Happy Phoenix

Hi people, I will be taking a break for like a week after this post. Causes include: vacation + burnout. Bye. — Happy phoenix, a falling star above the city, crash landing to a skyscraper. An impromptu rooftop nest, the absolute best for gasping out her last breaths. A falling star sputtering, feathers of flameContinue reading “Happy Phoenix”

Chekhov’s Gun: How I figured out a backwards concept

The basic principle of Chekhov’s gun: if you show a gun hanging above a fireplace in the first act, it sure better get used by the conclusion of the story. It’s a clear illustration of foreshadowing, and using all elements of a story for a precise purpose, and not giving false promises to the reader.Continue reading “Chekhov’s Gun: How I figured out a backwards concept”

What Inspires You?

I wanted to write an article about how I find inspiration for my novels and stories. But inspiration’s a mysterious, hard-to-bottle feeling; I can’t just write “5 tips to inspire yourself” because that’s like “5 tips to bottle the sunrise.” A single, bottled moment can’t contain the whole process, can’t hold all the reasons whyContinue reading “What Inspires You?”

How Heartstopper ripped apart my heart

If you don’t know what Heartstopper is, I have the unfortunate news that this article will not help you figure that out. Except for this one paragraph summary– Heartstopper: the Netflix show based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novels, featuring Nick and Charlie’s budding romance in a British boys school, and an ensemble cast of theirContinue reading “How Heartstopper ripped apart my heart”

When the company’s like family

Company Incorporated, Co. treats its employees just like family! Your sweet sister is everyone’s favorite receptionist; she smiles at the people when they come in, then loses herself in her phone for the workday. “Never a complaint out of her,” the boss praises, “I don’t know what she does, but she sure does it well!”Continue reading “When the company’s like family”

the *best* invention

So. I recently found out about squeezable cream cheese. In a tube. it inspired me. See, if we have squeezable cream cheese in a tube, we definitely, absolutely need…(dun dun dun)…toothpaste in a tub. This would be so easy! Just pop the lid, scoop your toothbrush inside, and boom, plenty of toothpaste to brush yourContinue reading “the *best* invention”

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”

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”

January 31st, 2022/tales in the winter night

Today’s Prompt: How do you feel when you look at the stars? Remember when Aukai told you stories of his people, how they had ancient star charts, how they used the length between thumb and finger to measure the horizon? He said the stars were really distant suns, some of them other colors. You justContinue reading “January 31st, 2022/tales in the winter night”