The Bookish Fox

Sugar, Spice, and Rock ‘N’ Roll

This post is for the Project STIR blog tour. Project STIR is a series of documentary films launching this fall on Kickstarter. The films will follow Abuelitas, Nans & Mamaws passing down heirloom recipes in kitchens around the globe including countries like: Panama, New Zealand, Turkey, Croatia & England. Learn more about how to get…

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You Don’t Have to Be Don Draper

“This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so, come join me…

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In Defense of Fan Fiction

When I was in middle school, I had a little obsession: Sailor Moon. I watched all the episodes my mother would allow, visited the fan sites, and even had notebooks with friends where we were each assigned a Sailor Scout (or senshi if you are going to be hardcore about it). As in, we would write…

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Stop! It’s Adventure Time!

We are interrupting our usual schedule to tell you about my guest post on writing adventures on the lovely Sarah Shott's blog. If you want to check it out, go here. Also, please explore her site and join her facebook community! It is so fun and supportive. Who doesn't need a bit more fun and…

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Carol King is Wrong

It is never too late. I know what you are thinking: it is too late for me. If I were going to write a novel, I would have done it by now. I am too old. Everyone knows novelists work on their craft all their lives. If they want to write, they have to work…

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Lessons from Literary Ladies

I am always inspired by the characters encountered in fiction, so it would make sense that fictional females writersinspire me to pick up my pen. They have also taughtme a few lessons on the craft.  In no particular order, here are eight inspirational and instructive, fictional, female writers: 1) Jo March from Little WomenShe is…

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Conjunction Junction

"It can be silly, but it has to make sense." A small child said this near me on the Metro (a place of endless inspiration if you take off your headphones). What on earth was the kid talking about? It was all about the game "AND." I had never heard of this game before, but…

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Let’s Play 20 Questions

Whenever I get writer's block, it is because I have not taken care of the basics. For example, it is really hard to continue your plot if you don't know your characters well. The fix? The same thing that companies do with job candidates: an interview! You can ask story-specific questions (i.e. "Why are you…

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An Open Letter to Snoopy

Dear Literary Ace (a.k.a. Snoopy), I see your struggle. I understand the pain of the blank page. While my false starts do not begin with dark and stormy nights, mine end up the same way: crumpled paper on the ground. I too know the rejection notice and the scorn of the neighborhood children with too…

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