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Offensive or True: Male writers are better than women?

16 Sep

Wow, I just finished reading a post at the Huffington Post’s site and had to scratch my head in wonderment because I don’t understand why women feel the need to knock other women down. The article is filled with wide sweeping comments aimed at a complete group of writers and their work. I think what bothered me most was when its author Koa Beck wrote, “Commercial books do not deserve serious critique because, generally, the writing does not merit it.”

I want to know what type of “commercial books” Beck read to form her opinion. Sure, there are books which don’t deserve “serious critique.” Occasionally I’ll get irritated enough to write about all the reasons a book is an epic fail. However, I would never generalize an entire writing genre or community because of one or two bad books.

According to Beck, “The recognized style of commercial books is cheaper, less authentic, more formulaic, and more predictable, known for comfortable endings and neatly packaged characters that function more as cartoons than representations of actual people. When it comes down to fiction writing — solid, genuine fiction writing — that attempts to push boundaries and say something unique about our nature or the way we live, commercial lit doesn’t have that kind of reach.”

Do you agree or disagree? Why? What book do you think proves her comment to be ignorant or true? I’d especially like to hear from authors.

Edited to add: The title stems from the section of Beck’s article which states “With the exception of a few female literary giants who are regulars in The New Yorker and the New York Times, it seems that even when a big publication does take note of a compelling female voice, she isn’t nearly as strong a writer as her male colleagues.”


If I wrote a

8 Jan

animal_transformation_by_selfmade1paranormal romance. I think I would use blend Christianity with my imagination to create the following mythology. (The picture is by selfmade1 and is for sale at

It is written that God created man and woman, and placed them in a beautiful garden.  This first couple was perfect in all ways.  They were also innocent, sin did not exist.  They wanted for nothing, until the day an angel took the body of a serpent in order to tempt the first couple to break the only commandment that God had given them.

He had told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad but at the serpents urging Eve did so anyway. Adam, unable to bear life without his woman followed his wife’s example and ate from the tree too.  Instantly God knew what was done and cast the couple from the only home they had ever known, exposing them to a brutal world.

Satan, the serpent, and his fellow fallen angels were cast out of heaven to the desolate world below: the same hard world where man was cast.  The fallen angels were transformed into carnivorous men who were dependent on blood to live: the original vampire.  God knew that without protection his greatest creations would become extinct. With that thought in mind he created creatures with the ability to transform into animal form but he also tempered the creatures with mans better qualities, compassion and love.

The were-creatures could be any of the animal predators, but more than that they could co-exist with the humans while protecting them.

Because God is loving he created a means of redemption for the fallen angels.  These vampires could become mortal or human if they found their true life partner and made amends for their traitorous actions.  The bond between Fallen and mortal would make the need for blood disappear.

In the meanwhile, were-creatures live amongst the humans, co-habitating with them and protecting them from the soulless vampires that walk the earth.  Sadly humans feared that which was different and killed any were-creature they found. Those left untouched, became fearful, pessimistic and indifferent to humanity. They did as they were commanded, but learned to hide their differences from those who would hunt them.

National Bad Poetry Day

18 Aug

is today. So…. here goes.

I walked out of my room
turned and hit him with a broom.
“Faster,” I say.
“’tis not May.”

Your turn.


21 Jan

How many of y’all have read dialogue and thought, “God, what an idiot?” I was reading Joan Johnston’s Never Tease a Wolf and stumbled across the following:

I do. I do want to hear (p. 48)

Those words could sound any way. So why did I make the heroine who said them whine? She wasn’t whining in text. She was supposed to be sympathetic and understanding.

When I began to think about it, I thought that I did stuff like that all the time. I made up voices to go with dialogue and sometimes forced the characters to sound in a manner the author didn’t want. I don’t know why I do it; it just happens. I think, maybe, it has something to do with me deciding early on that I don’t like a character.

But think about it. Think about how many times we can take a sentence and create a voice to mutate the words into something sinister or contrary. One sentence, given the wrong inflection, can confuse the heck out of a reader.

So my question is, can you think of any times you’ve done something like this?

Curse the Dark by Laura Anne Gilman

28 Nov

Favorite Line: “Thin white welts covered his body from knee to chest, and down his arms.” (p. 152)

Wren and Sergei are back! Wren is being sent to Italy on a mission; a mission with incomplete information. She has no idea what she is getting involved with and even if she did, it wouldn’t matter. She has a contract with Silence and she means to keep it. While she’s at it, she plans to change her relationship with Sergei.

I waited all the way through book one to see a romantic relationship evolve between Sergei and Wren. The most I got was a kiss the two shared. This book takes a bigger step and throws the two friends together in a sexual relationship. It was inevitable and predictable and I wanted it to happen in a bad way.

The relationships surrounding the partners are still volatile, but that’s nothing new. A war is brewing and Wren will be right in the middle. We get to meet new friends and old enemies. My biggest peev with the book is the obvious set up for book three.

Many different ideas are broached, then the reader is ripped away and thrown back into the main story line. As usual I understand the purpose of this technique, but it is irritating all the same.This book moved at a quicker pace than book one, too. All in all it was an interesting story.


25 Jun

I start working part-time today at our local newspaper. I’m pretty excited. It doesn’t pay much, but it is another style of writing for me to master and the people I met were laid back and willing to teach me. It’s not unheard of for women at new jobs to gift the newbie with the cold shoulder and I’m glad this job doesn’t seem like that. I’m still trying to do work from home; it’s just that now I’ll have some income entering my home. I’m loving the review work at Romance Designs. It’s amazing how doing something that you enjoy positively impacts your life. I feel like I’ve been infused with positive energy.


3 Jun

This is a paid review.


Do you remember how it felt when you got your first loose tooth? I don’t but I do remember when my daughter got hers. She was so excited and had many different ideas on how to get the tooth out of her mouth. This memory came to me when I went to and read/watched a young girl’s brilliant idea of using floss to remove her loose tooth.

With the help of her parents, a piece of string was tied to her tooth and the other end tied to a crystal doorknob. The little girl was very excited until she learned that the door had to be slammed closed for the tooth to be yanked out. Her father handled it nicely by distracting her and slamming the door at the same time. The child didn’t even realize that the tooth was leaving her mouth.

The webpage went on to give advice for parents wanting to test the tooth…string…doorknob method for tooth removal. It recommended making sure that the tooth was very loose, using a round doorknob, and floss for string. It stresses these things for safety. If the tooth isn’t loose enough it could break or pull hard at the gums. If you use a lever handle instead of a round knob the string could possibly slide off the handle. Finally by using floss instead of string you’re using something sterile and right at hand in the bathroom.

The article concludes on the merits of doorknobs. They are useful and under appreciated, but a cheap way to make home improvements.

Chapter Book Submissions

15 May

Chapter Book Submissions Call

Freya’s Bower is starting a new line of chapter books. These are a series of three, or more, installments of an ongoing story. Each “chapter” must be 5000-6000 words in length. They will be released monthly. The story can be any heat rating, any genre, and can even incorporate any of our series (Goddess Freya, Valkyrie, T.R.O.U.B.L.E., Angels and Demons) Due to the length, they will not be given ISBN’s and will have one cover for all installments with the exception of a minor change to distinguish each installment from the others. (i.e. Title one: The Southern Sting: Chapter One, title two: The Southern Sting: Chapter Two, and so on.)

To submit, include the first chapter in the body of the email text with “CHAPTER BOOKS” in the subject line. Also include a one-paragraph synopsis of the following installments planned for the story. Send your submissions to: submitATfreyasbowerDOTcom .

If you have questions email Faith at editorfaithATsbcglobalDOTnet or Marci at mbaunATfreyasbowerDOTcom.

Please read our guidelines for formatting and any questions you might have before submitting.

Stop skulking: Preferences

4 May

Memoir- “Records of events or history written from the personal knowledge or experience of the writer, or based on special sources of information.” (Oxford English Dictionary)

Biography- “A written record of the life of an individual.” (Oxford English Dictionary)

Do you have a preference of biography over memoirs or vice versa? Why?Do you think an individual can honestly write a biography of themselves? If you were to write one, which would you choose? Have you ever sat down and written your life/experience into a character of any story you were writing?

So STOP SKULKING and make your voice heard!

13 Lines from my non-fiction story

3 May


13 Lines from my non-fiction story

1. Neither one of my daughter’s fathers are in the picture.

2. Delivering a baby is supposed to be one of the most exciting days in a person’s life.

3. I tried to be happy and excited.

4. All I really wanted to do was cry.

5. Entering the delivery room hammered in the truth, there would be no happily ever after for me.

6. I’d never get my virginity back.

7. I’d never get that boy, my first sex partner, back.

8. I’d never go through a pregnancy with a husband who loved me.

9. The tears flowed freely from my eyes as I relinquished my grip on my dreams.

10. Lying on the cold table, shaking and staring up at the white, paneled ceiling I thought about the African.

11. I remembered him saying, “I ought to shove you down the stairs.”

12. He’d stopped taking my phone calls and had a new girlfriend.

13. My arms were tied to the table to prevent me from moving while the doctor sliced my abdomen open and pulled my daughter out.

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