authors, Life, Writing, Writing Habit

Create a Writing Life That (Actually) Works for You

Hullo, world!  It’s actually snowing in Vancouver today, which is super exciting. Snowcouver trumps Raincouver! (I know, spoken like someone from Edmonton where it’s -30°C and sunny.) I’m thinking I’ll take a short walk in the snow with my sister for an early Valentine girl’s date...It’s a White Valentine! (I know, now I’m ceasing to… Continue reading Create a Writing Life That (Actually) Works for You

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

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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

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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

Author health, authors, Life

Author Health: 5 Self Care I Like to Do

Hullo, world! It’s October, meaning all the leaves light up like illuminations, then promptly fall within a week. Alas, such is autumn in Canada.  Today, I’m back for my monthly installation of Author Health. So far we’ve looked at the importance of family and authors, and discussed a little about my rather chaotic life as… Continue reading Author Health: 5 Self Care I Like to Do

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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

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5 Ways to Write (Without Actually Writing)

Hullo, world! I must convey to you how happy I am to be writing this post. In the month I took a rest from blogging, I realised just how much I missed it. I’ve actually been blogging for almost five years counting my Japanese and science blogs, and blogging is one thing that sparks joy… Continue reading 5 Ways to Write (Without Actually Writing)

Author health, Life

Author Health: Life…(I’m back from hitouts + Major Announcements)

Well, I’m back. I do so apologise that I dropped off the blog-sphere with but a few lines of an ominous message saying I’ll be “on a hitout”.  As I explained in that post, the end of July had been where everything seemed to have caught up with me.  So in today’s post, I’ll be… Continue reading Author Health: Life…(I’m back from hitouts + Major Announcements)