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The inside looking out

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Maybe because I spent all yesterday talking on the phone — first with Mengfei and Angie, then with a bunch of seniors who have been accepted to my alma mater — but regardless of the reason, I don’t have much to say today. I feel a bit like I’m on the inside looking out.

Thank goodness I found Roswell (Season 1) on Hulu to distract me, huh?

(PS: Am I the only one who sees a LOT of parallels between Roswell and Twilight? Not that it’s a bad thing, just interesting. I also didn’t realize Roswell was based on a series of YA books. Go literary adaptations!)

Anyway, instead of talking/blogging, I think I’ll go write. That’s a good thing, right?

See you in Spain

I really enjoy writing novels. It’s like the ocean. You can just build a boat and take off. I can’t understand why anybody would criticize anything that ends up being a novel because you’ve arrived to the other shore, you’ve made it alive. Maybe you started off for Africa and ended up in Spain, but so what?

– Denis Johnson, in an interview with the San Francisco Reader

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I saw him speak at the Mercantile Library on Wed night. Despite the seriousness of his books, he was very funny and charming. To tell you the truth, after listening to and watching him for an hour, I felt a greater understanding for why women (supposedly) used to go nuts over famous writers. There’s a definite appeal to men who are talented, confident, witty, and don’t bullshit.

My trip home (in photos)

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Whoops! We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming…

Well, I’m back in Cincinnati after a lovely visit to Houston. What made it so lovely, you ask?

  1. NO FIGHTS WITH MY PARENTS. And yes, we actually talked to each other. I hope Hell is enjoying its winter.
  2. I successfully troubleshot (troubleshooted?) two computer issues for my dad.
  3. I saw several friends, watched a few movies (The Secret Life of Bees, Australia, He’s Just Not That Into You, and The Girl Next Door), and visited my beloved Chinatown more than once.
  4. I got to play with my cousin’s adorable daughter.
  5. I didn’t miss my flight today, thanks to the kind travelers and employees at Houston Intercontinental Airport.

I also didn’t post a new episode of Twenty-Somewhere — or anything bloggy — while I was away, so I’ll get on that. I know you’re all dying from anticipation.

But first, I need a shower. You can work up quite a sweat running around an airport terminal!

A big thank you to my team

Dear friends and lurkers alike,

I just wanted to let you know that I did not advance to the Semifinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Don’t worry, I’m not upset at all. I knew the second half of my book had some problems that I hadn’t fixed, so I was very happy just to get this far.

The best part of this whole thing for me has been the overwhelming support I got from you all. It really energized me at a time that I was feeling a little burnt out, and now I’m ready to get to work making the whole book just as good as the opening excerpt – or better!

So thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement. It’s the end of the Amazon line, but definitely not the end of my journey to publication. ;)

“Everybody in this league is successful,” Allen said. “Everybody in this league has made it to this level where they’re a flagship in their society and their community where they grew up. People look up to them. They’re outliers in their world.

“We’re not outliers among ballplayers, but we’re outliers amongst the people that we grew up around. I started analyzing why that is. What made me successful? I was successful because of the opportunities that I had, outside of the other opportunities that people had, the breaks, people pushing me forward. The communities I grew up in, people were always adding an extra five bucks to get me to camp. The same thing that Bill Gates went through with the computer access. I had access to a gym, just the same. Once I started going there, people started seeing my passion for it, they started helping me.

“That’s why I always tell people, no matter what sport you’re in, whether it’s team or individual, everybody has a team. There’s a crew that helped get you where you are, no matter how you see it, how you look at it. You start thinking about it, analyzing situations. Anybody in this locker room, people helped you achieve your goal.”

(From a great ESPN column by J.A. Adande. Emphasis added by me.)

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