S. J. Aisling

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Aisling and Bainstorm #1 - Inspiration Bites

Aisling and Bainstorm #1 – Inspiration Bites

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I’m Aisling. Average girl with an affinity for shoes, fictional characters, and chocolate. But while some girls have little dogs that look like rats, obey nobody, and bark at everyone and everything, I have a writing-inspiration gremlin with a severe vertical deficiency, an overdose of ego, and a biting habit. That’s Bainstorm. 

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Writing inspiration bites at inopportune times. But when…

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A Villain Worth Fighting Against

A Villain Worth Fighting Against

Creating a well-crafted hero can often seem easy when compared to coming up with and developing a good (in a bad way) villain. These poor evils are easy to overlook, because books are rarely really about them. Stories are about the heroes, the characters we want to, and should, root for, admire, and grow to love. But without antagonists who are just as living, breathing, and ambitious as the…

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More Than Just A Line

More Than Just A Line

Unicorn Breaks Boundaries

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When I was fourteen, I realized drawing was just the art of making simple lines do what you wanted.

I drew not-to-be-boxed-in Uni here with a ballpoint pen, and he’s just one single, continuous, unbroken line. It’s quite freeing to do this sort of thing after the much more detailed work I normally do.

xo, Stacia Joy

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After the Battles: How To Avoid Overlooking Character Reaction

After the Battles: How To Avoid Overlooking Character Reaction

Throwing your characters into all kinds of perilous situations is not only fun, but a sign of a good writer – you’re not afraid to kill your darlings for the sake of upping the stakes, emotionally damaging your readers, and thickening the plot. This superpower can rapidly devolve into a super problem, however, if you overlook a simple fact.

Chances are, your characters are not Wolverines, packing…

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Have Mercy

If I could, I would come before you today cringing and extending a platter of cookies between us like some sort of shield. I have been shamefully absent. I have missed several Thursday posts I should have gotten out and to you promptly. But I didn’t.

Here’s where the real groveling starts.

Have mercy on me, please! I have been slaving all month to try and make my June 30th deadline for finishing…

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Let The Circle Be Unbroken - Book Cover

Let The Circle Be Unbroken – Book Cover

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I first discovered Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, when I was a young whelp, being one of those younger siblings who always tried to do what the older kids in the family were doing, be it riding a bike or reading novels beyond my target-age-range. Little ten-year-old me didn’t fully understand everything in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, but I liked main character Cassie, and…

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Watching the Battle - Sneak Peek

Watching the Battle – Sneak Peek

Watching the Battle

Today I give you Chaterfans another sketchbook sneak-peek from book two of The Chateran Series. This particular scene comes about 2/3 of the way through the book, and I’m really excited for you to meet this character (the one with the class helmet). She’s been quite fun to design, describe, and weave into the plot, side-character though she is. And that’s enough for now, otherwise this…

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The Ginger’s Entitlement is To Be Free of Your ‘Entitlement’

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”
Excuse you?
I am a breathing being,
A flesh and blood body holding hands with a soul,
A human.
I am not an accessory,
A color-coded experience
For you to check off your bucket list.
I bear the red badge of my kind with a courage
That comes from withstanding a childhood of burns,
Of teasing,
Of questions about illegitimacy because of my individuality,
That grew into catcalls
And cat-clawed tongues.
But I am much, much more than my appearance,
And nothing of who I am
is
“entitled”
to you.

~~~

I’m sorry, but I’m upset by the fact that gingerism exists, even to the point where even a quote like Lucille Ball’s at the beginning of this post (which I am quite sure was never intended to be insulting) incites impatience and annoyance in me. Actually, no, I’m not sorry for being upset. I’m tired of being sexualized, villainized, ridiculed, and objectified, both by the media and by everyday people. I looked up ‘redhead’ in Goodreads Quotes, and you know what the results were? Mostly anything to do with being sexy, stubborn, angry, or troublemakers – or lamenting the fact that the quote-maker had red hair. And then there was this one from Chelsea Handler:

“Along with the 97 percent of women who can see, I have never been a fan of redheaded men.”

I think we have a right to be angry.

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To Be Free of Your ‘Entitlement’ Is This Ginger’s Entitlement

To Be Free of Your ‘Entitlement’ Is This Ginger’s Entitlement

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”Excuse you? I am a breathing being, A flesh and blood body holding hands with a soul, A human. I am not an accessory, A color-coded experience For you to check off your bucket list. I bear the red badge of my kind with a courage That comes from withstanding a childhood of burns, Of teasing, Of questions about…

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Guest Post: Sensational Descriptions

Guest Post: Sensational Descriptions

Hello all!

Today, my monthly For the Scribblers post has taken a vacation and is the guest of fellow writer Gillian Adams on her blog, Of IMG_4396 (4) - CopyBattles, Dragons, and Swords of Adamant. I’ve enjoyed reading Gillian’s blog ever since I stumbled across it a while ago – her writing style is flowing, descriptive, and plain old delicious, so I jumped at the opportunity when she invited me to guest post.

When…

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