If at First You Don’t Succeed

Head of a Snake, Tail of a Dragon

Published: Jan 2019, 
2,300 words

A wicked imugi is perplexed when a strange dragon appears in her life, offering to help her become a dragon. Sequel to If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again.

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“He’s a teenager?” said the dragon. “You can’t eat a teenager! That’ll delay your ascension by centuries!”

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

Published: Nov 2018, 
B&N SFF Blog. Reprinted in Spirits Abroad, Small Beer Press.
8,500 words

A hapless imugi is determined to attain the form of a full-fledged dragon and gain entry to the gates of heaven. For a long time, things don’t go well. Then, it meets a girl.

Illustrated by Shirley Jackson.

If you drop a stone, it will fall to the ground—it will not fly up to the sky. If you try to become a dragon before your thousandth birthday, you will fall flat on your face, and all the other spirits of the five elements will laugh at you. These are the laws of heaven.