MIA

Sorry, I've been MIA for a while. I just wanted to let you readers know that I've been dealing with family health issues. Due to this, I'll be blogging less frequently. I'm still aiming to do a weekly post from here on out, but it may not be on a consistent day. Thanks for understanding! … [Read more...]

New Blog Topics

"Now go to it! It's ready to be pick [sic]." So I've been blogging for about five years now, and there came a time (recently) when I got tired of putting out words and not getting feedback (or worse, spam) in return. However, I'm going to continue at it, thanks to the encouragement of friends. I do like expressing myself, and I think there's a strong need for diverse voices at present. However, I'm going to change up the format. I typically post on Mondays and Fridays. I'll be continuing … [Read more...]

Meet My Characters

"Better to be a rooster's beak than a bull's rump." --Chinese proverb I hope that all my book characters are significant, even in a small way! The talented Mona AlvaradoFrazier (who's currently a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award) has asked me to share about the characters in my books. My published novel, THE 228 LEGACY, is a 2013 Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Finalist in the multicultural category. It features an entire Taiwanese-American family and you can … [Read more...]

Smile!

A person without a smiling face should not open a shop. -Chinese proverb My neighbor turned 100 years old! Her advice to a long life? Smiling. Actually, laughing. She says that she weathered life's ups and downs with a dose of good humor. Also, I was recently nominated for a blog award by Brittney (thanks!). The name of the award makes me smile: Sunshine Award. The rule is I have to answer eleven questions: 1.       What is your favorite vacation place? I really enjoyed visiting Italy … [Read more...]

Liebster Award

Hello, all! Here's a secret post for everyone because I received a recent Liebster Award nomination. Thank you to Evelyne Holingue! (I realize that when I migrated from Blogger to my custom site that I didn't display my previous blog awards. I've since remedied this--see the sidebar!) I first received the Liebster Award when my blog was starting off. I'm excited to get the nomination again. Here's some background on the award by Evelyne: "Liebster comes from the German verb Lieben, … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Non-fiction for Fiction Writers

"When you paint a dragon, dot its eyes." -Chinese proverb I've learned to be precise over the last few weeks because I've ventured into the territory of guest blogging. My most recent non-fiction posts are: Five Things You Should Know about Taiwan and  Five Reasons for Publishing with a Small Press. As a fiction writer, I've enjoyed switching to non-fiction for three reasons (I know, I'm breaking the number five trend that's been happening): Research: With non-fiction comes the … [Read more...]

Upcoming Changes to my Website

Lihngse Mtuhng: to be unique or look differentLihngse comes from a term which means arranging to stay in better lodging.Prince Maahng Seuhng, a nobleman during the Warring States Period, liked to invite talented people to his house and provide them with food and lodging. A poor man named Fuhng Hyun also went to seek refuge with him. Since he looked like an ordinary man, he was put in the lower lodging. There the food was poor, and after a few days, Fuhng Hyun hit his sword and said, "Let me go! … [Read more...]

Developmental Milestones: An Anniversary Post

Wonhng Mahkwa: relatives of the boss (lit. yellow jacket)In the Ching dynasty, Manchurians wore mahkwa jackets when horse riding. Typically, these clothes were blue or black, but the emperors would bestow a yellow jacket on imperial relatives or respected officials. I'm part of a group of imperial relatives (read: worthy writers), a tight-knit band led by the illustrious Robert Lee Brewer. Last April, I participated in his platform challenge. It's been a year of much growth, not unlike that of a … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Ngauhyat: birthday Many Chinese characters can be broken into smaller parts. The word "birthday" (??) can be simplified into ngauhyat (??). My blog just turned one! (April 5th marked the anniversary of my first post.) Even though ngauhyat means "cow" and "one" when taken separately, I hope it still proves to be an auspicious occasion.A popular Chinese tradition held at one-year-old parties is to surround the birthday child with different items. These things represent their possible futures. Here … [Read more...]

Topics for New Post

Yatyahn Dakdouh, Gai'hyun Gaai Sing: family and friends also benefit when one encounters good fortuneThere's a legend about Lauh Ngon, the Prince of Waaih Naahm during the early years of the Han dynasty. He was involved in Taoist cults because he wanted to become immortal. One day, eight old men visited him and taught Lauh Ngon how to refine cinnabar. He swallowed the cinnabar and flew into the sky, immortal. After eating the crumbs of the cinnabar left at the house, Lauh Ngon's hens and dogs … [Read more...]