Rating: Five Stars – If you’re into historical romance, then this book is for you. Period. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve found a book that I can’t wait to get back to. Someone to Love was exactly that book. The characterizations for Avery and Anna were deep, well drawn, and produced a romance that was both inevitable and satisfying.
I’m intentionally not leaving a rating this time because I don’t think I’m the right audience for it. I didn’t finish it, but others will probably love it. It turns out I am REALLY not into bully romances. Just, not at all. All the crap that the MC goes through in early chapters at the hands of the other fairies was so upsetting I just… ugh. I don’t read books to feel like that.
The Bechdel Test is a metric for female representation in fiction. In this day and age, it is no longer relevant. We have female characters out the wazoo now, and you know it. It is not a way to gauge the quality of female characters, and forcing your characters to pass this test won’t fix anything. Whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish, having two female characters talk about something besides a man won’t fix it. It’s time to relegate this particular test to the archives of important historical events where it belongs.
The question often comes up in general writer groups, what can other writers learn from your favorite genre? Guaranteed, someone will say “Romance writers know how to put tropes to good use” within the first five minutes. Because of all the genres out there, that’s one thing that Romance has NAILED DOWN. Other genres simply don’t know HOW to write good romance, therefore readers of those genres think all romance is blech. But it’s not, guys. I mean, I’m probably preaching to the choir here. Anyone reading this blog will probably already have a soft spot for romance, but I have loud opinions over here. I have to air them somewhere…
Every main character gets a romance at some point during the current two seasons. But Luther and Allison are supposed to be the epic love story. Except they do it so half-assed it hurts to watch. I think this may be the only time I’ve ever seen a tv show or movie break the cardinal sin of “telling not showing.”
Okay okay, I know. I’ve only released one short story, so what kind of an authority am I? Well this post is for anyone else who is learning by doing. Because over the summer (while writing Waking Up the Giants) I had an ah-hah moment. One of those huge lightbulbs that just came to me. Something nobody ever told me, or maybe I just made it up? Either way, once I had this major realization, suddenly short stories made sense to me. And WUtG just kind of poured out of me in under a month.
I promised to write this post months and months ago, and now I’m finally delivering! In this post I’ll go over one of my favorite methods for displaying closeness between two characters: making exceptions. It’s one of the easiest to explain: basically one character will make exceptions in his/her personal rules/routines in order to accommodate another character they feel close to. And considering how easy it is to explain, it’s amazing how effective it is. This is (in my opinion) one of the most effective tools in the relationship toolbox. Don’t worry, I’ll go into way too much detail as to why, as usual.
Okay, I know I said Rose was my favorite companion, but honestly Donna is kind of my favorite, too! I loved Rose because of the adventure, the romance, and the drama. She was my first love. But Donna – oh man. Strictly speaking in terms of characterization, Donna had it in spades. And her relationship with the Doctor was platonic gold. It’s hard to find a straight male/female pairing that clicks so well as friends without ever bothering with good old fashioned sexual tension. We were never meant to ship them, and so we didn’t. And yet they were as close as any two characters could ever be. Rose may have been 10’s true love, but Donna was his best mate. And it was beautiful to watch.
I am so excited to announce that my latest short story is available now! Waking Up the Giants is one of those niggling little stories that started out one way… and of course became something entirely new and amazing that I would have NEVER predicted. This story started with a song, specifically Waking Up the Giants by Grizfolk. Every time this song came up on my playlist, I always thought, “Man, this could make a great story.” And I was totally right.