Fabio. Just one name, and 1980s and 1990s romance novels come to mind. I first learned of him when I was at a book signing for my second medieval, The Viking’s Bride (1989) and someone exclaimed, “Oh, you got a Fabio cover!”
I’m a fan of HGTV. One of the shows I like is Flip or Flop with telegenic husband-wife team Tarek and Christina El Moussa. Every time I hear Christina talk, I’m always struck by how often she uses the voice register known in the media as vocal fry.
Alfred Hitchcock was famous, among other things, for his cameo appearances in the films he directed. Cameos are, by definition, brief appearances in a work of the performing arts, and the people play themselves. The topic of this blog is not quite cameo appearances, but it is akin, because I... read more
The connection between love and language is connection. What is love? Connection. What is language? Connection. When you love someone, you are connected to them. If that person is in your presence, you are likely to connect with them physically – a touch on the arm, a pat on the... read more
In 1972 the Equal Rights Amendment was big news. In 1972 the first issue of Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazines appeared. The next year Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States. And in 1972 the publishing sensation of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss brought the... read more
Note: This post is part of a series. You may wish to read first Love and Linguistics Part I & Part II. The pleasure I take in exploring the many varieties of romance has two sides: the love side and the linguistic side.
Note: This post is part of a series about me and my work. You may wish to read first Love and Linguistics I. Now to answer the first question people often ask me: How is that I am both a professional linguist and a romance writer? The very question suggests... read more
Love and Linguistics I & II are blog posts about me and my work. At the same time I’m hoping they’ll provide occasions for you to think through your passions and life career choices. I am often asked two questions: How does it happen that I am both a professional... read more
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
All images belong to the CW and Jane the Virgin I have a sense of humor. I love comedies and happily watch stand-up. I recently heard comic Lewis Black’s favorite joke: “If a man speaks in a forest and there’s no woman to hear him, is he still wrong?” Okay,... read more