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Writing Experiences Other Than Your Own (January 1, 2020)

We should all write about people from other cultures. How lame it would be if every fictional world were populated by characters from only one background. But we have a responsibility to write respectfully and well, in a way that makes the real world better. More »

Reflections on the RWA Dumpster Fire (December 28, 2019)

"SJWs," "triggered," "virtue signalling." All of these hot keywords I saw over and over yesterday boil down to one sentiment: racism isn't real. And if it is real, it isn't that bad. And if it is bad, you're just too sensitive. More »

Decade in Review (December 26, 2019)

In January 2010 I was a 21-year-old fresh college graduate looking forward to grad school. Now in December 2019 I'm a 31-year-old homeowner with a solid career and too many hobbies to handle. More »

Let's Stop Making Excuses for Problematic Romances (August 4, 2019)

Minimizing or outright denying the problems in the classics doesn't protect the genre, but hinders it. More »

How to Show Culture Subtly (July 14, 2019)

This month I've been spending more time on Twitter, and through it I've found out how weak I am to peer influence. I've bought lipsticks because pretty women posted selfies wearing them. I've sought out movies because people referenced them in memes and animated GIFs. More »

The Difference Between Racist Jokes and Inclusive Humor (May 6, 2019)

Where is the line between progress and hysteria? More »

"Complex" Does Not Equal "Unlikeable" (April 21, 2019)

I'm tired of the same old gorgeous, angelic virgins with mile-long legs and no flaws other than "adorkable" clumsiness and low self-esteem. More »

Halloween Fiction Contests (November 1, 2018)

Last Saturday our local newspaper, the Bend Bulletin, published the winners of its second annual Halloween Fiction Contest. My submission, "The Haunted Library," took second place! More »

Long Overdue Life Update (August 26, 2018)

I knew I hadn't posted on this blog in a while, but I didn't know it had been seven months. Egads. Where did the time go? More »

Where Are All the Complex Female Characters? (January 13, 2018)

Every book and movie made today features a "strong" female heroine, but it's still rare to find a complex one. More »