Drabble for #LitChat

“There is no there,” he said.

I must have looked the question at him.

He blew out cigarette smoke in a sigh. “If you spend all your time trying to get there, you’ll never be where you ought to be.”

“Which is?”

His expression was disdainful. He turned and walked away.

I couldn’t help but call out, “Where are you going?

A thick puff of smoke punctuated his reply. “A different here.”




Claws of the Cat

Claws of the Cat: A Shinobi MysteryClaws of the Cat: A Shinobi Mystery by Susan Spann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Those of you who love mystery and are fascinated by medieval Japanese Samurai culture will like this book. A Shinobi detailed to protect a Jesuit priest ends up becoming a detective. The juxtaposition of the cultures and the incorporation of shinobi training into the investigations is delightful. This is the first book in a series and a satisfying first effort.

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Show Me The Character

I started reading Incarceron (by Catherine Fisher) as part of my foray into YA books (also read Leviathan by Westerfield and Thompson, reviewed on Goodreads here). It started up slow for me and only now, where the two main protagonists are actually talking with each other, is it really starting to get interesting to me. I’m also reading The Pale Blue Eye (by Louis Bayard) and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (by Susanna Clarke). These books, in conjunction with some discussions on both LitChat and SciFiChat on Twitter have underlined for me the fact that if I don’t like the characters, I probably won’t like the book. Maybe this is why so many modern novels in ‘Literature’ remain only partially read by me – they seem to be inhabited by a bunch of people I would not want to know. Some writers have told me they like to read about the human condition. My condition is such that I want to spend my precious reading time with either an interesting puzzle, learning something new (nonfiction), or with fictional people I can admire or whose company I enjoy.

What have you learned about yourself from what you’ve read?

I’m Back on WP

A couple of years ago, I started posting my first completed novel on WP, but I was also writing a blog about social media for small nonprofits over on Blogger (Social Media Birdbrain). Between that and my late husband’s illness, I let my WP blog about fiction writing languish until I finally disabled it.

Things have changed. I’ve found a renewed enjoyment in writing and art and thanks to #litchat, #scifichat, and #ufchat on Twitter, a new community of writers to share with.

A short story – The Face on the Coin – will be published next year in a vampire anthology and I’m working on another short story for an urban fantasy anthology, also expected to publish in 2012.

The vampire story is not the usual; it features no pointy-toothed, sparkly (or otherwise) men and its heroes are a ghost and his half Japanese, half Welsh partner in an alternate 1950s Los Angeles.

Though I’m not sure where my writing will take me, I’m currently drawn to noir urban fantasy. I have several other loves in the art world and ‘real’ world and this blog will probably touch on all of them.

My hope is to create a space where we can talk about writing, its joys and struggles and where we are on our journeys.