The Unexpected Shape

The Blog of Esmé Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang

"To help manage and offer guidance, [Esmé Weijun Wang] started an online business focused on building legacy and resilience for creatives, offering e-courses in guided meditation and restorative journaling for writers — telling stories about her own stories as an emerging writer living with challenges and limitations."

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A must-have tool for freelancers: The Freelancer Planner

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A must-have tool for freelancers: The Freelancer Planner

The Kickstarter is over (and was successfully completed), but it’s possible to snag one of these cool-as-heck planners for yourself over here, which I highly recommend if you’re a freelancer who’d like to be more organized, keep track of income and career-related goals, and prevent overwhelm when it comes to regular and one-time tasks. What […]

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How to create your perfect(ly imperfect) morning routine.

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How to create your perfect(ly imperfect) morning routine.

As I write this, a bleak terror-creature is clawing at the place between my ribs. There is nothing that I know of that should instigate this anxiety, but it has come to call for the last few weeks, and shows no signs of crawling away. On days like this, when my health—mental or physical—is not […]

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On chronic illness & feeling “lazy.”

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On chronic illness & feeling “lazy.”

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How much money can a writer make: an inside look (Charlotte Shane)

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How much money can a writer make: an inside look (Charlotte Shane)

This guest post is by the author of one of my favorite books of 2016, Prostitute Laundry; Charlotte Shane is also a woman who, like myself, runs a small business and freelances for a living. Originally published on her own tumblr, I felt this piece, which is phenomenally open about finances, was something that my readers might enjoy […]

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What makes you, you: an interview with Larissa Pham

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What makes you, you: an interview with Larissa Pham

I normally don’t record interviews, due to the different voices involved, but I decided to give it a go here. Listen to me read the below here: I met Larissa Pham through Twitter, as one does, and have been fortunate to get to know her in a few ways—she interviewed me about The Border of […]

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A Season for Change: Fall

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A Season for Change: Fall

It means heating up a chai latte on my stove in a saucepan and drinking it out of an enamel mug that says Rise and Shine on it. Fall used to be my favorite time of year, but I’ve grown wary of it in the last handful of them, because the way the air turns […]

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Limited energy, (seemingly) endless stops: how I managed my book tour and chronic illness.

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Limited energy, (seemingly) endless stops: how I managed my book tour and chronic illness.

Listen to me read the below here:   While I was shuffling Tarot cards this morning for my daily read, a “jumper” escaped from the pack and sailed across my bed; when I retrieved the card, a grinning skull stared up at me: Death. I know better than to take such cards literally—the Death card […]

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Creating a healthy writing practice when your health doesn’t want to cooperate.

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Creating a healthy writing practice when your health doesn’t want to cooperate.

Listen to me read the below here:   Anytime I express the old singsong of productivity anxiety, I’m usually reminded by friends and family that I’m the same person who had the gumption, drive, and persistence to have written and published The Border of Paradise–to which my immediate response is to say (or at least […]

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Simple Meals: The Baked Potato

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Simple Meals: The Baked Potato

Simple Meals A column that shares the story of a very simple meal—something that can offer nourishment without too much effort. These simple meals are good any time, but are especially helpful during difficult times. Listen to me read the below here: Esmé In my early 20s, my roommate surprised me by parading into our room with […]

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