Macro Monday Will Throw You Into A Trash Compactor

That is an old Emperor Palpatine action figure of mine given the macro treatment. I like doing that, sometimes — taking a gander at toys, particularly older ones, from a new angle. Here’s an older one I took of Nien Nunb: I may take some more — I have a bunch of the old figures and sets (which I let B-Dub play with because I ain’t no collector who keeps all the fun stuff in boxes, ew). Anyway, them’s your macros for the day. And in Star Wars-related news: For some reason, Star... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Kids Say The Darnderniest Things

So, as this week is my son’s 5th birthday, I thought it would be fun to take some of the completely random shit that spills out of his head and use that as the basis for a flash fiction challenge. Below you’ll find a list of quotes from my son. Select one (or several, I don’t care) quotation and use it inside a piece of flash fiction. Length: 1000 words-ish Due by: Friday, May 27th, noon EST Post at your online space. Link back in the comments. The quotes: “Can... Read The Rest →

The Wisdom Of B-Dub

This week, the tiny person turns five. Which astonishes me. He’s a bundle of energy and joy and occasional tempestuous grumpiness the likes of which god has never seen — he’s this wonderful kinetic lightning bolt of pure weird. I love him dearly and have such fun, and further, I have fun recording all his misadventures and goofy things he says. (I’ll miss it when he stops doing this.) So, on this week, I thought it useful to Storify all that, both for my record and for your amusement. Behold —... Read The Rest →

Kat Howard: Five Things I Learned Writing Roses And Rot

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite artists’ colony—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen... Read The Rest →

Crotch-Punching The Creative Yeti: Exploding More Writing Myths

Once in a while, I like to take the myths about writing that circulate, and I like to hunt them, and I like to slay them with my GOLDEN ARROWS OF WISDOM. (Man, how’s that for ego? ‘Golden arrows of wisdom?’ Somebody needs to give me a right good slapping.) Seriously, though, writers are often sandbagged by these persistent goblins of untruth that climb up on their backs and start riding them like ponies. That’s no good. You want to write, then write. And get shut of any toxic myths that... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Is Sun-Kissed And Rain-Tickled Teeheehee

Took that one at the end of last week, and I kinda love it. And, same subject, different angle: So, yeah. There you go. Me and B-Dub went around on Saturday, just looking for cool stuff to look at, stuff that might be worthy of a photo or three — and for those of you with kids little or big, we’ve found that giving him a camera was a really great investment. And I didn’t buy him one of those kiddie cameras, because really, those are very expensive and are…... Read The Rest →

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