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 weeks ago, I started this blog post with a list of tropes I don’t likeContinue reading “The List of Forbidden Tropes”

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 better now (thanks for asking), other things have come up and I haven’t had aContinue reading “An Otherwise Silent Bar”

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 the actors don’t like each other. All through the book, you get the sense thatContinue reading “Writing Romances that Last Beyond the Book”

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 and wedding day, and every day after that. What’s the point of it?  Is itContinue reading “The big picture of romance”

Introducing a new series: Writing Romance Effectively 

Who are your favourite fictional couples? Why do you love them so much?  In some novels, watching the main characters go from hating to tolerating, working with to admiring, liking to loving, is a joy. As they slowly fall in love, we also fall in love with them and their relationship. A good romance feelsContinue reading “Introducing a new series: Writing Romance Effectively “

What Matters Most–Guest Post by Kaley Kriesel

This snippet is from the first chapter of What Matters Most, a realistic fiction story. It’s about three girls, new to highschool, finding out who they are and what actually matters. The full story covers popularity, romance, bullying, and changing yourself to fit the box. This snippet is acceptable for any age group, but theContinue reading “What Matters Most–Guest Post by Kaley Kriesel”

On My To Do List: 2022 Writing Update

I’ve started a few projects since I last wrote an update on everything I’m working on. Just like last time, I’m too tired to work on any of them right now, so here’s a formal introduction to keep me writing instead. The Mistwaes Home Shalton is the crown prince of the magical kingdom of Zenn,Continue reading “On My To Do List: 2022 Writing Update”

Meet the Mainiacs: Shinichi Samejima

Last But Not Least… Me: Okay, okay, Shinichi, we need to give Laura a chance to get revenge… uh… I mean, introduce you. Shinichi: *puts notebook away* Laura: Thank you. Well, kochira Shinichi desu. Shinichi: *visible surprise* Laura: 😎 One of my other Japanese friends taught me that. It means, ‘This is Shinichi’. Anyway in case you haven’t already deducedContinue reading “Meet the Mainiacs: Shinichi Samejima”

Meet the Mainiacs: Laura Hamilton

(This is the third in the series… for context, start here 🙂 ) Featuring: Laura Hamilton, the costume-, mischief- and match-maker of ARCHIVE, Shinichi Samejima, an ex-ARC-researcher, and me, their author. 🙂 I promise these two have important roles in the plot XD Me: So do you two know what’s going on? Laura: Yeah, LuckyContinue reading “Meet the Mainiacs: Laura Hamilton”