Discarded Novel Opening

The way my current work-in-progress manuscript originally opened. I later decided to skip this scene and start the novel at a later point, but I still thought this was a fun moment.   There was the sound of performance-grade fireworks, then a pillar of blue flame erupted on the living room sofa. When the inferno... Continue Reading →

This week's character portrait is of Isabelle's impulsive, slightly unobservant, but well-meaning brother, Jason Clements. As the image on his shirt implies, Jason has a fondness for squirrels. As he once told Nesrin, "When we were little a squirrel used to climb up on my bedroom windowsill and knock until I brought peanuts, then it... Continue Reading →

Here we have a portrait of Isabelle, the focal character of the last major story and the next. Her hobbies include painting ceramics, drawing, and¬†Taekwondo. She also has a fondness for second-hand items, but (paradoxically) distrusts flea markets because her adoptive grandmother always taught her that "they're called that for a reason." Isabelle is a... Continue Reading →

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