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Come one, come all, join our campfire story time! Hear tales of love, death, gods and a surprising number of candles…


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The List of Forbidden Tropes

I decided while packing Uber orders at work today that instead of trying to sound intelligent in today’s blog post, I’d just write out my thoughts conversationally and hope that even if it’s not informative, it’s at least encouraging.  Six…

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An Otherwise Silent Bar

(An original short story.) First, an announcement: Due to personal reasons, I’m putting this week’s Writing Romance post on hold for another week. I didn’t post two weeks ago because I was still recovering from covid, and while I’m much…

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Writing Romances that Last Beyond the Book

Some fictional romances feel fictional. Reading them is like watching a badly-performed theatrical performance, where the characters fall in love, sing endlessly about how they would die for their lover, but all the way through you get the sense that…

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The big picture of romance

What would you say is the point of romance?  Note, I’m not asking the point of sex, but of romance. Having a crush on someone, someone having a crush on you, the wondering and dreaming, wooing and dating, the proposal…

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Read a Life’s-Worth of Good Books

Ecclesiastes 12:12 says “My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” (ESV) Part of that verse: Of making many books, there is no end…

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