Personal Reflection

Build Relationships Before You Need Them

It’s nice to have someone to turn to when you need a person to be there for you.

It’s nice to receive help when you ask for it.

It’s nice to obtain encouragement, wisdom, or advice in times of desperation.

But this only happens if you build relationships before you need them.

Blogging · Writing

The End Of This Blog?

Fellow bloggers,

I was thinking about this blog. More specifically, I was thinking about ending this blog. I’m ready to give up on blogging. I’m ready to quit writing. Now’s the time to part from both. Besides, my life is hugely occupied by this blog. If I closed my WordPress account, I would have more time to do other things. After all, I am a student. Everyone says being a student is my first priority. Everything else is secondary. Without blogging in the way, I can focus more on my grades. I can concentrate on my future. Oh, who am I fooling? There is no way I could stop writing or quit blogging. I love this blog like it’s my baby. Happy April Fool’s Day! I hope I didn’t manage to fool you. I know I didn’t fool myself. Especially since giving up and quitting is so unlike me. Anyhow, I’m not trying to be a cruel person by taking advantage of April Fool’s Day. Because…it isn’t just April Fool’s Day! Yep, April 1st, 2013 was the day I created this blog. Although my first post was published on April 2nd, 2013, I still feel like I should celebrate today. It is, in a way, my one year blogging anniversary. So I plan to do something special.

I know I don’t say this enough but hear me out. I think you know I don’t take any of this for granted. Especially since I couldn’t have ran a blog all by myself. Thanks to every single one of you for making my blogging journey so incredibly amazing/enjoyable/every wonderful adjective known to mankind. I appreciate all your support and I am truly grateful for everything.

Lots of love,

Herminia (who shall really be referred to as aspiringwriter22)


Personal Reflection

Apologies, Excuses, & Thanks

Dear readers,

Sorry for not blogging as much as I used to.

I’ve been busy, sick, and not at my best the past few weeks and especially within these last few days. I know that sounds like an excuse and if you know me, you know I don’t like making up excuses to justify my actions (or lack thereof).

Still, I owe my readers better than this. So I promise to post some more in-depth content over the next few weeks (since I won’t be spending about 8 hours at school every day).

This blogging community has given me so much and in return, I would like to give back in any way I can.

Thank you all for the cheerful comments, continual support, and constant love.

With appreciation,


Personal Reflection

World Aids Day/Red Ribbon

Red RibbonToday, December 1st is World Aids Day.

The red ribbon (pictured above) is a universal symbol of awareness for HIV/AIDS.

In an effort to increase awareness, support, and assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS, wear the red ribbon. You can also learn more about these diseases (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), donate money to charities such as the Stephen Lewis Foundation or National AIDS Trust, organize a fundraiser, and so much more.


30 Questions To Ask Yourself During NaNoWriMo-Day 17

13 days to go! So…

Question #17

Has your story run its course?

By now, you’ve probably made much heed-way in your novel.

Hopefully you’re story isn’t over just yet. If you’re at about 30,000 words (assuming you write approximately 1,700 a day give or take), you need around 20,000 more to hit the 50,000 milestone.

And if you find yourself scratching your head, unsure of how to reach your goal, head on over to the NaNoWriMo forums for helpful support, wise advice, and—fingers crossed—some grand ideas to further your novel along.

The tricks and tips there are meant to help writers of all kind. What are you waiting for? Head over there now to join the discussion. Yes, now.

Cherish the rest of the weekend writing, my friends!

Saving this for Monday: is your story making you cry yet?

Blogging · Personal Reflection

A Long Overdue Thank You

Albeit today is somewhat of a special and busy day for me, I won’t neglect my fellow readers.

A special thanks to everyone who has stopped by, read what I had to say, liked my posts, followed my blog, you get the point. Thank you to all my followers and friends for making this blogging endeavor such an enjoyable one. The WordPress community is truly one of a kind and the best.

I will strive to continue this blog and I invite you to join me along the ride. Unless of course you already are on this bumpy ride. In that case, hold on tight.

Cheers to the great memories so far, the hearty laughs and unforgettable cries, and whatever else is in store for us down the road.

Struggle but don’t give up. Cry but don’t break down. Work hard and good luck!

Love you all,


Apologies for the short, terse post.