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Repost: Romance Subgenres

February 17, 2017 2:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s still Valentine’s Day week! So I thought it would be fun to share my overview of all the different types of romance novels. Look out for a couple updates to contributions I have made to these categories since I first wrote this post.  My quest as a romance writer... read more

What I’m Reading IV

December 30, 2016 4:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Reading is an important part of writing. Reading instructs, and reading inspires. I’m rarely without a book. I love reading at home. I also love reading on the road, where I spend a lot of time. If you ever feel a bit of writer’s block, reading a good book will... read more

What I’m Reading III

December 16, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

British Police Procedurals II: The Bill Slider Series I recently discovered and fell in love with Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’s Detective Inspector Bill Slider of the Shepherd’s Bush police station in west London and his partner – or as Slider refers to him, his bagman – Detective Sergeant Jim Atherton.

What I’m Reading II

December 9, 2016 2:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

British Police Procedurals Part I: The Romney and Marsh Files by Oliver Tidy. I had a ball reading all seven murder-mysteries involving the deeply flawed Detective Inspector Tom Romney and his trusty Detective Sargent Joy Marsh. The stories are set in the Dover CID (Crime Investigation Department) on the Kent... read more

What I’m Reading: November 2016

November 29, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’ve written before on my blog that an important part of writing is reading. There is a lot of inspiration that can be gleaned from reading books in the genre you aspire to write in. However, I’m also a devoted fan of the romance genre and avidly read books all... read more

Julie Tetel Andresen Political Sociolinguist Politics of Language

Frame Analysis

March 4, 2016 8:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I first took up the subject of frame analysis in The Articulate Executive II and here I repeat a few of the comments I made in that blog. My argument and some examples are from George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant! We’re in high political season, and we’re... read more

how reading romance novels can boost your mood

Boost Your Mood: Read a Romance

January 4, 2016 11:45 pm Published by 3 Comments

Last January, 2015 the Wall Street Journal ran a front page article on the rise of professional cuddlers who might charge $1/minute to spoon. Skin-to-skin contact is not involved. The cuddlers and their clients keep their clothes on. Their customers say that cuddling lessens anxiety and increases a sense of... read more

The Articulate Executive II

October 22, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: See The Articulate Executive I  for the source of my title. In my years of teaching, I have always gone early to class to chat with students before the hour begins. I haven’t had difficulty getting conversation going until these past few years. Now when I walk into the... read more