Dear fellow Babblers,
Now listen here. I command for you to wish this gal a big ‘ole “Congratulations”. But not to me – no, no, no – I ain’t that narcissistic – c’mon guys! The congrats goes to my fellow babblers; all y’all who have endured my endless bookish nonsense (if we dare call books printed pages of ‘nonsense’) for the past month. Yes, my blog has turned one month today.
I initially had set out to share with the book community here on wordpress as well as on Goodreads my thoughts on books by providing you guys with reviews and ramblings on shizz pertaining to books from my fears recently graduating from UCLA as a literature major to my meanderings on identity within the blogosphere and we must not forget the actual book reviews ’cause what’s a book blog that does not review books (another discussion in itself – to be posted soon – stay tuned kiddos!) ?
So here we are now, precisely thirty days later: babbler who babbles about books and has a fear of a hopeless future hidden amongst piles and piles of written stories. Is there no more to this psychotic existent ? Preach Delphine! Preach!
We are already halfway through the year, and while I’m sure all of us bibliophiles are fretting over our monthly wrap-ups and spending the next 48 hours choosing the next 20 books (I’ll be lucky if I can shut my mouth long enough to get through at least 10!), I decided as a celebratory post not for me, but for any of you that care who the voice behind the babbling actually is (yes, I do existent, a complete, whole person with mind and body – Descartes may disagree with that statement, but omg Delphine: please shut up and get to the tag part!), I would tag myself in May @ Forever and Everly’s and Vrinda@abookishhuman ‘Get to know me’ Tag.
Now, meaningless babblings put to the side for the next couple moments as I welcome you into the mind, body, unstable imagination of Ms. Delphine:
Name: Delphine (very proud of my name – I know it’s pretty and proud to flaunt it)
Nickname: Fifi. My birthname is Fidan so Fifi just goes with it, I guess (idk – I don’t like either). My highschool boyfriend used to call me Faith, which his buddies and thus the rest of my hopelessly ghetto high school chose to call me.
Star Sign: Pieces – does that authomatically make me a compassionate chick – mehhh, not so much. I’m a fierce gal and fierce gals don’t give love to no one! (says the one who cried watching a documentary on Beyonce’s life *LOL*)
Occupation: I just graduated UCLA so could we say I am contemplating becoming a Gold Digger? Right now I’m interning for two publishing houses and am in the process of scouring all over the States for a job as an Editor – I’ll literally go anywhere to get a real job in a publishing house. *sigh* The dream lives on…
Chocolate brown with gold highlights. Lets keep the natural color out of this “confession”.
Eye Color: Brownie baby.
Best Feature: I read, and I think in this digital age, anyone who lives vicariously through fictional characters and expresses their love for books over raves, clubbing, and movies counts as their “best feature”.
Braces: *Thank you spirits in the heights of L.A. for endowing me with straight teeth!*
Piercings: At one point, during my occupation as up-and-coming gangster in high school I had six piercings in each ear. Now that I assume full responsability as a semi-non-gangster I have the normal one piercing on each ear.
Tattoos: Don’t we all? I just got my fourth tattoo.
Tattoo number 4, and more to come!
Right or Left: Right??? I use my MAC so much nowadays – is this question even relevant.
Real Holiday: Isn’t every holiday ‘real’, or is this some philosophical meandering? I’m not big on birthdays just cause it’s a reason to demand attention for being one year closer to being buried deep in the earth and forgotten (I’m an Existentialist, what can I say?)
Best Friend: Can I choose a fictional character? I like them more than humanity – hence I’m a book blogger and not lifestyle blogger.
Award: Latin Honors! Deans List! Yup, UCLA double major: Comparative Literature & French. Graduating GPA” 3.929 – I’m one proud cookie about that one, given the fact that I rarely ever even showed up to classes – I mean, who needs a lecture on how to analyze a novel and how to write a short story? I have my own writing style and my own opinions about what I read and refuse to let other’s thoughts and the ‘structure’ of the university curriculum interfere with my creativity and disturbed mind.
Sport: I’m scared of anything that comes my way and could cause damage to my already horrifying face. As a result soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, volleyball – just about all sports become out of the question. To avoid becoming a fleshy blueberry, then, I’ve ran Cross Country throughout high school and now I hike for about three hours six days a week – not sure if that’s normal but what is ‘normal’ anyway?
Concert: Too loud, too many sweaty people that I don’t know, outrageous price just to stand for the next four hours to someone harmonizing an “amazing” melody into a screeching microphone – Damn straight I’ve never been!
TV Show: OOOOO Fruit’s Basket! I love, love, LOVE! Japanese manga and put to screen is perfecto… and now you know how I spend my evenings.
Color: Sunshine yellow! I love Spring and Summer so yellow is just a given.
Songs: Well my current playlist has A LOT of tunes from Angus & Julie Stone. My favorites from them are Living on a Rainbow and Yellow Brick Road. When I’m hiking I usually like to listen to more of something that has an “umph* such as Drake or The Weeknd (*typical*). During the rest of my activities its usually instrumental music from Yann Tiersen who is currently my absolute FAVORITE pianist (oh wait – what about Yiruma – can’t forget my fellow Koreans!).
Restaurant: Tip for being able to buy more books: DON’T EAT OUT!
Books: I’m a book blogger, hence you do not dare ask this fuming girl to actually CHOOSE! Gimme anything with a pretty cover, anything from Haruki Murakami, anything from Donna Tartt, anything where the princess saves herself, anything in which cats talk, anything where the Nigerian falls in love with the Russian (idk where that came from) – ANYTHING!
Shoes: I just bought a pair of flats from Charlotte Olympia – toodles to my savings (sorry daddy). I have no self control when it comes to shoes! My closet is brimming, I repeat BRIMMING with Doc Martens, oxfords and platforms – usually from Aldo, Espadrilles and flats from a variety of designers including Anthropologie, Kate Spade and, of course my newest Italian discovery – Charlotte Olympia.
newest addition to my million-buck collection
Feeling: Stressed *sigh*. Welcome Delphine to the adult world. Now quit your jabbering and find a job. Those 700 dollar kitty flats on your sunburned feet ain’t gonna pay themselves!
Single or Taken: Taken forever and always by an amazingly furry and purring guy named Haruki, named after my absolute favorite new contemporary author, Haruki Murakami. In case you haven’t gotten the hint, or are an absolute bimbo, Haruki is my kitty, and might I add: THE BEST KITTY IN THE UNIVERSE OF KITTY LAND!
Eating:I have a really retarded eating schedule – I eat once a day after 8 PM and it’s 5:30 PM as I’m writing this post.
Thinking About: I’m a babbler and as such I think about 387387492794923749273957297592739472359359 things in a matter of . 39393489532 milliseconds. Maybe the most dominant thought on my mind is how to get out of my reading slump which has been setting me back on my reading list BIG TIME. Anyone got any magical recommendations ?
Watching: Sitting at my favorite coffee shop, I’m looking out the window at two police officers questioning a homeless guy who seems to have been absolutely nothing but sunbathing for the past thirty minutes – last time I checked, that isn’t illegal…
Wearing: It’s summer! That calls for every opportunity to wear dresses and sandels! Have I mentioned yet that I love the sun ? As a result, even though we are still fairly early in the season, I’ve acquired a presentable sun tan, not burn – and I’ve been happily skipping around today in short pink t-shirt dress and my favorite new Mellissa flip flops. To complete my look I’m wearing a string of water pearls that my dad gave me for my graduation (as you can see, I put a lot of thought into my fashion).
Future (do I even have one?)
Want Children: *blink* *blink* NEXT QUESTION!
Want to be married: I’m a beautiful, amazing woman and I don’t need a man to complete me!
Careers in mind: I pretty much already covered this, so let me add that I will do anything and everything and go anywhere in this fricken universe to land a position in a Publishing House! If I got to choose it would be Penguin or Harper Collins, but at this point, fresh out of university I’m not trying to be too picky.
Where You Want To Live: I’ve had this vision ever since adolescence:
A white cottage in Provence, France with a large garden where I can grow my own vegetables, fruits, and with numerous Perennials. I would travel once a week to Farmers Market in the town to sell my extras and buy and chat with the locals. I have an absolute fear of cars so a pastel yellow bike with a white basket will take me and Haruki from home to work (yes, I WILL bring my cat to work!) each day. Need I say more? Why does such a simple, scenic life seem so impossible – almost too good to ever be made true?
Do You Believe In…
God: I’m an Existentialist and I believe only that we, as human beings, live an absurd existence in an absurd world where we are at the same time confined by and liberated by our choices. Long babble short – No.
Miracles: Yes. Each world that I create in my imagination; each world that a writer illustrates for his or her reader is nothing short of a miracle.
Love at first sight: From this period in my life, I can’t really say much about love and am in no hurry to find out.
Ghosts: Hmmm… If I believe in miracles then I should also believe in ghosts. I mean, aren’t the characters that we meat in books and the feelings we have about them kind of like, in a symbolic way, a ghostly entity? Does that even make sense?
Aliens: Anything pertaining to aliens just irritates me – there’s been too much of that done already. GET OVER IT PEOPLE!
Soul Mates: Heavens no. There’s several couples that are together for 45 years and suddenly split up. I personally don’t believe in long-term relationships period. I’m a complete liberal who believes in casual relationships and the freedom to move easily in and out between partners without having to connect emotionally with them – makes life a whole lot easier.
Heaven: If there is one, I’m pretty sure I’m not going there (lol).
Hell: Hell is other people – Jean Paul Sartre.
Kissing on a first date: Sure, why not? It doesn’t make you a better person for waiting for the second date to arrive. If you’re “feelin the vibe” then just go for it – ain’t no one gonna wag their finger at you in shame!
Yourself: Ummm…? What does this even mean? I guess I believe in myself. I wouldn’t mind some extra pixie dust every now and then, but all-in-all I’m a whole person who loves, appreciates, and makes new discoveries both in the real world and the imagined world with every thought, moment, day that comes and passes by me.
All y’all who have not yet completed your June “Wrap-UP” and July book “Haul”.
I’m currently reading Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch. Not exactly all that into it even though I am impressed my Koch’s play on literary techniques. A review post on the novel coming up so stay tuned my dear honeys!
Thoughts? Tips? Recommendations (don’t refer me to your perverted psychiatrist! jkjk)? Wanna compare books? Life struggles? Shoe obsessions? Comment below to catalyze a babble!
P.S.: Visit May @ Forever and Everly and Vrinda@bookishhuman’s site – as a newbie to the book blogging community, I’ve learned and gained so much from these bloggers that I highly encourage all y’all to pay there site a visit for bookish talks, reviews, recommendations!
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