July 11th, 2003

Amak Axver

Heaven knows this is a heartland ...

OK, I've fallen in love with the U2 song Heartland. It is just ... wow. I love it. It's brilliant and incredible and I could listen to it forever. I could also listen to Bad forever. It's kinda hard to drop Gloria (Under A Blood Red Sky version) as my favourite song, but it seems to be getting dropped ...

Right, moving on to other stuff. I am going to stop procrastinating. My procrastination will STOP. I am actually going to read some of the play for Drama when I go to bed tonight. I am, yes. *gasps of shock* I need to stop procrastinating and this is the first, small step in the road to getting stuff done. Geez I'm lazy at times. Find me something I WANT to do (and give me a few more hours in the day while you're at it) and I WILL do it - i.e. get online - but if it's something dull and stupid like a Drama assignment, then I have no motivation whatsoever to do it and I keep on putting it off. I'm so looking forward to the summer holidays. I'll spend the first half of December doing absolutely stuff all, just getting online and recovering from school, and then I'll probably get to work on my story and my Greek. See, that's why these winter holidays are too short: just when I start to be motivated to work on my Greek and my novel, I have to go back to school. I can still work on my Greek during schooltime, but schoolwork has to come first, so the Greek often gets left to last and thus not done. But I don't like to work on my novel during schooltime. I'll start work on a scene one night, then have to go to bed, get homework the next few days, come back to it on the weekend, and find the train of thought has left the station but I'm still standing on the platform. It's infuriating. Some scenes are very big and complex, so I need to actually have the time to just focus on them and write them from start to finish, time I rarely get during the school term.

On to other things, I need to get a job. However, I have no idea where I'm going to get one. I don't suppose my poor eyesight helps me much. But I need to find something, and soon. This state of poverty must be broken!

Now to go off on a tangent on something totally unrelated to anything above, I was going to be taking the train up to Brisbane to meet Lily. We're going up by car now, but me and Mum were going to go up on the train, and so because the timetable we have has probably expired by now, Mum dropped into the station earlier today to get a timetable. Now this is a WEEKDAY, let me remind you, and the station she dropped into is one of the most important on the Gold Coast and thus is SUPPOSED to be open. However, it WASN'T. And not only was it NOT open, there was NOWHERE to get timetables. Totally bloody useless. It was SUPPOSED to be open, and, when it's closed, there should at least be SOMEWHERE to get timetables from. What are they worried about? Someone's going to come up and swipe them? Haha, the common petty thief is either too stupid to think of robbing a railway station or would steal something of more use than a whole pile of timetables.

I can see it now, at Petty Thieves Anonymous ...
Petty Thief #1: Today I swiped all these street signs. I'm going to go put them up around town to confuse motorists!
Petty Thief #2: I managed to get three wallets in the last hour!
Petty Thief #3: I took these CDs *waves ten CDs in the air* from outside that music shop around the corner.
Petty Thief #4: That's NOTHING, guys. I stole OVER A HUNDRED timetables for the Gold Coast line!
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Amak Axver

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-you are a great listener
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-you have a great sense of humor
-you are the most fun to be with

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Amak Axver

I am the master of procrastination

Good Zooropa, it's hot in my room right now. This is supposed to be winter?! Urgh, and my back and neck hurt. I think I slept funny. Stupid pillows. Anyhow, I'm off-topic. I AM AN EVEN WORSE PROCRASTINATOR THAN I THOUGHT! Last night, I was going to get offline at midnight, read that play for Drama for an hour, read my Bible for about half an hour, and then go to sleep. So what did I actually end up doing? I stayed online until 3-bloody-am! Thus, I didn't end up reading a thing.

HOWEVER, I have made a start on the play: I read the first half of it this morning while waiting for the phoneline to become available so that I could get online. It's not too tremendously awful, but one character is loathesome and I want to smack her, another is stupid, strange, and not explained enough, some of the dialogue is confusing, and a few of the characters weren't introduced well. But, as far as what we could've done, it's not bad.

So now - about three or four weeks LATE - I have finally made a start on this play. I may finish it tonight, I don't know. Depends whether I stop procrastinating and do some of my novel. It's either read the play, work on my novel, or play Transport Tycoon. Yes, it may sound lame and silly, but I quite enjoy the computer game Transport Tycoon. I love trains, and I love simulations, and it's a great deal of fun, or at least I think it is.

Oh my flipping Zooropa case, how things sneak up on me - it's just dawned on me that, in about 24 hours, I will be meeting Lily or will have already met her. Oh my Zooropa. I have butterflies, mainly because I'm so nervous that she will be as bad as I fear. I am really not looking forward to this. Grr, this is frustrating, having to do something I don't want to do. I HATE doing stuff I don't want to do. HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT. Hate it almost as much as I hate going on holidays or to school. My favourite holiday destination and place to hang out is my ROOM. I wish people would get that. I don't like going away. Knowing my family, they're probably planning something behind my backs. Grr ... family ...

Yes, I noticed that typo, 'planning something behind my backs', but I find it very amusing so I'm going to leave it there. Enjoy.
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Amak Axver

I can't keep doing this ...

I am harbouring so much hatred right now and it's got to stop. I'm harbouring hatred for so many things, I'm starting to lose sight of WHAT I hate and just simply HATE. When I do analyse the things I hate - Jerry Jenkins, Tyndale, some Christians, God, that Jerry Seinfeld character on the Soon MB, et cetera - I either get more angry, depressed, frustrated, or something else detrimental to myself. It must stop. I may have legitimate reasons to hate some things that I hate, but ...

Matthew 18:21-22: 'Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." '

The last thing I've been lately is forgiving. The worst part of all things is that in the above list of people and things I hate, I listed God. I don't know if I actually HATE Him or not, it's just He bothers me and I just don't want these rules imposed on me, I don't like the fear of Hell, and I know that I don't deserve Heaven. A couple of weeks ago, I didn't feel convicted of sin at all - I did stuff I'd been convicted over before, and but had no conviction - but now I'm feeling it regularly. I'm not even sure what I'm doing wrong. I don't know how to get right with God, either. I pray, but it feels shallow. I feel like I'm talking to myself or just running thoughts through my mind. I guess the thing is that I feel DISTANT from God. I can't talk to Him face-to-face, and He's not (or at least doesn't appear to be) right there in front of me. I need that closeness. Why does He continue to just sit up in Heaven and not stand in front of me? If He stood in front of me, THEN I'd feel unworthy, drop to my feet and beg for forgiveness, but now ... shit, now I'm feeling convicted. Now I feel like I did once, when I felt so unworthy I was reduced to grovelling on the floor (would've looked funny to anyone watching, me grovelling to nothing). Now this is what I needed. Where is my faith? Where's it all gone? Where'd it go? HOW did it go? What did I do so wrong? I want to yell at God "Damn You God, forgive me already!" (Hmmm ... maybe that's not the best choice of words) My problem is I can ask for forgiveness, but I fear I'm not strong enough to stick to repentence. I can't repent. I want to. There goes that conviction again. And of all the songs to be playing right now ... And if God would send His angels ... I sure could use them here right now ... Now I just wish I knew HOW to pray, because now I'm getting that conviction. I read the passage in Matthew on prayer, but when I say that, it feels like some shallow vain utterance that's completely insincere.

But now I'm stuck. I don't want to go forward on the path I'm following now, because it's full of hatred and sin and conviction, I don't want to go back to one path I once was following, when I was walking straight towards the world of bubble judgemental Christianity, I want to get back on the right path, but I can't see it, don't know where to find it, and can't sense God. I feel so ... lost. Am I even saved? Was I saved in the first place? Should I be questioning my salvation or am I being tricked? (Right now, I'm getting the feeling that questioning my salvation is some form of evil trickery) Good Zooropa, I'm lost. I need help. But where do I turn? I don't have a church to go to, I'm on school holidays (maybe see the chaplain when I go back? No, I don't think I'm comfortable with that), and I can't turn to my friends. They turn to ME. So where do I go? Turn to God? But how do I know what His response is? I guess it'll be a case of I'll just be able to tell. I want to get to a true relationship with Him. Not some con-job that isn't true, not some bubblised relationship, but a TRUE relationship.

First issue: forgiveness and repentence. I think I'm feeling driven to repentence. I should pray on that.

Second issue: hatred. Writing all this down has helped me lose the hatred or at least ill feeling I've felt towards God, but against others? Lily: no, I don't actually HATE her, I'm more ... apathetic towards her, I guess. She's having a good time on her holiday so far (She got online in some hotel earlier), so I'm glad for her, but I don't really have any feelings of hatred for her. I wouldn't count her as a friend or anything, I'm just ... yes, apathetic towards her. Jenkins and Tyndale: I still dislike them. I fear this is turning into malicious hate and spite. That is NOT good. Should I just forgive them and move on? I feel God's telling me to do that, but I don't know. I never was a very forgiving person as an atheist, so this Christian idea of forgiveness is not that easy for me. My Dad: I hate him for so many reasons. I hate him and I love him at the same time. I need to forgive him, but ... I don't know. There goes that 'I don't know' again, and it's PISSING ME OFF. I hate not knowing. I want to make a firm resolution on things, something I will stick to. There's a lot of other things I hate, but ... maybe I should just forgive them and move on.

Where is hatred going to get me, anyhow? As I said before, I'm losing sight of what I hate and simply HATING, or finding more targets for my hate (i.e. I hate the church, thus this hatred extends to supporters of the church, and then I hate the businesses/organisatiosn of those supporters). The hatred is spiralling into even more hatred, and it's not good. Hatred is getting me nowhere. Life is full of hate, negativity, problems, and they seem to just get worse and harder to deal with, but being negative towards everything and hating it won't do me any good. If I be positive and try not to hate, maybe I'll still get hurt, but I myself won't be compounding the hurt and spinning it into a means of finding more things to hate.

Forgiveness, that's what it's all about. Forgiveness. Forgiveness and love will get me somewhere. No matter what life throws at me, I've got to just dodge it and WALK ON. No matter how many times life spits me in the face, I've just got to wipe it away and WALK ON. No matter how many times life tries to trip me up, I've got to stay on my feet and WALK ON. WALK ON. "And I know it aches/How your heart, it breaks/And you can only take so much/WALK ON, WALK ON." (U2, Walk On) Hopefully, at the end of it all, I'll be doing what Bono was doing at the end of the Slane Castle 2001 performance of Walk On, yelling "Hallelujah!" Ha, I won't be if this conviction remains. Flying orange MacPhisto, I need to repent, and fast.


I feel ... better now. A weight has been lifted off me, I feel .. HAPPY. I feel RELIEVED and ... joyous, maybe. I feel BETTER, like I'm finally starting to walk down the right track (again, or was I ever on it?). I feel like my problems are starting to melt away, like change is coming, change is happening, POSITIVE CHANGE. This is what I need. This is precisely what I need and what other people need, too. Not as in they need to do what I just needed to do - they may, but who am I to judge? - but that I needed to do that because my group has decided that I'm a sort of 'pastor' for the group and they need me to be there, to be strong, to be able to answer them. What good is it for them if the man who's supposed to be there to listen and help them can't even help himself and is feeling incredibly weak? If not for me, I need to be strong for them. People are depending on me for help when they need it, and I simply can't let them down.

Alright, moving onto other issues. Firstly, I'm rather nervous about meeting Lily tomorrow. I'm afraid that something may go tremendously wrong, so I'm going to be EXTREMELY careful. Remember, this is on my turf, in the middle of the busy city of Brisbane, so I have that stacked in my favour. Nonetheless, I'm not going to let my guard down. Only problem is, some of Lily's tour group - apparently six or seven - will probably be coming with her, which REALLY annoys me. Not only does it pose a threat to my safety, but me being the shy person I am ... well, it's bad enough meeting two people (Lily and her Aunt) without all these people thrown in as well, people I don't particularly care too much about and don't exactly want to meet. Mum doesn't know the full details of the break-up - she knows ENOUGH, don't worry about that, just not ALL - so I'll probably spill my guts to her on the drive up to Brisbane. I'm really nervous. I don't WANT to meet Lily, and I KNOW something's going to go wrong. I can feel it. Nonetheless, I won't dwell on it and let me get me down.

Good news - I've stopped procrastinating a bit. I've done some work on my story, and I'll post a scene later because I want some opinions on it. I'll probably do some more work on it on Sunday. Also, I'm actually going to get to bed 'early' tonight. Midnight at the latest. I'm going back to school, so I need to get back into my routine. Plus, I want to wake a bit earlier tomorrow morning so that I can talk to Mum about some stuff. I'm also going to finish reading that Drama play at some point and get to work on the assignment. I don't want to pull a sickie on the 18th so that I don't have to hand it in and have the weekend to work on it. I'll probably end up pulling some late-nighters over the first week back. I've got Monday off - it's a pupil-free-day - so that's a bonus.

Wow ... I've been writing for about an hour. OK, I've been repeatedly stopping to think and whatnot, but a whole hour? Wow. I needed it, though. I feel like I've resolved some issues or am on the path to a resolution, and that's great. Gets a load off my mind and makes me feel better.

Oh, by the way, I've started a little YTF add-on story over at http://com3.akheva.com/brpgcentral.fwriterscorner.t30, and it would be great if some people would join in. The more the merrier. The board is RPG Central, where all the YBTers and YTF/YBT crossovers go, and they have all their RPGs there. I've ended up there because I get on with some of the people there, and, although I dislike RPGs, I love the add-on stories at YTF so I got one going. It would be grand if some other YTFers would come and join in. Extremely, incredibly grand.

I think that's about it for now. Wow, this is a long entry ...
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Amak Axver

A part of my story

OK, some background information on this scene ...

Andresz, Amak, and Aqua Axver are three brothers (16, 15, and 14 respectively) and are on holiday in the country. They're riding around on horses they've borrowed from the people they're staying with, and, out of curiosity, have crossed a river and gone to the other side. They're riding up a path on the land beside a river (the Axix East), with the river on their left and a row of trees hiding a farm from view on the right. They don't know who owns the land, but that's rather irrelevant to the scene.

The land is owned by Stig and Libby Weck, who have two teenage sons, Zinzan (16) and Ivor (14), along with two daughters who don't feature in the scene. Ludwig von Deutscher (16) is their friend, and is employed by Stig, to hunt and kill pests on the farm. He's a brilliant shot and a very skilled rider. At the start of this scene, the three are finishing a snack.

I think that's about all the background information necessary.

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