Author health, Life, WIP, Writing

AH: 5 Truths to Remind Yourself On Painful Writing Days

Hullo, world! The weather is starting to warm up, the cherry blossoms are starting to open up, and rain days are diminishing by the week...it’s starting to look like spring! Without a  doubt, spring is my favourite season of the year. In Japan, it’s also the start of a new school year--so I guess that… Continue reading AH: 5 Truths to Remind Yourself On Painful Writing Days

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February Afternoon Tea w/ SJ + The Liebster Award

Good afternoon! It’s that time of the month again, except February is a special one...it’s been officially one year since I began the Afternoon Tea series! *inserts fanfare and cheers and  confettis*  Reading back from February a year ago, I can’t believe how so many things changed. Also, I really want to go back in… Continue reading February Afternoon Tea w/ SJ + The Liebster Award

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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

Author health, WIP, Writing Habit

AH: 3 Habits to Write What You Love

Hullo, world! It’s my lucky day! (I know, when I’m happy, I go off into weird Jack Sparrow tandems.) Raincouver has taken a break, and the last three days have been sunny despite winter still raging, and I feel a hint of spring in the air… “And when he shakes his mane, we shall have… Continue reading AH: 3 Habits to Write What You Love

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January Afternoon Tea + Meet my MC

Good afternoon! It’s that time of the month already where I sweep off a shelf of tea boxes and hunt my imaginary pantry for confectioneries and sit down with you...It’s January Afternoon Tea with SJ! *inserts cheers and hurrahs* I think 2021 is starting off pretty well, but first off, let’s set the scene for… Continue reading January Afternoon Tea + Meet my MC

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

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