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Showing posts 1 to 10 labeled Rants (18 total)

The Fad Diet Mentality of NaNoWriMo (October 31, 2021)

NaNoWriMo is a toxic program that teaches people to hate writing and themselves. More »

The Inaccessibility of Publishing (March 7, 2021)

I have to say the querying process for writers seeking traditional publication is terribly inaccessible to all but the top few percent of neurotypical, highly educated, computer-savvy writers. And the problems are too big for a single literary agent to fix. More »

Writers, Count Your Blessings (February 28, 2021)

The vast majority of writers probably have privileged lives, because we wouldn't have been able to become writers otherwise. Yet despite our enviable advantages, and the fact we're fortunate enough to have the tools and time to pursue our dreams, somehow we became the whiniest, most self-pitying group of professionals I've seen on the internet. More »

Thoughts on the Women's Fiction Label (February 8, 2021)

Let's be honest about what people are thinking when they call a book Women's Fiction: it's bland fluff of inferior quality. More »

Finding Joy in Imperfection and Obscurity (December 31, 2020)

The arts enrich our lives, but they've never enriched our wallets, and they never will. So yes, we must indeed write for personal fulfillment instead of money, or the foolish pursuit of commercial success will poison our art and our sanity. 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 »

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 »

Mystery Tropes I Wish Would Die #2 (December 19, 2016)

When I see one of these tropes pop up in an otherwise lovely book, it puts me in a stormy mood for the rest of the day. More »

Beware the Itchy Twitter Finger (January 20, 2016)

These days, it's so easy to lash out online that people don't bother to hold back. Then they're blindsided by the consequences. More »

Faux Strength in Female Characters (January 17, 2016)

Not every heroine needs to be strong, but if you intend to write a strong heroine, you should do it properly. You can't just put her in combat boots and call it a day. More »