In Defense of Princesses
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In which DM tells us why he isn’t ashamed to say the hero of his novel, Sebastian Smith, thinks like a girl.

5 Simple Things You Can Do To Ensure Your Writer (Or Artist) Friend Succeeds
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Dear Readers, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus recently.  Between finishing the first draft of Book One in The Marvelous Adventures of Sebastian Smith, and moving between states, I’ve been a little preoccupied.  However, I’ve also been doing a lot of learning about self-publishing, platform building, and the … Read More

Views and Reviews #1: Oz the Sort-of-Great and Very Impatient
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Dear Readers, Last night I went to a midnight showing of Oz the Great and Powerful.  So, standard spoiler alert here.  I’ll be honest: going in I had little hope that the film would be stellar.  I wanted it to be!  On the surface it should be an anthem film … Read More

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coates, Pixar’s Story Artist. This is some of the most excellent, concise writing advice I have ever read, and I’m posting it here for you but mostly me, so that when I come back to this blog, I know something of use about writing will … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Become a Rubber Band; Man.
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Dear Reader, We are now two lessons into the Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets curriculum, and like any good student, you may have neglected to show up to the first two classes. Having caught up, you now know that there is a big difference in critique based around content (i.e., I … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: The Rules of Critique
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Dear Reader, Today continues my unauthorized lessons on the dirty little secrets of writing.  In my previous entry, I discussed the important distinction between critique based around content, and critique based around craft.  In a nut shell, content critique is pretty useless, and craft critique is pretty useful.  I also, … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Providing Useful Critique (Content vs Craft)
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Dear Reader, #4  Sometimes, as writers, it can be frustrating to like another writer’s work.   You read the first lines of a short story or a novel and you feel a sinking pit in your stomach as you realize you are reading pure literary gold.  It becomes impossible not … Read More

The Wizard’s JK Rowling Transmogriphication Counterspell
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Dear Reader, Today I have found that another of my masks has hit a snag in their proverbial goals and given the success I had allowing my Wizard persona to engage with the issues Sensei was having from a different angle, I have decided to allow Writer to present his … Read More