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Storytelling Sessions: Drawing on your exes

Oh-ho-ho, what have we here… everyone’s favorite topic? Who doesn’t love to hate your exes?! Well, in this Storytelling Session (it’s like a guided meditation, but a writing session), you’ll draw on the character traits of your exes to flesh out a new fictional fling. Check it out! What did you think? I changed up the music, but not much! What kinds of prompts would you like to hear? Happy writing, friends!

Studiolog: Week of October 7

What have the Shames been up to this week? I’ve given this website a refresh — installed a new WordPress theme, and went back through the core content to make sure it’s up to date. To be honest, I’m still not entirely sure what I want the purpose of this site to be, so I’m still figuring that out, small update by small update. At any rate, it’s got a new look! Speaking of new,…

Storytelling Sessions: Trying something new

I’m in the business of dabbling. I do a bit of this, a bit of that… What works, I stick with, and what doesn’t, I discard. You’ve seen this happen if you’ve been around on my blog much. Today I’d like to share something new I’m trying: a guided writing session, kinda like a guided meditation session only for when you want to sit down and write (not quite by yourself) for ten minutes! You…

How I use Habitica

I used to be really bad at staying hydrated. So bad, in fact, that my elbows were rough and angry all the time because they were too dry. Now, as of this writing, I have consumed at least 60 oz of water for 270 days straight. Thanks, Habitica! I’ve mentioned Habitica before, but I wanted to devote an entire post to how I’ve used it since December 2018 to build positive habits and improve my…

Studiolog: Week of September 30

With fall now well here, it’s time for vivid energy with the vivid leaves. What have the Shames been up to? We had an incredibly productive (and long overdue) studio meeting, where we talked about what was working, what wasn’t, what we’d like to do more of, and how to move forward on all of it. It was very motivating! Meetings can be used for good! Meanwhile, my book of structured-unstructured prompts, “Promptly: Write Fast,…

Writing around a day job

I knew from a very early age that I would need a day job if I wanted to be a writer. I mean really early — I was five or six when I came to the practical realization that fiction might not be lucrative and I’d need to do something else to pay the bills. These days, I’m a little older and a little wiser, plus a lot busier. My day job is incredible, but…

Studiolog: Week of September 2

It’s been a month… or three… since the last one of these. So of course the Shames have been up to some ish! …like what? Acquiring new vehicles, for starters! Jake and I got ourselves a fantastic Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, while Josh acquired himself a Toyota Corolla hatchback in blue. Really blue. This means, of course, that we have to start making media content based on our new babies. Jake and I grabbed some…

Throwaway concepts

I’m a big proponent of throwaway concepts. They’re how I actually got to the publication stage for my first novel. They’re also how I decompress between Serious Novels™. I should define my terms! A throwaway concept: …is an idea you’ve invested a minimal amount of time in. …doesn’t (necessarily) tie into any of your existing worlds or series. ..is more likely to be fun and light than dark and serious (even if you’re writing horror).…

Ode to meditation

I’m learning how to meditate using a game called PLAYNE – a really amazing resource for me, because it uses metaphors my brain can wrap itself around. Plus, there’s a fox named Wolf. It’s wonderful. This was my post-meditation quote last night, and I found myself dribbling words onto the page the way I used to, a decade of summers ago. — here is my stillnessit never came with theprayer,praise,private practice. here, brought in by…

Studiolog: Week of June 24

This week marked something that the Shames, Jake in particular, have been working towards for six years now: the successful wiring up of the studio. It all functions! There’s a recording studio in our living room! IT JUST WORKS! We got a big buddy mixing desk that makes it so we can plug in mics and instruments and get right down to jamming. Plug and play, seriously! It’s a dream! I couldn’t be more proud…