A Beginner’s Guide to Geeking Out About Medieval Armor

Swords, Shields, Armor   My interest in swords, shields, and armor started when my father took me to the Art Institute of Chicago. Their exhibition on medieval metalwork featured artifacts that would make any knight-obsessed kid happy. As a child, I gleaned much of what I knew about medieval weaponry and armor from movies, television, … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Geeking Out About Medieval Armor

4 Stages of Writing: A plant-based approach to creating fiction

Crafting FictionI have a relationship with writing, and it's mostly good. Sometimes, I am consistent about creating chapters, and sometimes... I am not. Like all relationships, writing takes time, dedication, reflection, and care to stay healthy. I admire writers who have found systems that work for their writing processes. Personally, I try new strategies all … Continue reading 4 Stages of Writing: A plant-based approach to creating fiction

You Pick the Next “Curiosity Post” Topic – Vote on Twitter or in the Comments

https://twitter.com/staghorncrown/status/943465466663751685 If you have an extra suggestion, you can add it below! -Curtis

My First 20 Followers: A Note of Gratitude to Readers, Old and New

It may seem like small potatoes to some people, but Paper Palaces has just surpassed twenty followers. I am very grateful for this milestone. Those of you who currently read and follow Paper Palaces, thank you for your interest and support! Approaching 2018: As we near 2018, I have many plans for this blog, and … Continue reading My First 20 Followers: A Note of Gratitude to Readers, Old and New

How One Children’s Fantasy Book Inspired Me to Rethink My Artistic Process…

Lyra’s Oxford Philip Pullman published his trilogy, His Dark Materials in 1995.  The three main books in the series included: Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the U.S.) The Amber Spyglass The Subtle Knife Lyra’s Oxford is a companion novel to the set, along with Once Upon a Time in the North. When I was … Continue reading How One Children’s Fantasy Book Inspired Me to Rethink My Artistic Process…

Do you have an art blog where you post your images and creative process? Join the conversation.

Here's a coffee question for this week: Do you have an art blog where you post your images and/or creative process? If not, do you post your work on any other photo-sharing or portfolio sites? Feel free to post a link to your site in the comments so we may visit and see your work! I'm so … Continue reading Do you have an art blog where you post your images and creative process? Join the conversation.

Are you a teacher who writes?

Are you a teacher who writes? Join the conversation!

Saturday Writing Session # 2 – Take-aways from five hours of writing

For those of you who don't know, I'm a middle school teacher who is also trying to write a twelve-book fantasy saga in my spare time. It's the most amazing job in the world, as I get to work with children and their writing. To do my job correctly, I need to be efficient and … Continue reading Saturday Writing Session # 2 – Take-aways from five hours of writing

Writing Wednesday # 3 – Quotes from A New Nine-Novel Fantasy Series

Recently, I have been working on The Witch's Uprising, the first book in my nine-novel fantasy series A Thousand Watchful Eyes. This blog post includes quotes from the series.

Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!

On Saturday morning, I woke up at 5 a.m. and groggily prepared myself for six hours of writing. Fueled with two large coffees, and ready for anything, I opened my laptop, sat down, and produced 6,000 words (4,500 of which I'm willing to keep). By lunch, I was running around my apartment, sharing my happiness … Continue reading Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!