Relational Inequalities in Fiction Writing

So today I wanted to talk about relationships. No, this isn't just for Romance books. This is about all relationships--your antagonist and his second-in-command, your hero and her best friend, and even the protagonist and the antagonist (chances are, if they're fighting each other for any length of time, they have a relationship, albeit a … Continue reading Relational Inequalities in Fiction Writing

The Art of Making a Good Match

I've been dealing with writing romance lately. Not the genre but the plot component, the seemingly inescapable phenomenon that crops up when writing fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction, and just about any other genre, provided you have a few single characters floating around. And I've written about how authors can woefully get a romance wrong before, and … Continue reading The Art of Making a Good Match

Book Review: Love, Life, and Logic

Description from Goodreads: Love, Life, and Logic captures the individual struggle of a young man against the seemingly unnamed, unknown, anonymous power of the universe. In a shocking revelation of his innermost thoughts, the book depicts a painful account of his emotional turmoil arising out of his own confusions and dilemmas, and his personal developments … Continue reading Book Review: Love, Life, and Logic

When the World Says “Move”, Part 3 — The Scholarly Scribe

Just wanted to share this thoughtful post on the difference between loving, judging, and condemning:   Welcome back for the third and final part of this weekly series. In Part 1 I took a look at a quote from Marvel’s Civil War series and how certain aspects of it can be interpreted as relevant to … Continue reading When the World Says “Move”, Part 3 — The Scholarly Scribe

Every Romance is a Love Triangle

I was thinking about the nature of love triangles after penning yesterday's post and I realized that every relationship is a love triangle. You have the guy, the girl...and, if there is no other rival, at very least you have the status quo for conflict, pulling one's heart in the opposite direction. Because that's what … Continue reading Every Romance is a Love Triangle

The Best and Worst in Love Triangles

Love triangles are tremendously common, especially in YA fiction these days; one handsome guy is apparently not enough anymore. And I'm not against them on principle. There have been many great love triangles in literature over the centuries: Marianne, Willoughby, and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility; Romeo, Juliet, and Paris from Romeo and Juliet; even … Continue reading The Best and Worst in Love Triangles

Most Popular Posts from 2015

Far and away, the Book Reviews page was most visited, but here are the next, top ten posts from last year. I'm not sure if the fact that none of my poems made the top ten should tell me something or not. Hmmm... When the Author Gets It Wrong: Jo March and Laurie Laurence C. … Continue reading Most Popular Posts from 2015

Music: Inspiration to Write

As part of a team of Beta readers, I was reading through Ryan Lanz's most recent work, in which he discusses where story ideas come from, and it got me thinking about the inspirations for my story ideas. Most of them, like my short story "But Kisses Never Hurt Me," are towers of "What if's," … Continue reading Music: Inspiration to Write

This Time

I've had this fragmentary story idea running around my head for some time so I thought I'd write it and share it with all of you. He sat across the campfire and watched as its coarse, uneven light touched her. It swept along that soft cheek, that proud chin he knew so well, even as … Continue reading This Time

Spotlight Saturday #17: Starting Over

I try to give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to share something you might otherwise miss. To see last week’s … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #17: Starting Over