18 Resolutions Every Writer Needs to Make

Happy New Year, humans! Did you stay up till midnight? My friends and I got together and had a dino-opoly competition, ate prehistoric pizza, and watched Drawassic Park. But it’s a new year now and that means... 358 DAYS TILL NEXT CHRISTMAS! No, seriously, it actually means my inbox is flooded with fitness advertisements (I … Continue reading 18 Resolutions Every Writer Needs to Make

Days NOT in Mariposa’s Office: A Dinosaur’s Complaint About Christmas

I don’t like Christmastime. I realize I just posted a short story where I played the part of Scrooge, but that has no bearing whatsoever on the previous statement. Really, I don’t dislike Christmas, just Christmastime (big difference). And the reason I dislike it has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas at all. The reason … Continue reading Days NOT in Mariposa’s Office: A Dinosaur’s Complaint About Christmas

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

4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences

Don’t you just love bright, bold colors? You don’t? Well, then I pity your eyesight, because color is a necessary part of writing. Yes, you read that right—I said writing. A black and white sketch can be beautiful, but black and white writing is as bland as bread and water. And who wants to eat … Continue reading 4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences

14 Reasons I Am (or Will Be) Thankful I’m Not Writing

Are you enjoying NaNoWriMo? I hope so, because I’m not. I’m already two weeks into NaNoWriMo and my word count is up to 40,000. My book-eating count is up to 50,000. And my energy count is down to zero. I can’t believe it, but I’m sick of eating books. And even more of writing books. … Continue reading 14 Reasons I Am (or Will Be) Thankful I’m Not Writing

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: No Help, No Writing, & NoNaChriCaMaMo

You guys are the most unhelpful people I have ever met—wait, that’s technically not true since I haven’t met you. Well, then you are the most unhelpful people I have ever heard of. Wait, that’s not true either since some of you I haven’t even heard of. Alrighty, to be fair, I’ll just say you … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: No Help, No Writing, & NoNaChriCaMaMo

4 Ways Writing Nonfiction Benefits Fiction Writers

What? I’m a mind reader and that was just me paraphrasing your thoughts. You probably think fiction and nonfiction are on opposite sides of the equator—and I would say you are absolutely correct. They each have different sets of rules, audiences, and goals. One is entertaining and the other informative. One keeps us on the … Continue reading 4 Ways Writing Nonfiction Benefits Fiction Writers