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Hi there! Welcome to the Evil Genius blog.

Consider this post your guided tour of all there is to do and see around here.

I’m Rose, your resident Evil Genius and head of Evil Genius Consulting.

I’m also a digital artist and the author of The Foxes of Synn.

I help creative women who want to make their own rules, finish their projects in less time, improve their writing and design skills, and learn to navigate the internet with confidence. My clients get to spend more time doing what they love and less time banging their heads in frustration.

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The EGC blog is my latest experiment, combining my love of writing, art, social justice, and empowering women to create a place you can come for daily inspiration.

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Here’s the 2017 Blog Schedule, if you’re interested in a particular topic or category.

The 80s Threw Up

This is the first time I’ve tried to do any art since my grandpa died last month. It’s pure happenstance that it came together; the whole process was aimless and I kept realizing that I was doing exactly the opposite of what I meant to accomplish on the canvas.

It looks like the 80s threw up, but I like it.

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Bat Princess Logo Concepts

Hey, folks.  You may have noticed the blog has been a bit sparse lately.  There was a death in my family in February, and (unrelated)  I’ve done some serious damage to my shoulder.  So, I’ve been having trouble moving my arms or tilting my head back to take pain medication.

Today I discovered that the best way to swallow medicine is to hold a drink in my left hand, do “scarecrow position” with my right arm and tilt my head at slight angle, thus avoiding the shoulder pain long enough to swallow medicine.  I’m there like “I’m pretty sure this must have happened to Batman once…”

And then I realized:

All I need is a few billion dollars.  I’ve already proven I have the ingenuity and pain tolerance to be Batman.

I’ve decided to put the cart before the horse here and start developing my superhero persona right now.

BAT PRINCESS IS BORN.

Here are some logo concepts.  Which is your favorite?

I love them all, and since I’m a princess I may just get myself coordinated costumes.

How to Find Blog Post Ideas: The Ultimate List

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This is an index post for all my content related to how to come up with blog post ideas.  Over time, I’ll also be adding prompt posts.

5 Ways to Get Blog Post Ideas That No One Else Has

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One of the most frequent questions I get about both blogging and online entrepreneurship is how to come up with fresh content on a regular basis.  “Where do you get all those post ideas?” How do you keep up your momentum? How do you plan your posts so far in advance?  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some tips that will help you generate as many ideas as you want, plan and organize a blog schedule, and spend less time on your content creation so you can do more of the things you enjoy.  (Note, I’m actually a nerd and I like creating blog content, but I realize that other people might rather be working 1:1 or reading a book.)

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The Sorceress Didn’t Have to Lie to Teela and Here’s Why

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Sorceress of Castle Grayskull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This post is a re-working of several posts I made in early 2014 about the Sorceress and Teela.

 

My biggest plotting pet peeve is when characters keep secrets from one another that serve no useful purpose.  There’s nothing wrong with the character having a secret or secrets. It drives me crazy when characters keep secrets that do more harm than good and never seem to grasp the idea that they are causing their own problems when they lie to their loved ones.  There are PLENTY of good, interesting stories that can be told without this particular cheap plot device.

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IWSG: 5 Reasons You Haven’t Finished That Book And What To Do About Them

 

You Don’t Have A Consistent Writing Practice

Consistent action is the key to success in everything.  Whether it’s every day, once a week, or even once a month, you need to show up consistently.  It’s easy to become distracted by life circumstances, new interests, TV shows, and more urgent things that need your attention.  So decide right now how much you want to finish that book and then decide on a schedule that will work for you.

You Give Yourself An Out

I hear this all the time.  “My goal is to write a chapter a week, but I’ll be happy if I do half that much.” Or: “My goal is to write every day, but what will really happen is that I’ll procrastinate and watch TV and then feel guilty at the end of the month.”

Stop giving yourself an out.  You don’t have to pick random milestones like “a chapter a week” because they sound good or because that’s what everyone else is doing right now.  Pick a small, manageable goal as a first step and use it to build momentum for larger ones.

And stop sabotaging yourself with “permission to fuck around.” All those memes you see about how writers spend more time fucking off and arranging their desks or making coffee? WRONG.  It’s entirely possible to work on your book when you say you’re going to.  It’s a matter of deciding what you really want and going after it.

Find something you want to do, and then surround yourself with the supports you need to actually follow through.

Your Priorities Suck

There’s no easy way to say this.  You want to write but you “don’t have time.” You want to write but you’re tired.  You want to write but you can’t decide what to work on, so you watch TV instead.

Everybody has things they need to do.  Kids, job, chores, caretaking for sick loved ones.  There’s always going to be something you have to do.  And some days you will let that get in the way of your writing, because you’re human.  But most days, if you want to finish a book, you will sit down and do the work, because there’s no other way.

Figure out what your priorities are.  Then decide how much time and energy you can realistically give to writing each week.  Make a commitment to do the work, no matter what.

You Can’t Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Page
Everybody seems to have a cooler concept, more followers, a better blog.  Everybody’s doing wizards or dystopia or alpha romances, and you’re spinning your wheels trying to find the “perfect” thing to write.   Or you’re stuck because you start second guessing your ideas, and pretty soon you realize you haven’t written anything in a month.  Or three.
Don’t worry about what “everyone” is doing.  Be aware of market trends, understand what tends to be popular in your genre, but write your own story.  Whether it falls into a currently popular category or not, it’s uniquely yours–and you need to write what calls to you if you hope to finish.

You Are Listening to the Naysayers.

 

I have a project that’s so large in scope that it will probably take me the rest of my life.  I shared my notes and outline for it with a friend once, and he promptly told me that he didn’t think I could do it.  It was too long, too complex, too full of potential problems and setbacks.  So, his solution was that I shouldn’t try.

 

Later I shared another, more simple project with him.  That one was meant to be a trilogy.  He immediately started listing out every potential problem I might face while putting it together, every instance in which he foresaw a roadblock or question I’d have to solve.  MY reaction to a list of problems is to find solutions as I work.  HIS reaction was to say, again, that the story wouldn’t work and I should give up.

 

Needless to say, he and I don’t talk much about writing anymore.

 

If you’ve got a naysayer in your life, you need to stop listening to them.  Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you in overcoming your roadblocks, and leave the naysayers far behind you.

 

7 More Tips For Finding Blog Post Ideas

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One of the most frequent questions I get about both blogging and online entrepreneurship is how to come up with fresh content on a regular basis.  “Where do you get all those post ideas?” How do you keep up your momentum? How do you plan your posts so far in advance?  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some tips that will help you generate as many ideas as you want, plan and organize a blog schedule, and spend less time on your content creation so you can do more of the things you enjoy.  (Note, I’m actually a nerd and I like creating blog content, but I realize that other people might rather be working 1:1 or reading a book.

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Art Share: Transformation

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This is what I did with the fugly crap I posted last week.

For anyone new: Last week’s post was a set of reddish-brown /black images with some splatter and grunge on them.  They weren’t all that remarkable.  I worked with them a little and got some designs that totally reflect my style and helped me process what was going on with me emotionally.

I never tell people to “look for lessons” in their pain, but I can say without a doubt that if you walk through it, your own refusal to give up will bring transformation.