Last Minute Gifts for Critters

Dice Always an obvious choice for anyone into tabletop RPGs. Most probably already have their dice–maybe they’re superstitious and always use the same dice. Or maybe they’re like Laura Bailey (again, see Critical Role) and have tons of dice because they switch when dice aren’t rolling in their favor. Perhaps … Continue Reading →


Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 4: Intellectual Challenge

“Some want the tales to be like puzzles they have to solve. These works don’t worry about explaining themselves. They present reality in an amazingly complicated way, on their own terms.“ The Gotham Writers Workshop Think of a story you absolutely love–fiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction. Think about … Continue Reading →


Writing and the Ghosts of Christmas

This time of year can be hard. NaNoWriMo is over, the business of the holiday season is in full swing, family and friend demands are at an all-time high, time is limited and precious and elusive, and all around us swirl stories we can’t quite capture. It’s as though all the plotlines … Continue Reading →


NaNoWriMo 2016 – Halfway…Hang in There!

  Whew…halfway! How’s everyone holding up? I admit, I’m scrambling…this mid-November slump is real, guys. It’s SO REAL! Fear starts creeping in, the inner editor starts piping up. So consider this your official, hang-in-there, we-can-do-it, pep talk from me to you! We can do! I believe!   … Okay, so … Continue Reading →


NaNoWriMo 2016 – Are You Ready?

  The time is nearly upon us, LadyNerders! That’s right! For many, November means harvest festivals, fall decorations, Thanksgiving celebrations. For writers, it means CRAZY STRESS AND WILD WRITING SPREES!! WOOOO!!! Like, I know it’s probably some form of insanity that I sign up for this challenge year after year…but it’s … Continue Reading →