Going Under, the first book in the Something in the Water series, arrives Tuesday, September 5!

 

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Words, They Mean Things: Halloween

Words, They Mean Things: Halloween

Halloween is an interesting celebration, an almost uniquely Western phenomenon. Other cultures do celebrate some pretty macabre things. The Mexican Dia de los Muertos is one example. At this point, it’s a bit difficult to separate which traditions belonged to the Indigenous peoples of the area and which ones originated with the Spanish conquistadors.

Words Mean Things: Genre

Words Mean Things: Genre

Genre is one of those words that gets tossed around in book circles frequently. We talk about “genre fiction” more often than not, sometimes with a disparaging note in our voices. Well talk about kinds of movies or music. We walk into bookstores and were greeted with helpful labels telling us where to find books in particular categories. When youre publishing a book, youll even be asked what “genre” your book is.

Words Mean Things: “Erotica” vs. “Porn”

Words Mean Things: “Erotica” vs. “Porn”

I’m not really one for euphemisms. All too often, euphemisms lose people. You’re better to just be blunt about things. After all, the purpose of communication is to be clear and concise. If someone loses my meaning because I put it in a pretty package with a neat little bow on top, I’m not doing my job effectively.

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Like what does this even mean?

So I don’t like the fact almost every sexually explicit book written for a primarily female audience gets billed as “erotica.” A lot of the works involved are essentially straight-up word-porn.
Why does it happen? Well, there’s a little bit of politics involved.