The Fishbowl The goldfish landed on the living room carpet with a loud thump. Dominic thought it would have made more of a splat sound, but no. He watched as the goldfish flopped around wildly. Its tiny black eyes darted back and forth. Dominic heard a small breathy noise—its gills. The carpet absorbed what little … Continue reading Broken
When it rains the river floods over. Gradually the deposited mud from the river accumulates. Year after year the mud piles up. This town is just a river delta. Perhaps I’m buried underneath all that mud. Of course, it’s not all mud. We've got palms and mesquite here as well. The land here is extra … Continue reading The Rio Grande
Rex came to us the way most things do; one day we saw him through a store window and picked him up from that cute toy shop on the corner of Main and Elm. At first, he was very quiet, lying still in our plastic bag, but the moment my son got a hold of … Continue reading REX – A Mother’s Nightmare
Attempt number two at digital art. This is definitely more of an illustration vibe, focusing less on blending and more on colors and layering. If anyone out there in the world wide web has any advice for a newbie, I'd be eternally grateful.
So for Christmas I finally got a wacom tablet to use for digital art. I'm not gonna lie it's pretty awesome. However, there's a real learning curve between using the pad and looking at how the computer interprets that. It's so much easier to connect your mind and eye when you're holding a pencil. It's hard to get … Continue reading First Attempt at Digital Art
A short story based on true events: In Japan, I measured time in train rides. Though technically I was living in Tokyo, in reality, I was merely a part of one ward out of the 27 that make up the world’s biggest metropolis. Mitaka ward lies half an hour west of Tokyo proper. When we … Continue reading Omnivore in Tokyo
Recently I've been spending a lot of my time working on some translations of sarari-man senryu. The quintessence of Japanese poetry is haiku--the 5-7-5 syllable based poetry we all learned in 5th grade--however, our English versions of haiku do an injustice to their magnificence. For starters, haiku is based on mora not syllables. A mora in Japanese is based … Continue reading Japanese Poems: Haiku & Senryu