School

What I Would Tell My Freshman Self

I somehow survived my first year of university and will go into my second very soon. 

But there are some things I wish I could’ve told the girl I was a year ago. 

  1. You’re a human.
  2. Don’t expect perfection, just work on execution. 
  3. You’re a human being.
  4. Don’t let your ego get bigger than your eye.
  5. You’re a flawed human being.
Writing

An Open Letter To Writers

An Open Letter To Writers


Dear Writers,

You’re human. You will always be human. You’ll make your share of mistakes. You’ll fail and fall repeatedly. That’s if you try. If you take chances and risks. But if you want something badly enough, you’ll go for it. And every failure and fall will be worth it.

You’ll do well to remember that you’re a writer, not a machine. And you’re a character, not a computer.

You’re an individual with a voice, with a story to tell. You have every right to speak up and use your voice. You have every right in the world to tell that story. Your story.

Love your art, your craft. Love what you do and do what you love. But ultimately love yourself while you’re doing. While you’re living.

Never let anyone make you feel ashamed for who you are. Don’t feel bad for liking who you like and loving what you love.

No. You’ll hear that word a lot more than you’ll hear yes. Rejection is not personal, so be professional. Don’t take anything personally.

Take writing seriously but don’t take yourself too seriously.

Sincerely,

An Aspiring Writer
Reading

A Mall Without A Bookstore

A mall without a bookstore is like a school without a library.

Okay, that wasn’t the perfect comparison. You can’t expect me to be perfect all the time. Contrary to what some people believe, I am human.

As a lover of words though I wish bookstores and libraries were everywhere. In every mall, in every school, in people’s homes.

But I guess the world isn’t perfect either.

Reading

Giving Book Recommendations

I need to vent.

Don’t ask me to give you a book recommendation unless…

  • you respect my opinion
  • you understand that I’m human too
  • you go in with an open mind

Otherwise, forget it.

In simpler terms: don’t disrespect, distrust, and disregard.

Venting complete.

Blogging · Reading

Blogging 101: Try (Another) Blogging Event

Pick a blogging event from the Community Event Listings, and participate in the next round.

Guess which event I chose.

Five.

Four.

Three.

Two.

One.

The Bookworm Club

Shocking, huh?

You can expect a post on the book I’m currently reading at the moment on Friday. If you always want to know what I’m reading or some of the books I have read, send me a friend request on Goodreads. Don’t be shy. Because I’m human too, I’m not always the greatest at updating on there. Oops.

Here’s another thing to look forward to this Friday: March 20th marks the first day of spring. Yay. It’s also sadly the last weekday of my break from school. Boo.

I’d be more than happy to participate in other blogging events so if you created one, let me know in the comments below.

Happy blogging!

Writing

What Writers Do Best

There are many things writers can do that others can’t do. It’s probably more correct to say writers outdo non-writers in…

Refusing to speak to people for days on end.

Sorry mom, dad. And my dearest apologies to anyone who once worried whether I dropped off the face of this earth. Now you know.

Imagining scenarios that will never, ever happen in real life.

Every day, night, hour, minute, second. Everything my mind conjures up is literally impossible.

Observing human beings from the way they talk to the way they breathe. 

I’ve been wrongfully called a “stalker” and a “creep”. Non-writers are so silly sometimes.

Personal Reflection

Respect Yourself And The People Around You

I cannot stand people who don’t respect themselves. These people make no sense to me.

We are all human beings. I get it. Still if you make a mistake and just happen to tarnish your reputation, you owe it to yourself to rectify your wrongdoings.

I hate to rant and take my anger out on my fellow readers whom have done nothing wrong. Still, I learned early on that to succeed in any industry, you must respect yourself and the people around you. And if you make a mistake, admit to it. Don’t play the denial game.

Now that I am writing about it, I could go on and on about the idea of respect. But I won’t because I respect my readers and ultimately, myself. Wouldn’t want to tarnish my reputation since I’ve built a good rapport through hard work, commitment, and respect.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Writing

How To Get To Know A Writer Better

Who better to give you advice on getting to know a writer better than an actually writer herself. This is for anybody who wants to know more about writers or anyone who is puzzled by the existence and enigma that is the writer. Maybe you’re in love with a writer. Maybe you want to get on their good side. Maybe you need insider information on a particular writer. Whatever the case may be, I hope one, if not all, of the following will aid you on your quest to uncover the truth.

So how do you get to know a writer (better?!)?

  • Google them.
    Duh. It’s quick, easy, and will yield plenty of results on any real writer. You might discover a piece they published, a blog they run, or a social media account dedicated to the fine art of writing. Even better, you might find all three! Trust me. Google me. Type in HERMINIA CHOW into Google and then you’ll see that I’m not lying when I say any serious writer has something online with their name attached to it. However, every educated and intelligent writer is wary about what they post online. Writers throw caution to the wind when it comes to their reputation. You won’t find anything extremely scandalous or shameful by Googling a writer but you’ll find some things you wouldn’t have known otherwise. Try it. You may be surprised with what you find.
  • Read something written by them.
    How you get your hands on their diary is not my responsibility or my liability. Still, you’ll know much more about a writer if you can find a piece they wrote. Which come to think of it shouldn’t be too difficult. They are a writer. And last I checked, writers write. So read their poems, stories, plays, sonnets, etc. Analyze the diction, the tone, but most important of all, analyze the writer’s voice. I know this sounds like high school English all over again but how a writer writes speaks volumes about them. What they choose to write about is usually a reflection of their life. Reading a writer is as simple as reading what the writer has written, paying particular attention to content and style.
  • Last of all, if you’re willing/able to, TALK to the writer.
    Ask them questions. Be friendly, open, and non-judgmental. Writers don’t enjoy hostility. They don’t like having someone shoot down all their ideas either. Writers are good at not being wrong and because so few people accept and understand them well, writers want to have a conversation with someone who won’t judge them. Writers are far from perfect. But give them a chance and they’ll show you all the incredible things they are trying to perfect. Like their conversing skills.

When all is said and done, you may realize writers aren’t all that different. They have dreams and desires like everyone else. They have their share of strengths and weaknesses. Writers aren’t that scary to approach. And they want people to be their friends to. Writers are human.

Hey, if you get to know them, they’ll get to know you too.

Anyone want to sit down over a cup of coffee?