Or, well, a more popular blogging site anyways...
Once upon a time, when M&M was just a wee blog baby looking for a home, I ventured to WordPress and was a bit overwhelmed by all the options for customization. Blogspot seemed much more user-friendly (and by user-friendly I really mean easier to navigate for a noob like myself), so that was where I decided M&M would set up shop. But now, WordPress seems the best option for all my blogging needs, so we're moving house!
I hope you'll migrate with me as I export and import my way to those greener blogging pastures!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
So this is definitely not my normal writing-related post. And, ladies, this one's for you (and maybe you too, open-minded guy). I'm going to try my best not to turn this into a feminist rant (if you know me, you know that I'm a HUGE fan of feminist rants so this may be difficult).
Okay. So. Can I make a suggestion? Once a week, ladies, spend a full day without a bra on. No matter where you're going. At home or out and about. Just once a week (or twice a week if you're feeling brave!).
We are under no contractual obligation to hide our nipples. To, every day, strap ourselves into these contraptions that itch and rub and dig and gore us with broken wires and cost a pretty penny.
I don't want to feel like I have to put on a bra just to go grocery shopping--or out to eat. Or, dare I say it? TO WORK--on the off chance that my delicate-less delicates make someone feel uncomfortable. I put on deodorant for that reason. That's me doing my part for humanity.
And let us not forget that, even if you DO don a bra, you will get looks if that bra, like your nips, is SHOWING. Even a white bra will be a pair of glowing white triangles under a white shirt. I don't want to even think about how many times someone has disdainfully said to me, "Do you know your bra is showing?" SO WHAT? Even if I said EFF the bra, I'd get those same sideways looks of disapproval if my lady pointers decided to put themselves on parade. How does that make sense? The answer is: it doesn't.
|Watch this. It's fabulous.|
So wear a bra when you want to. Likewise, don't wear one when you don't want to. I'm only asking that you make the choice based only on your feelings. Not societal expectations or worries about what OTHER people will think. It's helped me feel more comfortable in my skin, to be more accepting of my body and the way things fall where they may. It's been liberating. And we all deserve to feel liberated. So, #freetheboobies.
|Also this video. In which a few women don't go to boob jail for a week.|
~Be mindful of the constraints of society. They can be both emotional and physical.~
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Looking at yourself as a reader can help you to better understand who you can be as a writer. Asking your inner reader questions can be a great way to teach yourself to be a superior storyteller.
Here are some questions to get you started:
1. Why do I read?
2. What do the books I love have in common?
3. Who am I as a reader? What do I want out of a story?
4. If you could write like one author, who would you choose? Why?
5. What is one beginning AND ending (can be from different books) that has stuck out to you as a reader? What made them memorable for you?
6. What characters/fandom would you get in a duel over to defend their honor? Why?
I think you can see where I'm going with these questions. Look at your favorites, then look at why they're your favorites. Ask yourself how you can emulate those characteristics in your own writing. Interview yourself! Then be inspired by the stories you love and WRITE LIKE THE WIND, FRIENDS!
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
So, I gave an author website a shot a couple months ago! Figure if I lay all my ducks in a row, one of them will quack eventually!
Wix was super easy to use, I can't recommend it enough! And I'm really pleased with what my amateur self was able to put together! Feel free to have a browse, call me out on any typos, or gawk at my growing number of WIPs! So many novel ideas, so little cushion left in my buttocks for writing them >_<
Now that I think about it, does the writing community suffer from a flat-butt epidemic?? Or are standing desks something people actually invest in?? Treadmill desks? Pool desks? LIE DOWN DESKS!?! *checks Amazon just to be sure*
1. Strong CharactersThis is vital for all fiction, but especially so for romfic. This is because the reader must fall in love with one of your main characters. Would Mr Darcy have set readers’ hearts aflame if he were a silly cad with no redeeming qualities? Absolutely not. He was a judicious gentleman of impressive intelligence and refinement who secreted away a tender heart. You want Elizabeth and Darcy to end up together because that means you get to end up with him as well, and a character must be dynamic and three-dimensional, otherwise who will fall in love with them? Your characters need to have traits that compete against each other. They must realize and struggle against their worst qualities for the sake of love.
2. PassionOnce you have strong characters, stick them together with a generous dollop of passion. If characters are really in love, a sense of passion should also be provoked within the reader – they need to feel the depth of your characters’ emotions for one another. Passion measures this depth and is the rubber band that you tie around them. No matter how hard they pull and stretch apart, that passion will bring them back together in the end.
Passion also means that your characters must fall for each other, hard. They can play around with the idea and question their true feelings, but the reader must know that, when push comes to shove, their love is unquestionably genuine.
Dialogue is essential in communicating this. Professions of love are acts of passion. A character is exposing their vulnerability during these moments of confession, articulating their deepest feelings. ‘Hey, I love you,’ just doesn’t cut it. They need to reach down deep and lay their beating heart on the table.
3. Obstacles.Now that you’ve tied the passion band around your characters, toss in a liberal amount of obstacles to test its elasticity and your characters’ resolve. This can be in the form of an antagonist – in love stories, sometimes the best antagonists are the couple themselves – or a circumstance which makes being together impossible.
An effective obstacle is separation. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but your love-struck protagonists don't know that. Our star-crossed lovers must attempt to live without each other and then come to realize that, no matter ho hard things are while together, it's impossible to stay apart (think Tristan & Isolde, Romeo & Juliet, Pride & Prejudice, even Twilight for goodness sake). During this separation, the obstacles are the characters themselves. They think that, by being apart, because they're angry at each other or because they feel it's "for the best," they can dismiss their feelings. But never underestimate the power of that rubber ban of passion.