Is “Said” Really Dead?

A while back I did a post wondering if there are really 115 synonyms for “walk.” It was more a goofy exploration into how some of those synonyms would look in gif form than a genuine dive into the question. That said, I still have yet to promenade anywhere. Weird. Anyway, today I’m tackling “said”…

Help Pick A New Headshot!

Last weekend, I had new headshots done. The old ones are going on five years old, and my hair has grown about . . . *counts on fingers, toes, and teeth* . . . forty-seven feet since then. I got haircuts. Geez. Before I tell you which shots to pick from, I need to share…

Help Pick Bad Writer’s Best Tweet

Some of you have met my alter-ego on Twitter, Bad Writer. She spends her days dishing out ill-advised writing tips and telling anecdotes about writing that come from her probably missing her calling. That tweet is her current pinned tweet, the one that stays at the top of her timeline. Tweeps pin tweets so thoughtful…

Are There Really 115 Synonyms for Walk?

Today, Dan shared this post from Writer’s Write, the entirety of which was this image. It’s a list of 115 ways to say “walk.” I’m all for synonyms and lists of synonyms. Especially for my crutch words (variations of look, for example), sign me the frick up for synonym lists. My characters can only do…

The WooSong Warriors: An Underdog Story

The past couple of days, I’ve been with my sons at their Taekwondo tournament. Athletes from all over the world gathered to compete in an array of events, including board breaking, traditional and creative forms (see the first video – my son is the one on the right), and team events.   First thing on…

Antagonists and Big Rooms

Have you noticed this trend, especially in sci-fi or superhero movies? I think I first noticed it with Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy. But after that, I started noticing it other places. How about Darth Vader? Or even the “queen” dragon in How to Train Your Dragon. I’m not talking about motivations, or back…

A Moment of Self-Plagiarization

Can a writer plagiarize their own work? Because I kinda managed to do that. It wasn’t a whole story or a premise or a character. It was a short setting description. I knew the moment I wrote it in my current work-in-progress that I’d written it before. It was a favorite line. Seeing as I…