A guide to my articles and other projects

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Articles are categorized in their individual topics and then organized by publication date, the most recent at the bottom. A * next to the article means it is one of my personal favorites or one I think is important.

Some articles could fit in multiple categories. In these cases, I…

The story of one of the earliest known serial killers

When we think of serial killers, we usually think of Bundy, Gacy, Dahmer, and the earliest one we think of is, of course, Jack the Ripper.

But serial killers have been around for a long, long time. And not always in the form we think of them in.

Liu Pengli…

Is it too soon to crack bad jokes?

Time of death: 430,000 BC (estimated)

Crime Scene: Some cave in Spain.

Murder weapon: Stone spear.

Killer: Extinct.

This is . . .

CSI: Paleolithic.


Crime Scene

Sima de los Huesos is a chasm in the Burgos province of Spain that contains several remains of Neandertals and their ancestors. …

A new look at the most prolific female serial killer in history.


The year is 1532.

A woman stands in front of a jury of men. The jury is rigged against her. She knows this, but holds her head high anyways.

She stands accused of adultery. No. Not only adultery. Adultery with several men, including her own brother. …

Another article about the Titanic. Go on. You know you want to click it.

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We’re all pretty familiar with the story by now.

“Iceberg up ahead!”

The Titanic and the iceberg collide.

Ship goes down.

So does Leonardo DiCaprio. Enter Celine Dion.

The myths and story about the ship have captivated us for almost 110 years now. There are kid’s books about it, movies…

“Let them have dopamine.” — Marie Antoinette, ADHD Awareness Month 2021. She totally said that.

Marie Antoinette with a Rose by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Note: I came back and edited this after noticing I probably published it a touch too early and without a final proofread. ADHD, it’s a ride. I’ll tell you what.

Marie Antoinette has always been one of my favorite figures. …

A love letter to the ultimate storytelling narrative style

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I remember the day we discussed POV in my creative writing 101 class.

First-person was recommended. Second-person was recommended with caution for experimental pieces. Third-person limited? It’s standard fiction.

But then storm clouds gathered over the classroom and the distant caws of fleeing ravens echoed through the damp air.


It’s the first lesson in creative writing 101, and also the most misunderstood.

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“Show, don’t tell.”

If you’ve ever been in a creative writing class, or even a high school English class, you’ve heard it.

The explanation is basically just that. “Show your readers what you want them to see. Don’t tell them.”

But “telling” is just as important as showing, and as…

The pandemic has been traumatic, and we can’t forget that.

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Hustle Culture wasn’t exactly great for mental health before the pandemic.

I’ve written before about overworking and toxic motivation. Destroying Hustle Culture is what I eat for breakfast each morning. It’s already linked to heart issues, depression, suicide, and other chronic health problems. …

Why you should consider editing gigs as a writer.

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After I decided ghostwriting wasn’t for me, I limited my opportunities as a freelance fiction writer. I needed to find something else to do in fiction to earn an income.

That’s how I switched gears to editing.

At first, it felt a lot like giving up, but I quickly found…

Alexa Baczak

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