Heidi Cullinan nails The Mary Sue for a lazy, unresearched, hetero-only smear piece on romance writing.
If you don’t know the name Grace Hopper, spend 16 minutes with the QUEEN OF CODE from the Signals channel at 538. Populate your scenes of computer science with Grace Hoppers. And Hedy Lamarrs. And the women they have inspired like Brittany Wenger.
Comments on and links to Chuck Wendig (Terrible Minds) blog on real agency for female characters, and Ada Hoffman’s excellent Twitter series about agency in plot, not character.
In which Karin Kallmaker answers Jowita Bydlowska’s (“Confessions of a Failed Romance Writer”) breathtaking disrespect of romance writers and readers. There is cursing.
y example is from Love by the Numbers: “She loved her beautiful back hair.” I caught that in the last proof before the book went to press. Take the time to read KG MacGregor’s hilarious examples of exactly what Spellcheck won’t do for you!
Authors behaving badly. Readers retaliating. This is why we can’t have nice things? Like a viable feedback loop that helps writers grow and readers get better books for their money?
The quip above was almost an aside, but I have thought of it often.
How do weird typos still find their way into final manuscripts? Let’s start with “balsalmic.”