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Rae B. R.
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The Fallacy of the Built-In Audience
I spend a lot of time on writer's sites. One site in particular is full of aspiring and already published writers. And I notice a lot of the aspiring ones doing something that drives me up the bloody wall: Claiming that their book has a "built-in audience."...
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In Defense of How-To Books
Imagine you know a young boy who's very interested in butterflies. He wants to collect them, study them. He wants to be an entomologist and study butterflies all day. Now, imagine you tell this boy that the best way to learn about butterflies is to go out a...
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Fear of Finishing
A few years ago I read a lovely essay about the fear of finishing writing  a book. It was a brilliant piece that made me own up to the real reason I hadn't ever finished a novel-length story, or any story without a deadline. It made me confront it, and from...
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Meta Monday: In Defense of Genre Fiction
I know I've been absent a few days. I stalled at the end of my trip to Michigan and now I'm in Denver, which delights in giving me headaches. Altitude's a bitch. Anyway, I'm back now, and I'm going to talk about something that's very near and dear to my hea...
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Wordy Wednesday: Why you REALLY want a translator
I am a serial language student. I can hold a conversation in French and Spanish, and even ASL (American Sign Language) if the other person is patient with me. Accordingly, I have bilingual characters. Nico speaks Spanish. Devin and his whole family speak Fr...
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Meta Monday: Werewolves
Werewolves are one of those classic monsters, like vampires, that everyone has written about. And every single one of them will tell you in their book or movie or show that the myths are just that, myths. That werewolves don't (kill people, only turn on a f...
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Squishy Saturday: Publication!!!
About a year ago, I submitted a poem for publication. You may remember this, because I blogged about it. (Probably not, because no one follows this blog. I am in essence shouting into the void. And I'm okay with that.) Anyway. I submitted it. I never heard ...
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Fandom Friday: Power Play
In fanfiction, there are certain AUs that exist in every fandom big enough to have them. I don't mean coffee shop AUs, although those are everywhere. I mean universes parallel but alternate to this one and  the original canon. Like, for example, the infamou...
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Thursday of Things: Project!!
I work at Kohl's. Currently we're stocking our shelves with back-to-school gear. Mostly for college students, because they need the most stuff. (And you can sell them even more than they need because it's pretty  stuff.) Anyway, yesterday I got to work clea...
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My favorite Spanish words
Recently I took on a major project. Having read the entirety of Percy Jackson and the Olympians  and Heroes of Olympus  in just over a week, I decided to go back and read them again... in Spanish. For the most part, I've been doing just fine. Sometimes I kn...
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