Sounds of Summer 2017: Resonance

The summer tunes just keep coming! I have to say that I'm already falling in love with the Sounds of Summer: those songs that have struck an emotional chord with me this season. But at the heart of this seemingly carefree topic is an important takeway, for every song that I'm blogging about has, in … Continue reading Sounds of Summer 2017: Resonance

Writing Update and “Take Back the Night”

Tonight, either you or someone you know are probably taking a stand, marching, and speaking out against sexual assault. We join in unity for "Take Back the Night," an international community awareness movement in which rape, sexual assault, and victim shaming are brought to light and denounced. It is an event which originated in Europe, … Continue reading Writing Update and “Take Back the Night”

Lessons to Practice #11: Plotting a Hero’s Journey (Part 2 of 2)

I have a super awesome announcement tonight: this past Monday, at around 11:41 AM, I completed my first draft of book 1 in my trilogy, The Virility Project! This is by far my largest and most thematically complex work of fiction to date, and one whose idea I first conceived waaay back in early 2009. After a couple … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #11: Plotting a Hero’s Journey (Part 2 of 2)

Lessons to Practice #10: Plotting a Hero’s Journey (Part 1 of 2)

Hello! I hope this blog post finds you well. I'd like to thank Akaluv, The Eye-Dancers, Meher, and thesarahdoughty for stopping by and liking one or several of my Lessons to Practice posts over the past few weeks. You all help me keep my motivation alive 🙂 Last week, I briefly explored the archetypal three-act … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #10: Plotting a Hero’s Journey (Part 1 of 2)

Lessons to Practice #5: Mapping Out Subplots

Subplots. Themes. The amalgam of every side story and secondary character can become a beautiful and multilayered work of art that carries readers through a story with ease - or it can devolve into a nasty mess of confusing or ill-developed themes and forgettable characters. Yikes! Last week I wrote about the topic of theme, which I'm expounding … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #5: Mapping Out Subplots