Cost of Creation

Mpepper/ May 16, 2024/ Think Pieces/ 1 comments

I’ll say it again: the onus of the cost of creation is shifting towards the creators. Which means that marginalized voices are becoming even further excluded because they cannot afford to create. Used to be, a writer came up with a book, or a play, or a film script, and sold it to people willing to invest in it. The

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Yes, I’m Bitter. But At Least I’m Honest.

Mpepper/ February 22, 2024/ Uncategorized

I’m about to say things that will probably make people angry. Keep in mind I am writing from my personal experience and observations. Yours may be very different! And I would love to hear about them, so long as you remain respectful. Let’s start with why I left screenwriting and chose to focus on books instead. To get a film

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Playlists in Books

Mpepper/ February 15, 2024/ Think Pieces, Writing

Because this subject has blown up recently, and I have feelings about it. I’ve never read a book with a playlist printed in it. I doubt I read the kinds of books and/or authors that would feel compelled to include a playlist. So… yeah. There’s something somewhat juvenile about that, something that (to me) screams “newbie author.” High school mix

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Our Haunted House

Mpepper/ February 8, 2024/ Writing

The house we moved into after our first child was born was haunted. We didn’t know it when we bought it, but it became clear not long after. It was a split-level ranch, which on its own probably should have alerted us. When you walked through the front door, one flight of steps to the right went up and another

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Grammar Hang-ups

Mpepper/ January 24, 2024/ Writing, Writing Advice

I have been informed by my teens that proper punctuation in texts is seen as passive-aggressive. Sadly, I simply cannot stop myself from typing full words and using punctuation (unless I’m trying to be funny). So, while I acknowledge my feels on these may be old-fashioned, and understand that the point of any communication is to get one’s meaning across,

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The Tropification of Book Marketing

Mpepper/ January 15, 2024/ Think Pieces

A year or so ago, I was encourage to make an “arrow chart” of each of my books. If you’re an author or reader, you know what this is: an image (often animatic) showing the book with a bunch of arrows describing the tropes in the story. I suck at this kind of thing, but I tried. (The animatic one

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Discoverability: The Key to Success

Mpepper/ January 5, 2024/ Writing Advice

Someone posted a question on Twitter (X) earlier that caught my eye: What do you think of publishers that don’t offer distribution to bookstores? My immediate gut reaction was, “Nope.” Now, to be fair, my husband will tell you “nope” is my default setting. So I paused to read a few responses. Many requested clarification in that there is a

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2024 Reading Bingo

Mpepper/ December 26, 2023/ Uncategorized

As per my YouTube video, here is next year’s Reading Bingo card.

2023 v 2022 (Amazon Numbers)

Mpepper/ December 25, 2023/ Uncategorized

Though there is still about a week left in the year, I feel it’s relatively safe to summarize my Amazon dashboard for the year and compare it to last year. If I happen to get more sales/downloads and/or page reads in the next few days, I’ll gladly update this info. But I’m not optimistic that much will change. Note that

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Thinking Back on 2023 (Writing)

Mpepper/ December 13, 2023/ Think Pieces, Writing

We have once again arrived at the time of year where we reflect, usually in the form of lists. Best of, worst of, etc. I’m doing all that on my YouTube channel with the books I read this year, so be sure to check it out. But over here I’m going to look at 2023 in terms of my writing.

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