Click here for a plain text version of this wishlist. What is Pitch Wars Nobody can put it better than the Pitch Wars founders themselves, so straight from the PW website: “Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions [...]
My student and I stared at each other through the webcam. At this moment, the connection flickered and died. Both our faces were frozen in candid grimaces. I couldn't help but laugh. This was a meme level plot for my first online teaching gig. Of course, the internet had to choose that moment to freeze up.
In Mountain View, a group of Chinese parents learn to use the democratic process to prevent the opening of marijuana stores. For a population oft criticized for their political inaction, what is the price of speaking out, and who will listen? https://cn.nytimes.com/usa/20191209/chinese-grannies-ganja/
Here's another one I wrote! Reflecting on my relationship with my parents' language, especially through those teen years of motivated rebellion/rejection and then college, when I re-evaluated who I wanted to be based on the cultures that made me--an arc that I think many children of immigrants will identify with. Part 1: http://cn.nytstyle.com/education-career/20161018/chinese-class-usa1 Part 2: http://cn.nytstyle.com/education-career/20161019/chinese-class-usa2/
My story "Red Mask," which is my favorite that I've written up to date, about a serial killer who steals women's faces in a retro-futuristic Shanghai, is the March cover story at Shimmer Magazine! You can read it here: http://www.shimmerzine.com/red-mask-by-jessica-may-lin/
At the age of 65, my grandma left her job as a surgeon in the #1 hospital in China to come to the U.S. with barely any knowledge of English to raise me me while my parents finished grad school. Re-starting from scratch as a gas station cashier/ dim sum restaurant cart pusher, she built [...]
Forgot to announce this! Back in August, I sold my favorite short story I've ever written, "Red Mask," (set in a futuristic Shanghai reminiscent of the 1930s, about a serial killer who steals young women's faces) to one of my favorite speculative fiction magazines, Shimmer. My second fiction sale of 2015 that has the word "red" [...]
This was the last journey I took in China--one that I thought about for a long time but lacked the courage to go on until my last month. Xinjiang is a beautiful place, a silk road hub that's historically been the crossroads of multiple religions and ethnicities, and it's a very controversial place in China [...]