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

NaNoReWriMo

National Novel Writing Month does not inspire me the way it once did. I've participated in the race to 50,000 words many times over, each time writing a new story that sometimes became something more, and sometimes not. NaNoWriMo is really an exercise in forming...

Little Miss Gogo and the Gang

Just Jho     Back in the spring, this mister started to appear on our front porch. Being the tenderhearted folks we are, we began putting out regular bowls of food and water. Since he would eat pretty much anything we put out, we named him after the...

That Chocolate Kiss

On October 1, 2013, the online writers group LimeBird Writers UK posted a fun little writing contest for their second anniversary: [C]omplete this sentence: “Chocolate is…”. Write your sentence in the comments section below. We will allow up to 3 entries...

What Number Seven Taught Me

In the last days of December 2017, a friend pointed me toward a writing competition. The theme for the competition was “Awakenings”. The group that posted the competition welcomed all genres, with a great desire for romance and speculative fiction, among others. I’ve...

5 Months, 3 Days, 1 Story

In late December 2017, a friend directed me to The Book Smugglers 'Awakenings' Writing Contest. The idea behind the contest - a speculative fiction short story/novella based on the theme of "awakening" - intrigued me, so I kicked around some possible ideas before one...

“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...

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