Dearest reader,

This is my 500th post which means our time has come to an end. I’ve made some great enemies, learned the secret to immortality (hint: BOOKS), and now I hope you’ll support me in my next endeavor: world domination.

I poured my heart and soul into Novel Sounds for almost four years. When you love something that much, it feels like forever. YA seriously changed my life for the better. Books have always and will continue to change my life. There’s nothing like the feeling of words on a page transformed into worlds. It just takes twenty-six letters to create a universe.

It takes more than letters and so much love to describe how I feel about you. How lucky am I that even oceans aren’t obstacles for friendships! Thank you for always being there and encouraging and capslock-ing and just GETTING IT. Thank you thank you thank you.

Is it really goodbye if I’m not actually going anywhere? I’ll still be on Twitter and Instagram and other places. Say you’ll remember me standing in a nice dress, staring at a pile of unread books, eating an ice cream.

All will be well. I promise.

Yours truly,
Elena

Liner Notes is a feature where I talk about five things I’m currently into.

SHOUT OUT TO GREAT PEOPLE IN MY LIFE

I am currently on everyone’s favorite journey: finding a job. I think slaying dragons is probably easier but I must forge on. I am so, so grateful I have people on my side who fully believe in my abilities and worth. It honestly means the WORLD to me because even though I waver and get discouraged, they believe in me so much that I feel like I HAVE to believe in myself too! Confidence is a thing I’m working on because rejection can chip away your self-esteem so easily but I know I can definitely succeed in what I want to do. (OK NOW HIRE ME, PLEASE.)

MUNCHERY

Munchery is chef prepared meals delivered straight to your door! It’s kind of like Blue Apron except it’s already made and all you have to do is heat it up. Their service areas are currently Seattle, LA, SF Bay Area, and New York. If you use my invite link, you get $20 to spend (which is basically a free entree and dessert or whatever you want) and I get $20 too! It’s not a subscription either so basically, YOU GET FREE FOOD AND I GET FREE FOOD. PLEASE USE MY LINK. 🙏 I love free food and right now, it’s like

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I got a meal on Thursday and it was sooooo good. HERE IS A PREVIEW OF WHAT YOU CAN GET:

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(I WISH THIS WAS SPONSORED BUT IT IS NOT, FYI. I AM JUST V HUNGRY.)

SNAPCHAT

I’m normally on every social media bc I’m an addict but strangely, never felt compelled to join Snapchat! UNTIL NOW!!!!! I’m novelsounds on it, feel free to add me!

BALLET

I’m seeing my first ballet on Thursday and I’m really excited. I’ve always been fascinated with ballet but know NOTHING about it. I figured it was finally time to see my first one! I’m going to see Swan Lake and I heard ABT’s production is sublime.

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DEPRESSION CHERRY

I freaked out when it was first announced AND I AM STILL EXCITED!!! Beach House has a new record coming out soon!!! The album title, Depression Cherry, reminds me of shoegaze! I finally read their press release though and for inspiration behind the album, they quoted this:

“I’ll never be able to be here again. As the minutes slide by, I move on. The flow of time is something I cannot stop. I haven’t a choice. I go. One caravan has stopped, another starts up. There are people I have yet to meet, others I’ll never see again. People who are gone before you know it, people who are just passing through. Even as we exchange hellos, they seem to grow transparent. I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes.” – from Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

KITCHEN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS AND BEACH HOUSE IS MY FAVORITE BAND I AM VERKLEMPT.

What things are you currently into? Do you have a favorite ballet? ARE YOU A GRANDMA LIKE ME WHO IS EASILY CONFUSED BY SNAPCHAT?

I am in love in with cities. I grew up in a bunch of places but love cities the most. I mean, I will always be tied with suburbia because that’s what I know but because I’m young + idealistic, I get dreamy eyed over cities. Los Angeles reminds me of sun, Tokyo reminds me of loneliness, Shanghai reminds me of lights, New York reminds me of possibilities, Paris reminds me of maybes. It’s bittersweet leaving cities because it’s like you never there at all. You’re one person among millions. You will most likely never see the people you pass on the street ever again. Your face will slide away from a stranger’s memory before it even forms. This sounds sad but I don’t think it always has to be. It is easy to be lonely in a crowd but it is easy to revel in it too. You are anyone you want to be. You are the Ryan Atwood to their Marissa Cooper.

I have a long, long list of cities and places I want to see. Even though I know it’s very likely I’m not going to visit them all, there are always books to guide you. Reading a book and experiencing the travel are obviously not the same thing but sometimes it’s as close as you can get.

Do you have a favorite city? Where do YOU want to visit? 

branding

Straight from a class I paid $$$ for in university, the role of branding is

  1. Recognition and Identification 
  2. Differentiation 
  3. Loyalty and Equity 
  4. Value 

Now, I’ll explain each of these steps. I’m going to talk about a blog as a “brand” because that is how I see mine. It’s not an ACTUAL brand but I treat it as such.

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Have you ever thought, “Man, this author has a lot of books! Where do I start??” NEVER FEAR, I am here! Five prolific authors and where to start with them.

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