Accidental Hiatus Over!

Accidental Hiatus Over!

Hello lovelies!

Sorry for the long hiatus. It has been an eventful 2016 and 2017. New job, new school, new stuff animals (say hi to Gregory), etc . . .

This is just a quick update on what has been going on in the life of one woman born in the year of the Dragon:

  1. Taking an editing course at the University of Washington.
  2. Started a new job at the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Seattle.
  3. Experienced snow for the first time in my life.
  4. Adjusting to new schedules and commutes.
  5. Preparing for a friend’s wedding in July.
  6. Preparing for a family trip to Hawaii.
  7. Trying to find time to write between a full time job and part time school.

… When I list it like that it feels more overwhelming somehow.

BUT with all the changes, my love of writing, books, and comics continues to grow.

Here are some photos of my weird adventures:

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Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls

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Snowplow

On September 4, 2016, I went to see Snoqualmie Falls with a few friends. When we found a parking spot, which was its own adventure, we noticed this large snowplow.

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THE SNOWPLOW

Rusted and broken down, it stood as a testament to the ingenuity of man. This snowplow helped to clear of snow the tracks for lumber cars during Seattle’s youth. Still rather unfamiliar with snow, it amazes me that such a large plow would be needed.

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The beginning of the falls

After a bit of a hike, we reached the falls. There were many other pilgrims there, each wanting to take photos of the falls as the mist sprinkled our heads.

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The surrounding forest

I found myself wondering if the water droplets that flew in the air after the initial plunge down the falls kept the forest green.

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The Falls

The mist reminded me of dragon’s breath and I could have sworn a wyren lived behind the falls.

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The River

Such power followed by such calm.

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Mini Jet of Water underneath a Mountain

More proof of man’s hand.

The adventure was short but gave me plenty to think. How do hydroelectric plants provide us with electricity? Have the falls been negatively affected by tourists? If so, is there a way of reversing the damage? What stories do these falls hold? How many winters and springs have they seen?

I will return to them eventually, but for now I am enjoying the electric heat of my laptop and the sun beaming down from my window.

Book Review of To Love As Aswang

Book Review of To Love As Aswang

On August 1, 2016, my review of To Love As Aswang appeared on the Halo-Halo Review.

To read that review, please click here.

To buy the book, please click here.

I adore this book. I am not saying this because I was asked to. To be honest, I asked to be a reviewer simply because I loved Diwata so much that I could not wait to read the next collection by Reyes.

By the by, I would like to announce that I am now taking book review requests. If there is a book you believe I or anyone should read, please provide a suggestion below. Thank you.

Memorial Weekend Reading

Memorial Weekend Reading

Today begins the Memorial Day Weekend, here in the United States. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Traditionally, it was also a day where families would visit national grave sites and decorate each fallen heroes last resting place.

As writers, it is always important to remember those who have come before us. They inspire us, give our work meaning and depth, and often provide us with clarity in a very unclear world.

Given this, I have compiled a top 10 books to read this weekend while honoring our fallen soldiers. Each image links to the Amazon page or Goodreads page and most can be found at your local library. Happy reading!

1. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

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2. Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

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3. Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead

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4. Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace

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5. Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

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6. Homer’s The Iliad

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7. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind

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8. Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities

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9. Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables

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10. Joseph Heller’s Catch-22

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Driving Through A Murder

Driving Through A Murder

Head lights illuminate
the pot marked street.
Laurels arch their branches
over the road, casting
shadows
hands
cross
my field
of vision.

A murmuration
chased by
a murder
is revealed
at the end.

The roar
of engine
mixes with
the cries
of starlings
of crows
of wind.

A murmuration
chased by
a murder
scatters
the sunset.

Crows chase
cottonwood
fluff
darting
left
right
in front
of me.

A murmuration
chased by
a murder
and I
fear
impact.