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Where do Jack O'Lanterns Come From?

The story involves Jack and the Devil, but it has nothing to do with a fiddle. The Legend of "Stingy Jack" starts in a tavern as any good...

Vampires

October is an ideal month to talk about vampires. The lore of vampirism is millennia old, as even the Mesopotamians and Ancient Greeks...

Writing in Multiple POV

Writing in multiple POVs presents a challenge. Their voices have to stay consistent, especially when they go chapters without sharing...

Storytellers Need to Do Better

This morning's newsfeed has been inundated with the Game of Thrones' season finale. People are upset, they didn't see this coming, how...

Regenerate

Fire regenerates It makes space for the new. Fire regenerates It clears out old for youth. Fire regenerates but will you be at peace when...

Moon Child Magic

He called her his sun, but he never looked directly at her. Only squinted in frustration on days she shined a little too brightly, and...

The Truth About Leprechauns and Fairies

Saint Patrick's Day is a just a little under a week away here in the United States, but already the stores are flooded with shamrocks,...

Iris

March is often shown with rainbows, rain, green grass, and prancing leprechauns. So, in spite of the two plus feet of snow outside, I'm...

The Storytelling Animal

"We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories." -...

The Ancient Woods

Last night I had the opportunity to see the new award-winning documentary, The Ancient Woods, shot over four-years by biologist turned...

Camelot

I attended my first opera this last Friday night. I have always felt skeptical of a performance that I wasn't sure I would entirely...

Voices of the Deep

This month's mythical creature of the month is the Siren. Now, this might seem like a stretch for some of you, but think of it...

Snowy Griffin

In Elemental Bloodlines, (currently planned to be the third book), a mythical animal known as the Snowy Griffin appears. This is a hybrid...

The Snow Queen

And no, the Disney-fied version is not correct. Are you surprised? It's Montana, and we're in the middle of another snowstorm. It...

Wulf-Monath

January is known as Wulf-Monath, according to the Saxons. Why? Well, people were more likely to be devoured by wolves in the month of...

2018 was... difficult.

The most fundamental part of writing is the ability of introspection. This can be a writer's best friend or worst enemy depending on...

Solo: A Star Wars Story

My seven-year-old took a three hour nap on Tuesday and didn't get up until 6:00 in the evening. So what was I to do? We went to late...

A Wrinkle in Time

My fourth grade year was a difficult one for me, but the one bright light through it all was the novel A Wrinkle in Time. I identified...

Word for February: Limerence

Limerence is a psychological attempt to understand romantic attraction. Take the definition for example: the state of being infatuated or...

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