The Third Day of Kitsune – Wordless Wednesday kitsune images

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Twelve Days of Kitsune

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Twelve Days of KitsuneI don’t usually do a Wordless Wednesday post — for one thing, I’m pretty bad at “wordless” — but here are some fantastic pictures I collected for research and inspiration while working on Kitsune-Tsuki and Kitsune-Mochi. If… Continue reading

The Second Day of Kitsune — Shift Your Shape with a Kitsune Costume

shaping the face
This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Twelve Days of Kitsune

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Twelve Days of KitsuneKitsune are clever shapeshifters who can appear as a human. Today, we’re going to change our own appearances toward a kitsune costume.   Continue reading

The First Day of Kitsune – a folk tale

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Twelve Days of Kitsune

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Twelve Days of KitsuneFor the First Day of Kitsune, I’d like to share one of the oldest and most common folk stories about a kitsune. It’s a tale of a fox wife, similar to Western stories of fairy brides, and… Continue reading

Storylines and Plot Beats – Rise of the Guardians

Warning! Here there be spoilers, in great measure. Also, plot dissection and narrative breakdown.   Continue reading

Twelve Days of Kitsune!

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays — but it wasn’t exactly popular during Heian and Kamakura eras in Japan, for obvious reasons. So here on the blog we’re going to celebrate Twelve Days of Kitsune, and each post we’ll discover a new folk tale, period foods, or other fun… Continue reading

Things To Do While Waiting To Hear Back From an Agent

At one point in Shard & Shield, a character is waiting for his treason to be discovered. He knows it is only a matter of time before he is identified, seized, tortured, and executed, but in the meantime he must go about his daily business as if nothing is wrong, as… Continue reading

Catch a Kitsune at Anime Crossroads!

You can find the two-hour panel “Japanese Folklore & Mythology: A Primer for Anime, Manga, & Film” at Anime Crossroads on Dec 8. Admission is included with con badge. We’ll talk about Japanese folklore, supernatural creatures such as tengu and dragons and kitsune, why it’s smart to fart at a… Continue reading

Pep Talk from Hell.

Someone on the NaNoWriMo chat group mentioned a technique in which a writer writes a pep talk from his or her characters. She said she had found it helpful. I hadn’t heard of the technique, but just the thought of it scared the snot out of me.   Continue reading

The Next Big Thing (Week 25) — Shard & Shield

Vizzini in The Princess Bride

In which Laura reveals intimate answers to fascinating questions! Don’t miss a moment! Well, okay, so we’ve found the reason I am not a marketing copywriter. But stay with me a moment anyway.   Continue reading

Foxes. Don’t mess with them.

In my fox research for Kitsune-Tsuki and Kitsune-Mochi, I came across this clipping of a hunting trip gone wrong. I understand that people hunt, some for pleasure and some by necessity. (My husband grew up in an area where hunting provided much of some families’ diet.) But hunting should be… Continue reading