Edel Grace

Programmer, Developer, Enthusiast

Book Blogger Hop #45

Jul 20, 2018 | Comments

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement?

I think the fact that I’ve had a blog for so long is an achievement. I’ve been blogging since 2007, so I’ve been blogging for over ten years now. I remember blogging on a platform called Mibba. Mibba was a creative writing website where I would read and post fan-fiction. They had a separate section of the site dedicated to blogging. A lot of my blog posts from Mibba were super cringy but I still like keeping them around for posterity’s sake.

Admittedly, I go in and out of blogging quite a lot. So it hasn’t been a consistent eleven years. I think my longest break from blogging was from April 2008 to June 2009, which is over a year. I can’t remember exactly why. Going back through my Mibba account, however, I see a lot of posts that I failed to bring over to this website. Now I’m debating whether or not I should import them… I feel really embarrassed reading some of these posts but they were a part of my past. I’d rather not forget them. I will have to add that to my to-do list.

Book Blogger Hop #44

Jul 13, 2018 | Comments

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.

Interestingly, I rarely visit blogs anymore. I only ever really visit a blog when a blog I am subscribed to pops up on my RSS reader and I feel compelled to comment on it. That being said, many of the blogs I regularly follow aren’t that cluttered.

Cluttered blogs in general, definitely do turn me off. Especially when I see that a blog has a tag cloud. I thoroughly dislike tag clouds. They don’t look pretty if they are sitting on a sidebar. I don’t really care if you blog about “cats” the most. I just want to see what your tags are! Even then, I rarely look at tags in the first place. I feel like a lot of things that are on sidebars are mostly for the owner and not the audience. I say this even though I have similar things on my sidebar.

I also have no idea why small type is seen as an aesthetic thing nowadays. It’s so hard to read! I’m not that old but surely I’m not the only one having a hard time reading small font? Thank goodness for CTRL +/-.

Book Blogger Hop #43

Jul 6, 2018 | Comments

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

If you were stranded on a deserted island, which ONE book could you not live without?

OH MAN. This is such a hard question. Would I bring my favourite book, Vilette by Charlotte Brontë? I’ve only read it once, I’m not sure I could read it more than a couple of times. There are very few books that I have read more than once. Maybe I would bring a super long book or a book that contains several volumes in one. I really don’t know.

If I were to be stranded on a deserted island, I think my main focus would be to survive. Would I even have any time to read? I would be too busy trying to find food or build shelter. But maybe if I’ve lost hope, it would be good to die reading a book.

So. What would be the last book that I would read? In that case, I think I would bring along Vilette. It’s a bittersweet book that touches me so deeply. I would love to read it on my deathbed.

Goodbye, University

Jul 3, 2018 | Comments

Last month, I finally graduated from university. It took me six years to finish university: one year of engineering, four years of computer science, and one year of internship. I can’t believe that I’ve spent nearly a quarter of my life as an undergraduate.

I remember starting out my first year so optimistic. Engineering classes were so brutal and every week I resolved to start anew. But I really hated those classes except for the software and electrical course. Those two classes weren’t enough to pull my grades up and I knew I had to switch out. I went with my second choice on paper but the first choice in my heart: computer science.

The secret for me to doing well was taking a reduced course load. I took four courses instead of a full course load of five courses and took spring and summer classes. Just the difference of one course made university a lot more bearable.

The first three years of university was a little rough in general. Trying to make friends was really hard for me and I started drifting apart from my high school friends. I met my boyfriend at the time and I thought that all my social woes were solved then and there. That was the biggest misconception I had.

That relationship has since ended and even though I spent a good three years with him, I’m not devastated over it. I learned a lot about myself in that relationship. I still stand by the fact that he was a good guy but we just weren’t right for each other and we both had a lot to learn about communication.

At the tail end of my relationship, I threw myself into extracurriculars. I started volunteering at the university with one of my friends. While I didn’t really make many friends this way, it was a good way for me to practice socializing in a professional matter. I also started going to the Computer Science Undergraduate Society a lot more. When my ex was a part of the club and I originally went there a lot just so I could see him. Then he graduated and I went there to make some friends of my own. And I’m so glad I did!

My last year of university is what I wished every single year was like. Being with friends. Having fun with my courses. Getting good grades. It was all I could hope for.

I’m so grateful for the privilege of going to university. Here I am, sitting in the library, on the brink of tears. It’s weird closing this chapter of my life and opening up a new one. Nevertheless, I am glad. Time for the next adventure.

Book Blogger Hop #42

Jun 29, 2018 | Comments

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Do you have an Instagram account? If so, do you only follow book folks?

I do have an Instagram account! Shameless plug, @edelgraceme.

The people I follow are usually my friends. Sometimes I follow some comic artists because I enjoy some humor every now and then. I also follow a lot of cosplayers because I am so enamored by their talent and their costumes and honestly they are all so cute.

I don’t think I will start to follow book folks. At a certain point, it can get a little too obvious that people are getting sponsored for posts. There are also way too many books out there and I cannot wrap my head around all the new books that are coming out and are being reviewed. For the most part, I know the kind of books I want to read and some random stranger on the Internet will not. Also, I just can’t add more books to my to-read list… There’s just too many of them… So many books, so little time!


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My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.