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2021 Guest Posts

TweetMy 2021 Guest Post Round-Up: Sapphic Book Club gave me an Author Spotlight in December; I wrote about SF Worldbuilding Techniques. I Heart Lesfic’s Project Kindness hosted a blog post from me on December 3, about growing closer to my … Continue reading

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Love is in the Details: Crooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney

TweetI was a late convert to Patricia Gaffney’s novels. I’m not sure how that happened; back when I first became interested in romance novels, in the mid-1990s, I deliberately sought out classic novels in the genre. Perhaps in my catching … Continue reading

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The Mechanics of Research Into Writing

TweetThis post is a tidier version of a talk I gave to the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society in October, 2012. The purpose was to give some concrete examples of how my research reading finds its way into my fiction. I … Continue reading

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Some Practical Worldbuilding Techniques

TweetI recently was asked about worldbuilding. To answer the question, I wrote up a list of techniques I’ve used, and seen used, that I thought would be generally helpful, whether you’re writing historical fiction or speculative fiction (or even fiction … Continue reading

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Analyzing Antryg

TweetI recently re-read one of my favorite trilogies by Barbara Hambly, the Windrose Chronicles. Partly I did so for enjoyment, partly because I intended to blog about the experience (My Heroes & Heartbreakers post). This read, I also wanted to … Continue reading

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On Getting Away with Cliché

TweetAfter a small hiatus from the genre, I started reading romance novels again in December, and I have some new thoughts. The reason for my burnout: the constraints of the genre had palled. Instead of soothing through familiarity, they scraped … Continue reading

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Writing (Erotic) Short Fiction – FAQ

TweetIn the depths of my website are some useful articles I wrote. I thought I would reproduce this one here, out front. Short Fiction FAQ Establishing yourself as a writer of short fiction can pay a little money and, more … Continue reading

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Myers-Briggs Characterization

TweetIf you missed it on Friday, at The Criminal Element I chatted about Maria Duenas’ novel The Time in Between. And now, fun with personality tests! If you’re ever feeling at a loss about a character – either one you’ve … Continue reading

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Thinking About (Erotic) Word Choice

TweetI was recently reading a marriage of convenience romance story with erotic content. The story’s tone was very serious: the couple were initially forced into being together, and there was a lot of complicated angst on the part of the … Continue reading

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Degrees of Suckitude

TweetI was recently discussing a story-in-progress with someone. I ventured to hope that it didn’t suck. I was told there was no way it could suck, given excerpts she had seen. Au contraire! There are degrees of suckitude. (That is … Continue reading

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