You. Guys. Today I noticed two things that made me very excited. First, it's Shakespeare's birthday. Second, it's World Book Day. See, this is how you know I'm not a real literature nerd. A real literature nerd would have already known that World Book Day is ALWAYS on Shakespeare's birthday. Because, you know... It was … Continue reading My Top 3 Bard Books.
Yesterday, my brother sent me a message that simply read, "Notre-Dame is on fire." My heart plummeted and my hands shook as I did a quick internet search, my brain rejecting the photos on my screen. I found myself praying. For the rest of the day, I found myself walking around in a haze of … Continue reading Notre-Dame.
Image by Karen Arnold from Pixabay "Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any." - Orson Scott Oof, y'all, this is a good quote for me to remember right now. I've been running around like a headless … Continue reading See the Stories.
Image by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay Oof. Theme. Maybe it's just me, but I have always had a really hard time identifying themes in my writing. It can still be difficult even with other people's work, but somehow when it has come out of my brain, the challenge escalates exponentially. I suppose I'm too close to … Continue reading Finding Your Themes.
Wow. Here we are, at the long overdue finale of my "Writer Tech" series. It took me a while to get here because, useful as Scribophile is, when I logged on to gather my resources, I realized that I hadn't been active in three years! Now, this is appalling, because Scribophile is an amazing website, … Continue reading Writer Tech: Scribophile.
Image by klimkin from Pixabay First off, can I just say I love the photo above? Her expression says she's on the poster for a superhero film, ready to take on the alien hordes invading earth. But she's holding a spray bottle and a mop. Anyways, I love it. Now, down to business. I began … Continue reading Housekeeping.
https://www.ted.com/talks/tiffany_watt_smith_the_history_of_human_emotions?referrer=playlist-great_ted_talks_to_inspire_fiction_writing#t-848438 Here's a fabulous TED Talk on the way our words for emotions have changed over the course of human history, and how that has effected the way we think. Good stuff to consider if you're writing historical fiction, perhaps, or if you're just a nerd about untranslatable words, like I am.
Habits, man. We all have them. Sometimes they're great, and sometimes... yeah. As writers, our habits take on a whole new significance, because for the most part, we don't have anyone holding us accountable while we work. That being the case, it's important for us to be sure we're building good habits, as well as … Continue reading Writer Tech: Loop.
"The chances are that, in the course of his lifetime, the major poet will write more bad poems than the minor."-W.H. Auden Gorgeous photo (and the story behind it) by Yousuf Karsh Get out there and write some bad poems today, you lovely major poets!
Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, Singles Awareness Day, or maybe just Thursday, Love is in the air. Okay, yes, that was sappy and cliched. To be honest, all I'm celebrating right now is the fact that I have power and internet access, because for the last few days, my back yard has looked … Continue reading Happy Yeah Okay Day.