Sharon X Wong

Writer of words. Builder of worlds.

Mirenna’s Gift

The priest did not greet Mirenna when he opened the door to her room. Not that she minded. She was more concerned with looking past him into the grand hall beyond, which she had only seen once. All she glimpsed now was a stained glass rose, framed in gold, one of many that had been set in the walls. Her room was tiny in comparison, and so dull – bare walls, a plain chair and table, a wooden shelf she could not reach. She waited until the priest had shut the door and sat himself down before she spoke.

“New dreams have come to me,” she told him.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 4: Lightning to Kiss the Sky

Warning: Here be spoilers
In Chapter 4, Nancy goes through her first day of school, and wakes up on her second to find her roommate murdered. After learning more of Jack and Jill’s travels, Nancy helps Kade and Jack clean up Sumi’s things.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie: Second Person Narration

The Raven Tower is a story of gods and people. It tells of what happens when the Lease’s Heir and his aide, Eolo, return to the palace to find that the Raven’s Lease, ruler of the kingdom and appointed sacrifice to the kingdom’s god, has disappeared. What follows is a whole bunch of intrigue, politics, and religious history.

It’s also told from the point of view of a god.

That Day: A poem

One day
alien archeologists
will dig our bones
out of dirt
and wonder

One day
another species
will hold dominion
over Earth
and they will plunder

One day
all that lives
will be gone
turned to dust
or buried under

But that day
is not today.

Surprise Inspection

The note read: An official from the company is on their way to your establishment. We trust you will be sufficiently prepared to receive him and show him around.

These words were enough to sent the entire place into a panic.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 3: Birds of a Feather

Warning: Here be spoilers.
In Chapter 3, Nancy meets the school therapist, Lundy, who is aging in reverse, due to a bargain she made at the Goblin Market. The morning after group therapy, Nancy learns some unpleasant truths during her orientation.

Clear and Bright Festival: A poem

Yeah, so I’m a little tired of using Canva. The poetry challenge is still going well, but instead of regaling you with all the poems (good, bad, and mediocre) I’ll stick to the one that was most personal.

Something people often don’t realise is that ancient China also used a solar calendar. They were farmers, after all: they needed to keep track of the seasons. Clear and Bright Festival, sometimes known as Qing Ming or Tomb Sweeping Festival, is a festival that takes places on that solar calendar, around the 4th or 5th of April each year. Here in Australia, my family celebrates it on Good Friday, so we can easily get the day off. We go to the cemetery, burn incense, display food, and burn paper money, gold, and cloth (the idea being that the smoke rises to heaven and, I guess, brings the gold and money and cloth with it). For global pandemic reasons, we didn’t actually celebrate this year, so I wrote this poem instead:

Poem a Day Challenge, April 2020: Days 1-5

So I’ve been participating in this year’s Poetry Challenge from Writers Digest, only following the prompts a day behind because my time zone means I’m too early to get the actual day’s prompt, apparently. I’ve also done some experimentation with Canva to make them look pretty. Let me know what you think!

Winter Packing

It’s time to start packing what we need for winter. We don’t call it fall here, but the leaves are starting to turn yellow and fall from the trees. It’s not winter yet, but it will be soon, and it’s going to be a harder and colder winter than the ones that have come before. You can feel the chill in the air, and the fear that is going around. Fear is catching.

Every Heart A Doorway Analysis, Chapter 2: Beautiful Boys and Glamorous Girls

Warning: Here be spoilers.
In Chapter 2, Nancy meets Kade, sorts out her wardrobe problem, and navigates her first dinner in this new place. We also meet Jack and Jill, who provide a little more information about the worlds on the Compass.

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