Category Archives: WritingEv


“Why am I writing this? No one will ever be interested in reading this garbage. I should just give up now.” I always get to this stage during November. I forget that I’m an engaging writer, that people actually like to read the things I’ve written. Instead I look at the %*#@ I’m putting on the… Read More »

Three of Fifteen

I have fourteen brothers and sisters, but I don’t usually lead with that piece of information unless I’m looking for shock value. Even then, I always get the same 10 invasive questions so if I don’t feel like answering them, I withhold that tidbit about my siblings from my acquaintance. For the sake of us… Read More »

Why You’re Not Pursuing Your Dream

I was distracted by a thin envelope tucked inside one of my journals. The return address was Evelyn @ age 11. It was addressed to Evelyn @ 18. I opened it. One of the first questions my 11-year-old self asked was, “Have you become an author?” Read more »

Accomplishing the Worst Goal Ever

My goal is to have a completed second draft of my novel by November. Sounds like a good goal on the surface. But have you ever set a goal, and in the “reaching your goal” part, felt like it was the worst goal ever? It’s not that I think it’s impossible. On the contrary, I… Read More »

What Real Authors Do

For the past seven years, I have written a novel in November, as part of “National Novel Writing Month,” or “NaNoWriMo.” This is not news anymore. The news is I am finally editing one of my drafts. What’s it been like? Read more here!

Writing Challenges

Hi everyone! A quick note to let you all know that I’m focused this month on writing in a big way—but not on this blog at the moment. I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and finally editing the novel I wrote several years ago. My goal is to have 30 hours of editing by the end of… Read More »

It’s So Appropriate

November’s “novel” is about my second year of Peace Corps, which of course means I’m writing about some of the challenges I faced as a Peace Corps volunteer while living in Armenia. As though simply writing about them weren’t enough, it looks like my life decided I need to relive some of those difficulties so as to better remember them—and thus make the story come alive. Read More >


In writing for NaNoWriMo this month, there have been a few sources of inspiration, besides my personal recollections, photos, journal, and blog entries. There have also been my friend Tim Straight’s video series on Armenia, and the irreverent Conan O’Brien episode where he takes his assistant Sona to Armenia. Tonight is the Monterey Peace Corps… Read More »

A Day in the Life… Of A Peace Corps Volunteer [an excerpt]

I went into my tiny kitchen, turned my faucet on, and filled my kettle with freezing cold water from my one-temperature tap. The important thing to note here is that I had to turn my faucet on. When I had moved in, the water had been permanently on. But after several months of living in my apartment, some workmen had come to replace the pipes to my sink and had also fixed it so that my water would turn off. Read More >>