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I’m Kat! Professional Storyteller & Neurodivergent Creative

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‘Whether we exist in real life—or merely on the page—we’re all a sum of our memories and the things we’ve experienced in our lives.’ — Kat Vancil, “Give me that tragic backstory baby”, The Storytellers Saga
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Give me that tragic backstory baby

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 25 Well hello there, Reader! Today we’re talking about tragic backstories. Click to watch the full Reel You know those things that are common in D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) and pretty much every other role-playing game. I guess because happy well-adjusted people aren’t thrill-seeking adventurers? The backstory is usually some page-long saga the player hands over to the GM (game master) and then info dumps to the rest of the party at a tavern in the first...

10 months ago • 4 min read

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 50 Well hello there, Reader! Do you ever get to the end of the week and you’re just tired? So tired that all your bright and shiny plans for Sunday just go right out the window? So tired that you can’t even bring yourself to change out of your PJs despite the fact it’s long past noon? I was that kind of tired this past Sunday, Reader. It probably didn’t help that I was woken up way too early by our neighbor’s “valiant” attempt to train their dog...

5 days ago • 3 min read
‘Romance is about two people seeing the world their own way, with their own shards of glass wedged deep into their hearts, that by the last page end up completing one another.’ — Kat Vancil, “Looking to write that love story this Palentine’s Day?”, The St

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 49 Well hello there, Reader! Have you got a special someone on this 💝 filled day? Did they get you something sweet? In the days leading up to VDay, sales of chocolates and flowers have been massive. But what about… Books? Yep, you heard me correctly. Over 2.2 billion books are sold each year worldwide. And of those billions, 25% were Romance books. That number jumps to 40% if you’re just counting books within genre fiction. Crazy right? And that’s...

12 days ago • 4 min read
‘That whole New Year. New You. And it MUST start exactly on JAN 1st or you’re a capital F Failure is complete bullshit.’ — Kat Vancil, “So…did your 2023 go exactly as planned?”, The Storytellers Saga

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 48 Well hello there, Reader, So…did your 2023 go exactly as planned? We’re 10 days into 2024 and has yours already gone off the rails? Yep, mine too. 😬 I completely feel you on that one. My 2023 ended with a rattling death cough of “Well, I guess I’m not going to be accomplishing that this year.” And the first week of 2024 was entirely a wash, because I’ve been sick for going on 3 weeks now. But am I ready to throw in the towel for 2024 and take up...

about 2 months ago • 4 min read
‘Now if I could grant you anything this holiday… It’s the confidence to sing as boldly as a 5-year-old who is 100% certain that “broccoli” is a game reindeer play.’ — Kat Vancil, “…Join in any reindeer games. Like Broccoli!”, The Storytellers Saga

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 47 They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games. Like Broccoli!” 🎶 When I was 5, Reader, I learned the extended edition of “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” by heart just from hearing it sung. I was so very proud of myself I performed it for my grandma for Christmas when I saw her. Look at me in my little holiday dress aren’t I adorbs? You see, in the lead-up to Christmas, they had been playing the stop-motion classic of Rudolph on TV and I...

2 months ago • 3 min read
‘When a task seems too overwhelming, just break it into a piece that seems achievable to you.’ — Kat Vancil, “50K in 30 days baby”, The Storytellers Saga

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 46 A month ago past, there was a valiant storyteller who set out on a quest to pen 50,000 words in a month. She knew it was an arduous and daunting task but she armed herself with the infinite knowledges of the digital tomes and the strength of her imagination. Her journey was grand and the words flowed like glittering threads, weaving a fine tapestry of people and places into existence. But soon the Chasm of Doubt opened up and she was mired in the...

3 months ago • 3 min read
‘We’re not climbing Everest. You don’t have to reach the summit to have accomplished something worth celebrating.’ — Kat Vancil, “50K words Maybe I’ll just try next year”, The Storytellers Saga

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 45 Over the last week, I’ve seen it more times than I can count, Reader. Dozens upon dozens of fellow Threaders saying mostly the same thing. 50K words 😬 I don’t know if I can do it. Maybe I’ll just try next year." Or It’s already 3/5/7 days in… It’s too late. I’ll never catch up. 😭 " But really, when you get right down and think about it, isn’t that the same as saying: Well if it’s not going to be a NY Times Best Seller, should I even bother writing...

4 months ago • 3 min read
‘No one in Gothic Fiction has a happy backstory. Every Legendary Character in a Gothic story already starts out in a state of wanting to return to a time in the past when things were better for them, personally.’ — Kat Vancil, “Spooky old houses, ancient

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 44 OMGs Look at them! They’re like if a pumpkin and a rosebush had a baby!” I shout in delight as we walk up to the Trader Joe’s in the fading light of day. A cool breeze dances through the floral offerings in front of the grocer, making it finally feel like autumn. I turn to my husband. “They’re the littlest pumpkins ever. I wants them.” He gives me this slightly skeptical look of “really?” Cats can eat pumpkins. I watched like half a dozen reels of...

4 months ago • 4 min read
‘Gothic Fiction is about the transgression of boundaries and the sometimes horrific consequences of crossing them.’ — Kat Vancil, “It was hauntingly good”, The Storytellers Saga

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 43 It would seem I was the only person in the tri-city area who wasn’t at the movies to see Taylor’s concert on the big screen this past weekend. In fact, so many people wanted to see The Eras Tour we had to drive to the next county over just to find a screen playing what we actually wanted to see, A Haunting in Venice. So how was it, you ask? Well, it was hauntingly good of course. Okay, sorry, not sorry, for the pun there. But seriously, it was...

4 months ago • 3 min read
‘For some, it doesn’t matter how many gold stars they collect, it will never be enough. And for them, I suggest collecting stories so incredibly bad they bring you to gasping tears from laughing so hard.’ — Kat Vancil, “Bank this for those bad days”, The

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 42 You know those days, Reader, when you’ve been staring at that blank page for what seems like hours because all your ideas seem dumb? When you hate everything you write. When you only have one review for your newest story. Or worse, none. When you dread hitting the publish button because you’re terrified of what someone might think of your story. Or you. You know the days when you question why you thought this was such a brilliant idea in the first...

5 months ago • 4 min read
‘“It’s Banned Book Week, and the number one thing on everyone’s mind—is your book banned?”’ — Kat Vancil, “Wanna see my shelf of Floridian contraband?”, The Storytellers Saga

KAT VANCIL THE STORYTELLER'S SAGA QUEST 41 A glamorous newscaster stands before the camera crew, microphone in hand. Tonight we’re coming to you live from Yourtown, America, where it’s Banned Book Week, and the number one thing on everyone’s mind—is your book banned?” She holds the microphone out toward the camera which swings around to reveal a startled author. Um…no.” The camera crew pans back to the newscaster. But would it be, if they knew what was in it?” The author’s gaze darts...

5 months ago • 2 min read
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