Tag: writing

Did You Know Students Get In LTUE Free?! Where I’ll Be at Life, the Universe, and Everything 2016

It’s upon us! Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE) 2016 begins next week, and I’m so excited to be part of this fiction writing conference. I’ve been attending and presenting at LTUE for a couple years now, but I’m only this year realizing that students get in for free! This conference is a great opportunity to meet with authors, filmmakers, artists, gaming professionals, and … Read More Did You Know Students Get In LTUE Free?! Where I’ll Be at Life, the Universe, and Everything 2016

A Couple of Poems for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month so this week I’m posting a couple I wrote. I like poetry as a terse yet nebulous space in which to fling messy emotions. Basically, this means I write untidy poetry of the non-cuddly and free-form variety. I enjoy reading all kinds of poetry but when I write it, I tend to want it to be like the reverse … Read More A Couple of Poems for National Poetry Month

A Few Stunning Quotes About Imagination

In my experience, imagination is an important part of mental and spiritual well-being. It’s also rather handy for writing fiction! Here are a few quotes about imagination that inspired me this week… I write fantasy because it’s there.  I have no other excuse for sitting down for several hours a day indulging my imagination.  Daydreaming.   Thinking up imaginary people, impossible places.  Imagination is … Read More A Few Stunning Quotes About Imagination

My 6 Favorite Quotes from J.K. Rowling

I love much of how this woman thinks, so today I’m celebrating that. Here are my 6 favorite quotes from Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling (the K is for her grandmother’s name, Kathleen, if you’ve ever wondered)… 1. “I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had … Read More My 6 Favorite Quotes from J.K. Rowling

Highlights from LTUE 2015: Why I Love Writing Conferences!

As a writer, I’ve learned to love the conference scene. Actually, I’m completely drained by large social gatherings–evidence that I am a legitimate introvert. But here’s why I have evolved to deem conferences worthy of the energy expenditure! This list is in context of a few highlights from Life, the Universe, and Everything 2015 (LTUE), a symposium for speculative fiction authors, which was absolutely awesome … Read More Highlights from LTUE 2015: Why I Love Writing Conferences!

My 4 Resolves for 2015 as Inspired by Ray Bradbury

Last year I took on an overarching theme as my resolve for my personal and writing life: to become more congruent. I had never gone this route of approaching my goals thematically more than specifically and loved doing it. For 2015, my thematic goal is…CONTENTMENT. I want to be more content both personally and as a writer, though I have a few more writing goals beyond … Read More My 4 Resolves for 2015 as Inspired by Ray Bradbury

23 Productivity Tricks and Tips for Writers

Productivity is just as important for creatives as it is for business moguls. But as creatives, we don’t have to follow the same old productivity advice. Instead, why not employ our creativity toward designing a writerly life we can actually live with? Here are 23 such ways that got my mind churning: 1. Define and defend my first priority. The advice to prioritize ‘first … Read More 23 Productivity Tricks and Tips for Writers

On Why We Love Reading the Classics

Even though I read and write a lot of future-focused fiction, so many of my favorite books would be classified as classics. I thought that just made me old-school until Edith Wharton enlightened me today. Edith let me know I just have a taste for stories with ‘irrepressible freshness’. True, her ‘classics’ were different from those works I now think of as classics, but it still … Read More On Why We Love Reading the Classics

Books as Proof that Humans Can Do Magic

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing … Read More Books as Proof that Humans Can Do Magic

The World’s Most Thorough Stereotypical Female Character Flowchart

I came across this awesomely playful Female Character Flowchart and wanted to share it. I found it on a site called OverthinkingIt.com thanks to Alana Mlawski and Carlos A. Hann Commander. Click this link above for a larger view. I’m placing this here merely as a representation so you can get an idea of its fantastic scope. It’s so thorough that you may chuckle while … Read More The World’s Most Thorough Stereotypical Female Character Flowchart

Write What Wants to Be Written

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” – Madeleine L’Engle