Toxic Love: The Problematic Messaging in So Much Mainstream Romance


Quick, what’s the difference between Edward Cullen and a stalker?Bella loves one but not the other. This isn’t even really a joke. It’s kind of a hard-and-fast truth we have to acknowledge when we start talking about the romance genre. So many romances feature guys who are lovingly referred to as “alpha males.” Yet, all too often, these men veer into the realm of what would be better termed...

Mpreg as Body Horror


One of the most fascinating things about pregnancy, in general, is how people react to it. Some people find it a wonderful experience. Some long to experience it. And others find the entire idea disquieting. That may be one reason that mpreg is even more fascinating. It, more often than not, veers into the realm of body horror. Why Pregnancy Is Terrifying Pregnancy is a weird, although entirely...

Omegaverse Biology: Queering Gender Norms


One of the most fascinating tropes to formalize in the last decade or so is the omegaverse. This form of worldbuilding has become incredibly popular in some circles. Even if it’s still niche, there are many people who read and enjoy omegaverse stories. I’ve argued that one of the reasons omegaverse is so popular is its willingness to play with gender and sex. In some ways, you could argue...

Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap-up


So, perhaps optimistically, I thought I would do Camp NaNoWriMo last month. With my wedding over, being back from holiday, and getting over being sick, I thought things might settle into routine. This represents how my July went really well, actually! (rasik / Pexels.com) Reader, how very wrong I was. Editing Strikes Again Something that often happens in the summer is that I end up with a bunch...

Flight of the Omega Preview


The following is an excerpt of Flight of the Omega, a standalone mm omegaverse novella. Preorder Omega on Top Stay on trend and read Glitterati Omega on Kindle or Kindle Unlimited now! I It was late, the landscape almost pitch black, when Jack made his way home from the forest around Midlothian Ranch. It had been a long, trying day, starting with the fact that part of the fence had broken and the...

Copyright Exists to Protect Creators


All right, before we dive in here: I’m not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. Don’t take it that way. Don’t take anything I say here as gospel, because law is one of those things that thrives on “gray area” and interpretation. (I mean, why do you think lawyers can argue totally different things?) What’s this? A banhammer? (Sora Shimazaki/Pexels.com) That said, I’ve worked in rights...

Yes, Fanfic Is Real Writing


Every once in a while someone comes along and decides to shit all over fanfiction. Usually, fanfic gets knocked as being poor quality writing, somehow of little to no literary value. It’s incredibly interesting to me, as someone who cut her teeth on fanfic, who did a degree in English lit and read lots and lots of litfic and “the canon,” and as someone who writes romance novels now. There are a...

How Romantic Love Becomes a Tool of Patriarchy


Recently, a friend was ranting to me about a favorite TV show. They were upset with the direction the writers went with a couple of the characters. A female character had to choose between leaving her family, friends, and career so she could move across country with the man she loved. As it turned out, one of the male leads at her work—her partner—finally confessed to her about his romantic...

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