This month has involved making baby-steps toward monetising some passion projects and big steps toward getting established professionally. I also finished the second draft of a novel and will return to it in November.
I have started teaching Mandarin on a freelance basis. I am available to teach anywhere in Greater Manchester or online. More details can be found here.
I have also been translating for a Russian gaming company and, once more bureaucratic hoops have been jumped through, can hopefully start interpreting on a freelance basis soon. Lastly, I have written a stand-up comedy set that I will unleash in a live performance in November.
Much of my music is now available for purchase on Bandcamp. This month, I re-recorded some Chinese-language songs that I have particular affection for:
I also self-published a short story on Kindle that wasn’t quite right for any publication. It has already been well-reviewed.
Within 24 hours of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being killed, Donald Trump was booed at the World Series. There are myriad reasons for booing Donald Trump but this was not the time to do it, and only serves to make his opponents look irrational and boosts his chances at reelection.
The impeachment is building up steam, but just as important is what will happen afterwards. Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard is one of the few to have taken a principled and sensible position on opposing radical Islamism, but her chances of being accepted by the establishment seem slim.