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Headed to Japan

currently playing on my laptop: Endless Rain by X Japan In less than two months, I’m off on an adventure to faraway Japan. It’ll be my first trip and I’m researching the heck out of the place because I’m nerd … Continue reading

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What a Samurai and a Stingray Have in Common

currently playing on my laptop: The Beach by The Neighbourhood I’ve been indulging my not-so-inner history nerd of late. The Frist Center of Visual Arts here in Nashville currently houses a load of rad samurai stuff. Armor made of silk, paper, … Continue reading

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Yurt: A Home Far Prettier Than It Sounds

currently playing on my laptop: Dark Necessities by the Red Hot Chili Peppers When you research history and cultures to write a deeply escapist fantasy, you come across cool things. Some stick with you more than others. For me, one … Continue reading

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Folk Songs from Everywhere

One of the big reasons I write fantasy is so that I have an outlet for my love of everything culture. Lately, I’ve been on a big folk song kick.  With regards to writing, folk songs are a great way … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Finding Story Ideas

currently playing on my laptop: All We Ever Knew by The Head and the Heart I made a video! Just shaking it up, people. This one might help you discover new stories that await your writing skills! And hey, if … Continue reading

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Refilling Your Creative Tank

now playing on my iPod: Unissasi Laulelet (Chamber Version) by The Dø I’ve been doing some plotting lately. And character studies. They’re fun. They’re awesome. My favorite plotting comes from Truby’s The Anatomy of a Story. Also, I love my … Continue reading

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3 Tips for Writing Stories Someone Might Actually Want to Read

currently playing on my iPod: Oceans by Twin Atlantic Want your novel to not suck? Try these three techniques. 1. Figure out what you LOVE about your favorite movies/TV shows and include whatever-that-is in your story. imdb.com I love BBC … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget the Music: Tunes for Writing and Other Passionate Endeavors

currently playing on my iPod: And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop by James McMorrow Every once in a while, I focus on some tunes that get me writing. Hopefully, these musical posts give other authors new muses and gift … Continue reading

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Blur the Line Between Fiction and Non

currently playing on my iPod: Romany Dagger by All Them Witches Recently, I picked up a pack of repro 16th century French playing cards at the Renaissance Faire (Whatever. It’s completely rad. If you don’t think so, you haven’t been.) and … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss Living Your 16YO Self’s Dream

currently playing on my iPod: Architect by Frightened Rabbit A fellow SCBWI Midsouth member (it’s a writing group that wows globally and I fully intend to continue boasting about being a part of it) recently shared a video about living … Continue reading

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