First impressions can be significant. That first meeting with someone, your first taste of Brussels sprouts or reading the first line of a book–we get an instant, often lasting, impression. “A man’s look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.”  —William Hazlitt I guess it’s kind of like the imprinting phenomenon for the… Read more »

This week Juliana Brandt touches on the difficulties of being a writer.  Turns out dealing with writer’s block, bad critiques and rejections is excellent practice for making our main characters miserable. Yup. Miserable. Because writer’s need to throw obstacles at their characters. Think about it.  What if Edward didn’t mind turning Bella into a vampire?  What if Jacob had no heroic urge to rescue klutzy Bella?  What if Bella and Edward were married by page nine? Boring. Because like William… Read more »

“I’m lucky so many things annoy me, because if they didn’t I’d hardly have anything at all to talk about Sunday nights.” So said Andy Rooney, referring to his essays at the end of 60 Minutes where he ranted on such ordinary subjects as paperweights, chocolate chip cookies and even Michael Jackson lyrics. It was a segment that worked for him for decades, probably because the subject of complaining is relatable–we all get annoyed at something at some point.  I… Read more »