Monday, January 24, 2011

Top Five Reasons to Look Forward to My Return to Shanghai in a Couple of Weeks

5. Fireworks for Yuan Xiao Jie

4. Catching lots of good performances

3. Helping with the preparation of materials for a course on English Renaissance Drama

2. Preparing for the Shanghai launch of Under the Ash (hopefully in conjunction with The End of the Line)

1. As always, being with friends...

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Top Five Things I'd Like to See in My Writing in 2011

5. Sketching out the rest of the "fire" series

4. The completion of early drafts of 2-3 more poetry collections

3. The acceptance of 100 pieces of creative work for publication

2. The completion of "the big guide"

1. The acceptance of one more poetry collection for publication

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Top Five Things to Love About Christmas

5. the fun music

4. lots of gifts to give and receive

3. lots of great food

2. the way life just seem to stop for a day or two

1. time to be with friends and family

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Top Five Reasons to Sign Up for Ameriplan

5. The Dental Plan Plus package is available for individuals for the price of $14.95/month, or $19.95/month for families

4. Great testimonials at show it to be a good, reliable service

3. The Dental Plan Plus includes a dental, vision, chiropractic and prescription discount package

2. The Dental Plan Plus plan is just one of several packages available at — others include Total Health Package and Secure Net Plus, as well as the Platinum Plus Package

1. At, you have easy access online to all the information you need to know about the services offered

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top Five Things to Do in Hainan

5. Monkey Island (though it's a little sad too...)

4. Tianya Haijiao and Daxiao Dongtian (I liked Daxiao Dongtian better of the two, but Tianya Haijiao is more famous)

3. Tour the Yanoda Tropical Rainforest


1. Impressions of Hainan (a Zhang Yimou show)

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Top Five Things to Enjoy in Guilin China

5. The Giggling Tree Hotel (in Yangshuo)

4. Seeing the rural lifestyle of Guangxi

3. Floating downstream from Yangti to Xingming

2. The full moon over the Karst mountains covering the landscape

1. Bike riding in some of the most beautiful scenery around

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