Release Day for A Visit to Oaklenbrooke Farm + Giveaway!

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!

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

Celebrating One Year at Dino’s Digest!

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!

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 3: Giving Your Protagonist Flaws that Children (and Adults) Can Empathize With

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

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

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Celebrating the Best Month of the Year

Contrary to the headline, this month is not the best month of the year. Organized Authorosaurus that I am, I write my posts a month in advance, which means whatever you’re reading now I wrote so long ago that I probably don’t even remember what I wrote. That means the headline is referring to April—which … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Celebrating the Best Month of the Year

Storytelling According to Pixar Series Part 2: The Building Blocks for Creating Unforgettable Characters for Children

This is the second 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 2: The Building Blocks for Creating Unforgettable Characters for Children