Hola, Dragons, one day closer to Friday, yay! I am so done with this week. On the other hand, I had a lot of fun reading two good Dean Koontz books this week so that’s always a plus.
What language do you wish you could speak?
Korean, Chinese, Japanese! Sensing a theme? 😉 I grew up watching Jackie Chan movies, and one of my best friends is Chinese so of course I gravitated toward it. Then I got into manga and anime and it was Japanese. Now I’m mostly into Kdrama so Korean is my current obsession. I just love the sound of the Korean and Japanese languages – they feel melodious. But I’ve always wanted to learn other languages as well, like Irish.
Korean, Chinese, and Japaneseare on my list to learn one day, soon I hope. At this time, I currently speak 4 languages – French, English, Mauritian Creole & Hindi. I also hope to learn ASL if I can.
What about you guys? Are you good with languages? Are there any you want to learn?
Hola, Dragons, how’s everyone’s week? Hope ya’all are doing well. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know how much I love music!
So today’s Bloganuary prompt is definitely a good one.
What is a song or poem that speaks to you and why?
Light Me Up by Ingrid Michaelson is one of my favorite songs in the world. I’m a total cynic but this song just says “romantic” to me. It makes me think of deep, strong connections. And it’s just plain beautiful.
Have you heard this song? If not, I hope you do give it a try.
Hola, Dragons, my name is Lyn and I’m a bookaholic. So as a Book Dragon, I tend to collect favorite authors like I collect books, by the ton.
I’m an eclectic reader and as such, I read a wide variety of genres. My favorites are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Rom-Coms, Horror, Sci-fi. It’s hard to just pick one favorite author but I can list my top favs:
– L.J. Smith – Christopher Pike – Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb – Naomi Novik – Christine Feehan – Ilona Andrews
The stories crafted by these authors are excellent and have stayed with me for a long, long time. Even now, years and years after, I still re-read my favorites among their books. I love going back to the rich, vivid worlds they created, with strong compelling characters that became like old friends.
For as long as I can remember these authors were monumental in saving my sanity and helping me deal with difficult situations. I shall always be grateful for the stories that now live in my soul.
What about you guys? Drop me some of your favorite authors in the comments.
Hola, Dragons, how’s it going? I was in an apathetic, depressive funk the past 2 days so I couldn’t blog or read. I actually started on this prompt, but only got as far as the title. Depression isn’t only feelings of sadness and despair but also for some afflicted with it, an absence of emotion or enthusiasm for anything. That apathy, my usual affliction, causes an uncaring, detached state of inactivity so these funks are always spent being very unproductive and just trying to get through them.
Thankfully, I feel more like myself today and I feel like writing so I want to do the prompts I missed these 2 days.
What color describes your personality and why?
Anyone who knows me is well aware of my obsessive love of the color blue, to the point that I have streaks of vivid blue in my hair. My absolute favorite is cerulean but I also love all the shades of blue. I think the vivid shade of blue defines my soul.
Now, for black, it says kickass to me. As a norm, I tend to be practical, blunt, straightforward, brutally honest, sarcastic, and mean when warranted. I can’t stand drama and round-about ways people use instead of getting straight to the point about what they want. And I can’t stand liars as well. I can be very unbiased and I don’t accept excuses for people’s misbehavior & unforgivable actions. Oh, and I don’t forgive and forget.
Black totally describes my personality. And I dress to match lol. So the dominant colors in my closet are usually black and blue. What about you guys? Does a color describe your personality?
Hola, Dragons, middle of the week, how’s everyone doing? A nice little topic for today – food!
What’s your favorite meal to cook and/or eat?
Pizza! Definitely an all-time favorite. But I also love salmon sushi and I could eat it every day lol. Then there’s chocolate cake, velvet cake. Spicy fried noodles. Tiramisu. Fried chicken. Seafood spaghetti. Yum!
There’s something so comforting about food, isn’t there? Especially when you’re reading or watching a nice movie and it’s nice to have some yummy snacks at hand.
I’m not a very good cook but I can make the basics – rice, lentils, some curry. I love green lentil soup! What about you guys?
Hola, Dragons, happy Sunday! Half of January just gone! Anyone feeling the clock is ticking by too fast? No? Me, neither. 😉
What fear have you conquered?
Fear of the Dark. As far back as I can remember in my childhood, I’ve always been afraid of the dark. There’s something about the dark that it has the power to render a benign place into something to fear. What’s that saying, the monsters come out after dark?
I remember my heart pounding and my ears straining for the slightest sound. I do know there came a point when I got mad about this weakness of mine and for me, I always work better when angry lol. I finally had a hard talk with myself and faced my fear, as they say. I was able to push past and get through it.
I can now walk fearless in the dark though to this day I still get startled at times and I still carry a police flashlight with me everywhere I go. So I can’t say I’ve conquered this fear completely but I can say that it doesn’t cripple me anymore.
I hope you always find the courage to face all your fears.
Hola, Dragons, happy Saturday! I just finished a highly anticipated book for this year and it was a great read. How are ya’all spending Saturday?
I finally got the time to do today’s Bloganuary prompt.
What is your preferred mode of travel?
Uh, teleportation? Lol I hate traveling. I’m a perputual contradiction. I want to visit places but I like being comfortable and traveling’s always a discomfort for me. Don’t get me started on long plane rides. It’s not fear of planes but discomfort in general.
However, I learned to ride a bike last year and it’s been an amazing experience. So now cycling has become my favorite mode of travel. I ride my bike everywhere I can lol. I even rode my bike at the first snowfall and though I had some anxiety, with the guidance of my mentor it was a safe ride. There’s a freedom to riding that’s exhilarating.
I haven’t cycled long-distance yet mostly because I don’t know the streets well but I’ve done as far as 20k on park trails and bike lanes and it’s been awesome.
If you haven’t ridden a bike before, definitely go for it and try it out. It’s so worth it!
If you had a billion US dollars, how would you spend it?
Hola, Dragons, that is so easy! A pretty little cottage near a lake and a secret library full of all the books I can buy! Oh, imagine the luxury of buying all the books and all the goodies that come with them – bookmarks and bookish prints and so on. And sending books to my bestie!
Or maybe my cottage will be surrounded by a moat and I’ll have full control over the drawbridge allowing only my favorite people to come over. Ah, the peace and quiet of isolation!
Yes, I am an anti-social, advanced introvert with hermit tendencies and I make no apologies for it, lol!
Hola, Dragons, how are ya’all doing today? Having a good week? Whatcha reading? Procrastinating on anything? 😉
What chore do you find the most challenging to do?
Everything? Lol. Saturdays are usually chore days for me. Now, one thing to know about me is, I. Am. A. Sloth. So I tend to procrastinate till the last minute lol.
It’s not just house chores I hate doing but of course everything that I don’t wanna do ends up being a chore. Let’s stick to house chores for now, shall we? I hate cleaning the bathroom and it’s not a big chore but somehow I always procrastinate the worst about it. And it’s not like it’s difficult – it takes me an hour – and I have no idea why I drag my feet about it. Intellectually, I know it’s better to get the chores done and out of the way to leave time for all the fun stuff I could do, like reading lol.
I hope ya’all have a better handle on your chores.
Hola, Dragons, so much for my streak! I was doing so well with a post a day but unfortunately, due to unavoidable circumstances, I couldn’t do the post for yesterday. However, I think yesterday’s prompt was a good one so I want to give it a try.
How do you define success?
What is success, really? Does achieving fame means you’ve made it? Or does it mean getting through the days, one day at a time? As I grew older, my life changed in so many ways, and it’s clarified so many things for me, namely what I want out of this life. I don’t have all the answers and I’m still regularly crippled by existential crises but all that I’ve learned throughout the years has shown me that success is a state of mind and it’s very private and unique to each individual.
I spent my childhood in poverty and when you have to worry about money all the time, achieving the means to get a lot of moolah becomes your definition of success. The humiliation and degradation that comes with poverty make you yearn to earn status where no one can put you down again. So achieving the goal of having a higher status becomes the meaning of success for you.
But where does it stop? When is it enough? When I think of it, to me success means achieving whatever goals you set out for yourself, from the smallest little goal to the most ambitious one.
Me, I guess I’ve reached a point in my life where I know I don’t need to prove myself to anyone and I don’t care about being liked or not. I don’t need validation from anyone. I make it a principle not to lie to myself and I am brutally honest with myself about my flaws.
I don’t have a house or a car to my name. But I finally have a good job that gives me a sense of achievement, and shelter. As long as I can take care of myself and pay my rent and bills, it means I’ve made it.
I hope you achieve whichever goals you’re striving for and that you find contentment along the way.