Kristen Stieffel

Review: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Review: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

The other day at the Realm Makers Consortium, Lori Ann Weldon posted a link to a film she called “the most bazaar, trippy, and weird as WACK piece of art I have ever experienced.” She wasn’t overstating the matter. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is an animated Steampunk-fantasy drama that is incredibly beautiful and strange, like […]

Star Trek: The 50 Years Club

Star Trek: The 50 Years Club

On the @DoctorWho_BBCA Twitter page, the moderators offered best wishes to Star Trek this way: Happy anniversary, @StarTrek and welcome to the 50 years club! 🖖#StarTrek50 #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/gOUSHT85jf — Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) September 8, 2016 Doctor Who, of course, had its 50th anniversary back in 2013. And I’ll be having mine shortly. I was born the same […]

Impostor Syndrome: It’s a Thing

Impostor Syndrome: It’s a Thing

Many of us suffer from the feeling that we’re about to be found out. If someone digs a little deeper, they will discover that I’m not what I pretend to be. That I’m not as smart, talented, or praiseworthy as they think. It’s not only creative people who feel this way, though I suspect that creatives […]

Conference Notes: Fight Workshop

Conference Notes: Fight Workshop

One of the most talked-about features of Realm Makers 2016 was Carla Hoch’s Thunderdome Fight Workshop. Every year at Realm Makers we’ve had some sort of session about fight scenes, because they are so important in most of our stories. 2013: Ben Wolf taught about choreographing sword fights. 2014: Travis Perry taught about battlefield psychology. 2015: Travis, Carla, and many […]

Conference Notes: Realm Makers Early Bird

Conference Notes: Realm Makers Early Bird

We’re here at Realm Makers, which kicked off today with a great early bird session by book marketing experts Suzanne and Shawn Kuhn of SuzyQ. For those who couldn’t be there, here are my  notes, keeping in mind that I missed the first half hour or so while I was at the registration desk. You are […]

Running Out of Spoons

Running Out of Spoons

I’ve been all out of spoons lately. I don’t normally deal with this issue, though I know lots of people who do. But the thing is, the things that tapped my spoon supply blindsided me. Blogger Christine Miserandino developed the Spoon Theory as a way of explaining her chronic illness to a friend. This caught […]

I came with empty hands

I came with empty hands

We’re still recovering from the Pulse nightclub shooting here in Orlando. Orange Avenue, the main thoroughfare the club faces, is open again after being closed for more than a week during the FBI investigation. Businesses along there that had to close are operating again, and the news crews have thinned out. Those of us not […]