Category Archives: WRITING

AMRITA ACHARIA ‘I AM YOURS’

I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely, gracious, and talented Amrita Acharia at this year’s TIFF. You may know her from her Dothraki speaking role opposite Emilia Clarke on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but Amrita proves she can be her own leading lady. Her portrayal of Mina in Iram Haq’s debut feature,  I Am Yours(Jeg er Din) is breathtaking. Read the full article HERE

TIFF Premiere (Photo: Jillian Nagel)

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Missing Letters

Christian sat puffing a cigarette on the edge of a rumpled double bed.  Smoke circled up to the ceiling, making an already dismal room murky and grey. A neon vacancy sign blinked outside of the window, barely visible in the dull morning light. He’d stayed at Goodmen’s Inn before, years ago, when the linens were new and the paint was fresh.  Now the G, D, and O were missing from the road-side sign and cigarette smoke had yellowed the curtains. Christian smiled as he took another drag. He rarely thought about time.  It was good to be human again. Continue reading

Drabble: Ashen Lady

His body was lifeless, cold, and yet she clung to him like a child clutching a blanket. He was all she knew and all she had ever known. His eyes had watched her run and play as a child. His hands had bandaged her knees and wiped tears from her cheeks. The calm lilt of his voice still hung in her ears—whispers of promises, praise, and love. As she stroked the curve of his shoulder, she remembered the night he made her his bride. Continue reading

Short Story: Missing Letters

My story, “Missing Letters” was published today on http://www.barebacklit.com!

Synopsis:

We are guided through life by moments, people, and feeling, but sometimes the ideas themselves have agendas all their own. A girl in a bar, a child in a park–who must they follow, and will their guide lead them where they want to go?

Take a look http://www.barebacklit.com/Missing-Letters-by-Jillian-E-Nagel.html and come back and tell me what you think!!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Crack-Pot

The Good: One of my short story submission will be published by an online press! Well…short story is a stretch. It’s more of a drabble and it isn’t in a genre that I usually write in…but it’s a start! It’s a credit! It’s $5!

The Bad: I am a total idiot and missed the SYTYCW submission deadline because I forgot about time shifting. Too bad. I really like my entry. There’s always next year right? Hell, maybe I’ll polish it for a bit and try my hand at an actual submission. I’m angry at myself for missing the contest but glad it actually got me to work on something that had been lying around for awhile.

The Crack-Pot: I quit my job. As of Tuesday I will be unemployed. It’s crazy! Oh, and I also joined a background casting agency. Quarter-life crisis ahoy!

We also did a Zombie photo-shoot at FanExpo…