Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – December 2017 + 2017 in Review

Welp-dee-doo, 2018 is coming, and this year is certainly another year of progress for me, yo! I got into K-Pop and rap more, I started a Fate Series fanfic, I’m doing better at uni, I’ve gotten back into poetry again with more confidence, I’ve been reflecting a lot more, I’m getting more used to household chores, and there are so much more wonderful things that would probably end up as a text wall and should be a challenge for me to be more creative with such chunks of info for a year-in-review post like this!

Okay, how about some changing up for this time, then?

The Overlord Bear’s 2017 Highlights!

Music!
I have become a more solid multifandom K-Pop fan, yo! Though it seems like BTS, Seventeen, NCT, EXO, Twice, Blackpink, and Pristin have the tightest holds on me…and I even managed to make a K-Pop cover this year! And hey, I’ve been doing more lyric-writing and digital audio production (with LMMS and Audacity, still)! Vocal, rap, and instrumental arrange covers have been done, and translation covers (pretty much of Vocaloid songs) were also done! And although they’re not publicly up yet, I’ve been working on more of those along with making originals of my own, even in Filipino! I also got into GarageBand recently! And I think I still have ways to go before I manage to have professionally clean audio quality, though…and I haven’t really uploaded another original song with an MV…so I’ll make sure that MV will happen next year! Oh, and I’ve gotten more into Western music, particularly hiphop and EDM, if we’re talking about genres. twenty one pilots also became a more solid favorite of mine, and I even tried to do a cover of one of their songs! Ah, and I’ve gained interest in Gloc-9 and Inigo Pascual as well! This year has also been the year of kemu’s return, and it’s also the year when the KagePro crew’s back with a new song, “Shitsusou Word!” And thinking about covering it sometime, I end up thinking about how I currently have a lot of music productions in queue…which is both fun and challenging at the same time, hahaha…ah, and I’ve been trying to do freestyle rapping this year, which is still something I’m not very confident at, especially with longer lines…

Writing!
I remember this year as the year when I worked on a reflection series called Beauty through the Ordinary, which lasted for a few months with a mostly weekly update schedule. I also managed to get some fiction pieces out, and there’s also a Filipino piece among them, “Nasisilawan na Harang!” “Chainbreak” is also something I’m particularly pleased with among my posted short stories this year! This year is also the year when I returned with poetry and poetry readings! Illustrations are also included there, though I have less confidence in those, hahaha…Anyway, I also have fanfiction updates, which includes slow but sure Wandering Weiss updates, a RWBY one-shot fanfic, a Final Fantasy V one-shot fanfic, a KagePro fanfic, a bunch of fills in the Professor Arc Forum (which I haven’t been visiting much lately), and a Fate Series multi-chapter fanfic titled “Crawling to the Dawn!” I also joined Storyteller’s Circle, a roleplaying-centered forum, where I’m now an approved user trying to find an interesting enough RP to join! Ah, and I’m looking forward to Creative Writing workshop classes at uni this coming semester! I still gotta learn how to write academically better, though…oh, and I would like to thank Mr. Jose Dalisay Jr. for being a wonderful professor! \(^o^)

Gaming!
I think Uri’s The Hanged Man was released this year? Well, considering how I remember meeting wonderful people like Biwa, Appleco, and tordoise through the help of that this year, then I guess it was released this year. Also, I bought the PC version of the first Dangan Ronpa game from Steam during the Summer Sale, I think (Thank you very much for reminding me about that back then, Ms. Serene Harper!)…but I haven’t been playing it much lately, hahaha…I just remember playing Confess Your Love, Cthulu Saves the WorldCivilization III (CHILDHOOD MEMORIES, YOOOOOOO)and Doki Doki Literature Club on Steam this year…Oh, and I’ve gotten into Let’s Players and gaming videos on YouTube again! Markiplier and VanossGaming are the only gamer YouTubers I’m subscribed to now, though…

Reading and Watching Stories!
I haven’t been solidly watching episodic series I like lately, it seems…I’ll probably continue watching RWBY Volume 5 once all its episodes are available, and when it comes to movies, I remember watching “Patay na si Hesus” (That was a movie with some striking weirdness), “Bar Boys” (Now that’s quite a story!), and “Despicable Me 3” (but I haven’t watched the previous installments before). As for reading stories, well, I had to do a lot of that thanks very much to university classes! It was both a disorienting and an enjoyable challenge, alright…and to my surprise, I even got the highest grade I could get from a class on Poetry, of all things, this past semester! I also went through a storm as I learned more about Creative Nonfiction and the complexities it brings (My earlier sessions with it had me very emotional, alright), and the Short Story was something I had fun learning about, with special mentions going to being able to have fun with reading all the assigned stories, to holding a panel discussion about Surrealist Fiction, and to making a rap battle with a bro of a classmate for our final project! And hey, I’ll be reading even more in the semesters to come! Like, I have stacks of books in my boarding house room, and I’ve been reading stuff like G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories and a bunch of recent Filipino pop fiction…and yes, I still need to read a lot more…

Other Noteworthy Personal Stuff!
I’ve gained a boosted interest in the Kapampangan language thanks to uni and my family, and they’ve been giving me tips and pointers bit by bit! I’ve also gained a boosted interest in joining Christ’s Youth in Action in my university, and I think I’ve gained a new friend in university as well! I should talk with that new friend some more, though…Ah, and I tried to do comedy videos again, and I tried to do another voice acting impersonation…Hm, perhaps stand-up comedy isn’t something I’m meant for, though…Oh, and I also made progress with romance. And prayer habits too. And I’m getting more used to household chores as well, although my dieting and exercise all need to be better incorporated into my routine. And overall, I still need to work better and better. God Almighty keep on helping us all, and speaking of God Almighty, Thank You very much as well! \(^o^)/

So yeah, what do you think of that, dear readers?

Anyway, below is a list of this month’s past posts!

And with that, I’ll be wishing you all a Happy New Year!

And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! \(^o^)

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