Holiday · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

Smashing Pumpkins For the Glory of Halloween

The Halloween I was in sixth grade, we had to defend our pumpkins. That was the year my family hosted an exchange student from France. He was, well. He was the kid who wore a Kamikaze headband to school September 12th, 2001, let’s put it that way. Not exactly the kind who stops fights, or keeps… Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins For the Glory of Halloween

Games · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person · Writing

A Great Big Fat Overview of What I Write and Why

I would like, first and foremost, to say this is all @LMBryski’s fault. She is the one who tagged me in the game. What game? The game where there is a big list of questions and we answer them on our blogs! Okay, it’s sort of a lame-sounding game, but we’re writers and writing the… Continue reading A Great Big Fat Overview of What I Write and Why

Foreign Languages · Words · Writing

Sometimes It Pays To Be Silent: Language Is Not Always Helpful

Your character is visiting a land where they do not speak the language, but they still need to communicate with the locals. In week one’s post, we talked about how much they will have trouble learning the language. Week two was all about the differences between languages and why one language might be easier to… Continue reading Sometimes It Pays To Be Silent: Language Is Not Always Helpful

Why I'm a Ridiculous Person · Writing

Morbid Humor and the Sensitive Soul

Every once in a while, my morbid sense of humor bites me in the bum. Despite the goat blood jokes, the references to those drugs that turn up every once in a while in real life to turn people in zombies who eat people’s faces, the presence in my manuscript of some seriously nasty stab wounds,… Continue reading Morbid Humor and the Sensitive Soul

Publishing · Theater

Five Newbie Tips for Self-Pubbing on Createspace

I will soon publish my children’s play, Suiko and the Puzzle Box. The idea started about a month ago, when I wrote a blog post talking about my experiences submitting it around. It was nothing but a passing thought, but soon the idea was buzzing around my head. After all, I know the play’s good,… Continue reading Five Newbie Tips for Self-Pubbing on Createspace

Foreign Languages · Writing

Culture: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Pry It From Language’s Cold Dead Hands

Welcome to week three of my ongoing feature on writing characters dealing with a foreign language. Week one was what being plopped in the middle of a foreign language feels like, week two we talked about how languages differ. Today we’re going to talk about culture as it meets language. The fact is, if your… Continue reading Culture: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Pry It From Language’s Cold Dead Hands

Games · General Thoughts · Technology

The Law of Retaliation: Yoshi’s Woolly World

All week, my husband’s been hinting of a present in the mail. This fact is probably more exciting than the present itself, because all week, he’s been refusing to tell me what was coming. It turns out that this was because it’s not, strictly speaking, a present for me. It’s Yoshi’s Woolly World, a new Nintendo… Continue reading The Law of Retaliation: Yoshi’s Woolly World