Please Listen to What We’re Saying

Monday is an arbitrary day for fresh starts, a lot like New Year’s Eve. Without some sort of marker some of us (hand raised) would never make change. So each Monday I make a lot of promises about starting the week off with positivity and not arguing and nitpicking. And that lasts until I slip…

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A Definitive Weekend Guide to Writing, Probably

This weekend, you're putting your craft first. No, not that craft. The other W craft: writing.  I know - surprise! But that's what we're doing a la Get in loser, we're going shopping except we're writing and we're not losers. It's a bad analogy. Anyway... These are things you probably already know or have thought of.…

The Time We Are Given

My friend is dying. In a more abstract sense we're all dying but her timeline is much shorter. Than what, I'm not sure. It's daily roulette, for all of us. Most days there is one in the chamber. Then some Tuesday morning you wake up to all six and if you're lucky it's so fast…

I am Positive You Can Do This, Probably

Here is my presentation in a modified, blog-friendly format. Hopefully it encourages someone. I have the privilege of speaking to you today about something I think goes painfully untreated in the course of our careers. If you’ve already had a look at the projection screen behind me, the topic has been spoiled for you. You…

When You’re Not Better, or Together, Anymore

We in the romance genre get accused of dealing in the worst kinds of fiction sometimes, of glamorizing or minimizing the heavy elements of human intimacy. Frankly, other genres can keep the heartache. ‘Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery,’ and so on. But it's out there, that specter, haunting the edges of our…

The Not-So-Sexy Science of Flirting

P.S. It's still sexy. After the wonderfully enthusiastic responses to my Fantasy Hive article on romance (read it here), I decided to dig a bit and see what else was out there to support science influencing a genre we love to love. My examples here are mainly romance specific, but it would be easy to…

Everything I Needed to Know…

I learned from romance novels? Well, not everything, but a decent amount. But it doesn't seem I learned any of the lessons detractors claim romance novels are meant to indoctrinate us with. When it comes to gestures of love and sexual encounters, if anything I feel badly for the men in our lives. Romance has…