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The Feminine in the Sky

A smart and talented woman I know wrote this book: The Coming of the Feminine Christ. (Which due to some technical difficulties, I’ve had to unlink to.) This is not a review; I haven’t read the book yet. And this is not about your religion; I don’t need to know (and let’s not ruin a … Continue reading

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Keep your mouth shut.

Do you argue with people online who you’ve never met? If you do, are those arguments mud-fests with names flying? If not, why not? Most people I know who are on facebook have at least one I-shouldn’t-have-made-that-comment experience. If not that, then a I-can’t-believe-X-left that-comment experience. Haven’t you? If you decide to pick a fight … Continue reading

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Chronicles of Ink and Paper

One agent suggested my novel was young adult. This surprised me because I wasn’t trying to write a young adult novel. The main character is a teenager though. But I never thought I was writing for teens. Writing for teens…that’s a minefield. Well, it can be. Adults are allowed to read anything without much of … Continue reading

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The Dreaded “A” Question

I hate the “A” question. So, I read a blog post by my friend JES regarding the “A” word–as in What is your novel About? An agent is currently looking at my first novel, and this “A” question is on my mind. My first novel is about a difficult subject…a conversation stopper subject. Now let’s … Continue reading

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Women Are Awesome. How about if We Stop Murdering Them?

I don’t remember when I started to care about women. (And I’m not going to say women’s issues because it’s not a self-contained status sort of thing. We’re half the population—-nothing special interest about that.) In grad school I complained about a professor who told the class his favorite bar was called “The Silent Woman” … Continue reading

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Maybe You Can Blame Your Parents

Your parents may bequeath you many things… like brown eyes, a house, a fiery personality, an obsession for antiques. My parents have not left me any of those particulars. One thing about writing a separate story every day is that you notice what your repeat. In fact, I think I’m repeating that idea. Was that … Continue reading

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Maybe Characters Do It

Many things may befall your characters, but one of those things, eventually, somewhere, in some story, unless you’re writing for children, surely—-implied or direct (have I drawn this out enough?), good or bad—-is going to be sex. And I’m going to avoid the euphemism “love scene.” Plenty of characters aren’t in the story for love. … Continue reading