I have had this past three weeks “off” work, in that I have to go to City Hall every day and sit there doing nothing but use my computer rather than teach any classes. So in all of my free time, I guess I’ll be uploading a few more random blog posts than usual. Here’s one right now:
One thing I love to do in my spare time, probably my nerdiest and least-redeeming hobby, is to analyze the movie box office and see what movies are doing well, what movies are doing poorly, and how well the movies I love are performing. Even though I’m obviously most invested in what I care about most, I wish for the best for (almost) every movie, even though sometimes you just get pretty big failures out of nowhere.
In the case of the hypothetical scenario I’m about to write about, the first three months of 2019 were considered pretty terrible for the movie box office. There were a few hits– Captain Marvel, obviously, and then How to Train Your Dragon 3, but a few more big movies had major underperformances (Glass, Lego Movie 2, Alita, and now Dumbo) that have dragged the entire calendar down.
So I began to wonder one thing… what if the release dates of three of the biggest movies were swapped around?
I’m ready to make some crazy money, so… I’m starting a blog.
As you know (you were probably linked from there), I’m currently writing the serial web novel ATL: Stories from the Retrofuture, which has just last week finished its first novel-sized story arc, The Social Media Killer. In the gap between then and Morgan’s next adventure, I thought I’d start a full-fledged blog wherein I will ramble on about various topics and muse on whatever comes to mind. There will probably be 2020 Presidential Election commentary, fair warning. I’ll also talk about my own writing process fairly regularly, especially as I get further into writing ATL.
There might have some more writing news to share in the near future, but… we’ll have to wait and see for that one. There are things to be excited about. That is all you should know.
I’ve lived in Japan for about a month and a half now and gotten settled into the frigid snow of Touhoku, but it was only last week that I started my actual job of being an Assistant Language Teacher at five different elementary schools each week. I’m not very good yet. But I do find it conspicuous that The Social Media Killer happened to end on the exact same day that I started working… It seems too thematically fitting to be a real-life event, this whole “one book closes and another opens” deal, and I am wondering if I didn’t accidentally get trapped in a romance novel that’s still in its first act. I hope I accidentally got trapped in a romance novel that’s still in its first act.
So I ask to commenters on this first blog post, a discussion question: How do you stay warm while also saving money? What’s your preference? Sound off in the comments section. Personally I’m a fan of reading steamy romance novels about English teachers stuck in a small, snowy seaside town. Really warms up your heart.