Year in review: 2013
"Most people who talk about goals just say, ‘you should have goals.’ They don’t tell you how to set them." -Craig Swanson
This is my first annual, public review. I am going to keep it concise and focus. Thanks to Chris Guillebeau for the inspiration.
This was simple - “continue the adventure”.
I set two goals this year. Lose weight and become functionally fluent in Mandarin Chinese. These were realistic goals. Unfortunately neither were fully achieved. But that isn’t a bad thing.
I actually did more than I intended.
ZUOZEKAIMEN (左側開門) Flash Fiction Narrative & Comic
The following is something very different from my usual content. I’ve been attending a series of weekly flash fiction workshops in Taipei. This story was produced there. A fellow writer/blogger there, Michael Turton, asked me to share this with short story with him and mentioned his daughter is talented at comic style art. She’s 17 and pretty fantastic. The following is the result of our collaboration. The original written text can be read after the photos. ZUOZEKAIMEN (左側開門), means “doors will open on the left”. It’s said at most metro stops in Taipei.
Story by Richard Mooney, Illustrations by Sheridan Turton
The old hooded man at the end of the carriage stares into my soul. He knows my dark secret. Yet what can I do? I am but a fellow traveler. Nothing more than that. Or am I? Ha, okay you got me. I am something more than that. But we are all something more aren’t we? How else could I narrate this to you?
The man is ready to pass through the passengers and pierce me out of existence. Bring it on. He comes closer. I only see his chapped lips. The hood hides silver eyes. He is murmuring something. Virtuis in arduis, virtuis in arduis, virtuis in arduis. Archaic Latin. It means courage in difficult times. He’s clutching onto something in his pocket. Something big, blunt and heavy. A weapon to bludgeon me with perhaps. Bring it on. Many have tried before, all in glorious failure.
Content Story - Veronika’s Adventure
By Richard George Mooney. All images in this post are copyright of Veronika Tomanova and used with permission.
Veronika Tomanova is a journalist, writer, linguist, photographer, filmmaker, hiker, salsa dancer…put simply she’s talented.
A speaker of six languages including English, her native Czech, German, Italian, Russian and she’s currently learning Chinese, I had the pleasure of meeting her here in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a fellow student on my course at National Chengchi University and has been a good friend to me over the past year. She blogs about her travels in Taiwan and the world at her blog, Veronika’s Adventure.
27 things learned after turning Twenty Seven and living abroad for 1000 days
by Richard George Mooney
I left home in September 2010 to work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After two years there, I came to Taiwan for love, travel, study and language learning. Life in these two countries has shaped me in ways I could not have imagined whilst living in Scotland. Today, June 22 2013 is my one thousandth day abroad.
As a person I have grown much and learned a lot. Below is a list commemorating 27 things I have learned whilst abroad. It’s by no means an extensive list of wisdom. I’m not a guru. But I hope you are able to take something from it.
Content Story: Ariesa Lie aka Dolliechic - Indonesian Beauty Blogger
By Richard Mooney, Content Analyst and Storyteller at StoriesinContent.com
While studying here in Taipei, I have come across many fascinating individuals all living here for one purpose or another. It was here I met my friend Ariesa, an Indonesian beauty blogger. She’s of Chinese descent, speaks several languages (English, Bahasa Indonesian & Mandarin), loves fried chicken and all sorts of Taiwanese delicacies, from dumplings to potato chips. Currently she lives in Jakarta.
Ariesa’s blog (and vlog) talks about beauty, cosmetic and make up products. From Beauty is Forever, she has learned much about the internet, herself and has gained some unique insights into the cosmetic industry.
This is her story.
Me and Susan Boyle: The three and a half minute video that changed my life
by Richard Mooney, Storyteller and Content Analyst at StoriesinContent.
This content story will tell how I became the first journalist to interview Susan Boyle on camera and how that video went onto be officially named as one of YouTube’s Most Memorable Videos of 2009.
Having read the above paragraph I still can’t believe it. This was one of the craziest weeks of my career. Why have I not written about it until now? Four years later?