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Jan Romes

Jan Romes: Feed My Romantic Side

March 9, 2018 2:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Today is a guest blog by romance writer Jan Romes. Writers, regardless of the genre they write, thirst for real life situations and real characters to give truth and zest to their fictional stories. That’s where I found myself at the beginning of 2018. I wanted and needed something genuine... read more

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Write With Vigor: Seven Tips

March 6, 2018 8:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Rosie was a riveter not a writer, but still she symbolizes for me the idea for us authors to write with vigor, which I take to mean strength allied with determination. Write With Vigor Tip #1: Read How do you improve your tennis game? The answer is obvious. You play... read more


MeToo Monologues – Duke University

February 27, 2018 2:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

First thing to do: distinguish MeToo Monologues from the #metoo movement. Two weeks ago I wrote on the #metoo movement in a post-Valentine’s Day blog. The #metoo movement is a social media effort mobilized to highlight the problem of sexual assault and harassment, particularly in the workplace. In contrast, MeToo... read more

Five Questions with Ammar Habib

February 23, 2018 11:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Female authors are typically featured in my Five Questions series, so readers may be surprised to get a male perspective this time around. Ammar Habib is an award-winning author from Lake Jackson, Texas. Writing has always been a passion of Ammar’s since he was in elementary school. 1. As a best-selling... read more

African American Vernacular English

African American Vernacular English

February 19, 2018 1:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

African American Vernacular English is also known as Black Vernacular English. For many decades now linguists have studied African American Vernacular English, and their most significant finding about this particular variety of English is that it is not a defective or inferior form of Standard English. It is variety in... read more


#metoo: Yoohoo, Over Here!

February 16, 2018 11:55 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Two days ago was the first Valentine’s Day since the #metoo movement began. This point was made on Real Time With Bill Maher last Friday (February 9) in anticipation of the 14th. Listen to the exchange between Bill Maher and Bari Weiss, a columnist at the New York Times: Real Time With... read more