Saturday, October 31, 2015

Check out my horror short story Guilt!

Photo courtesy of American Horror Story
Happy Halloween!

If you're looking for a scary story to read tonight, check out my short story, Guilt

Friday, October 30, 2015

New Position at JDJournal

Hi everyone,

I wanted to announce that I'm now a contributor at JDJournal, a publication that analyses current trends in the legal community.

You can check out the site here: 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Hell's Game is available on Smashwords!

You can now buy an ebook of Hell's Game on Smashwords! 

If you want to purchase it, please click here

On Halloween night in Deer Creek, Kansas, Jake Victor, Ashley and Ashton Gemini, and Kristin Grace convince Ronnie Smalls to meet them at the town cemetery, which local folklore has always rumored to be the Gateway to Hell. Their intention was only to scare him, but soon the wicked prank becomes actual horror as the group learns the Gateway is all too real. After demons snatch Ronnie and drag him to Hell, the terrified foursome vow to keep what they had seen a secret. Two years later, the group receives a mysterious letter, an invite to play a high-stakes game in Hell. If they win, they release Ronnie’s soul as well as their own from eternal damnation. If they lose, they are stuck in Hell forever. Choosing to play, they face nightmare after nightmare as each level escalates in intensity and forces them to face the seven deadly sins. Inspired by the legends of the Gateway to Hell in Stull, Kansas, Hell’s Game explores the cruelty that teenagers can inflict upon each other as well as the horrors that exist amongst mankind. It is a dark, action-packed young adult novel that will both scare its readers and make them question the true meaning of evil.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A White Guy Pretended to be Chinese to Get Published in Best American Poetry 2015


Yi-Fen Chou was awarded a spot in this years Best American Poetry 2015, but then it was revealed that "Yi-Fen Chou" isn't Chinese-American--he's a white guy named Michael Derrick Hudson who used the pen name because he had problems getting published as  a white guy. 

Some people are getting mad, calling it "yellowface," but I see this more as an example of how subjective art is and how bullshit literary elitism is.

"Yi-Fen Chou's" poem is online, and it's pretentious. It's about desire as told through the lense of a bumblebee and a man's vacation reflection.
Thankfully, the poem avoided anything stereotypically "Chinese," BUT it reads like the same old, same old "high brow" metaphor written in a white man voice that we've all seen before. 

There was nothing revolutionary about anything this guy was saying.

But the literary gatekeepers saw a Chinese name, and they thought diversity! This poem must be awesome even though it isn’t. 

So what’s the takeaway to all this?

You can only succeed as a minority writer if you write like a white guy.


So anyway, don’t hate on Michael Derrick Hudson. I’m happy he showed how inauthentic the lit world is. It’s never what you say, but who’s saying it.  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

My video "5 Models Redefining Beauty" has over 7.7 Million Views

Back in May, I created a video for POPSUGAR called "5 Models Redefining Beauty in 2015," and it has now over 7.7 million Facebook views and almost 25K views on Youtube. 

Executive producer: Carla Hawkes
Created by: Teresa Lo
Written by: Becca Frucht
Produced by: Brendan Lahr
Edited by: Brandon Blanks
Studio: POPSUGAR Studios