Important Notice

Dear SJ Barnard readers, Today, I wanted to share an important decision I’ve come to. From now on, I will stop posting on SJ Barnard. This is a bittersweet moment for me since I began blogging around three years ago on here. During that time, I met many bloggers I would now call friends and have encountered countless kindness. It’s sad to think this will be ending, but it does not mean I will stop blogging altogether… I will be moving to a brand new site (which just launched today). I’m super excited and nervous about this project, but my […]

My Summer Bucket List & Short Notice

Hullo, world! Life has been a bit hectic for me and as a result, I didn’t have enough energy to post this month…(Not to mention I went on an impromptu camping trip.) Although I’ve had my share of literally break-neck busy July, this July probably wins first place. I had to assess and then reassess my priorities, and even then, things sort of fell apart towards the end. But enough of the doom and gloom! Today, I wanted to share a bit about the more “sunshine & sparkles” side of July and reflect on the things I could have done […]

AH: What Writing Means to Me

Hullo, world! It’s finally feeling a bit like summer. Yesterday, we went out for a picnic for Canada Day. I had a marvellous time there and hope to do it again. ⸜( ´ ꒳ ` )⸝♡︎ Today, I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favourite authors. Her name is Ayako Miura, and what I find remarkable about her is that she’s a Christian author who wrote explicitly Christian themes and still left a mark in the Japanese literary world. Her most famous work, Hyōten (Freezing Point), set in Hokkaido, won a literary award and was dramatised countless […]

June ‘22 Afternoon Tea with SJ

Good afternoon to you! I know, I was going to write a blog post last week on my amazing list of Japanese books to read over the summers, but alas, it has yet to see the light of the day. Perhaps next month?? Today, I’m excited to be celebrating my third blogiversary on SJ Barnard!! This year, I didn’t plan anything special because…well, just because? (I totally didn’t forget about it, honest.) If you want to ask me questions about my blog or have any other comments/things you would like to interrogate me on, feel free to do so in […]

 On Finishing A WIP For The Longest Time, Ever.

Hullo, world! I am finally back and logged into the blogosphere after a month+ hitout. I was actually hoping to come back on the last week of May for the afternoon tea post but ended up not being able to…(I know, I still have not found the right work-balance thing now that I have work on Saturdays.) If you remember me from May, I decided on a hitout to finish a WIP…given I haven’t finished one in like, two or three years. So, the big question is, did I finish my WIP?? *the suspense builds* . . . YES!!  I […]

May Hitouts Notice

Hullo, everyone! I’m here to put up a notice that I’ll be on a short hitout during May–and here are the reasons. i. In which I get a new job Yes, that’s right! I’m now happily working at a tutoring centre that offers anything from phonics to college prep (like the SATs and the ACTs). I love this job because I love studying and helping others find joy in it, but it’s a lot of work–and not to mention I have classes on Saturdays. So, until I get used to the routine and finish my training, I don’t think it’s […]


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