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Published: \’in-glish\ in Brevity Magazine

Sep 13, 2016   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published, Thoughts  //  No Comments

I’m quite excited to have my piece, “\’iŋ-glish\” included in Brevity Magazine‘s special issue on race, racism, and racialization, along with many intriguing pieces written by a lot of talented people.

So many times, in discussions on race, I feel like the Asian perspective/experience is often relegated to the side. Nothing particular dramatic happens. It’s a strange place to be, where I feel as if I’m perceived differently because I’m Asian, but to say it out loud can seem silly and trivial.

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Published: I Dream of Marie in Tincture Journal

Aug 29, 2016   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

One of the things I like to do is to write poetry. It’s a different way of thinking that refreshes my mind for when I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of editing. It’s also a great way for me to express truths about myself that can only be hinted at in my writing. Sometimes, however, my poetry spirals out of control, and I’ve found myself plunging into Creative Non-Fiction territory.

“I Dream of Marie” is the result of one of these episodes, using my favorite scientist, Marie Curie, as a mirror in which to reflect my personal struggles, struggles that are as individual as I am but are also found universally. I love that the piece exemplifies my own particular way of thinking, in numbers and facts and logic, but expressed in a literary way.

I’m so honored that Tincture Journal also loved it and included it in their Spring 2016 issue (Issue 15). You can peruse the Table of Contents to see all the other great authors included, or you can buy a copy for yourself.

I hope you enjoy a little insight into my inner world.

Published: The Girl Who Understood in Nuff Said’s Annual Anthology

Jun 23, 2016   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

Stories are like children to a writer; they’re all different in their own unique ways, but one can’t help them but love all of them for these differences. “The Girl Who Understood” is my attempt at writing something that speaks about the world I see all around me, made up of people who are different genders, ethnicities, personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, but are all, at the same time, deeply human. Plus, it’s another foray into speculative fiction, which I’m growing to love more and more with each story I write.

I was very honored to place second in Nuff Said‘s Speculative Writing Contest to Promote Diversity (SWCPD) with this story and am excited to be able to share this story with you, along with all the other wonderful authors who placed in the contest, which has been published in their annual anthology. If you prefer to have a tangible copy, you can purchase it here. I hope you enjoy it!

Published: Sunset in Kansas City Voices

Oct 29, 2015   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

I’m so excited to share that another one of my stories, “Sunset”, has been published in Volume 13 of Kansas City Voices (Buy). During my trip around the world, I was inspired by all the beautiful sights all around me, the sensory overload that followed me through those ten months. “Sunset” came from an intriguing story I heard in our 72-hour whirlwind tour through China. I remember sitting in our hotel room in the middle of the night furiously typing away. This story took a hold of me, and I’m glad to be able to share it with the world.

Published: Like-Like in Creating Iris

Oct 14, 2015   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

I’ve had the honor of having my story, “Like-Like“, published in Creating Iris Magazine. It’s a story of two friends learning something about each other. The impetus of it came from a real-life conversation I had with a friend of mine. And, while this is a fictional story, my sentiments within it are true.

I know how much progress has been made in the LGBTA movement recently, but I also know how much more progress there needs to be. While I’m not a very vocal activist within this movement (nor any other movements, for that matter), I do think this is a very important issue. That’s why I’m a huge supporter of Creating Iris and other similar venues.

I hope my story will allow people to know that it’s ok to love the people they love, and that there are allies who are open to listening and accepting them for who they are. I hope the moments that play out in my story, play out in living rooms across the world.

*Steps off my soapbox* Plus, I hope you have fun reading my story also!

More updates coming soon.

Life, or something like it

Aug 4, 2015   //   by Christina   //   General, Latest News  //  No Comments

As I said in my last post, life has risen up and engulfed me in its gaping maw. I’ve started a full-time job, along with various other activities that eat away at any free time I have left. Don’t worry, I haven’t stopped writing. That would be like refusing to eat when there’s perfectly good food in front of me, just not done. In fact, I hope to share some good news with everyone in the next few months, so stay tuned for that.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to update this website as often as I’d like. I have squirrelled away a lot of resources, writing thoughts, and potential topics of discussion, but they take a back-burner to my actual writing. I’ve shelved my updates to Channillo. I still love those boys from “The Job”, and I’m dedicated to writing a mini-series just for them full of angst and brotherly love and snark (in fact, it’s all outlined), but they too will have to wait. And my Write 1 Sub 1 challenge may just end up being a whole lot of submittals.

What, then, am I doing on the writing front? I’m editing my novel, working title: Trinity, and by editing, I mean rewriting the entire thing (again…). I also have three stories I’m attempting to finish up, all of them clamouring to be three times the size from what I originally intended. These are my focus, along with the stories that are still out on perpetual submittal.

I had a discussion with a writer friend who bemoaned his lack of writing ideas. I, unfortunately, have the opposite problem. Too many half-finished, half-outlined, half-thought-out stories and novels. At least I know I’ll never run out of work!

So, keep the faith, my friends. Until next time!

Published: “Old School Sensibilities” in Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly

Aug 4, 2015   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

I’ve been remiss in keeping up with my journal. In fact, my next post will be an update of my writing life thus far. However late I am, I did want to let everyone know that I’ve published my story, “Old School Sensibilities“, in Issue 7 of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly.  It’s about a two childhood friends and their blossoming relationship against a futuristic backdrop. I quite like it, if I may say so myself, and I also loved how I was able to work together with the editors to really refine the story.

This is actually my first published speculative fiction story, though I’ve written quite a lot of science poetry. I’ve noticed that I’m treading more often into the wilds of speculative fiction, which isn’t too surprising because I grew up reading predominantly science-fiction and fantasy novels. In fact, I’m more surprised it’s taken me this long to delve into these genres. Right now, I’m writing a mix of stories: literary fiction, speculative fiction, and some that could identify both ways (bi-genre? pan-genre?), so hopefully you’ll start to see more of a varied type of output from me. Or maybe I’m simply codifying my true style. Who knows?

Anyways, I digress. I hope you enjoy reading my story online. Or, if you prefer to read on your e-reader of choice, you can download the whole issue here. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Channillo and “The Job”

May 25, 2015   //   by Christina   //   Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

When I first wrote “The Job”, I immediately fell in love with the pair of brothers I’d created. Their voices were so clear and natural and emotional for me. I was so glad when it was published in Beyond Imagination, because that meant that other people would be able to spend time with Jensen and Connor.

However, as time passed, I found I missed them. When I heard about Channillo, which is a platform for publishing original serial fiction and non-fiction, I became inspired to follow up “The Job” with three more adventures for a total of four jobs over four years told quarterly over the course of a year. Not only would this allow me to re-visit my beloved characters, I would also be able to explore more of their backstory and delve into their futures.

For those who loved “The Job” and for those who would like to dive into the world of assassins, brotherly love, and a great deal of snark, I invite you to check out my series on Channillo. You will have to subscribe in order to read it. If you just want to read my one story, it’s $2.59/month. However, there are so many other great stories by great authors to explore (who update far quicker than I will), that I highly recommend upgrading the plan to include many more subscriptions.

I’m excited to see how Channillo grows in the future, especially since this is such an interesting experiment in the future of publishing. I love how many possibilities writers have these days of giving others access to their work, and I’m looking forward to more innovations in the intersection of publishing and technology in the future.

I know I’ve been quiet across all my blogs over the last few months. There’s been a lot of transitions going on in my life. Hopefully, things will settle down a bit, and I’ll figure out a new posting schedule for everything. Stay tuned for more!

Published: Dialogual + The Digital Writers’ Festival

Feb 10, 2015   //   by Christina   //   General, Latest News, Published  //  No Comments

While it was accepted last year, I didn’t get to see my story “Brotherly Love” published until the end of January. It was written specifically for Dialogual, which is a online literary magazine which specialized in dialogue-only stories. I was surprised by how difficult it was to write an entire story told through dialogue, to make the speakers obvious without dialogue-tags, and craft a semblance of a plot without descriptions of action. I was pleasantly surprised when the editor, Adrian Nicolae, spent multiple back-and-forth sessions helping me to tighten my writing and making it the best version it could be. It meant a lot to me, knowing an editor saw enough potential in my work to spend time guiding me. If you want to read my story on a young pair of brothers (I love brotherly interactions), check it out here.

I came across the Digital Writers’ Festival recently. It’s a conference out of Australia that is livestreaming all their sessions. There’s some interesting ones throughout the festival I’m very interested in, so I’ll try to catch some of the sessions. It starts February 11, 2015 – February 22, 2015, at AEDT time. Be sure to make the proper time conversion (for US folk, it technically starts today). Enjoy!

Thoughts Re: “The Power of Dark Stories, and Why We Are Not Always What We Write”

Jan 20, 2015   //   by Christina   //   Thoughts  //  No Comments

Sometimes people who know me are surprised by what I write. My writing can tend to the very melancholy. I like to write from both the viewpoints of male and female characters, many of them not the best paragons of virtue. I have characters who cuss with every breath. I’m still to shy to write truly shocking material, but I’ve written about serial killers and monsters and lots of death. I’ve written about middle-aged mothers, felons, robots, orphans, and emperors. I like exploring the idea of untraditional love and hate, and the fine line in-between.

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