Category: Old School Blogging

  • Expanding the Boundaries of Romance

    This post at Wonk-o-mance (especially this comment) along with some conversation on Twitter the other night got me thinking about the sorts of protagonists I’d like to see in romance novels. Disabled protagonists–where the disability is more profound than an inconveniently placed birthmark or  a limp. One of the things I loved about Jennifer Ashley’s The Madness of […]

  • Natalie’s Theory of Urban Fantasy

    I’ve been reading urban fantasy since the early 1990’s and I’ve been watching it expand like whoa in the years since Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series were first published. However, as Hamilton and Harris’s books became increasingly popular, the sub-genre metamorphosed into something very different from what I […]

  • W.B. Yeats, Nice Guy

    A million years ago when I was in college, I wrote an honors thesis on the subject of the poet William Butler Yeats. It was very much the work of a naive 20 year old and while I’m not exactly ashamed of it, I do wish that someone had hit me with a clue by […]

  • A Reviewer’s Manifesto

    Recently, my husband and I went to a small SF convention in our area. We had a pretty good time and met some cool people and I talked John Scalzi into buying a Loretta Chase novel (Mr. Impossible-the-best-romance-novel-ever). So as far as I’m concerned, the weekend was more or less a success. Frankly, I was […]