About me:

I cut my writing teeth on what’s known as “fanfiction” – 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 fanfiction for those series and stories I enjoy, 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 some of those novella projects into real, honest-to-God novels!

About this blog:

This blog is about my writing: fiction pieces, personal observations, ramblings on what works (for me) and what doesn’t. I hope you find something that resonates with you!

Update schedule:

I try to update with regularity, since I work best using deadlines and specific topics.

I update this blog when the mood strikes me. That is a terrible incentive to keep readers around, I know, but with so much going on both online and in my “real” life, some sacrifices must be made.

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. πŸ™‚


24 thoughts on “About

  1. Your name sounds Japanese! πŸ™‚ 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.. πŸ™‚

    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.. πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein


    • My name is Japanese. πŸ™‚ 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!


  2. 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.. πŸ™‚
    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 πŸ™‚


    • 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!


    • Thanks for stopping by, Denise. πŸ™‚
      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. πŸ™‚


    • Hi, Jenny! So glad to see you are back to blogging…and writing, too! I saw your last two posts, but I’m afraid I have to wait until the weekend to get to read deeply and comment. This week at work is pretty packed! I did want to let you know how nice it was to see your icon pop up, though! I hope you are well, dear!

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  3. I think fan fiction is a great way to start out. You can work on your abilities in a story world where certain things are already in place. And many great authors started there. I love your honesty about the updates. πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks, Kourtney!

      So many authors pooh-pooh fan fiction, but it was a great starting place for me. I think anyone who’s serious about their writing – whether it’s to become a professional or as a hobbyist – does one day come around on their own to feeling brave enough and strong enough to make their own worlds. There is something very comforting about fan fiction, though. And, everybody’s doing it, especially in Hollywood. All of those popular, high-grossing comic book movies and 80s property reboots are really just fan fiction! πŸ˜€


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