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…”

I hope I am forgiven…

This jump off line comes from Rabbit by Heather Swan. I think I will title this piece Forgiven or forgotten. I hope I am forgiven for the words I did not mean to hurt but did.  I hope I am forgiven for the thoughtless deeds.  I hope I am forgiven for being lazy, for beingContinue reading “I hope I am forgiven…”

Adventures aboard the Chen Xing- Chapter 14

I was almost done with the marinades when Jessica wandered in, rubbing sleep from her eyes. “I am soo sorry,” she said. “I didn’t mean to crash so hard. That happens sometimes, when I have to use my power to keep someone from dying during surgery. I hope I didn’t miss anything important.” “Someone putContinue reading “Adventures aboard the Chen Xing- Chapter 14”

We must risk the light…

This was a piece of writing that I had written in the middle of last year. And I think it actually comes from A Brief for the Defence by Jack Gilbert and I had misheard the original line which was “We must risk delight.” I don’t think I actually like the prose of this pieceContinue reading “We must risk the light…”