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“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 »

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 >>

Just Gotta Write!

It’s November. That means National Novel Writing Month! Want to learn more? See all my previous blog posts about NaNoWriMo. I’ve written a novel in November every year since 2009. Every December, I tell myself, “Never again.” Last December, I was serious. Never Again. This November, I’m doing it again. What is it about humans that… Read More »

A Squeeze on the Wrist

I have never, ever shared my novels with anyone, FOR GOOD REASON*. But now I’m breaking all my rules. I am letting you read this one. It’s 135 pages long.

3.5 Weeks Clearing My Throat

It’s kind of like winning the lottery, except SO MUCH BETTER because I know the win is a direct result of my effort. I have successfully, for the 5th year in a row, written a complete novel in November. And this time, I plan to edit the first draft, in hopes of coming up with… Read More »

Burnt Out From Writing

Novel at 41,637 words. Under 10,000 words to go before Saturday. Will reach 50,000 word goal for month. Not sure novel will be wrapped up at 50,000. Other news: Instagram Contest at MIIS, where I now work. This weeks’ theme: “What are you thankful for?” I’m thankful for new friends. End update. More wordy posts… Read More »