hi younger me/be are am is was ing

“be” verbs. The basic bane of writing. Some good writing advice: you should change “be” verbs, because of how weak they make your writing. (Seriously, use a word that means something more specific than “exists.”) Nowadays, I’ve apparently spent long enough revising stories and cleaning up “be” verbs in my writing, that every time aContinue reading “hi younger me/be are am is was ing”

Literally, directions don’t do diddly

Ways autistic traits impact my daily life #6 A pretty common trait among autistic people is understanding phrases at literal, face value. For example: “laughing my head off” or “stick in the mud.” Autistic people also tend to follow directions super literally, so “could you put the clean towels away in the bathroom?” results inContinue reading “Literally, directions don’t do diddly”

When you look at this picture, what do you see?

Let’s have fun thinking about our own thoughts, shall we? When you see this image, what pops out to you first? I’ll explain my thought process when I first saw this image: the first thing I picked up on was a letter H. Then lots of letter H’s in rows, and a column. Then IContinue reading “When you look at this picture, what do you see?”

Under the skin

Today, in How I Revise a Story(TM), I felt inspired by filter words. Let’s learn about filter words, shall we? To start, here’s an…intentionally styled scene. *** She saw the shadow block out the sun. “Oh shoot,” she muttered, feeling her heart pound within her. Daisy heard the creature shriek, feeling the sonic boom toContinue reading “Under the skin”

don’t you know, we can’t handle this?

Timestamp 4:45 is when this song gets real. Not that it wasn’t real before, that’s not what I mean. This whole song is real. But when it really gets real, it…you know what, wow, look at that super fancy lighting in the thumbnail, let’s just listen to the song, shall we? We’re in SPOILER territoryContinue reading “don’t you know, we can’t handle this?”

Embracing our awkwardness

SPOILER ALERT this scene happens in chapter 11 of Kree Annihilators. Fair warning if you haven’t read it. “Yeah. Of course.” He didn’t leave. “Soooo…unrelated, about what Squirrel Girl said in the park…” Victor’s eyebrows rose. A car blared down below. “What thing she said in the park?” “Uh, the friends thing.” Victor frowned. “WhereContinue reading “Embracing our awkwardness”

I ain’t qualified for this

But here’s someone who is. Jamala represented Ukraine in Eurovision 2016 with this song, “1944.” Its lyrics and music video describe the deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union in World War II. In other words, the Soviet Union forced hundreds of thousands of people out of Crimea into Uzbekistan or nearby areas. ThousandsContinue reading “I ain’t qualified for this”

How I revise a story–fight scene

You can check out this story on Wattpad here! This week, I’ll be looking at a fight scene I wrote at the end of chapter 2. First draft vs. most recent draft. *** “Stay back,” red-orange light illuminated the alley, revealing Dante had set aside his bundle of waters and sodas and chips bags, leavingContinue reading “How I revise a story–fight scene”

What I count on

Ways autistic traits impact my daily life #3 Sometimes I excessively count things. We’ll get to that in a moment. but first, some background Usually, excessive counting is associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For example, obsessing over making pictures on the fridge perfectly symmetrical, or feeling compelled to count candies. But it also fallsContinue reading “What I count on”