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Showing posts 11 to 17 labeled Rants (17 total)

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 »

Guns in Fiction Land (December 29, 2012)

When people are afraid of something, they tend to worship it. They obsess and they fantasize and they focus all of their fears and hopes into that one terrifying object. Let's take the most basic fear shared by everything in the kingdom Animalia: death. More »

The Romance of Rape (December 16, 2012)

There's a terrible disconnect between societal attitudes towards rape in the real world and rape in fiction. More »

Why I'm an Egalitarian, Not a Feminist (October 27, 2012)

I dislike neofeminism for the same reasons I dislike politics and the song "Billionaire": disingenuity and hypocrisy. More »

BS Writing Advice: Adverbs Are the Enemy (October 19, 2012)

This post begins another sporadic blogging series which I have affectionately dubbed "BS Writing Advice." I believe the title explains itself. But for the purposes of establishing a mission statement and sticking to it, I will declare that I intend to write about the ubiquitous Pro Tips for writers which are, in my humble opinion, bullshit. More »

The Next Generation (September 26, 2012)

On Monday I began my first course for my copyediting certificate. Turns out I know a lot less than I thought I did! I won't write a laundry list of all the mistakes I've been making, but suffice to say that I feel like symbolically burning everything I've published before this week. More »