Creative Projects

Current

Rich in Color [2013-present] is a book blog that I co-founded which is dedicated to reading, reviewing, and otherwise promoting young adult books by and/or about people of color.

Feminist Kdrama Feels [2014] is a tumblr I co-founded with my friend Gwynne. We aggressively defend the girls you hate and celebrate the ones you love. We also yell at the boys when they’re out of line.

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Completed

Avatar: The Last Airbender Rewatch [2012] was a blast. I loved watching and analyzing this show–it’s one of my favorite American tv shows, hands down. Click here if you want to see me babble on at length about stolen ostrich horses, the Fire Nation royal family, and genocide.

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In Limbo

The Dying Shrine [2013-???] is a young adult fantasy set in a mythological version of Japan’s Heian era. I have an ending in mind, but I have not outlined the story–a (scary) first for me.

Noriko must fight her way through vengeful ghosts and youkai to purify the shrine in the land of the dead before the supernatural upheaval topples the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Civil Blood [2012-???] is a Romeo and Juliet retelling that I am attempting to do in visual novel form. This is on the back burner for me–I’ve got my main variables picked out and have noted key places where I want this retelling to diverge from the original play, but I’m far from a full outline or script.

Cold Iron [2010-???] is a collaborative, heavily Chinese-influenced urban fantasy ya novel I occasionally write with Mary Beth. It has a fun rich girl/poor boy dynamic, with lots of Triad involvement for happy fun times. Will this go anywhere? Who knows. I think at this point we’re on the third reboot of this world.

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Abandoned

The Drifters [2009-10] was my first ever attempt at a novel, and it was a disaster. In retrospect, it was pretty much The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, only completely boring and not set in a UK private school. (There were still hot guys, though.) While I abandoned the project at 35,686 words, this and Racefail made me realize that diversity in fiction was going to be my “thing.”

Uncanny Valley (version 1) [2011-12] was slightly less of a disaster. It was a zombie outbreak novel and my first attempt at writing in first person. Even though my main character was boring and the plot lines and character arcs were all mixed up and with the wrong people, I still managed a respectable 54,155 words before calling it quits.

Uncanny Valley (version 2) [2012] was much better than version one, mostly because my female protagonist was more interesting than the male protagonist from version one. This second version was much shorter–when I stopped at 38,321 words, I had already caught up with version one in the plot. Unfortunately, my love for zombies had burned itself out by this point, and most of the cast wasn’t worth saving from a zombie outbreak anyway.

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