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Butterflies and Transformations

Lily Chang © 2019 Life seems rough for butterflies from the start. Only a few out of hundreds of eggs laid make it all the way through to the prized fourth stage, due to a number of factors ranging from pesticides to predators. Reaching the butterfly stage still doesn't guarantee survival. Besides letting the wings… Continue reading Butterflies and Transformations

fiction, query, writing, writing fiction

Standing Out

A few days ago, I finished the final edits to my manuscript, again, revised after receiving feedback from an expert on magical realism. After receiving a handful of query rejections, I wanted to see what I could improve from my end. Over the last few days, I've been taking a look at my proposal package:… Continue reading Standing Out

fiction, Uncategorized, writing, writing fiction

The Writer’s Burden

I'm going to be candid about where I am in the writing process, as I try to publish the first manuscript in a series of adult fiction. No embellishments. Honest and transparent. Sometimes despairing and isolating, and other times, exciting. The adventure started with a mystical experience that I cannot explain in any sensible way.… Continue reading The Writer’s Burden

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Book 1’s Manuscript is Done

The manuscript for Book One's done. Won't lie. It's been frustrating and fun. So much to consider when writing, not so clear. Developments, timing, turning points, oh dear. My learning curve seemed all too steep, in over my head, I had gone too deep. There's an important story to tell, you see. Not just for… Continue reading Book 1’s Manuscript is Done

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Clam Chowder

I love cooking. Unless baking pastries is involved. That's a different beast. It's exact, and I'm not a fan of dough products or sweets of that sort. Giving accurate measurements to the dishes I make is impossible. Not because I don't appreciate precision. A part of me loves number crunching. I see creating in the… Continue reading Clam Chowder

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Body Image: Magnificence not Manipulation

Early this week, I made a batch of New England Clam Chowder that was the best. Exquisite. Every bite melted in my mouth and left a delicious aftertaste. I wasn't going to let dietary restrictions — no gluten and no cow dairy — stop me from making it absolutely extraordinary. I was determined to make… Continue reading Body Image: Magnificence not Manipulation

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“The Hate U Give,” My Reading

It's after midnight. More like after one in the morning. I finished reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, less than an hour ago. I've been cooking the kiddos' lunches for tomorrow. This meal includes: dumplings, egg rolls, some veggies, apple slices, rice, all made gluten-free. The work isn't done just yet. Those delicious bites,… Continue reading “The Hate U Give,” My Reading