How to Edit Your First Draft

Your fingers hover the keyboard. You inhale deeply. Then you do it: you type the words “The End.” You exhale. You blink back tears of joy. You’ve finished the first draft of your story! It hasn’t been easy, but you’ve pushed through. You’ve done the thing. You finished your draft. Then you think, “Now what?” First, take a break. Read that book you’ve been putting … Continue reading How to Edit Your First Draft

How to Spark Your Writing with Mood Boards

As writers, we’ve all been there. Staring at a blank page, an idea humming in the back of your mind. You write a sentence. Read it. Delete it. Rinse and repeat. You know what you want to write. You have ideas and characters and a general idea of the setting or aesthetics. But the words won’t come. The story won’t spark. What do you do? … Continue reading How to Spark Your Writing with Mood Boards

The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving a Convention

Where can you find multiple iterations of Spider-Man, every anime character you can think of, and a man dressed as “Dorito Pope” all in the same place? A convention. Specifically a fandom convention. With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, con season has arrived, and with it comes extended weekends of geeky panels, fantastic cosplay, and more merch than your bank account can afford. … Continue reading The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving a Convention

Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

*Spoilers included for Toy Story 4* Like most people, I thought the Toy Story franchise would end with the tear-jerker of Toy Story 3. What could be better than ending their tale with them saying goodbye to Andy as he drives off toward college and adulthood? So it came as a surprise when Pixar announced that a fourth movie would be made. This time, however, … Continue reading Why Woody Deserves the Ending of ‘Toy Story 4’

What Your Local Library Workers Want You to Know

In ancient times, libraries were created to archive collections of writing, such as clay tablets or papyrus scrolls. Over time, libraries shifted to collecting and sometimes making copies of important manuscripts. As the printing press took off and Europe discovered an appreciation for scholarship, private and university libraries were established. Eventually, the public library emerged and libraries as we know them today became pillars of … Continue reading What Your Local Library Workers Want You to Know

What They Don’t Tell You About Bookstagram

If you’ve been anywhere on Instagram in the past few years, you’ve probably seen someone post an aesthetically pleasing photo of a book, maybe with a cup of coffee or tea, a perfectly positioned candle, or more bookmarks than any one person would ever need. Welcome to #bookstagram. Whether you’re considering becoming part of this book-loving community or you’ve been posting about books for years—or … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Bookstagram

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Is Better Than ‘Harry Potter.’ Duel Me.

Spoilers included for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald received a lot of backlash, especially on social media, after its release in theaters. Whether fans were confused by the plot, angry with J.K. Rowling for adding in a not-so-surprising twist, or wondering why Dumbledore is wearing suits instead of a fancy Hogwarts robe, the film and its prequel don’t … Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Is Better Than ‘Harry Potter.’ Duel Me.

The Problem with Catering to Fans

When was the last time you saw someone on the internet ranting about The Last Jedi? Nitpicking Infinity War? Making an argument about some other movie or show that was a huge disappointment and shouldn’t have been made? Probably not that long ago. Since the rise of the internet, there has been an increasing trend where the fans of a particular movie, TV show, book, … Continue reading The Problem with Catering to Fans