This election feels like a setback. My grandfather came here after World War II. He told me the story. I don't know how accurate it is, but this is what he told me. He said he didn't agree with the nazis. He was a Hungarian, and conscripted to fight for them. It's entirely possible he knew Jews … [Read more...] about I’m a child of an immigrant woman
I am a colossal failure. And if I wasn't, I don't know that I'd be anything. This is a tough moment for me. A sale didn't close. A sale that's taken weeks of back and forth conversations, demos, presentations, requests for discounts, and with the impending reality that I need this sale to close. … [Read more...] about Moments of failure are the moments I live for
I spent four months in Beijing, travelling to Xi'an, Shanghai, Chengde, and Inner Mongolia. Here's a couple pictures of the places that inspired my novel. Book Campaign Pit 2 Mt. Li Where they found the tomb. Burning Incense Forbidden City Mao … [Read more...] about Pictures of China
I have the hardest time writing. It's painful. The day I came up with the idea for my first novel, I was sitting in Traditional Chinese History. We covered the Qin Emperor pretty thoroughly. And then we talked briefly about his tomb. At the time I read my books cover to cover, because unlike some … [Read more...] about It took me 5 years to write my novel
The mission of this blog is simple: to share stories about how people adapt during periods of success and failure. I'm not a success. I'm not sure a thing like that really exists. For me, both success and failure seem like fixed points on a graph. Their overall trend is really an indication of … [Read more...] about Are you adaptable?