Anna-mazing Update

Disclaimer: I wrote this in May of 2020

So this isn’t technically Anna-Mazing post because it’s about COVID-19 😦 but I have to start it with ‘Anna-Mazing’ sooooooo….

My school isn’t shut down completely, it’s still functioning (after approx. 3 weeks of online school) but everyone is required to get there temperature checked before entering school and wear masks all day, which can get kind of annoying. I live in Taiwan, where it’s actually relatively safe regarding COVID and all that, but we’re stuck here for the summer instead of going to Europe like we were going to :(. We’re planning on vacationing in Hua Lian with some other families and travelling around the island. I’m going to a camp for water sports, which is definetely a first for me.


I went to the water sports camp and it was really fun! We learned how to do paddleboarding and windsurfing. I was with some of my friends and we got to do all sorts of things that I never would’ve gotten to do otherwise.

Anna-Mazing Friend

This blog post is about (and dedicated) to my best friend Eliana Zahira Gregg.

Eliana is 11 years old. She is in 6th grade. She lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She has curly blonde hair and hazel eyes. She is half Caucasian, half Portuguese. She loves playing volleyball and is very good at it. There are 6 people in her family. She is the youngest of 4 children.

Eliana and I are having a sleepover tonight. I’m writing this while watching Spider-Man: Homecoming with her. Once it’s over, we are going to go to my room and talk. Tonight my sister had gymnastics and we had to drop her off and bring her and her friends back. We went and dropped her off, then my mom brought us to Starbucks. We watched YouTube and then went to go pick them back up and bring them home. It was really fun.

Lucy’s having a sleepover with our next-door neighbors (AKA family of Lucy’s BFF) and my mom’s going to bed early because she has a cross country race early tomorrow morning, so it’s just Eliana and me out here. By the time we wake up, she’ll be gone. At 9 AM tomorrow she’s holding a party at our house for the end of cross country season. Eliana and I are allowed to be in here, but we have to clean everything up.

That’s about it for now! See you guys soon!

-Anna-Mazing Writer

Anna-Mazing Family Update

I was looking at my last Anna-Mazing Family post and decided I should update it. Here it is! Enjoy!

Paul Shaffner: 37 years old. Enjoys birdwatching, exploring Kaohsiung on his scooter, and going hiking and adventuring in the mountains. He does a college course in Tanzania during the summers.

Kate Lao Shaffner: 37 years old. Enjoys reading, running (she is on her school’s cross country team!), interior design, blogging, and organizing. She works as an AP Literature, English 3, government, and yearbook teacher at Morrison Academy Kaohsiung.

Lucy Shaffner: 8 years old. She is in 3rd grade. Enjoys reading, playing outside, heelying, rollerblading, watching TV, playing video games, and playing (basically all) sports. She is in the dance after-school-activity and the drama club. She is very outgoing and is (just a little bit) crazy.

Anna Shaffner (ME!): 11 years old. I am in 6th grade. I like reading, blogging, writing fanfictions, listening to Why Don’t We and Hamilton, and doing (not very good) roleplay with my friends. I am very obsessive and when I like something I will think about it all the time and, well, be obsessed. Some of my obsessions are: Hamilton, Why Don’t We, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan, and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

That’s it for this post! Thanks for reading!

Anna-Mazing Update

WOW, I haven’t written in a while. First of all, Happy New Year!!! I’m currently on CNY break but I’m going back to school on Monday :(. On the plus side, we’re having MS spirit week! Here’s the schedule: Monday=Pajama Day, Tuesday=Dress like a teacher day, Wednesday=House day, Thursday=Celebrity or famous character day, Friday=Twins day. House day is basically dressing to support our school house. There’s Thresher (WAHOO!), Tiger, Mako, and Hammerhead. Each house is a different type of shark, since we’re the sharks (our mascot).

This break has been awesome. We went camping on Cijin Island (off the West coast of Taiwan) and it was SUPER fun, but my mom and I slept in the car and the twin mattress we stuck in there was not big enough. In the morning, when we were going home, though, we stopped by IKEA and now we have two twin mattresses that fit perfectly in the back (and they fold up for storage!). Lucy and Dad slept in the tent. Anyway, it was really fun.

I’ve been writing a fanfiction about one of my favorite book series, Keeper of the Lost Cities. It’s called Mind Tricks. It’s the first one I’ve attempted that’s this long, but I’ve gotten more of it done than I expected. I’ve written one other fanfiction, also about KOTLC, called Swan Song. It’s really dark, though. It’s about a murder, sooo… I don’t know. I worked on Mind Tricks a lot this break and I think it’s finally shaping into something that will actually have an end haha. I really like working on it though.

Dad’s going to the US to interview people to go to Tanzania with him this summer. He should be back on Valentine’s Day as long as nothing happens. Whenever he goes to the US my family and I order things on Amazon because shipping to Taiwan is very expensive. We’ll send it to our grandparents’ house and then my dad will bring it home for us.

The Taiwan government stopped school for two weeks because of the corona virus. My school is going to be online for this week. We just found out and I’m really sad because I was really excited for school to start again. For character day I was going to be Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series, which I just finished reading. I’m still disappointed, though. There’s not much I can do about it anyway.

To end this post on a happier note, I’m sitting here watching my mom play a video game called Stardew Valley. It’s really fun. It’s a game where you are a farmer in a small town called Stardew Valley. You can build relationships with townspeople and build up your farm. It’s really fun. My sister, my mom and I all play it.

Okay, that’s it for this post! See you next time!

-Anna-mazing Girl