5 Essential Lessons from The Brave

5 Essential Lessons from The Brave

NBC recently cancelled The Brave which means, much like Haven, I was one of the few people watching it. Which is sad because it was really good. It’s not on Netflix or Amazon Prime (yet) but it’s on Hulu and probably on demand with your cable provider. It’s only 13 episodes so they’re easy to […]

April 30, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
Books as TV Shows

Books as TV Shows

I had an idea, early in 2017, to write a book like a tv show. The first thing everyone thinks of when I mention this idea is that it’s written in screenplay format. I do not mean it’s written in screenplay format. Let’s set aside books for a moment and think of movies and tv […]

April 23, 2018 | Posted in Helion Chronicles
5 Essential Lessons from Haven

5 Essential Lessons from Haven

I feel like Haven is one of those shows that I’m the only person who watched it. But I still find it fairly interesting and it definitely has some valuable storytelling lessons to glean. I’ve tried to limit spoilers so you can access the writing lessons without ruining the show. I binged two and a […]

April 16, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
How to binge social media with Viraltag

How to binge social media with Viraltag

I binge a lot of things. Not just tv. I binge social media, cooking, writing blog posts, all sorts of things (except, you know, exercise but I’m working on that). When it comes to binging social media, a scheduler is vital. Otherwise I overwhelm my followers and then I’m completely absent and both mean I […]

April 9, 2018 | Posted in Blogging
5 Essential Lessons from Reign

5 Essential Lessons from Reign

Sometimes I can’t explain what I like about Reign. I can tell you all the things I don’t like easily enough. And a lot of those are the essential lessons in what not to do in our storytelling. And yet, even with its flaws there’s a lot I enjoy about it. I enjoy most of […]

April 2, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
What is contrived conflict

What is contrived conflict

Conflict is the life blood of drama. YA authors gleefully thrive on the tears and broken hearts of their readers. Readers wail and cry and tweet and then come back, hungry for more. But contrived conflict is another matter altogether. It destroys your reader’s trust and dare I even say it has the potential to […]

March 26, 2018 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses
5 Essential Lessons from Once Upon a Time

5 Essential Lessons from Once Upon a Time

*Note this only covers the first six seasons, it doesn’t (necessarily) address the reboot in season 7 Once Upon a Time is a rather fascinating study. It is imminently appealing and incredibly flawed at the same time. Which means, in many ways, it’s the epitome of a show you love to hate. Or perhaps more […]

March 19, 2018 | Posted in 5 lessons, Story Courses
The 4 Worst Words in Any Story

The 4 Worst Words in Any Story

If you watch much tv, you hear these words all the time in almost every series. Some tv shows, you hear them every episode. Writers use them to create conflict. Not just conflict but high stakes. They use them to have a character act out of their nature; to pit allied characters against one another. […]

March 12, 2018 | Posted in Character, Craft, Story Courses
things of 2017

things of 2017

I have been abysmal at blogging this past year. Truly. I am making up for it gradually and it begins with a look back. There is speculation that 2017 was a jubilee year. Jubilee hasn’t been celebrated since ancient times (around 720 BC) so there is no way of really knowing. Gen. George Allenby led […]

January 3, 2018 | Posted in author events, Helion Chronicles, Life, travel
Two Days as Penny Lane

Two Days as Penny Lane

I tried to write this post once before but couldn’t find the words. Because it isn’t about the facts. It isn’t about back to back concerts. It’s not really about the music, even though that’s the heart of everything. Getting lost in a world for even a little while, letting friends create a community, living […]

June 11, 2017 | Posted in Life