One Last Day in Mariposa’s Office: I’m Being Evicted!

You read that right. I’m being evicted—shoved out of the web into the cold dark world with no WiFi. My blog is being bulldozed to make way for new construction. What should I do? I’ve contemplated running a protest. Or maybe eating all the WordPress apps. I even thought about filing for a lawsuit. But … Continue reading One Last Day in Mariposa’s Office: I’m Being Evicted!

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: We’re Going on Hiatus

Good morning, dino-mites! How was your March? Mine was terrible! I’ve never done so much writer sitting, insulting, and eating in my life.* But it was all worth it cause... MARIPOSA FINISHED EDITING HER NUTCRACKER RETELLING!!! In just a little over a month, her 27k middle-grade novel grew to 38k (the most she’s ever added … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: We’re Going on Hiatus

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: False Alarms, (Almost) Finishing, & Survey Results

Good morning, dino-mites! You may remember that I was a little frazzled last month by that mysterious boyfriend...and now I’m even more frazzled because IT TURNS OUT MARIPOSA WAS JUST SENDING STUFF TO HERSELF TO MAKE ME MAD. But that’s alright cause I ate all her chocolate and flowers, and everything she did and did … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: False Alarms, (Almost) Finishing, & Survey Results

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 12: 5 Tips for Writing a Satisfying, Heartfelt Ending

This is the final installment in 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 12: 5 Tips for Writing a Satisfying, Heartfelt Ending

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 11: 4 Ways to Hook Readers with Gripping First Scenes

This is the eleventh installment in 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 11: 4 Ways to Hook Readers with Gripping First Scenes

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 10: How Write a Sequel that’s Better than Cars 2

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! My apologies for posting this late, but the holidays have made these past weeks crazy! This is the tenth installment in 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 … Continue reading Storytelling According to Pixar Part 10: How Write a Sequel that’s Better than Cars 2