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2015, I am in you

Between you and me the title of this post is a bit of a joke. I’ve always found the phrase “<blank>, I am in you” treading a fine line of being off-putting at the same time as amusing. I still can’t decide what to make of it. Are there any colloquial phrases like that for you?

Goal Check

Some goals I had at the start of the year were

  • Launch a freelance writing career
  • Start a podcast
  • Finish revisions and send a query for the novel I finished in November.

At this time I’ve done the first one out of those three. The year is about one-third over now. That might indicate I’m on on track with these things. That isn’t the case though because these were all goals I put into motion at some point LAST year. Between making TRIPLE TIMe, a new gig that looks like it could lead to a long-term opportunity, and my volunteer activities, I don’t have much time to start a podcast or much mental energy to revise my novel. Well, not if I want to get enough sleep on any given night.

Who needs sleep, really?

On a freelancer self-help spree earlier this month, I picked up a copy of The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen at my local library. A mini-review is coming. As soon as I find make the time to finish reading it.

Farewell, 2014! From the learning geek

New Year's Anticipation with Snoopy

2015 Anticipation with Snoopy!

And… in by midnight.

This year had its ups and downs but I want to take a moment to highlight the good things. Basically this was a year filled with learning.


This year I read ALL THE THINGS.

I read 31 books this year. I was going to scale back, but sometimes when I’m in a groove I can accomplish some cool things without much added effort, so I just went with it. I’ve tracked what I read on my Goodreads page. Feel free to connect with me there.

I also wrote a novel! I am pleased with the story but it definitely needs lots of revision. You can view my story synopsis here on my Medium page.

I can’t wait to reveal my 2015 plans which you’ll see in my next post. Until then, Happy New Year!

What’s on your bookshelf? #shelfie

What are you reading?

Today’s 24-hour Dewey read-a-thon is in full swing.
In honor of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party roll call for shelfies, I bring you my #SmartGirlShelfie.

What's on your shelf?

What’s on your bookshelf? This is what’s on mine. Not pictured: All the books not on this shelf.

I enjoy Smart Girls via Google+ and sometimes YouTube but it’s always nice to see the things put out on the other channels. I like that there’s something different everywhere you go. Do you dare share a photo of your bookshelf?

Happy National #ReadABookDay!


I am reading The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick. What are you reading?


Update: This was originally posted from my phone and the book title was auto-corrected without my awareness. Oh, auto-correct. What am I to do with you?

My 2014 Goodreads Challenge Results + “Good Enough” Book Review

Well, guess who blew her 2014 Goodreads reading challenge out of the water and by the beginning of August?

2014 Goodreads Challenge completed

2014 Goodreads Challenge completed.

This lady right here. I upped my book challenge from 12 to 15 books because I finished book 12 back in July.

By happenstance the majority of books I read this year are by authors who are women and writers of color, which I think is quite good considering I enjoy and thus gravitate toward mainstream YA fiction. I grew up consuming this genre, which I love, but am painfully aware of how it is not all that diverse.

I delved more into YA and kid lit this year to recapture the early reader experience of experiencing another’s point of view for the first time. More accurately the first of many times, but that’s another blog post. I now have a better understanding of what inspired my obsession with reading at a young age. I would like to continue reading more in this genre for the rest of Summer.

Book Review: Good Enough

Good EnoughGood Enough by Paula Yoo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun read with an added bonus of the protagonist’s perspective being that of a young WOC! This novel focuses on Patti, written with flaws and a good sense of humor, as she recounts the stress-filled college application experience during her senior year of high school.

This is an absolutely American story which happens to be from the lens of a first-generation American with immigrant parents. She juggles the near-impossible expectations of her parents, her Korean-American community, and societal ladder of her small New England town, while sharing Korean comfort food recipes and top ten lists of amusing ways she deals with making sense of her world.

What I liked most about this novel is that I easily related to the Patti’s experience as I remembered my own days of university interview and application experiences.

While I recognize that her home life story is an experience common to many, I can also see how it would reinforce a certain first-generation American, particularly Asian-American trope. The one about having parents so singularly focused on instilling superior educational and extracurricular achievements to make their kids competitively qualified for a top American university, that they come off as one-dimensional and interchangeable– I’m talking about parents who are devastated that their student got a B+ on one test (not a final exam) and are legitimately worried it will bring shame on their entire family when others find out. 

I look forward to reading more from Ms. Yoo.

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Reading is good for you after all!

Aha! Reading 27 books last year was good for something.

 Staples reading testThis says I can read almost as fast as a high-scoring college student. That is great news, but sadly that speed is temporary. I doubt I could keep that reading speed up for more than a page with the same level of comprehension. I get distracted from sight-reading too easily.

You can test your reading speed at the link below. Also feel free to connect on Goodreads so we can watch each other progress to speed-reading level status, one book at a time.

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

Insert 2013 self-reflective missive here

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. -Confucious

Depending on how tired you are of reading whatever the title of this post implies this will either be really interesting or yet another thing to scroll on past.

I’m up to date now on all of the aforementioned catch-up activities and ready to move onto the new year’s to do list o fun. Before I do I am happy to note that I’ve completed a few things this year that I’m fairly proud of just starting. Here are my top 12 highlights.

Winter (2012 – 2013)

1. Started the 2013 Goodreads Challenge to read 27 books.
2. Resolved to take more pictures this year.
3. Wrote enough songs to fill an album for FAWM. Put one of them on YouTube. Told maybe 5 people about it.
4. Joined Twitter.


5. Traveled a bit. By myself to New England for the first time to attend a good friend’s wedding. I also fulfilled a dream of mine while there to visit the MIT Media Lab. Harvard too. A few weeks later, with my trusty travel buddy (a.k.a. mom), I took a road trip up the Cali coast to Hearst Castle in San Simeon.
6. Took lots of pictures.
7. Attended the Digital Hollywood Conference and had an awesome experience thanks to the kindness of a few people.


8. Experienced a summer of storytelling. Thanks to my local library this included watching DVDs of every movie I’d wanted to watch from 2009-2012 but never got around to seeing. About 22 movies in the span of 2.5 months. My favorites were “Date Night” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” with an honorable mention for “Dinner for Schmucks.”
9. Won a couple of cool prizes (movie tickets and a couple of DVDs) via Twitter contests.


10. Hiked and made some new local friends.
11. Joined Instagram.

Winter (2013 – 2014)

Goodreads challenge, complete!

Goodreads challenge, complete!

12. Finished the 2013 Goodreads Challenge to read 27 books!

I feel more well-read than I did at this time last year and slightly more informed about the world. I also realize ever more acutely how enormous the task of trying to read everything I wish to read within a year is. There’s just not enough time. But it doesn’t mean I won’t continue to try.  I’ll definitely scale back on my for fun reading in 2014 to spend time focused on other things. I’ll shoot for reading 10 – 12 books and use the rest of my “free” time for new adventures. In any case it should be fun.

Well that’s my list (and my 400th post). I can’t wait to see what new stories I have to tell next year. Hope you all have a happy and healthy 2014!

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