Only a Cry Away

Over the holidays, I saw my cousin-in-law who is undergoing chemo for ovarian cancer. When she walked in, she was hunched and moving slowly. “The Chemo-walk,” I later told her. “You’ve got it.” I urged her about some things I knew about, like getting a temporary handicap placard for your car, and getting a wheelchair just to save energy. “Your energy will be less and less,” I told her. Besides her, I spoke with few. I wasn’t in the mood for celebrations nor company but that’s not part of the holiday spirit so I mingled. Later, I tossed and turned the…

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A Kinder, Gentler Me

I used to be an asshole. Well, to be honest, I still am sometimes but I’ve curbed my assholery down to a minimum. Why? Because living with someone whose empathy surpasses mine makes it hard. I am a very empathetic person. The thing is, because of my family background, I was very content to keep that empathy restricted to folks I knew or met. Strangers? Why you’re not part of my tribe. Before I met my wife, I used to stack all the phonecalls I had to make to utilities onto a PMS day. Then already irritated, I’d unleash fumes of wrath…

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Imps, Chimps or Chumps?

Two days ago, I misplaced my wedding ring. To my mind, it can only be on the bathroom sink or the kitchen sink, the only two places I take it off. Yet, after tons of searching, I couldn’t find it even asking W. thrice whether she’s seen it or not. Frustrated, I go and do the dishes that I had promised to do a day before. I somehow think that the ring will magically appear under a bowl or plate. Then hours later after I finish the dishes, I go to bed sans ring. And what do I spy on…

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Woven Myths/Sharon Cho now has a Pinterest

Since RaffleCopter has an upgrade and that upgrade includes Pinterest abilities, I figured Woven Myths/Sharon Cho should have a presence, right? Here it is: Sharon Cho’s Pinterest. So far I have two boards: Woven Myths & D’Awww. I have a feeling the D’Awww is going to be my way of showing Westina cute photos of animals. I might create a board for abandoned buildings and writing sheds. I can tell already Pinterest is going to be a huge time-suck so I’m going to have to not look at the site until 1000 words are written. I also started an imgur…

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Guerrilla Marketing – Woven Myths Car Ad

Besides my house, the largest most visible thing I own is my commuter car, a red little Scion xD. Furthermore, I use it to commute 12 miles in rush hour traffic. I’m using traditional book marketing like getting reviews and dropping off postcards at a book faire, but I like to be a tad unusual. I’m interested in getting eyes that weren’t looking at blogs or going to conventions about books. How do I get the average truck driver or Raider Nation to read my book? Yes, yes, I know you think my book has little to do with truck drivers…

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Wok’ing

I got a shiny new carbon steel wok over the weekend and looked up recipes to try out. Found a beef and bok choy in oyster sauce to try. It came out decent enough that Westina ate her whole bowl. But! The recipe called for a lot of oil, which is what happens in wok cooking. And alas, too much oil = pain in the middle of the night for Westina due to her phantom gall bladder. So, the goal now is to find recipes for the wok which doesn’t need too much oil. Found an orange beef that has…

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Book of Gold

I found this article through Neatorama: It’s about despite selling 600 copies, your book might be some reader’s book of gold. I really like this sentiment. In a way, I’ve found that reader who sees my book as her book of gold. That reader’s my wife, Westina. She rarely re-reads anything and yet, she’s read each version of this book and loved it each time.

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