Tag: authors

Writing With Chronic Pain

Many creatives in the world suffer from chronic pain issues. I’m here to help you discover new ways to fit writing into your schedule and around pain flare-ups! My Conditions I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis when I was about 11 years old. I wore a back brace until I was almost 17. I managed…
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This Word Count is GOALS: Writing Goals and The Tools to Smash Them

If you’re an active writer and/or active in any online writing communities, you’ve doubtless heard other writers talk about their word counts and writing goals. And if you’re anything like me when I was just starting out and cultivating my writing habit–building that writing muscle, if you will–you’ve looked at some of those wordcounts and…
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The Top 6 Unconventionally Awesome Fantasy & Sci-fi Heroes

    Fantasy and Science Fiction are filled with brave knights, damsels in distress, elf-lords, daring spaceship pilots, and laser welding heroes, but what about the heroes that don’t fit into traditional molds? Today I want to celebrate the Fantasy and Sci-fi heroes who are unconventionally awesome! Here they are in no particular order, cause…
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A Whole… ~Familiar World: A Live-Action Aladdin Review

A whole familiar world A dazzling place I sort of knew… But at my desk here, It’s crystal clear It’s time to share my Aladdin review with you Don’t let my spin on A Whole New World fool you. I really enjoyed the new live-action version of Aladdin! As a child of the late eighties,…
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What Does Your Writing Style Say About You?

Wherever you’re from, whatever your background is, you have an accent. This is no surprise, though you may be used to thinking people from other places are the ones with the accents. The point is, when you speak, the way you pronounce words gives others a clue of where you’re from. The vocabulary and expressions…
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5 Life Lessons We Learned From Firefly

  Very few shows which ran for just 1 season can claim they’ve had such an impact on fans as Firefly! The sci-fi/western mash-up is still drawing in new fans 17 years after its debut. And old fans aren’t going anywhere either! Joss Whedon’s 2002 brainchild has amassed a cult following and has gone down…
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Eat Like a Victorian—on burgers, fries, and soda

Nothing quite says modern hustle like burger joints, food trucks, and grabbing junk food for that night’s Netflix binge. Fast food answers the problem of our hectic lives, where there’s places to be and work to be done and absolutely no time to spend crafting artisan eats in the kitchen. Plus, many so-called kitchen nooks…
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Why we love… Fantasy

As a psychologist, I love the question of why I and others like fantasy. There’s definitely the aspect of wanting more magic in life, but I believe it goes deeper. Many of my clients’ problems boil down to how they handle real or perceived power imbalances. Fantasy is a great way to explore power and…
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4theWords is 4 the Writers: An Easy Way to Gamify Your Writing

4theWords = 4 the Writers Writing is a job that I love, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t occasionally feel like a chore. Happens with any job, right? So when I hit a particularly difficult slog through my plot, I’m always looking for ways that make even those difficult parts fun. Enter: 4theWords.…
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DIY Fantasy and Sci-Fi Soundtracks: 5 Pieces to get you started

A film’s soundtrack can be one of the most powerful aspects of the movie-going experience, but what about the movies we play in our heads while writing or reading? If you ask authors about their writing routines, many will say they write to music. My urban fantasy gets a pop music soundtrack. My steampunk? Classical…
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