A Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Nutty November (Pun Intended)

Good morning, dino-mites! Or maybe I should say bad morning because you’ve probably been up all night pounding the keyboard and trying to meet your word count for NaNoWriMo. And if for some reason you weren’t, you were probably up early to start writing, in which case it’s a horrible morning because getting before nine … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Nutty November (Pun Intended)

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 8: How To Write Romance for Kids Without Making Them Puke

This is the eighth 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 8: How To Write Romance for Kids Without Making Them Puke

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 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!

20 Writing Prompts that are Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind Away: Part 2

Believe it or not, I haven’t posted any prehistoric writing prompts since last year! Seems like I’ve been so preoccupied with prompting Mariposa (a grueling task), that I’ve forgotten all about prompting you! But my memory suddenly started working for once, and I remembered how long it’s been since I last posted some writing prompts! … Continue reading 20 Writing Prompts that are Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind Away: Part 2

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