Research for Writing: Avoiding the Proverbial Rabbit Hole

By Claire Tucker I’m terrible with dictionaries. Don’t get me wrong — I love dictionaries, with all the different, wonderful and new words for me to discover. The problem is that when I grab a dictionary to look up one word, I get distracted. By other words. Ten new words later, I remind myself ofContinue reading “Research for Writing: Avoiding the Proverbial Rabbit Hole”

To The Person Writing My Story

By Stephanie Jaye Are you a plotter or a panster? I feel like that’s a question every writer gets asked at least once in their writing journey, and one that we may even ask ourselves at one point. Some people are strict plotters, while others just write and see where their characters take them. SomeContinue reading “To The Person Writing My Story”

The Fight Against Weasel Words: The Struggle is Real

By Elizabeth Jacobson I had written for years as teen and (very) young adult before I went on kind of a “forced hiatus.” I stopped having the time to write – at least that’s what I told myself. What really happened was that I stopped making the time, but that’s a different story. One ofContinue reading “The Fight Against Weasel Words: The Struggle is Real”

Networking-It’s Not What You Think

By Alley Hart I once heard a story of an abused dog being taken to an animal shelter after the police raided the house where it had been. A young woman adopted the dog on the day it was set to be euthanized, and for the first time, the dog was treated kindly by aContinue reading “Networking-It’s Not What You Think”

The Pharaoh Who Went Rogue

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 7) So. Everyone, meet Akhenaten. You may remember him mentioned in a previous blog or two. On first glance, you may notice that he looks a little strange. This is possibly on purpose – or possibly not. We don’t quite know (as is, of course, usual regarding AncientContinue reading “The Pharaoh Who Went Rogue”

Appropriately Sphinxlike?

A slight digression from my series on Ancient Egyptian Religion So, before we move onward with my series on Ancient Egyptian Religion, I wanted to talk about the Great Sphinx, since we talked about the pyramids last week. Now, the thing is, that if the exact symbolic and religious meaning of the pyramids is aContinue reading “Appropriately Sphinxlike?”

A Pyramid Scheme

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 6) So, I know what you’re asking. Shouldn’t a post on pyramids be in an “architecture of Ancient Egypt” series instead of a religion series? Well, yes and no. I mean, it could be in an architecture series, sure. (In fact, such a series may be coming downContinue reading “A Pyramid Scheme”

The Hidden Meaning of Color

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 5) So – after a few weeks away from Ancient Egyptian religion and beliefs, we’re back! To set this up, I want you to imagine you’re writing a story, and right now, you want to describe a scene. Maybe you mention the weather, or the sunlight. The peopleContinue reading “The Hidden Meaning of Color”

The Hair Episode

Or lack thereof There’s a worrying lack of clarity when it comes to Ancient Egyptian hairstyles, given that there has been a strong stereotype perpetuated that Ancient Egyptians, both male and female, shaved themselves bald. To be frank, it’s even hard to research this topic and find reliable sources. Hearsay, it seems, is king. Which,Continue reading “The Hair Episode”

The Makeup Episode

The cat eye look is old as dirt Woohoo! Time for another episode focused around style and fashion. This time, I thought we’d focus on a very famous aspect of Ancient Egypt – makeup. Frankly, their famous cat-eye look probably the oldest style in existence which has a close variant that is still stylish today.Continue reading “The Makeup Episode”