Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My New French Boyfriend Gilles Marini

The Yardbirds sang at the Angel Awards again this year, benefiting Project Angel Food.  At last year's awards, we shared our green room with some Glee kids.

This year, I met my new boyfriend, Gilles Marini of ABC's Brothers and Sisters, Dancing with the Stars and Switched at Birth.

 talking with my new boyfriend and his, um, wife
I can't gush enough about how down to earth Gilles and his wife are, so I'll just say


I also embarrassed myself by stalking Alan Cumming, whose Scottish accent is unbearably adorable.

We lacked altos for this gig so two of us sopranos had to swing parts at the last minute and did a great job faking finesse.  Here are the boys starting House of Blue Lights: (you can see Cylon-girl Tricia Helfer in the bottom right corner)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Macrobiotic Birthday

It's my birthday week!  I kicked it off with vegan sushi and karaoke, and am ending it with a free boat ride to Catalina Island.  Because nothing's better than being on a boat.

(Right, Krispy?)

We'll be back!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

SCBWI Recap: The Hippie Hop

My back hurts.  I'm shell shocked.  My eyes are sore from lack of sleep.
It must be the 41st SCBWI National Conference!

I am insane did all 4 days this year, including the annual heavy partying poolside at the Hyatt in Los Angeles.  This year's theme was hippies, so we've got a fake Vietnam vet and our favorite Asian American writers with peace signs temporarily tattooed on their cheeks.

with Kat Yeh
with Michael Reisman
An unofficial Guess the Asian, 60's version:
Rita Crayon Huang, Jo Whittemore, me, Cindy Pon, and Emily Jiang
More photos to come after I recover from carrying around signed books and dancing on the stage!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tiger Tea Tent Debuts at Camp NaNoWriMo!

Greetings from CampNaNoWriMo!

I'm writing from a cabin with five of your favorite Asian American female bloggers from around the world.  It took 3 days of coordinating a 16-hour time zone difference to present to you:

Tiger Tea Tent:

Camp NaNo's Only All-Azn Lady Cabin 


Julie Dao a.k.a. juleswrites

Novel: ELEGY
Genre: YA Mystery/Paranormal

Julie is relying on the magical power of chocolate-covered gummy bears to help her get through Camp NaNoWriMo.

Linda a.k.a. wistfullylinda

Novel: PURE AWESOMENESS (aka a fancier version of UNTITLED)
Genre: Fantasy

Linda has a love-hate relationship with NaNoWriMo; she is rather fond of the ease and instant gratification of signing up, but very much less so of the fog of failure that blooms above her head for a month due to her word count deficiencies. But, with the support of her cabinmates and the lessons she learned last time, she's pretty sure she'll manage to write at least a couple thousand more words than she did last year.

Alz a.k.a. shizalent

Novel: MINER (working title) / THE LAST MANATEE (side project for Camp Nano, for if I need a break)
Genre: High Fantasy / Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Fantasy with a Side of Manatees (link to Last Manatee post)

Alz has been faithfully Nanowrimoing since 2004 and faithfully Camp Nanoing since 2011. Her attention span has been getting shorter these days (hence the possible side project) but with manatees around, maybe her mind (what little there is) will stay more focused.

Emy Shin a.k.a. justemy

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Emy is a one-time NaNo winner and many-times NaNo loser who will hopefully up her score this time around!

Krispy a.k.a. Kangaru

Novel: (it's stand-in not-really name is...) LUCK
Genre: Fantasy

Krispy is an enthusiastic NaNo-er who never seems to learn she should really plan some stuff before she attempts to write 50,000 words in a month. Oh well. Good thing she's a pantser, and mostly she's at camp for the smores.

Sophia Chang a.k.a. YellowTypingFiend
Unofficial Cabin Counselor

Genre: YA Fantasy

NaNoWriMo is singularly responsible for Sophia finishing her first novel - and every one after.  Sophia has been a NaNo rebel for years now, using the month to revise or redraft.

Camp Counselor Soph makes sure the cabin mates are hydated, the names are unPC, and the kids get candy - even Gingers.


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