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Crafting Tragic Tragedies (September 2, 2017)

The efficacy of the central tragedy makes the difference between a shallow romance and a touching one, a boring mystery and a captivating one, or a cliché fantasy and a memorable one. More »

Why I'm Upgrading to Pictures (August 20, 2017)

For a long time now, I've felt that words alone aren't sufficient for the stories I want to convey. More »

T. K. and Sweetie Tie the Knot, Part 2: The Wedding (June 21, 2017)

Sweetie and I were officially married on June 20, 2017, the tenth anniversary of the day we became "Facebook official." More »

T. K. and Sweetie Tie the Knot, Part 1: The Preparations (June 21, 2017)

Sweetie and I are now officially an old married couple. For ease of URL-sharing, I've split my post about our wedding into two. First, the preparations! More »

Writing in the Age of Entertainment Overload (June 1, 2017)

In the publishing world today, there is only one "good" story: the unputdownable story. More »

Surprising Similarities between Sewing and Writing (May 14, 2017)

Sewing and writing seem like very different creative endeavors, but as I learned more about dressmaking I found many surprising similarities. More »

Preaching in Fiction (May 6, 2017)

It's perfectly natural for authors to use their stories to show the difference between right and wrong. However, there are stories with good moral lessons, and then there are sermons masquerading as stories. More »

What I Learned from Pride and Prejudice: Maximizing Potential for Happiness (May 2, 2017)

The magic of P&P is in its basic story structure. More »

With Great Authority Comes Great Responsibility (April 21, 2017)

When a reader picks up a book, she basically hands her heart over to the author on a silver platter, saying, "Do with it what you will." More »

In Defense of Telling: Orienting Readers and Respecting Their Time (April 14, 2017)

I recovered from my crisis of confidence, but I still have yet to begin Rainie Day #2 because of matters of life and death. Literally. In the past month, I attended two conferences and a funeral. (Not quite as catchy as Four Weddings and a Funeral, but believe me, it's been just as manic and emotionally fraught around here as that movie. More »