-1 I speak three languages.
This is something a lot of people know, but I feel my readers (who apparently are from all over the world) might have absolutely no clue. My obsession in life is being able to talk to as many people as possible and learning how to empathize with them. To accomplish this I set out to learn languages and become a person who is truly a global citizen.
So to any of you out there, I can currently speak Japanese, Chinese, and English. I regularly speak Mandarin Chinese at work, and my Degree from Binghamton University is in Japanese. Since moving to my hometown my Japanese skills have waned, so If any of you are looking for a multilingual pen-pal you can feel free to send me letters at this address:
SUNY Potsdam College
103 Barrington Drive
Potsdam, NY USA 13676
-2 I changed my name to make it easier to say in Chinese and Japanese.
For the first couple years of learning these languages it became increasingly likely that I would not live in the US. I grew tired of how my name in Chinese and Japanese was interpreted and so I altered it so that it can be translated seamlessly between the three languages. In Japanese I am 木霊アレクサンダー And in Chinese I am 木灵亚历山大
-3 I try to write every day.
This is something all writers should hold under their belts no matter how difficult it is. I wish it was common knowledge that writer’s block is a myth and that once you write a word and stick with it you’ll have somewhere to go. A lot of writing is latent learning and takes a significant amount of thought to accomplish, so just pull out a pen and paper and write!
-4 I usually get up a 4:00 am.
I hate admitting this because I know it doesn’t make a difference what time you get up, but it does for me. My schedule has my entire day set from 8:00 am to 7:00-11:00 pm with school and work- but I still need time to write and make my post deadlines for ABKstories; so I get up way earlier than a human should to get that extra bit in. This means I crash when I do work I get paid for, but it’s all worth it.
-5 I volunteer for two organizations in my neighborhood.
So this is something I don’t talk about often- but I am a Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language tutor for the public library in this town. I love doing it and lately I’ve been pared with a highly intelligent individual who is growing rapidly.
I also volunteer for a crisis and information hotline here. My training isn’t quite complete, but it is fulfilling work and I love the staff and community. Unfortunately our calls are confidential so I can’t talk about a lot of my experiences openly- but I encourage all of you to volunteer in your neighborhood and expand the meaning in your life!