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…

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…

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…

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…

Prophetic Dreams

post by: Ticana Zhu Last month I posted about prophetic dreams. I thought I’d clarify. I don’t know if indeed I have prophetic dreams. Some friends seem to believe I do, and at times so do I. To be honest, I can only recall four things that I dreamt about which became reality. Most are…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

“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…