Routineology: Mythmaking, music, and minimized YouTube clips

2015-06-16 08.18.23This week I was featured on Black Hill Press’s Routineology, which offers glimpses into the writing processes and routine of various authors. If you want to know the method behind my madness or see that adorable Okapi Squishable’s reading list of awesome myth, folk, and fairytale books in a much more legible list format, you can read my Routineology here.

If you’re being noncommittal about clicking the link, here’s a snippet to peak your curiosity: Continue reading

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Writing Prompt: The Talk

With all of the on-screen and off-screen steamy sex scenes, sexual tension, and shipping fodder in the literary world, it’s probably a good thing to know what your character is attracted to and what their romantic/sexual history is. However, fewer writers address what their character knows about sex or how they learned it. Many a YA/children’s book or memoir has been devoted to the awkward stage that is (pre-)puberty and one’s first (attempts at a) sexual encounter, but it seems largely neglected in speculative fiction, save for the occasional body horror story, supernatural transformation/gene/power activation parallel, or anything by Tamora Pierce.

This is especially important in fiction with historical, secondary world, or futuristic settings, as it is a key aspect of life and so a key aspect of worldbuilding. Thus, in the vein of that infamous Hogwarts Sex Ed fanfic and Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, I propose writing a scene in which your characters gets The Talk or a talk or otherwise discovers Their Changing Body and what this whole sex thing is about anyway. Continue reading