S. J. Aisling

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Irrepressible Gyroscope

I Shanghaied myself

But my shelf life 

Is running out

I can’t stand stagnant any more

Toe the line

But don’t dare cross

It’s bully, boys

Just believe the boss

Go under the knife

‘Cause life’s about

Fitting in – that’s what you’re for 

No

What you’re for

What you’re for

What you’re really for 

Scintillate

Elevate

You daring, wild thing

Raise your voice

Amid the noise

But raise it up to sing

Da…

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Hey #writer! Win your own copy of READY, SET, NOVEL! and get prepared and creative for #NaNoWriMo!

Hello Scribblers! Well, just as I promised in my Operation: Conquering Writer’s Block post, I have a giveaway specifically for those of you who will be participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (more commonly and affectionally known as NaNoWriMo)!

Hey #writer! Win your own copy of READY, SET, NOVEL! and get prepared and creative for #NaNoWriMo!

Hello Scribblers! Well, just as I promised in my Operation: Conquering Writer’s Block post, I have a giveaway specifically for those of you who will be participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (more commonly and affectionally known as NaNoWriMo)!

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Operation: Conquering Writer’s Block

Operation: Conquering Writer’s Block

This is not the post you think it is. I know why you’re here.

If we were meeting in person, I’d probably be in a black uniform with lots of pockets, a beanie, and large boots, with a cigarette dangling from my grimly-set lips as I skewer you with a glare that could have disintegrated the walls of Troy. Because I know your kind. I AM your kind. I’ve googled just as many websites and blogs…

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I just realized writers are practically Dr. Doofinshmirtz:
"This is the Characterinator! I create a character so lovable, so endearingly flawed and relatable, that everyone in the Tri-State Area who reads about them becomes hopelessly attached to them to the point of their own emotional state being affected by that of the character’s, and then I DESTROY THE CHARACTER BIT BY BIT, and watch all the readers in the Tri-State Area slowly crumble! And then, once they’ve hit rock bottom, I promise to write a sequel in which the character is treated nicely, perhaps brought back to life, in return for their unquestioned devotion and servitude!" 

I just realized writers are practically Dr. Doofinshmirtz:

"This is the Characterinator! I create a character so lovable, so endearingly flawed and relatable, that everyone in the Tri-State Area who reads about them becomes hopelessly attached to them to the point of their own emotional state being affected by that of the character’s, and then I DESTROY THE CHARACTER BIT BY BIT, and watch all the readers in the Tri-State Area slowly crumble! And then, once they’ve hit rock bottom, I promise to write a sequel in which the character is treated nicely, perhaps brought back to life, in return for their unquestioned devotion and servitude!" 

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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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