The Unexpected Shape

The Blog of Esmé Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang
On treating your body like garbage & writing like you’re running out of time.

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On treating your body like garbage & writing like you’re running out of time.

Listen to me read the below here:   This morning I drew the card Temperance from my Tarot deck. Last night I tweeted from my bed–not my work bed, which is in my office, but from the bed I share with C in the master bedroom–for much of the afternoon; I was hopelessly nauseated, with […]

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On having a debut novel wing its way into the world.

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On having a debut novel wing its way into the world.

Listen to me read the below here:   Despite the publication date of The Border of Paradise (Unnamed Press) being a week away, my book is and has been winging its way to people via Amazon and indie booksellers over the last few days; I signed copies of Border at the 12,000-person AWP conference for writers and […]

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On disability & confidence.

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On disability & confidence.

Listen to me read the below here:   I began to think about the relationship between disability and confidence while visiting New York last fall for a friend’s wedding. I’d realized on the flight from San Francisco that who I am now bears little resemblance to who I was before I got sick. This is […]

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A simple list that can change how you think about your day. (& no, it’s not a gratitude list.)

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A simple list that can change how you think about your day. (& no, it’s not a gratitude list.)

This Journal post is modeled from a lesson taken from Rawness of Remembering: Restorative Journaling Through Difficult Times. For more information about Rawness of Remembering, please check out http://www.esmewang.com/rawness today. In general, the ever-popular gratitude list has tended to not work for me. If listing the things that you’re grateful for on a daily basis […]

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On rewriting your narrative & telling a different story.

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On rewriting your narrative & telling a different story.

Listen to me read the below here:   I discovered the power of rewriting my own story while staying alone in the woods, in a little cottage, with all of the freedom of my days available to me to work on a book. In that solitude, I found myself struggling with depersonalization and derealization—essentially, psychiatric […]

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On barrenness & lying fallow.

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On barrenness & lying fallow.

Listen to me read the below here:   Queen of Wands, Empress reversed. So said the cards when I blearily examined them. (I am, suffice it to say, a nascent Tarot reader.) The Queen of Wands is a Court card that I associate with who I can be–or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that […]

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On different kinds of crazy.

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On different kinds of crazy.

Listen to me read the below here:   C and I were on the phone when an email popped into my inbox. My debut novel, The Border of Paradise, is coming out in two-and-a-half months, and the communication between myself, my editor, and the PR manager is frequent these days; while skimming this particular missive, […]

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On taking the “I’m confused” out of your day: an interview with Dyana Valentine

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On taking the “I’m confused” out of your day: an interview with Dyana Valentine

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Dyana Valentine—oracle, emcee, and creator of SuperConditions™— for many years now, first as her long-term client and then as a friend. When she announced that the SuperConditions™ framework, chiefly available till now for one-on-one clients or lucky students, would be entering the world as a game, I thrilled at […]

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2016: Alive

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2016: Alive

Had my 2016 been poisoned? I could see it that way. Listen to me read the below here:   I was ready to enter 2016. I’d been joking on Twitter, with a razor edge to my digital voice, about how 2015 really just needed to be put to bed. Or perhaps put to sleep, when […]

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