Bloganuary Day 8: What I like about Writing

Today’s Prompt:

What do you like most about your writing?

Background:

Yeah, right. I’m not falling for that! Just kidding!

I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. I feel like it’s always been in my blood. Would you believe I struggled a lot with how to do it properly and hated it as a result for a few years? That happened after we moved to England. It was a culture shock for me to learn that 10-year-olds were expected to have excellent writing. No harm done though. When my Mum went back to homeschooling me, she held me to high standards. My Dad did too.

To my surprise, when I repatriated to California and did a test for community college, I was placed into First-Year English with flying colours! I would often feel insecure about my writing throughout my community college and four-year university education. Then, if we had to do peer review on each other’s papers, I would find my writing was better than most. I thank my parents for holding me to such high standards. People have told me things like my writing is, “Master’s Thesis level” or “Harvard level”. It just naturally happens. I don’t know why.

The funny thing is though, even with all I have done with writing, I had never considered showing my writing to the world. The constant societal message that writing isn’t “useful” really wore on me. Plus, the higher the standards I reached, the more my imposter syndrome happened. I had never considered doing a blog until I decided to embrace my TCK identity. Recently, I have found another way to continue writing that I can enjoy and it can be profitable too. You’re probably asking, “What is it?” THAT I’m not falling for! But watch this space!

My Answer:

So, my answer on how I feel about my writing. I feel this sense of exhilaration when writing about cultural things and my multicultural experiences. I don’t think I will ever run out of content. Yes, I have imposter syndrome, but I feel that writing about what makes me happy is the best thing I can do!

So, that’s my answer. What do you think? What do you like most about your writing?

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Bloganuary Day 7: What Makes Me Laugh

Today’s Prompt:

What makes you laugh?

I’m skipping Day 6’s prompt: What inspires me? Answer: The world.

Background:

I developed an appreciation for cultural and ethnic humour at a young age. It became obvious that my parents wanted me to broaden my horizons when they showed me Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (his Magnum Opus in my opinion) when I was eight years old. Of course, that movie was accompanied by a lecture on how I’m not allowed to use the language featured there. Anyone who has seen Blazing Saddles knows why. But, never give a saga an even break! To this day, I still love Blazing Saddles and I have a group of friends who love seeing it too. My advice to anyone who hasn’t seen it before: get past the first five minutes. You will see it’s making fun of racism. At first, you may think it’s just an offensive movie, but actually, NOTHING is sacred to Mel Brooks! Nothing. He makes fun of Nazism, cultural appropriation (before that even became a mainstream term), white supremacy (again before it became mainstream), etc.

Don’t ever tell me to head something off at the pass!

As I got older, I explored more cultural and ethnic humour. I loved the BBC for its comedy, and I began to pick up the nuances of different cultural humour. I didn’t get into comedy much in the US, and then I discovered Trevor Noah and John Oliver! When I moved to Canada, I realized Canadians have an amazing sense of humour and comedy is what helps people get through the long winters! I have started creating stand-up comedy routines of my own based on my own multicultural experiences.

My Answer:

I look around me for humour, and I draw from my background. But overall, I can say that Canadians make me laugh the hardest. I’m always looking up comedy to see on CBC and CTV. Of all the countries I have lived in, Canadians have the best sense of humour hands down! That’s what inspired me to try my own standup comedy. Even if Canadians aren’t comedians, I see them making so many hilarious comments on Reddit or social media!

Here are some examples:

I feel so Calgarian when I see this

Recently, this news story happened, and Twitter blew up over this! Here are some of the best Twitter threads I have seen:

So, that’s my answer. What do you think? What makes you laugh?

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Bloganuary Day 5: What I Wish I Could Do

Today’s Prompt:

What is something you wish you knew how to do? Sorry, I’m a little late on this!

My Answer:

I wish I could save lives as our healthcare heroes do. I am certified in First Aid, and I do believe it important to have a basic understanding of how bodies work. Still, whenever I go to the doctor or the hospital, I am one of those patients that ask a lot of questions, as long as I’m feeling okay. I’m curious about what they are doing or using and why. Plus, I read science articles about developments in medicine.

On the other hand, there are things about taking care of sick people I know I can’t handle and I respect anyone who can handle it.

So, that’s my answer. What do you think? Is there something you wish you knew how to do?

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Bloganuary Day 4: Childhood Toy

Today’s Prompt:

What was your favourite childhood toy?

Note: Day 3 Prompt was “When was the last time you left your comfort zone?” I already did that post about my Mum’s emergency and how I handled that. I have spent a lot of time talking about that and I’m really not interested in saying it again.

Background:

By the time I was 11 years old, I lived in four countries and moved six times within the USA. I learned early on that I had to get rid of toys before I moved. There were some precious childhood toys that I clung onto, and guess what? I still have them. Those toys were a symbol of stability for me in a world where I never knew where I would be living from one year to the next. I certainly didn’t understand the “why” of moving when I was a kid. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s normal to crave stability.

Anyway, here are the childhood toys that have gone with me everywhere:

My Answer:

  • The blanket I got when I was born: I kid you not, up until I moved to Canada, it has been with me everywhere!
  • American Girl dolls: I have Addy and Kirsten. I remember being the only one for a long time who had Kirsten. The books are incredible too! When I moved to England, it was harder to stay on top of the new books and dolls that American Girl released, but then the internet got better, so I played catch up.
  • Mementos from travelling: I keep adding to that collection.

Right now, I am not able to share photos of these things, but I will someday. I still have to move them up to Canada. I have a theory that our lives reflect what childhood toys we love. It’s certainly true for me, but that’s because

So, that’s my answer. What do you think? Do you remember your favourite childhood toy?

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Bloganuary Day 2: Road Trip

Today’s Prompt:

What is a road trip you would love to take?

Background:

When I was a kid living in the USA, my parents and I took a lot of road trips! When we were living there again, we went back to doing road trips. The best road trip I ever took was to see a total solar eclipse in John Day, Oregon. After that, I became an eclipse chaser! If you have seen a total eclipse, you know why. That’s the perfect excuse to do road trips!

My Answer:

There are going to be TWO solar eclipses in 2024. The totality zone for the first one is in the Southern USA, and the second one is in the Maritime provinces of Canada. The eclipses are four months apart, and I plan to take the opportunity to drive around the USA and Canada. I haven’t seen the Southern USA, and I would like to explore Civil War monuments and battlefields along the way. I haven’t properly explored the East Coast of the USA or Canada either, so that will be amazing. Plus, I would love to check out the country music scene in Tenessee.

I have lived in Canada for almost a year, but I haven’t had an opportunity to do a road trip yet. I would love to drive around the country at some point. There are parts of the country I can’t access by road, but I would love to fly to see those too. There are parts of the USA I haven’t seen either. The things I prioritize for a road trip are national parks, historical sites, or anything else that is culturally significant. People often tell me that certain areas are boring like Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North and South Dakota. I don’t listen because I’m sure I can find the gold in those areas.

Other places where I would love to do a road trip include Norway, Sweden and Iceland. I heard they have incredibly scenic landscapes and fjords that are worth driving by. Other than that, I am always keeping my eyes peeled for road trip recommendations, and whenever there is a total solar eclipse.

One Last Thing:

I feel like wherever you travel, it’s important to use whatever means of transport that will maximize the fun of it. If that means taking the Trans Siberian Railway for 8 days, that’s amazing! If it’s better to fly, that’s fine too. There are places where road trips wouldn’t be ideal, in which case, improvise! The end goal is to maximize the fun of the trip and have a great experience.

So, that’s my answer. What do you think?

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