A quick little update from me. I’m currently hiding behind a pile of midterm papers and class readings. Haven’t written for this blog in a long time and I’m really sorry! I hope to have some content for you soon.
I just wrote a book review on a book I’m absolutely obsessed with. It’s nominated for the Man Booker Prize and Giller Prize. If you’re a book addict like me, that loves literary fiction about family and conflict, then I think you’ll be in love with this book too. Here’s a link, and happy reading!
I said I would upload a Sunday Stanza, but in the end I didn’t. My explanation is that I got my wisdom teeth removed the next day, and my nerves were just everywhere! In honour of that, below is a short little poetic line I’ve written that I love so much (I can’t find my draft!). Currently I’m in a recession phase. I’m still trying to rest because my mouth is so swollen, so hopefully I’ll have something for you next Sunday/ pick up my WordPress again! It’s actually so hard to stay on track. Does anyone have tips on how to succeed? Or do better? Ugh the frustrations….
I hope everyone has a fantastic National Book Lovers Day! I know I will, under a cloudy sky with Colleen Hoover’s new book in my hand! Reading is an infinite and authentic kind of love.
I’m so sorry for being AWOL for so long! Quick 3 Facts to update you guys:
I went to London last week so I’m still trying to get rid of my jet lag! It’s been hitting me so horribly and my sleeping schedule is so messed up! Does anyone know how to get rid of this jet lag ASAP?
The weather is so iffy in Vancouver. What do you do when the sky wants to melt onto us, turning us into a very yucky and hazy puddle?
STANZAs SUNDAY WILL BE BACK! I will post one shortly today if I can! 🙂
So, if you’ve read this title, you might be wondering what signed book my friend gave me. I think it’s too good of a friendly gesture to ignore or dim. I’m so thankful, especially when this friend, an ex coworker, didn’t have to give me anything or do anything like this for me. It’s so weird because I haven’t talked to her in almost 4 months, and yet she’s thinking of me. It also makes me wonder the value of friendships and comparing that to my other friendships. It’s certainly one of the nicest things anyone has done for me.
A little backstory: my friend is a fellow romance writer and was at a conference (or workshop?) with this author. She was nice enough to think of me, talk to this author about me, AND get the latest book signed just for me. I’ve attached a picture beside, but it isn’t one of those crappy generic signatures. It felt personalized, more than the 3 words that it was. It felt special.
This situation has taught me that true friends exist even if you don’t know everything about each other, communicate 25/7, or live right beside each other. Just because you don’t interact with them everyday doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking about you. We can be loved from a distant. We are so loved all around; we just don’t notice it most of the time.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. This summer is being very eventful for me. I’m excited to see what August brings! The Radiant and Constant Sun I hope.
I can’t believe this, but it’s almost been 2 months since I’ve started and I’ve already been able to connect with some really intelligent, creative, and brilliant bloggers/writers on WordPress. And now I’m accepting a Blogger Recognition Award! I know the future is bright, and I know there are greater things ahead. I’m just so excited and happy for what’s to come! With that in mind, I really want to thank That girl with a red scarf for nominating me! Please check out her AMAZING blog and give her some love! 🙂
Write a post to show your award.
Thank the one who nominated you.
Journey as a blogger.
Give advice to other bloggers.
Nominate the deserving ones.
3. Journey as a Blogger
As I’ve said earlier, it’s been almost 2 months since I’ve started this blog. I’ll be honest, it’s been a little tough. The beginning was really great where I got a lot of recognition from my peers (a lot of views!). However, my stats slowly declined and I was faced with an obstacle: What to do next and How to get better? I decided to venture through the WordPress community and search for blogs that I felt were relatable and similar to mine. I also wanted to find more local writers as they would be easier to connect to. I think I’m getting my way there, slowly increasing my membership (but it’s still not enough to really get my ideas out there). It’s a treacherous climb, but I know I can make it there. I’m going to write my way to the top.
4. Give Advice to Other Bloggers
I’m not really in a place to give advice since I just started this blog, but I really want to reiterate the idea that it is possible; the concept of getting your ideas heard and changing something about the world is possible. It is a tough journey, but it’s a worthwhile one. Write because you want to and not because of the fame or the popularity.
5. Nominate the Deserving ones
The only person I think really deserves this is one of my friends and somehow who introduced me to this whole community. Please show Melissa (I call her Mel) some love!!!! Her blog is just fantastic and so innovative. It’s writing that’s really honest and thoughtful. Prada Hag
It’s a scary world, but it’s less scary when you face the fear and just write.
Today is May 2nd, which in my brain means it’s officially summer! I’d like to post a little update saying that I’m alive from finals! (Although I only had one!) To those who are reading this, if coincidentally you are university students too, I hope you survived your finals!
There are many fortunate students that don’t have to take summer school, and I loathe you! However, seeing that I decided to give myself a little break this semester, I am one of those unlucky kids to be stuck inside for the next two months in a suffocating UBC classroom. There are many people working this summer, starting their new summer jobs today actually! The summer may be 4 months, but it can go by in an instant. My wish this summer is to push myself fairly, to not waste a day like I have in previous years, but also taking the time to catch up with things. I hope to reunite with my friends and meet new ones too! (in summer school 😦 ) I hope I’ll be able to travel to Europe (THE CHANCES ARE HIGH!). And I hope to be happy by the beach, under fireworks, near celebrities (because Vancouver is the golden filming city), or by a computer in a cute cafe. I have some upcoming projects happening! I don’t want to say much just yet but I hope to be writing ALOT more this summer! I’m so excited to share that when the time is right 🙂
I think I have a lot going on this summer. I used to be jealous at my fellow peers who get to live each scorching summer day to the fullest, each Instagram post or Snapchat video more exciting than the last. However, do I really want to overwork myself this summer? Or should I try to maintain a balance of fun, work, and relaxation? I think the sun sets for a reason.
After what seems like a million tries (really I submitted so many pieces), I’m finally published on ThoughtCatalog!!! What makes it more sweeter is that this is the hardest piece I had to write. A part of me didn’t want to write it because I was afraid of what people would think, seeing that it is so personal to me. However, who I wrote about deserved the light and honouring.
Today I learned that perseverance does mean something. The first couple times of rejection was hard. I sent in pieces that I really liked and tried to write about a range of topics. However, after the 10th time, I realized that what I was sending in wasn’t good enough. If they were, I would have gotten a reply right? Thus, I revamped my pieces, editing the ones I really liked to make the reader feel something more. I tweaked metaphors so that they would linger on the tip of my tongue and not fizz out. I’m so proud of pushing myself and never giving up. Perhaps that says something about the path of becoming a renowned writer: you write on.
Below is the link to the piece I wrote, please give it the love it deserves 🙂