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Tagged With: Writing

Using Courage over Comfort

I’m gonna start out with a bold statement: I lead an inspiring life. I’m the kinda person that once I make up my mind to do something, I do regardless of how hard, or weird, it is. I’m not afraid to take risks, look like an idiot (or a egomaniac–clearly) and put myself in terrible, … Continue reading »

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A Little Update

So a few things have been going on lately I wanted to mention. First, go over to Travis Lee’s blog to check out an interview with yours truly. He asked some good questions about my time in China and the changes I’ve seen. It’s kinda nice to remember how things were different before and how much … Continue reading »

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Must-Read Books! (Aka: My Friends are More Talented than Me)

I realize I’m a bit of a hack, pounding away on my own blog with no care for spelling or proper grammar. (Yes people, I know my mistakes. No, I don’t care.) Luckily I have a bunch of friends that are not at all hacks like me and recently, they have all been publishing great … Continue reading »

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Writing and Teaching Update (or, What I do When I’m not Eating or Playing Sports

I know based on my last few post you’ve probably been thinking I’ve been only eating and playing. And while I have, no doubt, I’ve also been busy with writing and teaching.  In fact I’ve got a few exciting things to tell you. Writing First, I wrote a guest blog over at! It was … Continue reading »

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How to Manage a Writer’s Retreat in Your Hometown

How times flies! It seems like only yesterday I was announcing my writer’s retreat and here it is all over and done with. It was the first time I have attempted one of these in the place I live, and I was  successful I thought I’d share my strategy with you. Make it Public I … Continue reading »

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Change in Plans

So remember waaay back (10 days ago) when I announced my winter travel plans? Well, at the time I was in Shanghai and Hangzhou visiting my friends and having a lot of fun. Maybe a little too much fun. Shanghai had always been a bit of a splurge destination for me. I usually went for … Continue reading »

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Bloggers Unite! How Blogging Has Enhanced my Life in China

Last Saturday night found me surrounded by women from ages 20-mid-40’s. Mostly from America, mostly old China hands, mostly into Chinese guys (either married to or interested in), mostly African-American. We had come from different places in China, a few even traveling for 5 hours by high speed train to celebrate a birthday. We ate … Continue reading »

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A New Novel is Born!

So remember a month ago when I said I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo? (National Novel Writing Month.) The goal is to write a novel, 50,000 words, in 30 days. That breaks down to 1667 words everyday, roughly 3 pages. Well, I not only succeeded but I kept writing and finished my story too! … Continue reading »

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Things are About to get a Little Crazier Round Here

This semester I have been busier than ever before. It’s not due to class, (I had more one year ago and about twice as many students) and it’s not due to learning Chinese (though that’s still kicking my ass). It’s also not due to hanging out with my friends as I’ve barely seen them. I … Continue reading »

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F&$% You, Chinese!

Summer’s officially arrived and what am I doing everyday?! Studying for the HSK level 5 Chinese test. And not just studying but studying my ass off. I’ve never studied for something like this, and frankly it’s pissing me off. I’m not the most academically gifted student, never have been. I’ve always seen exams more as … Continue reading »

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