*runs in late without Starbucks*
Or am I late? Debatable. I feel late because realistically I should have started this blog years ago; I’ve been in the book community for as long as I can remember and have flitted from forum to forum, tumblr blog to tumblr blog, trying to find and create who I am online. So, when given the opportunity to create this blog for a course I’m taking at university, I felt this fire light under me.
To be honest, I’m never really sure how to introduce myself, or my projects. I used to think that was a failing point on my end, but now I’m realising I just have to grow more, gain a bit more confidence in myself, and develop better networking skills. And when thinking about this blog—something I’ve now taken on as much more than a project for a class I’m in—I realised this can be that new starting place for that growth. Now, without further ado, who am I? What is this?
My name is Willow, I’m a 21 year old, fourth year Communication undergraduate student, and a white settler living on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations. In short, I’m a massive nerd, and that’s really going to be reflected here. Oh, and I’m very queer. Which is also kind of the point of this blog!
I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember what my dream job was to be (except for the long period where I wanted to be a famous actress who writes books on the side). After the back and forth about my sexuality, I decided that I want to tell stories about all kinds of queer people, living in the “real world” or fantasy settings. Somewhere along the way I also realised that I’m not really drawn to stories that aren’t queer in some way anymore. I know some people might think that’s really weird, but after being bombarded with heterosexual stories my whole life—good and bad alike—I don’t think it’s wrong to want to see my identity and community in the literature and art I consume. In short, what this means is that every book and piece of media reviewed on this blog will be queer in some fashion—explicitly and implicitly (because queer coding is important!).
Another thing to know about me—I used to create BookTube videos (the book community on YouTube) when I was in high school and the first few years of university. I fell out of love with creating videos, but lately I’ve felt like returning to them. This blog is the final push for me to return. So some of my reviews will come in the form of videos! And I adore makeup and creating facial art with makeup, so expect videos about makeup, and of course about books and makeup together.
As I said at the start of this, introductions can be difficult for me, but hopefully this makes sense. We all have to start somewhere, right? Hopefully you’ll stick around on this journey with me, dear reader.
But for now, xoxo Gossip Girl
(Ignore the fact that I think I’m a comedian; I thrive on the corny jokes I make!)