It’s a shame she was born a girl…

… but life is even tougher when you become a woman

doctors-daughter-500Today I wanted to explore the early life of a character I’d met in my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe.

She is a doctor’s daughter, and her┬áchosen name is Lin Min, which means intelligent (or clever) and from the woods. A fitting name, her father agrees. But Lin Min has just turned 16 and life is about to become complicated… Continue reading “It’s a shame she was born a girl…”

Birth of a novella?

What do you do when short story gets too complicated?

birth of a novellaI started off writing a short story, for day 5 of NaNoWriMo #30days30shorts, and it just blossomed into something beyond my control.

2,000 words down, and I hadn’t even got to the crux of the story I had originally┬áplanned.

Actually, my main protagonist was based on a minor character in my Tang dynasty historical novel. Now I’m beginning to wonder if she can be contained in a short story or whether I need something larger… like a novella. Continue reading “Birth of a novella?”