Figures in History: Hortensia the Orator

Coolest new thing I learned today: So in 42 BCE, the Second Triumvirate found itself in need of a lot of cash. They did the usual thing, proscribing their enemies. Proscribing, for those who don't know, meant murdering them and confiscating their estates as forfeit to the state -- or, for the ones they felt … Continue reading Figures in History: Hortensia the Orator

Word Choice and Authorial Patterns

I was super-intrigued by the Slate article that's getting passed around the internet, comparing the most-often used sentences and descriptive words in The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. Textual analysis is a big part of my day job -- as my blog entries for the company will show -- so I thoroughly enjoyed the comparative exploration … Continue reading Word Choice and Authorial Patterns

Pinterest Inspiration Board for Aven

Aven Inspiration Board -- Also a great way to catalog bits of research to keep in mind.

On Perseverance

I've wanted to be a writer since I was 11, but as a teenager, I went through a period of time where I also wanted to be an actress. I'd always liked performing -- I'd been in church pageants and school shows since the age of four, I'd fallen in love with Shakespeare at eleven, … Continue reading On Perseverance