I’m a woman from northern Sweden. I was born 1981 three and a half month too early, due to that is nearsighted with vision on one eye.
Ever since I was in 3rd-4th grade I’ve had the philosophy of not drinking, smoking or do drugs. I have never liked the effect alcohol have on people, and it can so easily lead to ugly situations.
I like to draw, I remember when I was young and looked at my oldest sister’s drawings and though. “I want to draw that good.” I think that’s what inspired me.
I’ve always liked to read books. The genres I mostly read are crime/thriller, fantasy, historical-fantasy/rustic romance (The Legend of the Ice People by Margit Sandemo, Raija by Bente Pedersen etc) If I read a regular romance book I often end up bored and stop reading it. I find rustic romance more interesting since it takes place back in time.
Some of my favorites are all books by Roslund & Hellström, as well as Lars Kepler, Millennium by Stieg Larsson, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Nothing to Envy by Barbara Dernick, very good book about the life of regular people in North Korea.
My favorite Japanese and Korean musicians are: GACKT, Hamasaki Ayumi, Ieiri Leo, INFINITE, Morita Douji, Nakajima Miyuki, Nakashima Mika, Nanamusica, S.E.N.S., Uematsu Nobuo, X JAPAN, Yamasaki Hako, Yiruma.
On several occasions I asked if a class in Japanese could start up at my secondary high school, but that never happened. It led me to take a 10x3h evening course in my neighbor city, that’s all the education I have in the language, the rest I’ve picked up myself. I can read Hiragana/Katakana, know some kanji, basic phrases, and very little grammar.
In 2006 I started watching Japanese dramas and joined D-Addicts, a community dedicated to Asian popular culture, especially TV dramas. A couple of years later I got interested in Korean dramas as well. In 2011 started making subtitles. I mainly transcribe and time subtitles. If I translate, it’s from Swedish-English, or English-Swedish.
Nowadays I rarely listen to or watch Western music, TV dramas or movies. I still watch the news and read newspapers online daily to keep myself informed on what’s going on in the world. I do also like to watch documentaries on different subjects.
Why the blog name Gifted Ones?
I chose the name Gifted Ones for my website because I believe everyone is talented in one way or another. Be it a practical or theoretical subject. Acting, art, music, math, sports etc. Most things in life can be learned or improved by training, but some people are born with an unique talent.