World Building Philosophy: Avoiding Defaulting and Othering

“The status quo does not need world building.” This is the summation of a series of tweets put together by author Kate Elliott on the subject of world building and in response to the argument that fantasy authors often do too much of it. She emphasizes the fact that world building can be a useful… More World Building Philosophy: Avoiding Defaulting and Othering

Time Online

Nowadays there is more of a burden on creatives to be able to market their own work.  For those pursuing some form of self-publishing, the ability to do so is paramount, but even traditionally publishing outlets want creators who already have a following.  One of the biggest concerns surrounding this trend is allocating time to… More Time Online

The Shows I’m Watching and You Should Too: Wynonna Earp

So we’re actually going to start with the bad on this show, and that’s because, quite frankly, I didn’t think the pilot was all that great. There was a long intro fight scene, which I found sort of confusing, and then there were a lot of characters and plot elements introduced in a very short… More The Shows I’m Watching and You Should Too: Wynonna Earp

Can We Gender-swap the “Strong Woman” and “Weird Guy” Trope?

Last week two of my favorite new television shows — Lucifer and Limitless — wrapped up their opening seasons. On paper, these shows aren’t all that connected outside of being procedurals with some sort of speculative fiction element. One of them is about the devil working as a consultant for the LAPD and solving crimes… More Can We Gender-swap the “Strong Woman” and “Weird Guy” Trope?

Project Spotlight: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Stories have power. They are a reflection of our societal values, and they are a powerful tool for passing on the lessons we want to teach to others in our society. This is why it is so problematic when people aren’t featured in stories, or when they only ever appear in certain roles. For example… More Project Spotlight: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Marketing: Basic Tips

Whether you’re planning on self-publishing your writing or going the traditional route, you will have to market yourself and build an author platform. For the self-published author this is an obvious necessity, but what I’m not sure people realize is that publishers want authors to have a following and to be able to market themselves,… More Marketing: Basic Tips