I need your help!
A belated akemanshite omedeto gozai masu! The new year has been an exiting one so far for many reasons — but the one I am most happy to share is that I've been hard at work on Bright Eyes, the second book in the Seasons of the Sword series.
I've just posted a sneak preview called "The Cave" — you can read it on Risuko.net here. Here's a zensai (appetizer):
I love to climb.
I suppose that’s a silly thing for me to say, at this point. Of course I love to climb. Still—it’s true. It’s always been true. That earliest memory—of my mother weeping with my sister in her arms: I see it from above. Even though we had just moved into the tiny house, even though I was just four years old, I had already found my way up into the rickety rafters. I had always felt more at home up in the air than on the ground. Safer.
There was a reason that my mother came to call me Squirrel.
Yet as I stared at that sheer rock face from within the confines of the Full Moon, I must admit that I was nervous. Afraid.
Toumi snorted as she and Emi shouldered past me, bows and quivers over their shoulders. “Scared, Mouse-chan?”
I shook my head. But we both knew it wasn’t true.
Emi smiled as they walked out the gate. I think she meant it as reassurance. It felt as if she were consoling me: It’s been nice knowing you, Murasaki.
I've also shared some posts recently on Risuko.net, including one on my thoughts about the recent Women's Marches.
But the last thing I wanted to point out to you was that I need your help for something that has nothing to do with kunoichi or Japan! I've been a member of Screen Actors Guild for over twenty-five years. The really cool thing about that is that I'm able to vote every year for the annual SAG Awards.
This year, I need your help! I haven't been able to watch everything. If you go to my post, you can share your vote for the best film and television performances — and when the folks walk down the red carpet next week, you'll have helped choose who wins!
But you have to vote no later than this Friday at noon Pacific.
Thanks so much! Let me know what you think of the preview — and please vote!