Tag Archives: Young Adult

Writing Tips: Action Scenes, Part IV

It’s Saturday! Time for some writing tips! Today I go over some basic stick fighting (escrima Filipino stick fighting) that you may want to use in your next action scene. I hope you enjoy it!

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InstaLove Exists

currently playing on my laptop: You Should Know Where I’m Coming From by Banks You know the term Insta-Love or maybe instalove. It’s when two characters see one another and either immediately or pretty shortly thereafter fall completely in loooovvveee. … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Action Scenes, Part I

I made another Saturday writing tips video for you! This one goes over three things to watch out for when writing action scenes. Let me know if you like it or have anything to add. I’m totally open to any … Continue reading

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Why You Should Pay Attention to Fan Art

currently playing on my laptop: Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums I LOVE fan art inspired by my favorite reads. But in addition to simply enjoying the beauty of the sketches, paintings, photographs, and more, I value what the pieces … Continue reading

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Stranger: Part Two of a Fantasy in Miniature

now playing on my laptop: No Light, No Light by Florence and the Machine The black earth heaped over my shovel’s blade and I paused to wipe my forehead. I was only digging a spot for a new lilac tree, … Continue reading

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Stranger: A Fantasy in Miniature

currently playing on my laptop: This Place in Time by Colleen The silken tip of her kaftan’s sleeve dragged across the water’s surface as she stepped to the next rock. Ripples followed her like disciples. The breeze caught her hair … Continue reading

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Great First Lines

now playing on my iPod: Twin Rivers by Big Scary Let me start by saying that I enjoy all sorts of first lines in books. Ironic, atmospheric, simple, poignant, funny. Writers, don’t think you stink because your first line is … Continue reading

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In Writing, as In Life, Don’t Rule Anything Out

currently playing on my iPod: Sadrang by Niyaz Do you have critique partners? If not, you should. This is not a post about that. Do you put your manuscript away for a few months before coming back to revise it … 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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How a Celtic Warrior Queen Snuck into Harry Potter’s World (Yes, I know ‘snuck’ isn’t a word, but ‘sneaked’ just sounds lame. Also, I needed a reason to shoot for the longest blog title in history. Eat that!)

currently playing on my iPod: Easy on the Eye by Trashcan Sinatras (acoustic album) Boudicca totally wiggled her way into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Who is Boudicca? Oh, she’s this historical figure turned folklore superhero. Back when the Romans and … Continue reading

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