Last Saturday, Jan 10, I participated in a lively panel discussion about erotic writing. Thanks so much to my local Romance Writers’ outgoing events coordinator, Jane George, for putting it together, Chapter President Theresa Rogers for facilitating, and to Jackie Yau for the photos. And thanks especially to my smart, talented co-panelists, Alice Gaines (who … Continue reading Sexuality: Endangered Resources and National Treasures
First the confession. That I’ve gone a little gaga over a recent modest spike in Carrie’s Story‘s Kindle sales. Have I been getting a little 50 Shades of Grey action for my own smart-girl-meets-moody-older-guy BDSM, w/a Molly Weatherfield, and going amazingly strong for a small-press book first published in 1995? Maybe. But since checking out … Continue reading A Confession. A Resolution. And a Rant.
Rereading one of my alltime favorite novels, Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2. When this excerpt, one of the most romantically wonky I can imagine, stopped me dead in my tracks. We caught eyes. We looked for longer than either thought we should. For moment, looking felt like something that happened to you rather than something you … Continue reading To Share…
Latest adventure in Second Life: trying to get to a new location, and suddenly hurtling through space (my avatar was anyway) over dark water and then, it seemed, plunging in. Strange fun, actually, and I think I, or “I”, jettisoned a few items of clothing along the way 🙂 A RL friend who’s been on … Continue reading Fear of Flying
Not a woman without a man (as the old second-wave feminist quip had it) but a romance writer without a bookmark to give away… No, wait a minute, it’s the opposite. A romance writer never leaves home without a bookmark to give away. A romance writer without a bookmark is like a fish without… fins, … Continue reading A Fish Without a Bicycle
I subscribe to Wordsmith.org, a site that emails me a new word a day. Unlike other such sites I’ve seen, this one really does teach about new words and meanings, but the truth is that most days I simply cast my eyes over the words and definitions and go on to more pressing matters. But … Continue reading So Many Links, So Little Time
Preparatory to the workshop Janet Mullany and I’ll be giving at RWA National next week on Writing the Hot Historical, the chore (or the labor of love) I’ve set myself is to review my thought on erotic writing and decide what of it will be most helpful to writers of hot historical romance. Plus, I’ve … Continue reading Extra (Thursday) Post: What Gives?
I declared independence in my post here last Tuesday. Or at least I proposed the possibility of a hot and romantic narrative without the obligatory HEA. To which smart reader Deborah responded that what RWA actually requires is an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending” — for which crucial clarification of the discussion I thank her … Continue reading Happy Fourth: More Friday Flotsam and Jetsam from the Web