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

 

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The Tyranny of Word Counts

The Tyranny of Word Counts

Many authors have just finished up the slog that is National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Every year, thousands of people sign up to challenge themselves to write a full-fledged novel—defined as 50,000 words—in thirty days. NaNoWriMo bills itself as a fun experience and a huge challenge.

Yet there’s mixed reaction to the very idea of this challenge in writing circles. Some people love it. Others find it too stressful. Almost as many writers fail at it as succeed. So what’s the big problem?

What Makes a Villain?

What Makes a Villain?

I was talking with a reader and she asked me, point-blank, if one of the characters in Slapshot! was going to become a villain. She said she felt like he just wasn’t a good guy. Oddly enough, this wasn’t the character I had singled out as being my primary antagonist through this story arc, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t become a villain.
But that set me to thinking: What makes a villain?
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.

Can Men Write Female Characters?

Can Men Write Female Characters?

Ahhhh, I love the smell of misconceptions in the morning. One of the common ones in the world of writing is that if you’re not x, you can’t write about x.
I saw this crop up again the other day. The author expressed the sentiment that men aren’t “allowed” to write female characters any more. The argument is men have reductionist understanding of women. Since they’ve never experienced the world as a woman, they can only write through tropes and stereotyping. Any female character a man writes would either be a misogynistic interpretation or a fetishized, sexualized female object there for male pleasure.
Chapter 8: Losing Streak [Slapshot!]

Chapter 8: Losing Streak [Slapshot!]

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They lost. Badly. Horribly. Penalty after penalty, shot after shot. The Rockets kept them fairly hemmed into their own zone; they scarcely played any time in the opposite end. Six-nothing wasn’t even a respectable effort. It was laughable. How had they made it to the playoffs again? What a joke, what a laugh. Luke could already see the headlines in tomorrow’s papers in DC, plastered across ESPN and the internet. He could almost taste the disappointment and bitterness of fans.

Does the Nobel Prize Mean Anything?


Man, people sure love to get worked up about the Nobel Prize. Last month, the panel caused a stir when they announced that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Dylan has since been accused of being arrogant and undeserving by members of the panel, as they haven’t been able to reach him to actually give him the award; his website has removed mention of the win.)