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What I Have Learned About Storytelling From Cartoons

When it comes to cartoons, my tastes run to the weird side.

Some of my favorite cartoons of all time include The Tick, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Danger Mouse, Pinky and the Brain, Fractured Fairytales, Peabody and Sherman, and Invader Zim. Oddly, most of these are shows I watch or have watched as an adult, rather than as a kid. What stands out to me in these cartoons are the oddball characters, antiheroes, witty dialogue, bad puns, and heroic sidekicks.

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Writing Amid the Chaos

I am not a big fan of NaNoWriMo. I know plenty of people who have done it with varying degrees of success. It’s just not for me.

I do find that Novel in 90 is something that does work for me. Novel in 90 is a group I found on LiveJournal. (Yes, there are still some people hanging out on LJ. LOL I’m one of them.) Basically you commit to writing 750 words a day for 90 days. That comes out to 67,500 words, which is about right for a short YA or Adult novel or slightly long Middle Great novel.

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My Early Writing Journey

I started writing short stories when I was in fourth grade. Just like my kids’ book bio says, I really did fill page after page with fantastical stories of aliens and monsters and unicorns and all sorts of creatures. Before that, I had spent years making up stories to tell myself. Often these stories starred me as the hero, mightily fighting against evil babysitters or really mean girls who always lost in the end.

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Living the Dream

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all do the thing we loved most in life and still live comfortably? We see people all the time who do. The high-profile mega-winners, the superstars, the bestselling authors. And we all wish it could happen for us. Of course, we do. We want it to be easy. And for some people, it seems to be. Some folks hit it bigger than others. Some even do so their first shot out the door.

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Sharon Skinner Interview Video

Sharon was a guest recently on the Poudre School District program Book Ends, hosted by Diane Tuccillo. You can watch the entire interview here:

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