Hiatus Announcement

Post by Ava Reiss Hello friends. Thank you for your continued support through these trying times. Until further notice, I’ll not be contributing to monthly posts. Ticana Zhu will still be posting bi-monthly. There’s nothing wrong. I just feel Cycles of the Lights has taken over my life. As much as I’ve loved it, I…

Reincarnation Considerations

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. I’m not certain I believe in reincarnation 100%. I do most of the time. Yet, when it comes down to it, the lack of…

Junk Journaling

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. I recently discovered Junk Journaling. This is right up my alley, since I like to keep little pieces of things that inspire me. It…

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…

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…

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…

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?…

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?…

Powerful Women

post by: Ava Reiss I’ve been reflecting on an experience I had vending. Some of you might now, this has been a promotional year for me. I’ve been setting up tables at local events to get my book and artwork out there. I’m also editing and writing, of course, but with lots of planned breaks…

“Through the Rainbow”

short story by: Ava Reiss (This story is temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience.) ~*~ The End ~*~ Author’s Commentary: I’m often fascinated by stories of immortals, and realms outside our own. One of my favorite tropes is having deities come into our world. Iris is a goddess I’m particularly fascinated with. Mostly because…