Comedy · Holiday · Japan · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

Romance Is For People Not Baffled By It

I am not a romance person. First of all, I’m not good at it, second, I tend to scoff when the subject comes up. Not on purpose, just in a general pah-aren’t-I-such-a-cynical-adult way. Luckily, Husband and I are well-paired in life, because while I’m not much for romance, he doesn’t have a flipping clue what… Continue reading Romance Is For People Not Baffled By It

Comedy · Everyday Life · Japan · Writing

My Coffee Table As a Metaphor For Life

Way back last August, Husband and I got our second apartment together, and we needed furniture. Like, lots of furniture. Because we literally didn’t own any. “How can this be?” you ask. Pretty easily: we’d sold all of it in Japan a year and a half beforehand. I tell a lie; I did, last August… Continue reading My Coffee Table As a Metaphor For Life

Japan · Publishing · Short Stories · This Website · Writing

Announcement: The Foreigner’s Loneliness Now Available Here

Remember my big announcement last fall about my short story, The Foreigner’s Loneliness? Previously only available for reading through Solarwyrm Press’s Latchkey Tales: The Darkest Hour, it’s now up on my website. And you can read it. For free. Now that you’ve settled down from your victory dance, please take a look at my story!… Continue reading Announcement: The Foreigner’s Loneliness Now Available Here

Comedy · General Thoughts · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

Airline Travel: Like Survivor, But More Stylish

I’m one of those people who prepares for a flight like I’m getting ready for a weather emergency. Do I have water? At least one meal? Shoes that I can run in? Okay, I’m ready. In my teens I was once stuck on a train for fourteen hours, traveling up through Kyushu and Honshu to… Continue reading Airline Travel: Like Survivor, But More Stylish

Everyday Life · Holiday · Japan · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

I’m Going On a (Christmas) Adventure!

Three years ago, I was preparing for a similar trip to the one I’m making today: flying to Scotland to visit Husband’s family for Christmas. The first time I did this, of course, he was not yet Husband, he was The Last Boyfriend, and we were both living and teaching in Japan. For our first… Continue reading I’m Going On a (Christmas) Adventure!

Review · Suiko and the Puzzle Box · Theater · Uncategorized

Suiko and the Puzzle Box–A Children’s Play

Cathleen Townsend has reviewed “Suiko and the Puzzle Box” for her blog, The Beauty of Words. Thanks so much, Cathleen!

Cathleen Townsend

Suiko and the Puzzle BoxThis review is a change of pace–a play instead of a novel. I’ve written one play for a pageant, and it’s a lot harder than you’d think. And as a former teacher, I appreciate that it has enough parts that it isn’t just four or five kids with all the speaker parts, and everyone else has to be the spear carriers.

It’s a simple story. A young girl, Suiko, discovers her father is missing and impulsively goes off to rescue him. This is not unusual behavior for her–she tends to leap before she looks. She owns a small puzzle box her father made her, but thus far, she’s lacked the patience to unlock its secrets.

But as she tries to rescue her father, she becomes ensnared in the demon court. The demon king promises her that if she can figure out the puzzle box, her father, who is also prisoner…

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Comedy · Words · Writing

Watch Your Words: The Un-sexy Side of Double Entendres

As a writer, I am keenly aware of the words I use, especially when typing things others will read. Not only am I careful of what I say, I watch how I say it, all the better to analyze, and improve. It’s a constant struggle. And that is why, on Sunday morning, I nearly spit… Continue reading Watch Your Words: The Un-sexy Side of Double Entendres

Foreign Languages · Writing

Culture: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Pry It From Language’s Cold Dead Hands

Welcome to week three of my ongoing feature on writing characters dealing with a foreign language. Week one was what being plopped in the middle of a foreign language feels like, week two we talked about how languages differ. Today we’re going to talk about culture as it meets language. The fact is, if your… Continue reading Culture: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Pry It From Language’s Cold Dead Hands

Foreign Languages

Not All Languages Are Created Equal (Not Like That, Just Listen)

This is part two in a weekly series on writing characters in a foreign language scenario. Your character is visiting somewhere that speaks a new language: what happens next? Last week was a general overview of the sheer difficultly of learning languages in Your Character Arrives in a Foreign Land: What Happens Next; this week,… Continue reading Not All Languages Are Created Equal (Not Like That, Just Listen)

Publishing · Short Stories

Announcing the Publication of “The Foreigner’s Loneliness”

********SO YOU KNOW! This story is now available on my website, right here, for free! Please feel free to read it!********* Exciting news! Yours truly has sold a short story. That’s right, Solarwyrm Press out of New Zealand is publishing “The Foreigner’s Loneliness” in Latchkey Tale’s October 2015 edition: Clockwise (The Darkest Hour). “The Foreigner’s Loneliness” is a… Continue reading Announcing the Publication of “The Foreigner’s Loneliness”