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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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10 Reasons Writers Are Definitely Creatures of the Night; Author Toolbox Post

We function best with comfy, secluded, darkened spaces. In a house, there was a writing cave. Inside that writing cave, there was a desk. At that desk, there was an author and an empty notebook. Under that desk, there was a blanket fort, and in that blanket fort there was . . . a writer’s block. See? It just works. 2. Random screams into the void have high probability. Also we’ll hiss at our Word program, to assert dominance, after…

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SE’s 10 DNF Red Flags

Featuring SE, being a Judgy McJudgypants. I’ve been alive for thirty-three years now, and a bookworm for roughly twenty-three of those years. TWENTY-THREE YEARS, friends. By now I know what I like. And, inversely, what I do not like. Any book gets at least a fair try, no matter what, but I admit to being a mood reader who will yeet straight to DNF if I’m not feeling it. And there are a few things which pretty much guarantee I will…

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Friday Favorites is Inspirational

November 8th favorite is: Inspiring Characters Matilda, (Roald Dahl) Matilda inspires me to believe that my habit of disappearing into my room for hours at a time to read and emerging only after my family has forgotten I exist is a worthy, nay, even noble life decision. Fitzwilliam Darcy, (Jane Austen) As a fellow socially awkward introvert, Mr. Darcy is honestly my #partygoals. We can triumph over large groups, we can survive a village assembly with resting bitch face intact, and we…

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Friday Favorites is a Clever Bastard

October 18 is: Favorite Villains Hello and welcome to my tangent! I’ve previously covered this topic in Top Ten Tuesday, Villain Edition and had a lot of fun with it. So today I’m going rogue again and picking my favorite clever villains. I want the best plotters, the most urbane, cultured, and ridiculously devious little psychopaths for the list today. I want the type who have plans A-D prepared, in their sleep, and could pick out a good bottle of wine (which are…

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Friday Favorites wants Your Childhood

October 11: Favorite Books from Childhood Let me just throw this entire list at you, and then try to fight off the urge to go re-read all of these immediately. Beatrix Potter stories For some reason we also owned the VHS animated BBC versions of these stories and guess what I bought as soon as I could (on DVD, yes, THERE ARE DVDs!) for my own children. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis Re-read all of them to this day. No,…

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Yea Verily, Friday Favorites is Verbose

September 27: Favorite Words *Content Warning!* I enjoy curse words, the more inventive the better. This is one of the reasons I follow Chuck Wendig’s blog religiously. No one can cuss with more aplomb and less apology. HOWEVER. I do realize overt bad wordery is not for everyone and so I’m including this content warning. Here be rude & vulgar words. If this cussing has offended, think but this, and all is mended; that you’ve only not to read, and to…

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Reading Wrap-Up of 2018

In the grand tradition of December, let’s do some wrapping up. Wrap some presents. Wrap-up your 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. But seriously kids, I’m watching you. The tip of Argentina is always a postal-service option. BEHAVE. ANYWAY. We were doing a grand book wrap-up for the year 2018. Let’s get down to business.…

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Top Ten Cozy, Wintry, Snuggly Books

It’s currently snowing and you know what? Watching the flakes drift down, inhaling the steam from my spicy orange tea, it’s the perfect time for a cozy read. Yes, please. These ten books are all tried and tested favorites. They usually only come out when life is sucking major donkey balls, I’m sick, or it’s a snowy day like today. I can guarantee you that after creating this list I’m going to sit down with one or five of them…

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Top Ten Tuesday; Stuffed Full of Gratitude

This week’s top ten is a freebie on the topic of gratitude because for a lot of us Thanksgiving is approaching. If you celebrate, happy Thanksgiving! If you don’t, happy random week in November! Use this as an excuse for a large meal with the people you love, either way. To mix it up a little this week, I’m talking about the ten groups I’d invite out of their book worlds to have Thanksgiving with me. Ideally, of course, we’d…

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