O.C. Chinese Parents Book Club Schedule
O.C. Chinese Parents Book Club convened at University Park Library on April 3rd, 2016. Over the three-hour meeting, members enjoyed a veritable feast of books, and The Strangers popped up twice on the menu. In the two years O.C. Chinese Parents Book Club has been around, its mission has been […]

The Strangers Welcomed at O.C. Chinese Parents Book Club

The Foreword for The Strangers
I was born and raised in Beijing, China. In 2006, I immigrated to Canada. The following year, during a trip to California, I bought a copy of The Best American Short Stories 2007. I assumed that every single story in that anthology was written by an American author. I held […]

The Foreword For The Strangers Penned by Anna Wang Yuan

  Literary Term of the Day: Asyndeton


  Literary Term of the Day: Ekphrasis


  Literary Term of the Day: Epithet


  “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred Lord Tennyson  


  “A new heart for a New Year, always!” – Charles Dickens


  “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with […]


  “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – L.M. Montgomery


  “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot  


  Literary Term of the Day: Anecdote


  Literary Term of the Day: Simile


  Literary Term of the Day: Flashback: n. A part of a story or movie that describes or shows something that happened in the past    


  “The secret of it all is to write…without waiting for a fit time or place.” – Walt Whitman


  Literary Term of the Day: Consonance


  “The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  Literary Term of the Day: Assonance


  Literary Term of the Day: Metaphor


  Writing Tip: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

Writing Tip

  Literary Term of the Day: Trope


  Literary Term of the Day: Paradox


  Onomatopoeia: n. the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)


  “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


  Literary Term of the Day: Litotes


  “As a writer you ask yourself to dream while awake.” – Aimee Bender


  Literary Term of the Day: Exposition  


  Literary Term of the Day: Motif


  Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!


  Literary Term of the Day: Foreshadow


  One of the best things about fall is enjoying a good book in your favorite reading spot. Share with us what you’re currently reading.  


  “A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Writing Tip

  Literary Term of the Day: Alliteration    


  “I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.” – E.B. White  


  Literary Term of the Day: Hyperbole    


    Writing Tip: “If you are using dialogue – say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.” – John Steinbeck

Writing Tip

  Literary Term of the Day: Denouement  


  Writing Tip George Orwell stated in “Politics and the English Language”, “A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? […]

Writing Tip

  Margaret Atwood said, “A word after a word after a word is power.” This quote is moving to fellow writers. May we remember this sentence as we continue to write our short stories, novels, and poems.


  Writing Tip: Here’s a great quote from Ray Bradbury to inspire you as you continue  to work on your stories.

Writing Tip

  Right now we’re beginning the developmental editing process. Stay tuned for additional updates regarding our progress.

Coming Soon

  We’re excited to announce the winning book cover design for our anthology of short stories, The Strangers. Thank you to everyone who voted!

Winning Design

  There is only one more day left to vote! Click this link to view the eight book covers: Stay tuned! We’ll announce the winning design soon.


  It’s almost time to choose a winner. There are only two more days left to vote! Follow this link and pick your favorite design:


  We’re in the process of deciding which book cover will be featured for our anthology of short stories called, The Strangers. You can be a part of the decision process by voting from the eight, unique designs. Click on this link to vote now:  

Book Cover