Postsecret

Need inspiration for a story? Try Postsecret. A spinoff from two books of the same name, this website invites individuals to share their own secrets: “You are invited to anonymously contribute your secrets to PostSecret. Each secret can be a regret, hope, funny experience, unseen…

Audiences in Training

Last night I attended a taiko drumming performance at a theatre downtown. It was gorgeous. As an introduction, two members of the troupe danced on stage in lion masks. The little girl behind me, with more fantastic creatures on her mind, asked, “Is that a…

The First Line Test

When all else fails, I judge a novel by its first line. A mediocre first sentence may lead to a good read, a bad one rarely, and a perfect first line requires tension, detail, and wit that bodes well for the rest of the story.…

I Believe in Santa Claus

I still do, and that’s the truth. I believed that Santa delivered gifts to my family and I long after most of my peers had given up. I had one other friend my age who still believed. Our logic: We knew our parents couldn’t afford…