When Your “why” Doesn’t Feel Special Enough

This Saturday we (me?) talked about the Essay Box. Short recap: "Waaay back when I was applying for college (one day we’ll get into my college story, but it is not this day), I had to write a lot of papers explaining my “why”. Why I had chosen the majors I had chosen (at the … Continue reading When Your “why” Doesn’t Feel Special Enough

First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell

"First drafts are supposed to be messy," a famous writer once said. Or maybe a conglomerate of famous writers. Or maybe that was just the internet screaming at us. We've all heard this maxim before and have been like "yeah yeah, I get it, but my draft isn't just messy it's a dumpster fire and … Continue reading First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell

Introducing NaNoWriMo 2020 (let’s hope it’s not as bad as the rest of the year)

IT'S TIME. IT'S REALLY REALLY TIME. NaNoWriMo is coming up THIS WEEKEND. (AND The Mandalorian. We'll just ignore election day looming in the near distance). I'm am PUMPED. Oh and it's gonna be Halloween (almost time for me to sport my glow-in-the-dark elf years.) This will be my 5th year doing NaNoWriMo *gapes*. It's become … Continue reading Introducing NaNoWriMo 2020 (let’s hope it’s not as bad as the rest of the year)

Sorry, We’re Broke (do writers have to travel?)

So...you may have seen that blog circulating around with a title saying that if you want to be a fantasy writer you have to travel. Ahem. *climbs onto platform and gets notes into order* First off, I want to say that the title is deceptive, as the author never actually says those words in the … Continue reading Sorry, We’re Broke (do writers have to travel?)

Giant Space Monsters (featuring Edge of Tomorrow)

Watched Edge of Tomorrow the other night and it was...interesting (it also sparked space-time-continuum debates which always seem to happen at 11:30 pm). But the biggest thing I noticed? I'm a little bit sick of the ambiguous big amorphous spaghetti-legged creature from outer space. (I'm looking at you Arrival and just about every other movie … Continue reading Giant Space Monsters (featuring Edge of Tomorrow)

I’m Querying?? Yes. Yes, it’s finally happening.

I took the plunge. I am now querying HER NAME WAS A GHOST (Aka, Silver) *screams* *buries face in pillow* *screams more* *runs around* *blow horns* *bangs pots and pans* *sits down spaced out wondering what the heck is happening* To repeat that again: I am now querying literary agents. For this past like YEAR … Continue reading I’m Querying?? Yes. Yes, it’s finally happening.

The Shallow End of Point of View (let’s build the TENSION)

POV (point of view) is something that is discussed A LOT when it comes to writing/stories. Because it IS that important. You gotta make sure you pick the right POV(s). You gotta make sure it's in voice of the character. If you go for deep POV, you gotta make sure you're doing that right by … Continue reading The Shallow End of Point of View (let’s build the TENSION)

How NOT to write a good person who made a big mistake or acts as the antagonist in a story

Time for Bernadette to make a point about writing while ranting about movies *cracks knuckles* (if you want more of this, visit here, here, and here) How NOT to write a good person who made a big mistake or acts as the antagonist in a story First off, Frozen/Frozen II. Elsa and Anna's parents. (They … Continue reading How NOT to write a good person who made a big mistake or acts as the antagonist in a story

Writing Struggles with J.R.R Tolkien

I was organizing my bookshelf last Saturday afternoon, as one does on Saturday afternoons. I picked up a book (as one does when organizing a bookshelf, completely abandoning the project originally started.) It was Humphrey Carpenter's Tolkien, a lovely '77 edition. Started reading it and found some quotes that are just GOLD and thought we … Continue reading Writing Struggles with J.R.R Tolkien