Trixi Pudong and the Greater World



Happy Monday everyone! Today, I’m taking part in the blog tour of Trixi Pudong and the Greater World! So let me introduce you to its author Audrey Mei, and let her regale you with her amazing tale behind her new novel.:
Documenting My Family’s Old Shanghai
Thank you Lidy for hosting me on my blog tour. I’m going to talk about why I wrote Trixi Pudong and the Greater World. There are two parts to it.
I was born in Oakland and grew up like many of the Asian Americans who now populate Northern California. My parents worked and made sure my sister and I each had our own bedrooms, our own cars, and that we’d graduate from college with multiple degrees, debt-free. I was privileged.
My father came from Shanghai but in my suburban childhood, Dad’s origins didn’t play a big role. Imagine that: Dad was born in the 1930s in the fabled Paris of the Orient, one of the most decadent cities to have ever existed. A storied city of dreams, thousands of times more debaucherous than Las Vegas. And I didn’t know anything about it.

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IWSG Day & #Wattys2016

Insecure Writers Support Group New Badge

It’s the third day of the month and you know what that means. It’s IWSG day! And what do we do on IWSG day? We share our woes and triumphs as well as encourage our fellow writers on this crazy writing journey. And as always, thanks to creating this community goes to ninja extraordinaire, Alex Cavanaugh!

To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above.  And don’t forget to check out the co-hosts for August: Tamara Narayan, Tonja Drecker, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Lauren @ Pensuasion, Stephen Tremp, and Julie Flanders!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG.

So, what’s going on with me in the final month of my blogging break?

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Wattys 2016 People’s Choice Award


If you’re on Wattpad you probably already know about the Wattys. If not, here’s a brief introduction.

Every year Wattpad holds a writing contest. There are several categories like visual storytelling, writer’s debut, hidden gems and of course people’s choice.

As it so happens the People’s Choice Award is today August 1st. In this year’s Wattys I’ve entered my work in progress romance novel “Dreaming of You.”

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Why Harry Potter Is Important Today

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!


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Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the books have taken the world by storm. The books have sold over 400 million books worldwide. Has been translated into 73 languages. Increased readership in youth, in particular boys. Is a book series favorite of both kids and adults. Has spanned into eight blockbuster movies and a play. A themed attraction at Universal Studios & Resorts. And three new spin-off films planned for release in the next five years. Starting with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It’s hard not to see just how popular Harry Potter is. Hell children and adults still like to dress up as Harry Potter for Halloween. And I, like many others, am still waiting for my Hogwarts acceptance letter. Don’t judge me. You can roll your eyes at my silliness but a woman can hope. I’d even settle for an Hogwarts adult study program. Continue reading