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Strong, Bitchy, or Both?

Strong Female Lead or a Bitchy Female Lead - can it be both?

There you are, bold writer of a strong female lead ™, when all the sudden you write your upteenth snarky quip and you find yourself wondering:  “Has my strong lead character morphed into an utter bitch unexpectedly?”

Today I’m gonna talk about strong female characters, sexism and a bunch of other stuff that is sure to invite the twitterverse to eat my face utterly.  Click the read more and just a warning, I’m using the B-word a whole lot in this one!

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Wheel of Time TV Series: Why Isn’t This a Thing?

Fantasy fans the world over already know about it and if you’re one of those people who came to great shows like Outlander and Game of Thrones through TV … you NEED to read the book series “Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson because… well because it’s not on TV (yet.)  But why?  Let’s talk about it – click the read more for a spoiler free chat about why this SHOULD be a thing.

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3 Reasons for Reading Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian Fiction
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People can be doggedly hard on dystopian fiction.  It’s weird how some people can like a thing a great deal until it becomes wildly popular and then somehow that popularity makes it suddenly unpalatable.  Instead of asking “why is dystopian fiction still popular” maybe we should talk about why it was to begin with.

Here’s three reasons why people are reading Dystopian Fiction.

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Barbie called Fat by girl & I’m happy.

Fat Barbie declares child and that's good

Time Magazine Article features girls as young as six mocking new Barbie as Fat.

Confession:  I hated the Jem doll when I first saw her because after years of playing with Barbie, I felt she was fat and therefore (despite her awesome hair which I loved and the epic clothing she had) she was ugly.  At the tender age of seven I think it was my cousin Kimmy who had a Jem doll and I thought about how thick she seemed compared to my barbie and how I’d never want one.

I was seven.  And no.  Jem dolls were NOT fat.  And yet… I had an image in my head about how dolls (and probably how women) should ideally look.

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Growing. Loss, Grief, & Foster Parenting

Miscarriage, Pregnancy, Loss, Grief, Mourning

Been a while since I blogged about me.  In fact, one of the last personal blogs I did was over at writing wenches (you can read it here: click here )  and it talks about our adventure in trying to sell our house, buying a new house, trying to get pregnant, a major health worry, resolving I wouldn’t get pregnant, and finally starting on our journey to foster/adopt.

Well, today I’m going to be real.  Gut tearing, exposing myself to the world, no holds barred kinda real.  And, as you can guess by the title and the image, I did get pregnant and I lost my baby.  Here was what I wrote on Facebook after our loss:

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Do Twitter and Blogs Really Drive Book Sales?

An interesting read about the effect of Twitter & Blogs on book sales.  Totally worth checking out.

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What is the best advice I’d give an author?

She reads out loud like I do too! 😀 Love it. ♥

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What is the best advice I’d give an author?

How many times have you thought about this question? Those of you who know me would remember I’d say “Never give up on your dreams.” But what else would I say?

Read work by other authors in your genre:

If you write children’s books, or fantasy, or romance, read some of those books. What did you like about the author’s style? Was the book well written and engaging?

Check your spelling and grammar:

It’s easy to think if you have spell check on your computer you might feel confident you don’t need to check your work for spelling errors. But before you get too excited think about words like two versus too, or form and from. It’s easy to overlook them because the computer won’t help you locate them.

Revise, revise and revise again:

Have you ever written a chapter and…

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