Have you done something that you never thought you would, but you did (!), and you’re very proud of it?
For me, I never thought I’d self-publish my own books! I came across the idea of self-publishing back in July 2015, and I started working on my first book in December 2015. It took me some time to figure out what books I am interested to create. I am still trying to figure that out because I have so many ideas of what I want to produce. I published my first set of colour-test reference books and the first Wander in Colour trip planner in June 2016. When they arrived in July, let me tell you, it was the MOST AMAZING feeling! I felt the exhilaration rush through me as I open the boxes containing my books. I felt so proud of myself because I couldn’t believe that these were my babies! No words could describe that feeling.
Talking about babies, I’ll be a new mom very soon I’m now a new mom! My due date is June 12, 2017. So it is definitely getting close! My baby was born on Jun 2nd, 2017, so he came 10 days early! I’d never entertain the thought of having kids. I’d always been quite happy with the idea of being single, or being in a childless relationship. So having a baby, and learning about all-things-baby is a new step for me. Now I am a mom. It sounds so weird to hear myself say that. Anyway, I would like to introduce our little boy, Damien, to you! We call him Beanie, that’s because before we went for our first ultrasound appointment, I thought he would look like a bean. You can now follow Beanie on Instagram.
This blog, Wander Piggy, is where I share my book publishing journey, the joys and challenges of being a mom, and various interesting things that happen in my life. Eventually, I hope that I can share strategies and resources to help people who are interested in self-publishing their books too. I was inspired by so many people when it comes to self-publishing, and I learned a lot from reading their blogs and/or taking their courses. I hope through this blog, we can build a community where we can encourage and support each other along the way.
Fun Facts About Me:
My first short story!
When I first started working on the book publishing idea, I came across a short story writing contest. It was called the 2015 Write Practice Writing Contest, held by Joe Bunting. We had to write a 1500-words story with the theme, “First Encounter”. The idea of this contest is that there are no losers, because everyone who participate will get their stories published. So I entered, and got my first story published!!! It is called, Making the Connection.
In 2007, I taught myself how to crochet. Amigurumi (crochet dolls) are the cutest thing and I was obsessed with them! When I went to Japan that year, I bought a set of expensive crochet hooks and a teddy bear crochet set from Tokyu Hands. When I got back, every time I went to Walmart or Michael’s, I had to stop myself from buying all the yarns at the store. In 2011, I combined my crochet skills and my love of Totoro and made my set of Totoro amigurumi!
When the macaron craze started back in 2012, I jumped onto the band wagon. For some odd reason, I am unable to make circular macarons. I tend to do better at making “fun” shaped macarons. This inspired me to go on a solo trip to Paris to attend a few macaron classes. The last batch of macarons I made were piggys, so I had to share them with you, because they fit this blog perfectly!
Then in 2014, I got hooked on needle felting. I forgot how it started, but making needle felting dolls were a lot of fun! My best yet were the minions I made!
I called the above seasonal obsessions because I would get extremely interested in them for a period of time, but my interest in them would dwindle as life gets in the way. I have what the Chinese would call “Three minute passion” 三分鍾熱度! Hahahaa! I still love them, and I hope I will get a chance to pick them up again in the future.
Tango changed my life
I love to dance. I had tried hip hop dancing, belly dancing, salsa, lindy hop, etc. My best friend, Kai-An, and I are the only two people out of all our friends who would go to clubs/dance events with electronic music. On one of Kai-An’s birthdays, we went to see Tiesto! It was so much fun! Now that we have kids, it’s a different story. But I digress. In Sept 2011, I started taking tango lessons. It so happened that there was an Argentine Tango Congress being held in October. It was an event where participants could attend workshops, participate in social dancing, and watch performances. I debated whether to go or not because I was brand new to tango, and I did not know anyone. Finally, with only 4-hours of beginner lessons under my belt, I decided to take on the challenge! I had 2 left feet the entire time! But that was where I met Anthony, and I did not regret that decision. Tango is not like any other dance, because it is not only a dance. Through tango, I learned a lot about who I am, who I want to be. It also taught me how to communicate better, and built my patience and confidence. Most of all, it taught me how to be in the moment, and enjoy that moment.
Anthony and I got married in 2015. And now we are expecting our first baby And now we have our first baby! To tell you the truth, I am very scared about this experience, but I have a very caring and supportive husband. We have taken prenatal classes and started picking up tidbits of information from friends and family. We’d also read through blog articles, and watched many youtube videos. We don’t know how these will help us yet. But I hope that we will be able to share some insights as we go on this epic journey!
My Official Bio
Claudia Chan has always had a sense of adventure and creative streak growing up. She’s taken macaron making classes in Paris, tango lessons in Buenos Aires, and participated in La Tomatina (Tomato Throwing Festival) in Buñol, Spain, just to name a few. Working as a radiation therapist at a cancer centre made her realize how important and beautiful stories can be. Claudia publishes fun and interactive books in hopes that these can help others tell their stories. Her books can be found on Amazon.
So now that you know more about me, please feel free to look around and check out my blog. If you are thinking of publishing your own book, or if you are on the same journey as me, I want to hear from you!
If you have any questions about any of my products, please send me an email. And if you have bought and used any of my products, please take some pictures and show me how you end up using them! I want to see your creativity!