Surviving the lengthy, frigid Beijing winter gave me a better appreciation for the warmth and beauty of spring when it came in April 2012. Springtime allowed me to resume my writing school assignments when I penned a piece about my rustic volunteer trip to central China in April. The same story was published in China Daily. It was such an honor! Then I managed to complete one more assignment for Long Ridge during my time in China because my life was consumed with full-time work, social life, and infrequent domestic travel plans which sparked new and meaningful friendships. Thankfully I had an understanding instructor who did not pressure me to race through the writing course since many of the LRWG students are busy folks who take up to two years, on average, to finish the program.
Even though I didn’t do much writing for LRWG, I made sure that I continued my personal writing projects such as poetry composition and a new travel nonfiction project that I plan to publish at some point in the future. It’s a mix of poetry and narrative with a spice of photojournalism to give readers the full experience of my life overseas. I have a working title in the works and may publish the opus as an anthology of my complete globetrotting journey.
Christmas 2012 was spent at home with my family; it was my first Christmas at home since 2009 so it was special for me. However, it would be the shortest hiatus at home since I decided to travel the world as an English language instructor and imminent grad student. Those 20 days went so fast and it was time to move forward toward life’s next chapter. Southeast Asia has been the farthest distance I’ve traveled from home and Thailand the warmest climate I’ve ever lived.
Despite the inevitable rejection I’ve faced in trying to establish a writing career, I’ve purposed in my heart that 2013 would be the year that writing became my day job. And now with the close of the year near, I can honestly attest to that fact. I recently completed cyber creative writing school, wrote a myriad of term papers for grad school, started blogging for KFTW, created a new travel book project, researched and pitched to new publishers, and have built my portfolio as an all-around, prolific, passionate wordsmith. This is not the end… I still have much more creativity to exhume as life keeps enthralling the imagination of an idiosyncratic human being.