Hello, fronds! This is Stacey Nguyen here. I’m a 25-year-old writer who loves children’s books and indoor plants in equal measures. Right now, I’m hanging out in California’s Central Valley, where I’m writing away about pop culture, lifestyle, and entertainment while also furiously documenting my love for plants and kid lit on my Instagram page @theplantbbs. I’m starting Hello Fronds as a passion project that cultivates all things joyful — while remaining cognizant of the ways that we can be even more excellent to each other. (I am not an optimist, but rather, a Bill and Ted-ist.) If you’re interested in my non-blog writing (i.e. my copy and editorial work), check out my portfolio at www.stacey-nguyen.com.
As a writer, I’m usually holed up in my room toiling away on my keyboard. Growing indoor plants became a healthy way for me to spend time away from the computer. You’ve heard of the benefits of plants — they’re beautiful, stress-reducing, and purifying. Houseplants also helped me connect with people, whether it’s other plantheads through Instagram or my family, friends, and IRL nursery owners. Truly, nothing beats the feeling of getting your fingers in the dirt. I’m hoping to use this blog as an outlet to share the joys of indoor gardening through plant odes, guides, tips, tricks, and more.
Another component of this blog will be books, specifically kid lit. Kid lit is indeed joyful, though it’s deceivingly simple. I’m so enamored with the curious ways that authors communicate big, wordly themes to young children. I adore the ways that illustrations communicate with the text. As someone who’s not a parent or in education, my angle here is to critically engage with these books as they fit into the bigger context of the world. I’m especially interested in reading texts that tell racially diverse stories. Oh yes, it’s going to be lit.