Rachael Arsenault is a Canadian author with a BA in Sociology and Native Studies. She's a hippie at heart, a D&D nerd, and a pun enthusiast.
Instagram and Twitter: @rachaellawrites
4 Tips for Titling Your Book
If you’re anything like me, then titling is one of the hardest parts of the writing process. Coming up with something snappy and memorable that accurately encompasses the themes, moods, and genre of your story is no small undertaking, even if the title is ultimately a very small part of the book as a whole.
How Many Times Can You Defy Death in D&D?
You’re in the middle of a tense combat in your Dungeons and Dragons game. Your character gets hit hard – maybe by a fireball that devastates the party, maybe by a single enemy laying into them with their multi-attack. Whatever the case, your drop to 0 hit points and have to start making death saves.
What to Know Before You Publish Your First Short Story
Writing short stories is quite a bit different than writing a novel or a series, and getting them published is different, too. Rather than finding an agent and going through the trenches pitching and querying, short story authors will be searching for calls for submissions with various literary magazines, journals, websites, anthologies, etc. These might be open year-round or have limited reading periods, and all of them will have different fees, payments, guidelines, and so forth.
7 Ways to Feel the Christmas Spirit When You Can't be With Your Loved Ones
It’s no secret that Christmas is going to be hard for a lot of people this year. With the pandemic still on-going (and even with vaccinations beginning), a lot of us aren’t going to be able to visit and celebrate with family the way we’re used to. Given how important family and community are in many people’s Christmas traditions, it’s no surprise that a lot more people are going to be feeling lonely and sad this month.
How to Slow Down and Write the Quiet Moments in Your Novel
In writing, it’s tempting to focus only on the big moments – the dramatic, bombastic scenes were confessions are made, or battles are won and lost, or huge twists are revealed. This is where the spectacle and the drama live, and that’s often what hooks readers in or gets people talking.
"I don't really think he counts as a guy." Queerness in the House of Night Series
Before we start, I want to preface this by establishing some out-of-text information about this series. House of Night is credited to two authors, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, a mother-daughter team. However, in several interviews and Q&As, they have stressed that they did not actually co-author the series. Instead, P.C. Cast wrote the books and Kristin Cast helped her first as a teen voice editor, and then later as a frontline editor. (Cast and Cast 2017:277; Cast and Cast 2018:332; Cast and Cast 2020:358, 363; Rought 2020; Fricot 2019) It’s not clear exactly when this shift in roles occurred, nor is it ever clearly explained what a frontline editor does, but both women firmly state that Kristin Cast is not an author or co-author on the series. However, for the sake of simplicity and abiding official citations for the series, I will be referring to the authorship of this series as though it were a joint effort.
Top Videos I'll Miss After the Inevitable Death of Unus Annus
It started with two vague, borderline ominous tweets on November 14th, 2019 that simply read: “12:01am.” And then, at the announced time, both Markiplier (Mark) and CrankGameplays (Ethan) uploaded videos to their YouTube channels titled This Will End in One Year. Though the videos were different, the message was the same: Mark and Ethan were embarking on a joint channel together called Unus Annus, but it came with a twist. They would upload one video every day for 365 days and, once that year was up, the channel and all its content would be deleted. Forever.
9 Tips for Self-Publishing
It’s no secret that self-publishing has gotten quite popular. There’s a variety of reasons for this – accessibility, having more control over your end product, working in a hard-to-market genre, etc. I’m self-published myself, originally out of curiosity, but I’ve continued to do so for convenience, consistency within existing series, and the guarantee that my work will be published in the form and length I want it to be and not get cancelled or discontinued. That’s not to say I’ll never traditionally publish – it’s definitely something I’ve looked into – but for now, self-publishing suits my needs and preferences just fine.