NaNoPoblano 2022 (Ext.): I Love to Eat My Cats and Write

#NaNoPoblano Day 9

I found something on Facebook the other day. And it reminded me not to slack off from writing. I saw a post about the importance of punctuations but I lost it in the newsfeed. It said something like “I like to do three things. I enjoy eating my cats and…” doing something else that I don’t remember…I just laughed out really loud!!!

I’m also glad that I understood immediately. Quite frankly, I’m kind of a stickler to the Oxford comma. It’s that “comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’ (e.g. an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect ).” The definition is from the Oxford Languages site. I also only Googled it.

cartoon showing an example of the defense of the oxford comma

When I write, I often find myself deciding if I should use it or not. I don’t often feel right not using it and that bothers me. The shorter sentences give me that dilemma. I always think twice about adding it or not. These modern times, not adding it is acceptable. Hard to accept for someone like me.

It’s a lot easier for me if they are made of phrases — putting a comma before the last phrase makes sense. You want to use the Oxford comma to better send your message across, not confuse people. It makes your sentences readable, too.

Would you or would you rather not use the Oxford comma?
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NaNoPoblano 2022 (Ext.): Have I Forgotten?

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#NaNoPoblano Day 8  (Please don’t make me explain) I have NOT forgotten. Just was not up to posting. I am now, though, so… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! How have your first eight days of the year been? Mine, well, other than the usual things going on, social media played a part in making my days more […]

NaNoPoblano 2022: Creep Creeping In

#NaNoPoblano Day 7

Social media is never in want of jerks, trolls, and a-holes. They’re everywhere. And if you’re “lucky”, you’ll get the special kind, the creep. I had one the other day.

I made a comment on someone’s photo posted on YouTube 6 days ago. Days after, I got a response, but it was not one I expected. He started with an intro, then a declaration of love with an invitation to be “friends”, then an invitation for a voice call…Ha! What a joke. I’m sure I was just a random target. I didn’t get picked for my character and very pleasing personality, that’s for sure.

Here’s the exchange. I didn’t erase or cover the name, username and email. He made the comment public so there’s no privacy being violated. Chances are they’re all fake anyway. It’s clearly a scam.YT Creep

NaNoPoblano 2022: Kick Me!

#NaNoPoblano2022 Day 6

The excuse is somewhere at the level of “My dog ate my homework.” But I assure you, this one is real: “I thought I saved the file.” After I posted the Day 2 entry for the NaNoPoblano challenge, I was gone again for days. The truth was I was so frustrated!

I already had three posts drafted. Where? On Word file. I was very much pleased with myself, to be honest. All I had to do next was to copy-paste, edit, schedule, then voila! DONE! But I was already very sleepy. I stopped writing and tried to exit the file. It hung a bit. I couldn’t wait and shut down the laptop.

You know when your computer asks you if you’re sure about shutting down even when certain things are still open, right? I thought, Nah, and clicked on “SHUT DOWN ANYWAY”. So it did. I mean, I already saved the changes, right?

WRONG. I opened the file the next day and got my rude awakening. All the new drafts were gone! Kaput! Zilch! Bye forever! All my hard work that I poured into them, gone! And all because I couldn’t wait a darn minute being patient.

It made me mad and disappointed at myself. I just didn’t have the energy to start over. And truthfully, I still haven’t started re-writing any of them. I’m still annoyed. I’m a writer and I ignored to make sure I cover the most basic of the rules: ALWAYS SAVE YOUR WORK!

If I could only kick myself.

NaNoPoblano 2022: What Say You?

#NaNoPoblano2022 Day 4

I like conversations, like I said before. So I write comments to posts. Most times, they bomb, nobody cares about what I think. But a few times, oh, wow, they surprise me! What’s more surprising, though, is I usually don’t know WHY. It’s usually just simple comments, not even silly ones, and people hit the LIKE button for some reason. But hey, you know, I’m human. I can’t say I don’t enjoy some of that.

I’m sharing these few ones, explain a bit, and you decide if the LIKES are worth it (HA HA HAAA!!!). MORE TO COME!!!

Comment 1

This one’s new but there were already 443 LIKES when I took this screenshot. I guess they liked my true story…? Someone asked if my phone was still functional after. It was, because it fell directly down a pile of things. PLUS, it was a very low-tech cellphone.

By “low-tech”, I mean analog, LOL!!! If you know me, you’d know that for the longest time, I resisted owning touchscreen mobiles for myself (mainly for practicality’s sake). I have them now but I still held on to an analog up until the pandemic. I really just don’t like texting/typing onscreen. I prefer the feel of an actual keypad.

(Ed. As of January 5, 2023, there are 1,282 LIKES)

Comment 3

Translation: “Ha ha, I’ve seen that. Whose account is that again? I think it’s Kristel’s.”

This was a silly local trend a few year’s back. The girls were just playing around. It’s popular because all three are young stars who grew up in front of our eyes, so to speak. They were all a part of  a popular kids’ gag show when they were little. They’ve also done various shows and movies. The girl who started it is Sharlene San Pedro. The next one is Miles Ocampo. That’s Kristel Fulgar at the back. I saw her YouTube post of this three years prior.

The video is still getting LIKEs once in a while so I’m putting it here. I am just not sure what was so special about my comment. The number is already big for someone like me.

(Ed. As of November 30, 2022, there are still 317 LIKES. It’s slowed down.)

Comment 2

The prank was funny. But really, I just quoted him and added a few emojis. So the fact that there are 5,461 LIKEs and still counting is mind-blowing to me. What’s more mind-blowing? The fact that there are similar comments and they, too, have many LIKEs than mine!!! Some even have so much more!

(Ed. As of January 5, 2023, there are 6,347 LIKES) 

First FanFic Published: “TUGGER ATTENDS THE BALL”

It’s March! So why am I still doing #NaNoPoblano2021? The short answer to that is I extended the challenge for myself.

I’ve explained this before: The goal was to continue blogging. It took me long to blog this last one, though. I never forgot about it. I just could not really decide which to share. I even considered posting a three-in-one. But I have made up my mind now and decided to post this little story about certain creatures that T. S. Eliot called “Jellicle Cats”. I had actually been looking for it for quite sometime but could not find the file. I wanted to post it on the fan page I am running (yes, I’m a fan girl). Lo and behold, I did find it in one of my blogs!

Day 30 of the NaNoPoblano2021 challenge, now a.k.a. “NaMarPoblano2022” (heee….) . Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. New sub-theme: “First Published”. Related post: My Evolution as a Writer. Related page: Fiction Section.

Admittedly, I’m not into fan fiction. Because of a writing prompt, however, and my love for the Jellicle Cats, I wrote this little story. This is the FIRST FAN FICTION I EVER PUBLISHED. It revolves around the popular tom, Rum Tum Tugger. I would have focused on my fave character, Jemima, except the prompt was more specific.

Tugger Attends the Ball