• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing World

    Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

    One of the nerd channels I follow on YouTube did a video last week talking about the Crimes of Grindelwald and how it fails according to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling. Writing a script for a movie, writing a book, and writing a graphic novel are all different mediums and require different storytelling styles, but some things are universal and can apply across the board. The 22 Rules of Storytelling are one of those universal things and can be a fun and quick way to discover your own storytelling weaknesses and figure out why an otherwise good movie or book left a weird metaphorical taste on your brain palate. Follow…

  • Reading,  Work-In-Progress

    January 2020 Wrap Up

    Update time! 😀 So…I meant to read one more novel than I did this month, but one of the books I’m shuffling is just hard on my brain, so I’m having to take frequent breaks and read something less taxing, which is working out really well and making that book fun to read again. I’m desperate to know what’s going on, but it’s not getting anywhere fast, and I’m dying. On a random note, I’m trying to be more decisive this year, because some random Chinese Zodiac expert I found via an in-game ad told me that Rats are in for a good year if they can stay focused on…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life

    Random Life: Changing One of My Goals Already

    For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to study a foreign language this year. To clarify, the goal of studying a language is not the problem. I took French for a year in high school. LOVED it. Then my parents moved to boonyville. They only had Spanish. So the one Spanish kid at school had to take Spanish. It’s so…a bunch of things. So I was forced to take Spanish with a teacher who was lovely, but who moved so slowly through the material that I thought I was going to lose my mind. She was literally supposed to move twice as fast because they’re on…

  • Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Writer Life: Pocket Worlds

    For a long time, I’ve tried to make sense of the stories in my head. What kind of world do they exist in? Are there shared worlds? And I’ve come to the realization that there’s a shared universe, with intersecting branches, but each book exists in it’s own, independent world. I think of it like a tree, with the tree being my brain, or at least the part of my brain dedicated to storytelling. Everything flows from a single source, the ground the roots are in, and up through the powerhouse of the trunk, but once we get to the branches, everything is on it’s own. So, a story in…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Happy Dance,  Mechanics,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writer Life: Outlining & Worldbuilding

    There are words on the page!! My official story notes are organized, and I has words on the page!! 😀 I finished the Neil Gaiman Masterclass, and the last few lessons really bolstered my spirit. ^_^ I decided to start tackling my notes, took me three days, and in the process, I started a document and got words on the page! Basically, it’s either going to be good or it isn’t. That’s all I have to worry about. Or rather, not worry about. It fits my current philosophy on life about not making things too difficult. Instead of giving myself seven options, I give myself two. I can give myself two…