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Fear the Swampy Womanfolds by Nicole Kimberling

Fear the Swampy Womanfolds by Nicole Kimberling

By special request this month’s foray into the World of Binky deals with ladies and the ladyparts—most specifically the sometimes strange portrayal of such dark and mysterious environments. I must start with a disclaimer: I did not coin the term “swampy womanfolds.” The unfortunate verbiage came via my editorial intern, who read them in a het romance some time ago. Usually I shy away from using real text from real…
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Probing the Depths of Binky by Nicole Kimbering

Probing the Depths of Binky by Nicole Kimbering

As regular readers know, every other month I try to address problems I come across in various manuscripts. Many of these deal with pitfalls in characterization so dismal that I believe they constitute a form of abuse committed by authors against their poor creations. These crimes can include instances of neglect wherein an author deprives her characters of careers, interests, hobbies or intelligent thought. Other authorial actions are more subtle,…
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That was the day that was … by Nicole Kimberling

That was the day that was … by Nicole Kimberling

Have you ever wondered how it’s possible for two authors to write nearly the same plot, scenes and characters and yet one writer is interesting and the other is dull? Oftentimes, savvy readers need search no further than the verbs. Let’s try a little experiment. From The Binky Chronicles Book Nine: Moon Grab: Brutus was standing in the doorway of Dr. Binky’s office. He was gripping a laser pistol. “What’s…
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How to Defeat the Plot Zombie Menace ….. by Nicole Kimberling

How to Defeat the Plot Zombie Menace ….. by Nicole Kimberling

Okay, here’s the scenario: Our Intrepid Hero, Dr. Binky, has just found the man of his dreams. Commander Brutus is everything that Dr. Binky could have asked for and more. A strong soldier, good leader to his men, Brutus also writes poetry. Unbeknownst to anyone, Brutus has been extensively published. He wants to be a father, even though he’s gay. Strong, yet sensitive—that’s our Brutus. After meeting in Afghanistan, where…
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Oh Binky, It’s Not Your Fault  ….. by Nicole Kimberling

Oh Binky, It’s Not Your Fault ….. by Nicole Kimberling

Four letters strike fear into the hearts of romance writers everywhere: TSTL. Too Stupid to Live—the worst possible criticism. The brand on the forehead of idiotic protagonists that just can’t be ignored. The sign that the reader really, really hates your character and hopes that they won’t survive till the last page. Today I ask what, really, is TSTL Syndrome? Gut instinct says that it’s a problem with characterization, because…
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2012 YAOI Finds

2012 YAOI Finds

Every year Blind Eye Books goes to Yaoi-con to sell books in the dealer’s room. Not that I need an excuse to go to Yaoi-Con. I love manga in general and yaoi specifically. So I thought I’d share some of my 2012 finds. This is only a tiny sample and I’m sure there are lots of great manga I’ve missed, so do comment and tell me all about what you…
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The Lights are On ……  by Nicole Kimberling

The Lights are On …… by Nicole Kimberling

As you may know, I’m ever on the lookout for fearsome epidemics coursing through the world of m/m romance. A few months ago I brought you my plea for writers to become job-creators by giving their unemployed protagonists something to do. Now I’ve come to you once again with this shocking news:  cluelessness has now reached an all-time high in m/m romance. I’m not talking about characters who are TSTL—that…
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Look Ma! No Hands …… by Nicole Kimberling

Look Ma! No Hands …… by Nicole Kimberling

Look Ma! No Hands! by Nicole Kimberling Recently I’ve been hearing lots of discussion about fanfiction. I guess this has to do with the popularity of that 50 Shades of Grey book that has been topping the amazon.com lists all summer long. Before this book–this admitted piece of modified fanfiction—started making gazillions of dollars and selling like crazy, I never heard any serious author or editor advise new writers to…
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If It Looks Like a Duck …… by Nicole Kimberling

If It Looks Like a Duck …… by Nicole Kimberling

Picture this: you go to a restaurant and you see on the menu an item called “pie.” You ask the waitress, “What kind of pie do you have today?” (For the purpose of this thought experiment, let’s say you are a big fan of pie and may very well buy a piece of it, depending on how the waitress answers.) “It’s hard to describe,” the waitress says. “It’s kind of…
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Get A Job, You Handsome Bum (and while you’re at it, get a hobby, too.) by Nicole Kimberling

Get A Job, You Handsome Bum (and while you’re at it, get a hobby, too.) by Nicole Kimberling

As editor of Blind Eye Books, I have to say that I am deeply concerned about joblessness. Every day manuscripts arrive in my mailbox featuring protagonists who appear to be out of work. Still more protagonists seem to be so deeply unqualified for the jobs that they do hold that in addition to worrying about them being fired, I wonder how they every got hired in the first place. And…
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How Much is that Doggy in the Window? By Nicole Kimberling

How Much is that Doggy in the Window? By Nicole Kimberling

Okay, obviously I’m not here to write about dogs. Several readers have asked me to do a basic breakdown of the process and… gulp… the cost of producing a Blind Eye Book from start to finish. I can only assume that these intrepid readers are looking for inventive new ways to go bankrupt. And boy howdy! Making print books is an excellent and noble method by which to dispose of…
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You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth by Nicole Kimberling

You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth by Nicole Kimberling

Writers are often inspired by the work of other writers. That’s natural. There’s a certain synergy created by reading. Ideas spark ideas. But sometimes that inspiration can go too far. What started out seeming like a gift from the muses can turn out to be an outright copy of another author’s story or even worse, lifting the exact same phrasing as another author to describe the exact same thing. In…
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