Shakespeare fhtagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Shakespeare Maryland wgah'nagl fhtagn! Translation: “Hail! ... In his house at Maryland, dead Shakespeare waits dreaming.” That’s a little spoiler for the next book. I’m still plowing through spy novels to get a better grip on how to write a spy thriller/romance/horror novel without doing anything blatantly unrealistic or lacking in verisimilitude (yes, I know—read the … Continue reading Shakespeare Fhtagn!
So, the edits for book 5 in the Persistence of Memory series are coming along pretty well. I loved working with my first editor for books 1-3. I met my current one when a friend gave him a portion of W.I.S.E. Men to beta read for me. Our writing styles and instincts match quite well, … Continue reading What Goes Around Comes Around
This past summer, I was laid off from my yoga teaching jobs, and it made me sad. Teaching yoga was a consistent happy place for me. Even so, I hadn’t realized how integral my “yoga community” of students and myself was to my personal practice. Hence, I lost my impetus to practice on my own. … Continue reading A Blog Post that’s Not About Superheroes
Wonder Woman 1984: 9/10 In the wise and immortal words of Mick Jagger, “you can’t always get what you want.” If you could go back in time and fix just one thing about your life—correct a mistake, un-tell a lie, not have ordered the triple extra spicy wings on prom night—would you do it? What … Continue reading You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Wonder Woman 1984
We are finally in the home stretch for what has got to be the weirdest, and for many of us, the most difficult year ever. So much suffering happened, whether it was because of a loved one (or yourself) contracting a debilitating, potentially deadly disease, or because of job loss, or myriad other things that … Continue reading 2020: What the **** just happened?!
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…