Welcome to CorineTan.com, a blog about my life as an aspiring author, newbie photographer and film maker, and graduating high school senior.

My main goal:

Write a novel by the time I graduate high school.

I’m currently working on my big project Under the Gold Paint, a YA novel about a hitman training program in the 1920’s. It features the tangled up destinies of a Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire survivor and a 15-year old poker prodigy.


If you asked me from the past, there’s no way I would have seen it turning into what it is now. It’s coming along nicely and this summer I finished my second draft. So far, the novel’s on hold though until college app season’s over, but you can expect to hear more about it this summer. So stay tuned!

As for this Blog…

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I started blogging here when I was just thirteen years old. Which was a long, long time ago. It was summer, I was bored as heck and I wanted to express myself and hone my writing skills in a way other than just writing in a journal. What started out as a “tween advice blog” (whatever the heck that means) would turn into a hodge podge of life experiences, sudden realizations, writing tips, pretty much whatever else I felt was worth writing about on a week to week basis.

But it means a lot more than that.

Because this little spot in the internet right here was where I learned that I didn’t just “like” writing, I loved it. I discovered here that the writing I did in fifth grade was nothing like the writing I could be doing. That it wasn’t just about shoving words into five paragraph frames, it was about creating worlds, changing minds, making art, the sharing of ideas. I learned that I didn’t just like writing, I needed it to survive, needed a place for my brain to go and sort itself out. Through this blog, I learned that I wanted to spend the rest of my life writing and for that, I’m forever thankful.

And after all that sappiness, you’re probably wondering, “Yeah, that’s nice. But who the hell are you?” Well read on below.

About Me:

My name is Corine Tan. I’m a high school senior just trying to survive until second semester. When I’m not doing homework, practicing golf, or working on my school’s newscasts, I’m usually re-watching Avatar the Last Airbender, listening to copious amounts of Panic! at the Disco, or working on the novel I mentioned earlier. I also really enjoy taking photos of my dog, Zucchini.

She’s so photogenic.

As you’ve figured out by now, I’m also a blogger and aspiring author. I really enjoy fiction and read a lot, usually whatever my friends or Mom, or sister recommends to me. I’m a huge fan of sci-fi, dystopian, YA, thrillers, the list just goes on and on. Some of my favorite authors include (but aren’t limited to): Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, Marie Lu, and John Green.


I’ve loved stories ever since I was little. I would make up ones about superheroes, dragons –I think my first story was about a dragon named Peanut– pretty much anything I could think of. Interestingly enough though, I never really enjoyed writing as a subject in school growing up. In elementary school my writing struggled and I needed tutors galore. In sixth grade, writing was something I had stress-dreams about. In seventh grade I learned that I actually didn’t suck, but the essays were so formulaic it just sucked all the fun out the process. It wasn’t until I picked up writing on my own time that I really got into it.

Hmm…what else…

I love movies. One’s with plot, suspense, dialogue that you reference for the rest of your life, that’s the sort of movie I live for. Some of my favorites include The Dark Knight, Inception, The Usual Suspects, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Fight Club. Some day maybe I could write for movies and television shows… A girl can dream.

Oh! I also started a newscast program at my school and am currently the show’s Executive Producer. It’s pretty much a gig where my crew of editors, hosts, and camera people scramble frantically each week to make five minute videos on what’s going on around school. It’s been one hell of a ride so far, but I wouldn’t change a thing. You can watch one below…

I play golf! And yes, it really is a sport. I have a love/hate relationship with it and it involves a lot of fun and frustration, but in the end, I just can’t stop coming back to the course. I’m currently Co-Captain on my high school’s varsity golf team, which includes a group of amazing girls that are practically like sisters to me.


There’s probably more, but I’ll come up with that later.

Whew, can’t believe you seriously read all of that. Impressive.

Questions? Comments? Movie, book, or music recommendations? Email me at contact.corinetan@gmail.com. I’d love to answer any of your inquiries. ❤

I’ll do my best to get posts out on a weekly basis, if not twice a week. Look for a new weekly post every Saturday! Huge thanks to all my readers! I really appreciate all your ‘likes’ and ‘follows’, it really means a lot. And if you really enjoy this, go ahead and follow!

Cover photo by Anson Nguyen.