Born From Stardust

You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via bookmania)

Characters and No Plot


A question I received today prompted me to write this post because it seems like a lot of writers are struggling with this problem. When you have everything else you need to tell a story, but you can’t figure out the plot, what should you do? The good news is that you…

South Dakota committee rejects one "license to discriminate" bill and considers another


A legislative committee in South Dakota has rejected a measure that would have allowed religious groups to refuse participating in same-sex marriage services. 

The reason for the bill’s downfall? It’s completely unnecessary — marriage equality laws already provide for religious exemptions to participating in same-sex marriages. But here’s a scarier version of the same principle:

A new measure has surfaced that takes the same idea a step further. Senate Bill 128 would allow people and businesses to share their views on sexual orientation without getting in trouble. 

The measure would also make it illegal to sue a business for refusing to work with a same sex couple. It also says businesses should not be compelled to hire someone based on their sexual orientation.

"Not be compelled to hire someone" as code language for "you can pass up a person for a job because they’re gay." Yeah, this is where things start to get really worrisome. 

Characters in Therapy


Anonymous asked you:

My main character is in therapy; any advice on how to make it as realistic as possible?

First meeting:

The first meeting of therapy often starts with the therapist sharing some background information on what they do and how they handle their…