Before Edward Cullen, There was Jareth the Goblin King

So tonight I was revising all four of my currently published books (Thieves of Nottica had all the funky tabs fixed – I need new glasses) and I was listening to some songs from the 1986 film Labyrinth.

That entire movie was a thinly veiled metaphor. It warns the young audience against abusive relationships. That’s the kind of great entertainment we had back then. It not only made us laugh but it made us think too. Now we have entertainment that teaches young people to think abusive relationships are “love.”

(Ugh. Every time I use the phrase “young people” I grow a gray hair)

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Stop Spamming Me

It’s so annoyingly ironic that all the revisions I uploaded for Tales of Talithia would be approved one day AFTER the free promotion is over.

One of the annoying things about writing anything erotic is that it takes longer to review. Like Amazon is scared erotic romance writers are uploading kiddy porn or something. Thankfully, TOT is the first and last erotica I’ll be doing in a long, long time (the five books in the series will not be erotica but will have erotic elements).

I really made this post to wonder why I keep being robot-spammed with book scams on my Goodreads page. Just because I’m self-published doesn’t mean I’m desperate or stupid. I’m not going to waste my money on scams and there are very few marketing packages I trust to actually *work.*

Please stop spamming me. I’m not easy prey and I guarantee you won’t be getting my money. And if you don’t stop, I’ll have to move beyond blocking you and report your spambot to the librarians here. Because I’ve had it.

How Much Do People Hate Fantasy-Romance?

With the passion of a thousand suns?

Tonight I realized how many people actually hate the fantasy-romance subgenre (while lots of people seem to hate erotica just as much, sadly), and I found myself wondering two things. 1) Are my romances written poorly? 2) Do so many people hate fantasy-romance that I don’t even have much of an audience anyway???

I keep wondering how many people started to read one of my books, realized it had strong romantic elements, then barfed and put it down. There are a few people who’ve had my books on their shelves for weeks now, after all. Maybe they’re just too nice to tell me they hate romance and don’t like my book, in which case I wish they would just tell me (I’mma big girl, I can take it) so I can continue without wondering.

I keeping thinking about the anti-romance fans who read my work – unaware that it was romance – and reacted with “Ughhhhhh romance.”

Is all this groaning just a matter of taste? Or do I deserve it because I suck at writing romance?

As I said a while ago (on a post I may have deleted), romance is actually really hard to write. It’s hard to write well, anyway. So as a result, it has this reputation for being really, really bad simply because so many people get it wrong.

One problem with romance is that it’s hard to avoid being cheesy, cliché, or unrealistic, because for most people, writing is escapism and people wind up writing about love the way they want it to be instead of the way it actually is.

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why steam power is still used in The Thieves of Nottica

Anyone who reads The Thieves of Nottica probably wonders why steam is still used as an energy source when the people of Nimestil have electricity and other resources such as oil. They have electric lighting and mechanical limbs that also hook to the brain with electricity (so having one forcefully removed actually stings and burns rather painfully).

There are two reasons. (twenty percent chance I dunno wtf I’m talking about)

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My Review Policy

No. This isn’t a policy for reviews that I write as a reader. This is my stance on the reviews that I receive as an author: I don’t read them.

There’s no reason to read reviews on my books. Why? A review isn’t there for me to read it and then spend all my time agonizing over an opinion. A review serves two purposes: 1) to help potential buyers decide whether or not to waste time on your book 2) to help authors build a reputation as a writer worth reading.

That’s basically it.

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Rigg and Lisa: a mushy cliche?

Occasionally, I lurk forums where readers discuss books just to see what readers in my target audience are looking for. Regardless of what I find there, I always write what I want to write, not what readers want writers to write (say that ten times fast). Still, it makes for an interesting read.

Today I noticed a (very old) thread where readers talked about the clichés they hated in romance. I’ve always tried to make my fiction punch through clichés like a wrecking ball through a brick wall (I try to anyway), but someone listed a cliché I have to admit is actually featured in The Thieves of Nottica.

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Morganith: Beauty is a Curse

In The Thieves of Nottica, I deliberately used the appearance of each of the three main characters — Rigg, Hari, and Morganith — to make a subtle statement about beauty and appearance.

Rigg is ugly but actually loves herself. I did this on purpose, because to me, there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is not “mainstream magazine” beautiful and yet loves herself unapologetically and even defiantly. This woman, even though she is considered ugly, will wear nice things, flowers, jewelry, and carry herself with confidence. This woman, even though she is considered ugly, will not be so insecure that she treats attractive women poorly. Because this woman loves herself enough to love others as well. That’s Rigg.

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