The Moon

post by: Ticana ZhuStarting in June 2020, we will be posting once per month, alternating between Ava Reiss and Ticana Zhu. Blog posts will appear the first Tuesday of the month. It’s perhaps the moon that first started my interest in science-fiction. I thought asteroids were merely lost moons, without planets. That was where le…

Ava’s Short Shorts

post by: Ava ReissStarting in June 2020, we will be posting once per month, alternating between Ava Reiss and Ticana Zhu. Blog posts will appear the first Tuesday of the month. My anthology, Ava’s Short Shorts silently went live in March. There was little press about it, since it would hardly make a dent with…

post by Ticana ZhuThe names of people involved have been changed to protect their identities I have not read Little Fires Everywhere, but it is on my exceedingly long reading list. However, I have started watching the show on Hulu. I should warn, there are spoilers in this post concerning elements to the plot. Stop…

Ghost or Coincidence?

post by Ava Reiss A former friend passed away recently. It wasn’t from Covid-19. I heard it was from kidney complications. He had moved out of state, so we didn’t keep in touch. Before he left, we had a falling out. It had to do with my cat; the one I modeled Mantou after. Mantou…

Inevitable Creativity Block

post by Ticana Zhu These past few weeks have been rough. I’ve hit creativity block pretty badly. It shouldn’t be that surprising, because I have a bad habit of taking on too much. Yet, I’m the type of person who loves to live inside her head—a place where the stories never die. I thought the…

A Writer’s Reflection

post by: Ava Reiss Anyone who’s sat down to write know there are a multitudes of difficulties. Writer’s block. Can’t find the right words. Finding time to write. Loving your stuff one day and hating it the next. I always feel bonded to other writers in solidarity over these things. I had started writing my…

Tumbling

post by Ticana Zhu I was like a tumbleweed. A Rose of Jericho, blowing in the wind.I’d land for a bit. Spread my leaves and turn green.Until the water fades.Then I’d wrap up my little selfand tumble, tumble away. I wonder, then, if I could choose the wind?So meticulous I’d be, which way to drift.Until…

Diversity in Books

post by: Ava Reiss Last month, I chanced upon an NPR broadcast of a panel discussing the novel, “American Dirt.” They addressed the way minority groups are handled by authors who are not of that background. The broadcast brought up a lot of concerns I share. Did you know 48% of YA publishers are Caucasian?…

Time as the 4th Dimension

post by Ticana Zhu My husband and I argue on the existence of the fourth dimension. He believes it is time. I don’t believe time is a dimension. I believe time is a quality that can exist across multiple dimensions and its nature subject to change in each. My husband believes that since time is…

Things I think about late at night…

post by Ava Reiss When insomnia strikes… my thoughts unfetter themselves. There is a theory that UFOs move at accelerated speeds due to warping space-time around them. What happens to the insects and/or small birds that might happen to be flying nearby as they initiate the warp? Do they get pulled along with the UFOs?…