It's half-past midnight and I should be in bed. Instead, I'm listening to the new cat Mouse acquired chasing a toy which involves a ping-pong ball on a plastic track in the bathroom and considering my next moves. Yesterday was the third-quarter edition of Pitch Madness on Twitter. Like so many hopeful authors of all … Continue reading A Few Words on Failure: #PitMad After-Action Report 6 Sep 19
If you've visited my site before, you may notice there have been some fairly radical and abrupt changes. And I think you deserve an explanation. With the publication of "Scarlet's Game" in October, I found myself grappling with the most frightening question any writer can face. "Now what?" I've never really had A Plan as … Continue reading A Plan, and A Pivot
In the past week, I've noticed a number of very interesting and important debates brewing in Romancelandia. Questions about: HEA/HFN and whether they're REALLY, yanno, a requirement for romance. Spoiler: YES! This is literally day 0.0001 knowledge for writing a proper romance. Everything else is pretty much up for grabs, but happily-ever-after or AT LEAST … Continue reading In Defense of “Cum”
Good evening, little one. Melissa's breath caught as the chat window opened. After half an hour and two glasses of wine to help pass the time, he was finally here. Not nearly as "here" as she wished he was, but Brian traveled on business a lot and she had long since accepted, more or less, … Continue reading #MasturbationMonday: Denial of Service
Usually I, and most people who write about the act of writing instead of, um, yanno, WRITING, offer helpful tips and suggestions on how to write. I refuse to say, "tell you how to write," because if someone is telling YOU how to tell YOUR story, that person is probably an adjunct college English professor … Continue reading #TradecraftTuesday: BACK UP YO SHIT!
"Mrowl." In some dim, far-off recess of my brain, I heard Brenda, but the words on the computer monitor held the lion's share of my attention. "Mrroowwll..." A light but insistent series of thumps against my leg signaled she was losing patience and wanted attention. Shaken out of my screen-induced trance, I smiled. She could … Continue reading #MasturbationMonday: Pretty Kitten
"Bend over, pet."
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The ONE unforgivable sin of writing is to be predictable! You can screw up 9,732 ways and your readers will probably forgive you, but predictable is boring and boring is NOT something readers overlook willingly.
"Is Sire hungry?"