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

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 7: Developing Realistic Parents Children Can Understand, Relate, & Love

This is the seventh 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 7: Developing Realistic Parents Children Can Understand, Relate, & Love

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 6: 3 Ways to Craft Character Friendships That Will Last to Infinity & Beyond!

This is the sixth 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 6: 3 Ways to Craft Character Friendships That Will Last to Infinity & Beyond!

Days in the Story Embers Office: The Week of the 68%

Good morning, dino-mites! I hope you’re having a great week, because I’m not. So you might want to wish me a bad morning because that's what it is. And the reason it’s a bad morning is because I’m suffering from the emotional aftermath of a T. Rexiffic time a couple weeks ago. Back in July … Continue reading Days in the Story Embers Office: The Week of the 68%

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 5: Crafting Compelling Stories Without a Villain

This is the fifth 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 5: Crafting Compelling Stories Without a Villain

Productivity Tip #3 Develop Good Habits Outside of Your Writing Life

Ever wonder why you can’t seem to get any writing done? Have you ever sat down to write something for two hours and wondered how it was humanly possible to have accomplished so much of nothing? Have you ever wondered for so long that you forgot what you were writing in the first place? Sometimes … Continue reading Productivity Tip #3 Develop Good Habits Outside of Your Writing Life