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

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...

People of a Post-Nuclear Russia: The 'Metro 2033' Series

Metro 2033 (Метро 2033) tells the story of the 40,000 survivors who escaped to the subway tunnels of the Metro beneath Moscow when nuclear conflict escalated to war between Russia and the United States in 2018. For the survivors, life went on, in a fashion. Precious...

I wish. I wish. I wish.

I wish I didn't care whether other people like my stories or not. I wish I didn't care about reader responses or hit statistics or any of that pointless crap. I wish I could tear out this part of me that does care, if only so I wouldn't feel like such a useless,...

Howling

April 20 is the birthday of sweetpea Alawa, the wolf my family adopted/sponsors at Wolf Conservation Center. She is six years old today! We first learned about Alawa via 4amwriter's "Save El Lobo Writing Competition", which put out the challenge to write an original...

White Wolf Hunt (Draft Process)

I’m one of the winners of 4amWriter’s “Save El Lobo Writing Competition”! Head on over to Kate’s page and read her update, which includes all the winning entries. And, if you should be inspired to write your own wolf story, let me know. I’ll howl for you! For those of...

Giving Makes Me Feel Good

Last week, Kate Johnston, AKA 4amwriter, posted a writing contest on her blog. The contest involved writing a 250-word (max) story featuring wolves in a positive or hopeful light. Three entrants will be chosen as winners by Kate's panel of judges on April 10, 2017. It...

Looking Back (Fearless)

It's been a rough start to the new year. Work has been busy, yes, and social media has become a larger part of my job. Between that and homework home life, some things just need to get pushed to the side. When life gets me down, I enjoy revisiting the stories that...

2016 Year in (Writing) Review

Whenever I feel like I haven't produced anything in a while, I look at what stories I've posted. 2016 might not have been my most prolific year, but I did write - and post - a little bit over 66,000 words, across 22 stories. I'm not including the work I did on the...

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