Fall in love with the unexpected

Book Tropes: You Should See The Way They Look at You

Otherwise known as: the fresh scent of pine. Ahhh, this is such a fun niche trope. It generally happens in a ‘hero falls first’ situation, and let’s all admit together that we love us a pining hero. But there is the delicious potential for this uncertainty when any character falls first and is now vulnerable, unsure their love is requited. The best part about all of this troubled water our main character has to paddle through? There’s a happy ending…

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Book Tropes: I Hate Everyone. Who Isn’t You.

This trope flavor du jour starts with a firm, succulent base of Brooding Big Bad. Spicy hints of Shades of Grey add to the morality, while robust kicks of Standoffish, Blunt, and Guarded finish the dish for a well-rounded palate. The discerning reader will love the fact that this character absolutely has no time for anyone in the world . . . except for that one, special someone they can’t resist. They are secretly (OH so secretly) soft and protective…

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Book Tropes: The Grovel in The Novel

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a super specific, really niche trope. It’s like a food craving, where only that certain brand from that one store will do. In this case it’s a good old grovel. Not the little token apology with immediate making-out, ohhh no. I want the real down-and-dirty, sincere, I-fucked-up, oh-my-god-I-was-so-dumb, dawning realization. It doesn’t particularly matter to me which character (hero or heroine or all three heroes in a reverse harem) is doing the groveling. There…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is Getting Nostalgic

It’s the first Wednesday of April, which means it’s time to raise our insecurity flags and let them be torn from our fingers to go where the wind takes them. Together, we can release those pitiful pennants of doubt and self-consciousness, always trying to keep us from getting our writing out into the world. BACK, BLISTERING BANNERS OF INSECURITY. BACK, WE SAY. If you’d like to sign up for the group yourself, you can click here and be welcomed. As…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Chats About A.I.

The first Wednesday of every month is IWSG day. Come join in! You get unlimited amounts of insecurity, advice, a safe place to air your worries out, and cookies* (*they’re digital, but it still counts. Come join the Dark Side). Our wonderful co-hosts for the March posting are Kristina Kelly, Miffie Seideman, Jean Davis, and Liza @ Middle Passages! Tell them thank you by stopping by their sites to say hello. And the question for this month is: Have you “played” with AI to…

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My Favorites Books That Are a Little Bit Twisted

My Favorite Plot Twists I love a good twisty moment in a book but I will admit I don’t go out actively seeking them. This is because I tend to be a pretty oblivious person at the best of times and small details fly far, far over my head while I hum along, blissfully ignorant below. Hi, I’m Dory. As a character trait, it makes things like walking down a hallway without banging my elbows on doorknobs something of an…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Judges Your Website

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and thus it is IWSG day. The group is a haven for all anxiety, and insecurities. We meet (online! the socially anxious may now doubly rejoice) every month to share, support, and encourage each other. To sign up for the group yourself, head over to the sign up page and prepare to bask in the warmth of our support. No, really. Support and caring. Each month members of the group co-host to keep…

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The Great Reading Wrap-Up of 2023

In the grand tradition of the new year, let’s do some wrapping-up of last year. Wrap-ups for everyone! Wrap some presents. Wrap-up your post-holiday shopping. Write lots of wrap-up lists. Wrap-up small, misbehaving children Krampus style to mail to . . . haha . . . ooops. Don’t do that. Got carried away there. Number Of Books I Read: A very respectable 123 I lowered my reading goal the last two years to 100, and that’s been much more do-able.…

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The IWSG Has Unfounded Confidence in Me in 2024

It’s the first Wednesday of the very first month of 2024 (2024, HOW?!). So it must be time for us Insecure Writers to shine! More specifically, it’s time for the support of our fellow IWSG members to lend us a temporary sheen of confidence. It’s like an all-purpose glitter bath for the soul, and you can sign up for it yourself here. As always, members have volunteered to keep us all on track with our posts and comments. This month, we…

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The Great Blogging Wrap-Up of 2023

Lets get to some numbery-maths for the year. I still genuinely have a lot of fun breaking my blogging year down in stats, although in any other life situation you won’t catch me near statistics. If you’re interested the 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 breakdowns are linked. Watch the blog grow and morph in real time! Just as a note: I’ve spent zero pennies on marketing of any kind since I started this blog in November 2016. Instead, I’ve focused on blog-hops…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Wants a Review

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer solutions to the ever-present problem which is marketing, and by ‘solutions’ I absolutely mean ‘there will be blood sacrifice made to the literary gods’. To sign up for the group and exchange tips and tricks for the appropriate sacrifices (timeline is important) go on over to the IWSG sign up page…

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Feminism, and Romance?

I’ve noticed a trend on several Bookstagram accounts I follow. It is a good trend, and I am all for it. At the root, it’s about making sure female authors have the same opportunity male authors do to be on your bookshelves and receive awards when it’s time for those literary trophies to be handed out. Equality=good. One specific part of this growing movement stuck out to me, and I’m going to give you my thoughts on it. For free,…

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