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Celebrating 3 years of blogging // Q&A part 3 and giveaway winner announcement!

Hello!

Thank you everyone for celebrating my blog’s 3rd year birthday with me. Today I will be answering your questions about writing and everything else. At the end of this post I will be announcing the giveaway winners, so stay tuned!

Jai Lynn asked… When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Has the inclination always been there or did something spark it?

When I was a kid, I really enjoyed writing although I also had lots of other aspirations haha. I think at one point I wanted to be an author, a graphic novel illustrator, a poet, a fashion designer and a graphic designer all at the same time (I was an ambitious kid). Of course many of those hobbies didn’t stick and the family’s expectations of going to college and getting a practical, stable, money-earning job derailed a lot of these aspirations (I love you mom and dad — I really do!)

It was after I finished university and got a job when I realized I had some spare time to pursue hobbies again. That was when I started writing again, more seriously than I ever had, and decided that I really loved it.

Caro asked… What is the most challenging book you’d love to write?

I would love to one day write a novel based on my own experiences of immigrating to Canada as a child and reconciling my Canadian and Chinese identities. There are lots of emotions in there for me to unpack hahaha πŸ˜‚

Margaret asked… What was the inspiration for your current WIP?

I wrote the first draft of Children of the Sun l back in high school when I was really into anime and crime fiction. It was only recently when I was revisiting the old anime I used to watch when I realized that the initial premise of my novel was actually really similar to an anime called Witch Hunter Robin (about a girl who hunts “witches” who are genetic mutants with magical abilities).

Back then I thought my idea was 100% unique and original haha but this anime must have incepted me. Thankfully the plot and characters of my novel has since then changed πŸ˜‚

Marie asked… What would be one of your biggest goals as a writer?

I have two goals! First, I hope to be traditionally published one day, which means hooking up with an agent and a publisher. And secondly, I want to keep writing novels. I think “hitting it big” doesn’t really matter much to me. I just wish for people to want to read my books one day.

Caro asked… Do you prefer sweet or savory foods?

I love savoury foods as meals, including breakfast! Although I used to eat a sweet breakfast (like cereal or granola), I’ve recently switched over to savoury breakfasts (right now I eat silken tofu soup with green onion pancakes, inspired from the typical northern Chinese breakfast I used to eat back in my hometown!) I find savoury meals much more filling than sweet meals!

However as for snacks, I love sweet snacks and desserts (anything with chocolate in it!) Yum!

Charlotte asked… Do you have any pets?

Yes I have a greyhound and a mini-pinscher!! (Well, we call him a mini-pinscher but he really is a wonder-dog. If anyone has a suggestion for what breed he could be, please let me know in the comments!)

Marie asked… What is your favorite place in the world?

Is it kind of boring if I say that I love to be home? πŸ˜‚

There are places that I loved travelling to (like Nice! or Maui! or Banff!) But if I have to choose a place I love the most, a place that I can’t be without, it’ll have to be home!

Forestofathousandwords asked… Besides the stress of the whole process, what were your emotions while making your own wedding dress? What was it like to design it and then wear it? ❀

Oh boy! I love this question so much! While designing and sewing my wedding dress, my emotions cycled from excitement to nervousness to fear to pride and back to excitement haha. Whenever I had a “light bulb moment” and figured out a solution to a roadblock, I felt excited and proud of myself. But soon after I would hit another roadblock which put me in a state of stress and fear that I might never finish the dress lol. It was a huge rollercoaster of emotions (as with the wedding planning process itself!)

I remember back when I was in the initial stages of designing my dress, many of my friends tried convincing me out of it, saying that it would be too stressful or suggesting that I design a dress for just the dinner instead of the ceremony. (I think their intentions were in the right place haha.) The more people told me I couldn’t do it, the more I was like “Challenge accepted!” lol.

It was wonderful being able to wear it on the big day. I loved seeing the look on people’s faces when they found out that I made the dress. Most of all, I loved that I was able to accomplish what had seemed to be an impossible task. It was proof to myself that I could do anything I set my mind to, and that I could accomplish anything as long as I set my mind to it.

Laura asked… If you were a flower, what kind would you be?

I love this flower called bleeding heart. They appear fragile (they only bloom for a few weeks) but their roots stay intact over the winter and they will bloom again and again each year… so I think they are actually pretty tough cookies!

Photo by Shelley Pauls on Unsplash

Linda asked… What is the best translated book you’ve ever read?

I enjoyed The Diary of Anne Frank was so raw and down-to-earth.

Announcing the Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway! I was so happy to see all your entries and your Q&A questions! As you might recall I am giving away two BookDepository prizes (of $40USD and $20USD each!) And as for the winners….

We have Susanti ($40 prize) and Megan S ($20 prize)! I will be contacting you both shortly!

When is your blogiversary? Let me know how you would answer some of these questions!

25 thoughts on “Celebrating 3 years of blogging // Q&A part 3 and giveaway winner announcement!

  1. Congrats Sophie! Three years is a long time to blog, and here’s wishing you 30 more to come. Blogging and writing can be a pretty thankless thing to do, so I’m stoked to see a fellow writer do well. All the best in your future writing endeavours.

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    1. Thank you Stuart! I do agree about blogging and writing being a thankless job – writing maybe even a bit more so than blogging. I like being able to get some positive feedback for blogging (comments, links, pingbacks etc) but writing for me has always needed more internal motivation haha πŸ™‚

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  2. I was the same way, lol! When I was younger I never really actually wanted to be a writer, but I always wrote stories and fan fiction about all the anime I was into (omg so much Pokemon and Sailor Moon!). I wanted to be a spy, or an actress, or a Pokemon Master, haha! Needless to say I sorta grew out of those ambitions but writing always stuck, no matter what. Then after college I figured you know what? You only have one life I might as well try being a writer and here I am! Your wedding dress was so BEAUTIFUL btw so I think you can still definitely pull off being a fashion designer Sophie, if you wanted!! And bleeding hearts are beautiful flowers ❀ My favorite flower, the hibiscus, is the same way. It only blooms for a short time but it survives the winter and comes back every year πŸ˜€ Loved hearing all your answers Sophie, and sending good vibes your way for the summer!!

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    1. I loved Pokemon and Sailor Moon so much when I was a kid hahaha. I dreamed of being a pokemon trainer and a sailor scout XD
      That’s awesome that you figured out your dream of being a writer in college πŸ™‚ Yes I agree that we only have one life and we should make the most of it!
      Aww thank you! I’m glad you liked my wedding dress!
      The hibiscus is very beautiful πŸ™‚ I hadn’t realized they come back every year too so that’s pretty cool to learn!
      Wishing you all the best for the summer as well!

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  3. Wow you had a lot of ambitions when you were younger!! I know a lot of people cycle through future goals but that was definitely a lot to have at once. Quite a few of them do centre around writing though I guess ☺️ aww I hope you get to write the book that you’re thinking of one day and that you manage to get published too. Like I said in your other post I do think it sounds as if you’re on the right path though with completed works and a mentor.
    Aww your dog’s are so sweet 😍 they do tend to pick specific places that they like to sleep. One of mine made a trench in the hedge to sleep in whenever my dad was in the garden with him πŸ˜‚
    I feel like I’d probably pick home too so you’re not boring. I’d love to travel to a lot of places but it’s good that your favourite place is home.
    The wedding dress question is fantastic. I’m still in awe of what you accomplished 😍😍 and I love bleeding hearts. We used to have one in the garden and it survived a lot (I think it even got accidentally cut in half when we had a new fence put up) but we don’t have it anymore. I can’t remember what actually happened to it in the end. I’d love a new one though, I think the heart shape of the flowers is fantastic.

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    1. Aww thanks Charlotte! I did have lots of hobbies and aspirations when I was a kid but now that I’m older I realize that there’s only so many hours in the day and I can’t do everything, so I had to just pick one haha XD
      That’s SOOOO cute that your dog sleeps in the garden!!! We have 3 dog beds in the house and our 2 dogs alternate between them haha. And as you can see our little one likes the carpet by the door XD
      I’m glad that you like bleeding hearts too!! Yes I love the heart shape of the flower. When I first saw it I didn’t think it was a real flower πŸ™‚

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      1. Aww that’s so true yet frustrating that there’s not enough time for all of them!!
        Oh that was only during the summer when people were outside anyway. He had plenty of beds to choose from inside too. Plus my bed which he used to love sleeping both on and under πŸ˜‚
        Aww that’s so sweet that they switch around. I think maybe that’s a little dog thing, curling up on carpets like that? My sister’s was always doing it when she lived here anyway. He wouldn’t even sit in the garden until she put some kind of blanket out for him πŸ˜‚
        Yeah they’re so unusual and pretty 😍 I can understand why as you wouldn’t think flowers could be that shape.

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      2. Awww it’s so sweet to hear and you and your sister’s dogs. Charles (the big one) refuses to lie down on the grass too haha. If I bring out his dog bed I might be able to convince him. I think his bum is too delicate to handle the dirt and grass haha πŸ™‚

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      3. Aww that’s so sweet. It’ll be interesting to see if taking his bed out makes a difference. Oddly my sister’s dog, who won’t sit on the grass, was rolling on it loads at the weekend. I think because it was hot? I have no clue for certain though :L

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  4. Loved reading all your answers for these, as usual! πŸ˜€ Ahh I hope you do write that book about immigrating to Canada, because I would love to read it. Hahaha the inspiration for Children of the Sun is great!! I’ve definitely had that experience of realizing that your idea isn’t as original as you first thought, but I think there’s something to be said for taking an idea and making it your own πŸ˜€ Also your dogs are SOOO CUTE ❀

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    1. Hi Margaret πŸ™‚ Haha yes I think there is a limited supply of ideas out there and it’s hard to come up with an idea that is 100% unique. However as we build the characters and the world around the idea, we make it our own πŸ™‚ Thank you Margaret!

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  5. Hi Sophie! I really enjoyed this series of Q&As and getting to know you better through it. I did not expect you to bring up bleeding hearts though, because they were my great-grandmother’s favourite and we always make sure to have them in our garden. I love them very much myself.
    Also, huge congrats to the winners of your giveaway πŸ˜€ I hope they’ll spend it on some awesome reads!

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    1. That’s really cool that your great-grandmother’s favourite flower is the bleeding heart too, and it’s wonderful that you guys keep them in your garden. Thank you Kat πŸ™‚

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  6. Oh, I’d love to read your book about your experience immigrating to Canada someday 😊 I also loved reading all your answers! It’s my dream too, to one day be writing my many ideas and getting them published – it doesn’t even have to be a ‘big hit’ I’d just love to be an author πŸ₯°

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    1. Aww thank you Caro! I’m so glad to hear that we share the same dream of being published one day. I’m sure we’ll both get there as long as we keep on writing and not give up πŸ™‚

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  7. Ahh you got so many lovely writing questions, Sophie! ❀ I would love to read about your experience immigrating to Canada whenever you're ready to write about it! and I'm 200% supporting you for your publishing adventures, I am certain you will do amazingly πŸ˜€

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