Author: Jasmine Arch

writer, poet, narrator, artist

Letters to Lily, an Epistolary Novella

So, I finished the first draft on this novella and I can’t stop screaming. I savoured some celebratory cookie dough ice cream, and I thought I’d share my excitement with all of you while I try to wrap my brain around the next story waiting for me to finish drafting. While most of what I’ve…
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Narration Debut

For those who want to skip my blabbering and just listen, feel free to scroll down to the bottom of the page. This is old news for some of my friends, I know. But me? I’m still inwardly shrieking with excitement. Last month, I got to listen to a real-live podcast episode from someone else…
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Spiced Chocolate Cake

Hello, hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? My apologies. Demolishing half your house tends to distract a person somewhat. My writing time tends to suffer, and honestly, if I have to choose between poetry, fiction and blogging, guess what will end up on the chopping block? Yes. You got it. However, a lovely Twitter…
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Book Review: The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Malachi the Queer

I just read the most amazing book, in as close to one sitting as I could possibly manage. Couldn’t put it down. Those of you who follow my blog know that Damian is a dear friend of mine. I knew he was talented. I knew, and yet there is a big difference between knowing it,…
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Fifty Days of Submissions

At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to do one hundred submissions in 2019. But really, I thought I’d have to really push myself to get there. Between working full time, taking care of our wee animal collection and keeping D. fed, writing time is hard to come by. And you do…
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Mask, a Speculative Poem

In May last year, I read my e-mails at work, and my co-workers ran in, wondering why I’d shrieked. That’s to say, the men ran in to see if I needed help. The women ran away in case it was because of a spider. What had really happened was something I’d never expected. An acceptance…
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Goodbye, a 50 Word Story

“But–” “No. You’ve got to go.” I looked into her eyes one last time and handed over the bag containing our meager supplies. Enough for Anna to make it out of the desert. Hopefully. My hand covered her rounded stomach as we kissed. “Goodbye, Anna. Take care of our daughter.”          …
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Metaphor? What For?

How do you recognise good writing? It’s clean, well thought out, and well edited. Now, great writing. That’s another story. Great writing lives and breathes. It grabs you by the neck and drags you down the page. But how can you make a piece of writing truly stand out? The important thing to remember is…
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King’s Lament, a 50 Word Story

Behind Dagmar, every church bell in the capital began to toll. “Uncle!” She turned and ran down the hill. Her bodyguard caught up, grabbing her wrist. “My Lady, there’s nothing you can do. The king is gone.” She clenched her fist. “One day, I’ll kill the bastard who did this.”     Wow. It’s been…
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Book Review: No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll

I downloaded this book off NetGalley for review purposes. But why did I pick this book out of everything I found on there? That’s fairly simple. My friend R. Jean Bell clued me in to its existence.  When I read the blurb, I almost squealed with joy. Books like this need to exist and they…
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