Notes on Conrad

December 6, 2016 5:06 pm

Conrad, of all the characters in Shining Shira, gave me the most trouble. It wasn’t that I didn’t love him or appreciate him. I just didn’t know how to write a man. Over the five drafts I wrote, he and Kaelo are the two characters who changed most. Kaelo became more multidimensional and received a…

Adventures with Stephen King

November 22, 2016 2:21 pm

Fun fact: I hate being scared. I hate horror movies, I hate scary books, I hate the idea of monsters—I used to sleep with a blanket wrapped over my head and my whole body buried under the covers so that if the Thing Outside the Window decides to come in, I will not be seen….

Notes on Shira

November 19, 2016 12:02 am

The notions of Shining Shira emerged, believe it or not, from a fifth grade creative writing assignment. We’d just finished reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and our teacher told us to create a world with three magical creatures and name ourselves as king or queen, with a title that started with the…