Author Archives: Heather

Here there be rantings.

I was rereading a series recently, and by the time I got to book 4, I’d noticed something that had escaped me the first time around. Every character was described in terms of their weight, usually before anything else¬†about them was even mentioned. Overweight men were “beefy.” Or “solid.” Women, on the other hand, were nearly always “fat.” Men who

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Typos hppen.

“Publication ready.” Sometimes it’s those specific words, and sometimes it’s words to that effect. Going to send a manuscript to an agent, or submit a short story to a competition, or show it to anyone at all? “Make sure it’s publication ready.” When people say that, most of them mean that your work should be free of typos and misspellings,

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Spoiler: I don’t control the world.

If you Google something like, “Things you should never say to a writer,” you’ll find quite a few articles. I spent some time doing that yesterday, because I’d hit my limit.¬†There are some nice people out there, but even nice people can say some well-meaning-yet-incredibly-soul-crushing things. They just don’t realize how things look/sound/feel, etc. from the other side. I didn’t

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“It’s a dark fantasy/horror/urban fantasy/science fictiony thing…”

So, here’s something that keeps irritating me — I just haven’t gotten around to whinging about it yet. What freaking genre am I writing in? Early on, I always thought of There’s No Such Thing as Vampires as horror. No question, hands down, it’s horror. Right? Then someone else casually dropped the words “urban fantasy” into my delicate ears, and

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