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Why I Hate Ugly Duckling Stories (in Theory)

03.18.2016
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Pygmalion. My Fair Lady. Pretty Woman. You can call them transformation stories, but at their heart, it’s ugly duckling syndrome. And they just get under my skin. Here’s why:

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Romance Novels – No More Rapage, Yay!

02.12.2010
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On changes in the romance genre: The relationships had also modernized: by the 1990s, it was rare to see a book which featured a man raping his future wife. via Romance novel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yeah, thank goodness those crazy men finally came to their senses.  In the NINETIES.  What the? I get […]

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Cover Me

12.27.2009

Turn your picture into a romance novel cover. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversary, wedding gift or just for that special person you’ve been dating. If you’ve ever dreamed of being on the cover of a Harlequin Romance Novel, this is as close as you’re likely to get. via Use your picture to make a romance […]

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SchmooookyPookiePooo is my favorite

08.22.2009

Okay, this isn’t a well-researched, in-depth look at love or romance or…well, anything.  I’m writing, give me a break.  You don’t tell the muse, “Not now, honey.  I’m busy writing this blog.”  You can totally tell your husband that, but not your muse.  That chick is vindictive and might not show up again for six […]

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Beyond Heaving Bosoms

08.17.2009
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I’d love to have this book. (Makes a note to add to Amazon wishlist).  I’ve been reading the bitches for a couple of years now and I love them.  They’re funny “like damn and whoa,” they have awesome commenters, they call their readers the bitchery, and they’ve got something to say.  We shouldn’t be ashamed […]

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A Side of Romance

08.15.2009
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I think that I’ve outgrown pop quizzes.  They were all about doing something fun and delving into different aspects of romance, but they were more flash than substance.  Also, while completely random and silly, they were still personal, in that they were about me.  And why do you care if I kiss like a woman […]

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Traits of a Hero

04.08.2009

In my new manuscript, my heroine is a romance writer with a list of ten characteristics she expects her heroes to live up to.  I think she uses it a little bit for a personal measuring stick as well.  Anyway, for your reading pleasure: Skye’s Ten Traits of a Hero Always keeps his word/promises. Respects […]

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Purple Prose

03.26.2009

Not advocating the writing of such, but I found this Erotic Thesaurus – A Guide to Purple-Prose for the Literary Artist. Edit 08.19.2012: Recently this site has been down for exceeding its bandwidth. If it’s not working, my site will (usually) strike-through the link text. If that continues, I’ll remove the link.

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Writing to a Formula

02.18.2009

Let me preface this by saying, I have children.  From 4 to 14, which means I watch everything from The Secret Life of an American Teenager to The Imagination Movers.  And, yeah, I realize my kids should be reading.  My kids do read.  They just also watch television and play video games.  Sueme.  TV is […]

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Writer Crazy

10.09.2008

Apparently, there seems to be a link between creativity and…well, madness.  A show of hands, please, from anyone who is surprised.  Anyone?  Didn’t think so. Here’s the link for the article.  Research was done by U of T (no clue) and Harvard. This discovery, I think, is about as shocking as finding out the wheel […]

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