As someone who struggles regularly with depression and anxiety, especially lately, I’ve come to realize just how much I hate “How are you doing?” – not the genuine question, the small talk. If someone genuinely asks how I’m doing and wants a real answer, that’s one thing. That’s a conversation, and if they know to … More I Hate “How Are You Doing?”
From a reader’s perspective, how good does a romance novel have to be to be worth reading? When you talk about plot, characterization, and other writing skills, a lot of the romance novels I’ve read would rank pretty low. Which makes me think there’s a kind of spectrum: ok to read once worth re-reading but … More How Good Does a Romance Novel Need to Be?
Did you ever notice how many characters in romance novels are wealthy? Or at least pretty dang comfortable. A lot, right? And the number of rich people in romance novels has a pretty big effect on the plot. Need to take a week off suddenly to hide from a murderer? No problem. Need to travel … More Rich People in Romance Novels
I don’t get people. I really don’t (the last few years have really hammered that home). And that’s a problem because books are all about people, especially romance novels. So I’ve been thinking – maybe I could use reddit for research. Not just reading existing sections (although that’s definitely a lesson in human behavior) but … More Does Anyone Use Reddit for Research?
Anyone else done any telehealth visits since Covid started? They’re kinda weird, aren’t they? Weird and awkward. First off, not all doctors are particularly tech-savvy, so there can be some interesting glitches in getting everyone logged in and visible. But, actually, that’s kind of the normal part, as I’ve come to expect a couple hiccups … More Telehealth Visits Are Weird
You hear about people writing on their lunch breaks, and maybe their lunch breaks are different from mine. I’m not sure I’d be able to write at lunch at work. I especially can’t see writing romance novels in public places like that. First off, I don’t like people looking over my shoulder when I work. … More Writing Romance Novels in Public Places
I’m not used to writing out of order. I’ve always written my stories from beginning-to-end as they’ll appear in the final product. Thanks to my plot oops, however, I find myself having to rearrange scenes, and I’m a bit worried about continuity. Actually, that’s not really accurate. It’s not so much that the order of … More Continuity & Writing Out of Order
The need to reread is mystical and powerful. To those who don’t re-read, “mystifying” or “baffling” most likely seem more appropriate, but for those who do, I present you with the lost book tips in the hopes of saving you from my mistakes. By “lost book,” I don’t necessarily mean that I misplaced the book … More Lost Books & The Need to Reread
After a long while (or what feels like a long while) debating what to do now that I’ve failed my goal of finishing my novel by June 30th, I’ve come to a decision: I’m going for double or nothing. Wait. What does that even mean? Well, I started this blog and the goal in February, … More Double or Nothing
Hi! I’ve decided (belatedly) that I’m taking the week off. I plan to start posting again next week. Stay tuned, and have a great week, everyone!