Kathy’s Guilty Pleasure: A Tale of a Recent Obsession with Markiplier

I have a confession. I have fallen down the YouTube hole, and, yes, I realize that I am years behind the times. See...my daughter introduced me to the YouTuber Markiplier, who plays horror video games. 16yo: "Mom! This guy plays scary games and you would like him! He's so funny and loves creepy stuff." Me: "That's cool." 16yo: "No, watch!" *sets screen in front of my face* Me: "Who is this?" 16yo: "Markiplier." And that was the end. I don't play video games. If you want to talk to someone who does, go find our Midnighter Brian, who posts what he's playing o[...]


Writing Fear and Suspense with Jenna Moreci

Ah, writing. The act itself can be one wrought with fear and suspense. As much as perfection and the validation that comes with knowing it all would be comforting, no one will ever be done improving. I wouldn't have it any other way, even on the days where I'm staring at a blank cursor wondering if I even know what words are anymore. There is so much to love in that struggle. I love the challenge of pushing myself to think about story in a new way. I love staring off into space, wondering how to tell the story. I love the challenge of knowing it will never be exac[...]