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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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The Insecure Writer’s Group Dreams of Electric Sheep. And Androids.

Welcome back! After some blog glitching last month (sorry) we are back and rolling for the 1st Saturday of the month and Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. To sign up for the group yourself and experience the support, click on over here. Our trusty co-hosts for today’s adventure are Natalie Aguirre, Kim Lajevardi, Debs Carey, Gwen Gardner, Patricia Josephine, and Rebecca Douglass! Say thank you by visiting their site and leaving them a comment or two. The question for this month seems very pertinent to recent…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Offers Conflict

It’s the first Wednesday in August, and therefore time for an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post! If you’re looking to join a great online group to participate, collaborate, and support you on your author journey, come on over and join. We’d love to have you. The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Kate Larkindale, Diane Burton, Janet Alcorn, and Shannon Lawrence! August 2 question: Have you ever written something that afterwards you felt conflicted about? If so, did you let…

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Yet Another Slang List for your Author Toolbox (2023 edition)

And we’re back! A general slang dictionary for the 2000s (containing such elemental online basics as NSFW and gif) can be found for your delighted perusal here. And an updated version (from 2020, containing words like yeet, and already outdated! Isn’t it fun how that works) can be found for you here. The internet moves faster than the speed of light. What was cool to say in 2020 has now evolved like the Tuatara lizard. I fully expect this list…

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Dreaming of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group

It is that time of the month again! Come join us insecure writers as we forge a path towards our dreams. The main point of the group is to connect, reassure, and support your author journey, no matter what it looks like. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month. Come on in! The co-hosts we should offer our thanks to for July are PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, Gwen Gardner, Pat Garcia, and Natalie Aguirre! Go check in on their comment sections and add…

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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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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Puts up a Stop Sign

It’s the first Wednesday of June, which means it’s that time again! Come experience the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and all of the unbridled enthusiasm we have to offer. We’re also online with the tag #IWSG or @IWSG Our co-hosts this month, keeping us all on track, are the wonderful Patrcia Josephine, Diedre Knight, Olga Godim, J. Lenni Dorner, and Cathrina Constantine! And the question for June 7th is If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with? *Gasp* Stop writing? What would…

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My Favorite Characters that Provoke a Little Hatred

Also known as: characters I love which other people love to hate This may be the trickiest prompt I’ve ever done? Obviously this will be a super subjective list and your mileage may vary, standard cautions, etc & etc. Except for Dolores Umbridge, who we can all agree is virulent bullying toad slime wrapped in sickly pink cardigans, there isn’t really a ‘universally hated’ book character that I know of. I’ll do my best with anti-heroes and obnoxious characters who…

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