Cinderella’s Stepsisters: Ugly or Mislabeled?

I've been thinking about characters and their appearances in preparation for the "Characters in Costume" blogfest for the end of October, and I've also been reading some of the classic Disney stories to my two sons. As a result, I've been thinking about the way Cinderella's stepsisters come across in the books and film. Anastasia … Continue reading Cinderella’s Stepsisters: Ugly or Mislabeled?

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

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

Book Review: A Dream For Love

Description per Goodreads: WILL THEY DARE TO DREAM A DREAM FOR LOVE? A single mother with a secret past. A Hollywood star who's life is anything but hidden. Will the past deprive them of a future? Or will they dare to dream a dream for love? “Sold!” When the gavel hit the wooden block at … Continue reading Book Review: A Dream For Love

A Guide to the Stock Plots of Georgette Heyer

I've been doing  a great deal of reading lately, thanks to pulling my hamstring recently and spending a lot of time on the sofa (special thanks to all the family members who've been helping me out with my kids during this time: you all are amazing!). And, in my reading binge, I've been reading a … Continue reading A Guide to the Stock Plots of Georgette Heyer

What’s become of First Person Narration?

Yesterday, a new version of Fifty Shades of Grey was released, this one from the perspective of Christian instead of Ana. Apparently, fans of the series had long been clamoring for such a version, wanting to see the events from his point of view rather than hers (or, having seen hers, they wanted his to … Continue reading What’s become of First Person Narration?

Book Review: Things We Know by Heart

Description per Goodreads: When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection. After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears … Continue reading Book Review: Things We Know by Heart

Her Lodestar

Others were around, In and out of her life, Yet her point never wavered, Her arrow never budged. And then he came And suddenly she's all alive, eyes shining. She drops everything for him: Her handkerchief, Her gloves, Her fan. Activities are forgotten, Dreams overlooked, Pursuits abandoned. Now a word, a look Will be enough. … Continue reading Her Lodestar

Writing That Scene: Villette

In the format of a non-traditional critique, Writing That Scene examines the fundamentals of what it takes to make a scene powerful and memorable for readers. The opinion expressed is my own, and other readers’ opinions may differ. The goal is to provide an opportunity for authors to learn from each other and to see … Continue reading Writing That Scene: Villette