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July wrap-up

July reading wrap-up:

  • Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending
  • Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life
  • “The Dead” in James Joyce’sDubliners
  • Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids

Read a bunch of long-form New Yorker stories published in the two issues that I received (July 10 & 17, 2017 Issue & July 3, 2017 Issue). Always a late delivery, unfortunately! But always an interesting read! I think the Hemingway story is my favorite.

The New Yorker article titles:

  • My Dentist’s Murder Trial
  • Hemingway, the Sensualist
  • Nick Kyrgios, the Reluctant Rising Star of Tennis
  • America’s Future Is Texas

July writing wrap-up:

Submitted a short story to H G Wells Short Story Competition 2017 on July 12. Paid the entry fee and an additional absolutely outrageous international payment bank processing fee. Got no reply from the competition organizers. (

Submitted a short story to HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition on July 26. Paid an entry-fee and an affordable online credit cards transaction fee with PayPal. Received an immediate reply email from the organizer once my online payment was made. (

Here’s the reply email that I received from HISSAC:

Hi Yahsin Huang

Many thanks for your entry/entries into our Annual Open Short Story Competition.

Those short-listed will be informed by the end of September, and the winner
announced on 1st November when the winning entry and runners-up will be posted
on the website (agreement to have your story published this way is included in
the rules of entry.)

In the meantime, thank you once again for giving us the privilege of reading
your work, and good luck to all.

Kind regards

Better than no reply!

Turned in a couple ghostwriting recommendation letters (they were actually quite long!) for the education consulting firm. Published a magazine article on a small interactive art exhibition and musical summer events in Taiwan.




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