The Pain of Having a Real Life Backstory

Backstories, we've all got them. When writing a novel I give a backstory to all my characters, even the secondary ones, even if the information never makes it to the page. I want them to feel like real people, and real people interact with others, based in part, on their past experiences. If those experiences … Continue reading The Pain of Having a Real Life Backstory

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Who Are You? Labels Aren’t for People

Humans are social critters. Plenty of us enjoy our alone time (raises hand), but none of us enjoys being lonely. There’s a vast difference in those two realities. It’s entirely possible to be lonely in a crowd of other people. Disconnected humans are often those that act out in self-destructive and violent ways. We long … Continue reading Who Are You? Labels Aren’t for People

Pick Your Battles Wisely: Or Why Columbus Day Is No Hill To Die On

Since today is Columbus Day and the United States is still mired in political partisanship, your social media feeds are likely to be clogged with memes both praising and criticizing Christopher Columbus. Possibly one like this: Or maybe this one: Or this: Columbus day became an official holiday in 1937, but it had been celebrated … Continue reading Pick Your Battles Wisely: Or Why Columbus Day Is No Hill To Die On