TAG WEEK: Mystery Blogger Award Take Two

Hey loves!

Welcome to tag week here on OiaM!

Today we’re starting off with the Mystery Blogger Award, which I was kindly nominated by the very wonderful Gayle! Thanks so much, angel ❤

Also, this tag was created by Okoto Enigmas!

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Answer the 5 questions you were asked
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me

  1. I care passionately about social justice! If you know me in real life (or honestly on the blogosphere too haha) you’ll know that I’m an activist.
  2. I am the ABSOLUTE worst at procrastination 😉 I think it’s because I’m a Gemini? Speaking of which, my birthday’s coming soon (because I’m a Gemini hehe)!
  3. I’m a vegan!! (since May 4 hahaha auspicious date, huh? BECK) I’ve been vegetarian for my entire life and recently went vegan.

My Favorite Posts

To be fair, I think everyone has different opinions on what my best post is, but here are the ones (in recent times) that I’m the proudest of!!

Why You Should Watch The Show ‘Never Have I Ever’ Now // ft. rant, bias in the media, representation matters! – this one because I really WENT OFF and somehow ended up ranting for 2000+ words

Why Feminism Sucks – this one because it’s one of my most popular posts!! I also went off (see a trend here?) and I’m proud of it 🙂

7 Of My Favorite Types of Characters – these are all quite recent, but I think I did a damn good job of organizing my thoughts! That’s always hard XD.

Gayle’s Questions

1. What could you give a 40min presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

I’ve done this before, believe it or not!! I could DEFINITELY give a huge presentation on the roots of climate change and why patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, and (to some extent) capitalism need to be abolished.

Somewhere in there, I would tie it to #screwthepolice (although I love B99, we must acknowledge that the police suck as a whole).

2. What small gesture from a stranger made a big impact on you?

I can’t think of anything, but people who compliment my ‘maturity’ always make me feel good about myself! The people who say I’m ‘too immature’ to be dealing with hard concepts like I mentioned above?

Oh, well. Whatever.

3. How can you be a light in someone’s life this week?

I love this question! I want to make a good impact on my fam this week by making yummy things! 😉 I’ve been in a crappy mood because I’m on my period (boohoo) so here’s to hoping I get the energy soon to make some treats 😑

Or I guess I could just take the easy way and comment on people’s blog posts! That sounds fun 🙂

4. What are three words that describe you well?

Ah, the dreaded three words question.

Driven. (incredibly) Lazy. Passionate.

(interpret that in your own way- it definitely sounds like I’m a Slytherin XD)

5. If you could be invisible, what would you do?

I KNOW I should think of a better answer.

But I also know that the main use for my newfound invisibility powers will be cheating at PE when we have to run. Come on, we’ve all wanted to do this, don’t lie! XD

My Questions

  1. What is a color combination (three colors) that describe your personality, and why?
  2. What was the last book you read? How would you rate it?
  3. When did you last cook/bake something?
  4. Do you have any unpopular opinions that AREN’T bookish? Spill the tea 😉
  5. What mainstream stores do you mostly shop at?

I Tag…

(by the way, I won’t be tagging people for all the tags this week!)

Ash @ Wild Honey

Anna Coleman 

Gracie @ Light in the Darkness

Emma @ AFCTL

Saania @ Saania Sparkles

Becky @ Moth of the Day

(I couldn’t think of 10-20 people I didn’t tag last week XD)

Thanks for reading! Be prepared for multiple posts this week 😉

What do you think is my best post? What’s your Zodiac sign? Are you proud of me for writing the first post that hasn’t gone over 1000 words in SO LONG? (excluding short stories)


The Sunshine Blogger Award // very very very very late

Hey, angels!

It’s been a really (REALLY) long time (I was tagged in 2019!) since I’ve done a tag or award and I’ve been planning to do a ‘tag week’ for some time now (AKA a way for me to justify my procrastination).

For some reason, all my saved posts disappeared and this is one of the only tags I have saved! From now on I’m going to save them to a document for sure lol.

Anyways, from now on, you guys can start tagging me for tags and awards again! 😉 I know that so many people stopped tagging me because, obviously, I wasn’t doing them (I think it’s been 10 months since I’ve done one, gosh!), and honestly, thank you for doing that, friends!

I’m going to start posting tags and awards more often so if you did tag me for anything in the past, please please please drop the links below so I can actually do the tags in a ‘tag week’ of sorts.

I was tagged by Charlotte @ Bewitching Books, Ravenous Reads who is currently on hiatus but is a positively wonderful blogger whose blog content I adore! Go check out her blog and follow it right now 🙂

What book, if any, would you most love to see a prequel of?

Honestly, I feel like I have no right answer to this one! I’d really love to see a Six of Crows prequel but I still obviously want more from Rick Riordan (my favorite author ever) so I’m not sure.

We are getting a Hunger Games sequel though, so I will read it although it’s not my favorite series or anything.

Just any prequel other than for Harry Potter, please. JKR is going to find a way to be even more controversial (Dudley Dursley is a trans Latino boy with autism? I WOULDN’T PUT IT PAST HER). Anything other than Harry Potter.

What were/are your favourite and least favourite subjects at school?

My favorite subject is Language Arts although I’m generally interested in many subjects, and my least favorite subject is probably PE? I just hate physical activity, to be honest. A true bookdragon at heart.

What’s your favourite film that was released in 2019?

Hmm, that’s a great question! I, of course, loved watching Avengers: Endgame and Spiderverse (I think? Or was that 2018?! Quarantine has made everything else feel like the same!) or whatever Spiderman movie came out in 2019. I actually can’t really remember any other movies, oops, but Aladdin and Lion King were rad too (is that 2020? HELP).

What fairytale character would you be willing to trade places with?

If I’m going off of Disney, I might want to trade places with Kida, the princess of Atlantis from Disney’s film about Atlantis. She gets to be a princess of an amazing underwater kingdom?! Yes please! Where can I sign up? 😉

But other than Disney, I probably would choose the ORIGINAL story of Fa Mulan where she’s a badass warrior who DOES save her country but not with Shang and the other elements Disney threw in. Speaking of which, I’m excited about the live-action coming later this year!

What inspired you to start blogging?

One of my best friends, Vaishnavi, was a blogger and I was inspired to start a blog because of how much I loved her’s ❤ I’m so glad I made that decision!

What’s one piece of advice that you think all new bloggers should know?

This may be controversial, but this is what I think will help you grow your blog the most:
what’s more important than posting two or three times a week and then disappearing for three weeks without any posts is posting consistently and regularly, even if it isn’t the most often.

Also, hot take, but posting multiple times a day when you normally space out your posts a lot more isn’t really a good idea! It’s best to schedule that post for around a week later so you don’t feel burned out.

Believe me, all my old posts were incredibly sporadic.

If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

This question always makes me pause.  I really want to meet AOC- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez- (she’s in Congress in the USA) because she’s in a field that I’m really interested in going- public policy and humanities- and she fights relentlessly for things I believe in like a Green New Deal, stopping climate change, and gender equality. She’s one of my role models and I want to be able to make a wide-spread change in the country/world like she has been!!

What’s your favourite lesser-known, or talked about, book?

Ooh, so I highly recommend Every Other Weekend, a book that came out in February 2020 that is definitely less talked about. The romance is the cutest thing ever and it made me cry, too. ❤ My review is linked above!

Which fictional character do you most admire?

Just one?! If I have to just choose one, I’m going to choose Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano from the Riordanverse.

She was written as a totally badass character who never experienced love and comfort but slowly learned to trust others and I love her so much!!

What generally beloved character gets under your skin?

Maybe this is cheating, but I hate Snape. Yes, I know, a lot of others do too, but I used to be a Snape sympathizer and I know many people still are so this should count. He’s a horrible, abusive person.

What are your goals for 2020?

Jokes aside, I really want to have a productive year.
This sounds extremely vague, and it is, but I know I’ll know if I had it or not.
Also, I want to continue being vegan for the rest of the year! I went vegan after being vegetarian for all of my life last week, and I’m hoping I can stick to it (it helps that everyone in my fam is vegetarian and has always been).

My questions:

How have you been passing time during quarantine?

Do you have any family recipes?

What widely-beloved author’s work do you hate?

Do you have any unpopular opinions?
Do you bullet journal?
If you had one wish from a genie and it had to be selfish (no solving world peace, sadly) what would you choose?
How would you rate your 2020 from 1 to 10, and why?
Have you accomplished any of your goals for 2020?

I tag:

Lucy @ Oh Lucy Style

***** @ Bludgers And Broomsticks (sorry I couldn’t resist XD)

Arshia @ Words From Adaria

Ash @ Starlight Strands

I hope you guys enjoyed this (once again, I am unable to write a post below a thousand words, cheers to that) and if I tagged you, don’t feel pressured to do it! Don’t forget to drop down links to posts that you tagged me in down below. Feel free to tag me in future tags/awards if you want to 😉

Also, if you’re an Asian/Pacific Islander blogger who is reading this post, please comment down below and reach out to me via my contact page! I’m planning something super cool for this AAPI month but it’ll only work if ALL of you who identify as AAPI and are reading this reach out to me! 


“Billboard, Number One!”: music industry, adorable couple, last day!!// StayHomeWriMo Day 30

Hey y’all!

Wow, I can’t believe today’s the LAST DAY of this challenge! This is absolutely crazy! I had a ton of fun writing (almost) every day and publishing it here and I hope I didn’t annoy you all with all of the posts XD.

On the other hand, I’m kind of grateful that this is over because it was a little stressful (though also extremely satisfying and very fun!) to post every day and write something not just new but decent haha.

Thank you to everyone who commented this month! Your comments really mean so much to me and they boosted my ego x10000 😉


“Oh my god,” Azia whispers.

She grips her phone with her hands, staring at the screen, wide-eyed.

”One Two Three, Smile’ is Number One on the Billboard charts today!‘” she reads out.

“Oh my god!” Azia shrieks, jumping up and down. “I- I can’t believe it!”

Her hair is flopping into her face but she doesn’t notice because she turns to me, ecstatic and pacing through the living room.

“Jes! My song is number one on the Billboard!” Azia throws her arms around me, squeezing hard. Continue reading ““Billboard, Number One!”: music industry, adorable couple, last day!!// StayHomeWriMo Day 30″

“Underwater Treasure”: vampires, cool history nerd things // StayHomeWriMo Day 29

Hello, friends!

Shoutout to my girl El for watching the horrible series of Twilight with me (more like her forcing me to watch during school) (#TEAMMIKE) and this post is largely inspired by HOW STEPHANIE MYERS DID VAMPIRES DIRTY and a ton of Pinterest and Tumblr shtposts that I’ve been seeing and pinning often.

The first draft of this was pretty terrible and this story ended up being the only story I drafted multiple versions of XD.


Dammit, Simon!” I cursed, letting my feet skim on the dusty ocean floor, weighed down by the backpack of rocks I wore.

Simon looked at me, mildly amused. “You hast stubbed your phalanx once more, is it?”

I glared at him, cradling it. There was no blood- I mean, vampires definitely didn’t bleed easily- but it still hurt.

“Okay, you’re the one who dragged us all down here to discover some secret treasure or whatever!” Continue reading ““Underwater Treasure”: vampires, cool history nerd things // StayHomeWriMo Day 29″

“Double Rations”: dystopian, realistic future // StayHomeWriMo Day 28

Hey, lovelies!

Today’s post is a little bit on the longer side, but I hope you enjoy it. It’s not my best work (written at 10 PM anybody?) but I haven’t written any dystopian this month so I thought I’d squeeze one in before the end of the challenge (which is in two days WOW I’m feeling bittersweet here)!


The buildings are short and gray and ugly against the equally gray and ugly sky. Trash clutters the streets and the gutters are clogged with litter. In the distance, you can see tall, sleek silver buildings that made up the High District of New York, where all the rich millionaires and businesses operated from.

They were far away from where I stood, in the Low District, where all the poor and working-class lived.

I duck behind a dumpster when a man walks by whistling, his hands tucked into a posh suit. He was obviously one of the wealthy from the High District.

I contemplate stealing his shiny watch and pawning it for some good money but decide against it as I watch him walk away. He’s too far away now. Continue reading ““Double Rations”: dystopian, realistic future // StayHomeWriMo Day 28″

“Mural Of Stars”: personal loss, sisters supporting each other // StayHomeWriMo Day 27

Hey everyone!

I hope you like this story- I’m really proud of it actually. Just want to give a content warning~

CW: personal loss, mention of suicide


The sky was a mural of patterned darkness, each patch unique in its own way, shimmering with the light of the stars that were so far away.

Prati stared up at the sky without blinking.

They were so untouchable, the stars. Nothing ever fazed them. They were always there, twinkling in the night sky and just out of reach during the day.

“I wish you’d come back,” Prati whispered to the empty winds, her words muffled by the breeze that sent goosebumps prickling down her arms.

The stars didn’t respond. Not that she had expected them too, of course. She just…

Prati sighed and sat up, brushing stray pieces of grass out of her hair. She was going crazy- talking to the stars about her problems and expecting them to respond.

She was lying in her backyard, the lawn under her hair. In the night it all looked black and blue, but in the daylight, her backyard was a gorgeous green with magnolia trees and gorgeous flowers in the garden.

Lately, Prati had taken to lying down in her backyard with the stars as her blanket when she couldn’t fall asleep. Which was almost every day.

It started five weeks ago, the night of the funeral. She couldn’t sleep that night after having to go to the function and paste a grateful smile on her face and accept everyone’s condolences when someone was dead, ok? She just couldn’t. And before she knew it, she’d found herself outside, laying on the grass, cradled in the arms of the earth and the sky- the two places she was the most comfortable with.

Prati hugged her knees to her chest, her flimsy cotton t-shirt doing nothing to keep her from the cold. Usually, it didn’t bother her, but tonight it was all she could think about.

Reluctantly, Prati got up and trudged inside, opening the patio door as quietly as possible and slinking inside to her room.

Prati opened the door and nearly shouted out loud when she saw someone sitting on her bed.

“Don’t worry, it’s just me,” the person said, and Prati immediately relaxed. The voice belonged to her older sister, Priya.

Prati closed the door behind herself and walked in slowly, sitting on the bed tentatively.

The two sat in silence for what seemed like hours before Priya broke the silence.

“I miss him too.”

Prati willed herself not to cry, blinking away the tears that formed in her eyes.

“I miss him every morning and every night,” Priya continued in a quieter voice. “And everything reminds me of him. It’s unbearable.”

Prati jerked towards her sister. “Why are you telling me this? If you’re trying to help, it’s not working, okay? It’s never going to be okay!”

Priya took Prati’s hand in her own, squeezing it gently. “Prati. By bottling it all up, you’re only going to be miserable. It’s okay to be sad right now- it’s normal. But sharing your emotions with someone will make it easier to bear.”

Prati could feel the tears building up and her throat tightened as she let out a choked sob and pressed her face with her hands.

“Maybe I- maybe I don’t deserve to be happy. Maybe I deserve to suffer through this. I would be happy and fine right now if I just talked to him and told him how much I loved him, maybe we could have had a family game time every week to make him remember how much we needed him and-”

Priya grabbed her sister’s shoulders, and when Prati lifted her eyes up to meet Priya’s, she was shocked by the intensity of her gaze.

“Stop! Prati, you need to stop. It’s not your fault! I- I thought that, too, for a little bit. If only I had stopped by his room that morning and talked to him a little bit about school, if only I had been there for him more so he could tell me what was going on in his life- but it doesn’t help, Prati. It doesn’t.”

Prati looked up at her sister with tear-stained cheeks and took in a deep breath.

“I just- I just miss him so much, Priya. He was so radiant and fun and eager and everything that I wished I could be. But- but he did it so much better, you know? He always knew how to make you laugh, how to console you, yet when he was the one who needed a shoulder to cry on, I wasn’t there.” Prati whispered, closing her eyes.

Priya was silent.

“Yeah. I miss him too,” Priya said. “And… And I’ve wondered a lot. About why he did it. Why he took his own life.”

Prati started ugly-crying, and the tears wouldn’t stop coming.

Priya pulled her little sister in closer, placing an arm around Prati and wiping her sister’s tears with her shirt.

“It’s not going to help us to keep wondering though,” Priya continued, stroking her sister’s hair. “What will help us is to remember him through action.”

Prati felt Priya’s hands being cupped around her chin and she looked up at her sister.

“We need to move on, Prati. Not forgetting him- that will never happen. We need to remember him at his best and worst and show him our love by moving on with our lives. That’s what he would want.”

“That’s what he would want,” Prati echoed. “That’s what he would want.”

“Come on,” Priya said, gently easing her sister off of her. “Let’s go get some air.”

The sisters walked quietly through the halls and out of the patio door, stepping outside to be met with the same stars as before.

How wonderful was it that in fifteen minutes someone’s whole life could change yet they would come back to see the same stars as before?

Prati silently sat down in the same spot she had sat at before, but now with her sister by her side.

They leaned on each other, gazing up at the night sky.

“Remember that time when Pranav convinced both of us to prank our dad with shaving cream on April Fool’s Day?” Prati said suddenly.

Priya laughed. “Oh yeah! And we got in trouble but it was totally worth it. And that time when we drove to Starbucks ourselves because Mom and Dad didn’t want us to drink sugar?”

Prati smiled, thinking about how they had had a sugar rush for the rest of the day.

“Mom and Dad could probably tell by how we were acting like five-year-olds,” Prati joked. “But Pranav was a master liar. He got us out of so many tricky situations.”

Priya smirked. “Oh, and when my boyfriend dumped me so you two cheered me up by making pancakes for dinner!”

“What about when Pranav ditched his friends to stay at home with me because I wasn’t feeling well?”

The two sisters continued sharing stories about their brother for a long time, joking around and remembering all the good memories they had of Pranav.

This time, Prati was sure that the stars were listening.


I hope you enjoyed the story! If you weren’t able to read it because of the content warnings, I totally understand and support you ❤

Did you enjoy this story? Have you ever experienced a personal loss?