MeiSummer Presents: Nancy Drew, Korean Cosmetics, & a One Night Stand?

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MeiSummer Presents: Nancy Drew, Korean Cosmetics, & a One Night Stand?

On Nancy Drew

Do you remember the first book you've ever read?

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Do you remember the first book you've ever read?

Mine was a book in the Nancy Drew series given to me by my father when I was in fourth grade. I remember how disappointed I was when I saw the gift. Back then, reading, for me, seemed like a boring past time. My father, however, encouraged me to give the book a chance, and being the dutiful daughter that I am (ha-ha), I did as he asked. And that was the start of my addiction. From then on, I inhaled books, getting lost in alternative worlds for hours and days. It got to a point when parents complained, because I rarely ventured out of my room.

That was when my love for words, and consequently, writing, begun. I wrote poems at the back of old notebooks and crafted short stories in my head. I took every English essay assignment as a chance to tell a story. My teachers were delighted, and my works were published in school newspapers and student anthologies.

I thought, "This is it! I'm going to be a successful writer when I grow up."

But then struck the reality most of us aspiring writers have faced: it's extremely difficult to make a living out of writing. I could no longer count how many times I've been told that a career in writing is impractical, so when push came to shove, I caved. I gave up on my dream and chose a more profitable career path, which eventually led me to the advertising industry.

Almost ten years of doing work that paid the bills, I find myself unhappy and dissatisfied. The desire to write had never died, so I searched for a means and found Wattpad. Early last year, I started working on my first story, A Room for My Pretend Love. In six months, I saw my creation grow from a book no one knew about to one that was enjoyed by thousands of people. For the first time in years, I felt inspired.

Perhaps I may never fulfill my childhood dream to become a famous writer, but simply knowing there are people out there who have been touched by my story is enough.

On Korean Cosmetics

As a sign of my gratitude for my wonderful first year as a writer on Wattpad, I'm sharing a short story with everyone

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As a sign of my gratitude for my wonderful first year as a writer on Wattpad, I'm sharing a short story with everyone. It's a spin-off based on a character from A Room for My Pretend Love. Many have requested me to write this story so I've decided to create two parts. The story below is the prologue, while the rest of it will be posted as a bonus chapter at the end of A Room for My Pretend Love, which you can find in my profile: MeiSummer.

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