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...]

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...]

Short Story Stats


"Don't let statistics do a number on you." Interested in finding out how much of writing involves waiting? Look no further. I've been trying to shop around a 2100-word short story for a while. No bites so far. Here's my record of numbers: First date submitted: October 2016 Number of submissions: 5 Number of responses: 4 Quickest response time: 7 days Longest response time: 8 months Extra notes: Two personalized rejections, one form rejection. One of the customized rejections went … [Read more...]

When Do You Call Yourself a Writer?

Louhcheut Mahgeuk: to reveal one's secret or fault (lit. to expose Mah's feet)The queen of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1328-1399) was surnamed Mah. Once, she was riding by on her sedan chair when a gust of wind blew aside the carriage's curtain. Everyone on the street could see that her feet were not bound, a daring break in the typical foot binding tradition for rich women.Sometimes I'm afraid of exposing my own faults. When confronted with a blank line for my occupation on a  … [Read more...]

Mission: Submission

Sihdaahn: anything will doAt times, Cantonese phrases get abbreviated.  For example, "si-mouh-geih-daahn" means "without restraint of any kind."  The shortened term becomes sihdaahn.Please accept my submission. When I think about submissions, I'm in a sihdaahn mode.  Any positive response will uplift me.  Last month, I participated in Khara House's Submit-O-Rama challenge.  For October, I queried three literary magazines a week, for a total of 15 entries.Here are my results: 1 acceptance, 1 … [Read more...]

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