About

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photo by: Kristyn Stroble

Welcome. My name is Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, and I spend my time writing, reading, mothering my daughter, obsessing about my wiener dogs, backpacking and doing yoga, baking, cooking (and eating), traveling, and missing NYC whenever I’m not in NYC. I also happen to be a stroke survivor (in stroke speak: left thalamic stroke 12/31/06, caused by a PFO, closed June 2007). Blog posts here will likely range along those topics.

Contact:
follow @xtinehlee on twitter
or email me at christine DOT zilka AT gmail DOT com

My official bio:

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the Fiction Editor at Kartika Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as ZYZZYVA, Guernica, The Rumpus, Verbsap, Hyphen Magazine, Newport Review, Azalea, and Men Undressed: Women Authors Write About Male Sexual Experience. She was awarded a residency at Hedgebrook in 2006, and her stories have also placed in competitions by Poets and Writers Magazine’s Writers Exchange Contest, Glimmer Train, and others.

She earned her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She has a novel in progress.

My super-short bio:

Wants to be Gryffindor, but is really Hufflepuff.

My honest writer bio:

Christine works at a dining room table surrounded by piles of teaching materials and student papers that need constant grading and she writes with a needy geriatric wiener dog who smells like corn chip Fritos on her lap and another needy wiener dog with feral survival tendencies who is up to no good somewhere in the kitchen. She should be running and exercising, but instead she is baking cookies and eating them. By herself. In front of her laptop. Trying to revise her novel. She is very pale.

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You can also find me on a food blog called Muffin Top that I share with friends.


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22 responses to “About

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  4. I love the honesty here. We writers are such an odd lot. As I read about your degrees and accomplishments (Glimmer Train, WOW!) I immediately feel inadequate. Then I read on to your words about the writing/self-esteem troughs and my first thought is, ‘Why you?’ I can understand my low points, but I see you here as someone who has a lot going for her. So why is it that we are so hard on ourselves? I wonder if it’s a prerequisite of being a writer. Love the descriptions of your dogs. I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum, still missing my Irish Wolfhound who passed away. Love the large mellow presence of a big dog. Good luck with your writing.

  5. Scriptor Obscura

    From one fellow writer to another, I just wanted to say that you have an excellent blog. I am so glad that I was able to discover your blog. I just spent some time reading through your posts on your homepage. Wow. You are a great writer. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  6. I stumbled upon your blog quite by accident while parusing the home page of WordPress.com. I found your post about the mansion quite sad, yet inspirational. Sad that it was demolished but at the same time I was inspired to draw more from my immediate surroundings. I have had considerable difficulty thinking of topics to blog about. There’s no problem pounding out a 4000 word short story in a sitting or two, but my blog is suffering a bit. The latter worries me more than the former as I embark on my MFA journey in less than two weeks. I am eager to get started. Thanks for sharing your story and photos.

  7. Forgot the site updates check box.
    Cheers.

  8. Hey, Christine: I just wanted to give you a little blog award and tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. See it here: http://thegirlinthehat.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/the-free-love-blog-award%E2%80%94no-strings-attached/
    Thanks!
    Anna

  9. This blog + your writing makes me sigh with relief. I really love your writing, and will now keep a very close eye upon it.
    Thanks for the inspiration, keep up being awesome!

  10. stumbled upon you via your chicken soup post on the muffin top blog. I love your writing and your honesty and your humor. (a big plus for me.) Finish your novel – I’d love to read it.

  11. OK, I suck. I love the whole relay idea, but I’m not sure I get the rules. The people you have listed haven’t posted their part yet. Does that mean that I wait until the last person on the list does post? OR, should I just blog my part off of yours?

    Sorry. I just love the idea and want to be a part!

    Thx,
    gabe

    • hi gabe: we just began the relay–so no one has their post up yet. they will be putting up their posts, one at a time, one after another.

      at this point, the relay is only people who are invited on the list that you see here–though you are welcome to use this as your personal writing exercise separate of our relay! (not a bad idea).

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  15. I’m so glad I found your blog (via a tweet from @HerKindVIDA). I’m a writer with 22-month-old twins and let me tell you, it can be done! Thanks for sharing your stories here. I love your “honest writer bio” — it makes me consider my own …

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