November 30, 2020 • On Writing
How did NaNoWriMo go, y’all? Did you hit that 1,667 words per day, or did you feel dread at the thought of even opening your novel's document?
Yeah, us too.
BUT...don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to “procrastinate” NaNoWriMo that you don’t have to feel bad about! Doing all of the below is just as important as writing the book...right? And you can keep working on your book, even if December is right around the corner.
March 10, 2020 • On Writing
Calling all foodies and fans of horror! Bites of Terror hits bookshelves on March 24, 2020. This graphic novel of hand-sculpted dioramas delivers darkly funny stories—all food-based—and is hosted by the Cake Creeper. Dive into the creepy cute world of Bites of Terror with Liz and Jimmy Reed, the husband-and-wife team behind Cuddles and Rage, to learn how the Cake Creeper came to be!
P.S. If you preorder Bites of Terror, you'll receive a limited edition scratch & sniff card with proof of purchase.
March 3, 2020 • On Writing
March is the perfect month for those linguistic sticklers in your life, whether they're the ones always correcting your grammar or the ones who desperately want to! March 4th is officially Grammar Day, and March 8th is Proofreading Day, so it’s time to celebrate all things grammatical. Maybe you know someone who will fight to the death to defend the Oxford comma or a person who will wax lyrical about their favorite punctuation. Whether it’s a love for grammar itself or, let’s face it, a love of being right, it’s time to celebrate these grammar-loving folks with some fun gifts.
March 13, 2019 • History, On Writing
It’s almost the Ides of March, that spooky not-quite-Spring time when everything feels off kilter and you’re constantly looking over your shoulder. (E tu, Brute?) To celebrate this off-kilter and decidedly un-celebratory holiday, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite novelists – and wondering why they haven’t written an adaptation of Julius Caesar.
We’re joking, of course. But Julius Caesar is pretty much never adapted. And in a sea of Romeos and Juliets, Violas and Sebastians, it’s fun to imagine a world where Marc Antony is getting some contemporary love. So happy Ides of March – or beware! Either way, we’ll be daydreaming about the adaptation potential.
January 23, 2019 • On Writing
Handwriting is fast becoming a lost art. As technology becomes more and more advanced and accessible, people simply don’t write things by hand as often anymore. Everything goes on laptops, tablets, and smart phones (and with voice-to-text technology, we don’t even have to type half the time!). However, there are still some people who love the feel of putting pen to paper…and writers are definitely top of that list! Whether it is jotting down notes, plotting your novel, or *gulp* actually writing a book by hand, authors love to write, and we bet we can tell a lot about them by their handwriting.
Can you tell something about yourself from these famous authors’ handwriting, based on whose is most similar to your own?
December 27, 2018 • Humor, On Writing
Editor's Note: To finish out 2018, we're revisiting some of our favorite blog posts from the past year. This post was originally published on 6/21/18.
Murder and writing so often go hand in hand. How much difference is there really between the red-inked remains of a harshly-edited manuscript and the blood-red remains of what once was a human being? Here are 101 kernels of advice for both the writer and the serial killer, ready to be taken to heart, as if slammed there by a very sharp knife. Go forth and create masterpieces of life’s very blood!