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
Ontario in the Eyes of a Small Town East Coaster
The train didn’t jostle or rock as much as I had expected – but, then again, I had no point of comparison. My best friend sat at my right, my husband was across from me, and scenery of an unfamiliar province blurred passed out the window to my left.
The Nova Scotia Fishing Dispute and Canada's Systemic Racism
Earlier this month. I lay in bed doom-scrolling through Facebook, dread crawling up my chest as I watched news unfold on my feed that was all too sickeningly familiar.
Your Body is a Canvas - But You Aren't Always the Painter
When I was 19-years-old, the right half of my thyroid had travelled farther across the country than I ever had. That became one of my favourite weird, macabre icebreakers in university. People would be talking about travel or places they’d been or places they wanted to go, and I would pipe up with my own two cents: “I’ve never left the Maritimes, but half my thyroid’s been to Ontario.”
Writing for an Audience vs. Writing for Yourself
A discussion I’ve seen passed around in various writing communities is whether you should write for your audience or write for yourself. Does writing specifically for an audience lead to trend-hopping and inauthentic, less-engaging storytelling? Are you effectively putting blinders on if you write solely for yourself, or potentially creating an unmarketable story?
How to Find Prenatal and Parenting Classes During a Pandemic
Being pregnant with your first child is often an uncertain and stressful time, even among all the excitement. There are a lot of variables to consider, a lot of things you don’t really know or understand until you get there, and a lot of stuff to be worried about or scared of. Trust me, I know – I’m five months pregnant as I write this.
Descriptive Writing: How Much is Too Much?
Description is an incredibly important tool in writing, and it comes in many forms. To write a story with no description is difficult (though not impossible – there are certainly examples of dialogue-only microfiction), and so a certain level of descriptive writing is considered the standard or bare minimum. But where, exactly, does that standard or minimum actually lie? Is there such a thing as too much description? If so, how do you know when and when not to flex your descriptive chops?
Is It Possible to Play a Pacifist in D&D?
Slaying dragons, saving villages, and exploring dungeons are all unquestionably an important part of Dungeons and Dragons, and I doubt I’m the only player out there who loves hearing the words, “Roll initiative!” (Well, usually – there have definitely been some encounters filled with dread!)
Plotter, Pantser, Plantser: What Are They, and How Do You Know Which Type You Are?
You may have seen terms like “plotter” and “pantser” tossed around in writing communities and – if you’re not a writer or you’re new to those communities – you might be confused about what, exactly, they mean.