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

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Resolutions, Romeo, & Socks

Good morning, dino-mites! Are you ready for winter to be over? I just want Valentine’s to be over. I don’t mind that I’m a bachelor dinosaur, in fact, I kinda like it. I don’t have to go into debt buying novels for my true love. You see, I’d eat them before I gave them to … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Resolutions, Romeo, & Socks

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

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Christmas Petitions, Presents, & Books

Good morning, dino-mites! How are you now that you’ve faced the traumatic NaNoWriMo? And if you haven’t faced it (like me), how do you console your NaNo friends? Every time they see me, they start bailing. But that could just be because I ate their entire NaNo project... At least that’s over, and now it’s … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Christmas Petitions, Presents, & Books

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 9: 5 Tips for Creating Interesting, Immersive Worlds in Children’s Fiction

This is the ninth 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 9: 5 Tips for Creating Interesting, Immersive Worlds in Children’s Fiction

A Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Nutty November (Pun Intended)

Good morning, dino-mites! Or maybe I should say bad morning because you’ve probably been up all night pounding the keyboard and trying to meet your word count for NaNoWriMo. And if for some reason you weren’t, you were probably up early to start writing, in which case it’s a horrible morning because getting before nine … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Nutty November (Pun Intended)

Storytelling According to Pixar Part 7: Developing Realistic Parents Children Can Understand, Relate, & Love

This is the seventh 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 7: Developing Realistic Parents Children Can Understand, Relate, & Love