Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monthly Summary: December 2017/Year End Post




I decided to skim over last year's yearly summary and it really sunk in how different 2017 has been. Where 2016 was a rollercoaster of good and bad, 2017 was a year of recovery. I feel like I'm in the best place I've been financially and physically in many years.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Matsuri 2017 + Winter Florida Trip Report





I decided to take a break from the chill and head down to Florida to visit some of my good friends to spend time with each other and attend Holiday Matsuri in Orlando! We made so many great memories!


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

So Your Character is From Sweden ... Featuring Katrin Berndt & Matilda Sjöholm




It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Norway ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I'm very excited about this post because I just recently discovered that I'm only a few generations back Swedish on one side. I ALWAYS KNEW I HAD VIKING BLOOD! So I'm super excited to learn more about one of my direct roots countries!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Writing Lessons from Movies: The Muppet Christmas Carol





I love the Muppets. I've been watching them for as long as I can remember. I love the characters and I adore their brand of humor. They're done a lot of their versions of previously-told stories, but my favorite one is the Muppet Christmas Carol. They took a famous classic story and gave it a Muppet twist, casting themselves as many of the key characters and Michael Caine as the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge (which is my favorite role he's played in next to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the Dark Knight trilogy). A Christmas Carol has been told in many different versions other than the original story (There's versions from 1938, 1951, 1984, 1999, 2009, and the version told in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse) and I'm talking specifically why the Muppets version is my favorite and what makes it stick out, so I'll be critiquing less of the classic storyline and more of why the Muppets version worked so well. Okay? Okay.

Warning: Spoilers.




Friday, December 15, 2017

Lessons and Good Habits for Writing (and Living) Well



This year mental and physical health has become a big priority for me, so I was very happy that Sara let me steal these interview questions from her blog which she subsequently got from Leanne Sowul's “Be Well, Write Well” interview series on DIY MFA! You can check out her original post on her blog here. Let's get started!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

So Your Character is From Norway ... Featuring Tuva @ Tuva Tovslid




It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's  So Your Character is from Austria ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)