About

About me:

I cut my writing teeth on what’s known as “fan fiction” – taking pre-existing worlds and characters, and creating my own personal universe of stories from that. It began with “Star Wars” (I think; at least, that’s my earliest memory of writing anything longer than a paragraph), and it’s continued to this day.

I still write fan fiction for those series and stories I enjoy (the videogame Persona 4 and “Doctor Who” are two of my favorite fandoms of the last five years, and for which I’ve done some of my better writing), but I’m also working on a lot of original fiction, these days. I blame the pseudo-contest National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for that.

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for several years, and, each year, I’ve given fleeting thought to growing my novella project into a real, honest-to-God novel. In 2011, my project Fearless called to me so strongly that I had to see if I could make a go of it as a real author, of my own (published!) original work.

About this blog:

This blog is about my writing: for the novel, but for other aspects of it, too. These aren’t meant to be articles, just my personal observations and ramblings. Regardless, I hope you enjoy!

Update schedule:

I try to update with regularity, since I work best using deadlines and specific topics. Most of the time, I’ll keep to the following schedule:
Wednesdays: Process posts: my personal insights about writing, characterization, voice, and more.
Saturdays: Short fiction posts, usually inspired by or in answer to one of the writing prompts I follow (links and info will be in each post, as appropriate).

Of course, just because I try to keep to a schedule does not mean you won’t occasionally see a blank week in my calendar…or a random off-day post from me.

I do pay attention to all feedback I get, and I try my best to answer in a timely fashion. We’ve all got our own schedules to keep, though, so if I take a few days to get back to you, please don’t be offended. :)

17 responses to “About

  1. Limebird Writers have nominated you for The Beautiful Blogger Award! Congrats -http://limebirduk.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/beautiful-blogger-award/

  2. This was great – a lovely take on the prompt.

  3. Your name sounds Japanese! :-) It’d be interesting to find another writer with Japanese name writing in English besides Kazuo Ishiguro. Great! Do you speak Japanese as your first language?

    Two of my Japanese students are among the best in the class. They’re very hardworking. Every now and then we have groups of students coming from Japan as exchange students and they are mostly great people! It’s been great to have them with us.. :-)

    I see you are an aspiring writer too, so nice meeting you here, Mayumi. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Thank you, many blessings and much love to you.. :-)

    Subhan Zein

    • My name is Japanese. :) My mother is from Kyoto, Japan. I do speak Japanese, but I was born in the United States, so (American) English is my primary language.

      The homogeneity of the Japanese culture often makes for quite polite, hardworking individuals (my Asian students are mostly the same), but it’s fun to meet ones who swim against the current, too.

      Many blessings to you, as well. Thank you for following!

  4. Personal observations and ramblings – just my thing!!

  5. katrina

    today I saw your brilliant comment on my friend, Subhan Zein’s blog and here I am…
    and this is one awesome place to do some learning.. :)
    since English is my second language, and so new in blogging, there’s much more to be improve and hope I could learn from your writings…
    My warm regards to you..have a nice day Jenny :)

  6. I found your blog via Summer. You have an ambitious writing blog. I wish you continued success! You have inspired me to go back to my novella.

    • Thank you – Summer’s blog is lovely, as is your own. I’m glad I can help in even a small way with you getting back to your novella. Our stories deserve the attention!

  7. Hi Mayumi! :-)
    NaNo writers unite! Fun reading about your writing goals. I am also hoping to publish one or more of my NaNo novels.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Denise. :)
      I don’t know any longer if traditional publishing is the route for me, but I definitely want to learn how to better share my stories. :)

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