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Liebster Blog Award!

Yay more nominations!! The rules for the Liebster Blog Award are as follows:

  • thank the blogger who nominated me,
  • nominate 5 blogs with less than 200 followers and
  • spread the news about the award

Thank you Suni for nominating me!! I am really glad that you enjoy reading my blog~

I will pass this award to the following blogs:

If you want something done, give it to a busy person

Hi! I haven’t been making posts for more than a week now. And I’ll be honest. I didn’t read much either this week because I had a lot of schoolwork. But something interesting that I noticed is that I actually became less productive despite the fact that I “gained” more time by not reading. I started to used the time to perfect things. When I devoted a part of my life to reading, I polished things instead. Maybe perfecting does give better results than polishing, but it slows everything down. I might have been able to get the same amount of work done even if I continued to read this week. Then I remembered a quote from a book I read a while back called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. David Allen, the author of this book, wrote that “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.”  I stopped putting my attention on reading, which resulted in putting too much attention on other things. So I guess the saying “If you want something done, give it to a busy person” is true. The more things you have to do, the more things you will get done.

Reading is not just something you do when you have the time. If you commit to reading everyday, it will teach you a lot about discipline and productivity. I just picked up “The Grapes of Wrath” from the library. Now I’ll be off to reading again. ^_^

So are you a productive person? What do you do to stay productive?

Versatile Blogger Award!

I am really honored. And surprised as well, since I didn’t know such an award existed.

I am really delighted by the fact that people actually come to this little ambiguous corner on WordPress to read my posts. Thank you Michelle for nominating me! You made my day!

Update: Yay! I just got nominated again by Becky. Thank you Becky 😀

There are three simple rules to the Versatile Blogger Award. They are as follows:
1. Thank the person(s) who shared the award with you by linking back to them in your post.
2. Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that you included them in your blog post.
3. List 7 things about yourself.

So here we go…

I will pass this award on to the following blogs:

7 things about myself:

  1. I live in Canada and my favorite thing about Canada is the spirit. I love seeing people gathering together and cheering for games and stuff. Canada also has the best potluck feasts because we are made up of many different cultures.
  2. My life has been pretty boring so far and I would like to start doing something exiting with my life…like bungee jumping!
  3. I find it really hard to pick a favorite color, or a least favorite color. I just can’t do it. I know it’s one of the most common questions to ask people, but all the colors in the world are just so beautiful. It’s hard.
  4. I am a really picky eater.  But it’s not that I don’t like certain foods, it’s just that they have to be prepared in the right way. For example, I will only eat eggplants if it’s the ground pork eggplant dish that a certain restaurant I know makes. If it’s the same dish coming from another restaurant, I won’t eat it. I guess you could say that I have high standards when it comes to food. I won’t just eat any food, I need to eat good food.
  5. I’m supposed to be doing my homework right now but I am trying to avoid the task by writing this…yes I’m a procrastinator…=P
  6. I listen to k-pop and j-pop despite the fact that I have no idea what they are saying.
  7. Actually I can understand some Japanese but not really. But this is something that I would like to work on and improve. I tried to learn Japanese online. So far I can pick out words and phrases when I am watching something Japanese (i.e. dramas and variety shows). I hope one day I could take a Japanese class to learn Japanese however that’s not my top priority right now. ^_^

Before We Get Started by Bret Lott

Overview: This marvelous guide begins where other books on writing and the writing life leave off. Delving deep into the creative process, Bret Lott reveals truths we scarcely realized we needed to know but without which we as writers will soon lose our way. In ten intimate essays based on his own experiences and on the seasoned wisdom of writers including Eudora Welty, E. B. White, Henry David Thoreau, Henry James, and John Gardner, Lott explores such topics as

• why write? why keep writing?
• the importance of simple words
• the finer points of character detail
• narrative and the passage of time
• the pitfalls of technique
• making a plan–and letting it go
• risking failure–and reaping the benefits
• Accepting rejection

Writers travel alone, but Bret Lott’s book makes the journey less lonely and infinitely more rewarding. Before We Get Started will help you make your work as good as it can be: “Pay attention recklessly. Strain to see through the window of your own artistic consciousness in the exhilarating knowledge that there is no path to the waterfall, and there are a million paths to the waterfall, and there is, too, only one path: yours.” (taken from the back of the book)

Since I am currently preparing for an important exam, I thought this is a good chance for me to read those 200 page-ish books that has been sitting in my room for a while now. This memoir, Before We Get Started, happened to be beside that book that I wanted to check out in the library. Do you know that feeling you get when you go to the shopping mall and see this one bag telling you to pick her up? (Okay, maybe you don’t…but I swear…those bags…they speak to you!) I think this book was speaking to me 😛 I don’t know anything about Bret Lott nor his works before I read this. Perhaps it’s the fact that I haven’t read a memoir in I-don’t-even-know-how-many years that got me reading this. I don’t know.

I hoped that Bret Lott will know something since I don’t, at least something about writing because this is a memoir about a writer. However, he straight-up tells us that he doesn’t know how to write. In fact, the day when you think you know how to write will be the day when you stop discovering the limits and possibilities of words. Do not think that he will teach you how to write either, because writing can only be self-taught. No one can find meaning and the feeling for your writing except for you.

He suggested that many people are more interested in becoming a writer than the art of writing itself. That made me think of writing classes. Should we really take so many of them instead of just start writing? At one point he said that, “We learn techniques, I believe, because we fear the future.” We fear the future. We fear how other people will respond to our writing. In the process of that, we lose the joy of writing itself, because we are putting the wrong kind of attention on the wrong kind of things.

So just start writing! Attitude affects how a person writes immensely. You can look at this post, for example, and treat it as an opportunity to gain new ideas for your next post, or you can just simply say, “I don’t have time,” or, “I am having a writer’s block.” Do you see the difference? Procrastination is a writer’s worst enemy. Don’t try to find excuses for the delay of creating new contents.

This book also gives an encouraging view on getting rejected by the publishers, as well as good points on paying close attention to all the fine details of writing, because even those simple words can make a huge difference. I think that some points are being elaborated on too much, but I am just being a nitpick now. If you are a writer, consider picking up this book. ^_^