Language is a marvelous thing. It’s fluid, it changes over time, it allows people to communicate in a myriad of ways. It gives us storytelling and love. Language, in all its many forms and transcendent qualities, is what ties us together as a species. Language has always been co-opted by oppressors in an effort to… Read More My Identity Is Political and I Will Not Be Silent
This is the blog-ified version of a series of tweets I made after finishing my novel, FIVE DEATHS AND A GOD. The storify is here. ^_^ ____ November 30th, 2017 *whispers* I finished my first novel yesterday after a six year hiatus. I’d like to tell you about my novel-writing journey thus far, because it’s… Read More Six Years and a Book: Finishing A Novel After A long Hiatus
I want to touch briefly on the topic of narrative choice.
Everything you include or omit in a story is a choice. … Read More What Stories We Choose To Tell
Additional Parts In This Series Part 0 | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7.1 & 7.2 | Part 8 | Part 9 (you are here) ____ (With thanks to the Hamilton musical for being so quotable!) Gather ’round, my peeps, for… Read More MERC vs. BOOK: Revising a Novel, Part 9–Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells This Story?
Got the contract finalized today, and I also have permission to share, so! I am beyond excited to be writing an interactive novel (game) for Choice of Games! IT’S SPACE OPERA SNARK. Plant monsters and spaceships and evil corporations and aliens and romance and explosions and tough choices! (And for those interested, I’ll be blogging about… Read More GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTER
Additional Posts In This Series Part 0 | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7.1 & 7.2 | Part 8 (you are here) Music! I love creating playlists for different projects. It’s not procrastination if it helps me focus, and music* is really good for… Read More MERC vs. BOOK: Revising a Novel, Part 8–A Little Night Music and Stick Figures
This is the second installment of a two-parter blog post about process, craft, and Merc spending way too much time in Illustrator! You can read Part One here. Part 0 | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7.1 | Part 7.2 (you… Read More MERC vs. BOOK: Revising A Novel, Part 7–Gaming the Process (part 2)
After I sent out the second-to-last-original-submission of the year, I took to Twitter with some flail, because I realized: I have nearly worked through my inventory of finished short fiction. Or, basically: HOLY TACOS, I NEED TO WRITE MORE THINGS! Let me try to break this down. I’m pretty obsessive about my fiction organization patterns.… Read More Writing Recap for 2016
Way back when, as a young!Merc, I attended a gun safety class. One session had a slide show about wilderness survival. A [generalized “average”] human can survive: 3 weeks without food 3 days without water 3 minutes without air 3 seconds without hope The point was that if you get lost in the wilderness, don’t… Read More The Necessity of Hope
Second Person POV is the style of “you.” Maybe you’re familiar with Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Books, or text-based games, tutorials, articles like this one, or people who really dislike this form of narrative choice. Telling a story in second person can be tricky. Difficult to do well. Has pros and cons. Is a stylistic preference. So basically… Read More Variations On YOU: Writing Second Person Point Of View