A New Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Grand Unveiling of the Good, the Bad, & the Stupid

How do you like the new and not-improved Dino’s Digest? I have made a list of necessary and unnecessary improvements and enhancements, including: An insider’s look into my boss’s life. In the recent survey results, you all expressed an interest in seeing more of Mariposa. I wish you hadn’t, because she got her own WordPress … Continue reading A New Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Grand Unveiling of the Good, the Bad, & the Stupid

6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I finished mine last Christmas when all the stuff was on sale—that way I can give my friends inexpensive expensive presents. The only problem is that it was so long ago that I can’t remember where I stashed the presents... I don’t know what to do—Christmas is only … Continue reading 6 Presents Writers Can Give During the Christmas Season

4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences

Don’t you just love bright, bold colors? You don’t? Well, then I pity your eyesight, because color is a necessary part of writing. Yes, you read that right—I said writing. A black and white sketch can be beautiful, but black and white writing is as bland as bread and water. And who wants to eat … Continue reading 4 Ways to Add Color to Black & White Sentences

The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

Have you ever had writer’s block? Well, that’s a stupid question, of course you have! Every writer has encountered the block at some point and the ones that haven’t are either utter geniuses or incorrigible liars. Having battled the block myself, I thought I’d share my battle strategies with you. They are practically foolproof (don’t … Continue reading The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Revising, Surprising, & Surviving

You remember how last month I was celebrating my boss lady’s completion of her book? Yeah, you guessed it, the completion wasn’t so complete—I can hear you mentally laughing, so stop it. The only person who’s allowed to laugh at her fickleness is me. So I’ll laugh for you. Ha ha ha. What happened was … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Revising, Surprising, & Surviving

5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

Most people watch movies. I don’t watch movies; I ingest them, then my boss lady dissects them until there’s nothing left but a jumbled mess of arcs, themes, plot holes, and characters who should’ve been fleshed out more. It can be a little gruesome at times, but overall it’s an educating experience. Our most recent … Continue reading 5 Ways Jurassic Park Teaches Writers to Create Heart-Pounding Action

Today’s Lunch Special: How to Serve a Book by Joanna Pentaceratops

I’ve never liked serving my books—making them, yes, serving them, no. I was so afraid I’d ram my book down another dinosaur’s throat and make them choke (I’ve had too many other Authorosauruses do that to me). Joanna Pentaceratops (aka Joanna Penn in the human world) showed me how to serve (aka market) my book … Continue reading Today’s Lunch Special: How to Serve a Book by Joanna Pentaceratops

3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing

Do you like flying on airplanes? I don’t. The heights make my stomach churn and my skin turn greener. The worst part is that ominous feeling of going bankrupt because I know that every extra sentence I pack is going to cost me ten bookmarks (that’s like ten dollars in human terms). You humans may … Continue reading 3 Types of Baggage You Need to Eliminate in Your Writing