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Book Tropes: Oh No, Looks Like There’s Only One Bed

Today’s niche trope is not so niche. It’s kinda everywhere, from books to movies to TV. It’s a perennial favorite for a reason, though, and that reason is sweet, sweet TENSION. Having the question of “who gets the bed? How do we share?” shoved into the character’s faces basically forces them into a pivot point in their relationship. If they’ve been denying their feels, they will be feeling some kinda thing ALL NIGHT. If they’ve been trying to keep it…

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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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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 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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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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