Avily Jerome

Conference Talk

Conference Talk

As you read this, I’m on my way to Realm Makers. Or, maybe you’re not reading it, because you’re on your way, too. This conference is the highlight of my year (writing-wise, anyway). I love the people, the classes, the camaraderie, the books… Oh, the books! Some conferences I’ve been to only have the bookstore […]

Yridessa the Dragon

Yridessa the Dragon

I’ve been looking for ways to expand my platform, and of course one thing that is totally necessary for a writer is to have a solid social media presence. I keep up with Facebook and blogging, but I don’t do much else. But I’ve been realizing that I need to up my game a little […]

To Curse or Not to Curse

To Curse or Not to Curse

The topic of using profanity in novels came up for discussion in a group I’m part of on Facebook. This is a topic that is diverse and can be very divisive, especially in Christian writing circles. People have strongly-held beliefs about language, on both extremes. There are those who say “words are just words, they […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 6: Time and Technology)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 6: Time and Technology)

I’m wrapping up my series on world building with something that in some ways goes without saying, but is still something that it’s good to be mindful of: the time period in which your story takes place and the technology that is available at that time. If you’re just joining me, come check out Part […]

Censoring Books

Censoring Books

Every so often a news article or something will pop up about a “banned” book and there will be a huge controversy surrounding those who want the book boycotted and those who think it should be embraced. Sometimes it’s a classic, like Huckleberry Finn, and one side wants to ban it because of its cultural […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 5: History and Landmarks)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 5: History and Landmarks)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Come check out Part One, Part Two: Stereotyping, Part Three: Building a Religion, and Part Four: Climate and Clothes History and Landmarks Another thing that will help shape your world is its history. Just as your characters have rich and complex backstories that shape their personalities and influence […]

The Great Roach Hunt

The Great Roach Hunt

“There’s a giant roach loose in our house. On an unrelated note, we have insurance, right? In case the house accidentally burns down?” That was the text I sent my husband one morning. Anyone who knows how I feel about crickets (Cricket Warfare 101: Subtlety, Sabotage, Misdirection, Psychological Warfare, Treaties and Allies) can well imagine […]