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Livia Blackburne
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Neuroscientist, Writer
Neuroscientist, Writer

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Questions I'm asking while revising UMBERTOUCHED
I'm editing Umbertouched right now, the sequel to Rosemarked. If the first draft reads like a manuscript written in fifteen minute increments at 3am while breastfeeding, that's because... well, it was.  So I'm doing a big overhaul right now with my editors,...
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Brain Science For Writers Roundup 7/4/16
By Anonymous - http://kykolnik.dreamwidth.org/ , Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15731071 Featured: Fountain of Youth : The Secret Power of Friends and Family. Beyond the interesting biology, also underscores the importance of...
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Short Powerful Vignettes (Analyzing The Winner's Crime)
I recently read The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski.  So good! One thing I really liked about Rutkoski's writing is how she layers together small scenes that offer bits of insight into the characters. For example, this passage from Winner's Crime.  A short...
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Brain Science For Writers Roundup 6/20/16
By Wayne Short - Edited version of File:Boxing080905.jpg , Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=617997 Featured: The Limits of Fight-or-Flight Training Featured: Why We Snap : From Road Rage to Barroom Brawls Students who believe t...
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Setting up Surprises (Analyzing The Wrath and the Dawn)
I read The Wrath and the Dawn , a retelling of a thousand and one nights by Renee Ahdieh, and loved the lush, romantic story.  I also admired how Ahdieh set up expectations several times and then surprised the reader by going the the opposite direction. (Ma...
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Brain Science for Writers 3/3/16
© User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons The articles in this week's edition are from early last year, actually. But still interesting! Top Pick: How Typing Is Destroying Your Memory Simple Jury Persuasion: “I will give you this car for $9,...
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Redesigned Lesson Plan Covers
Self publishing is a continual learning curve.  I recently decided I wasn't happy with the cover for my Creative Writing Workshop for middle and high school students.  It wasn't really standing out in thumbnail view. So I tweaked it to give it bolder colors...
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Brain Science For Writers 2/18/16
© Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons Top Pick: People low in agreeableness ("jerks") are particularly adept at selling their creative ideas Top Pick: The Creativity Bias against Women Cynicism May Cost You. Ha...
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Thoughts on Plans
In Marissa Meyer's Winter , the cyborg heroine Cinder and her allies make  a a daring plan to sneak onto the moon and overthrow the evil Queen Levana.  Unsurprisingly, their plan goes awry very early on. This got me thinking about plans.  When characters ma...
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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 2/4/2016
By Jty33 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Top Pick: Why resurgence of therapy that unearths ‘lost’ memories is risky Top Pick: The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Really Succeed (via Pas...
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