Magatama: Moon and Tara’s Saga

Introduction

I’ve read a lot of comic book content over the last several years, and somehow, in 2022, I got hit with a story idea that I couldn’t let go of, and knew I’d have to write. Initially I thought it would be like a once-off flash fiction idea, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it had the potential to grow into a novel-length story in a similar fashion that Adrift did. I started mapping out my main characters on Saturday, and things kind of snowballed from there.

In the past, I haven’t shared my in-progress fiction writing so publicly, but I thought I’d give it a try and start sharing this content on my blog. This page will act as the central page so that you may read the story in order, with links to each installment below. Like my debut novel, I may not be writing and sharing the story chronologically (though the links below will be in the story’s chronological order). Unlike my first novel, I’ll be writing with American English because I live in the U.S. now and I’m setting the story primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pointing that out because I generally still write with Australian English for my blog.

I’ll likely be touching on topics that are culturally not my own, and since these will be draft works, I am open to being called out for cultural insensitivity and asks for me to do better. My goal is to present better representation in this kind of story, but I’m a white Australian woman, so I will not have all the same lived experiences as the characters I’m developing. However, I will also be embedding other, more universal (and sometimes personal) lived experiences that I hope transcend cultural differences into these characters.

Because I’m currently inspired by superhero comics, this story likely would’ve been better as a graphic novel/comic book, but my art is not up to par with comic books, and I’m not at the point of paying someone else for art. So, prose this is for now.

Content warning (for the overall story, not necessarily in every installment): domestic violence, explicit sexual content, general violence, emotional/verbal/psychological abuse, queer issues.


Installments

  1. What Really Matters
  2. Vigilante Domesticity
  3. The Axe Forgets; The Tree Remembers
  4. Kuchisabishii
  5. In Pursuit of Knowledge and Romance
  6. Motivation