professional writing and spending money

In reviewing money I spent last year on writing-related expenses, I once again have been pondering when this money is well-spent, and where my priorities are. The best purchase I made was a netbook, basically a smaller-sized laptop computer. My laptop is several years old, and since I have no desktop computer and often write […]

Jane Yolen on plot

From Take Joy, by Jane Yolen: “It is the writer’s privilege, really, to order events, to focus on one strand of an existence while ignoring all others. We cannot do this in reality–but we can on the pages of a book.” [p. 134] “A good plot does not just look forward. It forces us backwards […]

Romance Reading So Far This Year

In 2009, I’m keeping track of my reading. Here’s my romance and erotica reading so far for the year, divided by sub-genre: Contemporary:Janice Kay Johnson, What She Wants for Christmas [category]Victoria Dahl, Talk Me DownKathleen O’Reilly, Once Upon a Mattress [category]Julie Cohen, Mistress in Private [category]Kayla Perrin, Love, Lies and Videotape Historical:Sherry Thomas, DeliciousLoretta Chase, […]

Where’s the sexual line in shapeshifter romance?

Today’s wild speculation–where’s the sexual line in shapeshifter romance? I don’t think I’ve ever read a paranormal romance, or even a fantasy novel, in which a sex scene happens between one human partner and one partner who’s shifted into an animal form. With one exception, I’ve never even seen such a scene happen when the […]