About the BonusParts

What are the BonusParts? In the simplest explanation, the BonusParts are Mayumi Hirtzel…everything beyond what you think you might already know about me.

I cut my writing teeth on what’s known as “fan fiction”: taking pre-existing worlds and characters, and creating my own personal universe of stories from that. My first attempts at storytelling – with the help of my sister, who filled the role of beloved mythology architect for our strange new worlds – revolved mostly around “Star Wars”, followed by “Transformers”, and “Jem”, and a mash-up of the worlds of “The Dark Crystal”, “Krull”, and an alternate universe of “The Avengers” where Captain America was a paladin and The Wasp was a fairy princess. Needless to say, I had an active imagination as a kid.

I still have an active imagination. And, I still write fan fiction, for those series I enjoy.

I also write my own original stories, many of which developed out of the frenetic burst of writing energy that is National Novel Writing Month, sometimes referred to as NaNoWriMo, or simply NaNo, for short. I’ve been an on-and-off participant in NaNo since 2005, when a journey to Japan rekindled my interest in my heritage, and that led to the tale of a family in feudal Japan, whose adventures are told through the eyes of the family cat. NaNo taught me the value of writing every day…and I’ve been writing every day since!

The blog is about my writing: fiction pieces, personal observations, and ramblings on what works and what doesn’t, at least for me. Hopefully, you will find something here that resonates with you!

As for updates, I do those when I can. That is a terrible incentive to keep readers around, but with so much going on both online and in my “real” life, some sacrifices must be made.

Recent Posts

“Like” It or Not

Recently, I took part in a flash fiction writing challenge, the #WriteFightGIFClub's #PhotoStoryPrompt, from writer and Twitter user Radina Valova. Challengers are encouraged to use the photo to inspire a flash fiction piece while adhering to some very...

Happy Siblings Day!

April 10 is Siblings Day, a day in many parts of the United States of America used to celebrate the importance of siblings. It's not a federally-recognized holiday, yet, but it's still a nice time to remember and honor the brothers and sisters in our...

Make No (Livestream) Mistake About It

A Cautionary Tale for the Livestreamer There once was a communications technologist named Mayumi. Mayumi really liked her job producing video events at a major university. One day, a high-profile guest came to campus, and the high-profile department...

Freeing Myself From the Comparing Mind

It's a new year, and with the start of a new year, we traditionally make resolutions. Over the last several years, I have focused my new-year's-mind on being kinder, listening more closely, supporting more causes in which I believe. I think I've become a...

Final Count!

The final count for my "Change, in a Bottle" Giving Tuesday 2017 charity contest is in: $39.94! Wow, even I didn't think it would be that much!     As I said in the post from last week, I'll be donating my collection of lunch change ($39.94) to my charity...

Change, in a Bottle

Change, in a Bottle: The Concept They say change starts with you, and me. Since it's Giving Tuesday (2017), I wanted to make an effort to give back to one of my favorite charities. As I sat eating my lunch, I saw the bottles of change I keep on the table, where I toss...

Metro 2033 Fanfiction: “Brotherhood of the Dead”

Logline: When Artyom escaped from the Metro tunnels under irradiated Moscow, he thought he'd left the war, the mutants, and the horrors of the Metro's fractured societies behind. But the dead don't give up so easily.   The story behind the story: In early...

100 Best(?) Books

This post was inspired by Kourtney Heintz's list of the Best 100 Novels, a challenge initiated by Nathan Bransford, on his own blog. I've been in need of a fun activity, just to get my head into a healthier place than it's been over the last several weeks. Sure, I...

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