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Barebacking in M/M Romance … or the lack thereof by Rick R. Reed

Barebacking in M/M Romance … or the lack thereof by Rick R. Reed

Just peruse the men for men ads in your town’s Craigslist and you’ll find lots of guys looking for other barebackers. And no, I am not talking about riding a horse here (but maybe riding someone who is hung like one). 😀 Check out #bbbh on Twitter (that’s the bareback brotherhood for those not in the know); check out barebackrt.com (that’s the bareback real time hook up site). Hey, if…
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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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Starting from Scratch  …… by Damon Suede

Starting from Scratch …… by Damon Suede

Our lovely Wave has asked me to talk about the way Horn Gate happened and why I’ve taken a little authorial detour to write about enslaved sex demons instead of closeted first responders. The truth is, this paranormal story took hold of me and wouldn’t let go… and my new year’s resolution for 2013 was that rather than dictating what the Muse does I’m trying to meet her with wide ears and…
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Bigger Is Better: Notion Potion #12 by Jordan Castillo Price

Bigger Is Better: Notion Potion #12 by Jordan Castillo Price

Hello, my fellow creatives! I have one more notion for you on attacking those creative problems and figuring out a way to keep moving forward on all your creative projects. Last month in Sleep On It, I suggested giving your subconscious mind an assignment at bedtime. This month, we’ll change things up by using a tactic that seems too simple to work…and yet, weirdly enough, it often does. The method?…
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The Stages of a (Writing) Relationship .. by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

The Stages of a (Writing) Relationship .. by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

I wrote a post recently about, among other things, the lack of originality in M/M romance.  The reason I mention this post is that the following essay by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock shows what the authors in this genre are capable of writing, which goes counter to much of what I read in a lot of books.  This essay is so quirky, unpretentious, fresh, extraordinarily funny and just freaking…
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Sleep On It: Notion Potion #11 by Jordan Castillo Price

Sleep On It: Notion Potion #11 by Jordan Castillo Price

Last month we talked about saving our shavings in Need a Trim? This month, we’ll talk about incubating our ideas overnight. Sometimes in a creative project, the next step can be daunting. Either something doesn’t feel right about the next action we’d planned to take, or we’re faced with a series of options, none of which seem good. Being stuck is no fun. There is an alternative to forcing your…
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Why Do We Love Whom or What We Love? by Rick R. Reed

Why Do We Love Whom or What We Love? by Rick R. Reed

Romantic hero number one, with stars in his eyes, asks romantic hero number two the age-old question, “Why do you love me?” And romantic hero number two, who is a wise man indeed, gives a response that at first blush may seem glib, “Why not?” This morning I am thinking about why we love what or who we love. That question, I would think, would have great resonance among readers…
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Need a Trim? Notion Potion #10 by Jordan Castillo Price

Need a Trim? Notion Potion #10 by Jordan Castillo Price

Last month we talked about gathering up as many ideas as we could with relentless capture. This month, the focus swings to discarding things that aren’t working by creating a special place to save the pieces you trim away. What a Waste “Don’t throw that food away. What about the starving kids in China?” Maybe you’re not old enough to have heard this while you were growing up. Even so,…
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Ethan’s Letter to Santa

Ethan’s Letter to Santa

Dear Santa Let me begin by saying what an incredible job you do! Keeping track of whose naughty and nice…micromanaging a gaggle of elves…all that peak holiday travel time, and all while totally rocking a red felt suit? Color me impressed, Big Daddy. I have no doubt you make the heart of many a cub out there pitter-patter in anticipation…all of them waiting patiently, well-hung, by the chimney with care,…
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Probing the Problem: Notion Potion #8 by Jordan Castillo Price

Probing the Problem: Notion Potion #8 by Jordan Castillo Price

Welcome back to Notion Potion, your monthly shot of inspiration! Last month we looked at ways over, around and through the creative wall. This month, let’s look at ways your projects can actually turn out better, or at least more interesting, because of their snags. Have you ever been in the middle of a recipe, and then realized you were out of a crucial ingredient? Yes, you could go out…
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Dodging the Wall: Notion Potion #7 by Jordan Castillo Price

Dodging the Wall: Notion Potion #7 by Jordan Castillo Price

It’s time again for Notion Potion, a stiff shot of inspiration to get you charged up and ready to roll on all your various creative projects! Last month we talked about habits and routines that make room for the creative mind to wander and find new discoveries. But what about those times when the sameness is not so much a comforting routine…but a weird rut? When you’re at a stuck…
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Kicking the Habit: Notion Potion #6 by Jordan Castillo Price

Kicking the Habit: Notion Potion #6 by Jordan Castillo Price

It’s time to quench your creativity thirst with another good swig of Notion Potion and get those creative juices flowing. This month, let’s explore the pros and cons of habits! Yea or Nay? Many creativity blogs and lists encourage us to make small changes. Try a new food. Shop at a different store. Leave your house via the back door rather than the front. By doing something small and out…
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