Crafting a Creative Fiction Series in Blogging


Using a blog as my creative fiction outlet has been an amazing journey. Tale Spinning (, my experiment in creative fiction blog, began in February 2011. This was an offshoot of my other blog, BornStoryteller (, where I had been, well, bored. I decided to do a little writing, asking people for some prompts to write a short piece, while I was figuring out the whole blog thing. The creative writing part got to be tremendous fun, and very fulfilling, that it became its own entity.


I use Tale Spinning to write when and what I feel like, at any time. I don’t outline my work, don’t write and edit it and then paste it into the blog. What you read on Tale Spinning is what comes out in (normally) one sitting. I might go back to fix glaring grammatical errors, edit and whittle a bit, but…when it is done, it’s done. I come from a background of Improvisational performing, and that seems to fit me well even in writing (which might be why I flit around the three novels I SHOULD be writing).


A few of my stories-normally one and done in my mind-garner enough reader reaction that gives me that gentle “push” to write more in that world. So far, I have about five series that I write about, in between the sonnets and one-offs. The two that have struck home for many of my readers are The Tales of the Abysmal Dollhouse (horror/paranormal) and Kitsune-Mochi, the Fox Witch ( “new” Japanese mythology).  Both have a hold on me, as I return to craft stories in those two worlds. Both could not be more different.


How did I begin to write two very different series? Partly it is because I’m a pop culture and (semi) history/mythology junkie. I have eclectic tastes in literature, movies and TV: I find that my internal referencing covers a lot of ground, and I am very inquisitive. My writing styles reflect this, as I try on new literary voices when I tread new ground.


The Abysmal Dollhouse came because…well, I had just ended a six week program where two…Ahem…Individuals made most of it very, very difficult. I needed to vent. Disposing of the two of them, in the form of a character, was the easiest thing to do. It was very satisfying and very cathartic. The idea of the dollhouses came about as I had recently been talking about that subject (I dislike dollhouses and dolls in general). From there, each story has its own jumping off point: that I should save for “the collection” (hint hint to agents).


Kitsune-Mochi, The Fox Witch, was prompted by a tattoo I found on the arm of a bartender. I took a picture of her arm with my cell phone, came home and did a short burst of research on Japanese Oni (demons) and the Nine-Tailed Fox. From there, it just flowed. What was gratifying here were many of the comments from readers: they said it felt like a traditional tale, and to me that was a true compliment.


The Abysmal Dollhouse is the more marketable of the two series. I know that, and have been told that, but the key thing is: what I write is not to comply with any market or to follow any formula. What comes out is the love of these characters, the stories I get to set them into. What my readers get is what I enjoy and have an affinity for.  What I love is both series, and a few others I haven’t touched in awhile.


Would I like to take both series and have them sold as books? Yes, of course. Isn’t that a goal of any good writer, to hold a book in your hand with your name on it? At this point in my life, I still hope to have that happen. As I explore each of these worlds, I am finding the lay of the land, discovering the hidden doors and opening them, creating new paths in details, backgrounds and more. It is exciting, sharing this exploratory process with a group of readers and receiving comments.


There are larger stories in both series that I am “saving” for the future. My hope would be to take what I’ve already written, expand, enfold, and emerge with a larger work that can be enjoyed in its entirety.


(ps: I also love alliteration).


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