Some Reflections I Have About Prayer as a Catholic

Some Reflections I Have About Prayer as a Catholic

by Jem De Ocampo

So how the heck can we get ourselves reoriented about the true value of prayer in this more secularized 21st Century world, whether public or private?

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Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – May 2020

Happy Pentecost, which means Happy Birthday to the Catholic Church as well!

Of course, even the best life a Catholic can have is also filled with suffering, so yeah, there’s that too. It’s been a tough month for me, but I won’t explain much about it here.

With that said, here’s a list of my posts during the month of May:

  1. Weekend Meme Voice Acting Session 4
  2. Tobby tried to sing “Noushou Sakuretsu Girl”
  3. Pastel*Palettes When Confessed To
  4. Chu the Square
  5. An Artist-Lawyer Hook-Up Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Copyright Immunity!
  6. Encounters with Some Honorary Phantom Thieves
  7. a mr. j tried to sing “lies in their blood”

Two videos featuring me, one with my voice acting and another with my scriptwriting, were also released during May 2020. I also made and posted on YouTube and social media some meme vids I didn’t bother posting about here on my blog.

Oh, and I recently realized that I can make my pinned posting on social media more efficient by having the pinned posts hold links to the latest month’s category page. For example, if the latest month is May 2020, then this shall be the link.

And then there’s how I’m gonna have my June blogging focus more on the Catholic faith.

Now, I really need to get enough sleep more. Also, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – March and April 2020

So, Lent’s been quite a time with this pandemic around. Quarantine’s still on here in my area, though, but hey, it’s yet another day of learning with God’s guidance. May He keep on helping us all, yo.

Speaking of which, as promised, I got that Lenten reflection and that Easter reflection up. Now I’m planning on posting a new installment in that series once or some time after Easter celebrations end and Ordinary Time kicks in.

In other news, my friend Matt of DarkTree Audio released a new audio drama featuring me as well: “Banning Manhattan.” I’m a Discord troll who eerily sounds like Vic Mignogna there. Oh, and remember that stupid Casting Call I mentioned last time? I took it down. Felt real embarrassed thinking about it real quick.

As for other writing posts, they’re all fanfics. I got Chapter 9 of Crawling to the Dawn out, and I made three ridiculous fanfics: one about three TYPE-MOON heroines, one about a mecha harem series I liked during high school, and one where I take shots at RWBY via KonoSuba treatment. I also got a lot more on the way, and they’re a lot more fanfics and some creative nonfiction pieces. Oh, and I’m considering kicking up my posting frequency for a while.

Any further stuff I’d like to talk about here? Well, I guess there’s how I’ve been getting into VTubers lately. I don’t know if it’ll just be another phase in my life, though. We’ll see.

Oh, and there’s also my buddy Lil Hiro, who once went by the handle “Arksh.” Guy helped boosted my motivation for making my own original music recently. He’s got some interesting raps, also.

Anyway, now I’d like to ask for the usual: honest constructive feedback. And I wish you more strength and worthwhile times.

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – February 2020

It’s not really the last day of this leap year February, but I’d like to get this up now ’cause I’m gonna be too busy for blogging this weekend. That, and I’m starting my new job as well in the following week, praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again.

Also, Lent’s already started by now, and considering how more properly busy I gotta be about both my new job and my Tobbyworks production queue, I decided that I’m not gonna post anything here on March ’til the end of it, the day when I’ll post a reflection for the Lenten season, which I’ll follow up with an Easter reflection post on Easter Sunday. I’d also like to send my thanks to the Beneath the Tangles community as well for helping me consider the Lenten sacrifice more seriously. I can’t exactly say how the Tobbyworks output would end up after that, but I believe that it’ll be better, one way or another.

Now, regarding stuff during this passing month, I’d like to start off with announcements about some bigger voice acting roles I got, which I’ve also updated on my graphy stuff page: Jackson Fargo in the Third Eye Storytelling fiction podcast series Bullet Born and Alik in the short DarkTree Audio story “252 and 10.” One’s a kinda snarky idealist sidekick in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, while the other’s a hammy psycho fresh meat prisoner in a dark comedy sci-fi setup. Also, I’d like to remind you all about the one-route/kinetic visual novel Countdown to Silence, ’cause I recently cleared it, and though I’d say that it could use better sound design and more original sprites, I’m also pretty impressed by the power concepts, the plot, and the voice acting. And one more thing: I have a stupid Casting Call for a stupid short audio story project.

With all that said, next to talk about are the posts I’ve made on this blog, which I went through as promised:

  1. “Terror Toucher,” which has some JoJoke
  2. “One Man’s Trash,” a crazy P4 fanfic starring Tohru Adachi, Marie, and Teddie that I’m probably gonna make a companion piece for
  3. “In Security,” which also has Satan as a strip club patron
  4. “Shots for Shots,” a P3 fanfic centered on Strega (but mostly Chidori)
  5. “Noise and Silence as Death,” where the mass media gets wrecked and some guy who worked in it tries to run away from it all
  6. “Miracle Real,” in which I think about my true best girl out of the five I consider my best girls in Bandori

Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again for the strength and the challenges. Also looking forward to your honest constructive feedback, so yeah. That, and prayers.

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – January 2020

Yo. Posting frequency and variation have been limited this month thanks to stuff like job hunting and delayed production, and I think I’ll go back to a weekend posting schedule in the future, too. Still, I think I can get a bit more out next month, especially with all the transcribing and revising I’ve been doing from my phone to my computer. In particular, I’m planning to post a one-shot fanfic a day after posting a prompted short story. And speaking of fanfics, I need to get myself together better to continue working on multi-chapters like Crawling to the Dawn…Seriously, the number of faves and follows that one  been getting on continues to surprise me.

Also, my voice acting activity’s rising again, especially through Casting Call Club, and I’ve been getting a bunch of more exciting opportunities! For example: Why didn’t I seriously consider audio dramas before? That, and there’s Countdown to Silence. I have a pretty small role there, but considering the other efforts I’ve noticed in that fully voiced visual novel, I think it would be quite rude for me to not plug it as much as I can.

And now, here’s a list of the prompted short stories posted this month:

  1. “Jerking Jerks”
  2. “Obstacular”
  3. “Apocalyptic Admission”

And yeah, I was having some tough times this month, alright. There’s them colds and aggravated allergies, for example. Still, praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again for the challenges along with the strength as well!

And one more thing: Happy Feast Day to Saint John Bosco!

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – December 2019 + 2019 in Review

This month has also been a month of fighting against the cold. I’d like to thank God Almighty very much for the strength I’ve managed to have, still. A lot can be done even with so little, after all.

So, what’s the lot that I managed to get out here during December 2019? Here they are by type:

Freaking nuts, this is way more than last month, and I more or less had them all on schedule! Now I need to challenge myself towards staying on schedule while maintaining my health as well…

In a bit, Morgana, I promise.

And now, on to reviewing 2019. Man, a lot has happened this year. Special mentions go to the following:

  • my university graduation with a thesis I’m really happy about (hint: It’s a Catholic fiction thesis)
  • my empowered passion for writing, especially in terms of short stories, reviews, and reflections
  • my first experiences as a young professional at work (read: my first job that lasted around a month)
  • my moves toward more active and organized blogging
  • my continued growth with God and my loved ones (which also includes a cosplay date at a con, yay~)

All that happened in a single year, and I kinda find it unbelievable…well, if I say that it’s all me, of course. All that happened not only because of me, but also because of other people and ultimately because of God. And there’s still more to come, more to improve on…well, there’s a lot more stuff to look forward to in the future, basically. I gotta keep at it with my faith, then!

And hey, I’d love to go long-winded about this sort of post, but I’ve been seeing the value of a certain Rule #1 of Revision that an old Poetry professor of mine once told us kids: “Delete, delete, delete.” Now, I need to properly apply that to my excess body fat as well…terumikamidelete

So, summary stuff done, meme pics added, what else now…Oh yeah, chill time. And the obligatory greetings: Happy New Year! And as usual, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! \(^o^)/

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – November 2019

After two months of minimal posting frequency, I have returned with a more organized month of posting! I’m pretty happy that I managed to post all that I wanted to post despite being off on the times they should’ve been posted on. I’m also thinking about changing the posting schedule from Saturday and Sunday to Friday and Saturday. Sundays are really important days to me, and the later parts of Fridays are when we actually feel like cutting loose after stuff like school and day jobs. Oh, and I’m still job hunting, by the way. I think I may be going somewhere really better, though…

Anyway, three pairs of fun stuff were posted this month! I’ll sort them by type rather than by time here:

As for what’s next, December’s gonna be a challenge to plan with all the Advent and Christmas stuff. And why not make a sched in the spirit of those seasons? I’m even planning to post one particular fanfic on Christmas Eve if there’s a chance! Also, there’s my birthday, a cousin’s wedding (also on my birthday for some reason, hahaha), and my relationship anniversary with Pat! I’d be lying if I said that dealing with all that would be no sweat, but they still excite me, yo! I better trust in the Ultimate Challenger and Guide a lot more, then!

And hey, as usual, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

Hallowmas Reflection 2019

I have more posts waiting for upload, but I want to have better pacing in terms of posting, so I decided to just end this month with only the monthly update post after the last one. And since said end of the month is Halloween, a.k.a. All Saints’ Eve, why not have a reflection post about it and All Saints’ Day?

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A Cosplay Date at CosMania 2019

Apologies, I’ve been late with the most recent monthly update on this blog. I’ve been going through a lot.

For one, I resigned from my first job, which I was in for around a month. I realized that I’ve been betraying myself a lot by worrying too much about how I look to others and trying to be someone I can’t be, causing harmful confusion. The company I worked for certainly wasn’t a bad one, but the job just didn’t fit me, and I kept on denying it to myself. Remembering my promises about giving myself a break and more time for creative works after graduation also added to the pressure against my self-deception. Praise and thanks be to God very much for my former employers’ understanding and my peaceful exit, too.

Now I’m trying to give myself a break through a life at home. It seems to mostly require me being more assertive, which I’ve been fearing because of how thin the line between assertiveness and abuse is. That fear also makes it easier for me to loathe myself, which then makes loathing others easier, thus causing me to do what I’ve been fearing to my loved ones.

Thank God very much for having that struggle help me get me back to praying the Rosary, then. It’s a nice surprise to find myself appreciating the Joyful and Glorious Mysteries more despite and because of my distress. I also had a funny time with it: I found myself praying the Rosary once again after a very long while on a day that was meant not only for the Joyful Mysteries but also for the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

But before all that, there was a date I had with my girlfriend Pat. Like the last time we did so, we went to the first day of this year’s Cosplay Mania as a date. It was our second date at an anime convention, and my third visit to an anime convention (I blogged about the first here a few years ago, by the way). Most of the impact it had on the aforementioned significant happenings that followed came from after our leg-numbing walk in the event halls, when we found ourselves stuck in our worries about being far away from each other again, going back to more work and less sleep, staying safe through the night trips, and more. Of course, all that wouldn’t have been so striking without the fun times that came before that.

Said fun times also involved us going in cosplay, with Pat as Ayano Tateyama and I as Shintaro Kisaragi. We’ve managed to line up with the name of the event better! Continue reading “A Cosplay Date at CosMania 2019”

Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – August 2019

Only other post this month is a cover of kemu’s “Chikyuu Saigo no Kokuhaku wo,” yo. Not like it’s been an uneventful month, though.

For one, I’ve already begun working. To give you an idea, it’s an office job. Also, I can continue to build up my musical knowledge and taste via Spotify there.

And speaking of music, while practical production of original music continues to be slow, my habit of reading (mostly Pitchfork) music reviews continues to be stoked. It’s like going through university again, which means deep insights gained by facing the torturous human soul and then crawling back to God Almighty as I try to make some concrete goodness out of it all. Oh, and going back to the topic of work, I think I can make a friendship with my mentor there, as Pitchfork was the first name he asked about in response to when I told him about music reviews as an answer to his question about what I’ve been reading lately. Still, as much as I wish to be some bombastic charismatic, I have a hard time believing that every person that catches a modicum of my interest would be able to put up with my weirdness (and no, I don’t just mean that weirdness that those cliched hacks out there like to spit platitudes about).

Also, my blog’s six years old now. Never thought that this attempt at an online presence would last this long, alright. Still feeling ambitious, but I want caution to balance it out some more.

Speaking of writing, I’ve been doing more of that on my phone than I do on my computer. A bunch of short story drafts have been completed there, but I’ll need more motivation to work them into a desktop word processor. And as usual, I think I’ve been writing more disordered order fantasies than ordered human experiences, which reminds me of my need to have a writing group or something (and yes, that can also help in the seemingly easier study and practice of fanfiction writing, but of course, that would require a different bunch of people). Again, it’s hard for me to find people who’d kindly bother to put up with me and keep my eccentricities in check on a regular basis.

In the realm of gaming, I have already cleared the story mode of Devil May Cry 4. Among the things I’ve learned about myself there is that I suck in the School of Nero, especially in the Buster classes. As for mobile gaming, I continue to play Honkai Impact 3, which my girlfriend has gained more interest in (especially because of a certain newly playable younger sister figure voiced by Mai Nakahara in the Japanese dub) yet still cannot play due to phone storage priorities. On the other hand, Pat has been helping me get into BanG Dream!, and while phone storage priorities also keep me from having the game in my phone, I have become quite interested in the original music the franchise has (which I also decided to check out because of the awesome Vocaloid covers that the franchise has).

As for more breaktime stuff, I need to have a better sleep routine because of my job as well. And my job will likely end up having me posting as Tobby on weekends even more now, which means a likely schedule change for these this post series, though I think it’s a good thing for my blogging in general ’cause finally, I can have a more regular blogger schedule with that setup…or I would be even more irregular as I pick a weekend to produce and a weekend to post. But who knows, maybe I’ll find something better than those options as I go on with my young professional life.

So yeah, God Almighty keep on helping us all, and praise and thanks be to Him very much for the strength and the challenges again. Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.