still happily immersed in Serpentine revisions. am reading the entire manuscript aloud now– a step that is always very helpful in catching awkward prose or dialogue, as well as repition of words or phrases. revisions had taken me away from updating about the china trip, but many people have been asking me how it went, from fellow chinese brush painting students to young adult authors.
well, it went AMAZING! i honestly can’t imagine having had a better time. i was in china for ten days but spent the majority of it on the CIS HZ campus. although this first trip to china was filled with highlights (heck, everything was a highlight!) i can honestly say that the time i spent with the students were the best parts for me.
this was a class of fun, creative, talented and bright fifteen year olds, and the thing is, i remember fifteen very well. it’s an odd thing to say, a quarter of a century later (seriously, Father Time?), but it’s true. that year, my mom actually sent me on my own study abroad program to taiwan for a month in the summer. i lived in a dorm at the Chinese Culture University–my first experience living on my own and with peers (who quicky became friends). we probably didn’t learn as much chinese language as we should have, but we did learn about the culture, and we connected with our roots, and it made an indelible impression on me.
i got the opportunity to talk to a few students (all avid readers) who actually had time to read Silver Phoenix, two of them even read Fury of the Phoenix. i got to discuss young adult books and share some of my favorite reads with them. and i also had the honor of hearing their written work, some creative, and some autobiographical, inside and outside the classroom.
i led three creative writing workshops with a focus on point of view and tense, sharing an excerpt from L. K. Madigan’s Flash Burnout and Malinda Lo’s Huntress that illustrated their uses perfectly, in my opinion. and also had the pleasure of hearing what they had written in the timed exercise.
i had the pleasure of sitting in on some of their other classes including english, art, drama, music, and a chorus practice for their end of year performance. it was a true honor to have been invited as a young adult author to their school, and they welcomed me wonderfully, and i hope they enjoyed their time with me as i did with them!
you can find the uploaded video of the interview here.
so this was a very very brief recap of my amazing week as a visiting young adult author at CIS Hangzhou. i wish i had taken more pictures while i was on campus, but i was too busy taking everything in, and enjoying my time there.