D. Gabrielle Jensen
Author of the Fia Drake Soul Hunter trilogy
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I love coffee, conversation, cities, and cats, music, urban decay, macro photography, and humans.
The Gaslighting of American Corporate Capitalism
I started a fight on TikTok. Not intentionally. I never expected to take off the way it did. A little background, first: a common practice on TikTok is to use one another’s “sounds” (music, vocalizations, etc.) and either lip-sync to them or have them playing while you’re doing something else (timelapse videos of art is a popular example of “something else”). So that’s where this whole debacle started.
My Journey through Traditional Publishing
September, 2018. I had been part of this writing group for about nine months at this point. I had been part of the secret, paid sister group that was all about really pushing writers to understand and love ourselves as women and writers but it felt more for the newbies than for someone like me who had first put pen (crayon) to paper during a “quiet time” session in the first grade.
Looking Back at Lost Things
On December 21, 2020, approximately forty-five minutes after sunset, for the first time in nearly 4,000 years, Jupiter and Saturn aligned in the southwest corner of the sky to create what has been referred to as the Christmas star, the Star of Bethlehem, the star that led the three wisemen to the Christ child.
Quality Over Quantity
I recently posted (here) about important things for writers and authors to consider when using Instagram, a largely visual platform that relies on images (and hashtags) more than on words, to tell stories. I mentioned in that that I’d circle back and talk a little more about the “right” followers, follow loops, and pods.
Authors, You are Using Instagram Wrong
Over the past couple of years, I have been learning the ins and outs of using Instagram as an author. I have sat in on a couple of seminars, engaged in a couple of “bootcamps” on the subject, and read various writer blogs on the subject and as a result, I have put together a few pointers that have served me decently.
Horror Films that Don't Suck
A few things you should know about me. I requested my first “scary” book from the library when I was nine. I was directed to the Ghost at Dawn’s House from the Baby-Sitters Club which was not scary but did kick of a love for that series which will probably come up in later blogs.
Three Ways You're Not Getting the Most Out of Your Mobile Phone
“Where is my phone?” I ask, scrolling through endless apps on my handheld mobile communications device. “In your hand?” offers an unsuspecting bystander who feels comfortable enough in my presence to state the obvious.
Better Days and Turning Forty
The year 2020 was supposed to be a celebratory year for me. I will be turning 40 in November and have been planning various extravagances for several years. While I was relatively sure that I would never be able to do all of it, I still had the plans. The dreams were all still there, still calling to me, giving me something to which I could look forward.
Five Things Writers Should Stop Doing Immediately
Every writer, especially early in their career, meets with the same challenges. We all go through the same heartaches and follow the same paths to the final “The End.” But on that path, we all make mistakes that cause our journey to be more difficult. I want to lay down some cold, hard truths for you here. As writers, I want to share with you five things we all need to stop. Immediately.
6 Conversations to Stop Having With Your Hair Stylist, Immediately
I am an artist of many mediums. While words are my preferred, I also work in hair. By day, I work as a cosmetologist in a small but busy corporate salon and am always looking for a way to incorporate the two—my day job and my career. To that end, today I am offering you six conversations you need to stop having with your hair stylist, immediately:
Thank You, Sir
I watched an interview on the morning news today. The subject of the interview was a “friend” of mine. He’s not someone I’d ever meet to catch up over coffee but he would offer me something to drink if we happened to be somewhere at the same time. And he would absolutely saddle up to rescue me from a creeper if the need arose.