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Story Planet

Intergalactic Travel Authority

Picture this… an adorable space themed storefront which opens into a gift shop and café. You can literally buy a black hole in a jar as well as a delicious gluten free cupcake. Which I did. (Cupcake, not black hole) The proceeds fund the space at the back of the store which is reserved for this:

Imagine being a kid with big ideas, but with no way to share them with the world. Or, being a teenager who is struggling in school with writing assignments, feeling like their future is a waste of time… For many kids who struggle with writing, having a visually creative side to the work enables them to launch their imaginations and get their words flowing. Once writing is fun, it is far less daunting… From there, the future looks brighter.

In short, Story Planet’s mission is to get kids and teens excited about writing. To make it fun. It’s organizations like this that make my heart happy. Happy that there are people in the world who come up with these ideas. Happy that they possess the courage to follow through. Happy that kids and teens who may have otherwise struggled with writing are now finding success.

Story Planet. Volunteer. Donate. Have a cupcake.

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Not for a love of words

I’m often asked “What’s another word for…” or “How do you spell…” When I can’t answer I’m met with, “I thought you were a writer?!”

Some writers are in love with words. Madly, deeply in love. I’m more, “let’s just be friends”. I have nothing against words. Some words are quite fine. But that’s not why I write. I write for the same reason I read. I love a good story.

I love beginnings. Who is the protagonist? What kind of trouble are they in? I love the “holy crap, I never saw that coming” twists. I love character tension and what is said v. what is implied. I love sad endings, happy endings, even open ended endings. But I especially love it when a story touches me so deeply that I can’t bear to shelve the book. Instead it remains on my nightstand for days, sometimes weeks, while the story walks around with me.

That’s not to say that a good story which is poorly written is enjoyable. However, a well written novel with a poor story is just as unacceptable.

As a writer I promise to do my best to choose the right words. Craft the right sentences. Just don’t ask me to be a human dictionary or thesaurus. I will fail miserably.

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