After many years of writing, editing, procrastinating, my book is finally published. It’s called, Runaway Juno’s Pursuit of Happiness: The World is Waiting. Catchy, right? To be honest, writing and editing didn’t take long. Mostly, I was hesitant. I thought it wasn’t good enough, that people wouldn’t think it would be worth buying, and I wanted to include more important stories. But I decided to publish it now because, it’s time. As Lorne Michaels said to Tina Fey, “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30”. He was referring to Saturday Night Live. So the gist of it is, you have to try your hardest to be at the top of your game until the last possible second, and then you have to let it go. So I’m letting it go — putting my book out to the world. I hope you like it.
The idea of writing a book came while reading one of my favorite modern biography books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Comedy is a big part of my life. So it’s not a surprise that I got an inspiration from a comedy writer. She is a funny and successful woman, but not just because of that, I loved how she narrated her life stories with humor and humility. Her life story of growing up as a chubby child also spoke to me, to be honest.
There’s another book that spoke to me. It was I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron. The creative brain behind numerous of our favorite romantic comedy movies like Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and You’ve Got Mail. I listened her book on an airplane one day, and it just hit me with a-ha. She talked about how we women have so many new ways to groom and in her case, her neck was the next step.
I guess I fell in love with the beauty of storytelling. Who can be a better storyteller for your life than you? So, I started writing my stories too.
The purpose of the book is to tell my stories, but more so, I want to assure future readers that there is a place for everyone and we can and shall chase our happiness. Bucket Living. You can do it too. I always felt like I didn’t belong anywhere. I was the overtly fat, tall, and weird kid. At some point of my life, school mates called me a polar bear. I had a terrible sense of fashion, if we can even call that a fashion sense. My favorite hobby was reading. I loved studying, the stars, and the universe was my best friend. I always knew I was different, from the moment I could remember. I pretended to be okay but it has been my weak point. I’m still the same big, awkward, weird, book-nerd, star-loving kid. But I decided that it was okay to be different and use that as my advantage. I already told my career breaking story many times here on Runaway Juno. That was my leap of fait, and the start of everything. I traveled the world intensively for last five years, visited some of the most amazing places in the world, met so many inspiring people, and all that for a job. For sure, there will be more stories to tell, but I’m hoping this book is the start of new beginnings for me; a book author! This book contains some of the biggest moments of my life: my childhood, my family and friends, my travel stories, my career breaking moment, story of Asian Women’s Empowerment Conference, and more.
For only $4.99, you can read all the juicy stories of my life. Intriguing, no?
Thank you for all my wonderful and talented editors, Colleen and Hannah, who helped me shape this book. Colleen, I couldn’t do it without your guidance and patience. I miss our weekly Skype call! I can’t believe you survived after reading 40,000 words of bad grammar. And thanks Hannah for jumping in the last minute to shape up the book for publishing. Hope you answer my email when I’m ready to draft my next book. (Please?)
So here it is, my first book.
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