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Why the MAGIC of MEMOIR is a MUST READ!

Why the MAGIC of MEMOIR is a MUST READ!

The Magic of Memoir is a memoirist’s companion for when the going gets tough. Paula Wagner is one of 40 contributors in this book published on November 2016. Writing about the process of writing has always baffled me, so it was both an honor and a challenge to come up...
THE BOOK, THE BOOK, THE GODDAMNED BOOK

THE BOOK, THE BOOK, THE GODDAMNED BOOK

(a guest blog by Irene Sardanis) Have you’ve ever taken a well-deserved vacation only to receive an email from your editor saying your manuscript has, well, run off the rails? That news initially knocked the wind out of my good friend and fellow memoirist Irene. But...
Longing to Belong – Newcomers in an Ancient Land

Longing to Belong – Newcomers in an Ancient Land

EXCERPT: This journey begged the question once again: where did I belong? Where was home? Perhaps I wasn’t charting my own course after all. Maybe I was simply following in my mother’s footsteps by leaving her, just as she had left her own mother to come to America....
MUSINGS on the LUNAR NEW YEAR!

MUSINGS on the LUNAR NEW YEAR!

Greetings for the the Lunar New Year – also known as Chinese New Year, the Tet Festival (in Viet Nam) and the Spring Festival!  Celebrations well under way throughout China, Southeast Asia and the of course, the San Francisco Bay Area where I live. This...
READY, SET, GO:  LAUNCHING A NEW BEGINNING!

READY, SET, GO: LAUNCHING A NEW BEGINNING!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  – Anaïs Nin As East coast and Midwestern Americans huddle in the grip of sub-zero temperatures, I feel (almost) guilty for enjoying a balmy breeze on...