I think I was 13 when I discovered, more or less all at once, Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Jane Aiken Hodge, and “romantic suspense,” a broad category that included different sorts of books but generally featured a woman in a diaphanous gown, … Continue reading
“A Book that Changed My Life” by Ursula K. Le Guin There’s a magazine aimed at the people who used to be called old before that became the unspeakable and unprintable “o” word now replaced by blandnesses such as elderly, … Continue reading
Guardian of the Trust Merlin’s Descendant’s #2 by Irene Radford [Editor’s note: The Magna Carta, which was signed on this date in 1215, underlies this volume of Irene Radford’s Merlin’s Descendants Series. Her book on the document itself, Magna Bloody … Continue reading
The Rambling Writer quits teaching—well, almost…. I knew from an early age that I would be a writer. I wrote my first (illustrated) science fiction story at six, and when my Grandma Sara played the card game “Authors” with me, … Continue reading
by Phyllis Irene Radford Magna Carta: 800 years and counting Imagine my surprise several years ago when a noted politician who should really learn to keep her mouth shut, announced that the U.S. Constitution wasn’t good enough, we needed to … Continue reading
by Brenda W. Clough We can agree, right? That life is too short. There is not time — humans are not blessed with sufficient length of days — to read all the books that one really ought to read. What … Continue reading
Chameleon Publishing just conducted the first of three market validation surveys: the Writer Survey. We are going to analyze and respond to the first 120 responses. Approximately 55 percent of the responses are from working writers who earn more than $5,000 a year … Continue reading
Some people are advocating the honorific Mx. (pronounced “mix”) to replace both Mr. and Ms. (and, of course, Mrs. and Miss). I think this is a wonderful idea. If nothing else, it would save people embarrassment when they want to … Continue reading
Where does romance spring from? Cat Kimbriel was asked where romance fit as an element of modern storytelling.
Her immediate thought was “as a subtle puzzle piece.” She explains over at the Book View Cafe blog.
This is a slightly edited reprint of an article I wrote way back in 2010, but I hope the information herein is timeless. 🙂 Okay, so now you’re ready to write. Your butt’s in the chair, your fingers are poised … Continue reading