Hello again, remember us?

I know you haven’t heard from us in going on 17 months, but it doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.  There’s a long tradition on the blogsphere to let the entries grow sparse until there’s only radio silence, but we’re not going to do that! To catch you up, we decided to split our personalities…

Rogue One: A (Star) War(s) “Story” – Aristen

Alright, first I need to write a disclaimer. I enjoyed watching Rogue One. I was entertained. Repeat: I was entertained. It is possible to enjoy something, but also be critical of it. After The Force Awakens, I was fiending for a new Star Wars anything. The promise of Rogue One intrigued me. But I do…

National Novel Writing Month … Why not? – Aristen

We write all year. But November is a fun time for writers everywhere—a time when they can join forces and inspire each other through an organized event called NaNoWriMo. Despite having a half-dozen other half-baked projects in various states of disarray, NaNoWriMo is a fun exercise (cough EXCUSE cough) to start fresh and try something completely different,…

What do you call world building while on the toilet? – Aristen

An infodump! /cue laughtrack “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going…

On finding a shared vision… – Aristen

As much as we’re in tune with each other’s visions, as much world building as we do, Olive and I still have to talk to each other constantly to figure out everything, from what a character is wearing in that moment, to what the inside of the room looks like, or why would they be hungry…

On killing your babies… – Aristen

Olive’s lawyerly day job involves doing a ton of research, which is incredibly useful when it comes to figuring lovely things out like… “Could someone’s head actually come off in that situation?” (Spoiler: The answer is yes!) I work as a video producer, and one skill I’ve honed is how to achieve the most impact with the…