A traitor to my people? My trip to the Traveler’s Factory Store

Today I set off on my own to find the magical and elusive Traveler's Factory in Kami-meguro, Tokyo. It involved boarding a train line I'd never taken before, and true to form I did get a little turned around. I found the place eventually, though, and feasted my eyes in real life on what I'd … Continue reading A traitor to my people? My trip to the Traveler’s Factory Store

greetings from japan!

Phew! We've only been here a few days, but we've been jam-packing them with adventures! Follow along for a so-far recap. DAYS 1-2 (FRIDAY/SATURDAY): TRAVEL We left home around 03:30 on Friday 5/27 to get to the airport for 04:00, hoping to beat the TSA lines we've all been hearing about. While bringing a suitcase … Continue reading greetings from japan!

Pearl

I feel like sharing this poem today.   Pearl Steel crane necks poke above the grass, a congress of mechanical apatosaurs holding vigil against the gray October sky. You followed truth and rumor here to where the rusting bridge awaits those desperate people, driven by desire born not of lust but of despair, and so … Continue reading Pearl

a new story to tell

That case of completion molasses...es I had a few weeks ago turned into a finished first draft quicker than I'd expected, and while I'd meant to take a break in between writing books, the next one was calling my name. As of last night, the sequel to FOLD (as yet untitled) is underway, and here's … Continue reading a new story to tell

going postal

Today I had to go to the post office to mail something, and while I was there I asked for a sheet of one dollar stamps. The woman asked why I needed dollar stamps; I told her that I have a lot of international pen pals. She was SO CONFUSED as to why I didn't … Continue reading going postal

combating the digital addiction*

How do you know it's time to take a break from your relationship...with your phone? Picture this. You see your phone there on the table right next to you (because where else would it be, ever). It hasn't buzzed or dinged or blinked with a notification, but when you look at it you still get … Continue reading combating the digital addiction*

completion molasses…es

Sometimes, despite having the imagination of a child, I think I have the memory of...something that doesn't have much of a memory. See, I'm coming to the end of my current work in progress. And I'm DRAGGING my feet to get it done. I'm seriously like...a chapter away from completion. But the closer I draw to … Continue reading completion molasses…es

writing adventure: fictional love letters

So, I've been reading a lot about letter-writing, something which is near and dear to my heart. I participated in February's InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) and sent letters all over, and you may not know it, but April is National Letter Writing Month in the USA. I don't think I want to go through … Continue reading writing adventure: fictional love letters

April may or may not be the cruellest month

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. ~T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land" T.S. Eliot knew a thing or two about April. I'm looking out my window and it's snowing. I only wish I could shout "April Fools!!" but the first … Continue reading April may or may not be the cruellest month

There’s a mouse in my house

Actually, based on the scritching noises we’ve been hearing at night, probably a colony. Or several. But this is the story of how I went head-to-heater with one little rodent – and won. And also kind of lost, because I had to deal with the remains. A little background on our heating system, because this … Continue reading There’s a mouse in my house