• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Dear Writer: Be Nice To Yourself

    It feels we oftentimes expect change to come sweeping down in an obvious fashion. A handsome knight on a unicorn. An epiphany that hits us hard in the grocery store and shakes us. The reality is that it sneaks up on you before dawn. Completely silent. Completely invisible. So, last month I put the final touches on my next book that’s coming out in less than two weeks! Since then, I haven’t done much writing. I thought maybe I had Stage Fright. After all, that’s a very real thing, and somewhere in the back of my mind, I always want to do better than the previous story. Push myself harder.…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Fun,  Mechanics,  Movies

    Watching TV Makes You A Better Writer

    Have you ever considered a trip to the movies to be writing research? Or that weekend binging Xena, Warrior Princess?  If you haven’t, I’m about to explain why you should consider changing your mind. We can learn a lot about writing from movies because one, movies are written before they’re filmed, and two, it’s a great way to learn about pacing and characterization, especially if you watch movies with a full vest of spy gear on like I do. 😀 Think about it. Have you ever watched a movie and thought the pacing was slow or someone’s motives were unbelievable? Of course you have. To be honest, that’s how I learned…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Fun,  Mechanics,  Movies,  Writing World

    Popular Books: Wish Fulfillment Edition

    Today, I’m going to talk about what makes movies blow up. Now, it’s extremely hard to predict when a movie will be a huge box office success. After all, Cassandra Clare is a boss in her own right, but the City of Bones movie was very hit and miss with people. It’s the same with a lot of book-to-movie adaptations. I don’t think that’s an accident. City of Bones was fun, but in order for a book to translate to massive box office sales, it needs to be more than fun. If people leave a movie or put a book down, and the experience left them feeling warm and fuzzy on…

  • Movies

    Movie: Inside/Out

    I wouldn’t call myself a big fan of Pixar or Disney, but anyone who knows me can tell you that The Little Mermaid still gives me chills and brings me to tears (and makes me freak the hell out like I’m seeing it for the first time every time!!), and so far, EVERY SINGLE Pixar/Disney movie mashup that I have ever seen has brought me to hot, hot tears. Inside/Out is no exception. I cried in Toy Story. I cried like a baby in Big Hero 6, and now it’s one of my favorite movies. And while on the topic of animated movies I cry in, Illumination pictures by our…

  • Characters,  Facts of Life,  Movies,  Musicals

    Theatre Tour: Phantom of the Opera

    There are so many things I can say about The Phantom of the Opera: the awesomeness of the music, the beauty of the lyrics, the emotional turmoil! ^_^ It’s the perfect marriage between the opera (that I LOVE) and musical theatre. But today, I’m going to talk about Raoul, the childhood love of Christine Daae, and why that boy is a douche. 🙂 From the start, Raoul is painted as the wealthy patron of the theatre – a young man, who in his youth, would spend many summery vacations with his family on the same awesome summery grounds as Christine’s family. They had a cute little childish fling, and then…