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Happy Easter!

I’m not religious, but Easter was one of my favorite holidays growing up. I mean, who doesn’t love yummy chocolate, baby chicks, and giant bunny rabbits? In fact, I was a lot more upset to learn that the Easter Bunny wasn’t real than Santa Claus. But maybe I always suspected Santa. His handwriting was too similar to my dad’s distinctive architect’s lettering.

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This is me (age 10-ish), my friend Austin, some random girl I don’t know, and Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny. I’m not sure I knew there was a Mrs. Easter Bunny before that day, but hey, every-bunny needs some-bunny, right?

Good Friday

Wait a minute, I thought every Friday was good by default?

I know this one was:

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From the Friday I spent in Florence with Mengfei (whose birthday was yesterday!) two many summers ago.

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Weird… but okay

Any publicity is good publicity, right?

  • Green Pasture Christian Bookstore – The Good Daughters [link now gone]
  • Intelligent Investor Club – The Good Daughters [link now gone]

I’m neither a good Christian nor a good investor, so I’m not sure what to think…

Anyway, there’s just about a week left until I find out the fate of my novel The Good Daughters in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read, rate, and review it yet, I’d love for you to check it out before the 15th. After that, it will probably be taken off Amazon. Unless of course it makes it to the Semifinals (top 100 entries), but that’s highly unlikely.

(That’s not modesty, haha, that’s insider knowledge. The excerpt is WAY more polished than the rest of what I submitted. But I’m working on getting the rest up to par…)

For those who have already helped me rack up my ridiculous number of positive reviews, thank you so much!!

I'm a bad cook, but this is a good analogy

From a Houston Chronicle interview with Sandra Cisneros, author of the incomparable House on Mango Street:

Q: While your books are not directly autobiographical, you often take and remake people and incidents from your own life. Correct?

A: Yes, but I mix it up with people not myself. Sometimes I’ll take my story and mix it with a cousin or students. I feel like I’m this artist who uses whatever is at hand. It’s kind of like cooking with whatever is in the pantry. I don’t know any other way.

The joy of imperfection


We think everything we do has to be up to snuff, and we forget that the pure, uncensored joy of living in our own skin comes when we are not attached, 24/7, to either our fans or our critics.

– Veronica Chambers, The Joy of Doing Things Badly

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