Poetry: “Tanabata”

I was fortunate enough to experience this Japanese holiday in Kyoto, as they go by the old calendar there (in other places it’s celebrated in July).

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Personal Essay: “A Soliloquy on Christmas”

Is there any holiday as ingrained in the collective consciousness here in the west as Christmas? Even those of us who are non-religious get wrapped up in the Hollywood-capitalism created holiday monstrosity which utterly dominates our world from late November, or however early they decide to put up the Christmas decorations in the shop windows. It so permeates everything that it becomes easy to forget that there are many on our planet who doesn’t celebrate Christmas at all. Other countries, who have had close contact with western influences might make a try of assimilating the holiday to some effect, even though their religious and cultural background is very different, but the version of Christmas we get assaulted with in popular media is definitely the Anglo-Saxon version, spread via Hollywood movies and American TV shows.

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Short story: Halloween

I started on this a bit before actual Halloween, but then school and NaNo got in the way of me finishing it, but after I successfully made it through November and this years novel draft fun-times I finished this!

It’s kind of a sequel to Water Dance in that it introduces two of the characters there, so might want to read that first.  (And oops, this one is even longer than Water Dance was.)

But now, without any more babbling…Have some way overdue holiday stuff with quirky characters (two of which I don’t own and I will always be grateful to her for letting me use them).

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