Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (7)

Dan Fish Physical Description: A fish surrounded by a red light whenever it appears. Special Properties: Smearing one’s feet with its blood allows one to walk on water. Fire Mouse (aka Firelight Beast) Physical Description: Same as a normal mouse Special Properties: Humans can weave clothes out of its skin. After burning, it is possibleContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (7)”

Why I’m here…

The jump-off line is just the title of the poem Why I’m Here by Jacqueline Berger. And the whole piece is just a response to the line.  Because of the year 1997, when Hong Kong passed back into the hands of China. A mother decided to take her daughter away before that happened.  Because myContinue reading “Why I’m here…”

Adventure Abroad the Chen Xing- Chapter 17

I moved forward down a buckled hallway listening intently for any sound. It was not far before the debris piled up was blocking most of the way. I could see the outline of a door ahead but it was buried under junk metal. I started clearing away all the debris so that we could openContinue reading “Adventure Abroad the Chen Xing- Chapter 17”

I was barefoot…

The line came from Forest Fires by Sarah Kay. Mostly I was talking about a fictional self but perhaps because of that, I quite like this piece.  I was barefoot, standing on rough ground. The ground is always rough when you stand barefoot.  I was barefoot, a wild child, running across rough ground, heedless ofContinue reading “I was barefoot…”

Broadening Horizon Reads 2022

Children of the Corn by Stephen King He certainly has a very economical way of writing that suits his genre. But personally I tend to favour longer prose with a bit of flair so I’m not quite sure what I’m taking away from it in terms of technique. As for the horror genre, I don’tContinue reading “Broadening Horizon Reads 2022”

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…”