Learning American history as the daughter of Hmong immigrants, of refugees, and as a part of the very first generation of Hmong in America, I can tell you now, I have zero memory of the first African slaves to dock on American soil, stolen from the country of Angola, in all of the history I … Continue reading American History and a Hmong Girl
Every writer plots a critical moment of decision for their characters, and I guess, though I knew I wouldn’t be plotting my own, I anticipated it, a critical moment of decision for myself in my own life. Enter: Coronavirus, COVID-19. “This is it. If not THE moment, A moment. So the decision I’m going to make … Continue reading Coronavirus: The Frustration.
I know I’m about to sound insane, but I’m fairly certain I contracted COVID-19 in mid February, and on February 18, 2020, started to show evident symptoms of the virus. How do I know? I documented it. With random one liners and short entries to myself about my body's state. Did I know then I … Continue reading Coronavirus: The Infection.
It’s almost silly the shift in my life from a night, to a day, to a week ago. Literally, a week ago, I was planning my next steps, my next location, my next transition. Poof. Gone. In a matter of minutes. Update after update. Numbers after numbers. CORONAVIRUS. SERIOUS. BRACE YOURSELVES. What? As the whispers of … Continue reading Coronavirus: The Escalation.
You know the fascinating discovery I made about myself and my writer's block? It matters what medium I use to write. Who knew? Before the age of smartphones, I only ever had a clanking keyboard, large monitor, and the sound of dial up internet screeching in the modem beside me, then enormous laptop computers meant … Continue reading A cure to writer’s block?
I'm excited to be releasing my first short story titled, BODIES, in January 2019. I'm sure this will come as a nuisance to most, but I will be releasing the 10 chapter story in increments, partly because it's fun that way, and partly because I'm still in the middle of writing it. Ha. It'll be much … Continue reading Release of short story: Bodies
I wanted this first blog post to be thoughtful and reflective, as my blogging journey took me from AsianAvenue, to Xanga, to Myspace, to Tumblr, to Facebook, to Instagram, to andtheysaid.com, but alas, all I have to say is this, I'm glad to be here... Blogging... Writing... Sharing... Thus begins my journey as The Crazed … Continue reading History