Why writing for Harlequin is actually really hard →
I had this conversation a lot during November: STRANGER: Oh, I hear you are published. ME: Oh, yeah, a couple of romance novels. STRANGER: Oh, sure, romance novels. I mean, how hard can those be to write? Well, actually… When I started writing fiction more seriously, I started off trying to write the Big Erudite Literary Fiction Great American Novel, and somewhere I noticed that mostly I...
Lazy Self-Indulgent Book Reviews: Dinner At The... →
lazybookreviews: Female Writers Who Are Not Taken Sufficiently Seriously, Entry #56644. Anne Tyler? Kind of awesome. I haven’t super-vibed her last few books, but let’s talk a bit about her glory days. Breathing Lessons? Rad. Saint Maybe? Boss. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant? Ace. Her first three… My ninth grade English teacher had a List of books that students had to choose from...
Sorta forgot tumblr existed for a couple of days there. Hi, everyone. How’s it going?
I stopped writing about politics on the internet quite a while ago—there were plenty of other people who said what I felt and said it much better than I could—but today was generally just so disheartening that it’s hard not to feel kind of beat up and impotent and wondering why you even bother. Okay. I’m done being melodramatic now. I’ll go back to talking about trashy books and...
Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to...– 9/11 Health Bill Blocked in Senate - NYTimes.com Wow! Fuck you too, guys! (via nickdouglas) Note from Ron: I just want to mention that it is the year 2010. So fuck both parties on this one there buddy. (via ronworkman) Eyes on the ball, everyone: they are busy doing more important things for...
oh, here's a rebuttal to that Times story about... →
I’m an equal-opportunity purveyor of information. Also, this post makes a lot of really good points, namely that 1) romance readers are subtly portrayed as crazy people in the article; 2) the article does kind of allege that women read on ereaders so as to escape the judgment of men (i.e., the woman who reads on an ereader so she doesn’t have to tell her husband what she’s...
Lusty Tales and Hot Sales: Romance E-Books Thrive →
I had a conversation with someone recently, I think it was at the NaNoWriMo Thank God It’s Over Party, in which the person on the other end of the conversation told me point blank that there were no good romance novels. And when I begged to differ she challenged me to name some good ones. Depends on your sub-genre flavor of choice, I said. I rattled off some authors I like. My conversational...
so about NaNoWriMo
I finished a week before the 30th (well, “finished,” in that I wrote 50,000 words, although I’d say that’s about 2/3 of the first draft) and then got completely sidetracked by other projects. Now that all of my other stuff is mostly done (for now) I have a little time to reflect. I still like my idea, but I’m not sure how it turned out in terms of execution. I was...
Book. Bob the Book.
I finished reading Bob the Book last night. I picked it up based on a recommendation at an LGBT book-review site. There’s a lot going on in this little book so I am going to talk about it. This is a world in which books are sentient beings, which is something I always suspected anyway. When I was a kid, I used to try to sneakily turn pages back and forth because I was convinced that the...