Book lists, Life, Reading

7 + 1 Favourite Superpowered Books + Movies

Hullo, world! I’m so excited today (again) because Raincouver has been sunny for two days in a row in winter!! *shrieks A#5* Also, I rediscovered my love for Bach’s Brandenburg concerto 3 and have been swapping the three viola parts with my siblings, which is immensely fun even if you’re missing the cellos and the… Continue reading 7 + 1 Favourite Superpowered Books + Movies

Life, Writing

A Day in a Gap-Year Student Writer’s Life

Hullo, world!  It’s officially my first post on SJ Barnard, 2021! (Of course, we did that last week, but I mean this is my first non-new year or end-of-the-year post. I know, confusing.) I’ve been loosely asking around what sort of posts would be interesting, and a lot of people responded to Lifestyle. I myself… Continue reading A Day in a Gap-Year Student Writer’s Life

Author health, Life, Writing

AH: Dreams, Goals + Plans for 2021

Happy New Year!  (Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!) I can hardly believe that 2020, with all of its quirks and whirlwinds, is past us. And not to put off 2021, but I think 2020 will be that year we’ll keep talking about when we’re old and senile…(“Yes, sonny, you wouldn’t remember what a year we had in… Continue reading AH: Dreams, Goals + Plans for 2021

afternoon tea, Author health, Life, Reading, WIP, Writing

December Afternoon Tea with SJ: 2020 Reflection

Good afternoon to you! We are back for our monthly Afternoon tea series, of which I am extremely excited about. It’s hard to believe that I only started this series in February this year. Since then, so many things have changed it’s frankly hard to say what changed how.  Today, we’ll have a classic tea… Continue reading December Afternoon Tea with SJ: 2020 Reflection

Celebrations, Life, Movie, Music, Reading

My 12 Christmas List

Hullo, world!  Can you believe we’re less than a week until Christmas? (I can’t and I can.) 2020 has been this weird, convoluted and longish short year that will stay in my memory as a pivotal time. And even though I probably won’t see many people other than my immediate family this Christmas, it will… Continue reading My 12 Christmas List

Life, WIP, Writing, Writing Craft, Writing Habit

10 Quirks of Being Japanese + My Brainstorming Process

Hullo, world! I can’t believe in just two weeks, it’ll be Christmas! (I haven’t even considered Christmas shopping, since I almost never do it.) I’ve been working on and off which has been okay and also finished applying to most of the universities, which is relieving. Now I only need to keep up my 3.8-9… Continue reading 10 Quirks of Being Japanese + My Brainstorming Process

Author health, authors, Life, WIP, Writing

5 Steps to Recharge After A Major WIP

Hullo, world! I’m back again with another Author Health blog post. *inserts fanfare* Today is a kind of special post for me, since it’s officially December...the month after NaNoWriMo! (Or Meno-WriMo in my case.) Although I didn’t reach my goal of 50K this year (I wrote 28K), I’m glad with what I did get down… Continue reading 5 Steps to Recharge After A Major WIP

afternoon tea, authors, Life, WIP, Writing

November Afternoon Tea with SJ + Know the Novel Part 2

Good afternoon! I can’t believe a month has already passed and I’m typing up this post. (TBH, I actually don’t want to think about this month ending.) But anyhow, November’s nearing an end and it means I get to sit down with cups of teas and chat about my life.  Except.  This month I’m snagging… Continue reading November Afternoon Tea with SJ + Know the Novel Part 2

afternoon tea, authors, Life, Reading, WIP, Writing

October Afternoon Tea with SJ + Updates

Good afternoon...or to be more exact, good evening! I know, I was hoping I’d finish this post much earlier, but I worked my last night shoot yesterday which ended in the morning, so my bodily functions have reversed yet again. (Not to mention that I binge-watched yet another Japanese drama--and cried buckets.) So, today, we’ll… Continue reading October Afternoon Tea with SJ + Updates