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NOW to Monday Madness:
Lydia Kang is not only a sweet and amazing blogging buddy, she's also an actual doctor! One of my favorite posts of the week is reading Lydia's answers to medical questions for writers on her blog. It's fascinating! And who doesn't have a character with some medical issue or another?
This is what Lydia has to say about herself:
I'm the mother of three kids who exercised my parental muscle (you must read this!) to get my son addicted to Harry Potter. I work part time as an internal medicine doc, and am an unabashed geek about sciencey stuff.
I can cook a fantastic spaghetti puttanesca, knit, crochet, garden, draw, play piano, and used to be in a feminist a capella group in college. No, I won't sing those songs for you, because my family will go into hiding from embarrassment. I grew up in Maryland but spent most of my adult life in New York City until I moved to Omaha five years ago. And now...I'm a happy midwestern Asian gal. Go figure!
Writing is my therapy. I love writing poetry, creative non-fiction (usually related to patient care) and YA fiction. Within YA fiction, I love to read just about anything but horror (I'm a scaredy-cat) and outside of YA, I read just about anything but non-fiction (because I fall asleep) and horror (because it wakes me back up, but not in a good way).
I love my blogging writing community. They rock!
Now obviously Lydia is not just a "jack" of all trades. She's a master of all trades. And what kind of creature can do everything? One that took a special concoction laboriously constructed in the lair of a MAD SCIENTIST, that's who. At least that's my suspicion. Super smart, super everything. There you have it folks. Lucky for us though, I don't think Lydia is the kind of Mad Scientist that tries to destroy the world - just make it better.