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COVID-19 Statement and Update
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This is an uncertain time for a lot of us. As I type this, I’m in my living room with my kids nearby, doing a video call with their music teacher. My spouse is preparing for an online meeting as well.
We’re the lucky ones.
We have the luxury, the privilege, of all working from home. I already do, and we live in a school district that can provide technology and food for every student, free of charge. My spouse works for a state educational agency. We have good enough health insurance to...
The Dreaded Sex Scene
This may come as a complete shock (or possibly not), but I dislike writing sex scenes. Surprising, maybe, because a fair number (okay, all) of my novels have at least a few.
My method of writing them looks like opening Scrivener, adding a blank scene, and squinting at it for an eternity before closing it and deciding to try again another day. Take two is usually a few vague sentences about who puts what parts where. By version three, I’ve added enough detail to qualify...
When Reviews Go Bad
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When Fiction Becomes Reality
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This month, the focus is on science fiction. It couldn't have come at a better time. There are many exciting new discoveries all the time that line up with things people only guessed at fifty or sixty years ago. It makes one wonder what else might become reality.
On the flip side, not all of technology is innocent. Recently, there's been some controversy around an AI that can reportedly determine if a person is gay or straight based on analysis of dating profile pictures. While...
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There's been a lot of challenges lately in the lgbtqia+ books-and-writing world, particularly on the M/M Romance front. I don't have a dog in that fight, since I don't technically write genre romance or exclusively M/M. But it's been disheartening to see family fighting.
The last time I mentioned that, several people told me flat-out that we're not "family." Just because we share space under the rainbow doesn't mean we have much in common or want to hang out together, even in the book world. That may be true,...