Apr 12

Writing update

Here are my latest publications and writerly activities:

The Nervous Breakdown

I’m back, baby! After an eight-month hiatus, I finally wrote something for TNB.


Blog, blog, blog! Here’s the word-nerd stuff I’ve been blogging about:


Still working away. Right now I’m revising the present-day sections. I decided that the plot I had set up was too complicated, or at least too boring. At first I ignored the advice from the agent speed dating thing, but then as I was reading over what I’d written, I realized that the sections that occur in the past were much better than the present-day ones, and that the present-day parts were boring as fuck. In a nutshell, I got rid of the fiance and made the main character, Lucy, a quirky alone, someone who’d rather be alone than just date willy-nilly. However, a reason she doesn’t date is she’s afraid she’ll be hurt again, as she was when the love of her life left her.

Anyway, hopefully that’ll work.


I have a big birthday this month – okay, this week – and to ease the pain celebrate, I’m giving away PDFs of my memoir. Just go to Lulu and download it. Should be easy but if you have any trouble, let me know.

On a side note, I just noticed today that the email address attached to my Contact page has been wrong all this time. GAH!!! I doubt anyone contacted me, but if you did, I apologize for never getting back to you.

Apr 12

Birthday Giveaway: My Memoir

April is my birthday month, and this birthday is a big one for me. I won’t reveal what it is except to say that it’s an age Jack Benny didn’t like much either.

To celebrate, I’m giving away e-book copies of my memoir! That’s right, instead of a whole three dollars, my memoir is now a whole no dollars. But it’s only for April so head on over to Lulu and download your copy today.

The e-book is FREE FREE FREE!

And if you insist on having a paperback version in your hot little hands, you can still buy one for just $9.99.

So how else will I be celebrating my birthday? I was talking to a good friend about it yesterday, and we both want to find a happy medium between a destination party in Cabo with 50 of our closest friends, and not leaving the apartment for three days. (I’m leaning towards the latter.)

Luckily for me, my birthday is on a weekday this year (less pressure) so I may switch my work schedule and not go into the office that day. Instead perhaps I’ll get in a krav maga class, get a massage, and make MB take me out for an overpriced Chinese fish dinner. Then I plan on forgetting any of it happened, and remaining Jack Benny-age for a good long time.

Till then, download my memoir! It’ll make my birthday wishes come true.

Jul 11

Internet Lovin’

So I joined Google PlusMy brother invited me so I said, “Sure, why not?”  Plus with all the buzz, I was curious about it.  Now?  Wah-wah-waaaah.  I’m not sure what to do with it, aside from reposting my tweets and/or FB statuses. Right now it seems like a pain to do so, and to build up my “circles.” But anyway, if you’re on Google plus, feel free to circle me, though I’m way more active on Twitter.

I also joined Goodreads.  This so far seems a lot more useful to me right now. It was super-easy to add my book, and there are some fun marketing options, like doing give-aways and uploading an eBook.  I also like obsessively adding everything I’ve read (though I’ve only just started).  If you’ve read my book and are on Goodreads, go give it a rating or review. Or if you just want to friend or fan me, please do!

I also wanted to thank some people who’ve mentioned Black Fish on their blogs. Fellow writer Totsy Mae gave me a very nice shout-out, entrepreneur Rebecca Cao gave me a mention, and last but not least, so did my cover designer, Eva Hamden at Fat Bunny Press!

Eva designs and prints her own line of lovely and elegant handmade letterpress cards. In addition, she does customized wedding packages (save the dates, invitations, place cards, programs, etc).  If you’re getting married or know someone who is, you should definitely check her out.

And while we’re talking social networking, remember I have a Facebook page set up for Black Fish.  If you haven’t already, go like it. It’s painless, I promise.

Jun 11

More writing news

In addition to the shout-outs I mentioned earlier in the week, I got a lovely review from Wyn over at Everything Is Connected.

Wyn and I have “known” each other for several years. I think I found her blog randomly, and admired how active she was (and is!). From there I saw that she wrote for Metblogs, and looking for someplace to write and that would force me to do activities around the city, I started writing for Metblogs too.

I wrote there from January 2006 through February 2007 (though I’m still listed as an author, weird) before I, well, lost interest. But it was definitely fun and a great experience.

I think Wyn left her Metblog gig around the same time, if not sooner, and I’m glad we’ve stayed in touch ever since.

In other writing news, I’ve published a new piece at The Nervous Breakdown, about the lost things I’ve found on the sidewalk (hmm, that sounded a lot more exciting in my head).

Jun 11

Writing news: Black Fish Reviews + Wisdom Has A Voice

It’s a scorcher today in the Bay Area, which means it’s a dry 80 degrees.  (I’m spoiled.)  So I thought I’d bring you some hot writing news.

The reviews are in!

Ed Lin, author of Snakes Can’t Run, This is a Bust, and Waylaid, gave me and my book Black Fish a shout-out this week in Giant Robot magazine.  Woot!  It’s my first real review (beyond kids writing on Amazon that my YA novel was “fantastica!”).

My second real review came from Thomas Ott, who gave an honest, well-rounded, and ultimately positive take on my book.  I appreciate and encourage honesty, which is definitely NOT the same as anonymous internet trolls who say bad things to cause a ruckus and get some attention without revealing anything about themselves.  But I digress. . .

Wisdom Has a Voice on Kindle

Wisdom Has a Voice, an anthology of essays about mothers and daughters, is now available on the Kindle!  It includes my essay about my grandmother, Puo-puo.  The print version of the book will be available in October.

That’s it from here! I plan on spending the rest of this warm work-from-home day inside, doing yoga, eating, and writing. Could be worse.

Jun 11

So busy

This week I was very busy with work stuff.  While I love how my role has expanded, and while some things are totally fun (like live-Tweeting the Scripps National Spelling Bee!), some stuff has me worrying.  Worrying because it’s unfamiliar territory and I’m afraid to fail, so much so that I woke up at five in the morning two days in a row, and couldn’t sleep, my head spinning: “How many I supposed to achieve what is being asked of me?”

This morning, of course, after a good eight hours of rest and sitting in my pajamas, drinking coffee and listening to the rain, I feel better.  These are good, exciting challenges that are forcing me to not be complacent, and that, unlike my old job, actually make sense and are related to what I love in life – words.

In book news, I was happy to hear that the cover contest participants have begun to receive their free copies.  I don’t get the postal system: I think my friend in Switzerland got her book before folks in the U.S.!  Weird.

Anyway, if you got a free book, or if you bought one, give me some internet lovin’ with a Tweet, Facebook post, review, or just tell your friends. I’d appreciate it! :)

Also, remember I’ve set up a Black Fish Facebook page.  While I started with the fish having a faux-Asian accent, I quickly got sick of the idea, having forgotten an important lesson in marketing: be sincere.  Sometimes I have a tendency to over-snark, so I’m toning the snark down a little on the page.

In crazy mom news, my mother has gotten word that my book exists, and has been bugging me about it. If you know anything about the book, you know it would not be a good idea for my mother to read it. I’ve told her this again and again, yet she still feels left out.

“So all your friends get to read it?” she asked, implying, But not your own mother?

“This is not something you want to read,” I told her. My father gets it though.

“I don’t want to know,” he says.

It’s good to have at least one parent who is not crazy.

May 11

Writing news

Lots going on, mostly of my own making, but that’s okay!

Pocket Posh Word Power. These adorable little dictionaries that I edited are now available.  There are four to choose from:

120 Words To Make You Sound Intelligent

120 Job Interview Words You Should Know

120 Words That Are Fun to Say

120 Words You Should Know

About the size of a Moleskin notebook, they include pronunciations, definitions, usage notes, and examples from both classic literature and recent publications like The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. They’re perfect for Father’s Day, a recent grad, or that word nerd in your life (if it’s you, I won’t tell).

The Bookstore is open. Now that  I have a few things that are actually buyable, I’ve set up a Bookstore page where you can find all of those in one place (including my book and the dictionaries above).  There are just three items there now, but in the next several months, I’m expecting a couple more.

Black Fish Facebook page.  I finally got around to doing this. For a while I wasn’t even sure if I should. Would it really make a difference? Or would it just be another thing for me to obsess over? Then I was talking with someone about my book, and he mentioned someone starting a Twitter account from the point of view of a python that had escaped from some zoo.  I started to think, What about from the POV of the black fish of my book?  And what if the black fish had an Asian accent?

So there you have it.  I don’t know why, but I think it will be fun to keep updated and be creative with what the black fish might say, beyond the usual book updates.

And as Black Fish would say, “You like page now!

Last day for Lulu sale. Today’s May 31 is the last day you can get 25% off anything and everything on Lulu (up to $500). Just enter the coupon code CYBERMAY. Get my book for cheap.

May 11

Another book sale!

Lulu is having another sale, folks!  This time, you get 25% off any order.  Just enter the coupon code CYBERMAY.

That means the PDF of my book is just $2.25!  That’s cheaper than a frappucino and far less fattening.


Because I want to be in a diabetic coma.

May 11

I am number three! I am number three!

Hey look!  Somehow my book is number three in Lulu’s Top 100 eBooks in Biographies and Memoirs this week!

I do not question such matters, but merely take advantage of them like the opportunistic rat that I am.

By the way, got three bucks to spare? Help make my book number one!

May 11

Books galore!

black fish galore!

The books I ordered have finally arrived!  Now I can finally send free copies to the folks who helped me decide on a cover. Remember, if you still haven’t sent me your address, please do so at angelatungwriter AT gmail DOT com.

And in case you still didn’t know, my book is now available for sale!  Just $2.99 for the PDF and $9.99 for the paperback.

In writing news, I was very glad to learn from this article that “famous authors tend to write only for 4 hours during the morning, leaving the rest of the day for rest and recuperation.” Woot! And here I was kicking myself for pooping out with my writing by 2 PM. And I’m always more productive when I’m pressed for time.

In Hunger Games (squeeee!) news, Entertainment Weekly has Jennifer Lawrence-as-Katniss on its cover this week. At first I was really disappointed not to see Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit as Katniss, but now I’m satisfied with Jennifer (I’m sure she and the movie producers care).

As for what I’m reading now, I finished The Devil’s Rooming House, which after a slow start, turned out to be all right. I’m curious to watch Arsenic and Old Lace now, and see how it compares with the true, gruesome story.

I’ve finally started tackling the stack of literary magazines I’ve acquired over the months. An amazing essay I just read was Judith Kroll’s “Happy Families”. It’s beautiful and haunting, and inspires me to write something like it. You should read it if you get the chance.

Speaking of must-reads, tonight fellow Nervous Breakdown writer, Jessica Anya Blau, is reading at City Lights from her hilarious novel, Drinking Closer to Home. If you follow my blog regularly, you know I don’t go around calling every book I read a “must-read.” But Jessica’s really is. It’s funny, moving, and I just loved the characters. Again, inspires me to write something like it. And if you’re in San Francisco, you should go to the reading. I totally am.

So that’s three hours of writing. Just one more to go. ;)