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Congrats on a double book deal to Mark Budman, my boss at Vestal Review.

Vestal Review’s Ed-in-Chief and Co-founder Mark Budman just got the word from Livingston Press that two of his short story collections were accepted for publication.

Tentative titles: The Most Excellent Immigrant and The Great American Odyssey. 

We of the Vestal staff honor Mark’s hard work and diligence and congratulate him on his Most Excellent Achievement in The Great Publishing Odyssey.

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“Calm” by Master Iain.

If y’all recall, a year ago at this time I had just returned from five weeks in Asia. (Can you even imagine it, now?) Any-hoo, there, I spent wonderful and invigorating time at Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat in Northern Thailand.

Chi gong at Nam Yang one hot afternoon …

Now, given the impossibility of on-site training at Nam Yang, Master Iain is in the process of creating a section to the school’s Website that, through the marvels of tech, will allows people to train at home.

The site is not quite ready, but Master Iain does have a lovely video talk called “Calm.” With his permission, I am sharing it with you.

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Leaving Seattle, visiting San Antonio. Go figure.

This weekend, I am signed up to go to San Antonio for a VBBC (very big book conference). Given that San Antonio was declared a State of Emergency for the virus, I was going to skip the conference. However, given that I live in Seattle, I decided: WTF. I could go to the co-op and get coughed all over. Anyway, I will be prowling the exhibition booths for small presses to which to submit my novel. All good wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts welcome!

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I’m only telling you guys this:

After reading my blurb about my novel on Facebook, an agent Tweeted, asking to see the full manuscript.

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How to travel as a writer.

Someone on Facebook asked for information about maximizing time when on a research trip for a novel. What ho!

  1. Set a time every day to FaceTime or Skype with your children.
  2. Have something else going on. For example, I practice Tai Chi. I knew that there would be a lot of parks where the Chinese community practiced in the early mornings. I made a point to be in the neighborhood park by 6am. I met so many caring locals. They told me great places to eat and insider tips about the city that your characters need to know. One also helped me figure out which neighborhood in Bangkok my main character would live in.
  3. Spend more time on your book than seeing the sights. Limit sight seeing to elements that appear in the book.
  4. Write or edit on the plane. You write; food arrives. Tea arrives. Life doesn’t get better–until your kids arrive!
  5. Use your computer rather than a notebook. On days I used my notebook, I was too exhausted to transfer my notes. Still haven’t.
  6. Go to a library. My novel is set in the mid-90s. In the 90s, no newspaper in Cambodia published on-line. I went to the library at the Hun Sen University and read bound, back issues of newspapers.

Bon Voyage!