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INTRODUCING MOI *ahem* INTRODUCING ME SYLVS

Hello there!

Welcome to the blog! @Booksforlife has already done this already but I thought it would be fun to answer these questions as well

  1. What’s your full name?

Sylvia but I prefer Sylvs anyway it’s a hip name and I think that it’s suit me in 80 years time. Sylvia is a “classy” name and “elegant” and I am NOTHING like that I am crazy, wild and loud!

 

2. What does your name mean and were you named after anyone?

“Princess of the forest” apparently.

 

3. Where are you from?

ADELAIDE!!! WOOP WOOP!!! *fist bump*

 

4. Favourite things about myself?

Probably my teeth. It taken 2 years with jaw extensions and braces to fix them and now they are all white and sparkly! I’d have to say my charisma as well I have this natural ability to communicate with people as well as my writing skills (I think I’m a bad writer but APPARENTLY not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

 

5. Biggest fear?

Probably failing people and letting people in. It takes me ages to open up to people (I know shocking considering I talk a lot) but I make sure that people don’t see more than book nerd and a kpop/music lover. I had A LOT of bad things happen to me (mentally) and you’ll honestly be surprised knowing about it. But I don’t talk about it much not that I’m scared of talking about it it’s more to do with the fact that I’m scared people would treat me differently and regard me in a different way.

 

6. Which parent am I closer to?

I love them both until one of them start trying to initiate conversation when I am listening to the blissful vocals of BTS.

7. Eye colour?

Brown. I have glasses and am short sighted so theres this tiny black circle in my eye letting the light touch my retina or wherever the light goes.

8. Favourite colour and favourite ice cream flavour?

I don’t have a favourite colour. I know this sounds REALLY emo but I’d say black it goes with EVERYTHING!!! As for ice cream flavour I’d say Cookies and Cream and Chocolate Choc Chip!

9. Favourite snack?

Burgers, nachos or pizza

10. Favourite way to pass time?

Reading or listening to music. I don’t really have time to sit down and relax but I do a lot of things in my spare time such as self teaching myself Korean (through youtube and through apps as well), dancing (I do KPOP classes and sometimes my kpop group uploads videos on Youtube!), write journal entries (and practise handwriting!!), tweeting things, talking (A LOT) and baking (I am known as a really good baker at school. I once stayed up until 12:20 just making profiteroles once… ON A SCHOOL NIGHT!!!! AND THIS WAS LITERALLY JUST ON THE 29TH OF MAY!!!!!!

11. Am I a good cook?

I think I just answered that one 😉

12. How many countries have I been to?

None but I HAVE BECOME DESPERATE TO GO OVERSEAS!!!!!! I’m going to Japan next year though!! Maybe I should post my shenanigans on IAD?

13. Age?

I’m so old I can see my wrinkles already… I’m 15 turning 16 AND THERES NOTHING SWEET ABOUT IT!!!!!

15. (LAST QUESTION) What are you currently reading?!

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian it’s part of the Inky Awards 2018! I am almost finished though so I might be reading Loneliest Girl in the Universe next!

 

IF YOU WANT TO SEE MY BEAUTIFUL FACE (lol) YOU CAN GO SEE THE INKY AWARDS JUDGES ANNOUNCED POST (I’m the one called Sylvia)

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Thanks guys and I’ll see you soon!!!

-Sylvs <3<3

 

 

26 comments

booksforlife

With the biggest fear, I have a school friend who the second part applies to. People (as in normal {not that any of us knows what that means}) don't actually realise how many people go through horrible things. Even just bullying.

I hope that you have at least one or two friends who always stick by you. You deserve them and I know from my school friend that they're needed, a lot.

9th Jun, 18
sylvs

Thanks! I have a couple that I talk to but after I told one of them I noticed she was treating me differently/looking at me in a different way like she still cared about my wellbeing but it was different than what we were like before I told her about the whole depression, body image and mild anxiety ordeal.

9th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to sylvs

That's good that you have people you can trust like that.
If I had that sort of thing and what happened with that friend, happened to me, I'd feel annoyed with myself, probably because I thought I could trust them to not treat me differently, but I obviously couldn't.

I personally am lucky enough not to have depression, but I've read about and heard about how hard it is. Obviously I can only imagine how it really feels, but I know that it can get really bad.

With body image, I feel like society is at the same time telling us to be ourselves AND telling us to be like the celebrities. I know that eating disorders and anxiety and stuff generally stem from it, and they can get really bad.

Anxiety IS something I suffer from, though not as bad as many people. I know how bad the attacks can get and just how stressing everything seems.

I hope these are only past problems, or aren't affecting your life as much anymore.
If you want to talk, message about it in Wattpad PM.

<3 Zoe <3

10th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to sylvs

You're really brave to have these different things and still just be you.

You're an amazing person, and as much as I haven't met you, I'm sure you're beautiful on the outside as well as the inside.

Keep being yourself. You're amazing and besides, if anyone wants you to be different so they like you, they're not worth your time. People who make people be someone else are not people who are nice or worth anyone's time.

I love you for the fangirl, writer, reader and just amazing person that you are. And if anyone doesn't, then ignore them, because they don't deserve you.

<3 Zoe <3

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to booksforlife

Thanks so much!!!!! But the depression thing isn't an issue anymore, body image is better since I basically lost so much weight during that time (cutting down on basically everything yes, even ice cream) of course the overthinking/anxiety is still there not so much that I have panic attacks it more like when I got an email saying you have been removed/added to a blog over and over again and I started PANICKING that I clicked something I shouldn't have on my emails. Anyway thanks for saying you'll be there for me. I try being myself and I find myself BEING myself most of the time (basically everyday) but I think time is what makes it all bearable. I didn't talk about it when it was a MAJOR issue for me (not even to family or friends) and had to help myself through the days. It was hard of course, but it's getting a bit easier thankfully :)

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

Thanks so much again I'm going to give you 100 online hugs right now *insert 100 online hugs here* I hope your own anxiety would get better I guess we are on the same level with that going on and you definitely got the whole body image thing right with the fact that society says "BE YOURSELF" and I'm like "Okay then" then you see all these reports on TV being like "HEALTHY EATING = SLIM BODY LOOK AT THIS REALLY COOL MODEL ON TV DON'T YOU WANT A BODY LIKE HER???" And then I am just sitting there jaw hanging open being like "SO WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO BE THEN!?!?!" its enough to throw the TV out of the window.

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

Oh and of course don't forget books where some female main characters *LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT FANTASY NOVELS HERE!!!!!* have main characters who are anorexic because of the whole "Winter is making this harder for us" and they always get this really handsome guy/pretty girl at the end. So teenagers being teenagers perceive this as "Okay so I need to be skinny in order to get THAT GUY" I guess I was definitely influenced to the point that I wore vests/jackets all the time to cover my body up. Thing is I'm not THAT overweight as in I don't wear things that are in plus sizes or anything but it certainly felt as if I might as well have been given that I felt so awkward in my own body I felt like I wasn't curvy enough and that I didn't have a wide thigh gap as the girls in my year level do. I know that probably sounds very ridiculous. But that was what it was like.

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

Back during depression era days I overheard "Oh I weigh 48kg" from this really skinny girl who I was sitting across from on the bus of course me being a 62kg child back then was totally freaked out which made me cut down on food when I came back home. I remember someone telling me that if I was 161cm tall (I grew to 165cm now) I had to weight 51kg and I was already 10kg "overweight"
I went and lost so much (basically lost 7.5kg) and yes I know this was like THE WORST weight-loss strategy but it seemed like the only way to become thinner given that gym memberships might as well cost a million dollars.

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

A long time ago, we were looking for work experience through different magazines (I want to be a journalist) and found a PARENT AND TEENAGERS magazine and flicked through it slowly and read "WAYS TO BECOME HAPPIER" and it said dancing. I considered doing hip hop at this dance place but then discovered they had kpop classes and started doing that. I was so nervous thinking that I was not good enough *mind you this was my VERY FIRST dance class in over 7 years and I never done hip hop/kpop before so OF COURSE I WASN'TGOING TO BE AMAZING* but my hands kept shaking. I even wrote a poem about it *nobody took this poem seriously though* and performed it in front of my whole grade

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

And wow I just realised I might as well be writing a letter in the comments section!! but it's weird when people say "YOU ARE SO BRAVE" to me *my friends say it all the time* and yes in a sense I guess I am given that I survived and self-healed myself through every mental health issue I had but it's weird when they say that given that I still feel so weird thinking "Wow I survived and came out alive" and that some people wouldn't have made it as far as I did by themselves.

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

But I think that you are an AMAZING writer as well! I read what you wrote on Wattpad and WOW IT IS REALLY FANTASTIC!!!!!! <3 I can't wait to hear more from you and likewise if you have anything on your mind you can always come to me I'm usually online anyway :)

-Sylvs <3 (sorry for making you read basically a whole letter from me on here)

10th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to sylvs

Yeah that is a lot to think about.

Glad the depression has left you alone now. Body image. I HATE SOCIETY!!!
I weigh between 60-70kg (I'm about 170cm tall), and I feel like I weigh too much.

Anxiety for me isn't too bad. It's like I CANNOT do speeches. EVER.
The one I did in yr6, in front of the class caused me several panic attacks. Now I do it in front of the teacher, and a few close friends.

*online hugs received*
*100 online hugs sending in return*

I hate that some novels focus so much on the body size. Like I know in "My Scars", River is said to be beautiful. But different people have different ideas of beautiful. I purposely don't describe her body shape/size etc, because I know that some people would feel like I was saying that beautiful means skinny.

Luckily for me, I don't have to look for work experience, because my parents don't care about me getting a job or anything. Plus I want to be a police officer, so I don't think I could find much to give me experience for that.

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to booksforlife

Ooooooh!!! I didn't notice that about My Scars!!! Also if you want to be a police officer go for it!!

10th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to sylvs

Yeah the only thing I can think that I mentioned was that Tyler (her bf) bought her a skirt that was too short.

10th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to booksforlife

Good to hear that you enjoy your dancing though.
I am guessing that your love of BTS stems from that.

I hate it when people don't take other's writing seriously. Writing tells you something about the person. EG. RICK RIORDAN HATES US!!!

You're really brave and really lucky to have made it this far by yourself! I know I couldn't have made it through without my amazing friends.

The story of River and Adrien is definitely my best story. Although I feel like the quality of writing is decreasing, due to my decrease of ideas of what to write for the specific chapters. I know how I want it to develop and have an idea for an ending. I feel like what it says about me, so far, is that.... well honestly I'm not sure.

I've started reading "Socially Awkward", and straight away, you can tell that you probably have had issues with social awkwardness. I love reading stories, especially my friends, because it tells me something about them, possibly something I didn't know yet.

10th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to booksforlife

I'm really excited to read more of "Socially Awkward"! And I hope you'll write some new stories soon too.

Got any ideas for our joint story? We at least should find a genre (fantasy, adventure etc).

WOW YOU ANSWER QUICKLY!!! Thanks. You'll make a great journalist.

<3 Zoe <3

10th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to booksforlife

Thanks! Socially Awkward was based on a true story. Let's just say before IAD I was THE AWKWARDEST PERSON ONLINE as in I made friends with a person... might have been a LITTLE BIT too stalkerish and.......he blocked me (lol) so I was like "might as well write about this since it's kinda funny" but I think the main character needs to be changed a little bit. She seems a bit psycho but it's fine I can probably do it. I am sort-of having a writers block with it. But then again I randomly made the story up. Wait until you see my ACTUAL ACTUAL stories that are whipped up in my head.

11th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

But yes we definitely should create a genre. I don't mind what genre we do but I don't mind contemporary, romance (though I never been in a relationship with another human I have an imagination), fantasy or we can mash everything together like a massive writing guacamole and create a fantasy story where two people suffering from [insert mental health/social issue here] fall in love and go on quests while trying to find themselves through each other

11th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to sylvs

We can even do perspectives as well like one side would be from character A's perspective and character B's perspective. But then again ALL OF THESE ARE JUST IDEAS! we don't have to go with this if you don't want to I'm just putting ideas down.

11th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to sylvs

I like the idea of having it from two different perspectives. That would help considering we have similar but different writing styles.

Honestly I have no idea what genre. Like I feel like most books people love are fantasy, but my best story is like a teen fiction more "realistic" sort of thing. So idk.

It's exciting.

11th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to booksforlife

We could experiment as well, try one style and if it doesn't work, try a different one.

11th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to booksforlife

I'm all good with realistic too :) I am pretty flexible in terms of my writing style so that genre can work :) now we just need to work out what specifically about realistic fiction we should write about

11th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to sylvs

Ok cool.

Here is a good link about different types of realistic fiction:

1. http://www2.nkfust.edu.tw/~emchen/CLit/Realistic_fiction_types.htm

11th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to booksforlife

Cool I had a look at the link and I think family/social realistic sounds good :) theres a lot we can do on it

11th Jun, 18
booksforlife

In reply to sylvs

Ok cool.

So maybe message on Wattpad for "prepping"?

11th Jun, 18
sylvs

In reply to booksforlife

sure :) let's do that

11th Jun, 18