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
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
After having been nominated for five blogger tags, I’m beginning to feel like a piece of merchandise. Each time the price goes up, and nominating other bloggers who I haven't already nominated gets harder. Sometimes I wish people would stop tagging me, but then every time someone does a tag and they don't tag me, … Continue reading The Cover Love Book Tag
Marketing is a hammer writers use to bang their books into readers’ heads—or at least that’s how it feels. Marketing is a necessary evil—or is it? We obviously must build our platforms if we’re ever going to get anywhere in this T. Rexirrible world, but marketing is only as bad as our opinion of it. … Continue reading Marketing Tip #1 Change Your Mindset
Spring is a time for life. Baby dinos hatch. Maiasauras build their nests. And meteor showers hit your house. Yep, smack-dab in the middle of my roof. I called the meteorfighters (like firefighters, except they ride comet trucks and carry a blaster instead of a hose), but they didn’t get here in time, and now … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: The Start of a New Project (& a New Roof)