Sienna Tristen

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Sienna Tristen is a writer and artist based out of Toronto. She is the author of The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming, the flagship fantasy story of The Shale Project, and her first work of poetry, The Insomniac's Assistant , is available through Penrose Press. A purveyor of many skills and talents, she can also lead a yoga class, play you a tune on violin, speak to you in three and a half languages, fix your website, and climb forty feet in the air on a pair of silks.

Sienna earned her BA in Linguistics and Language Studies from Glendon Campus, York University, while working as an editor and layout designer for the campus newspaper. She's happy to rant to you about the second person plural pronoun, if you're into that sort of thing--but she'l
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Sienna Tristen Chuck Palahniuk once said: "If you don’t know what comes next in the story…clean your toilet. Change the bed sheets. For Christ sakes, dust the…moreChuck Palahniuk once said: "If you don’t know what comes next in the story…clean your toilet. Change the bed sheets. For Christ sakes, dust the computer. A better idea will come." This method of swapping writing out for mindless menial tasks has always worked well for me--when I'm stuck and a half hour of pushing through has gotten me nowhere, I'll get up and do some small task that takes me away from the screen. It gives my mind time to look at the big picture, or to attack ideas from different angles, or to evaluate whether this block is trying to tell me that I'm heading in the wrong direction entirely. (It also means my house stays fairly clean.)

When that doesn't work, I go and read. I have a short list of books, articles, and short stories that are thematically linked to what I'm currently working on, and usually all I need is fifteen or twenty minutes reading passages out of them before the creative juices are replenished. Good input = good output. Consuming is an integral part in creating.(less)
Sienna Tristen You have the excuse to obsessively research anything and everything, no matter HOW specific and otherwise-useless it is. I'm uncommonly knowledgeable…moreYou have the excuse to obsessively research anything and everything, no matter HOW specific and otherwise-useless it is. I'm uncommonly knowledgeable about Indonesian agriculture, par exemple, and musical instruments of the world, and also natural mosquito repellents. (Spoiler: it's ants.) Being a writer lets me jump into all these fields of knowledge and expertise with sufficient excuse.(less)
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“Right," Reilin said, and Ronoah looked up at him because his voice had changed again and suddenly it sounded clear and young, hushed with breathless anticipation. It made his own heart kick in a way that made him more excited than nauseous. The man rolled his broad shoulders in their sockets, gathering the reins in his hands. He was staring intent at the horizon, the blue canvas of the eastern sky, the rip and rupture of the sun. His face was unreadable, sort of like a question and sort of like an answer and sort of like a challenge and yet none of those things at all. "Off we go, into the glorious unknown.”
Sienna Tristen, The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming: Book One: Theory

“Be clever. Be brave. Rebel against inertia.”
Sienna Tristen, The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming: Book One: Theory

“The stars in me were still before," the man said, reaching again with one hand to smooth hit along the edge of the arch, caressing it. His gaze was soft, tender even. "But they have woken back up now, have begun to dance again across my galaxies.”
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“The twin gods, Necessity and Chance, walked among the stars. What needed to be, was; what might be, sometimes was.”
Rachel Hartman, Shadow Scale




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