Sending this out there again. I think it was bad timing last night.
Ever since I was a child, I have loved to travel.
I was the perfect travel kid. Even when I went places with just me and my parents, I could always find things to do to keep myself busy. Of course, being a Gen X kid, I had no fear and would wander off wherever we were and do my own thing. I was given a wristwatch and told to meet my parents at a specific time to head back to the hotel. I was about 12 or 13 when that started.
I remember being in Wildwood, NJ, with a pocket full of tickets for rides and a few bucks. I’d spend an entire evening riding the same rollercoaster repeatedly because I enjoyed sitting in that rickety old car on that old wooden coaster all alone, watching the lights of the boardwalk and hearing the sounds rising from the boards…
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on The Write Life:
I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a serious problem with romantic relationships in literature nowadays.
And worse, this issue seems to be overlooked by the large majority of writers — until it’s too late, that is.
The problem: The unrealistic and unhealthy portrayal of romantic relationships.
There. I said it. And now people can take notice because yes, there is a serious lack of realism when it comes to the romantic relationships in books.
Authors are writing relationships that are meant to be exciting and intense, but their execution of those couples can be flawed in sometimes very harmful, although unintentional ways.
There’s nothing wrong with writing romance. In fact, adding a romantic relationship to your book can help you write a good story. The dynamic of love can:
- Up the stakes
- Make readers more emotionally invested in the characters
- Create contrast…
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on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are four new agents actively seeking clients. New agents are a boon to writers. They are actively building their lists, and will go the extra mile for their clients.
Monica Rodriguez is looking for Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children’s, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Picture Books, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult; Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Humor, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Travel.
Cheyenne Faircloth is most interested in manuscripts from underrepresented communities, i.e. queer, BIPOC, AAPI, neurodivergent, and disabled voices. Her interests include YA, Southern Gothic, folkloric elements, gothic romances, fantasy stories with political elements, non-western mythology, sports romances in conversation with institutional issues/sexism/gender, and creatures from myth told through a queer allegorical lens.
Geula Geurts is interested in literary fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essays, memoirs and poetry.
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So…this happened lol I was approached for an interview for this copywriter magazine and accepted. I wasn’t sure if they’d use mine but they did. I’m …I’m Actually Blushing Right Now
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Who Says You Can't Go Home? is an autobiographical story, written by my friend of over 45 years, B. Loren aka Bunny. About fourteen months ago, she came to me with a rough manuscript and asked me to help her get it published. She'd been writing the story on and off for years and after … Continue reading Who Says You Can’t Go Home?