16 Jul

Excuse the mess

I’m aware of the scattershot missing images sitewide. They’re all there on the WordPress back end and on the server; they’re just not displaying. Troubleshooting is in progress.

UPDATE: When all else fails, deactivate Jetpack because that’s usually why all failed! Everything should be pretty now. Thanks for your patience.

12 Jul

Point of View

I recently attended an editing workshop hosted by a trad-pub romance editor who said, “Head hopping is fine! All the greats do it, and it works fine!” I didn’t catch much after that because of the steam whistling out of my ears, but I’m pretty sure we’d disagree on other fundamentals.

Then I came home and started reading a fantasy novel that I was pretty psyched about until Chapter 5, whereupon I had the damnedest time figuring out how the point-of-view character, who had specifically been described as telepathically “deaf,” was able to know what another character was thinking and feeling. I eventually deduced, after coming to a dead stop to read the page five times to unravel what happened, her impairment didn’t spontaneously resolve. The author simply decided to be done with that character and jump into another one with no transition, and his editor thought it was fine.

For those unfamiliar with the term, head hopping is a not-fine technique in which the point-of-view character changes without a scene break or chapter break to indicate you’ll be spending the next chunk of time cozied up with a new character.

Let me tell you when it can work before I rant about why it doesn’t.

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06 Jul

No. Just no. All of the no.

I woke up earlier this week to find that all of my spoons were gone. I had to declare spoon bankruptcy. I felt for several days like I would never be able to acquire another spoon for the rest of my life. As a result, I crawled into my shell and bolted the doors closed to wallow in spoonless isolation.

I woke up this morning mildly surprised to find that I was capable of experiencing an emotion as intense as mild surprise. I poked my nose out of my shell to see what’s been going on outside and quickly discovered I’m capable of ⚡MUCH MORE INTENSE EMOTIONS⚡ and should probably spend a little more time by myself.

Because I was away long enough to forget the internet is a cesspool sensitive little turtles should stay out of, the first thing I saw was a dude who’s read a handful of romance novels by one author and thinks he’s figured out the formula to write his own but just has a few questions for the lady writers to clarify this super simplistic genre so he can dive in and make a fortune.


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04 Jul

Writing Tools: Synastry

Synastry is a comparison of two or more astrological charts to evaluate their interaction. I’m not going to debate anyone about the wisdom of relying on such measures in real life, but it can be a cool writing tool if you need character inspiration or affirmation that you’re on the right track.

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01 Jul

Smashwords Summer Sale

All July long, my books are discounted at Smashwords for $0.00-$2.50 with coupon codes automagically applied at checkout.

Smashwords July discounts

If you’ve been holding out for a deal and you’re comfortable side-loading onto your reading device of choice, this is a great opportunity to expand your TBR.

NOTE: Discounts valid only via Smashwords. Other sellers don’t price match for coupons.