Mind Your Head: The Nukekubi

The Nukekubi is a cursed demon from Japanese folklore, whose head detaches from her body while she sleeps to wreak havoc around town– from drinking the oil from lamps to the more extreme cases of attacking and sucking blood from its terrified victims. The head then flies home and re-attaches to the body before the sun rises. When the woman awakens, she has no recollection of the events came to pass during the night, save for some strange dreams. If the Nukekubi is aware of the curse, she will often wear a scarf during the day to hide the tell-tale lines or wrinkles around her neck, indicating where her head detaches at night.
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Is Conflict Necessary?

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” Thomas Paine

What is a classic tale? Most of us immediately think of a story in which the hero or protagonist must overcome a great challenge, some sort of conflict against an imposing villain or evil force, right? But what about stories that don’t have that kind of conflict?
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Harvest Time!

Fall is my favourite time of year and often finds a place in my writing…it is a time of change, balance, and reflection, of celebration in the fruits of our labor over the past year. The earth itself transforms in a dramatic symphony of fiery reds, oranges, and golds– a regal raiment to celebrate the cycle of life and the bounty of earth’s harvest before the long sleep of winter.
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