The Third Day of Kitsune – Wordless Wednesday kitsune images

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

I 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 you like these, be sure to check out the Kitsune-Tsuki/Kitsune-Mochi Pinterest board! Continue reading

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

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Twelve Days of Kitsune
me, in my kitchen, just before starting the transformation

me, in my kitchen, just before starting the transformation

Kitsune 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

For 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 it features many of the key points in the kitsune legend.

Fox women (kitsune in human form). 1 print : c...

Fox women (kitsune in human form). Woodcut by Bertha Boynton Lum, 1908. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s also a story the village girl Murame hears in Kitsune-Mochi, which prompts her to do some deep thinking…. 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!

VA Tag: KITSUNE

VA Tag: KITSUNE (Photo credit: shawnblog)

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 surprises related to Kitsune-Tsuki and Kitsune-Mochi.

Watch for the first post in the series on Monday!

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Things To Do While Waiting To Hear Back From an Agent

In Richard Westall's Sword of Damocles, 1812, ...

Richard Westall’s Sword of Damocles, 1812. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 if he fears nothing, as if his entire world does not hang by a Damoclean thread.

I might have researched and prepared for writing such a state by sending off a manuscript for consideration.

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Pep Talk from Hell.

Anger Controlls Him

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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

Question book

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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.

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Foxes. Don’t mess with them.

Punishment of a Hunter

Punishment of a Hunter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 quick and clean and respectful.

A hunter in Belarus apparently opted to save a bullet by bludgeoning a wounded fox to death, instead of shooting it cleanly. The fox fought back. Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

So this is what was waiting for me when I flew home through Hurricane Sandy turbulence and walked in the front door.

McCoy the skeleton, at my table

McCoy the skeleton, at my table

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