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Showing posts 1 to 10 labeled Rants (15 total)

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 »

Why Libraries Are Good for Authors and Publishers (October 24, 2014)

Today I learned that the San Antonio Public Library has installed kiosks in local airports, which travelers can use to browse the catalog and check out eBooks. This news made me happy and excited for the future of libraries. More »

Sex Isn't a Story, Intelligence Isn't Cute, and Culture Isn't Character (May 19, 2014)

On Friday I borrowed a certain library book. By Saturday night I was bitterly disappointed in the author, the publisher, and humanity as a whole. More »

Excuses for Writing Badly (April 27, 2014)

Last night Sweetie and I attended the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy concert performed by the Oregon Symphony in downtown Portland. Since I blew my state tax refund on tickets for the center front row of the dress circle, I made an unusual effort to "dress." And since I went through all that effort, I made Sweetie take pictures on the porch before we left. More »

Hobbyist, Professional...Who Cares? (February 9, 2014)

Recently, there's been an alarming trend on writing blogs to draw a line in the sand between "professional" writers and "hobbyist" writers. Some bloggers have always spent an inordinate amount of time trying to tell people they're not "real" writers if they don't do X, Y, or Z, but starting around New Years, when people were making their 2014 writing resolutions, it started to get especially bad. More »

The Purpose of Writing (November 10, 2013)

The purpose of writing is to communicate. Period. More »

Interpreting Surveys (August 7, 2013)

Yesterday morning, when I accessed my reading list of blogs for the first time in weeks, I found a bit of hubbub around a survey performed by Marie Force, a bestselling romance author. She surveyed 2,951 readers about what influences them to buy books. At first glance, the results seem to be encouraging to self-publishers. More »

Mystery Tropes I Wish Would Die (April 4, 2013)

I've always loved reading mysteries. Not only to they offer fun puzzles and a bit of mental exercise, but they're very reassuring. The detective/crime/mystery genre offers a dependable catharsis—no matter what injustices the universe throws at us, the truth will always come out. More »