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…

“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…

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…

“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…