I just finished a first draft of “A Thing Worth Dying For,” a new sword story set in Nara. It was an exhilarating finish. You can read about it in my new IMPULSE post “Writing as Performance.” This one is a love story, but it ends in a bloodbath. On to the editing process. “By the Sword” was my first tale of Nara (an island nation loosely based on medieval Japan), and there are more stories planned.