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

A Crazy Day in Mariposa’s Office: The Aftermath of Too Much Cake, Books, and Things to Do

Happy Almost Independence Day, humans! How are you doing today? Thanks to Mariposa and my recent giveaway, we lured in several new victims followers, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and get to know you better. I’m Aberdeen; some people call me Abs and some Berdie, but most call me dumb. … Continue reading A Crazy Day in Mariposa’s Office: The Aftermath of Too Much Cake, Books, and Things to Do

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 4: Creating Formidable Villains for Children Without Making Them Scary

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

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