“Come dance.” She stares at the outstretched hand. Elegant, if a strong, clawed hand broader than her face can be called such a thing. Veins worm their way through the back, and what she can see of the underside is calloused, smeared in dirt, and startlingly pink. Eliza takes a step back. The elf’s smile … Continue reading Wrong Bodied, Iron Wrought, Belly-up Fish
When we talk about writing, we sometimes have the tendency to skip over one of the most vital and basic parts of writing: the, uh, actual writing. If writing theory is all the thinking, planning, analysis, philosophizing, and debate that surrounds writing, then at some point, inevitably, we are going to have to talk about … Continue reading Writing Theory 101: As You Are
Do anyone else's kneecaps get cold? Odd way to start a discussion on genre, maybe, but I think it's a fair enough question. I am forever teeth-chatteringly, shiveringly, soles-of-my-feet-turning-blue-edly, freezing. Okay, maybe not always. We've been getting those late summer temperatures that usually only last for a week at most for about the last two … Continue reading Let’s Talk Genre
I've started four or five posts in the last few months, all of which trailed into the weeds and never came back out for various reasons. But I've been thinking, in the spaces between writing attempts. Just thinking. What are we talking about when we talk about writing? I mean sure, we get the usual … Continue reading What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Writing?
I should be doing more in the morning. My mind isn't buzzing full, I haven't gotten hungry, the dog isn't whining to go out for a walk yet, and there's plenty of things to do. Dishes, finances, prepping for the next semester of university (yes, already), clothes to mend, laundry to fold, appointments to set … Continue reading Hedonism and a Warm Blanket
I'll be outright: I'm not a fan of it. Frequenters of this blog shouldn't be surprised, since I tout no rules writing enough to sound like a broken record, but as I've started diving deeper into why no rules this and subjectivity that, I figured it would be worth it to go in depth and … Continue reading A Critique of K.M. Weiland’s Secrets of Story Structure Series
Little different than the normal pace of things, but happy first ever International Asexuality Day! Aces like myself lack sexual attraction, and since that's a statement riddled with misunderstanding, I thought I'd take a moment to talk real quick about what attraction is and how it can show up differently for different people. This is … Continue reading Happy First International Asexuality Day! 🖤🤍💜
What is YA literature? Is it a collection of tropes? The works of some loose gaggle of authors? Anything meant for readers too young to think about taxes but too old to pretend sex doesn't exist? What actually makes a Young Adult book, a Young Adult book? There's an awful lot of places to start … Continue reading YA: Age Range, or Genre?
I mentioned this idea a little while ago, but I wanted to explore it further, so apologies if this gets repetitive. Drafts and books are different things, right? A book is published, and a draft is unpublished. Books tend to be physical objects more often than drafts. Drafts aren't meant for everyone, they're meant for … Continue reading When Does a Draft Become a Book?
Discussion time! The creative process looks different for everyone, and keeping track of the volume of your writing can play an important part in directing your process. You need to bulk your book here, trim down there, and keep at it because you're only halfway to your daily quota. At least, that's what popular advice … Continue reading How do You Track Your Writing?