I'm going to do something a little different today - I want to introduce you to a blogger that I've had a lot of fun getting to know! So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy getting to know Jessica :) And sorry if it feels a little like joining a conversation in progress...
JM: What do your user names mean? I know your blog is "Nayu's Reading Realm" and then your user name when you leave comments shows up as "Yunaleska." I've always been curious!
Jessica: User names - oh these always have people guessing. Someone once thought it was Swedish/Scandinavian.Yunaleska is the main character in Square Enix's (formerly Squaresoft) Playstation 2 game Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. I'm a huge FF fan, and I tend to use names of the heroines as usernames. I figured that Yunaleska might be under copyright laws, so I swapped it around to create Nayuleska (as I'm known on twitter). All credit to Square Enix for such a fab internet name. And for such brilliant games! (Me, advertising? Yes. I'm FF obsessed).
JM: You've told me you live in England but you miss the States - where are you actually from? Where did you live in the States? What part of England do you live in? Why do you live in England?
Jessica: Oh I ought to explain - I'm English born and bred. I visited Florida when I was little (Mickey Mouse played a part) and I loved the atmosphere, how friendly everyone was - it was all genuine. I went twice, and loved it both times. This year I got to visit Annapolis in Maryland. Definitely a different state to Floriday (duh!) but the friendliness was there. It's hard to explain exactly what it is about America that I love, but I like the culture. I adore the choice of food in the supermarkets. I find it funny the different terms with have for the same item
Eggplant = aubergine
cilantro = corriander
oatmeal = porridge
I love the space in the towns, I love the huge houses, I love oreos and I'm a huge fan of Hershey's (secretly wishes Hershey's would send me chocolate to review!). America happens to get anime dvds before Europe...which annoys me a little. Plus I love the weather (although I don't think I would enjoy hurricanes). I love Starbucks, which is over here in England.
I live in the South of England. We don't get the heavy snow in winter, but we get a bit. Enough that I got snowed in and couldn't get to work - yes, I did get extra reading in then. Although I moan about the weather (rain, rain, and lots of cloud), we are fortunate not to have too much flooding or natural disasters. I like tea - I prefer jasmine and green tea to 'normal' English tea. I love strawberries, I sometimes prefer the English book covers to the American ones. I love our icecream (although American icecream is also yummy). I live in England because I was born here. Maybe one day I'll emigrate. Or, failing that, spend more time in America! (places I want to visit: Hawaii, Alaska. And Maryland again.)
JM: Well if you ever visit the great North West let me know :)
I had no idea that cilantro and corriander were the same thing! That's funny :P I love cilantro!
What got you started blogging?
Jessica: Believe me I was completely stumped whenever a recipe said 'cilantro'.
What started me blogging - it was actually the desire to spread the word about books. I loved the idea of being a book reviewer. I have few friends who share the same taste in books as me, so I have a limited outlet when I want to rave about books. I've always admired my fellow blog book reviewers. I feel they are articulate and give a good analysis of books. One of them said I ought to try book reviewing. So I set up my blog. They said it might be time before publishers send me books for review, but I didn't mind that. I was all set to review books solely from my library and my small collection. But then slowly more publishers said yes they'll send me books, and the blogging went from there.
I also have a writing blog, which is where I can relax. I can yell about how useful (or not) my Muse is being, groan about revisions, and just generally update on how I'm doing.
I aim to put a book review up each day, but lately life hasn't let me do that. I always try and read a book a day (it is possible...most of the time). I'm in catch up mode, and should be back on track soon. I'm thankful that people are understanding of life's curve balls!