“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow…” – From “The Bell Jar”

Last year when we were in Annapolis, I exclaimed many times on the beautiful sights, “It’s the most stunning place I’ve ever seen!” While my husband nodded along without sincere agreement, just like what I did when we were in other enormous scenic places like all the national parks, when he’s busy in taking pictures … Continue reading “I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow…” – From “The Bell Jar”

An elephant and ants – A SHORT STORY PART II

Before the ants-eating-elephant tragedy happened, a lion who was a best friend of the elephants had borrowed some ants-helpers.  He told the ants he didn’t like their work.  Then when those ants thought the lion was sleeping but the lion actually wasn’t, they got together and bitten lion’s baby.  The lion saw it, sent the … Continue reading An elephant and ants – A SHORT STORY PART II

An elephant and ants – A SHORT STORY PART I

An elephant needed some helpers but didn’t want to take the chance that his status would be threatened.  So, he got a bunch of ants, thinking whenever he didn’t feel right he'd just stomp on them and kill them.  Then the ants got more ants, and more and more… Eventually, the ants ate the elephant. Names, … Continue reading An elephant and ants – A SHORT STORY PART I

Who Define the Unwell?

If you have to choose only one book from two (non-poetry, non-tech let’s say): one was written by an extraordinary focus, intelligent and logical person (think of Sherlock Holmes); the other was written by a notorious insane (think of Jack the ripper).  Which one will you choose? How many of you will be more curious … Continue reading Who Define the Unwell?

Fourteen One Two Eight

“Fourteen One Two Eight” was the words a brain tumor patient said to Dr. Kalanithi three times in “When Breath Becomes Air” before he could leave the room.  Dr. Kalanithi later died on Mar. 9, 15.  Exactly each of the numbers of Fourteen, Two, Eight but plus the second number: ONE.  Coincidence?  Prophecy?  Or gibberish … Continue reading Fourteen One Two Eight

Post-holiday Anxiety

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving; didn’t spend any money on anything that hasn’t been delivered yet but you already regretted buying...  I still remember my last Thanksgiving, spending almost every night the whole night during that week on a pathetic project.  I thought I made that project a huge success.  But I omitted the … Continue reading Post-holiday Anxiety

Thanks, Vijay and another AMAZON GIVEAWAY!

Last night, I noticed that our book got its first rating on Goodreads!  From another country!  It is a five-star rating from Vijay.  Thanks, Vijay!  You made my day.  One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most since the book was published is reading the reviews on how the readers love our book.  I am … Continue reading Thanks, Vijay and another AMAZON GIVEAWAY!

Amazon Giveaway!!!

This blog is going to be really short!  See this #AmazonGiveaway... Love, Winnie Marth P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!!  Tomorrow I am fighting a turkey. 😀 https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/f9dabdfb399ef389 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Dec 9, 2016 11:59 PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. https://www.amazon.com/author/winniemarth

Don’t pick a good deed by looking at the label

When I had a regular paid job, my employer would put a lot of “giving trees” inside the office buildings when holiday approached.  On the trees, there were full of cards written on which were the holiday wishes from the people who really needed help.  Last year we got an old couple a gas card … Continue reading Don’t pick a good deed by looking at the label

Where should I put it?

People say there is a difference between the books kids love and the books that the parents think their kids will love.  There are also sayings that you should target your audience when you write the book.  I know Shel Silberstein sure had a book that was said to only dedicated to the adults.  Not … Continue reading Where should I put it?