Far Flung Friends’ Guide to Starting a Long Distance Book Club

Far away from your book loving friends? Are the book clubs at your local library and bookstore just not cutting it? It might be they're not reading the kinds of books you like, or they just can't fill the gaping hole in your heart from missing your long distance friends. Or, do you just want … Continue reading Far Flung Friends’ Guide to Starting a Long Distance Book Club

Fan Fiction: Love or Hate?

Guilty pleasure? Genuine love? Trash heap you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, not when there are "real" books to be read? Or original works to be written? Authors and readers alike have very strong, very mixed opinions with regards to fan fiction. There are those who hate it, no surprise there, but did you … Continue reading Fan Fiction: Love or Hate?

How To Avoid Writing Lame Fantasy Names

Middle Earth. Rivendell. Winterfell. Dragonstone. Hogwarts. Chamber of Secrets. All of these place names are from the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter series, and I can say them out loud to another person without getting embarrassed. They're even cool. But I've also read fantasy where the names sound clunky, even … Continue reading How To Avoid Writing Lame Fantasy Names

Getting Back into Reading & Writing After College Burnout

What Harry Potter did for me in my youth, Outlander did for me after graduating with four years of compounded college burnout. I left my alma mater with a nice English degree, but I lost my mental capacity to read and write fiction for fun. All the residual brain ink I had dried up, my … Continue reading Getting Back into Reading & Writing After College Burnout

First Word War Attempt

So below is my silly attempt at doing a word war. My prompt was self-created, which I probably shouldn't have done. I think it would have been more in the spirit of the challenge to have found one online, but this was my first time, and I was daunted by the whole thing, so baby … Continue reading First Word War Attempt

Getting Hooked on Writing (And Reading)

My foray into writing fiction came after reading Harry Potter. You can laugh at that if you want, but not only did those books transform reluctant young readers like me into avid readers, they also inspired us to become writers. I think I was about ten or eleven years old when I wrote my first … Continue reading Getting Hooked on Writing (And Reading)

Learning to Lean on Perspiration, Not Inspiration When Writing

This month marks my fifth year as a public relations professional (yay!), and as I look back on old post-graduate life-related posts from Brain Ink (now mostly archived), I'm amazed by how much being a professional writer has changed my mindset about the whole process. One of the old posts I've left up, Inspiration is … Continue reading Learning to Lean on Perspiration, Not Inspiration When Writing

Can I Put “Squirrel Herder” On My Resume?

Work is usually predictable. Every day, I sit at my desk writing op-eds, creating media lists and pitching story ideas to journalists for clients. So lots of typing, staring at a computer screen and talking on the phone. I can pretty much expect this every day I go into the office. One day, my boss … Continue reading Can I Put “Squirrel Herder” On My Resume?

Inspiration is a Fickle Fiend

It’s a wonderful feeling, inspiration. Those little gifts from your brain that turn into brilliant ideas and creative works. The stuff that really gets your brain ink going. Whether you are working out a problem or writing, inspiration is the vehicle or lubricant that makes the process easier. But inspiration is a fickle fiend. Once … Continue reading Inspiration is a Fickle Fiend

Chronic Wasting of Sundays

Do you ever feel like you’ve wasted a day? Like it kind of just happened, it’s over and you wish you could go back and re-do it with something more exciting or productive? You aren’t the only one. I have a chronic problem of wasting Sundays. I go to bed Saturday night thinking I’m going … Continue reading Chronic Wasting of Sundays