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About maliaann Once upon a time a young girl named Malia dreamed of being an author. She wanted to write books that everyone in the whole universe could read and enjoy. So she packed a snack and happily set out on the road of life. But times being what they were, she was attacked by dreadful dragons and greedy goblins and terrible trolls who all tried their hardest to stomp her dream into dust. Brandishing her pointy pencil at them, she bravely yelled, "You will not stop me, you wicked fiends! Away with you, or I'll stab you with my trusty writing implement!" And so they fled to shiver and hide in dank caves and dark holes. One day, out of the blue, the most incredible, awesome idea came to her. She was so excited, she hugged her furry ferret friend and happy-danced all around the kingdom. Then, putting fingertips to keyboard, she typed out a magical story to end all magical stories, filling it with fun, magic, adventure, thrills, and wonderful, just-go-for-it characters, and even a troll or two. After many more trials and tribulations, all four of her books were finally published and ready to read and enjoy. Yay! Now, she's busily working on the sequel "House of Shadows"… And a YA Romantic Comedy called "100 Kisses." :)

The Disney Writers of “Encanto” Plagiarized My Book!!

Disney and their writers have plagiarized a main storyline from my copyrighted novel “Chase Tinker and the House of Magic” for their animated movie “Encanto.” For months now, I’ve been devastated, angry, and sick about their blatant copyright infringement. “Encanto” IS NOT original. They stole my original storyline. (My ebook is free so thousands of copies have been downloaded.)

I discovered it when I read this online review of my book: “Pretty good book I like the concept, also I think Disney may have stolen some ideas when making Encanto.” (I was stunned and franticly rushed to watch the movie.)

Stolen storyline:

1. A magical family living in a magical house that is alive with all sorts of magic and enchantments.

2. A magical entity that created and now controls the house and all its magic, and if anything happens to this entity the house and magic will die.

3. Magical rooms that are created by each family member’s unique magical ability. A magically created room contains and displays the characteristics of that family member’s special power.

4. Every time a new power becomes a new room, the house grows bigger.

5. A grandparent is the guardian of the house and magic.

I don’t understand how Disney and their writers can calmly live their lives as if they’ve done nothing crappy and dishonest. These people are making and have made millions and millions of dollars off my wonderful, unique ideas and storyline while I struggle to pay the rent. It’s horrible and disgusting and so wrong what they’ve done. Just because I’m self-published and they’re a huge, well-to-do company doesn’t mean they can get away with this plagiarizing. They need to pay for their thievery.


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A creative writing by my beautiful and talented daughter. :)

The Citron Review

by Brandi Sperry

The house has settled over the years, and now the pool table in the basement is not level. Gregory can’t accept this. How can no one care?

He goes to the hardware store, buys a level and a stack of thin rubber pads. He strains his back to lift the heavy table, alone, his father’s hip just replaced, his brother nowhere to be found, many years now since they played a game together.

Gregory groans, slips one pad under a table leg. Consults the level.



The balls keep rolling on their own, to the same corner every time.

Primarily a screenwriter, Brandi Sperry has had scripts appear on industry best-of lists including the 2020 GLAAD List, which showcases promising LGBTQ+-inclusive feature scripts, and the 2020 WriteHer list, highlighting the best TV pilot scripts by female writers. She hails from Seattle, studied creative writing at Macalester…

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One Stop for Writers Checklists and Tip Sheets – by Angela Ackerman… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

I know I’ve mentioned these before, but this link is nirvana. There are so many lists there that can help you, no subscription required. One Stop for Writers

One Stop for Writers Checklists and Tip Sheets – by Angela Ackerman… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

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The Recipe for Writing a Great Scene – by Janice Hardy… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Fiction University: A great scene is a lot like a great meal. It whets an appetite for more, it fills up the senses, and it satisfies the hunger.   A lot of things can happen in a scene. Plot things, character things, backstory things. We even describe them as “this is the scene where […]

The Recipe for Writing a Great Scene – by Janice Hardy… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

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How to Create Dynamic Fictional Characters

A Writer's Path

by David Gittlin

Most serious writers want to connect with an audience; preferably a big one.  You have something to say.  You have a story to tell.  You want people to read it.  One of the best ways to make people want to read your work is to create memorable and relatable central characters.  Whether you are writing a short story, screenplay, or a novel, you want your readers to identify with and live the story through your main characters.  To do this, you have to create three dimensional characters that live and breathe in your reader’s imagination.  I’d like to share with you a method I learned for from professional, published writers.

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Character Descriptions: Avoiding the Boring Stuff – by Angela Ackerman…

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on Jami Gold:

We all know characters are the beating heart of a story. Fashioned from imagination clay and given life by an author, these fictional people have yearnings, dreams, and fears just like us. They also have a past—one filled with challenges, strife, and hope—and this collection of experiences shape them into the person readers meet on the doorstep of chapter one.

Digging deep to explore a character’s hidden truths is hard and necessary work. I spend a lot of time coaching writers to drill down into the essence of who their character is so that when they write their behavior, every action and choice is driven by their motivation and authentic to them.

But there’s another aspect of character description that is easy to forget about or gloss over: their physical appearance.

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Good News: Reading Is Still Popular

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Writers Need to Rethink Rewrites

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No Wasted Ink Writers Links — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Originally posted on No Wasted Ink: Welcome back to writer links day here on No Wasted Ink. Each week, I select ten articles from my general reading on the internet to share with you here on the blog. I hope you like this week’s choice. Enjoy. The Fantastical Food of Fantasy Fiction Biting the Bullet…

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April 22, 2019 · 5:02 pm

How to use Social Media for your Marketing — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Originally posted on Ari Meghlen – Writer | Blogger | Bad card player: It’s Monday Marketing time, people! Today I thought I’d talk (more) about social media. Last year, I did a series on Social Media but I think discussing it specifically for Marketing is important. Not all social media is the same. Ones such as Twitter…

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April 8, 2019 · 9:22 pm