Little wonder we stumble in life.

About Me

I started writing when I was 14. After discovering fanfiction, I really wanted to be a writer, and I began writing… I was terrible, but it was an ambition I just couldn’t let go of.

When I was 15, I switched from fanfiction to trying to tackle something original. I’m now working on a series of novels that comprise characters originally separate from each other, that I’ve since brought together from different snatches to create a whole.

In the years since I started, I’ve been in and out of fanfiction, and on and off in my original works.

The year I discovered NaNoWriMoΒ (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time was 2005, the same year I started writing the original story at 15. But I was too intimidated to try it until two years later, in 2007. From the start, the story was meant to be a novel, but I don’t think that quite registered with me in 2005. Just two years before, I thought writing that much was surely impossible.

Yet when I was seventeen, I write 30,000 words during NaNoWriMo. Coming away more confident from the venture, I was sure I could finish the novel by the same time next year.

In 2008, I skipped NaNoWriMo, confident I could do it on my own. By 2009, I was no further to my goal. So I decided from then on to do it again, determined to become better at writing more consistently.

Again, I fell short (just!) of reaching 50,000 words, and even worse the next year.

Finally, I won in 2011. I was so excited that I decided to continue writing my series before the next NaNoWriMo event, and I conquered Camp NaNoWriMo of 2012, as well as the following NaNoWriMo.

By then I had long realised that these events are what have helped me keep writing. Over all these years, I have learned and become better at writing consistently, and I’m thankful for that.

But by this time, I realised I had five unfinished novels. I also realised I didn’t just want to stop writing for months at a time.

I had tried one previous year to complete a less official event called JulNoWriMo (July Novel Writing Month), but failed halfway through. There was another unofficial event I’d heard of though, called WriYe (Writing Year) that I wanted to use to try again.

I write almost every day now. I’m quite proud of myself, able to carry on with minimal writing tools at my disposal. I’m running on my own steam now.

Writing is no longer a hobby for me, like some things have become.

When I was in primary school, I got a taste for the guitar, and for years wanted to play it. When I got older, my mom bought me one for Christmas, and I was excited. But as it is, I haven’t ever gotten too far with it, even though I’ve had lessons…

Sometimes I regret that if I had been able to learn as a child, my passion wouldn’t have run out waiting. But I suppose it’s my own fault for not keeping with it still.

I studied Japanese via distance education for 3 years. I really wanted to be a Japanese translator for a while, not sure if I would ever be a writer, because for a while I wasn’t writing a whole lot. I gained a passion and skill for the language, but sadly after I graduated high school, there wasn’t much opportunity for me to continue to fluency.

Surfing is another late passions that I got to try. In 2011, I visited Hawaii on the way to Oregon to visit family, and I got my chance there. Now I live on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, and have had one lesson. I plan to have more, but it’s been tough getting myself out there…

At least writing’s one passion I can always, easily enough rely on.

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. hey welcome to the blog world…
    funny thing you sound like me but in more intelligent way.. i too dream of becoming a writer … a published one…
    i sued to pen down short stories….alot..but have my mojo …cant find a good theme anymore..
    but m workin on it…m sure one fine day it will come to me …another brilliant story …

    • I’ve been trying to commit to writing short stories too, but at the moment, I’m a bit distracted by my main story and by the internet. -_- Oh well. I’ll get to it.

      And thank you for calling me intelligent! ^-^ I tend to pride myself on that a little.

      • Have you ever failed to realize that you’ve written to completion but felt you still had much more to write and didn’t want to tie it all up in a what looked like a hastily rushed ending? When I wrote it was hell for me to trace back on what I’d written, occasionally *very* suspicious that I had actually reached an end earlier but was continuing to a point where I had unwittingly brought on my own unnecessary boredom and tried very hard not to think I’d overwritten and concluded with what were very obviously sloppy fast tie-ups.

  2. Writing is about consistency. Once you can train yourself to do that, the rest falls into place. “Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly but it will always materialize if we work for it.” That’s a stolen quote πŸ™‚ Also, believe in yourself. Until then, I believe in you. You reached out, so you’re well on your way! I can’t wait to see how your life and writing unfolds.

    • Thank you, Misty. It’s heartening to know that you’re rooting for me.

      I wonder now if I mentioned not being a well consistent writer in order to put down on myself again; something I should probably work on (more).

      But it’s true too that some people aren’t as straight and narrow on sticking to a task, either.

      I like your stolen quote. πŸ™‚ It proves that no matter what pace you work at, you can get there. And I intend to.

  3. Would love to learn Japanese, but was told it was a “layered” or many tiered kind of language. I had upwards of 5 years of French, but am not fluent enough to keep up with a native conversation.

    • Wow, that actually surprises me; I thought a more similar language like French would be quicker to reach fluency than Japanese, which takes at least six years to reach a point where you can hold an advanced conversation.

      Kind of makes me wonder how long true fluency would take… for either language.

  4. PS. Like your wallpaper πŸ˜‰

  5. I am wanting to be a writer as well, but currently my main focus is dealing with the issues in my life. Once everything is settled I may start writing fiction again. But for now My dreams are on hold while i fight for what I want most in the world. My blog helps me stay sane through this difficult time, but someday everything will get better. you are smart and obviously talented to have won an award for your writing so far, keep up the good work.

  6. I had a good friend whose first job in Japan was as a host of sorts in a bar in Tokyo. Later on in his career his Japanese friends all told him he spoke with a drunk accent. He taught me enough phrases to get myself into trouble and not enough to get out. My standard bailout is, “Nihongo ga wakarimasen ga, demo doryoku shite imas.”

    From the vantage point of a few more years on the highway, please let me encourage you to keep writing, even if it feels awkward at twenty something-ish. Now is the only time we ever have. Revel in your youth and rock on in all that you do.

    If I could go back in time and do grade school over again, I’d get straight ‘A’s’ just to make my parents and teachers wonder what I was up to.

    It has been a pleasure being a follower of yours and I thank you for your comments on my FridayFictioneers efforts. Looking forward to visiting a restuarant on the Queensland coast one day and buying you a beverage of your choice to toast your 23rd novel. “Omedeto!”



  7. Best of luck with your writing πŸ™‚

  8. Hello! Sliding on the Snow Stone really hit me, blew me away actually. A very affecting read.

    I’ve been NaNo’ing since 2006, on the advice of my then 17 year old daughter. Working on Camp NaNo now, and looking forward to November.

    I perused your posts; I like your recent fiction, am also stymied by the 50 Shades thing. Hope the surfing goes well; my favorite beach is The Hook near Capitola, here in California. While I don’t surf, I love to watch those who do. πŸ™‚

  9. I understand writing in bursts. I do that, too. It’s something I’m trying to stop, because I want to be more consistent about writing. So far, I’ve had varying degrees of success. I’ve done NaNoWriMo twice. I find it great for getting me jumpstarted when I’m feeling too self-conscious about my writing to begin.

  10. Glad to see you popped by the nuthouse that is my blogspace. I think age is irrelevant when it comes to writing. It really is about the experience, and how you are able to communicate it with your reader. And like everything in life, practice makes perfect. (This is one old clichΓ¨ that remains true …)

  11. You’re a good writer. I hope you will find a way to write every day. But your young so there’s lots of time too! πŸ˜€

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