Category: writing articles

Plot progression: points, twists, and hinges.

(And why hinges rock.) Please excuse me while I assign already well-loved terms new meanings for my own benefit. (This is to say, writing terminology means something slightly different or goes by slightly different terms depending on who you ask. Two of the definitions… Continue Reading “Plot progression: points, twists, and hinges.”

Cover Reveal: DRAGON TAMER by Ophelia Silk

Though perhaps not quite standard procedure, I am delighted to reveal a cover created by none other than yours truly. This fun, wintery fantasy romance was a joy to work on, (smack in the middle of a heat wave, of all times), and I… Continue Reading “Cover Reveal: DRAGON TAMER by Ophelia Silk”

How to Write Non-binary Characters: Part III.

PART ONE: the basics. PART TWO: the nitty gritty. PART THREE: common pitfalls and easy fixes. Here we’ll cover some common situations where writing respectful non-binary characters can be trickier. Writing Non-human Non-binary characters. Non-human non-binary characters aren’t inherently disrespectful to non-binary people, but… Continue Reading “How to Write Non-binary Characters: Part III.”

How to Write Non-binary Characters: Part II.

Visit PART ONE: the basics first! PART TWO: the nitty gritty. Non-binary in relation to Presentation. What are we talking about here when we say presentation? Presentation in relation to gender is how a person chooses to look, dress, and act in relation to… Continue Reading “How to Write Non-binary Characters: Part II.”

How to Write Non-binary Characters: A Three Part Guide for Writing Characters with Non-binary Genders.

PART ONE: the basics. Disclaimer: While this guide is written by a non-binary person in collaboration with many other non-binary writers and readers, it does not necessarily cover the views of all people within the non-binary community. First off, what is this thing you… Continue Reading “How to Write Non-binary Characters: A Three Part Guide for Writing Characters with Non-binary Genders.”

2019 Reading Recap: Books I Read This Year and Loved.

I read 45 books in 2019. (Well, technically I listened to most of them as audio-books. Dyslexia was a pain in the ass this year and I gave it a whopping middle finger.) This is not a “Best Of” list. I didn’t read all… Continue Reading “2019 Reading Recap: Books I Read This Year and Loved.”

The Absurd Existence of Pretentious Assholery in Literary Criticism

Aka, stop shaming people for liking stories that aren’t literary perfection, dammit. Literature is an art. What different people like from their art varies. We could make arguments for whether that means there’s true perfection in it at all, but for the sake of… Continue Reading “The Absurd Existence of Pretentious Assholery in Literary Criticism”

Let’s talk about OUR BLOODY PEARL.

Also known as: a thing I want to say to readers, reviews, writers, and most importantly, myself. Some facts about OUR BLOODY PEARL: I self-published it 16 months ago It’s the second book I ever wrote It’s the first book I ever edited to… Continue Reading “Let’s talk about OUR BLOODY PEARL.”

Surviving NaNoWriMo: A Motivational Semi-Guide.

NaNoWriMo — also known as Nation Novel Writing Month, the month were writers everywhere attempt to write… well, a novel. The actual goal is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month, because 50,000 words is usually seen as the minimum word… Continue Reading “Surviving NaNoWriMo: A Motivational Semi-Guide.”

Vaccination for the Layman: A Very Metaphorical Q and A Guide to the Flu and Other Vaccines by your Local Biochemist and Author.

It’s that time of year again—by which I mean flu vaccination season! Vaccines are often a hot topic, and the mechanics behind them can be complicated for those untrained in the biological sciences. But everyone deserves to know what’s happening . So without further… Continue Reading “Vaccination for the Layman: A Very Metaphorical Q and A Guide to the Flu and Other Vaccines by your Local Biochemist and Author.”