know the novel, part two: within the WIP // a writers linkup

My friends, I’m doing another November post (which I somehow made time for), and this time it’s the second part of Christine’s NaNo Writers Linkup! I did the first part here, and I was so happy that some of you did it too. If you didn’t, but want to participate (even if you’re not doing NaNo!), then head on over to Christine’s blog for an explanation of how to do so and a handy place to add your link.

On to answering the questions!


1: How’s the writing going overall?

Well, considering that (at the time I’m writing this) I’m 4.5 days in, it’s going very well! I’m handwriting, which I thought would be awful, but it turns out that I can do 1.5-2k per day without panicking or feeling too drained. It’s amazing. Read More »

know the novel, part one: introduction // a writers linkup

Hey there, friends! It’s been too long since I’ve posted, but school and other responsibilities have taken up a lot of my time lately. I’m back today, though, with a writers linkup hosted by Christine @  Christine Smith. I’m so excited!

Basically, I’ll be sharing some fun facts about one of my WIPs – specifically, the one I’m planning to do for NaNoWriMo (a November challenge in which writers worldwide try to write 50k words in 30 days).

… Yes, I’m planning to do NaNo. For the first time. I may not get 50k, and that’s all right. I’m going to be hand writing the entire novel, because I really want to get through a whole book without doing ANY edits the entire time. That’s intimidating, but it’ll be good for me, whether I write 50k words or not.

All right, here we go! (If you’re interested in doing this linkup too, scroll on down to the bottom of this post for instructions.)


introduction to my novel

This novel, tentatively titled The New Jerusalem, is a retelling of the musical Fiddler on the Roof with a modern twist. Read More »

in this tale, there is no hero // a legend

Hello, everyone! Here’s a snippet from my WIP Remnant. I’ve been working on it lately and thought I should give you a taste of it. (And if you wonder later, yes, it’s supposed to start in the middle of the story.) I hope you enjoy it!

Note: this part of the story does get a bit dark and disturbing, so if you don’t like reading about death, then don’t read on. I don’t mind if you need to skip this one (:


Once, long ago, there lived an elf who gloried in darkness. 

His name was Brasnin, and when he betrayed his kind, he was remorseless.

When he was young, he fell in love with a girl named Rene. She was beautiful and powerful, and her eyes were deep and heavy with dread and hope, for she saw the future.

They planned their lives together. She saw the shape their story would take. She saw what he would do. But she could not make herself stop loving him, and so she put her fear away and gave him her love.

One day he stood and said his vows of service. Read More »

cathedral: dust // a story

Hello, readers!

I’m taking this story down (on 3/28/2020) because I shared a LOT of material from my book Cathedral on here, and I’ve decided to keep it private until I release said book. 

If you want to read something from the book, one piece I kept up is “admission.”

I’ll announce the book’s release sometime this summer or fall! 

The stories are true,

Maya