A new semester has begun. That means getting back into routine after a month of reading The Hobbit and watching its film adaptations (Desolation of Smaug is my favorite so far), watching Pushing Daisies and obsessing over fruit pies and Lee Pace’s eyebrows, and figuring out what to do after undergraduate studies.

Three more semesters to go. My third year of college is halfway over. Not to mention, my birthday is in three days. A thought has occurred to me recently: not only do I have to figure out what I will do for the rest of the my life, but I have to wonder more about what things will be like when I no longer have a physical presence in this world. What will I leave behind that people will remember me by? (The existential crisis reached its peak when that thought crossed my mind!) This blog could be evidence of my existence, but who will read it? My possessions will collect dust if I do not give them away or donate them. What will become of these things when time is up?

I could take these questions as an incentive to get moving, to begin drafting the next few chapters of my life. To write more on this blog, to write more stories and thoughts. To encourage myself to take risks and chances, if I am very passionate about something. To be my own person, because life has an indeterminate duration, so it’s best to give it a meaningful definition.

Resolution, or something like it.

There are two things that I have learned in the past few years when it comes to blogging: 1) there is a possibility that I may have no readers, and 2) there is a possibility that whenever I start a new blog, I will not update it as much as I would like to. BUT I’m writing a new post on this blog most likely for myself.

(But if there are people actually reading this…)
Welcome to the new year! I hope that whatever you plan to accomplish or hope to expect in 2014, it goes well for you.

In my previous post, I said that I would make a new post once a week. But like any other college student, I got busy with classes, extra-curricular activities, and life. And some of the time, I procrastinated but still got the work done. In short, I haven’t given much thought to writing something new on this blog last semester.

“New Year’s Resolutions” aren’t my thing for one reason, and it’s not because I won’t follow through with them after two weeks into the new year. The reason is that I don’t believe that one should have to wait for a whole new year to make some kind of change in his or her life. I have come to believe, since before entering college, that one can change his or her life at any time. What matters is that the initiative and the drive are there to make the change happen.

So why am I just making a new post five days after the new year began, when I could’ve done it after finishing my final exams weeks ago? Well, my mind needed to detox after an eventful and stressful semester, which required departing from social networks and the computer. (Been glued to those things throughout the semester.) And since my Winter breaks from college are uneventful and distressing (from boredom), it would be a good idea to pick up on the blog again.

A Nefarious Introduction

This project has been on my mind for quite some time, and now seems like a good time for me to formally introduce it to the cyberspace.

Nefarious in the City is an ongoing personal narrative of my city/college/commuter experience. The story began in the fall of 2011, when I was a freshman with great ambitions of becoming an established writer and artist. At some point during my first two years of college, reality nudged me with its pointed elbow and said, “Listen kid, this ain’t gonna be easy, see? There are a lot of things you gotta learn, to feel, to know before you can have a story.” And it has been an incredible and terrifying experience. And my story is about to be told.

The format of this blog will be a collection of personal insights and thoughts, interesting anecdotes and observations, and advice that I’d like to pass on to the dreamers and “nomads at heart”. I will also include photos and (if I can overcome camera shyness) video blogs to enhance the storytelling. Posts will be made once a week.

I hope you find comfort in this space…