Nov 26, 2008

ThoughtSpurs: Getting your priorities straight.

This is really... breathtaking, LOL... I link this post from Thoughtspurs, this is just too good to be true

ThoughtSpurs: Getting your priorities straight.

funny zoo sign Yesterday I was reading how a person had scaled the panda enclosure of at a zoo in China. He just felt compelled to give the panda a hug. The startled panda bit the man. I hope he's ok. The panda, that is. Just heard that DJ, Mark Leishman's dog (and co-star of our microshow The Pet Project) has passed away. The series is still running on Breakfast TV. Does that make DJ something like Heath Ledger? Pic via Dan Pink

Nov 5, 2008


I just wonder about many things.. and still hope for too many things. Obama is definitely one of my best bet for this time.

Oct 9, 2008

I am Grateful

After watched Obama-Cain debate yesterday, I --for the first time in my life-- browse Internet to look for people I knew ... the results were amazing:
one letter from my old best friend, telling me she miss me and asking me where I am now. to this I replied: I am here, missing you, aching to touch you like a thief trembling before the crown he targeted
one page about my love, about places she had been, what she suggested for other traveler wanting to know the easiest-safest-nicest-most decent ways to reach them (oh, I miss her like never before, yet I am grateful for knowing she is alive and well-- I guest so)
thousand possibilities for unexpected meetings
huge basket of spirit to write my book, which is being asked again and again by the editor and publisher, a saga of my journey LOL
hundreds other joyful discoveries, which would have been hurt for me in the past but now I am grateful for knowing it as part of love, betrayal, pain, maturity, sacrifice, longing, desire, and victorious era of me

I am grateful... for having this life, this beautiful life that is going to be even more beautiful soon...

Sep 30, 2008

Eid al-Fitr Saeed


Taqobalallahu Minna Wa Minkum

"O" the High and the Great [God]! "O" the Forgiving and the Merciful [God]! You are the Great Lord like whom there is nothing. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing. This is the month that You have exalted, honoured, glorified, and preferred over the other months; it is the month whose fasting You have made obligatory on me; it is the month of Ramadan in which You revealed the Qur'an as a guidance for people, as clear signs of guidance and as a means of separating the right from the wrong. And You placed in it the Night of Destiny which You have made better than a thousand months. So "O" the Lord who favours others and none can oblige Him, favour me by releasing my soul from the hell-fire... and admit me in the Heaven by Your mercy. "O" the Most Merciful of the Mercifuls.

Sep 19, 2008

RIP Richard Wright

Weird, in autumn I thought only three members of the original Floyd left, and hope there will be another concert like in 2005... well, well, seems it was imposible. While writing this, I'm listening Great gig in the sky and I'm crying, Shine on Rick...

Yes, it's unbelieveable, my childhood hero, unnoticed struggle with cancer, yes, hard to believe Richard Wright had passed away. I regret my decision to avoid internet this weeks. I cannot check alagaesia every second just to see the count down of Brisingr's release time... but, missed the breaking news about this loss... well, it's really a shame of me.

Millions people missed you, and respected your privacy --that's marked you as a real star... uh, bye... Shine on you, Rick...

Sep 4, 2008

Wish you were here...

I always imagine there is a button in this world, which with you can press to undo the pain, or delete the sorrow...

Aug 21, 2008

live? like suicide!

don't know...
it's just another time of plaque on my sky
and I'm running, escaping the shadow,
trying to kill my time... instead of myself

Aug 12, 2008

In Memoriam: Mahmoud Darwish

I Come From There

I come from there and I have memories
Born as mortals are, I have a mother
And a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends,
And a prison cell with a cold window.
Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
I have my own view,
And an extra blade of grass.
Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words,
And the bounty of birds,
And the immortal olive tree.
I walked this land before the swords
Turned its living body into a laden table.

I come from there. I render the sky unto her mother
When the sky weeps for her mother.
And I weep to make myself known
To a returning cloud.
I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood
So that I could break the rule.
I learnt all the words and broke them up
To make a single word: Homeland.....

Mahmoud Darwish

My internet connection drives me crazy, such a perfect time for server downtime [sigh] ... just when I feel something about to explode in my chest and I need to look for more information about the subject. It's a deep sorrow, something I couldn't understand, more complicated than my personal pain. I couldn't say a word hearing the Poet passed away two days ago.

Darwish is one of Poets I admire for his dedication and his contribution for his Nation. It's really a huge contribution: he brought unity feeling of a Nation more than ever to the Palestinians, and he stood up not just for his homeland but for defending the rights of people to be free from any degradation, violence, crime against humanity.

I admire him... sometimes reading his poems in late of night, being touched and pray for his (and his people) struggle for his homeland. I cannot write more than this. It's simply the drier world after he's gone. Our world will never be the same. May God embrace his soul, and the world will never forget that this straanger lived as a stranger in his homeland, died as a stranger in a strange land

Aug 6, 2008

PART I - Epilog

Sharie kept moving. Every step she took made her press her lips more as thousand pricks of pain raised from her feet. Blue sky turned into bright white for her, the forest seemed closed for seconds, but the sands still grasped her feet and sounds of the waves slapped the rocks still too clear in her ear. Everything blurred, the world was shaky in her vision. She tighten the rope around her waist, looked at Praja’s body. I’m sorry to drag you like this. I love you too much; the ocean should never bring you back from death again.

Aug 2, 2008

thirty four something (II)

Can't stand the night, really. "Wish you were here," the disc player had been mourning for hours. Ok, I give you the brilliant lyric of one of Pink Floyd's masterpiece:

"Shine On You Crazy Diamond (I-V)"

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

Cant stand the question: "How's life going?" ... wow, after eleven years, what said you?

Aug 1, 2008

thirty four something

Thirty four something, an old lonely man knocked on my virtual door: "Are you there?" Are you there, after this long time, after these whole eleven years?

Didn't know what to say, I just dived deeper into the Net, and find the very page I would loved to read --if it had been published eleven years ago:

I'm broke but I'm happy
I'm poor but I'm kind
I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah
I'm high but I'm grounded
I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed
I'm lost but I'm hopeful baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine fine fine
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five
I feel drunk but I'm sober
I'm young and I'm underpaid

I'm tired but I'm working, yeah
I care but I'm restless
I'm here but I'm really gone
I'm wrong and I'm sorry baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be quite alright
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette
And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign

I'm free but I'm focused
I'm green but I'm wise
I'm hard but I'm friendly baby
I'm sad but I'm laughing
I'm brave but I'm chickenshit
I'm sick but I'm pretty baby

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one's really got it figured out just yet
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing the piano
And what it all comes down to my friends
Is that everything's just fine fine fine
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab

ah. ah.

Apr 17, 2008

email blogging (test2) : Tips for Writing Chapter Books By Laura Backes

Tips for Writing Chapter Books  By Laura Backes, Publisher of  Children's Book Insider

Chapter books create a bridge for kids in second through fourth grades who are beyond easy readers but not yet ready for middle grade novels. Written for ages 7-10, chapter books average 10,000 words, or about 40 double-spaced manuscript pages, broken into short chapters of 3-5 pages each. Publishers are always looking for writers who can create unique fiction for this age group.

Here are some tips:

The plot rules. Though chapter books don't have to be quite as action-packed as picture books or easy readers, a fast-paced plot is still important. The story should continuously move forward, with small cliffhangers or surprises at the end of chapters. Don't slow the plot with lengthy scenes of dialogue or character introspection.

Though the primary plot line should focus on concrete action that the reader can visualize (illustrations, if any, will be limited to about one per chapter), it is acceptable to have one emotionally-based sub-plot that's closely linked to the main story line. For example, if the story is about a character having to move because her father got a new job, a sub-plot could be about her worrying that her best friends will forget her.

Don't be afraid of conflict. Conflict provides tension and complication in any type of story. Kids want to read about how characters like themselves solve interesting problems. Make your characters, especially your main character, a child in second through fourth grade, and give him or her problems, goals or conflicts that are relevant to that age group. Children this age are still concerned with their everyday lives and immediate surroundings: friends, family, school, their neighborhood. But chapter book plots can take characters away from the direct supervision of their parents, at least for a little while. A nine-year-old sleuth could identify the thief who is stealing bicycles from the school playground; an eight-year-old entrepreneur could start a dog-walking business to raise money to go to soccer camp.

Keep it light. Humor is one of the primary factors that motivate young children to read. Chapter book readers still appreciate physical humor such as silly clothing or a clumsy teacher who trips every time she enters the classroom. But they're getting more sophisticated and appreciate humorous dialogue or jokes that require a page or two to set up. The laughs come from who the characters are and how they react in different situations. Characters who can laugh at themselves, or who exchange zany (but not meanspirited) remarks, are also endearing.

Keep the writing tight. Don't spend too much time on description--this stalls the action. Trim any information that isn't absolutely necessary to understanding the present action of the story. Don't let your paragraphs get longer than four or five sentences, and break run-on, complex sentences into two simpler ones. Structure your chapters so each one has a clear plot point. When that plot point is complete, move on to the next chapter. Finally, don't juggle the story between two narrators. One character should emerge as the viewpoint character for the whole story.

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Wriritng Tips from mdpublishing

Nah, this is an interesting writing group I heard from a
friend. When I joined them, after the moderator approved my
membership(oops, yes, you have to submit one or two of your
works as sample, better if it had been published somewhere,
in a book or printted circulation like magazine or
newspaper) the system automatically sent me files. Not only
welcoming, it included some tips wrriten neatly in easy
language. One of enlightening articles i ever read. You can
read one of them below, and if find it useful and you want
to get more, join your self at mdpublishing groups


Just to get you primed and ready for writing, here are a few
Whatever you are writing (and this applies to
non-imaginative writing as well),
you MUST (absolutely must) have:




Sounds logical, doesn't it? But you'd be astounded at the
number of people who ignore this simple principle of

In imaginative writing,
you BEGIN by introducing your character/s,
setting the scene (in place, time and atmosphere)
and establishing the main story line.

In the MIDDLE you place a couple of obstacles in the path of
your characters - a problem or difficulty that has to be
overcome. This builds tension and maintains interest as well
as allowing you the chance to reveal more about your
characters and their strengths and weaknesses. You then
build to a climax of the action.

The END involves tying together any loose ends - if you've
introduced something like a mysterious car driving past at
different times, then you must explain its significance
before you finish - if it has no significance, then leave it
out! You can have a twist at the end of your writing, but
don't make it too complicated or far-fetched and please
(please, please) DON'T have your character wake up and find
it was all a dream ...Aargh!

The key to success in imaginative and dramatic writing is to
write about things you know and understand. Stay on familiar
ground and you stay out of trouble.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that good writing
has to have masses of drama (these are the same people who
think that good acting is LOUD acting). You only have to
cast your mind over some of the more woeful offerings on the
telly to understand how prevalent this is.

You know the sort of thing - a typical day in a typical
suburban street: a mugging, an attempted suicide, a
long-lost parent returns and wreaks havoc in the lives of
his/her long-lost family, the lovers discover that they're
really brother and sister the day before they're due to be
married, the drive-by shooting, the old duffer on the corner
reveals that he's really an eccentric millionaire and little
Johnny discovers aliens in the refrigerator ...

You don't need all that nonsense.

The best writing deals with subjects and events that we can
all relate to and understand. That's not to say that you
shouldn't attempt science-fiction, thrillers, action stories
and romance writing. Just keep one foot firmly on the ground
(or your tongue firmly in your cheek). There's a difference
between the improbable, the impossible and the

Remember that the aim of this form of writing is to
entertain and to amuse - but that doesn't mean that you want
your audience to be falling about laughing at you.

If you're tackling a novel or any extended piece of writing,
you must take steps to keep track of your:

Plot twists
There's nothing worse than getting to the end of a novel and
wondering why the writer introduced that scene in the
mountains; or what ever happened to that fellow who was
hanging around outside the heroine's bayside cottage at the
beginning of the story or just what was the significance of
that necklace which played such a major role in the dispute
between the two main characters in chapter five ...

You owe it to your readers to tie up all the loose ends - if
we wanted loose ends, we'd just observe our own lives! We
read novels because we like that satisfying feeling that,
yes, it does all fit together; there really is method in all
the madness.

It can be very difficult to keep all the loose ends under
your control when writing a novel - especially if you're
writing it over a prolonged period.

The best way to keep track of events is to invest in some A3
paper. Turn the paper side on, so that it spreads out like a
banner, sideways. You can tape several sheets together to
make a long strip. Now you can begin plotting your novel.

Start at the beginning and write down the date you have in
mind for the start of the events in your novel.

Write this at the top left-hand corner of your paper and
highlight it. Each time you change the time-frame, write the
date above the events, at the top of the paper, and
highlight it in the same colour.

Divide your paper into sections and keep one section for
each main element of the novel

For example, you already have the time-frame at the top of
your paper, so you could have the top third of each page for
characters; the middle section for plot development and the
bottom of each page for changes in setting.

Any plot twists need to be highlighted in a different colour
or circled I boxed or whatever - just do something which
will draw them to your attention, so that you don't forget
about them.

As you unravel each plot twist, you can go back to where you
first introduced it and cross it out to show that you have
dealt with it. That way, you can easily check that all loose
ends are tied together, because it will be immediately
obvious if a particular event hasn't been crossed out.

Don't try to cram too much onto each page - the whole point
of this process is to give you plenty of room to change your
ideas without the problem of numerous pieces of loose paper.
You have plenty of paper at your disposal - so roll out a
separate page for each separate idea. You can then add new
ideas as they occur to you, cross out bits that don't work,
write little reminders to yourself (have a special colour
for these reminders, so that they stand out - or circle them
in a special way) and initial them as you deal with them.

Don't separate the pages either - keep them together, so
that events stay in order (it's a good idea to doubly
safeguard your system by numbering your pages - just in case
they're accidentally torn).

You'll find that there's no substitute for being able to see
everything set out like this. When you come back to your
opus after a time away from it, you can simply unroll your
paper and have an immediate overview of plot development,
characters and so on.

And it's especially effective if you can literally unroll
the whole lot in order to get this overview - so try to find
a big room - a hallway is often the only space suitable once
you get under way. Never mind, your family and friends will
soon become accustomed to the sight of you crawling up and
down the hallway, muttering to yourself and scribbling on
tatty bits of paper ...

OK - now you don't have any excuse. So pick up that box of
colouring-in pencils, grab your paper and start scribbling.

Apr 16, 2008


Funtastic day, after months being elsewhere (not really on earth he he he), i work on this Green Lil Devils skin template again, upload it, and... I join in Technorati. Well, a bit outdated but stil i love to see my Technorati Profile Still dont know how it works... i'll tell you later

Apr 14, 2008

Aiiob XML Editor

Hey, hey! If you need an XML editor software, and you like freeware too, I recommend Aiiob XML Editor. Well, it's an amazing software. I love it. I help me with my favourite part in blogging, that is changing-making-redesigning the skins. This free software help me alot in editing XML files, convert them, and check the errors. Well, I am a kind of "computer illiterate"... still, I can use this software with ease. I am sure it will be helpful to for more experienced webmasters --even the real Master.
Geez, I am excited with this :)