My name is Millie. I enjoy traveling, low maintenance plants, hiking, reading and running. And, sometimes I write. If the computer is a bicycle for the mind, I can ride pretty fast.

This is my place for writings long and short, frivolous and serious.

You can find me mostly on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and sometimes on Tumblr. I also have accounts on Google+ and Flickr. Of course, you can always email me at millie (at) fittingly.net.

My portfolio site can be found at http://millietran.com.

My Proust Questionnaire. 

What is your current state of mind? Restless, but overstimulated. Feeling like a tortured creative soul.

Favorite spot in the world: Playground around the corner from L’As du Falafel in the Marais in Paris

Ambitions: To keep writing, learn the guitar & travel to meet people and listen to their stories

You can never have too many: Books, shoes and gigabytes.

What is your greatest extravagance? Not practicing constraint.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Curiosity, determination, humor and looks good in a suit.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Driven, snarky and understanding.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To read faster & require less sleep.

What is your most treasured possession? My mind.

What is your most marked characteristic? I’d say both friendly and farouche, depends.

What do you most value in your friends? Ability to bring out the best in me.

What is it that you most dislike? Disregard (for others, ideas, knowledge, reason, etc.)

What is your greatest fear? Not contributing to the world; not being a good mother.

One day I hope to: Practice patience and focus, live in another country.

BONUS: My favorite quotes —

It seems that if you trust your gut without ever feeding your gut any facts or news or contrary opinions, if you keep your gut on a steady diet of grandiosity, ignorance, sycophants, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, those snap decisions can be ruinous. —Maureen Dowd


We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose. —Charles Baudelaire


Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men. We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose. This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves. —Michel de Montaigne


The Internet may be the great masterpiece of human civilization. As an artifact, it puts to shame the pyramid, the aquaduct, the highway, the novel, the newspaper, the nation-state, the Magna Carta, the statues of Easter Island or Stonehenge, the Chanel suit, the pencil, the book, the printing press, the radio, the realist painting, the abstract painting, the birth control pill, the washing machine, the elevator and cooked meat. —Virginia Heffernan

Mini-colophon: Top photo via Adde Adesokan in Vietnam