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Writer’s Reference Guide: Albatross

The albatross is a well-known figure in literature thanks to Coelridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. How much do you actually know about these seabirds? Check out some quick facts about the birds that can fly for days and live for sixty years or more! Name. Albatross is used to refer to any large sea… Continue reading Writer’s Reference Guide: Albatross

General, writing

On Not Winning NaNo

I didn’t actually finish NaNoWriMo this year. I stopped a little under 10k short of hitting fifty thousand. After I threw out my outline (and subsequently ended up restarting to try and get out of the stilted opening) I kept going with my original plan of giving myself a set time for each scene. That… Continue reading On Not Winning NaNo

writing

NaNoWriMo ’22 Update

We’re approaching the halfway mark on NaNo which is a good time to check in and see how things are going. If you’re falling behind, try not to stress! Instead, remind yourself that NaNo is a challenge for many different reasons and it doesn’t suit everyone’s process or every story. You’re making progress and that… Continue reading NaNoWriMo ’22 Update

an image of a world with a saw on the left and a hammer on the right to depict worldbuilding
worldbuilding

Worldbuilding: Weather and Seasons

Anyone who’s lived in Arizona for a couple of years can tell you that there’s minimal seasonal change. Although spring tends to be windier than most of the other seasons, it’s a dry climate and the majority of plants that grow natively in the desert are meant to survive in that dryness. It’s no surprise… Continue reading Worldbuilding: Weather and Seasons