Remarkable Women in Ancient China (14)- Feng Liao

Who is she: The first official female diplomat in ancient China  Notable Life Events: Actual birth date and date of death both unknown but active around the long reign of Emperor Wu of the Western Han dynasty  In 101 BC, she accompanied the second Han princess to be married off to the Wusun king forContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (14)- Feng Liao”

One day she looked out the window…

The jump-off line comes from In the Middle by Barbara Crooker. It’s the first piece of Wild Writing I had done in third person. And personally I quite like it. Also, my norm for fiction is to write in third person. I mean, I can write in first person as well but my go-to isContinue reading “One day she looked out the window…”

Audiobooks- new uncharted waters

I think it was late last night but someone threw up a link to scientific research on how reading physical books and listening to audiobooks activate the same region in the brain whereas reading ebooks activates a different region. That coupled with my interest in Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay which is only availableContinue reading “Audiobooks- new uncharted waters”

Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (7)

This is the last of my flora compendium so it’s a bit short but enjoy:  Meng Tree Physical Description: A tree resembling the locust tree in shape, bears yellow flowers but no fruits. Special Properties: Consuming it will help you to tell right from wrong. Niu Shang Physical Description: A plant whose leaves are shapedContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (7)”

Time peels away from the wall…

This time the starting prompt is actually from a Mandarin pop song titled Broken East Wind based on a poem by Su Shi (or Su Dong Po as he is better known as) the ancient Chinese poet which bears the same title as the pop song.  Time peels away from the wall. I look atContinue reading “Time peels away from the wall…”

Adventure Abroad the Chen Xing- Chapter 16

We landed as before. When I got to the airlock, Aurora was already there with some empty boxes, a shovel and pruning shears.  “Where’d the red plants go? Any idea?” Aurora asked. That’s when I noticed the absence of those red-spotted plants. I looked over at Estella. That was her field.  “It’s night they probablyContinue reading “Adventure Abroad the Chen Xing- Chapter 16”

Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2022

Fantasy Labyrinth Gate by Kate Elliott I actually spent a long while foraging through my local library website before I settled on this. I do like the setup where each chapter is named for a tarot card but I only like the story so-so. I guess this is more of a romance-fantasy (portal fantasy withContinue reading “Moonlake’s Book Discoveries- June 2022”

Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (6)

Water Monkey Physical Description: A bipedal creature Special Properties: While its main diet is fish and prawns, it will occasionally pull humans asunder and soak the blood from the carcass The Three Carcass Physical Description: The three types of worms that reputedly exist within human bodies according to Taoism. The upper worm Peng Ju isContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (6)”

Adventure Abroad the Chen Xing- Chapter 15  

“I never took Scorsby for the blackmailing type, how often does he strong arm you into doing his dirty work?” Aurora asked with a sympathetic nod. “Not often, really. Occasionally I almost forget he’s there, and then I’ll get some call in the middle of the night.” “Scorsby might actually feel it’s penence, some kindContinue reading “Adventure Abroad the Chen Xing- Chapter 15  “

The many small things…

The jump-off line comes from The Metaphysicians of South Jersey by Stephen Dunn. I’m not actually good with small details, observation doesn’t come naturally to me so below is really just my attempt:  The many small things I’ve seen… the morning dew on a leaf, the rain droplet on a window pane, a flower petalContinue reading “The many small things…”