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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

Let The Circle Be Unbroken Cover

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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Nothing Like A Good Old Chase Scene

Nothing Like A Good Old Chase Scene

I’ve been working more on my webcomic Aetherlately – I’ve written up into chapter three, and thumb nailed most of chapter one. If I don’t get to starting this thing up officially this year, it’ll be happening next year, so help me! Writing the quippy/awkward interactions between galactic bounty hunters and dude skyboarders is just way too fun, as is drawing them. Especially so when they’re being…

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Surprise Among the Snow

Surprise Among the Snow

Shev and the Snow Child

Finally finished coloring this piece – oh the continuing blessings of summer vacation! It was very nice to stay inside and digitally paint snow – even though it’s barely been 80º F  this past week where I live, this ginger is already getting sick from the heat. I foresee a lot of staying indoors, coloring, for this summer… I’ll hopefully be finishing up another unofficial illustration for The…

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The Noscere - Sneak Peek

The Noscere – Sneak Peek

The Noscere Design

Here, Chaterfans, is a sneak-peek from book two of The Chateran Series. This is a Noscere (nos-SKER-ee). He is in his ‘publicity’ garb – while on mission, a Noscere looks just like any other chap on the street… except for hidden weapons and agendas. What is a Noscere? The Noscere are a group of elite spies and assassins, individually selected at a young age, and trained to speak multiple…

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Four New Chateran

Four Theltings

I’m alive! This is my last week of the spring semester, so I am finally getting around to creating personal art again – especially concepting and sketching for the second book of The Chatearn Series. These four darlings here are the new main protagonists introduced in this second book: Thoorn the brazen-mouthed stag, Carrick the awkward archer/thief, Thlailie the shy minstrel girl, and…

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How To Save the World With A Pen And An Ice Cream Cone

How To Save the World With A Pen And An Ice Cream Cone

To celebrate this being my last week of the spring semester, I did a cover for a story I wrote at this same time last year to help me survive the stress of finals. How To Save the World With A Pen And An Ice Cream Cone owns the distinction of being not only the longest-titled story I’ve ever written, but it was also the first short story I ever wrote.

Save The World Illustrated

“You activated a robot to destroy earth.…

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Real Girl Power In Literature: Not One of The Boys

Real Girl Power In Literature: Not One of The Boys

Right now, literature and film aimed at young adults, teens, and children is full of strong female leads – Katniss from The Hunger Games, Merida from Brave, and Beatrice from Divergent, for example.And readers and reviewers everywhere are raving about the wonderful role models they make for girls. But here’s where I go all hipster and dare to disagree.

The pressure on women and girls to act just…

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No More Radio Silence

No More Radio Silence

Hello everyone! I apologize for the radio silence over the past week or so – I’ve been sniffing about the Rhode Island School of Design, with the end goal of attending their Illustration Certificate program starting this fall. The big life changes are happening thick and fast this year - my first book published, its sequel on the way, and then me moving several thousand miles to start up another…

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