“Which Author” Questions

Kid you not I couldn’t think of a decent title for the longest time. I’m still not entirely pleased with it. As the post goes on, you’ll be less confused as to what’s going on. I think.

Pretty much I’ll answer the questions with an author, living or dead.

Which author would you want to have lunch with?

Jodi Picoult. I want to take a page out of her book. Er, books.

Which author would you choose to write you as a character?

David Baldacci. Sign me up.

Which author would you want to read another book from?

Steig Larsson. A first draft will do just fine actually.

Which author would you like to be friends with?

Margaret Atwood. I feel like we’d get along quite well.

Which author would you like to collab with?

James Dashner. Let me pick his brain and I will rest in peace.

Which author would you say got you into reading or even writing?

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Margaret Peterson Haddix. Many more actually. I’m aware I named more than one author, but this is my post so I can break the non-existent rules.


What Is Poetry?

Well, what isn’t poetry?

Can you accurately define art? What is it? What is it not?

What is dance? What is music?

What is writing to you?

Seven questions (eight including the title) in one post. I wonder if that’s a new record.

Creative Writing


How are you doing?

Are you better than before?

Do you still remember?

Or are you searching for more?

Have you fought your demons?

Does your past haunt your nights?

Will you ever be?

Or are you afraid of new heights?

Is it possible to forget?

Can you tell me you’re okay?

Would you be the same?

Or is it too hard for you to stay?


How To Respond To More Stupid Questions (For Writers)

I hope you’ve read How To Respond To Stupid Questions (For Writers) already. If not, click the link before reading the rest of this post or after you finish perusing the below.

Before I continue, you need to know this is not as good as the original. That’s why I advise you to read the first post so you can see I am quite funny. Er, at times. Fine fine, I am occasionally funny. Rarely?

What is your writing about? 

Don’t answer this question. It’s a booby trap. You will thank me later.

What do you want to be? 

I already am what I want to be.

Are you finished yet? 

I have a better question: Have you finished anything in your lifetime?

What are you doing with your life?

More than you.

Can I read it? 

If I want you to read it, I will tell you to read it. Did I tell you you can read it? NO. I. DID. NOT. 

Note: I may have slight anger issues I need to work out.

School · Studying

Story-time With Herminia Chow

Story-time With Herminia Chow is now officially a title of one of my posts because I think it sounds cool. Even though it probably doesn’t. In all honesty, I have no idea what else to call what I’m about to say.

Today, my history teacher quizzed us.

He told the class beforehand to read the first two chapters in our textbook. I’d be lying if I said I did the readings properly.

Two students had led a seminar and some of the information they presented was, lo and behold, on the quiz. I didn’t participate at all. Plus I know I zoned out a few times as well.

There were also similar questions to a worksheet he assigned the day he wasn’t here. I actually completed this worksheet. But my wonderful brain decides to get these questions and only these questions wrong. Questions I should have known the answers to.

I somehow still managed to get the highest mark. So did everyone else not attempt the readings, not listen to the seminar, and not bother with the worksheet?

For once, my guessing game was strong. Everything I guessed, I got right.

By the way, I wrote a follow-up article on test-taking. The post was published yesterday: Keep Calm and Get Straight A’s: What to Do Before, During and After Every Test.

The irony is not lost on me here.

And you wonder why I don’t study. Or rather why I despise it with a passion.


How To Respond To Stupid Questions (For Writers)

I strongly believe there are stupid questions in this world. The idea that “there are no stupid questions” is a load of…actually, I rather not finish that statement. Complete my thought if you so choose to.

Despite popular belief, there are also ignorant people who ask even more ignorant questions. If you, the almighty writer, is ever in one of these situations, I hope I can assist you. Offering help and humour, aspiringwriter22 presents the first ever post on “How To Respond To Stupid Questions” and if I feel generous enough, I may just post another one. So stick around.

Herminia Chow’s words of wisdom: whenever you are asked a stupid question, answer with a smart response.

What do you do for a living? 

Clearly, not the same thing you do.

Do you have plans this weekend?

Yes, and they probably don’t involve you.

Oh, so you actually read books?

This question does not deserve a response. However, I do give you permission to smack the person who asks that with a book.

Wait, you like reading?

This deserves even less of a response. Permission granted to smack them three times with a book of your choosing.

Uh…so you write?

Nope, I build atomic bombs.

Let’s break this down, shall we?

  1. What do you do for a living?
    Every writer in the history of writers know this question is out of the question. So if you ever utter these seven words all together to a writer—God forbid you ever will—be prepared to face whatever the writer wants you to face.
  2. Do you have plans this weekend?
    Said nobody ever? Fine. Said no writer ever. Mind you I am exaggerating.
  3. Oh, so you read?
    I would leave the room if anyone asked me that. For blatantly obvious reasons.
  4. Wait, you like reading?
    Is this what the world has come to? Finding someone my age who enjoys and likes reading in 2014 is a rare occurrence. So rare that if you like reading, I automatically like you a lot more.
  5. Uh…you write?
    This is a good way to kill the conversation. See you later. Hopefully never.
No harm or insult intended. This is all in good fun.
Blogging · Writing

Tumblr Tag

So I just found out I was tagged on Tumblr. That link is to my actual Tumblr, which isn’t great, but who are you to judge my blogging accounts?

It was quite a nice, wonderful, strange, and awkward feeling. It was a mixture of all these emotions because I was quite surprised and shocked to be honest. Anyhow, I’ll link the post below if you’re interested.

I’ve been nominated (for lack of a better word) to answer the four questions below.


1. What gif/picture/phrase best encapsulates your writing process?

This might sound vain but the picture that best encapsulates my writing process (more accurately, my thought process as I write) is an image I created myself with the help of a photo generator. These generators are ubiquitously populated in the World Wide Web but extremely useful. I first posted this on my Tumblr dashboard and apparently some of the Tumblr universe agree with me too.

A crappy first draft is worth more than a non-existing one.

2. Do you plot or pants or do a mixture of the two when writing?

I am definitely a mixture of the two. It also depends on the project I am working on. For novels, I tend to plan more. For short stories, I usually have the beginning down before I start writing and most of the time, the ending comes to me while I am working. Poetry and other shorter pieces of works are written more in the moment, fly by the seat of my pants type of thing. So yeah, it depends.

3. Tell me about your relationship with your favourite book.

I’m not sure I have a favourite book. But I do have a handful of books that I love and adore. It’s hard to describe to people that don’t read or don’t like books. Let’s just say my relationship to my favourite books is a thousand times stronger than to anyone I’ve ever met in my entire life.

4. How long have you been a writer?

I want to say I’ve been a writer forever and that I was born to write. To be honest, that isn’t true. I think I’ve been writing for about four years and blogging for one.


This is the Tumblr post I was tagged in. Big thanks to @MiaHayson for inspiring this post. She has a Tumblr too.

I’m not entirely sure if I should nominate anyone (is this an award?) but I love all of you and you’re all winners of this semi-award/semi-post. If you so fancy, feel free to answer the questions above or even below as well.

Because I am curious, I’ll add a few questions of my own too. If you do choose to answer them, send me the link to your blog or the post because I’d love to read your response.

  1. What type of writer are you? Interpret this any way you like.
  2. In your opinion, what is the most exciting part of the writing process?
  3. If you had to pursue another hobby aside from writing, what would it be and why?
  4. What is one thing you want to do, preferably as a writer, that you haven’t done yet?

Just spreading the love around and maybe inspiring you or inspiring a future post of yours.


13 Effective Study Techniques I Use

With exams right around the corner (for most semester-ed high school students), I’m surprised I managed to dig up an old post (that was first created 5 months ago in August).

I realized this stuff is much more relevant now than during the summer. Even if this doesn’t pertain to you at the moment (full-year guys and gals), it might sometime in the future.

  1. I divide my study time into small sections spaced over the course of a week (if possible).
  2. I ensure I have all the necessary notes before beginning study sessions.
  3. I balance my time as equally as possible with all my courses.
  4. I use the resources I have to my advantage.
  5. I determine what topics/concepts/ideas are most likely going to be covered on the exam or test.
  6. I make full use of study questions, study guides, or previous exams/tests/quizzes if available.
  7. I try to predict possible questions or problems I will be tested on and attempt to answer them accordingly.
  8. I review and relearn, not redo.
  9. I study actively by asking critical-thinking questions.
  10. I choose not to obsess over organizational activities or trivial details.
  11. I apportion my studying time, as well as my exam writing time, according to how much each component of the test is worth.
  12. I memorize what I need to memorize, understand what I need to understand, and explain what I need to explain.
  13. I stimulate the real thing before taking the exam or test.