First read this article and this post will make more sense. Okay, now that you're back... To ban a book or not ban it shouldn't even be a question. For me, it isn't one I've ever pondered. I've never agreed with banning books. And parents, don'tcha know that as soon as you tell kids they can't do … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban … Should Not Even Be a Question
My thanks to The Indelibles for hosting this blogfest. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good blogfest. And everyone likes a good kissing scene. The moment when the main character finally gets lip-to-lip with his or her objet de désir is the culmination of untold hours of longing, fantasy, and anticipated passion. But have you … Continue reading Shut Up & Kiss Me (INDIE-kissing Blogfest)
I see you in a certain slant of light, a glimpse of tousled hair and a sleepy grin in the graceful radiance of a fresh spring morning; or a flash of skin, kissed golden, sun-drenched and warmed by the lazy beams of a sultry summer afternoon; or in pensive silhouette against a blazing autumn sky, painted red and gold and orange as evening claims the waning day; or washed … Continue reading A Certain Slant of Light
Let's talk characters today. More to the point, let's talk about characters with serious personality flaws. The following text is an excerpt from a review of Condemned on BarnesandNoble.com: "I also have a problem with the heroine making stupid choices especially when it drives apart her marriage. It reminds me of those insipid romance stories with all … Continue reading Polly Perfect … Perfectly Boring?
I realize I don't blog as much as I should. I'm sitting here right now while Long-Suffering Spouse, WonderBoy, and La Princessa are recovering from a walk with the buttercup (which temporarily ended my daily Dora the Explorer purgatory), thinking about stress. They say confession is good for the soul. You know why? It relieves … Continue reading Of Clones & Confessions- oh, and Happy Independence Day!
"I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. " Orson Welles Amen, brother. While I completely understand the necessity of saturating a topic or sub-genre in the traditional publishing world - after all, they have to bank on what is already … Continue reading Out of Step
There's something that has always bothered me: "the rulebook" of do's and don'ts in writing fiction. Prologues, apparently, are out, as are dream sequences, passive voice, antiheroes, and adverbs. *shameless plug here for my unofficial Save the Adverbs campaign* Have a plausible plot, yes; I failed in the regard in the first draft of Office … Continue reading Burning the Rulebook
When I finish writing a book, that is. Well, not so much weeping anymore. I cried when I finished the first two novels (The Wyckham House - as yet unreleased - and Office Politics). I wrote Office Politics right on the heels of finishing The Wyckham House; I'd read that you should put your first … Continue reading There is Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth
I changed my blog theme today. Not that I didn't like the Choco theme (which is awesome), but because I like to change things around sometimes. Women are like that. Fellows, if you come home to find the house rearranged, don't get irritated. I'll let you in on a little secret. Change, even in small … Continue reading Because Women Are Like That
I'm delighted to take part in yet another giveaway. The response to the Indie Book Collective's Blog Tour de Troops was so phenomenal that here I am, GIVING AWAY MY NOVELLA again. Katja Rinne of CoffeeMugged has organized The Great INDIE Summer Read Giveaway, bringing together many independent authors in a giant giveaway of over … Continue reading The Great INDIE Summer Read Giveaway!!