Learning to Love My Body

“What’s wrong with your arm?!” -multiple people asking about my left elbow, which is wonky because of breaking it when I was three. “You’re pretty, but you look Ethiopian because you’re so skinny.” -my high school band director, who loved to comment on students’ appearances and make racist comments. “I would love to have that … Continue reading Learning to Love My Body

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The Problems with Being Overly Ambitious

Writing a book and some short stories, baking, painting, sketching, reading, blogging, creating videos, making song covers, and writing music. I want to be creative constantly. I want to be creative in nearly every way possible. Combine that desire with my severe over-planning, and I become horribly overly ambitious. Over the years, I’ve gone through … Continue reading The Problems with Being Overly Ambitious

Writing and Changing Your Mind

My biggest challenge in writing—whether it be blogs, books, poetry, or short stories— is changing my mind about the largest aspects of my projects. Take my current WIP and how it’s evolved just in the plotting stages over the last four years: • Contemporary YA Realism with a tragic ending about an aspiring playwright orphan. … Continue reading Writing and Changing Your Mind

Our Big Move

Welcome back! To me, to you, to the fairies that are helping protect my socks from the sock thief. My expected hiatus lasted a month longer than I had expected, so apologies for not posting as much as I had been planning. But this little post will update you on all that’s been going on … Continue reading Our Big Move

Anxiety and Taking a Break

Whether it’s sitting out in the sun, my thumbs tracing the edges of pages as I read or soaking in a mixture of shea butter, water, and rose petals, I need to take some time to pause, relax, and enjoy some time not working on something. However, I’m absolutely awful at actually taking a break. … Continue reading Anxiety and Taking a Break

Writing Character Descriptions: Action

Actions can convey so much, and nearly every character will have movement in your writing, whether it's directly mentioned or not. In many books I've read over the last two years, I've noticed very little movement described outside the generic ran, jumped, sat,and walked. And I've started realising more and more just how much I … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Action

Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

From Harry Potter’s scar to Katniss Everdeen’s braid, from Éowyn of Rohan’s removing her helmet to Klaus Baudelaire’s adjusting his glasses, and from Elizabeth Bennet’s sass to Hazel Lancaster’s increased difficulty to breathe, descriptions in books help understand each and every character, movement, and emotion more and help us to build the film-like pictures in … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

13 Things I’ve Learned About Writing from Baking

Earlier this year, I decided that I wanted to start baking more regularly, even if only once a week. This quickly became an activity that I do every Monday, and usually I make Turner’s and my bread for the week. I like getting a bit experimental with it and sometimes do other baked goods in … Continue reading 13 Things I’ve Learned About Writing from Baking

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Anxiety and the Times It Gets Worse Again

Breathe in. Breathe out. Have a cup of tea. Repeat. Take a bath. Take your meds. Exercise. Create things. Repeat. Have some more tea. Limit time on Netflix. Be sure to eat. Get some sleep. Repeat. Ask for help when needed. Be open with friends and family. Say “no” to things if desired. Repeat. These … Continue reading Anxiety and the Times It Gets Worse Again

Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés

Blue eyes, grey skies, red lights, and black nights. Colours are always surrounding us, in life, nature, and fiction. And they have become very cliché over the years and centuries in which they’ve been used to describe appearances of people, the world, and everything in between. They’ve also been used as symbols and pathetic fallacies, … Continue reading Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés