Resurfacing with updates and a tiny, tiny excerpt

After months of hunkering down and trying to focus on simply writing, I have resurfaced in Nanowrimo month (which I probably won't be doing). I'm happy to say that I've entered second-stage editing for two books, which involves the big re-hauls to smooth out the story. Once I've finished those, I go into the final… Continue reading Resurfacing with updates and a tiny, tiny excerpt

Noh theatre

  I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a short one-case story in my Onmyouji series, featuring a Noh or Kabuki play, two of Japan’s most well-known traditional theatre forms. Noh originated from the combination of Shinto-related dance and mime, with influences of dance from other parts of Asia. It uses poetic language, monotonous… Continue reading Noh theatre

Start of a New Series aka Productive Procrastination

Since I've been staying at home a lot, got really into some vintage fashion videos on Youtube about sewing and patterns and Regency era/Victorian designs. Which inevitably led to my next great brainstorm - seamstress heroine who makes amazing patterns and dresses and...stuff. Problem no.1 - Regency era or Victorian? Maybe I'll take a giant… Continue reading Start of a New Series aka Productive Procrastination

Research/Writing

Currently conducting research/writing the sequel of The Mage. Wasn't as productive during NaNoWriMo as I'd hoped, but I do have a basis for the new sequel to work on. There will be a new city, new characters and a background inspired by customs and traditions from Imperial China. A few themes I've picked up on… Continue reading Research/Writing

Decisions and NaNoWriMo

It's been a few days since I launched my latest book (whee!), and now it's time to figure out which way to proceed next. It's taken me a while to figure out my writing rhythm, but I've learned that for me, fresh eyes are required for quality editing or the words just become shapes. I… Continue reading Decisions and NaNoWriMo

Characters

A quick intro of the four MCs of my Onmyouji series: Ren Kanda (神田 蓮) Hair: Red Eyes: Brown Age: 15 FAQ: One of the few remaining onmyouji in Japan, heir to the famed Kanda clan. Minimally polite and basically stubborn. Growing up in a clan with everyone having their own agenda, he likes things efficient and… Continue reading Characters