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50 Shades of Technology

50 Shades of Technology

If you’re anything like me, you don’t use your phone to actually talk to people.  Except your mom, who REFUSES to text, no matter how many times you tell her it’s the quickest and easiest way to get a hold of you. I’ve noticed media is reflecting this shift in communications.  I recently a watched […]

Novel In a Day 2014

Novel In a Day 2014

Last weekend, I took part in the annual Novel in a Day writing event, hosted by Literature & Latte.  I didn’t actually write an entire novel in a day, that would probably be impossible.  At least for me.  No, NaiD is much more interesting than that. Along with 24 other writers, I received an outline for one chapter in […]

50 Shades of Dialogue

50 Shades of Dialogue

Have I plugged these brilliant reviews of the Fifty Shades trilogy, yet?  Katrina Passick Lumsden lays out exactly what is wrong with the characterization of Christina and Ana, the disturbing gender politics of these books, the ludicrous plot points. Plus, she refers to Christian’s junk as a “bologna wand.” Anywho, I’m not reviewing these books, […]

50 Shades of Conflict

50 Shades of Conflict

So. Bored. Fifty Shades of Grey was entertaining in its horribleness. But Fifty Shades Darker is so vanilla. There just isn’t any conflict to keep me turning the pages, and there is no story without conflict. Let’s talk about motivation.  A story is about a protagonist REALLY, REALLY wanting something. She will spend the entire […]

50 Shades of Show & Tell

50 Shades of Show & Tell

Still chugging along with the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I’m in the middle of book two, Fifty Shades Darker. Holy cow (™Anastasia Steele) is it fifty shades of boring. It’s all fancy parties, child abuse, and sailing. Wasn’t the point of these books the kinky fuckery (™Christian Grey)? That said, I’m not here to discuss plot […]

50 Shades of Character Voice

50 Shades of Character Voice

Lately, I’ve been reading the Fifty Shades trilogy. It is repetitive and misogynistic and stupid. For a sex book, it’s very unsexy, unless you’re turned on by e-mail and contract negotiation. And the writing! It’s as bad – possibly worse – than you’ve heard. And I can’t put it down. Fifty Shades of Grey fails […]

Unpopular Opinion: Mean Girls

Unpopular Opinion: Mean Girls

Apparently, today is the 10th Anniversary of Mean Girls.  I guess that means it’s time to admit something I’ve been afraid to for 10 years: I don’t like Mean Girls. Even I don’t understand why.  I love Tina Fey.  I love comedies.  I love high school movies.  I don’t hate Lindsay Lohan (unpopular opinion: I don’t hate […]