Twitter Timesinks


"Genius is eternal patience." Confession: I go on Twitter to check and see how my submissions are going. (As in, maybe that editor will tweet something favorable about a new manuscript that landed in their in-box.) In reality, though, I need to resign myself to the waiting game. Publishing tends to be a crawling business. Another way I find my hours spinning by on Twitter? Hashtags: #mswl Manuscript Wish List; what hot topics agents and editors are looking for #querytip Ways to … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Pea Sprouts

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Pea sprouts: leaves and tips of the vine from a pea plant When I have a hankering for vegetables, pea sprouts are my go-to choice of greens. They're a vibrant color and offer soft leaves along with crisp stalks. When cooked fresh, all you need to add is oil and garlic for a flavorful vegetable dish. (Here's a slightly more complicated recipe, though.) With a great nutrition profile of vitamin A, C, and folic acid, they're a surefire winner for health. Pea sprouts are plentiful in the … [Read more...]

We’re Not All Alike


"You are realistic, and others relate to you." I embrace the word Asian American. I like my cultural background, although it's taken years to embrace the duality of it. But we're not all alike. I can't tell you how many times I've been confused with someone else because we look "like twins"--and this still happens with my kids. (In fact, I heard a comment today!) Anyway, Asian Americans are a huge group comprising of people from over 48 distinct places. We're not all the usual "model … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Hello Kitty Toast

Hello Kitty toast

Hello Kitty Toast: a little hello kitty on my bread I've always wanted a Hello Kitty toaster because it seems super cute. (And since my friend was moving, she graciously passed on her old one--thanks, T!) Anyway, I thought maybe the Hello Kitty would fill up the entire bread slice, but nope--it's just a little kitty in the corner. I'd like to say the toast tastes so much different, but it's about the same. (Although my kids are actually not enamored by the new toaster since it makes … [Read more...]

Embracing Aging

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"An admirer is concealing his affection for you." Honestly, I never thought I'd live in L.A. for so long when I first moved here. Besides the traffic, I remember the extreme focus on looks. In newspapers, I saw (and was scared by) the ads for cosmetic surgery. I also met people looking to break into modeling and acting, and needing to look gorgeous. It seemed like folks wanted to--needed to--reverse aging to feel loved and accepted. Thankfully, this attitude is slowly changing. I'm happy for … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Red Bean Bread

red bean bread

Ate some fresh... Red bean bread: pastry stuffed with red bean filling I had my first taste of this Korean pastry. It's a fluffy bread that's very soft and tender, more pastry-like than a bagel consistency. Inside is red bean paste, a thick filling of the legumes. Not a very sugary bread, it's great when you're craving just a little bit of sweetness. … [Read more...]

SCBWI Summer Conference

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"You are original and creative." For the past three days, I've been immersed in children's books at the annual SCBWI conference. Along with almost 1000 other attendees, I geeked out at the superstar faculty and the informative workshops. Here's a picture journey of my experience:           Fun fact: Here was my winning joke entry (theme of Olympics crossed with children's book or author): "Diver Wins Gold Medal After Tuck … [Read more...]

Diverse Phantom of the Opera!


"Your loyalties will be rewarded." Okay, I admit it: I love musicals. Even when I was forced to watch Westside Story in high school and all my peers snickered at the Jets versus Sharks, I relished it. Of course, I also remember being glued to the TV set watching Lea Salonga perform in Les Miserables. Now, I'm excited to see an Asian American female lead and an African American actor as partners in Phantom of the Opera. Hurrah! … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Mango Sticky Rice

mango sticky rice

Mango sticky rice: sweet dessert made with fresh fruit and coconut-flavored rice This is generally a seasonal dish, when mangoes are freely available. It's definitely a dessert, since it's got sweetened rice and ripe mangoes. It's a nice combo because you've got the soft chewiness of the sticky rice paired with juicy fruit. I also like the coconut flavoring of the milk, which gives it a tropical taste. Here's a recipe to make mango sticky rice at home. Fun fact: In Malaysia, they have a … [Read more...]

Vibrating Feet


"Avert misunderstanding by calm, poise, and balance." Sometimes I like to take a peek at aging research. Recently, I stumbled onto an article about posture--and feet. It turns out that vibrations on the soles of the feet can help in postural control and mobility. Who knew? Remember those Asian reflexology sandals with bumps to push your pressure points? Maybe they can vibrate and do double duty! … [Read more...]

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