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My name is Kate, and I'm a writer.

I'm a native New Yorker, but I moved to Washington, DC and got a BA in English and Creative Writing from The George Washington University in 2013. I now live and work full-time in Arlington, VA.

I have a lot of varied experience in being published and working in publishing, so if you have any questions about how to get published or how to work in the industry, feel free to send me a note!


Journal Entry: Sun Jul 27, 2014, 8:13 PM

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This journal is a bit late because I was visiting my parents last week, and therefore dashing all over New York before hopping on a bus back to DC, but -- I wanted to thank you for the birthday wishes. :heart:

I think this birthday is the first one I've had in a very long time -- in years and years and years -- where I've felt happy. And level. And actively hopeful about the future. June was a godawful month, but July was beautiful, for a few reasons:

- Meds and therapy are going better than I dared to hope when I started. I feel like I'm making progress, and while I have a long way to go and nothing goes as fast as I want it to, it's shown me that as terrified as I was about getting help, I'm so glad I made the choice to do so. And everyone around me feels the same. Thank you all again for your ongoing support and listening to me whine in journals and such. :heart:

- I wound up having to pack for my trip to New York on my actual birthday, but the weekend before, my boyfriend and I went to a Fall Out Boy concert on the Friday (my idea, because I decided I wanted to relive high school :lmao:), and on the Saturday, we popped by one of the ramen shops that seem to have sprung up in DC overnight and had some friends over. Quiet birthday, but a good one.

- I got a promotion at my job! I'm now an assistant editor. And I get a raise to boot. :giggle: On my birthday, when I got to my office, the editors had left me a giant pink cupcake and a sparkly birthday card, and they also took me out to lunch. It's just nice to be reminded that I'm appreciated and people think I'm capable. I really couldn't have asked for a better place to have a first job.

- Last but not least, The Labletter, which published my short story "Circuits" back in April, was reviewed by NewPages, and they singled out my story in particular: "Kate Lu’s brilliant short story 'Circuits' typifies the best of the science fiction genre: there’s social critique here (she might be responding directly to Donna Haraway’s 1991 'Cyborg Manifesto,' whose issues resonate even more now), and 'characters' we care very much about (are they human or not?)—but the plot surprises knock us off our feet even as they tap us on the forehead: think about this, will you? How can you not?" Getting reviewed by a reputable trade website pretty much made my year, and I'm still so excited about it that every time I share the review I do a lot of squeeing.

- Since I've gotten a rise and my boyfriend finally has a steady job, we're going on vacation! Well, we're going on a few minivacations -- Williamsburg in August for our four-year anniversary, Shenandoah for Labor Day weekend, possibly Bear Mountain in October for Oktoberfest with my high school friends. Having the luxury of being able to have a change of scenery is nice. Also, we're experimenting with Airbnb for the first time for those first two trips -- here's hoping we don't get murdered in our sleep or anything. :bucktooth:

How have the rest of you been? What do you want to do with the rest of your summer?

JOIN OR I CRUSH YOU (not really)


  • Mood: Peaceful


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Snapperz Featured By Owner 21 hours ago   Writer
Just pretend I'm not a horrible person and


:excited: :dance: :boogie: :drunk: :party: :drunk: :boogie: :dance: :excited: 
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CutToTheSex Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I hope you had an awesome birthday Kate!!!!
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you had a wonderful birthday, darling. :heart:
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Vigilo Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Writer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :party: Have a wonderful one, lovely, you deserve it. :huggle: :heart:
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birthdays Featured By Owner 6 days ago
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's July 22nd which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

Birthdays Team
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Jasperinity Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Happy birthday! :D
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Writer
OH MY GOD, I just discovered the perfect emote for us.


It's so true and so sad. 
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I'm another one who thought I was watching you...  bad baaad Jadey! :spank:
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