Who I Am

Hey there.  I’m Kaleiyah-P.  Welcome to the blog.

I’m an English major with a Creative Writing Emphasis in Fiction and a Japanese Languages and Literature minor from the University of California, Irvine.  To put it more bluntly, I like fiction of the English and Japanese varieties, whether written in text, animated on screen, or illustrated in manga.

While I definitely believe that reading begets better writing, I used to contradict myself when I was younger by writing more than I read most of the time.  Now, it’s becoming the opposite, which is why I need this blog more than ever. If you read and read and never take the plunge into creating your own stories, you won’t ever be a writer.  If you write and write and never let another person read your work, you’ll keep making mistakes and never get better. For everything in life, you need balance.  Some people are more skewed to one side than the other, but at least they take both sides into account.

What I Read and Write

In terms of reading and writing fiction, I primarily gravitate toward the weird, the otherworldly, and the speculative. However, I will read just about anything in any genre so long as its well-crafted and well-told. I enjoy stories that tickle my brain, make me question my morals, and have unabashed authenticity in their style and voice.  Other times, I simply enjoy escaping reality and going on a journey with well-developed characters.

To give a very, very simplified range, I have enjoyed so-called “literary” works such as All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr as well as “genre” works such as the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.  My Goodreads page is a much better indicator as to what I like and what I’m interested in.

As for writing, I’m the same way.  I primarily write fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction.  However, if a story idea fancies me enough — even though it’s in a genre I don’t usually write in, I’ll likely give it a go.  Check out the Flash Fiction Friday Pieces I’ve written so far to see a few examples.

Why I Blog

Through this blog, I hope that you find some joy, laughter, darkness, weirdness, or peace among the chaos you experience from day to day or occasionally.  I also hope that I can help improve your writing, if you’re a fellow author, with writing tips each Wednesday and musing on life each Monday.  Please consider this blog your second home for your eyes and mind — a place to enjoy the fantastical and the real, and thanks for stopping by.

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