Storytelling According to Pixar Part 10: How Write a Sequel that’s Better than Cars 2

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! My apologies for posting this late, but the holidays have made these past weeks crazy! This is the tenth installment in a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories, however, writers of all genres can … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Part 10: How Write a Sequel that’s Better than Cars 2

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Christmas Petitions, Presents, & Books

Good morning, dino-mites! How are you now that you’ve faced the traumatic NaNoWriMo? And if you haven’t faced it (like me), how do you console your NaNo friends? Every time they see me, they start bailing. But that could just be because I ate their entire NaNo project... At least that’s over, and now it’s … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Christmas Petitions, Presents, & Books

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 9: 5 Tips for Creating Interesting, Immersive Worlds in Children’s Fiction

This is the ninth installment in a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories, however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Part 9: 5 Tips for Creating Interesting, Immersive Worlds in Children’s Fiction

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Nutty November (Pun Intended)

Good morning, dino-mites! Or maybe I should say bad morning because you’ve probably been up all night pounding the keyboard and trying to meet your word count for NaNoWriMo. And if for some reason you weren’t, you were probably up early to start writing, in which case it’s a horrible morning because getting before nine … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Nutty November (Pun Intended)

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 8: How To Write Romance for Kids Without Making Them Puke

This is the eighth installment in a series analyzing the humor, heart, and zany plots of various Pixar films. The focus is on applying these principles to children’s stories, however, writers of all genres can benefit from Pixar’s literary genius, so I highly encourage you to have a seat and prepare to write like the … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Part 8: How To Write Romance for Kids Without Making Them Puke

Your Imaginary Assistant Has Arrived! Part 3

Greetings! The Author Assistant Agency has set a new record of assistant matching these past few months! If this keeps up, they may win the Assistant Award of Excellence! * Now for the part you've all been waiting for--more assistant deliveries! Meet Sunny, Camille's glowing dragon who wields OCD and uses it to correct grammar … Continue reading Your Imaginary Assistant Has Arrived! Part 3