Ok, I haven’t posted in a million years, and I’ll tell you why, in a roundabout way.

I once had a summer internship at a publishing house, and I learned a few very valuable lessons there. Specifically, my job was to read through the unsolicited manuscripts and determine if they would be rejected, and then call the authors with the news.

My first day on the job, I was somewhat awed at the awesome responsibility. I looked at the stack of a dozen or so manuscripts and imagined poring over them for days before making a decision.

But the reality was, it only took about ten minutes to reject a manuscript. The reason being, people are not snowflakes. The vast majority of us have nothing to say that hasn’t been said before, and nobody wants yesterday’s news. [Tell me you noticed the cliche trifecta there.]

So, since coming back from China, the truth is that my life hasn’t been too interesting. I’m eating and watching and doing the same things most of you are, but I suppose there have been a few interesting happenings of late. Read on, in my mundane, Americanized life!