Book Review: An Excessively Practical Guide to Tarot Card Interpretations (Applied Divination) by Emily Paper

You walk into a dimly lit room. Seated at a small round table covered with velvet astrological signs is a woman in bohemian garb. She asks if you want to know your future, you say yes, because that’s what you’re supposed to say to a diviner, but what you really want is to know whereContinue reading “Book Review: An Excessively Practical Guide to Tarot Card Interpretations (Applied Divination) by Emily Paper”

On Writing Characters With Whom You Don’t Share Race, Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, or Economic Background

I read a WordPress blog this morning where a cisgender, heterosexual, caucasian, male presenting blogger advised an author to not worry about reviews saying their book was racist or bigoted. As a queer, white presenting (but actually mixed-race), female-presenting author, I’d like to say: worst advice ever. He believed it was a “current climate” sensitivity.Continue reading “On Writing Characters With Whom You Don’t Share Race, Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, or Economic Background”

The World is Burning, but I’m Still Writing: 6 Things I’m Doing to Stay Sane in These Trying Times

Disclaimer: This blog post is what I do personally to stay healthy and creative. I’m not a mental or medical health professional, and this no substitute for medical advice. For transparency, and to help those also suffering, many post on social media about their struggles with mental illness, addiction, or illnesses in general. I, myself,Continue reading “The World is Burning, but I’m Still Writing: 6 Things I’m Doing to Stay Sane in These Trying Times”

Forward Planning: My Next Project

The idea for my next project came from this comic I saw on Facebook. It was simple as that. I didn’t want to do a Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland retelling. That’s overly done, and I’m not interested in writing children. I pitched the idea of Dorothy and Alice as private detectives andContinue reading “Forward Planning: My Next Project”

Ten Days into NaNoWriMo and Two Thousand Words Behind (And That’s Okay)

The point of NaNoWriMo, for me at least, is not to write for the sake of word count. It’s to make a habit of writing daily. Usually I can knock 1667 words a day out, no problem and I’ve won every year I’ve participated. However, I usually have to trash those 50k and rewrite theContinue reading “Ten Days into NaNoWriMo and Two Thousand Words Behind (And That’s Okay)”