When I got sick, it felt like a death sentence to all contact with humans, a comfort and consistent torture. But, I met Bronwyn through her blog about horror things. Incidentally, I am easily frightened, yet we connected and she has never batted an eye at the weirdness of me switching blogs, usernames, accounts. She supported me. Oh, and she introduced to my Megassaur.

Beautiful Meg, you are a powerhouse of hope and sarcasm and humor. I will never get over how quick you were to welcome me in your life, despite my oddness.

Then, I met my sunshine of a friend: Inge, you are an inspiration to all and I will never forget writing you that message on Goodreads. You give me bravery. To me, you’ll always be a shining star, and I am just humbled that you befriended little old me.

I was so scared and lonely, and you introduced me to the gems of my life now: Ely, Michelle (ma belle, Mich!), Jolien, Bee, Annemieke, Shannon, Cee Arr, Angel, and Vlora. As well as the little ones Topaz and Lara Liz

Ely, you teach me to accept my disability. Your bravery, the rawness of your honesty is a breath of fresh air, even if I sometimes just pace around the room for nights trying to think of a response equally as eloquent. Because of you, I feel like I have some sort of use for this world.

Ma Belle (Mich), I know things feel so horrid right now, and you need your space. All I can do is keep you in my prayers, in my heart, and on my mind. Sending you love and hope. You and I have a lot in common. My poetess, you are incredible and I can only pray that we can talk some more.

Jolie, you are the cutest peep. Because of you, I am becoming obsessed with Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch, anything fantasy and I think of you right away. My early riser, you are a sun summoner; may the world twirl around you, bring you the happiness you deserve.

Bee, we don’t talk much because I am genuinely intimidated by your cleverness. Books creator, clever and social, you surely will be on the bestsellers lists one day. I can only hope to be part of your journey to share your brilliance.

Annemieke, you are such a busy bee, and I want to get to know you better, mama! You show warmth and kindness so unabashedly, consistently raising my expectations of myself. Thank you for existing. Keep on rocking.

Shannon, don’t ever say you’re old. I think I’m older than you, so watch it. I’ll never look at the Hunger Games and not think of you. We need to tweet more at each other, because you always make me smile.

Cee: you are mysterious to me, and I need to build up the courage to talk to you–genuinely enjoy your blogs about sexual fluidity. You helped me come to terms with my asexuality and being aromantic and I am forever grateful for your openness.

Angel: you’re the prettiest and the most adorable girl ever. I wish we can get to know each other better, but you’re adored a lot by myself and Ely and Mich.

Vlora, I can’t wait to get to know you some more. You are so kind to me, even when I am deleting tweets left and right with manic nervousness. Thank you.

Finally: the little ones, you write beautifully and I wish younger me had your courage. Topaz, dream-like, and poetic, prodigious and inspiring, I hope you gain more recognition for your creativity. Lara Liz (Or as I call you, Little Lara Bar. Shh. It’s a vegan bar. Very delicious), your enthusiasm for life is the contagious and I am so psyched for your future and what it holds.

In passing, some people who don’t know me: Cait the Cake Queen and Aly, I enjoy your blogs and tweets. My heart is full of love for you. Thank you for the humor coupled with the mental exercise.


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  1. Imagine this: I’m sitting there, stuffing my face with cheese and biscuits while I wait for Gilmore Girls to load on Netflix and I see a tweet from Dina about a new post. I think to myself ‘well, I’ll read it now before I get sucked into GG’. Two minutes later and here I am, tears streaming down my cheeks, almost choking on a piece of cheese because someone decided to say too many nice things about me. I’m kidding…(kind of), I do really appreciate all the nice things and all of your love and support these past few months! Thank you for being such an incredible person, Dina <3

  2. Aw, Dina! This is the nicest and cutest thing I’ve ever heard! You are honestly one of the kindest people I have ever met, only spreading good things. I hope I can be a good part of your life, then, to block out or forget some of the bad.

    P.S. HELL YES to Sanderson and Lynch. Also, I’m very sorry if you finish The Republic of Thieves and have to wait for the fourth Lynch book with the rest of us…

    1. *Squeal* Thank you so much, beautiful Jolien. I definitely want to be a source of comfort and support for you, my dear.
      PS: I AM WAITING FOR MISTBORN in the mail! I’m going to be super sad when I finish Lynch’s work and run out of stories to read from him because I have been reading quotes from Locke Lamora. For sure I know that I’ll adore the stories so much.

  3. I have no idea how to thank you for your beautiful words. I really wish I knew what to say – just know that I find you to be so awesome and amazing and… your avi is a dinosaur, I mean, how do I explain how awesome you are?!

    And feel free to talk to me whenever – apologies in advance for my awkward replies, I’m not always good at the social side of things! I forget how to word sometimes, lol.

    And I’m so unbelievably touched that my posts have helped you in any way – you have no idea just how much that means to me. And being aro ace is just as valid and as beautiful and as awesome as any other orientation – never let anyone tell you otherwise. You are so beautiful and unique and amazing 🙂

    I hope we get to know each other more; I can’t wait! <3 <3 <3

    1. I’m glad that now you know how much you help me. Thank you for the kind words, Cee Arr! Can’t wait to get to know you some more. *Squish*

  4. Aww, this is such a lovely sweet post! And I’m eternally glad you like my tweets/blog. THAT MEANS SO MUCH. THANK YOU! And I’m so glad you’ve made some super precious internet friends. This is the besssst.?

  5. This is SO beautiful! Thank you so, so much for your kind words, too. They picked me up when I really needed something to do just that- I am grateful for you, too ♥ I promise to work harder at the tweeting too- I am kind of a mess, as you know 😉 This post in general is just SO awesome- so lovely, I am glad that you have so many wonderful and amazing people in your life. They ALL sound fabulous, and I feel like I’d want to be friends with them hahah. I love that you have such support from your family, and them from you- you are all so very blessed to have each other. BIG hugs, and thanks for reminding us to stop and tell people how much they mean to us. 😀

  6. Aaaw. I have no words. I’m just aaaaaaw.

    But seriously, thank you for the kind words. I am looking forward to getting to know you better too. Don’t hesitate to send me a message or anything. Or to remind me to reply to something if I am slow in replying. The memory is the first thing to go once you become a mom, haha.

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