Games to Play With Books

An advantage to Facebook and Scribophile is the ability to play weird games that would be much less fun face to face. Imagine getting out lists of silly words, one for each letter of the alphabet and one for each month of the year, and having your friends at a party tell you what their porn star name would be, based on the month they were born and the first letter of their last name. Not enough alcohol in the world to make that funny.

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Senses and History, Part Four: Taste

I don’t expect to talk about the concept of an innate ability to select the best styles and decorations, but I did want to briefly explore how that got to be. Have you tasted the latest shoes? Well, so far I have no input on that, so maybe there is no documentation on it. I’ll have to borrow someone’s Oxford English Dictionary. Continue reading “Senses and History, Part Four: Taste”

Making History Relevant

All the meetings of my local chapter of Romance Writers of America have been super valuable. I hope I can encourage you to find a chapter and join. Even an on-line chapter is valuable to a writer. We were fortunate enough to have Callie Hutton, USA Today best-selling author of Regency Romances, Western Historical Romances, and the occasional Contemporary Romance, come talk to us. She is delightful. Continue reading “Making History Relevant”

Gender Occupations

I am a huge fan, in many ways, of John Scalzi. I love how often he plays with my brain by not specifying the gender of someone at first, and because they are the captain or the doctor, my conditioned brain is thinking male. And they turn out to be female. Of course, Scalzi is writing in his own future universe, but he still had me spinning when a character that I assumed was human turned out to be not human. Very well done. Continue reading “Gender Occupations”