The Art of Character Creation

I was on a break this past week from my job teaching writing workshops, so it gave me extra time to focus on story creation and editing my own works, rather than my students. I have been stuck in editing mode for my larger novel that I would like to see out later this year …

Seven Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins- Envy A YA Anthology Envy can either drive us to be better or sink into self-pity and resentment. It can make us miserable and petty, or be the driving force behind positive change. From cavemen to immortals and ghosts to valedictorians, the characters of our stories know what it’s like to want …

A Shadow and Mist Series- Book One

Of Rebels and Ruin A Shadow and Mist Series Book One Tengoku is an Elven Empire in turmoil.  It has been twenty-three years since the great civil war that saw the rise of Emperor Lao’shun and his Dra’karan faction over the Ki’saari faction who’d once been in power. After the loss of their lands, the Ki’saari were …

Novella

The Court of the Black Crane by Shannon Leigh Rivera In the Elven Kingdom of Tengoku, secrets rule the land. Where one hand plots, the other is extended in friendship. The shadows are always one’s ally, especially in the Court of the Black Crane.

Forlorn- Part II

Down through the well-worn mountain paths, Saoirse picked through patches of wild autumn flowers scouring for herbs and seeds and whatever else she could find in the heavy mist. Ardal wandered close by and searched under fallen logs and rocky outcroppings for game to chase.  The sun was a faint glimmer in the sky, barely …

Not-So-Well-Written

Today was Comic Writing and Art class and, like usual, my students were happy to do the drawing and doodle work but feeling reluctant when it came time to write. At one point a student told me “but I don’t write well”. I had to pause before reacting because I was really hurting for my …

The Jewel of Rajai- Part II

After we had returned to the hall Rahmi and I were separated to be prepared for the binding ceremony. I whisked off to a massive chamber where the Queen and her attendants were waiting. They dressed me with smiles and laughter, fawning over my pale hair and skin and my ‘sky eyes’ as one servant …

Fearless Creativitiy

Fearless Creativity  Teaching a group of young adult writers this semester has really challenged me as a writer. Not just because these intelligent kids are looking for me to help them through sticky writing situations- plot problems, character development issues, wonky dialogue- which can be difficult in and of itself. Rather, these youth have challenged …

It’s a Hard Write Life

It’s a Hard Write Life”The first draft is the talent, in the second is the art.” – Paul Valery, French Poet   One of the most difficult things about writing is editing. I remember a few years ago when one of my college professors in a writing workshop told me that editing takes up the …

Forlorn – Part I

The Darkwood Forest was heavy with mist rolling in off the Highland moors. Tendrils grey as smoke curled over the tops of trees, settling down into their boughs like an army of ghostly apparitions.  Cool autumn winds couldn’t lift the unnatural fog once it settled; rather they pushed the mists further down into the glen.  As Saoirse …