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)

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 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

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

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

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