Tuesday, 2 December 2014

#talk 29: Happy birthday onesecondspring! #modernlovestories





    Last year on December 2 was the day I started onesecondspring. Happy 1st birthday, onesecondspring. I'm both amazed and happy at how much you have grown over the past year! I'm so grateful for all the love that has been showered onto my blog and as I'm writing this, we have hit 611,800 page views. The best thing of all is that all these page views are from readers all over the world! I wish I could reach out to each one of you - in all these countries that I can only dream about, but yet, at any one moment, we have connected through words about a foreign language we are both trying to understand.

  At the root of it all, I think our connection stems from love - an almost child-like notion of love birthed from fairytales - where princesses exist, even dragons and princes. But at this day and age, we know that princesses can save themselves and the prince, and at the heart of it all, we may all be dragons inside of us. And, if we want beauty, we must fight in pursuit of it.


  I told my husband a few days ago when I saw that old Human of New Yorks post - that it gave my heart so much feels, it was almost as if I was experiencing that first free fall of love all over again. And, sometimes, I get readers' feedback that reading the translated stories or my fiction feels like that (and I feel all these happy butterflies inside of me).

  Thank you.

  December is both the blog's birthday month and my real birthday month - hence my pseudonym, decembi. But, it has long become a part of me.

  I hope to continue writing and translating and sharing about all the wondrous things in the world. I hope you will continue to grow up with onesecondspring! I have so many little dream projects I would like to do! Perhaps one of them is #modernlovestories, where people share about their real life love stories (not necessarily romantic)  and we can all bask in that warm afterglow. So, please do share about your own stories either through my email at onesecondspring@gmail.com or through comments (hashtag #modernlovestories). I will do entries about it and maybe write short one chapter fiction inspired by these #modernlovestories.

  December is a season for giving and sharing! Do look out for more birthday goodies! ;)

love, decembi

51 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I'm so excited to celebrate this milestone with you. Ever since I discovered your blog half a year ago, I've been an avid follower. Best of luck on your future writing endeavors.

    Lily

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    1. Thank you, Lily ♡♡♡ you are like an old friend heehee. And, your name is my favourite flower

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  2. Happy birthday dear! Mine also in December, just in two days. I'm glad I found your stories. I've always fond of my Asian folk stories, and really looking forward for more!
    Again, wish you a joyous happy birthday! Muah!

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    1. Aww! Happy early birthday nur_hanis! Thank you for all your support ♡ Have a beautiful birthday!

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  3. Happy one year anniversary to onesecondspring!! decembi, thanks for the time and effort you put into translating all these wonderful novels (and writing them)! May your blog continue to grow! <3

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    1. Aww thank you dramapenchant ♡! All the best for your own lovely blog

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  4. Congrats on a wonderful achievement.

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  5. Happy 2nd Birthday! May you have many more years to come and thanks for all the hard-works!

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    1. Happy 1st birthday heehee ♡♡♡ Aww thank you, hopefully the 2nd year will be just as great

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  6. happy birthday for both of you my favorite blog and blogger what a great achievement... to translate and create and pen your own stories is a wonder by itself ... and to share it with us your valuable time and effort...i have no words, u give me so much (gamut of emotions and a place to dream relax unwind and be happy or sad) just know you're amazing and and a super person to boot... good luck and more power to you..wishing you both many many more birthdays to come....marie

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    1. Awww Marie! Thank you so much. I'm ever so grateful for your support of my translations and writings. I am really happy that this blog can be an emotional release for you, as it is for me ♡♡♡ I will continue to try my best!

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  7. Happy birthday to this amazing blog!! Tho i'm a new fan here, my love and support to ur stories and translation is THIS BIG! haha
    Continue being amazing Decembi..hwaiting!

    - afngrl247

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    1. Haha thank you afngrl247 ♡♡♡ I will continue to fight on!

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  8. happy birthday to you and your blog decembi!!! thank you for all your beautiful and amazing stories and translations. since i stumbled into onesecondspring early this year i've become one of your most loyal followers. please continue to enthrall us with your tales of love. wishing you good health, peace and love on your birthday!

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    1. Dear inno ♡ Aww thank you for the birthday wishes! I'm so happy that you have enjoyed my blog just as I have been motivated to blog by the support!

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  9. Congratulations on your first blog birthday! Thank you for your great work!

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    1. Welcome! ♡ Thank you so much for your support. What a lovely birthday it is!

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  10. Happy anniversary and happy birthday decembi! Your blog is one of my most favourite blogs that I put you on my newsletter ^^ May you have a happy year ahead!

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    1. Aww newsletter! I'm so honoured Harvey ♡♡♡ thank you so much. I will continue to work hard!

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  11. Happy anniversary and birthday combo decembi!

    Love always

    Lola

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    1. Awww thank you Lola dear! <3 <3 <3

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  12. All the Best Luv *hugs*

    Thank U So Much!

    ~ samie

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    1. Heehee samie!!! thank you for your support! <3 *hugs*

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    2. Thanks much for Your Awesome generosity ♡

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    3. Welcome!! Thanks for the support ♡

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  13. happy bday. thq for opening this blog. i'll always be thankful for all the ownderful books that you've translated.

    1314dreamer

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    1. Thank you ♡ I look forward to your stories too!

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  14. Happy 1 year anniversary! I haven't been replying much here due to busy schedule! I'm really thankful and grateful that you've taken the step to start this blog as a chinese novel translator which is not easy at all! Not only did you translate novels, you even share your creative story writing to us which make me squee so much! Love the latest chapter of TSDL! Xi Yang and Wang Huan! ahhhh *fangirls* I'm looking forward to the end of the story which will spark another beginning for your next story! So much things to look forward for and gotta prepare my heart to bid farewell to some of the stories! Thank you!! ;----;

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    1. Dear Elaine ♡, thank you for your long support of my blog! Without the support, I doubt the writing and translating will be as fruitful! Aww glad you liked the latest chapter. I always have trouble in my final arc, and I hope TSDL will have its deserved ending! ♡♡♡ All the best with your life, may you get less busy

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  15. Happy birthday onesecondspring! I've had a great time here ever since I discovered this blog and I hope it continues for years! *imagines myself in ten years writing something like:* "Omg can't believe it's the 10th anniversary, it feels like just yesterday when this blog turned 1!"

    Nightflower

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    1. Nightflower, so lovely to hear from you! Hahaha. Omg, ten years?! I feel old already hahaha. <3

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    2. I've been commenting here and there but haven't done a very good job of putting "nightflower" at the end. Hahaha don't worry, we'll grow old together! That... can sound really weird taken out of context lol.

      Nightflower

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    3. :), I'm going to hold you to that promise!

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  16. Yipeeeeeeee..... eee xD First off, OMG you know about HONY too! :D -air high five-
    Foremost, Happy Birthday :D <3 I'm very glad that I stumbled upon this blog. This blog not only has given me wonderful translated stories, but has broadened my knowledge as a person. This blog has helped me see an aspect of Chinese literature written by modern writers. I have come to love each story, and each artwork. This blog has connect me to a culture despite my limited understanding of the actual text. Thus, along with wishing this blog a happy birthday (and yours ;D ) , I would also like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to bringing us readers beautifully written prose.
    P.S. Yay we're both born in the winter ^.^ , although mine is after December :)
    Winter is ethereal. The dainty snowflakes, the frost on the windows,and that morning blue glow are winter only. However, I think that the period from winter to spring is the most beautiful. That gradual transition of the leafless branches becoming filled with exquisite arrays of flower buds and leaves is gorgeous. Slowly Earth renews itself again. What I am trying to say here is that similar to the transition from winter to spring, I am able to appreciate the charming quality within each story from this blog and have grown as a person.Winter has shown us the core bodies of nature, but spring has shown us that even in the harshest conditions, the world has come to pick itself back up in many lovely forms. Cheers to nature and this blog's birthday! \(• ◡ •)/
    P.S.S. In this way, that's my modern love story aha xD

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    1. Not fair, I also want to be able to write something that pretty to celebrate this blog's birthday! No but really, you wrote very prettily :)

      Nightflower

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    2. ChocolateCosmos, I absolutely agree with Nightflower, you wrote so prettily! My heart was very moved by the imagery. Especially, since I have only seen spring a few times in my life (in Singapore, we have eternal summer). I named the blog, onesecondspring, as a play on the chinese phrase, 第二春(second spring) - which denotes a second chance at life, beauty and love <3 Thank you for being such lovely readers, my heart is warmed! <3

      An early birthday to you <3

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  17. Hey decembi,

    Oh my, has it been one year already? It feels like just yesterday when I was clapping with joy that you were going to continue the Heavy Sweetness translation. Time certainly flies quickly. Thank you for bringing us springtime all year round, and congratulations for all your success as a translator and writer. It has been such a pleasure to visit this site for the past year, and I look forward to many more years of perennial spring. Happy birthday, decembi! *hugs*

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    1. Hello Melanie, *big hugs* aww, you have been one of the readers from the early birth of my blog and I have always gained another perspective after reading your comments. I also could not believe that a year has passed --- and I still have not finished Heavy Sweetness! Well, at least, we are near the ending part now, and some of my favourite emotional parts <3

      Thank you for the support. And, I look forward to reading your stories as well. Much love.

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  18. Happy birthday, onesecondspring! First time commenting, but (one of) your biggest fan since a long time ago (: xoxo

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  19. Happy birthday onesecondspring! Great milestone! I recently just returned from a short break so I got plenty of reading to catch up on your blog! Thank you for bringing us countless reading enjoying. Hope you've been well. xox

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    1. Hello sutekii ♡♡♡ I hope you are in great health!!! Lovely to hear from you.

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  20. hi decembi ! happy belated birthday to onesecondspring and a happy birthday to you too !! many blessings to u n family. keep up the good n wonderful work in onesecondspring. a big thank you for your wonderful translation work and precious time in bringing so much happiness to us readers here. u have indeed introduced me to c-novels and spoilt us with all your hardwork.

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    1. Aww thank you playful ♡ that's very sweet of you! This makes me very happy. I hope you will continue to enjoy onesecondspring

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  21. belated (by two months... holy smokes...) happy first anniversary!!! thank you so much for sharing with us the world of c-novels and your own work... the latter takes a lot of courage...

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    1. Awww thank you ♡♡♡ yes, it's scary posting my own work.

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