Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Intarweb Tuesday: Just Dance



Did everyone see the new Dancing with the Stars list? It's Hofftastic. Can't wait. ;)

How is it (almost) September already? Geez. Time flies.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Intarweb Tuesday is Linktastic Again



That display is actually in our local grocery store, so it's been amusing to watch it make the rounds of the intarwebs. It was on Kotaku too, or so the husband tells me.

Thanks to Twitter I have 2 things to share today:

The E-books article drinking game. It's rather like the romance novel drinking game--intended to inspire drunkenness and/or alcohol poisoning. You know it's going to be awesome when it uses the word HULKSMASH in the first example.

Six myths about publishing. This is really interesting. And rather depressing in parts, but that's how publishing rolls. It does make me love my publisher all the more though. (Big hugs to Mr. Sam Hain.) The comments on the article are also interesting, though several go off on Stephanie Plum tangents (haven't read any, so no idea what they're talking about).

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Did someone drink the haterade again?



It happens on a regular basis. Some d-bag gets his panties in a twist and decides to hate on the romance novels. (There's a recent article on the SB's site here about how Bloomberg Business Week Blows.) The word "bodice ripper" is often used. I've seen some authors on a mission to reclaim the term, one of those "if we use it ourselves it has less power" kind of things, and I understand that. But the people who bandy it about when they're accusing romance of being porn for women or being fluff and not "real" like literary fiction, they're just being insulting. Degrading, even.

Can't we all just get along? ... Okay, probably not.

Romance writers get seriously pissed off when this sort of thing happens, and we quote sales numbers and percentages of the market and point out the many ways that romance rocks. And we're right, because it does, but that's not going to stop the haters. Much as it pains me, there were always be haters, because at the root of it, romance novels offer things to women that the haters don't want women to have. Fun. Empowerment. Enjoyment. An escape from the drudgery of everyday life. The idea that true love and happiness is possible. It's an industry that for the most part is made by women for women, and the haters are always going to look for a way to be d-bags and devalue the power of that. And damn, we are powerful (see above mention of profits and percents, we are the machine that drives the publishing industry).

So what's my point? I'll say it loud and I'll say it proud: I love romance novels. I read them, I recommend them to my friends and family, and I even *gasp* write them! No amount of asshattery will stop that, but I suspect that in a week, maybe a month, someone else will say something ignorant about those silly romance novelists and their porn. (Dude, seriously, have they seen porn? WTF?) And we'll all get riled again, and the process will repeat. But the important thing is that no matter how rude or ignorant the haters get, we never lose our love for our romance novels.

You hear that? If you want to take my Nora Roberts books, you'll have to pry them from my cold, dead hands.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Intarweb Tuesday: A Certain Point of View

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On the Romance Divas forums there's a thread called "You know you're a romance author when..." and it's had some very awesome examples. (No I'm not sharing, you'll have to read it yourself.) ;) But it really shows how writers think differently from everyone else. We're special...obsessed really. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and think "OMG, that's a great story idea" and go in search of a notebook. Many of my great lines have been thought up in the shower. I pick apart whatever I'm watching and analyze it for character motivation and plot. Lemme tell ya, I have a bone to pick with Dragon Age, because there are so many elements of their "romantic" storylines that aren't romance, dammit! Okay, I'm better now...

My point is, authors are special. Now I'm going to return you to your regularly scheduled program so I can finally finish writing this epic love scene.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Where do we go from here?

Clearly you must be thinking, "Robyn, what will you do if you're not talking about gaming and writing?" Which is a valid question, because those are two of my favorite things. Today, however, I want to talk about reading. I confess: I don't just have a To Be Read pile, I have an entire bookcase. There are books that have been there since before I got married. I don't read as much as I used to, because I tend not to read when I'm writing, and I'm writing something almost all of the time. But I'm trying to whittle the pile down, honest! Or at least not bring new books into the apartment...until I bought my Nook.

Addiction, thy name is ebook. In my life before the Nook, I read ebooks on my laptop, and that was slow-going because of the myriad distractions of the intarwebs. The Nook does not have those distractions. In fact, the more I read on the Nook, the more I've come to realize that to me, it's even better than reading a print book, and here's why: font size. I can't change the font size on a print book, but when my eyes start bothering me I can make the font larger on my Nook and viola! Eyestrain gone! The only difference I've found is that instead of turning a page, I push a button, and I'm okay with that.

So what have I been reading on my shiny new Nook? Well if you follow me on Goodreads you'd know, because I'm good about updating it. ;) It's been a Samhain extravaganza: Blaze of Glory by Sheryl Nantus, Run, Wolf by Keith Melton, and Darkness at Dawn by Devin Harnois. All very good, and I recommend them. Next I'm planning on reading some fantasy romance, because that's what I'm working on at the moment. My question to you, o intarwebs, is what are you reading now? Is it awesome? Do you recommend it? And do you have any fantasy romance to recommend that I try out? I'm reading Lynn Kurland's Princess of the Sword right now.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Intarweb Tuesday: Romance Writers 4TW

Because I will never be able to afford a trip to RWA National, I have to enjoy it vicariously through the internets. Here is a video of the literacy signing created by SB Sarah. It's probably a good thing I'll never go; with my addiction to signed books, I'd want one from every author and end up bankrupt. ;)