This is the fourth 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 4: Creating Formidable Villains for Children Without Making Them Scary
Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone who entered my giveaway. Secondly, Aberdeen would like to thank everyone who didn't enter the giveaway (gives him a better chance of winning). And thirdly, I'm simply stalling so you can die of curiosity. So, without further delay, the winner of the giveaway is... Aberdeen! (By the way, he … Continue reading And the Winner of the Giveaway is…
“Fifty percent of marketing works, but no one knows which fifty percent.” wrote Joanna Penn, quoting an old saying.* Marketing is a lab full of test tubes and social media solutions. Sometimes we can combine SEO with a lovable personality to build a working platform. Other times, you combine those elements to build a non-working … Continue reading Marketing Tip #2 Experimentation
Every writer needs an assistant. Someone to encourage them, inspire them, and beat them over the head when they decide to watch YouTube videos instead of writing. This is why I’m here (mostly to beat my boss lady over the head, that is). I don’t know what Mariposa would do without me, honestly. I don’t … Continue reading The Imaginary Assistant Tag
About a year ago, I was plain frustrated with my author/illustrator career, and I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. Aberdeen, though trying to be helpful by going after people and telling them to hire me, only succeeded in chasing off potential customers and making me go into debt (from all the people suing … Continue reading Release Day for A Visit to Oaklenbrooke Farm + Giveaway!
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
The past 360 days have been amazing—I can hardly believe I’ve been writing on this digsite and annoying you all for almost a whole year now! Seems like just yesterday I started reporting Mariposa’s unethical writing habits and giving you bad advice. Through it all, Mariposa and I have: 1. Written over fifty thousand useful … Continue reading Celebrating One Year at Dino’s Digest!
This is the third 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 Part 3: Giving Your Protagonist Flaws that Children (and Adults) Can Empathize With
I wasn’t ready to turn to mush. I leaned so close to the large, blue book that my ink tears left a black spot on the pages, but I held still. Or tried to. I couldn’t control the sobbing. The ink spot had smeared all over the pages of the book! This is why you … Continue reading Book Review: Fawkes (a.k.a. Fossilkes)
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