Gloria Ng is an Oakland-based mother of three who writes on Owl Time. Her work has appeared in anthologies, including YELL-Oh Girls! (HarperCollins, 2001) Seeing the lack of bilingual books to read to her children, she created the Mama Gloria Chinese-English Bilingual Books series.
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Who are your favorite authors?
Let me answer this question first by telling you about Career Week.
My third grade teacher held a week-long exploration into careers, what it meant to work. The week culminated with a report-back to the whole class about what we wanted to be when we grew up. At the beginning of the week, I felt lost and intimidated that my peers just knew what they wanted to be--doctors, dentists, etc.
Imagine my delight when by the end of the week I realized what I wanted to be: an author, someone who could create a livelihood just by writing stories. I dashed home to tell my mother, too, but she just frowned and asked if I had met other people who were actually authors.
The person that came to my mind immediately was the creator of the Boxcar Children Series, Gertrude Chandler Warner (April 16, 1890 - August 30, 1979). She was a primary school teacher during the academic year and a story writer during the summer. I thought that writing was such a cool occupation, and I told my mom I could do just that -- teach during the academic year and writing during the summers.
So my favorite author is Gertrude Chandler Warner, for being who she was and gifting her magic in the Boxcar Children Series. Without her as a model, I never would have come into my own as an author.
What do you read for pleasure now?
I love reading about spirituality, particularly about Nichiren Buddhism and any publications that are recommended by the Soka Gakkai International. Having become a practitioner within the U.S. branch, I shed so many layers and years of crud that shielded me from my true first love of creative writing that I am forever grateful to have found this Buddhist practice!
It took me until the fifth year of Buddhist practice to realize several truths: 2009 was the year I realized I wanted to take up the pen again after a long hiatus. Truth: You can't run from yourself, who you are, and what you love.
2010 was an endless struggle to strategize how to get there, without actually writing anything. Truth: You can't call yourself a writer if you don't write at all.
2011 was the run-around brainstorming, when I still felt scared about what to really write about. So I dabbled in the children's book genre and ended up in the Amazon Bestseller Top 3. I also got to contribute to an anthology that sparked me to generate an anthology of my own. Truth: You must write what excites you. If you have several works you finished or did not quite finish and the weight of revising or revisiting them only holds you down, then you should just move on to the next project and stick to it toward completion. No excuses.
2012 was a kick-in-the-butt, no-excuses-now release of the "New Moms, New Families" anthology I edited. Truth: Only passion and prayer kept me going. The three-month roller coaster from ideation to manifestation of fifteen authors coming together to birth the work was worth the ride!
2013 was the year I came out with two fiction books and realized I did not want to give up writing non-fiction either. So I'm looking forward to bringing you my latest work, "Well Water Woman." Truth: Creativity is a winding road. Follow your muse, but don't mistake your muse as the end product. Use the muse as a means to manifest your mission, the mission that is only unique to you and that you alone can accomplish.
THE YIN AND YANG OF LOSS is a Buddhist "mother's" tribute to two "children," unique to their bonds of friendship and life circumstances. Initially anthologized only as text in RED SKIRT, BLUE JEANS, this latter stand-alone edition includes illustrations/images/photographs accompanying the text; foot, hand, and ear treatments for leisure and reflection; and questions for discussion and journaling.
A nuts-and-bolts approach on how to actualize the New Age concept of living in the present moment before conception, during pregnancy, throughout delivery and in the midst of postpartum motherhood for the busy woman who desires to do and have it all.
First-time moms strive to carry babies to term and experience easy labor. Few are prepared for the immediate challenges after delivery, the "fourth trimester." Thus, this unique and holistic collection of alternative tips and practical advice for Moms by Moms was born. The chapters in this book emerge as five sections: Mama Care, Self Care, Baby Care, Home Care, and Family Care.
Olátòrò, a Nigerian American nine-year-old girl, comes to terms with her Yorùbá name after facing a name-calling incident in her school, a diverse educational setting in America. Self-consciousness turns to new appreciation for herself, her name, and her peers with the help of a feisty friend, a compassionate teacher, and her encouraging father.
A new collection of short stories, poems and non-fiction from the talented members of the international Words and Water Group. This very high quality work, with topics ranging from a single drop of water to planetary annexation, is donated freely for you to enjoy.
We hope to encourage support of WaterAid; donations, of any amount, can be made on the Group’s JustGiving page.
This book chapter on cloth diapering appears in "New Moms, New Families: Priceless Gifts of Wisdom and Practical Advice from Mama Experts for the Fourth Trimester and First Year Postpartum."
Elimination Communication (a form of diaper-free potty-training)
Easy cloth diaper laundering.
Day, night, and travel diaper systems
Well Water Woman is a personal narrative of a Chinese American female who explores and reconstructs her journey from girlhood to womanhood, piecing information from two generations of memories to weave the life and legacy of the paternal grandmother whom she has never personally met. This short memoir explores the inner workings of spirit through the cycle of birth, life, death, and eternity.