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On writing, business, and stories we tell 

The Idea Graveyard (or…why you lose your idea)

The Idea Graveyard (or…why you lose your idea)

In my desk drawer and in a file folder lies a page of ideas. Half started stories, chapters to books, picture books, concept art. On my computer, there is a similar file folder of notes and text docs, all having work of all lengths within them but also not being...

A Beginner’s Guide to starting your Novel

A Beginner’s Guide to starting your Novel

Part 2: Know thyself So you’ve covered your bases. You’ve written out a good chunk of the ‘need to know’ for your story. And I can hear some of you whining now. “Do I have to?” No, you don’t. I’m not forcing you. What I am telling you is that the majority of writers...

Crafting the Unseen Chronicles: Part 1

Crafting the Unseen Chronicles: Part 1

Crafting the Unseen Part 1 I’ve been asked recently about my Unseen Chronicles, a series of books debuting as fantasy/dark fantasy in the style of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Oz series. Mostly about the origins of the concept and the world itself. I...

Getting back to the swing of things

I've taken some time from writing lately but that doesn't mean that I've not been doing writerly things. It is important to step back sometimes and look at what you're doing. For example, this past month I devoted 100% of my time to the Wonderland project that had...

Taking some time off

It is important as a writer, as a creative in general, to allow yourself some time to rest. There's no shame in it, despite the ideals of 'hustle hustle" #grind mentality some entrepreneurs spout. Especially when you feel that there is more to worry about than a blog....

Notes on A Twisted Faire

Notes on A Twisted Faire

A Twisted Faire was born of boredom. Sort of. I had an idea for a wickedly evil faire that wound its way about people who were unsuspecting. The story itself was started during the famous NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2016 but it never seemed to find its...

Creating art

You could argue that these days we're not in our darkest eras. Arguably, historically, we could say that things have been worse. You could also argue that at this point, to have not learned from our past bias and mistakes, that maybe it is a dark timeline. I spent the...

A Twisted Faire

Chapter One: AdaTown Centre, City of London, 1882It started first with a call. It was the sort of tickle that brushed against the nape of the neck and travelled down to the small of the back. It settled in the stomach and turned it in knots. It spread to the blood and...

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Stacie Hanson