VEDA- Create Something New Every Day (#0)

To be clear- I am not creating a video every day in April.

But I want to create something new every day in April. I want to branch out, and I want to experiment. I’ve looked at the stuff that people across the Internet are doing and I’m always in awe of them. I’d want to follow into their footsteps, but I’d never feel ready, never have the skills or the right equipment or whatever else.

And I’m never going to have that. Unless I get up and I start.

Recently, I feel lethargic and unmotivated and unhappy. But I’d like to take some small steps and start working on things that I love, and that’s why I’m doing this pseudo-VEDA thing that a ton of YouTubers have done before.

To wit, because some stuff doesn’t fit what I do on this blog, some of it won’t be hosted here. Some of it will be here, some of it will be on my marktheredwood Tumblr and Twitters, and some of it on other platforms.

This should be fun, and I hope you enjoy seeing how this plays out.


Fade to Black

The End of 2015

Ladies and gentlemen, dear readers of this blog, this is the Oddity Writer speaking from the final hours of 2015.

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Credits to the BBC/Doctor Who

Today, I am looking back on this year and seeing the changes that I have both seen and undergone. Yes, my abilities as a writer have advanced- I can write half-decent fiction that moves forward at a decent pace- but more to the point was that I allowed myself to come out of my shell and to explore a bit more. I sought to try out brand new things and revisit old things I had long since forgotten.


  • I went ice skating for the first time in years!
  • I finally received my driver’s license!
  • I’ve tried so many different new foods and made conscious efforts to be a lot less particular about my diet!
  • I kayaked in Cancun!
  • I learned that I could dance like a loon at parties and dances and not worry about who was watching like I would have in the past- I learned that I’m the kind of person who would do that just for the hell of it!

I may not be the most gregarious, adventurous person- but I’m still not going to back down on life for anything.

I admit it wasn’t all fun and games. I stressed a lot about trying to remain consistent with this blog and I didn’t want to let you guys down by being gone a lot (and I’m really sorry if this posting schedule was too rocky for you guys to stand, btw). And over a couple of months, I eventually went under enough emotional strain that I learned that I can’t always be some sort of hero (this is assuming Daniel was at all any type of hero to begin with).

Before you ask what happened, I tried helping someone but it just wasn’t working. My personal space was just so corrupted that I ultimately crashed (got a little sick to go with that). And I had to face the fact that I couldn’t be around all the time to help.


But I swear that I will not lose hope. I will always strive to make the world a better place in any way I can. I will support and help anyone that I can.

I may need to acknowledge my limits, but I will always have faith in the world and you guys.

I just want to remember that a little kindness in the world goes a long way. I’ve done a lot more to help people this year than I have any other and it’s such an honor to be able to do that. Seeing how far I’ve come in my journey, it’s been a rollicking adventure all year…

and I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

My old friends who were there as I grew up, and my new friends as we adventured over the past year, and you guys always supporting me and each other.

Remember that I wouldn’t have come so far without you.

(This is Part 2 of a 3-part New Year’s series. Part 1, “The Curtain”, about how I came to terms with my past in 2015, can be found here. Part 3, Come Right Back will be posted at midnight on January 1st.)

“That Would Be Me”, Part 1

Hello, everyone! My name is Daniel, and this is another installment for “The Oddity Writer”! Hope you’re all doing well tonight.

Real life has been seriously busy, to explain my absence from WordPress. I need to teach children at a local elementary school, so I need to gear up for that. I was unfortunately unable to finish content to cover for my absence this weekend- but I am back. I was sick a bit, but I think I’ve recovered enough and I’d like to dive back in- answering likes and comments from you guys, writing and reviewing, and tackling important issues.

Into the breach again… (Credits: Doctor Who, Series 7: Part 2)


Oh, and I was nominated for a Liebster Award! That’s incredible- thank you so much, Lori! I’ll be getting to that as soon as I can (cough cough PART 2 cough). I’m also back to work on my novel- I’ve been thinking on the characters and on whether or not I should rewrite the second chapter.

It honestly looks like my other fellow bloggers (coughcough Blackbird coughcough Elizabeth cough I’m still sick cough) have been quite busy as well.

I hope you all enjoyed the new Mark Redwood chapter– it was fun to jump into a different universe for once and lose myself in having fun writing Mark’s story- and it’s one of the first chapters that I didn’t feel a rising urge to continually rewrite for months on end.

Oh, a little tidbit: The title, “That Would Be Me” comes from a line from a YouTube story I’ve watched for some time, as the administrator of a server descends from the sky to right what had gone so wrong throughout the series. (Sorry guys- no Shakespearean references like in “Rotten in the State.”)

This final episode was incredible. Kudos to Falconer02!
This final episode was incredible. Kudos to Falconer02!

However, because my time is limited, I’m going to have to leave you now.


But before I go, here’s a little posting schedule for you all:

June 2: The Cocoon: A Reflection on Past and Current Projects- in which I discuss the Blogathon, the Mark Redwood Series, the novel, and The Oddity Writer

June 4: “That Would Be Me, Part 2: The Liebster Award”- in which I thank Lori profusely for a nomination I never expected to get, in which I answer 11 questions that I had to think on, and in which I nominate 11 blogs myself.

June 5: Growing Up, Gratitude and the Griefer’s Game- In which I talk about how I’ve grown as a person, how the blog has effected me, and about a loss suffered by the WordPress community.

June 6: CSPA, Future and Responses, Part III- in which EVERYONE SCREAMS ABOUT HOW IT’S ABOUT TIME. (Okay, that’s a bit much. :P)


I hope that you all have an amazing day- and that you tell me about it in the comments below. Thanks again everyone for your time. You have no idea how much it means to me. And I will see you all tomorrow!