Q & A with Speaking of China on Xiananigans

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Marissa Kluger of Xiananigans recently published her interview with me! She asks some excellent questions — from how I came to China to what my days look like and what I’m working on.

Here’s a snippet of the interview:

X: You’ve created an inspiring and expansive AMWF network, been published in other publications including How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit and run The Wu Way. What does your day look like? How do you manage it all? 

J: When I read this question, I had to chuckle…if only she could see the utter disarray in my “home office” (and I put it in quotation marks because we have such a small apartment that I actually do all of my writing, as well as this blog, from my bedroom).

The answer to “what does your day look like” really depends on what’s on my plate. For example, this summer I had two consecutive paying projects that basically consumed practically all of my time and energies up until about mid-August. If you had looked at my “typical day” then, it’s nothing like my days right now, where I’m in-between projects and actually have time to catch up on revisions on my manuscript (I’m working on a memoir), draft up more blog posts and even work on articles for publication in other venues. I think that’s the reality for freelancers like me – you have to be flexible about organizing your time and be able to adjust depending on the paying opportunities you have at the moment.

That said, I write something almost every single day, because it’s such an important thing in my life. Whether it’s revising my manuscript or working on blog posts or articles, I try to make time for this. Another thing I do every day is walk. We live right next to a huge park in Hangzhou and it’s so invigorating (and therapeutic) to get outside and get some fresh air for an hour or so. It’s one of the best parts of my day! I also love to read and often am curled up in the evenings with a nice e-book (you might be surprised to know this but I devour a lot of YA fiction – including dystopian novels — besides the sort of books I feature on my site).

To read the full interview, visit Xiananigans right now. And if you like it, share it!

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3 Replies to “Q & A with Speaking of China on Xiananigans”

  1. I had a great time interviewing you Jocelyn! I loved doing Q and A’s when I ran Goucher College’s student newspaper, so it was nice to resurrect the role.

    Pardon the following shameless self promotion, but if any fellow bloggers are also interested in partaking in an interview for Xiananigans, feel free to get in touch 🙂

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