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Hi, I’m Joe!

I’m a well-caffeinated introvert, a full-fledged Potterhead and a book-smart KPop fan.

Also a 100% Asian writer who has trouble writing with eating as a hobby.

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann

Welcome to The Joe Diary!

My mind palace is a library of books and catalogs. And this is me sharing the bottom shelves.

  • When you don’t always get what you prayed for
    Sometimes, it’s a gift or a blessing when you don’t get what you prayed for. Looking back, I felt grateful that some of the things I prayed for didn’t happen. If they did, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Worse, those things could’ve ruined me. I’ve come to realize that when God didn’t answer my prayers, He wasn’t rejecting me but redirecting me. He …
  • If you are starting over, this is for you
    Congratulations, fighter! Quitting. Leaving. Starting over again. These things take real courage and guts to do most especially when your heart’s in turmoil. There may be a lot of questions in your head, and the answers are too far from reach. To restart your life, to take a different path, to have a new beginning — there’s nothing scarier. All your life, you must have …
  • A love letter to the independent person who feels like giving up
    On some days, I know you wish to wake up with lesser things to worry about: your job, your chores, your responsibilities, and etc. You wish your mind would go on vacation and just get the rest that it needs. You wish your body gets a break. Because for the most part, you are always running around to get what needs to be done. This …
  • One day, I’ll write a masterpiece
    Maybe someday I’ll write a masterpiece. Something great, something bestseller. Someday, my words will echo in the farmost corners of the world and bring different surges of emotions to my readers. I’m not sure about you, but as someone who writes, I constantly feel like I should’ve written more. I could’ve said this and that. Or, I could’ve written something that made more sense. Every …
  • Let go of the person who confuses you.
    Letting go is easier said than done. Letting go can hurt you. Big time. But it’s better to let go and hurt now, than suffer all the harm and consequences after. Let go of the person who makes you feel special today, and guessing the next day. Loving you shouldn’t be a temporary decision. Loving you shouldn’t be taken lightly. Let go of the person …

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

Stephen King