How Useful is the Bechdel Test in Writing?

For those who may not be familiar with it, the Bechdel Test is a gauge of whether a work of fiction features independent female characters. The requirements are that there must be two women who have at least one conversation together in which they don't talk about a man. The idea is that women should … Continue reading How Useful is the Bechdel Test in Writing?

Dance as a Means of Showing, Not Telling

As writers and artists, we're always looking for ways to express things better, to show our readers and audience how a character is growing, developing, and changing, and recently, through watching The Glass Slipper, I encountered a new means of adding to the "show, don't tell" techniques: dance. The plot is that of Cinderella, with Leslie Caron … Continue reading Dance as a Means of Showing, Not Telling

First Mystery Blogger Award

In the last month, I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by both Adam from Write Thoughts and Ronel the Mythmaker. Both blogs discuss writing and storytelling with class, distinction, and a whole lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your time and work with the world, and for nominating me! What is the Mystery … Continue reading First Mystery Blogger Award

My First Award!

I was recently nominated for my first ever blogging award, the Liebster Award, by Allison D. Reid. Thanks, Allison! The rules are as follows: Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the award. – Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you. – Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog … Continue reading My First Award!

One Month to the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Happy March, everyone!! This, of course, means we only have one month left before the A to Z blogging challenge kicks off (which means its high time to start planning or, in my case, writing up some of my posts ahead of time so I don't have to do the whole thing during April and … Continue reading One Month to the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Deals on All Things Writerly!

Just wanted to share a link for half priced gift certificates from book cover designers, editors, and other providers of writing services. My book coaching is listed there as well, so if you were looking for a deal off a larger package (one long novel or perhaps two or three shorter ones), you can find … Continue reading Deals on All Things Writerly!

Update on the A to Z Challenge

Yesterday was a (literal) snow day in the Pacific NW, so I never got around to the computer, but here, as promised, is the update on the A to Z blogging challenge. There will still be a challenge, and it will run everyday in April (save Sundays--though apparently we have to do one Sunday because … Continue reading Update on the A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge News is Coming…

Last year in April, I participated in my first ever A to Z challenge, where bloggers write a post for each letter of the alphabet in one month (though posts don't always have anything to do with the "assigned" letter for the day). It's great fun and one of the best ways to find new … Continue reading A to Z Challenge News is Coming…

Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?

For the first of my Flashback Friday series, I wanted to reprint a post from May 2014 on copyright and artists' compensation. In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, … Continue reading Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?