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A Novel SongTrack

Karin Kallmaker Book News, Captain of Industry 3 Comments

Music has often inspired titles and moments in my stories. The title Substitute for Love I owe to Madonna and The Kiss that Counted to Catie Curtis, for example. What’s rare is when particular songs – their lyrics, tone, power – drive the creativity so much so that I know it’s a song that the characters have heard and responded to as well. After all, the characters are real people, right?

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The Difference Between Hacking and Spoofing on Facebook

Karin Kallmaker LIFE + STYLE 9 Comments

This is a Public Service Announcement. There is significant difference between being hacked and being spoofed on Facebook. (Spoofing is also called cloning.) I often see people in a fear spiral when they don’t need to be, and after explaining the difference numerous times it finally occurred to me I could just do a blog post and then share the URL in the future. The spoofers get less of everybody’s time and attention.* Read More

Dead Lesbian Scene on the 100

Reblog: “I Am Not Your Plot Device” – Steven Spohn at Terrible Minds

Karin Kallmaker Craft of Writing, LIFE + STYLE 1 Comment

This. To all writers, THIS. First, empathy in the specific. This essay by Steven Spohn isn’t about lesbians, it’s about a group of people even more marginalized in every form of entertainment culture. Empathy.

Then gritty determination in a universal resistance to marginalized people’s lives being used as palatable plot devices for tragedy. Read More

So I Had This Idea, 2016

Karin Kallmaker Events and Appearances, Sisters of the Pen

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 I was going to blog about the new free e-story at my web store (it’s here, go look later) but marketing isn’t nearly as much as fun as talking about books and authors. What has me rubbing my hands together in glee is this year’s installment ofthe “So I Had This Idea” panel at the 2016 Golden Crown Convention in D.C. this summer. (Don’t know what this is? It’s here, go look later.) Read More