I am working on providing for myself the validation I so often seek from others. It has been a life long struggle, but I know I’m doing better. Still, it feels nice to be recognized for your hard work every once in a while. So, dear reader, I want to let you know that you are doing a great job. How could I possibly know? … Continue reading You are doing great
I have been having a great 2019, and it is making me feel uneasy. You see I have this pesky life habit. I get all excited and start seeing possibilities everywhere. I get an idea for a new creative project or amped up to start a new work out routine and start to take on more. And for a while thing are great! My new … Continue reading Priorities
I don’t know if you have noticed, but there are a lot of things to be fearful and upset about in this world. I can so easily be swallowed up in a down-the-toilet-bowl swirl of my twitter feed that it makes me want to crawl into bed and hide under the covers. Forever. But then there is the other side of the coin. The moments … Continue reading Shameless Joy
I am writing as fast as I can, but it is still slow. I am writing as well as I can, but it is still rough. I am taking the next step to get my story out into the world. What else can I do? Continue reading A Message From The Trenches
Sometimes in the sturm und drang of the internet, something flutters to the surface of the cesspit, untarnished and beautiful. Something like Jonathan Van Ness’ progress videos as he learns to ice skate. via GIPHY Jonathan is a charming fifth of the cast on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” and host of the podcast “Getting Curious.” While he is an expert in many things, he is bravely … Continue reading Ice Skating and Character Arcs
Sitting across the table from my handsome husband, I sipped my Manhattan and listened to him talk about video games. Again. We enjoyed a medium deserved, much-needed date night in the midst of the whirlwind around Christmas and New Years. The conversation turned, as it so often does, to a beloved Twitch streamer. We attempted to pinpoint what exactly is the source of his success. We … Continue reading What is it worth to you?
“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right.” – Amy Poehler
As a woman of a certain upbringing and disposition, I want everything I produce to be perfect. All the time.
Logically I understand that it is an impossible standard, but emotionally I just really really want things to be perfect. Hence, I am terrified of taking the next step in my writing and start to consider publishing. Continue reading “Terror and Growth”
Star Wars is one of the mega-dynasties of filmmaking, and everyone has an opinion. Today you guys get to hear MINE.
Since this is a space to talk storytelling, I want to momentarily set aside things like aesthetics, sound design, and performance to instead focus on comparing The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back.
The stories are similar. In Empire: heroes Han, Leia, and Luke are being tracked and harassed by The Empire. In The Last Jedi : Our heroes Rey, Poe, and Finn are being tracked and harassed by The First Order. Both are the second installment in trilogies, both are set in the Star Wars Universe, and yet one is a beloved cinematic classic and the other I found really disappointing. Why? Continue reading “How to Fix “The Last Jedi””
I want to share with you all that I learned while putting together my very first attempt at a book pitch.
NaNoWriMo is teaming up with The Book Doctors for Pitchapalloza 2018! In addition to offering prizes, they will be broadcasting a live critique on March 15th. I am excited to tune in then to hear the pro’s advice on how to put together a good pitch. (They are collecting submissions until February 28th, so if you have something awesome to pitch check out the rules.)