Food, Identity, and Culture

This past weekend, I got together with my family. My sister and her boyfriend have finally moved back to the states from China, and I’m ecstatic. We all shot emails back and forth regarding our Saturday night dinner, figuring out who was making what dish and what would blend well…

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The Day I was Accidentally Sexist

Update: Two of my friends have written follow-on posts. The Day I was Accidentally Racist by Tina Gower and The Day I was Accidentally Religiously Offensive by Rebecca Birch. Read on for further mortification. May we never be accidental bigots again! I was terribly shy when I was younger. I…

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The Virtues of Playing the Long Game (or Wherein Writing is a Lot Like Gardening)

Five and half years ago, my husband and I bought our house.  The inside was nice, yes, but it was the backyard we were excited about.  We had big plans, HUGE. We were going to start a garden. It would be the awesomest, most beautiful garden ever, producing large, ripe…

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Publications!

I’ll be adding a bibliography section to my website soon. In addition to my story, “Dreameater,” in Writers of the Future Volume 29, I have another story out and a couple more forthcoming.  And I always have stories in the submission pipelines. I have “A Spray of Bittersweet” out in…

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WOTF Workshop Week

I know I’m a little behind (okay, a lot!) in posting this, but there’s something about the workshop that makes you just want to come home and write like mad.  So I did. I can talk about my winning story now!  It’s called Dreameater, and is a contemporary fantasy about…

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YOU GUYS, I have an agent!

Like most things in my life, it happened rather awkwardly.  I like to think that perhaps I’m charming-awkward, but I’m fairly certain I fall into the it’s-a-little-embarrassing-to-watch-you category of awkward. In total, I sent out 34 queries.  I had some partial and full requests, but no bites.  And yes, I’m…

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The Post of a Thousand Plugs!

I’ve been very fortunate, over the years, to make the acquaintance of some wonderful authors. Their successes have astounded and inspired me, and lately they seem to be happening all at once.  These are all the books that are out and those with release dates.  I haven’t wanted to spam…

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Guest Post on Laura Lam’s Blog

I have a guest blog post up on Laura Lam’s blog about the process of short story submissions. Find it here. I encourage you to also visit her general blog.  Her book, Pantomime, will be out February 5 through Strange Chemistry.  It’s a YA fantasy.  Her first three chapters are…

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I Won First Place in Writers of the Future!

Okay, wow.  I thought I would never be writing this post – the one where something finally gave way.  It’s been a long and arduous road for me.  A lot of late nights meeting self-imposed deadlines, of toting the laptop or notebook places so I could squeeze in some writing…

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The Next Big Thing (Blog Hop)

Tag, I’m it!  The wonderful R.A. Gates tagged me for the blog hop – The Next Big Thing.  Her book is available on amazon here.  It’s a fun YA with a doesn’t-take-crap-from-anyone female protagonist.  In other words, you don’t have to hide her book from your daughters. What is the…

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