Starchaser’s 1K Project

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I briefly touched on this when I was talking about my New Year’s Resolutions, but I’d like to use this post to go into further detail. This is one of two of my lifelong goals (I’ll talk about the other one in my next post), and while there isn’t a timeline for either, I hope I can have this one accomplished by the time I’m in my early 40’s. 20 years should be ample time to get this done. And even when I do accomplish this, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop, I’m going to keep going until I can’t anymore!

So what is the “1K Project“? The 1K Project is where I want to create and release at least 1,000 creative outputs. 1,000 writings, 1,000 songs, 1,000 art pieces, and 1,000 videos. The key word was “and” because I didn’t use “or”. Of course, releasing a combined number of 1,000 creative works would be wonderful, but I would prefer if each of my pursuits had at least 1,000 each so that way I will have made a lifetime’s worth of work. My writing has greatly improved over the years, but it’s my drawing, music production and video making I need to spend more time on since those three are lacking.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “quality over quantity”, isn’t quality supposed to be more important than quantity? I think some people have the wrong idea that having a higher output will somehow reduce the quality of the ideas you create. However, I think some of my creative influences such as 2Pac, Charles Hamilton and Lil B prove this wrong. They all have released so many songs and because of this, their respective discographies dwarfs most of their contemporaries. Yes, some of their songs are better than the others they’ve made, but it’s thanks to the fact they were spending so much time with making music the quality naturally polished and improved.

One of the best ways I can reach my goal is to manage my time, organize what I need to do every day, and focusing my attention and energy. Since I’m still relatively new to drawing and making music, my only goal for them is to boost my creative output. I do plan on vlogging, but I will start that when I graduate because the time I use to study for dumb classes can be used for making videos (haha, graduation is going to be a wonderful moment for me for a number of reasons). This often means making junk until I train myself to do a better job. It’s only natural. When I first start something, it’s not like I’m going to be a master by the end of the day. Consistent practice is the best way to hone my skills.

Despite the difficulties that come with my goal, I think working hard to boost my creative output will be worth it in the end. A higher creative output means better quality work and more work accomplished.


RIP Craig Mack

Death is never a Mario Party. And the game of life has lost another member of its community. Craig Mack, one of the artists who laid the groundwork for Bad Boy Records is dead. I’ve learned about his death today and from reports I’ve read, he died of heart failure. Craig Mack is probably best known for his catchy hit “Flava in Ya Ear“. That was my favorite song for the longest time. For me, it was a tradition to play it on the last day of school from elementary school all the way to my freshman year in high school.

RIP, Craig Mack and thanks for the music.

Last Spring Break

Kind of feels surreal to say that. Of course, seeing my niece is always the highlight of my breaks. It’s great that my cousin Romeo’s birthday is also coming up so I’m going to see him on that day even if he doesn’t celebrate birthdays! I definitely ate too much today, but Krispy Kreme donuts does that to a fella. One of my professors gave the class a quiz before the break started, talk about lame! I was able to finish it today and got a 100, but still, lame is lame!

I’m just going to enjoy my time off, I really do want this semester to be over and done with. Hope everyone has a great week ahead!

萌え: Starchaser’s 5 Moe Anime Characters

I hope you’re ready for anime characters that are too cute for words. Just like beauty, moe is in the eye of the beholder. What is moe for me, may not be moe for you. However, I think all the characters on this list are lovable and have their unique charm. Unlike attractive anime women, there aren’t a lot of characters that elicit feelings of moe from me. Cute isn’t exactly synonmous with moe, if that was the case, this list would be way longer. I hope you don’t have diabetes, ’cause there’s enough sweetness on this list to give a fella a cavity.


Ritsu Tainaka



Starting off would be an obvious choice from an obvious anime that is basically synonymous with the term moe. Hey Kyoani, I’m still waiting for a third season! Anyway, Ritsu (or Ricchan) is the leader of the Light Music Club and drummer of the band Ho-kago Tea Time. She was the reason the Light Music Club didn’t get disbanded when it was going to be. She’s known for her upbeat, outgoing and carefree personality, which naturally makes her a fun character to be around. She’s known for being audacious (both definitions if you Googled that word), but she has no ill will in anything she says or does and apologizes when she realizes she went too far.

I think the biggest reason Ritsu is moe to me is because she reminds me of myself when I was a senior in high school. Unfortunately, I did not play drums (or any musical instrument) when I was in high school, but I was and still am a sociable guy who cares about my friends. I also did like to troll and/or annoy others because it was hard to resist when the chance came up! Ritsu resonated with me the most in K-On and that’s the reason she’s my favorite character in the anime.


Tomoko Kuroki



Probably not anyone’s first choice (or any choice) when it comes to moe. Her moe appeal wouldn’t be her looks since she has unkempt hair, bags under her eyes and probably bags under her bags. Also she’s not the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to social situations or tactfulness. She tends to have a morbid outlook on life and she can’t even escape her own grim point of view in her daydreams/fantasies. Okay, I know I just spent a few sentences not exactly praising the character, so the question is, what is so moe about her? For me it’s the fact she’s not supposed to be moe that she is in fact moe!

That probably didn’t make any sense, but what I think anyone can take from Tomoko is that she’s at least trying. She wants to be popular in her high school and that’s around the time people most likely still care what others think. She will do outrageous things to get others’ attention which always fall flat on their face. I said she was trying, I didn’t mention anything about succeeding. Winners never quit and quitters never win, but those who never win and never quit are idiots. At least Tomoko is an adorable idiot. Oh, I like the kanji combination of her last name: Kuroki/黒木, which would literally translate into “black tree”.


Suruga Kanbaru



A.K.A. the awesome lesbian friend I wish I had. One of the reasons I picked up running in my exercise regimen and will probably start playing basketball again once I graduate ’cause of her too. Kanbaru is one of the most popular students at her school mostly because she was responsible of the success of the school’s girls basketball team. Besides basketball, her other hobbies including running, reading yaoi manga/literature, and being Koyomi Araragi’s sex slave (her words, not mine). She’s pretty hilarious because of her forthrightness and being straightforward which can cause others to feel some kind of way. I like her as the narrator in the Monogatari Series too.

Being one of the reasons I started partaking in healthy and productive healthy hobbies is moe enough for me. That’s not the only reason, but it’s a big one. There’s a quote that says “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything”. I’m going to just say that probably applies to boys as well. If that’s the case, then that would mean there’s only a few women who can make me do anything. There’s something else I’d like to mention, but if you haven’t watched the Monogatari Series, I don’t want to get into spoiler territory.


Yui Ichii



Yuyushiki is a really adorable feel-good anime. Seriously, just writing this blog post and mentioning it makes me want to re-watch it again for the fifth+ time. Yui is one the main characters of the show and is the more serious out of the trio. Her friends Yukari and Yuzuko know this and tend to tease her which leads to often amusing results with Yui either physically retaliating violently (but still funny), or being completely indifferent. It’s obvious though that Yui does love and care about her friends, even if she has a hard time expressing it in words at times.

Even though Yui might be the “straight man” she is not above ridiculous behavior herself. A corny joke has her burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. It’s something I can relate to since the joke “Yo mama is so poor, I saw her kicking a can down the street, and when I asked her what she was doing, she said, ‘Moving'” never fails to make me laugh as well even though I know how corny it is. Yui is the one who makes some of the silliest faces and it’s understandable when you consider she’s surrounded by equally as silly friends.


Iroha Isshiki 



Probably the character that induces the strongest feelings of moe from me. Good gosh, I’ve never felt a feeling of adulation and repulsion until I saw her on screen. She first appears in the season season of Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru (these light novels and their long titles) and has become a popular character in her own right. She initially comes off as a cheerful and happy student who doesn’t seem to have any problems, but my perception changed when she acted differently many times throughout the anime. Despite the cutesy airs/vibe she puts on, she’s actually a sly and cunning individual and only Hachiman and Hayato know about it.

Iroha can be quite extra, especially when she comically rejects Hachiman when she thinks he is going to confess to her. She likes to maintain a positive image because everyone will like her and it will be easier to manipulate others. She eventually becomes student council president (a position she didn’t want) and lacks confidence in the beginning. She does start believing more in herself and is an efficient president. Honestly, overall, she’s just a pure, cute angel that needs to be protected at all times!


And that’s my list! Did I miss any moe characters or are there any you feel are moe? Let me know in the comment section! Until next time! Hope you have a good day ahead!

It’s (Almost) Never Too Late to Say “Thank You”

There have been a multitude of people who have helped me throughout this life I lead. They have. Because in my book, they are some of the greatest people to have ever lived. They possess big hearts, and I feel they all had something to do with making me the person I am today.

I think it took me until I was a senior in high school to start being aware of just how much the people around me have done. Like my math teacher from Orange Park High School who never gave up on me, not once. Or my best friend that listened to me, when I really needed to be heard, and offered me the wisdom/advice I was looking for.

Naturally, it’s best to thank them for what they’ve done for me. I’m glad I was able to write a thank you letter to my math teacher before I graduated. I’m glad I’m still in contact with my best friend and that we talk every day. Whenever someone has ever been kind to me, it’s a good idea to say those two words as soon as I realize, for none of us will be here forever.

Saying thank you is acknowledgement and gratitude towards someone, ’cause while I have worked hard to get where I am now, I couldn’t have done it alone. I often feel that my life is like catching and being caught. I fall in to the hands of others who help me, and in return, I can catch people in my hands and help them. And there are times when we’re simultaneously holding each other.

I guess what I’m trying to say with this blog post is that if you have someone you want to thank, do it! Send that thank you letter, e-mail, text today… or call them. You won’t regret it. Even if it feels like it’s too late, I’m sure it isn’t!