Wordless Wednesday: Festival of Books

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Festival of Books

Hi, folks! Just a quick note to say I'll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books THIS SUNDAY (4/22) from 4pm-5pm! If you're checking out books and authors on the USC campus, come swing by. I'll be at booth #367 (Sisters in Crime). Thanks! P.S. Here's a pic of me from last year: … [Read more...]

South Coast Botanic Garden

"Don't ask, don't say. Everything lies in silence." Sometimes you just need to get away from it all to rejuvenate. The beauty of nature always calms me. It also fires up my creativity. I mean, look at this tree: Know what it's called? Shaving-brush tree. Spot on! I recently explored the vast South Coast Botanic Garden, which covers 87 acres. Different sections have varied features, including desert plants, majestic redwoods, verdant meadows, exotics fruits, and a sensory garden (my … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: A Walk in the Woods

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Printing Museum

Who knew that there was a printing museum close to Los Angeles? I visited the International Printing Museum at 315 W. Torrance Blvd in Carson at the end of March. This museum holds a large number of vintage presses, including a replica of the Gutenberg press. Since I went to their annual Krazy Krafts Day for Kids, I got a whole lot more to see, including letterpress printing, papermaking, cartooning, origami, and bookbinding. Although the front of museum looks small, the inside holds a … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Laksa

Laksa: spicy noodle soup I first had laksa in Malaysia, and it nearly burned my tongue off because of the spiciness level. Ever since then, I wouldn't touch the dish. Nevertheless, I grew brave a few weeks ago and tried laksa again. There's something extremely sensory about getting a noodle soup that's coated in red. Two types of laksa exist: a sour one and a curry-based soup. I'm partial to the curry with coconut milk version. I took a deep breath and tried the soup again. It was … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Space Mural

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Brave New Girls

"Personal achievement will be your key to happiness." Hi, all! If you remember, I recently posted that I was part of a STEM science fiction anthology for girls. The title of the volume I'm in is Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack. You can find a list of all the titles in the anthology, along with short descriptions of the stories here. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea, Red Bean, Coconut Bread

Green Tea, Red Bean, Coconut Bread: three flavors in one bread! I couldn't pass up on this new offering at Ranch 99. The bread has the same thickness of Taiwan toast. The flavors are distributed right down the middle (coconut on one side, green tea on the other). The bread has my favorite ingredients, so I shouldn't complain too much...but I do wish it had more earthy green tea flavor. P.S. Don't you just love the colors? … [Read more...]

STEM anthology

"You lead by example, which inspires others."   Hi, guys! Guess what? I'm part of an amazing anthology coming soon to you. I love encouraging girls to delight in their intelligence. Fun fact: My short story gives a nod to Chinese mythology.   More details below: Today, I’m revealing the cover and story line-up for BRAVE NEW GIRLS: TALES OF HEROINES WHO HACK, coming July 2018! This YA sci-fi anthology (edited by sci-fi authors Paige Daniels and Mary Fan) features … [Read more...]