29 August, 2018

Introducing New Traditional Chinese Wear

I received an invitation to help sell Chinese inspired clothing online. I agreed to do it. Here are the style of clothes that will be sold:

These are some examples of the type of clothing that will be sold. So, I am currently working on this as well as working on my family's own online store we will soon start.

24 August, 2018

Language Learning and Education In America

I recently heard that only 14-16% of Americans study another language. That is contrast to other countries where they do learn two or more languages. In Turkey alone, I've read the average person knows at least three languages. When it comes to Americans, less of them are interested in learning languages. Probably because many feel they have no need in learning languages, and the only language they need to know is English. When it comes to different cultures too, most Americans are not interested in learning about other countries and cultures.

The same thing can occur related to education altogether. I read most Americans have a six grade level education. I didn't realize that was true. Then I learned of how the American schools are failing to give students proper education. The teachers are simply not qualified to teach. I know this from personal experience. Most of the teachers I encountered were teaching incorrect information. I've had too many clashes with teachers because I or either my mother corrected them when they were wrong, in which this was most of the time. The truth is, the teacher's education is limited by the book you always see teachers hold that actually gives them all of the answers. A few years ago, the teachers from Minnesota were all fired after they were given tests, and it showed they weren't qualified to teach.

Americans are not taught the benefits of knowing more than one language, but little do they know, it does have its benefits. They also fail to give proper education on history, culture, languages and geographics. I feel the schools and also Americans themselves fail to be educated on many things. You cannot solely blame schools when the information is available for anyone to learn. However, the schools are a huge let down how we're given mediocre education. Through textbooks, it tells you how specific neighborhoods and economic levels of these neighborhoods plays a huge role in the quality of education a person in America will receive.

Another thing about education in America is that I feel most Americans seem not interested in learning. This is a common pattern among students as well. I remember when I use to go to public school, the students there had no desire to learn anything. The average feels education and learning should end at a certain point, but I say it does not. Just because the bell rung or you graduated out of school, that doesn't mean your education should end. Even Albert Einstein believed education is something you should continue for a lifetime.

The common mistake people make would be not brushing up on the material they have learned. Math, spelling, grammar, counting money or anything else, if you do not use the information you learned, it is easy to forget. This is the reason why everyday I look back on these things in order to not forget them. I have seen more and more people getting humiliated because they couldn't count money, forget how to tell time, measurements or anything else.

I guess that makes me one of few in the United States who is learning more than three languages. I really do admire people from different countries or even the few Americans who know it's best to be educated, and it can encourage others to gain knowledge as they have. It sort of makes you curious who has more and better education. No doubt perhaps those outside of the United States. I mean, there is no comparing anyone to China and other East Asian countries, for I believe they surpass everyone. I watched a documentary of children in East Asia leaving home to study early. I cannot say anyone else is more dedicated to education than they. This is also a reason why this region has the highest suicide rate in the world. Early on, these group of people are taught to get a perfect education, and become someone who would successfully contribute to society. Depression occurs when this does not happen for them. They didn't get all of that training just to be a cashier at McDonald's.

So, Americans are not even at the same level as China. For starters, Americans have different thinking when it comes to success. They sort of set their standards low and I've personal experience of this. Most people who I encounter encourage me to just settle, but I don't want to settle for the language I already know and my current status. It seems like very few understand if you want something more for yourself.

Anyway, I would like to make another post about that soon. I just feel there should be more Americans studying different languages. Do not think an isolated way. Every country is filled with beautiful cultures and languages that are worthy of learning. That is from Europe to Africa. Each culture is beautiful because they are unique. No one around me even knows another language. My boss and coworkers I suppose count and they would be the only ones I know who speaks different languages. They are immigrants and this would explain why though. Perhaps then that 14-16% are mostly immigrants? Not sure how they're counting that. I wish language learning would be normalized and more accepted in the United States. I also wish for diversity and a variety of cultures can be accepted. Hopefully too, the education will improve in America...

19 August, 2018

Creating Character Profiles

Years ago, I learned the useful benefits of creating character profiles. From what I've learned about character development, how important it is to flesh out characters and make them appear real. I learned the more fleshed out and real they seem, the more believable the characters and the story is, and they wouldn't be cardboard cutouts.

I studied about character development, in which it is universal for screenwriting, manga, books and games. Years ago, I created an elaborate character profile for each character in my projects. I viewed other character profile templates, and created my own custom one that fits my writing the most. I know I have read how you can just write a simple summary of the characters, but I feel you have to do whatever is best for you, and for me, writing profiles and writing details about my characters is how I best flesh out characters.

On the profile, I compiled the most important things about a character from research. The profile covers the full name of course, nicknames, gender, race/nationality, appearance, likes, dislikes, personality, hobbies, education, goals and desires, religion and many other things. Getting training on psychology has helped me better develop realistic characters, that does include child psychology studies, which is useful if writers have children POVs or any child character in their story. The profile is like a little outline and map to a character for me, and when I write, I always look back on my notes to make sure I am consistent with the character.

Character profiles have also helped me create scenes. It can be good ideas if you look at your notes on a character. I have found ideas based upon things about them, and it does give me a chance to add in details about characters or either add stuff you'll learn about the character as the story continues.

I found this helpful so each character can stay in character. For instance, I have read how some writers can find their characters doing stuff completely abnormal for that character, being out of character. I know I don't have to follow the profile and notes exactly, but I usually do follow it to stay consistent with the character. Also, it helps me keep what I liked about how I developed each character. In addition, the character profiles help me develop characters differently than each other.

I have seen how difficult it can be to develop not just likable characters, but iconic and original characters. I am continuing my education on character development, for I strive to develop not copies, but originals, something fresh and new.  

16 August, 2018

Training a Dog for Mushing (Sled Dogging)

For years, I have studied sled dogging and sled dog breeds. That was from my interest in sled dogging myself. From studying and also personal experience, I learned what was the best way in training a dog how to sled dog.

I first learned it is best to start out with the youngest puppy when purchasing a dog, and also it's best to start out by training the dog basic training first. I have read several blogs and pieces from websites, where the musher did not train their dog basic stuff first, but only sled dogging. I have learned through experience that training is best in order to have a more obedient dog. I think obedient training is a must, especially with larger dog breeds.

I purchased harnesses for my dogs and got them use to getting in and out of them, and also got them use to wearing the harness. Depending upon how big the dog is, the best way I learned is to place the dog between your legs so they cannot wiggle away from you. Your legs sort of locks them.

Then what I did next was tie something to the harness, then allow the dog to drag an item they are able to carry. This will get them use to pulling something, and something dragging behind them. I used sticks outside. Depending upon the size of the dog, I picked a stick I knew they could pull. I learned however to make sure the dog knows the difference between sled pulling and just going for a walk.

I used a large space then walked and ran with the dog, telling them the commands. I learned to never use the go command, Mush, for this is only for Hollywood and it's not a command real mushers use. The correct command is Hike! Stop is Whoa! Right is Gee! Left is Haw! and to slow down is Easy! You can also use Alright! for a go command, but I'm sure you can find whatever is easiest for you to use.

Dogs can be stubborn sometimes, which I believe the wrong time to be stubborn is when you are trusting them to pull you. This is the reason why I believe is best to make sure your dog is obedient and gets lots of obedient training first. Still, Northern Dog Breeds are known to be stubborn dogs. I have had a dog to refuse to stop when they were pulling me on a skateboard. It's uncertain what to do during this situation. I have gotten hurt because a dog refused a command. So now I jump off whatever I'm using and just run after the dog. Of course, depending upon where you're running the dog, the dog can get hit by a car or something caused by its dumb decision to not obey a command.

I think you don't just have to use a sled for mushing. Yes, dog sleds are for the winter, but you can also use skateboards, roller-skates, scooters, bikes, skis, ATV's and whatever other tool people can use to allow their dog to pull them. I'm sure other people can come up with different ways.

I have learned the hard way that sled dogging does take lots of practice and balance. You have to maintain good balance in order to use any of these methods for mushing. It does get bad when you fall off and your dog is still running! It is bad having to chase after your dog all bruised up, but it's worse when you're being drug. So I think it's good to train your dog to stop when this happens. I had trained my dog to stop if they see I fell or hurt. Like this one time I badly injured my hand. My dog immediately stopped almost like she knew when to stop running. I learned also that you can get bumps and bruises from mushing.

Despite this, sled dogging has always been my favourite sport. It's a good way to exercise dogs and have a special trust moment with your dog.    

12 August, 2018

Owning Sugar Gliders: Review

A coworker suggested that my family buy Sugar Gliders. What is a Sugar Glider? Well, they are like small mammals that look more like flying Squirrels, and is native to Africa. This is a Sugar Glider...

They are illegal in many countries, and States, that does include our State and most of the United States. I know for sure they are illegal in Australia and most of Europe.

My family bought ours from Craigslist. My mother and I met this guy in a parking lot after corresponding with him through text about him selling his two Sugar Gliders to my family. I learned you can carry them around in a pouch, and they can be easily tamed, but they are extremely sensitive animals. You only get one chance for trust, and if you break their trust, you'll never get it back. It's also very important to always speak in a certain tone to them, in a kind voice. They can get easily hurt, meaning emotionally hurt.

They eat almost any fruit and vegetable, and they love yogurt. They will let you know if they don't like something you gave them. They'll spit it out. So, the two Sugar Gliders loved to cuddle, but I learned a bad thing where you cannot potty train a Sugar Glider. This is why we kept ours in the pouch if we let them out. They also have a weird smell to them, but they are cute.

They're like babies too. My family every few hours at night had to get up to feed them or either to give them attention. They really do love human attention, and they can't survive without it even if you have more than one, as so we found out. However, it is best to buy Sugar Gliders in a pair or more, and not alone. They can get lonely easily and fast. Returning back to the getting up thing, yes, I think my family didn't really get sleep when we had the Sugar Gliders. They will make a very loud cry for you. It's a little sweet, but it can be hard when you haven't gotten any sleep. My family took turns to allow each other to get some sleep.

The problem was that my family had a male and female Sugar Glider, and so they had a bunch of babies! We didn't know what to do with all of those Sugar Gliders we had. It was beginning to get overwhelming.

This is at the time we found out they were actually illegal to own in our State. I found out we could get arrested for owning Sugar Gliders. At the time, my family was not willing to move out of the country, but we really loved our Sugar Gliders. Once I have pets, I tend to baby them and I'm very protective of them. We did get contacted by people who wanted Sugar Gliders from countries where they were not illegal. My family knew we had too many of them anyway, and so we decided to sell them to the family we felt would take care of them. They were given to a guy in Canada.

I thought about our Sugar Gliders today, and this is why I posted this. I however know it was best to not keep them since they were illegal to own in the United States. 

06 August, 2018

The End Of Senior Care

I just received news that in the United States, seniors will have no care benefits and opportunities for them anymore. Pretty soon, there will be an end to senior care mainly for nursing homes. Each day, the American government takes away senior rights and ease of life. By the time younger people are seniors themselves, there will be nothing for these people. It is already a fact that retirement is disappearing in America. Now, it's the norm where seniors must work until their death without retirement.

I heard that the Baby Boomers and seniors are seen as people who lost their usefulness in society, and so the government feels it is plausible to remove assistance for them. The raw truth is that seniors are placed in nursing homes because their family are unwilling to provide the care they need. So that is why nursing homes exist, so these people are able to receive their needed assistance.

I do have to mention the extreme abuse in nursing homes however. Everyday, the residents are overcharged, abused, neglected and given expired food. They are not really receiving the care they need when placed into nursing homes because of the ill-treatment they face in these facilities, and that's why I feel senior care should improve. There needs to be better workers who actually provide quality care to the residents.

But now, seniors won't even have this. Already, residents have been kicked out of nursing homes and placed in mental hospitals or left homeless. Now they wish to return an old practice where seniors are placed in hospitals instead of nursing homes. The United States is trying to go backward instead of forward, including how they wish to return mental institutions/asylums.

Due to the severe mistreatment of seniors, the United States is really not considered a good country for retirement because retirement doesn't exist in America. 

05 August, 2018

New Arrivals From Japan!

Here is a new skirt from Japan that arrived today. It is a bit small, and it fits someone who is really petite. I was able to fit it when trying it on.

I just can't figure out what these are for yet....

A Sailor Moon sweater. It even has Japanese writing on it! I just haven't tried it on yet. I know I should to see if I can fit it.

These are my new purses from Japan I got a few weeks ago I believe. Really nice. I can't wait to start wearing them.

UPDATE: I have been shopping recently, and I ran across some things from Russia! I just made an order, and I found things I hope my mother would like and it's from her memory of when she lived in Russia. That's the main reason why I ordered. I hope to get things from my mother's memories. I also found stuff from Japan, India and my favourite country, Turkey! I will share as soon as they arrive.

01 August, 2018

August IWSG

It is time for my first August Insecure Writer's Support Group posting. If you would like to learn more about it, visit here...

I usually just answer the optional question, but since I can't give out advice since I am an aspiring writer, so I will share something else.

I just finished rechecking my manuscript. I found some chapters that haven't been titled yet, so that's all I have to do, then I am ready to tackle the publishing world. I know this is it after all of these years improving my writing skills, and now I made this book better I believe. I haven't really checked to see where to submit to yet because I wasn't at that stage. I normally do not share insecurities, but the uncertainty of everything can make anyone wonder. If I think about it too hard, it can make me doubt my writing altogether. I think it is caused by a fear of rejection.

 I am currently not too picky where I publish my books at. I will settle for any country. But I know I have been overthinking everything, which has sort of kept me from going forward. I look at the Fantasy world, wondering if I built it enough.

I am aware of how hard it is to get published, but I will continue on the path to traditional publication. With all my research, I don't think self-publishing is best for me. I do know how harder it is to traditional publish. As I get closer, I have been a little brooding. If the United States agents and publishers don't work out, I will go elsewhere. I have already found an Estonian publisher, but I wasn't too sure about how safe it is to work there and possibly live there. I prefer to stay within countries that have a strong good relation between the US. I also try to avoid language barriers in book publishers. I already am learning Japanese, French, German, Arabic, Turkish, but I know more Russian.

Anyway, I've been taught to never quit no matter what. There have been days where I did want to quit trying to be an established writer, and do something more in business, but I was told I can do both. So that's what I'll do. I learned years ago that being a writer is considered a business like industry. When I wanted to quit, my family encouraged me to continue. I appreciate their support, for my family has been the only support I had and I really needed. I know it is not easy writing and publishing. I believe my main reason why I considered giving up was my doubts if my writing was any good at all. 

Another thing on my path to publication, yes I have stated many times, my pen name and author brand is a Native American theme. I did this in order to bring awareness to the Native American culture in a respectful way. I know under this name, I have an obligation not to mess up anything. Oh sure, I could have picked something from my own culture, but I wanted something that can fit the first book I'm publishing too. Recently, I spoken to a Native American who thought it was a great thing I was doing, representing the Native American community in my writing. He gave me a proverb which basically said, I should share my story. The longer the story, especially in a book length, the better the story.

I cannot share any advice, but I am always receiving advice, for I am the knowledge seeker. As the knowledge seeker, I am always in search to expand my knowledge on the things that interest me. I've done fine getting the information I need on my own and through observing human beings.  

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