A while back, I posted a blog about why I write about superheroes. I’d likened them to our version of a contemporary pantheon, where the all-too-human, personal decisions based on anger, greed, love, jealousy, loyalty, and so on have much more pronounced consequences than for us regular folks. I’d discussed the idea that we route … Continue reading Superheroes Wanted: Apply Here
Costumes are usually essential to the superhero genre, and I grew up in the 70s and 80’s, when color, spandex, and no small amount of camp were in style. Thinking about those costumes now, I don’t think they’d work well for some of today’s versions of our favorite heroes. Henry Cavil’s Superman and Christian Bale’s … Continue reading Looking the Part
“Why are you writing about superheroes?” The short answer harkens to mythology, which I’ll address in a few moments. Anyway, I got that question a lot as people began to give feedback on the earliest versions of The Persistence of Memory. At the time, I’d been focusing on the love story between Daniel and Nina. … Continue reading The Answer to the Big Question
Warning: Contains Book 2 Spoilers Also Warning: The Spoilers Contain Graphic Sex If you dig back through my first blogs, you’ll see one called, “Sex and Sensibility.” There, I mused on the many different, often opposite reactions I got from readers about the sex scenes in my books. If you aren’t familiar with my books, … Continue reading Let’s Get it On! Action, Sex, and Sensibility Pt. 2
Well, the planned tagline was “stays together,” or something like that, but my son and I just played two characters apiece for a one-off D&D 5e module run by my husband the other day. We didn’t slay much other than a few R.O.U.S.’s, but we did slay those, I suppose. I prefer the role-playing part … Continue reading The Family that Slays Together…
Happy Independence Day month! Okay, it's still a couple of days away, but I'm impatient. This blog is, in part, an apology for my horizons having been too narrow for too long. I’m gonna confess something that if you’ve been reading my other blogs, you probably surmised anyway. I am often exacting and particular in … Continue reading Independence Day!
Monsters in Love Agent Shakespeare has fallen in love. If you’ve ever watched a James Bond movie, you’ll know that secret agents and deeply committed romances don’t end well. Shakespeare handles human intelligence for her team. She is an expert at setting honey traps and willing to follow through with anything her target wants … Continue reading Monsters in Love
It’s important to have a writing process to remain disciplined, and since the stay at home orders, it’s been hard to maintain. In fact, if not for the due dates on my syllabus I’d have no clue about time and date. From what I’ve seen, mine is not an isolated problem; a lot of writers … Continue reading Write Your Novel in 3 Easy Steps
Here’s a little-known fact about me: I play tabletop role playing games (RPG’s). Yup, I’m one of those kinds of dorks, and a friend of mine asked me to blog for his new gaming website, The Adventure Nexus. I’ve decided to stick those blogs here as well, since my role playing directly impacts my writing. … Continue reading Meet my other personalities
One of the questions I get in interviews or see all the time in writer chat groups is, “How do I contend with ‘writer’s block?’." I have learned the hard way not to answer that question. It’s a trap. Most indie or untrained writers, it seems, see this as an opportunity to pontificate, and they … Continue reading Don’t make me hit you with my writer’s block.