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

BonusParts A to Z: G is for Gently

G is for Gently This one's more about a particular inspiration for my writing - Alan Hunter's Inspector George Gently series of novels and the BBC television series based on those novels - than it is for my writing itself. But Gently led me to Hansom, which led me to...

BonusParts A to Z: F is for Fanfiction

F is for Fanfiction A topic near and dear to my heart: fanfiction! I've talked about it before. Here's me talking about it some more. What are your feelings on fanfiction? Do you write it? If you're an original fiction writer, how would you feel if someone else wrote...

BonusParts A to Z: Character

I took a poll a few weeks ago about what this "C" post should be about. Since I didn't give the option of Cookie, Character won out. (The other available options - Cursive and Color - I'll touch on in other posts, since there were a few folks who showed interest in...

[Pen Write] Darling Interlude

Conflicting schedules and demanding responsibilities made their personal time precious, so when they did have the opportunity for lovemaking, they made the most of it. No fussing with witty foreplay or coy dancing around the subject. When he’d knocked on her door that...

Farewell, Pugsley

On February 4, 2020, we said goodbye to our almost-18-year-old cat, Pugsley.  Saying Goodbye Along with her sister Wednesday (who passed away a few years ago), Pugsley came to us as a kitten. She was a feisty but sweet little cat her whole life. Late last week, she...

BonusParts A to Z: Baddies

Baddies  BonusParts from A to Z B: BADDIESFor this entry into the BonusParts A to Z, I'm looking at the Baddies: types, ones I've enjoyed, and a few specific examples to hopefully tease some interest.What's a Baddie? Generally speaking, baddies are the bad guys...

BonusParts A to Z: Alliteration

ALLITERATIONBonusParts from A to Z A: AlliterationWelcome to the first post in my BonusParts A to Z theme year! Every 2 weeks or so, I’ll take a letter from the alphabet and choose a word or phrase that begins with that letter and write about what that word or phrase...

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