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

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

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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

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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

authors, Life, WIP, Writing

My Not Wri-Mo Thing + 5 Last-minute Preptober Checklist

Hullo, world! I’m back again from the collab. If you missed it, check out Brooke’s post here and mine on her blog, Words In Her Soul. Brooke is an amazing person and I had so much fun doing this! This past few weeks have been kind of tough for me as I started a new… Continue reading My Not Wri-Mo Thing + 5 Last-minute Preptober Checklist

authors, Music, WIP, Writing

How I Make Character Playlists (Collab w/Brooke)

Hello, everyone! Hello, everyone! My name is Brooke from :: words in her soul :: I blog about writing, indie publishing, books, and mental health! Huge thank you to SJ for having me on her blog today! Today I’m talking about character playlists. Now, we all have our writing playlists that we love to make… Continue reading How I Make Character Playlists (Collab w/Brooke)

afternoon tea, Life, WIP, Writing

September Afternoon Tea with SJ

Good Afternoon!(or Good Evening...) Ever since I’ve gotten back into blogging this month, I was looking forward to today! As you probably already know, I love this Afternoon Tea series.  Okay, are you ready? Today, we are situated on a comfy couch filled with cushions in a spacious and airy living room. Our dog, Strawberry,… Continue reading September Afternoon Tea with SJ