A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Promotions, Plans, & Nuts

Good morning, dino-mites! This post was supposed to be a story—a witty tale of my heroic dumbness and courageous cowardice, but alas, creative burnout has infected our office so that neither of us has the energy to concoct a plot fit for your reading.* So instead you’ll have to settle for an update, and whether … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Promotions, Plans, & Nuts

A Day in Aberdeen’s Office: How I Met Mariposa

At one time, neither I nor Mariposa knew each other, and somehow, we survived without the other’s company (barely). I wouldn’t be the annoying, exasperating, stupid dinosaur assistant I am today if it wasn’t for her loving guidance and hollering at me. Nor would she be the stubborn, air-headed boss she is today if it … Continue reading A Day in Aberdeen’s Office: How I Met Mariposa

Productivity Tip #2: Start the Day with a Positive Attitude

Positive thinking is necessary if you ever hope to accomplish your goals*—whether your goal is something big like becoming a New York Times Bestselling author or something small like how many times you can use expletive construction without driving your editor insane. I know I’d never be able to eat half so many books or … Continue reading Productivity Tip #2: Start the Day with a Positive Attitude

Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

This is the first installment of 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 Series Part 1: 3 Ways to Write Children’s Stories that Will Reach for the Sky

A New Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Grand Unveiling of the Good, the Bad, & the Stupid

How do you like the new and not-improved Dino’s Digest? I have made a list of necessary and unnecessary improvements and enhancements, including: An insider’s look into my boss’s life. In the recent survey results, you all expressed an interest in seeing more of Mariposa. I wish you hadn’t, because she got her own WordPress … Continue reading A New Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Grand Unveiling of the Good, the Bad, & the Stupid

4 Reasons Writing a Silly Story is Okay (and Even Beneficial)

Have you ever read a silly story? Wait, let me rephrase that: Have you ever written a silly story? One that’s so completely ridiculous it makes you question your sanity (as if an author’s sanity isn’t questionable anyway)? Has that craziness ever spilled onto several pages? I’m not just talking about those cringe-worthy stories you … Continue reading 4 Reasons Writing a Silly Story is Okay (and Even Beneficial)

6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I finished mine last Christmas when all the stuff was on sale—that way I can give my friends inexpensive expensive presents. The only problem is that it was so long ago that I can’t remember where I stashed the presents... I don’t know what to do—Christmas is only … Continue reading 6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season