Note: Originally published on Medium on the Be Yourself publication.   I recently turned nineteen. I was living in China at the time. Because I was studying a foreign language, I was constantly meeting new people and going over the same information. E.g., name, country of origin, age, family members, reason for being in China, etc. I hadn’t thought about my age much before my twentieth birthday. It was just a number, just something else to tell people. I would get my share of oohs…Continue Reading “The Threshold of Twenty (or my experience of being pulled towards something I’m not)”

I recently went through my collection of stories, and I found one that I absolutely loved.  I honestly can’t believe that I haven’t worked with it more than I have.  Here it is, slightly edited, and slightly revised from the original version.  I’m calling it “The Scratch”!       The day the sky broke was barely worth remembering.  Nothing changed in the way we lived, and the way we did things.  We still had light.  Our days were dimmer, and our nights were brighter….Continue Reading “The Scratch”

  Drossifer Soggraggan was having a bad day.  Not that he believed that one particular day could be entirely bad of course, but if there was a bad day to be had, today was the day.  One of his bears had broken free if its cage and entered a noblewoman’s carriage not one minute after he had opened that morning.  Shortly after the ordeal was sorted, a masked man had barged into his shop, gun in hand, and lifted nearly one thousand snogins from Soggraggan’s…Continue Reading “Writing Drills: Another paragraph!”

The past couple of weeks I’ve begun work on a high/dark fantasy story.  I have had the idea in my head for a little over a year now, but I had yet to begin fleshing it out until recently.  I’ve done some work on worlds such as this before, but not enough that I was worried about the names of characters, places, and beings in the world.  I can’t simply give everything names that we are familiar with, as that takes away from the mystery…Continue Reading “Placing inhabitants and names in a fantasy world”

In between working and studying Chinese, I’m trying to keep up my writing.  While I was writing this afternoon, I noticed that I have yet to actually share something of quality that I have written.  So here is something I wrote the other day, just exploring some different ways of saying things, different ways of writing out fantasy and some stuff I’d never tried before.  Although it’s a bit rough around the edge, it is along the lines of what I prefer to write and…Continue Reading “Afternoons of writing”

Story Idea: Part 1

Thursday Episodes: (Note: I am going to be exploring plot lines and such on Thursdays for the next month or so.  I’ll take a plot line idea that I had that week, and simply draw the idea here on the blog.) Alright.  So I was taking a basic driver improvement course last night, when I had a sudden thought.  One elderly lady in the front stood, and said her name and why she was there.  For no reason whatsoever, I was thinking, I know that…Continue Reading “Story Idea: Part 1”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents… In written form? I have recently been watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix.  All 133 episodes.  I can’t get enough of them!  The show “presents” me with mysteries, confusing circumstances, gritty material, and incredibly thought provoking themes.  It’s deep.  This isn’t your run of the mill television show.  This requires effort and talent.  The kind of talent that many producers and directors lack.  I have to say, there are only a few movies and shows that I have seen in recent years…Continue Reading “Why Alfred Hitchcock Presents is still incredibly thrilling”