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    Where am I? Where are you?

    We are currently under lockdown in Taiwan. Fines if you have more than five people in your domicile. Fines for going out without a mask, even in your car. Signing in everywhere, from the 7-11 to the Carrefour to the barber’s shop if you dare go. It is an odd place to be, considering all my friends elsewhere are speaking of finally being able to go out and do things, sometimes even with masks off. It is especially odd, as there is no great push to get vaccinated, because we don’t have enough vaccines.Supposedly, we don’t have enough doses because there is a global shortage, but as our president has…

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    Holding on.

    I am holding on. Barely. But I am holding on, because there is no alternative I can accept. I’ve been re-editing Phoenix Chosen in recent days, and I’m at the chapters where Seth and Aedrian are incredulous and upset over her decision to stay and see the tiānzé through. As an American citizen, 2020 feels like the same call to action, except with much less certainty and none of the “glory” or recognition from the powers that be.Twitter was my lifeline after leaving the US, when I had lost all but two of my friends, seen the end of my relationship of 11 years, and was resigning myself to the…

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    In memory of…

    Corey Alexander, better known to some people as @TGStoneButch, passed away recently and I…I am so angry at why right now. Corey was a lovely soul, a wonderful person, and have you ever known someone where you could ask “what would X do” and know it to be probably the best reaction under the circumstances? Corey was that person. And the pain reverberates and circles back, because I didn’t know Corey except in passing on Twitter. Just as I didn’t know Akhil except in the most superficial of ways. And for the same reasons, really – they were the sort of people where I felt intimidated by how wonderful they…

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    In the midst of History…

    I had no idea how to title this post. Everything was either too flippant or too depressing. Someone said something about living in the midst of History and that we are all going to be first-hand accounts of said History being made and… All I can say is that it’s done quite a number on my ability to write fiction, and I don’t even write contemporary. I was working on a story for the Not-Christmas holiday anthology and it’s vaguely contemporary — whew. It’s stalled out in part because it’s so hard to write fluffy-happy when I’m terrified, and in part because I don’t know if I want to allude…

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    Kindle Unlimited versus going wide

    Silenced is plodding along. I’ve pinpointed the issue with it though, so here’s hoping that it will go faster from now on. For a given bit of “going faster”, of course. My problem was that Silenced didn’t feel much like a story. Things happen, but there wasn’t enough of a journey. Not  spiritually, not romantically, and definitely not dramatically. As it was, I figure people would have been grumpy about “is this really romance? but they’re together in two chapters, tops!”, but I didn’t want to tip it over into pure fantasy either. So now it’s going to go on for a little bit longer than I expected it to,…

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    Happy mandatory-family-friend-hanging-out time!

    Be it Hanukkah or X’mas or Bodhi Day or The Day of the Return of the Wandering Goddess (awesome sounding, btw), or Kwanza or Omisoka or Saturnalia or the Winter Solstice — I wish everyone the best one. That said. Good lords and ladies, I’m happy to be in Taiwan: the holiday mania hasn’t really gotten in full swing here yet and I’m grateful. Having spent the last decade or so in America, the difference is startling. Don’t get me wrong – I love the holiday whirl as much as the next introvert does. Which is to say, with great joy and great trepidation and much reservation. I enjoyed going…

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    Updates, things and stuff

    So. August was a bit of a wash. By which I mean all of my plans and good intentions ran into reality the way Typhoon Soudelor wrecked Taiwan. Which, by the way, was kinda awe inspiring in the sense of watching a volcano erupt really puts a human in their place. Half the trees in the city are gone because they got uprooted. Windmill blades were torn away. The winds blew so hard that glass shattered in their frames. Huge numbers of people lost power and water and a good number of people lost their homes entirely. The person who came up with the saying “human perseverance can triumph over…

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    A question of false scarcity

    I was reading C.L Stone’s Ghost Bird series today and it got me to thinking. A lot. And unfortunately, not in a great way. I blew through all seven available books, so I think it’s safe to say that I enjoyed them. I also signed up for the newsletter so I can one-click as soon as I get news of the latest installment. Despite that, I have these faint sensation of …I don’t know, guilt? I almost feel like I shouldn’t like them on principle. Despite the funny. Despite the great writing. Despite a lot of things that C.L Stone did right. Main reason? There’s this notion, perpetuated throughout the…

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    Messaging 101 on OKCupid

    Really, I should have titled it Messaging 0.1, but hey, I’m feeling nice today. Btw, this is directed mostly at guys because, surprise surprise, being het means I get guy messages, but this applies to women too. 1. Read the damn profile. Seriously. For reals. Just read it. There’s nothing that turns me off faster than realizing that you didn’t take the time to read the profile. Especially the “you should message me if” part. You know, the part that says I’m not open to random hookups or sex. And you know what? This feeds into #2, because if you knew enough not to commit #2, then at least you’d…

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    Expatriating, repatriating, and “sea-returning”

    Thene mentioned someone at work talking to her about sea turtles. For the record? Us Chinese love our puns. Love love love. Sea turtles (海龜), pronounced exactly the same as sea-return (海歸), which I think is short for “海外+歸來” which means returned from abroad. Ocean-out, obviously, meaning abroad. So, many kids who went out for a degree/work experience and came back are called sea turtles. So technically I am one. Except I’m not. Yeah, really, I’m not. I’m not even repatriating, really, because the overall consensus is that “repatriation means returning to a country you call home/ once considered your permanent home.”  Yeah, no. I was born in Taiwan, lived…

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