Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

betty ming liu Inspiration, Writing how-to's 12 Comments

Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New York. AFYW, as everyone calls it, is having a workshop day for students. I was invited by one of the teachers to talk about writing, journalism and social media. It …

Off-Broadway: 10 reasons to see “Kung Fu”

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration 11 Comments

Hurry — don’t  miss “Kung Fu,” a new play about the late, great superstar Bruce Lee. This colorful Off-Broadway production has actors and sets that are constantly in motion. In two hours and 15 minutes of dancing, martial arts and Chinese opera, we cover the 1940s to 1971 as we travel across Seattle, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and India. Bruce …

What unplugging taught me about love

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 16 Comments

For the last three months, I experimented with unplugging from social media. My motivation was very practical. I walked into the down time holding an ambitious to-do list. But unplugging turned into a re-wiring of my entire life. This post is about how I lost and then, found love. To recap: On Aug. 22, I blogged about unplugging for a …

What is your spirit?

betty ming liu Inspiration 19 Comments

Racism in this country has me so bummed right now. Given the latest headlines, I find myself thinking about how horrible some people are. And yet, thankfully, we have among us those with righteous, compassionate spirits. Which has me wondering about my own spirit. What am I really about? I just finished the draft for my book. Yes, a miracle, …

Five ways to build my brand as the journalARTist™

betty ming liu Art, Money, Writing how-to's 10 Comments

Was that really me the other night? Me, lugging a big drawing pad to a packed lecture hall at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism! I was there for an advanced, sold-out social media training workshop — but not as the typical attendee. With my graphite pencils and pastels arranged on a side table, my mission was to make the …