Are Transactional Relationships Bad?

Folks who read my book Exhausted Wives, Bewildered Husbands frequently write in with feedback on the presented skills. Most are pleased with the setup, but every so often I receive a specific sentiment I've heard many times: "Your method turns every relationship into a transactional exchange. Isn't that a bad thing?" I understand the sentiment, … Continue reading Are Transactional Relationships Bad?

I Can’t Do This Anymore: Dealing with Genre Burnout

So very often, we writers get a special idea in our head. “This time,” we think to ourselves, “I want to really wow my readers with a new type of story, something I’ve never written before.” Maybe we watched a particularly good mystery show (Murder She Wrote, anyone?), or we’re getting a horror itch. My … Continue reading I Can’t Do This Anymore: Dealing with Genre Burnout

It’s Orphan Day! Or, Using the calendar in your setting

No matter what day it is, it’s always a normal day. Stories tend to take place mostly in environments where there’s nothing unusual going on… except for the horrible trauma. The exception to this is stories which take place on a specific, overwhelming holiday which saturates the entire story. We as authors rarely take into account … Continue reading It’s Orphan Day! Or, Using the calendar in your setting