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If this is your first time at my blog…Welcome!
I hope you have a great time browsing around.
I’m Cristy Burne, author of the Takeshita Demons series. If your kids are aged 8 to 12 and love action and adventure, they’ll love Takeshita Demons. The series is inspired by Japanese mythology and legend and won the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award for multicultural children’s writing.
I regularly blog about the writing process, Takeshita Demons news, and Japanese demons and mythology. If you’ve only just joined the Takeshita Demons fan club, you may have missed some of our earlier posts.
Highlights from the last few years
I’ve listed some of my favourite posts below. I hope you enjoy the read, and if you do, please leave a comment. I’d love to have your feedback
5 Lists you’ll really want to read:
4 ways to recognise a Japanese iso-onna vampire
8 body parts you will want for your own: Super Cool Japanese demon anatomy
8 cool myths about dogs, and why the inugami dog-god didn’t make it
8 signs that your snail is an ogre: Sazae-oni revealed
8 spooky Japanese proverbs
More mythology, monsters and yokai:
Enma Daio, Datsue-ba, and one great reason to die with your clothes on
Quick quiz: Is your persimmon haunted?
Ride on the yokai train? I’d be too scared!
Selective genetics or ghosts reborn? Legend of the Samurai crabs
You’ve heard of the headless horseman? How about the headless horse?
Writing tips and competitions:
3 habits of bad writing: Not useful…AT ALL; A BIT superfluous; PRETTY awful
6 cool writing competitions for young writers (and more!)
Creative writing activity: Spooky story starters from Kwaidan
Gather your courage and enter: Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Childrens Book Award
How to get published: secrets revealed at the Perth Writers Festival
How to get published: a second year of secrets at the Perth Writers Festival
How to write a synopsis: four big secrets and an example
Games and activities
Fight demons, learn about luck and choose a charm: Japanese demons webquest
How to keep your New Year Resolution: Papier mache daruma dolls
Japanese yokai memory game: test your memory, learn some Japanese and spook yourself out!
Random fun stuff:
Before Ben 10, there was 弁天, and she’s actually a woman
Could Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak really make someone invisible?
Kangaroos are the new vampires: 5 reasons why
The waiting game…or why having a baby is like publishing a book
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