myth vs fairy tale

myth vs fairy tale

For several years I’ve thought about the distinction between myth and fairy tale. It’s an interesting conversation and this is just a blog post on what could probably be an entire college course. In some ways the two might seem unrelated, especially since we exist in a culture that recognizes the stories that are myths […]

February 15, 2016 | Posted in Story Courses
Enchanted Storms Cover Reveal

Enchanted Storms Cover Reveal

When I revealed the cover of Tattered Heart, I had a whole story behind it. The images that eventually became incorporated into the cover were such an inspiration and focus while writing the novel that the final cover would have seemed incomplete without the story. It wasn’t the same with Enchanted Storms. I came across […]

February 8, 2016 | Posted in Enchanted Storms
Fairy Tale Legacy: Enchanted

Fairy Tale Legacy: Enchanted

I know it’s not a proper fairy tale but Enchanted was really the first movie that set me down the path of understanding the fairy tale legacy. I know a lot of people love this movie, and this post isn’t meant to diminish that in any way because it is a fun, sweet movie. The […]

December 21, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
things of 2015

things of 2015

If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve. The other part of this year […]

December 14, 2015 | Posted in Arizona, Enchanted Storms, Life, Tattered Heart

Fairy Tale Legacy: The Snow Queen

We have this false idea that fairy tales are about weak and passive heroines, damsels in distress. So we are always fighting against a fairy tale legacy that doesn’t exist. The interesting thing about The Snow Queen is that most retellings center their story around the villain rather than the heroine. Hans Christian Anderson’s story […]

December 7, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
Their Fractured Light

Their Fractured Light

This story is not nearly as much fun as the one for These Broken Stars. Mostly I was excited to see Amie and Meg again because they are so much fun. And to complete the trilogy and get Their Fractured Light. I had no idea I would laugh so hard or be so giddy when […]

December 1, 2015 | Posted in author events, Life
Every day sci-fi

Every day sci-fi

I was thinking about my topics for Sci-fi November, considering what I wanted to explore in the genre or specific books or tv shows to discuss, I realized everything is kind of sci-fi these days. It’s really not, but in some ways sci-fi has strayed in very ordinary places. Some stories have space ships and […]

November 9, 2015 | Posted in Life
Sci-fi and fairy tale legacies

Sci-fi and fairy tale legacies

I really wanted to pull off a sci-fi fairy tale legacy. How cool would that be to look at a sci-fi story that’s really a fairy tale and explore how it fits into or defies the fairy tale legacy? But I couldn’t find one. Mostly I looked at tv shows because that’s my favorite sci-fi […]

November 2, 2015 | Posted in Story Courses
the 80 percent rule

the 80 percent rule

I have an 80% rule when writing. It is the supporting caveat to all my other writing rules. You could say, though I call them all rules, that it turns them more into guidelines. Because the 80% rule is that I only follow all my other rules 80% of the time. The thing is, writing […]

October 22, 2015 | Posted in Craft, Story Courses, Tattered Heart
Joss Whedon and the power of hybrid artists

Joss Whedon and the power of hybrid artists

Joss Whedon recently revealed, at Paleyfest NY, that he has made more money from Dr. Horrible than from the first Avengers. While that’s a mind boggling fact, it’s also a perfect glimpse into the power of hybrid artists. There are layer upon layer of reasons he made money with Dr. Horrible; connections between his work […]

October 19, 2015 | Posted in in numinous productions