Karma

post by: Ticana Zhu At the end of August, I got into a fender bender. Everyone walked away from it. I was upset but it was my dream car. I had waited fifteen years before I got it and I’d only owned it a year and a half. … And it hadn’t been an easy…

“Through the Rainbow”

short story by: Ava Reiss Erma’s Greek mythology book sat open to a page about the goddess Iris. It’d been unread for the last hour or so, despite an upcoming exam. Instead, she clutched her phone tightly, sitting in the toll booth she operated. There had been a lot on her mind the last couple…

Loganberries

post by: Ticana Zhu A short update today. I’m neck deep in edits and as well as … you know… #life. Dynasty of Summer is progressing well. I finally finished editing draft six. It feels like it’s almost there… Oh yeah, haha, renaming Colors of an Empire to Dynasty of Summer. The main character sees…

“This isn’t even my final form!”

post by: Ava Reiss I was walking through a national park once under a hot afternoon sun.  Before I knew it, I was ahead of my family.  (for those of you who don’t know me as well, I tend to be a speed walker without even realizing it) There was a lilting voice calling out…

“Princess of China and Loss of Orbit”

post by: Ticana Zhu Why did you start writing your book(s)? <- Every author has heard this at some point. The two novels I’m working on have vastly different spawning points. However, both distinct. I knew the exact moment the stories would birth.  Colors of an Empire and Loss of Orbit are as different as day and night. Colors…

Ava Steals Ticana’s Blog Idea

Post by: Ava Reiss I confess. I stole this week’s blog post idea from Ticana Zhu. I, on the other hand, aren’t as bashful when it comes to sitting down with my characters for tea. I delight in the opportunity to indulge in make believe. My left brain has been overworked, and I’ve been feeling…

Tea with Rosi and Summer

Post by: Ticana Zhu I’ve been having writer’s block. Like, really bad writer’s block. The usual tricks weren’t kicking it. I went for long walks, a few late night drives. I found new tunes that were inspirational. I ate healthy and took naps. I even picked up a few books, but my heart wasn’t into…

“Book Two- Cycles of the Lights”

post by: Ava Reiss I’ve finally been able to continue editing book two of my Cycles of the Lights series, The Seed of Life. It takes places a couple of decades after the events of book one, Fall of Ima. If you’d read the prologue to book one, you’d know that En and Il are the primeval souls of the…

“Osmanthus and Tea Roses”

post by: Ticana Zhu Summers for me meant family reunions. More times than not, I’d spend nearly three months in China. For each phase of my childhood, a different scent painted the backdrop. In my younger years, there was jasmine and gardenia. Little girls or old ladies from the country often sold blooms. Thin wire…

“Chibi Enthusiast”

post by: Ava Reiss My bio states I’m an Author and Illustrator. Recently I’ve added that I’m a Chibi Enthusiast. Since then, I’ve been getting this question: “What actually is a chibi?” Short answer: something “cute-ified”Long answer: please refer to wiki. This leads to another question, “What made you a Chibi Enthusiast?”That’s an even longer answer…cIt started…