We are headed to New York this Sunday so I can read at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Series at Bookcourt and the Asian American Writers Workshop. I think I am even more excited about this trip than our Pacific Northwest trip for several reasons.
1. We will have help. Matt’s parents have generously agreed to join us and hang out with the grandkids. Four adults to two children is always ideal so that people can actually rest.
2. We are visiting with old friends and family
So back in my second trimester, it seemed like a good idea to set up a few readings in the summer–not a full fledged tour, but a few out of town dates that could be buffered with visits to friends and family. But that was before we tried juggling two kids, which we are realize with each passing day is a long, steep learning curve.
But despite the long travel days, Amelie’s unflagging determination to perform princess plays every minute of every day (complete with swaddle blanket costu
So the plan was to work and work and work until the baby was born and that was just what I did. In fact, I finished up the last service duty the day before ZZ arrived, which I felt very grateful for. It has been a lot, and I think my mind and body needed to go on lockdown for a while, which is why I haven’t been posting here (though facebook and twitter have been easier–because you can maintain those on an iphone.) I haven’t yet learned how to successfully blog/type with one free hand.
The day of the book launch also brought one of the wettest days the bay area has seen all year. So thank you to all my friends, family and colleagues who came out in the pouring, unrelenting rain to help celebrate Cherry’s debut.
Diesel Books of Oakland was incredibly welcoming to us bringing food and drink to make it more festive. Matt was a trooper carrying the egg rolls, summer rolls and beverages in through the rain. In my 37th week of pregnancy, I can’t lift much of anything
Tomorrow, March 13, is the official book launch of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, though the official celebrating won’t occur for at least a few more days. I have a few meetings for work and I plan to take my daughter to preschool, which is my typical weekday.
For the last two months, I feel like I’ve been on a slow jog preparing for this day and the next big event in April when Baby Boy finally arrives. He is ready to get out, and I have this sinking feeling he is going to come ea
1. I am back from Hedgebrook and it’s been a strange, fast transition back into the real world. I promptly got the daycare cough from Amelie, who was thrilled, nonetheless, to have me home. We said goodbye to Matt, who went off to AWP for four days. I followed his adventures through Twitter and Facebook, half-jealous to miss out, and also half-relieved to miss out. 9500 people at AWP! I’m already feeling overwhelmed as it is. 2. The book launch is a week away and it still feels surreal.
So one of the biggest fears I’ve had about entering the writing residency last week was actually getting any writing done. A gift of two weeks comes with a lot of expectations. If I’m going to leave my adorable husband and daughter for fourteen days, I better bring back a sizable chunk of material to prove it was worth the family’s collective sacrifice. My last writing residency was ridiculously productive (before marriage and motherhood) and instead of a point of pride, had become an unreali
1. The website has a new design! Thank you to Julie Thi Underhill, Ben Robinson and Jonathan Young for their collaborative effort to bring it all together.
2. I am at Hedgebrook for a writing residency and after two full days of solitude in a beautiful cabin in the Puget Sound, I already know it’s going to be productive. The fellow residents here have exceeded my expectations: they are warm, funny, kind and also deeply appreciative of the gift we have here. It is hard to be cynical ri
Yesterday morning, I got an email from an associate producer of the Michael Medved show inviting me to discuss the recent USA Today oped on ethnic studies. They were hoping I could go on the air that afternoon—in four hours.
I was interviewed once before based on a USA Today article, over ten years ago, but that was for a puff piece on tips to survive the annual summer heat wave. I also googled and facebook inquiried Michael Medved and realized he was a conservative, which probably me
My oped on the ethnic studies ban in Arizona appeared in this weekend’s USA Today. Here were some additional thoughts that didn’t make the final cut. The continuing fallout from Arizona’s controversial ethnic studies ban has outraged teachers, students and supporters of diverse education, reigniting concerns that the state’s regressive initiatives could spur similar actions nationwide. When Arizona passed the HB 2281 law, which prohibits courses primarily designed for a particular e