Personal Reflection

Birthday Wishes | What I Love | August 2016

Dear You,

To celebrate me and my new age, I just wanted to say thank you. I don’t say it enough. Clearly, I’m not well-mannered.

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. Even though you’re all just reminding me that I’m older…

To everyone who remembered it’s my birthday, can I have your memory? I don’t have my date of birth posted publicly on Facebook or anywhere for that matter. So kudos to you. Let’s hope I remember yours.

I appreciate anyone and everyone for putting up with me, for putting up with my bad humour and blog posts. How do you do it?

You make this experience that much more enjoyable. Who knows I might have stopped blogging a long time ago or started making my posts private. But I didn’t do either. Because I would dearly miss the interactions.

I don’t know what else to say, but thank you so very much!

Please continue to put up with me? For another year at least. I’ll be twenty in 2017. Let’s hope I’ll be a better writer and blogger.

No guarantee, though. Maybe this year will be my blogging demise.

I should’ve ended this post a long time ago. Better late than never. I know. Never late is better.

Sending you my love,

19 year old me


This Month | What I Love | July 2016

It’s been a strange month.

But I’ve been writing and editing more consistently, which is a claim I couldn’t make all too often in the past.

I like writing during the more relaxing and enjoyable summer months. Who doesn’t?

This post is my way of announcing that I love July a lot more than November. I’m not even sorry about it.

For me, November is the antithesis of July. Birthdays, school days, and the upcoming holidays make every day a busy one in the second to last month of the year.

Thank goodness we only have one November each year.


Canva | What I Love | May 2016

I’ve been using and loving Canva, an online graphic design tool.

I make most of my graphics on there, especially the Writer and Reader Problems I publish on aspiringwriter22 and aspiringreader22, my Tumblr blogs.

Simple. Minimal. That’s all I can do.

But if you’re a wizard, you could probably create something magical and beautiful.

I don’t have Photoshop or Illustrator. And even if I did, I wouldn’t know copy from paste. I’m sure my Communications Technology teacher would be proud. I still have the certificate of achievement for that course, even though I achieved nothing.

I did that annoying thing where I had my post written and ready but didn’t publish or schedule it. Go me. I’m only realizing my mistake now. The afternoon of the next day.

Blogging · Studying · Writing

What I Love-Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2016

You had to have seen this coming.

I mean have you met me?

If it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo, I don’t think I would have written anything that’s longer than ten thousand words.

Wannabe writer right here. Novelist, more like it.

Why did I ever think I could get novels published when I can’t even finish one?

Somehow though, come November, I’m writing more words in one day than I usually do all year.

Hilarious, aren’t I? Delirious too. It’s late. Give me a break. My small brain can’t handle studying, writing, and blogging. Something has to give, okay?

Why do I do this to myself?

But this April I haven’t let myself off the hook.

Despite classes and exams.

School needs to leave me alone.

Of course I finish exams on the second last day of this month, the last day of the official exam period. I refuse to fail at anything, even though university is clearly conspiring against me.

I can’t promise that my posts this summer will be worth reading.

But maybe my Camp NaNoWrimo stories will be!

After I spend the next four years of my life editing them. Or rewriting.

Personal Reflection

What I Love-Observing People: March 2016

What I Love-Observing People-March 2016

Since I’ve come to realize that I’m capable of loving some things, I may or may not expand these “What I Love” posts to include a variety of apps, objects, etc. 

But then again everything is entirely dependent on my mood.

Here are a few of the things I’ve been loving this month:

The Grammarly Affiliate Program  

If you want to try out their grammar/spell/plagiarism checker, you could use my link.

If you’re interested in joining their affiliate program, you can do so here.

Only if you really want to, of course. Yes, I’ll make a bit of money. No, it won’t cost you anything extra.

Setting alerts on my calendar for important events

AlertEver since I showed up to a tutorial when there wasn’t one, I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake again.


Watching gaming videos on YouTube

I don’t game much anymore, but I watch other people play. It’s pretty much the same thing…

People submitting writer problems to my Tumblr blog: aspiringwriter22

Submitted to aspiringwriter22

I love seeing my inbox grow. It warms my tiny, dark heart. If you want to submit a writer problem, send them to me. I’ll give your blog a shoutout to my awesome followers.

Observing people on the subway

Since I don’t want to get sued, you’ll just have to imagine people on the subway and my observing them. It’s a writer thing.

I respect people’s privacy. I don’t respect many people, but I respect privacy.

Blogging · Personal Reflection

What I Love-Lists: February 2016

Lists. Ha. What a surprise.

I’m not talking about the lists you’re thinking of. At least I don’t think you’re thinking about what I’m going to be talking about.

Oh, look pictures. I took screenshots. I’m not a photographer, remember?


Edit List

This list feature can be found in your Reader. Okay I don’t know when this was implemented and I doubt it’s been there since the beginning of time (i.e. the day I started this blog). But I recently discovered it. And I like. I love it, according to the title.

Anywho you can add a blog URL or topic to the list. Then that list will show you posts from that blogger or articles associated with the keyword you entered. Simple, right? My explanations suck.

Before you rip me apart in the comments for not being an observant blogger (and writer), let me defend myself. My eyesight sucks. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was a kid. And I had eye surgery when I was still a baby. So pardon my poor eyesight. It’s only going to get worse from here.


What I Love-My Other Blogs: January 2016 

I’ve been loving the fact that some bloggers are finding and following my other blog, Explore China Today. Obviously I love the blog itself. To be fair, WordPress did a lot of the work for me. But I just want to clarify that I have no intentions of updating the site anytime soon. Maybe one day in the far future. If (or when) I travel to China, I’ll post any photos or stories there rather than aspiringwriter22. But as of now I’m leaving the blog the way it is.

Explore China Today Header

ECT was an old project for school, one I haven’t touched in years. I got the credit and left it up anyway.

Explore China Today still somewhat serves as a resource or reference point. Since about three years have passed, some of the information like flight prices might be slightly outdated. Okay okay. Very outdated. But I did my best back in grade 10 to ensure accuracy and relevancy in regards to the assignment guidelines. Of course oblivious and ignorant me didn’t cite all the images and information directly on the blog or otherwise. Please don’t sue me.

I don’t know how people are stumbling across ECT. I promise I didn’t intend for the abbreviated blog title to be an already existing acronym.

I might as well promo another blog I will be updating regularly for the next few months.Herminia Chow Blogging The Just City Header And Menu

Again, it is for school. Pretty much all my other WordPress blogs are (case in point). I’ll be writing about the city of Toronto along with social justice issues each week until the beginning of April. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll continue with it after the class finishes.

Guess who’s also planning to create a blog to blog about blogging for a blogging presentation? More on that to come. Possibly. I most likely will write a post unless I forget, which I’m prone to do. But blogging is a whole different matter because I love it.

Blogging · Personal Reflection

December 2015: What I Love

Going back through some of my posts from this year and picking out one I’m particularly fond of.

So this happened…

I clicked on “How You Know You Are A Writer“, made some edits to it, then updated the post. But I forgot that it would be publicized on all my social media accounts—again.

Of course, when I realized my mistake people already noticed before me.  My Tumblr followers decided to like and reblog it. Rachel even retweeted it.

So rather than cover it up by deleting my mistake and pretending like it never happened, I’m doing the exact opposite. I’m owning up to my mistake. That’s a first for me.

Let this be known:

I’m human.

I wasn’t originally going to pick “How You Know You Are A Writer“, but then I got careless.

I won’t ask you to guess the post I was thinking of because that’d be cruel.

I’m flawed, but I have a heart.