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Without (much) further ado

I must hurry now. I’ve procrastinated too much already.
There’s a thing I have to tell you.
As soon as possible, if I do not wish die a most painful death at the hands of Tanvi (among others?).

I don’t blame her.
I’m a month late, and if I was in her place, I’d be equally, if not more, excited and impatient.

I apologise for the delay Tanvi, hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.

And yes, I shall get to the point now.
But wait!
Must do the pleasantries.

Happy New Year, everyone!
Here’s wishing you the most prosperous and fulfilling new year, hope you get up on the right side of the bed each morning (unless your bed’s in a corner, like mine, in which case, there’s really only one way, isn’t there?), get the exact presents you want on your birthday (but in a way that you’re still surprised) and are blessed with a speedy internet connection so you have no problems enjoying my blog posts!

December 2014 was a great month for me, and for a change, I knew it then as well (because you know? You mostly feel that times were “good” retrospectively?).

Blogging wise as well it was my best month till date according to the stats page (2015 was a pretty lousy year, blogging wise).
Even otherwise, it was one of my favourite months to be a blogger because my fellow writer friends wrote short stories for my blog, and it was amazing because all of them are so talented and I felt really proud of them all posting here, and basically, it was so much fun!

I wasn’t planning on doing it the next year (which was 2015) (and technically, I didn’t), but somewhere in the middle of the year I happened upon this amazing list of prompts and I couldn’t resist!
So I thought, why not?
I contacted all of my friends, a few new ones, and told them about the prompts!

They were, once again, enthusiastic about doing this.
In fact, Leanna, when I first emailed her about this, replied with:

Hey Sam! 
As always, I’m in! 

So yes! She’s writing too, look out for her story.

Now, I should’ve done this in December- I was supposed to.
But I’m not going to bore you with my reasons for being a month late, especially because they’re all very stupid.
But I’m here now, and we’re doing this!
I can’t think of a better way to start the year.

When do I start posting the stories?
That’s a good question!

Whose story shall be up first?
That’s another good one!

Hey, let me answer that one, seeing as to how I just came up with an answer:
Let’s start with Tanvi’s!

Yay! That’s settled then!
Tanvi is new to the whole short story thing, but her story is still wonderful, you’ll love it!

I’ll post it in the next few days, and as Mr.Holmes aptly puts it,
“The stage is set. The curtain rises. We are ready to begin.”

(If I was the non-rambly kind, I’d stop there and let those words echo a bit, but I’m not- and anyway I’m too excited not to discuss the Christmas Special! Leave comments telling me your thoughts about it!!! Non-spoilery comments though- don’t want people getting spoilt.)

(Oh hey, one more thing, if you are interested in reading the stories from last year- they’re all amazing- you can do that by going to the category “Fiction” and they’re all there so yeah, check them out, you’ll enjoy!)

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Comic Con, Good News, Blogging, New Year and Comic Con

After my previous attempt at trying to get back to blogging siriusly (well of course you didn’t know it was that!), I almost lost hope.
I was like, ‘Nope! Not gonna happen!
I guess the blogging phase of my life has come to an end and I should accept it now.’

But I guess it wasn’t, because then I saw that people were still reading my blog…
I was getting views in spite of not having updated for a month!

Then I told myself, it’s not over yet!
Look you cannot just abandon this!
Try again, just try again!

So here I am.
I’m going to start with some good news- it’s old news now but it’s good news, and more importantly, news that’s unknown to quite a few of you.

*drumroll because most things lack drama right now and I could do with some*

I was the first runner up in the blogging competition I had participated!

You know the one I’m talking about right?
It was called BloCo (short for Blogging Contest).

Surely you remember it?
I have been pestering you about going there and reading my posts and whatnot!

So yes!
I won that!

Yayy for me!

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My posts are still there, if you wanna check out the award winning stuff, you can follow the links from my blog (right here) to that one.
But that’s not what I’m here for now, am I?

New Year will be here soon.
Hope you have a great one!

So what’s everyone doing?
I don’t know about you guys but, to me, it doesn’t feel like a new year is approaching at all!
There’s an overall lack of enthusiasm, motivation or resolutions whatsoever.

Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas either until 3 days later when I received a card from my absolutely awesome penpal Leanna (I’m linking to her blog here but the blog doesn’t even begin to cover the response to “How awesome is she then?”)

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Oh but come on! I don’t know why I’m being such a buzzkill when the very month we are in right now was pretty awesome for me!

You know what’s in December where I live?
COMIC CON!

And of course I went!
(Now that I’ve remembered about this, let me just babble excitedly for a while)

At last year’s Comic Con (which was my first ever), I met Mark Gatiss and he signed a thing for me, and I met loads of friends and saw amazing cosplays and I was a bit wary this year because I didn’t know how I could top all that (yes, I am feeling the overall increased levels of pessimism in my approach towards life too, let’s not talk about that- at least not now when I’m in Comic Con mode).
But guess what?
It was pretty cool too.

Some really amazing things happened!

I met Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils fame, I interacted with him thrice!

I was extremely excited to meet him and I am so glad I did!!!
I had painted him a picture (from his own comics really, but yeah) and he took it!
That was pretty cool!

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The thing I painted for him 🙂

I also bought one of his books (it was literally the last copy on the table, can you frikkin’ believe that? ALL his books were sold out! I was lucky to grab the last copy!) and he was nice enough to then sign it! 😀

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There’s a poster inside it but it’s huge and I don’t wanna spoil or damage it until I decide where I’m gonna put it up, and so I haven’t removed it from the book yet.
I’m also really excited about that!

Also, if you guys don’t know Zen Pencils, I highly recommend it- it is one of the most inspirational websites I’ve come across on the internet, and for the past 2 years it has, directly or indirectly, motivated me countless times!

I bought a Game of Thrones T-shirt, which I then wore at the first opportunity I got so excuse the wrinkles (although I’m not sure they really show in the picture…?)

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I bought other merch as well, fandom badges and stuff, might put pictures of that here later… I don’t know!

I made new friends at Comic Con, met at least 3 people who had cosplayed as Arthur Dent from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and it made me really, really happy because, like, I didn’t know Hitchhiker’s fans existed in my city!
How crazy amazing is that?!?
My only regret is that I didn’t think to befriend them- Comic Con is just a whirl of events actually.
Rest of the year is completely uneventful for me and then it’s like they suddenly need to complete the quota of exciting-events-per-year in December, and Comic Con is convenient so that’s when they bombard me with eventful stuff!

I should stop talking about Comic Con now, since there’s 11 months to go for the next one and we don’t wanna get excited so early!

Which brings me back to the impending doom upcoming New Year!

I don’t have any resolutions, there’s usually no point to those- there used to be a point to my Goodreads’ Reading Challenge (the only thing that there used to be a point to) but after this year, I’m not really sure about that either.

I strongly discourage you from looking me up on Goodreads, it is utterly shameful and I’ll never be able to show you my face again if you’ve been on my Goodreads: for one thing, what few books I have read in the past 12 months, I haven’t updated- because that’s the kind of person I am now!

But there is one thing I’m looking forward to in 2016 (if things go according to plan, and I’ll try my best to see that they do.)

This will be in January itself- again, if things go according to plan.

I had sort of decided to write about it in this post itself, but the after-Comic Con madness happened so wait for it…

An Unusual Start

The clock struck 12 at midnight on New Year’s Eve (well, New Year) and my phone pinged with a notification, assuming it was the start of New Year’s wishes from everyone, I checked and saw that it was actually an e-mail. No one e-mails me to wish on the days of any kind of festivities so that was pretty unusual (little did I know that there was a string of unusuals to follow- “unusual” being an understatement here).

It was an unusual e-mail from an unusual person.

He (She? They?) called himself (herself? themselves?) The Watcher.
I’m going to assume it was a man, or I’ll never complete this post. And this one, I must.

The e-mail read:

Sam,

My father’s fortune was stolen by rebels, but before he fled the country, he stashed millions in an overseas account, and if you would be so kind as to send me $5,000, I would repay you double that. God bless you.

I kid of course, I kid.

But the information I e-mail you with is no laughing matter. The fate of several humans depends upon your course of action after you are bestowed upon the worldly wisdom that follows:

Some say time is just something the humans came up with. We know better. Time is not physical, nor does it normally have an impact on anyone’s life, but it’s out there. Waiting.
Inform people, tell them about us and we will spread the word of time and space. Do not let our sacrifices go waste. Tell them about The Time Travel Project, where information will be. Sometime. Possibly in the future.

The Watcher.

I would generally do the sensible thing and ignore it, just like most of you would suggest I do and in fact, do so yourself. But curiosity got the better of me and I reasoned with myself- Why not just check out what it is? I mean there is no harm in checking out just the one link, is there?

So I did.
What I found is- well, in a word, intriguing.

I will be sure to keep a check on this particular website. Some of the things are pretty… interesting.

Especially that button that says “Do Not Push” (What??? You expected me to obey??).

Well, I leave it upto you to go see it or not.
The Watcher requested me to do this so I did.
(Of course we did have a bit of correspondence after his first e-mail. I am not so naïve to post a link on my blog just because someone asks me to. )

As I have said earlier, I do not write reviews, but this time I would really recommend that you see this thing. It is something revolutionary, or so I think.

P.S. Happy New Year!
Hope you have made a couple of resolutions, I sure haven’t. Yet, I mean.
I just forget them by the end of January so it is futile either ways. But I will make some- that is for sure. And hopefully do whatever it is that I need to in order to complete them. Atleast this one year.

*Fingers crossed*

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