars

So I watched the premiere of the latest Star Wars and have to say that I loved it. What can I say? It was amazing. It has a great pace, riveting action, and humor interspersed with drama. It has the qualities of a movie that I have not seen in a long time. I highly recommend it! Also I’ll be posting less frequently over break due to winter travels. So don’t worry. I’m still here. I’m just wrestling with the luggage carousel instead of typing at a computer. 


When you’re sick even cookies only help so much. Because your throat closes in on itself and sleep seems like the only productive thing you’ll do today. Don’t even get me started on the love-hate relationship I’ve got with cough medicine. One day, I know I’ll be able to talk again without my entire body hating me for it. For now, I will down every single chicken soup can, orange, and multivitamin that I can find in the house in order to make an unnaturally speedy recovery. And, of course, some Christmas cookies too. πŸͺ



Sometimes life doesn’t happen as you planned it. It isn’t a fairytale. I can’t quit so easily though. Just because it isn’t all roses and daffodils doesn’t mean that I can’t have that fairytale eventually. With enough hard work, I can succeed tomorrow where I failed today. So smile.  πŸ™‚ 

Holiday Movies- The Only List You’ll NeedΒ 

 Let’s all sit back and agree that you can’t have a holiday movie without a lesson. Holidays, along with having too much snow or a lack thereof, require a certain sort of movie. Here’s a list to help you keep all your holiday miracles straight. 
1. If you have a red nose, flaunt it.

2. If you think you were raised by elves, seek medical attention. 

3. Believe. If you don’t, Santa’s sleigh will come crashing down because of it. 

4. Always make sure you have all your children with you before leaving for the airport. 

5. Never give up on that tree, C. Brown. Never. 

6. If you suddenly grow a beard and put on magical Christmas weight, you haven’t had a bad day. You’ve become Santa Claus. Or not. 

7. Do not discriminate against Whos just because they aren’t green and have a heart that’s abnormally shrunken. 

8. Do not bully people on Christmas. Not cool. Not cool at all. 

9. If a ghost threatens to haunt you on Christmas Eve, seek an exorcism. 

10. Skeletons can celebrate Christmas.  They just can’t kill off Santa Claus and replace him. 

11. Snowmans should not make sequels. 

12. Let it go! Let it go! I’m one with the— wait. No. 

13. Seriously. Stop it with the sequels. 

14. If animals start to talk or sing, you are now in a Christmas movie. If nobody else hears them, the elf rule listed above applies. 

15. Do not board strange trains no matter where they promise to take you. 

16. Believe! Believe! BELIEVE! 

17. Holidays are not about materialism. They’re about learning the spirit of them. Then you can go back to being materialistic when they stop making movies about you. 

18. If you suddenly find yourself dancing in the kitchen and then ice skating. Do not panic. You are in a movie montage with some nineties pop song playing behind you. 

19. If you can’t ice skate, don’t worry! Fall romantically into the guy/girl beside you. It’s a romantic comedy. She/He’ll be fine. 

20. If you find yourself in a horror movie rhyming with “campus”, then none of these rules apply.