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  1. Conflict, or Why It Matters

    June 18, 2012 by Kiersi

    Dick and Jane regarding an airplane

    “Hey, Dick.”

    “Hey, Jane.”

    “How are you today?”

    “I’m fine. How are you?”

    “I’m fine. Would you like to go for a jog down the hill?” (more…)

  2. Podcast: “Gimme a (Storytelling) Beat”

    May 12, 2012 by Kiersi

    Podcast: Don't Touch That Adverb

    In today’s podcast, Jon Yang and I discuss:

    -The fundamental elements of good storytelling

    -Ways to engage your audience

    -How to keep those pages turning

    What do you think makes a good story? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

    Profilic Novelista - Gimme a (Storytelling) Beat

  3. Act Two Shoulders the Burden

    February 21, 2012 by Kiersi

    The Hobbit

    Here I stand, on the precipice of Act Two: 25,000 words into my new fantasy YA novel, and realizing that I’ve finally arrived at the hard part.

    Writing Act One is often easy, and if it isn’t, you probably know less about your characters and your world than you should. Act One tells readers where the story is headed: it details the major players, the background, setting, and most importantly–the conflict. But once the groundwork has been done, there is still a story to tell. For me, as a writer, this sometimes is the hardest part. (more…)

  4. Animal Party: Talking Animals in Media

    November 29, 2011 by Kiersi

    Albino Baby Kangaroo

    Do animals talk? Should animals talk?

    Every time I sit down to write a new children’s book, I ask myself this very question. As a slightly animal-obsessed writer, I can’t imagine a good children’s tale that doesn’t involve beasts from the natural world. I’ve approached the question from different angles; in The Mouse in the Menagerie, the mouse Delilah is the story’s narrator, so giving her the ability to speak is essential. In Substitute Chicken, part of the comedy derives from the fact that the chicken only communicates in squawks and clucks, and somehow the children can still understand her. I am planning to incorporate at least one intelligent animal into Nicholas Dark: Boy Pirate, (a rat, I’m sure you’re surprised to hear) and perhaps more in other upcoming books and stories.

    To approach this topic from a wider perspective, I have compiled a short list of animals in literature, movies and television and analyzed their use or non-use of sentient or talking animals. (more…)

  5. Wordstock 2011: Day Two

    October 11, 2011 by Kiersi

    Oct. 9, 2011 – After one successful day finished and done, Wordstockers return to the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday with a vengeance. It’s only 9am and all the bike racks are full; bikes are chained to railings and stairways and bus stop signs.

    Workshop 3 – Building an Online Audience: How to Connect with Readers & the People Who Can Get You in Front of Readers Online (Elge Premeau)

    I won’t reveal all the secrets Elge ( bequeathed to us, but I will tell you one thing: If she’s right, the way to find readers and sell books is to do your homework. (more…)

  6. A Space Opera

    September 26, 2011 by Kiersi

    Battlestar Galactica

    I’ve added a post tag for “Setting the Scene,” because today I decided to write about settings, environments, backgrounds and scenery in creative fiction.

    So much of a creative work’s power originates in the setting, it’s really impossible to ignore its importance in crafting an exciting story. I touched on this before when discussing the allure and power of the academic setting, such as in Harry Potter or The Name of the Wind.

    Before I spend too much time blowing hot air out through my nose, I want to put some titles in front of you:

    Star Trek
    Battlestar Galactica (more…)

  7. “Ready Player One” Starts Slow But Hits Home

    September 22, 2011 by Kiersi

    Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

    Today’s review: Ready Player One, Ernest Cline – This book starts slow. Not in the “it takes a while to get into the character” sense, or the “we’re not sure what’s going on yet” sense. The narration reminds me of a History teacher droning on and on, giving us the full backstory of everything. The wrecked civilization destined to be our future. The poverty. The obsession with ’80s pop culture. I started to feel like I was reading a summary of a book instead of a story itself.

    After the first chapter I started to wonder if there was a point to it all, if there was some reason I’d missed why this teenage character was wasting his time giving us the backstory of his entire culture in a first-person narrative.

    Well, yes. There is a point. (more…)

  8. No Bathroom Breaks in “The Name of the Wind”

    September 20, 2011 by Kiersi

    The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

    Today’s review: The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss – The first book in a series. My friend Steve introduced me to this book on my birthday. I was on my way out of town for a business conference in New Orleans, and he promised me this mammoth of a fantasy novel would keep me company. (more…)

  9. Infinite Possibilities

    September 12, 2011 by Kiersi

    I wrote the original “outline” for Kor some time ago, maybe two years ago, after a breathtaking dream. In the dream, we discovered a galaxy that was no more than a column of purple gas in space, and a barren planet with hidden beauty—underground oases that feel like something from “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” There was epic love: the kind that has no physical manifestation in the traditional sense, but forms through a genuine kinship of spirit.

    I’ve reached the 20,000 word mark. (more…)