Author Stuff, Life & Stuff, Writing Tips

What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

By children, I mean middle grade (8-14) really. I've been thinking about this a lot, as someone who plans to be a middle grade author in the not too distant future. What do children want and need from a book in this day and age? Because, I bet it's not the same as 5 years… Continue reading What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

Life & Stuff, Poetry, Thought Capture, You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

When I’m Low…

I hit the snooze button, over and over again. I snap and lash at my partner and my family. I eat a lot. Or not enough. I procrastinate. Then I beat myself up for being unproductive. I cry, a lot. I tell myself that I'm this and I'm that, only using the ugly words, of… Continue reading When I’m Low…

Life & Stuff, You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

Remind Yourself That You’re Enough

I know that my mental health weakens when I compare myself to others, get jealous of others, fail or fall short, or don't do "enough". Well, the best way to combat this is to remind yourself that you're enough. Remind yourself of the awesomeness that you've already achieved or seen or experienced. We can feel… Continue reading Remind Yourself That You’re Enough

I.E.G. Articles (Society), Life & Stuff

Perspective

I find that perspective is the most important tool to checking yourself (or rather, getting yourself in check). As I've gotten older, I've found my ability to check-myself and put things into perspective has increased tenfold, and I'm writing this IEG article today about perspective because this morning I finished reading "The Fault in Our… Continue reading Perspective

Life & Stuff, Writing Tips

Things Writers Are Tired of Hearing

It's not gonna make you any money It's not like a real job I don't really read, sorry. What do you write? Is it like Fifty Shades of Grey? Sorry to disturb you. Not busy, are you? You're always on your phone or laptop or writing something down. How many books have you written? (And… Continue reading Things Writers Are Tired of Hearing

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Remote Working and Freelancing Sucks!

Most people who work a job they hate, or work a 9-5 stuck to a desk, have probably once dreamt of working remotely (away from an office). But as a new remote worker (freelancer), I'm here to say it's not all it's cracked up to be. Here's why this way of working isn't always so… Continue reading Remote Working and Freelancing Sucks!

I.E.G. Articles (Society), Life & Stuff

How Your Prejudice Affects a Person’s Life

We all have prejudices. They stem from our upbringing, influences, and our experiences. From these things, we are kind of "taught" how to act in a certain situation. And this extends to how we treat others, too. However, how often do we actually consider what our prejudices do to other people. How we make them… Continue reading How Your Prejudice Affects a Person’s Life