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Dinner table. Photo credit: Karen Kao

Shanghai Noir

The days are growing dark here in chilly Amsterdam. The rain drives me indoors where I find other pursuits like polishing the silver in time for the holidays.

Those holidays started for me this week. My classes and critique groups are both on break until the new year. I now have all the time in the world to focus on agents, rewriting my novel and fooling around with my website. My idea for the latter was to fix the top navigation bar so you could scroll through all the book reviews I've posted. But I couldn't figure out how to do that. One thing led to another and now I have a whole new look and feel for my website plus a revamped set of pages for my book reviews.

There are two new reviews this week, both of short story collections. One was written by Carmen Maria Machado and came out last year; my review is titled Ribbons. The other review is called German Fairy Tales of a collection written two hundred years ago by Heinrich von Kleist. One I loved and the other I hated. You can figure out which is which.

For this week's blog post, I have an odd topic: Fork & Knife. It has nothing to do with writing or art or political events in China. It's about my own journey from chopstick kid to proud owner of a silver fork for cold cuts. Just in time for the holiday season.

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