Dueling Mannequins

You know that scene where Cass nearly got shanked? Well, thank Max and Miri, the two delightful mannequins pictured above. These are basically Shay’s assistants, models, and all-around handy people. I’m not quite sure where this post is going, so have another picture. I am getting my act together, I swear.

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You ARE A Millennial, And Here’s Why

Are you a Millennial? I planned to start this by saying I survived Y2K, so I’m a Millennial, but let’s be real. If you’re reading this, you’re a Millennial. Please don’t click the corner X just yet. You and I live and breath after the year 2000. I don’t care what year you were born. …

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Character Sneak Peak

The end of last week saw me pinned to the bed with a two-day migraine. To make up for my absence, here’s a character sneak peak for you. Liiræa’s watched the neighborhood crumble for reasons yet to be revealed. Grew up here, in fact, and quite loves the bookstore. She knows part of why it’s happening. …

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Phantoms of History: Mercy Otis Warren and The Minority of One

Ever heard the name Mercy Otis Warren? No, I thought not. She penned the first history of the American Revolutionary War—as it happened, and with heavy correspondence from many of the men involved. Men like Sam Adams, John Hancock, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton and other early leaders. All names you HAVE …

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Concept Art: Just What IS Ace?

Ace is Drakern, descended of the Old Dragons of Vermillion. Just Dragons. Not a drop of Godschild–or humanoid– blood in his veins. Getting his design right was quite the adventure, too. See, I had this idea in my head. The one you see above, from Dragon Hoard Books 9. I knew all the biology, the ins …

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Can Instinctive Norms Damage Our Physical Health?

We’ve been on the same topic all week, so why not? How do these mysterious Instinctive Norms fit into your physical health plan? Same way they fit into mental health. And success. You become what you think about. I’m talking about what you think about subconsciously. Again. See, we don’t look at the subconscious mind …

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When Clouded Instincts Mar Our Mental Health

Go with your gut. Trust your instincts. How many times in life have you done this and the results have been, well, disastrous? I wish I could count mine on two hands. If I used hands, though, I’d need more like twenty for an accurate count. Probably more. That’s how life goes. Most of the …

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World-building Without Instinctive Norms In The Way

Want to know the best bit about writing fantasy (or science fantasy)? I get to break my own belief system on a regular basis, because if I don’t I end up writing entire character concepts wrong. I know, I know. If I make all of this stuff up from scratch, how can I write any …

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Shadow Games of Belief and How We Self-Sabotage

Ever tried to catch a shadow? I remember as a kid seeing shadows, mine and other people’s and playing a game with them. Looking back, the best term is probably Shadow Tag. I’d try to jump on the shadow to get either the shadow or the person to stop moving. I truly believed I could …

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Belief, Instinct, Social Norms, And The Mess Of Personal Psychology

Go with your gut. Trust your instincts. Both wonderful lessons. Often, though, I believe we confuse belief or cultural understanding with instinct. Don’t believe me? Name five differences between men and women off the top of your head. Feel free to write them down. Now…how many of them involve learned behavior? 😉 I bet you …

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