Nothing to See Here . . .

poster-DOTHEMOSTGOOD_grandeIt’s been glorious here in northern New Jersey where it’s pretty much always beautiful, but now is also balmy, if you can call temps in the 80s balmy, which I can because I have air conditioning. Also allergies, so I’m sneezing a lot.

I am also going down for the third time under the weight of the news. I hate Donald Trump, not just for the dire threat he poses the republic, but because he’s such a banal asshole. If I have to read about this jerk every day, the least he could do is be interesting instead of repeating stupid and dangerous. Stupid-and-dangerous was interesting for awhile, I grant you, but now he’s just churning his schtick. The problem with Donald Trump’s narrative is that he doesn’t ARC. His character path is a flat line. If you’re gonna be the center of a story, Don, you have to change. Sad! Continue reading

Politics as Research

I used to say, “Go to the mall and people-watch, but mostly people-listen.” Because character is action–we are what we do–but the way we present ourselves, the image we want to project, is often in our voices. Then the whole enclosed mall thing started to crash, so now I’m making up for it with politics. Because EVERYBODY has something to say in politics, and they’re all crafting the way they want to present themselves. Most of them are blowing that part because they’re blind to their own weaknesses, tone deaf, or such narcissists that they’re living in a different world, sometimes all of the above. And since I’m writing a book right now that has a political subplot (the Demon-Firsters are basically Green Pride), I’m watching the election with even more interest than usual. Continue reading

Michelle Obama for President of Everything


I cried during her speech. I cry when I watch clips of it now. I’m pretty much to the point where I tear up every time I see a picture of her in that blue dress.

I had no idea how much I needed somebody to stand up and say, “This is not the apocalypse, we can do anything,” somebody to embrace all the great things and move forward. “When they go low, we go high.” Really, Michelle for Queen of the World.

And Sarah Silverman for Vice-Queen.

Melissa’s Question, Part Two

We’re over 200 comments on the previous post, and as those of you who have been here for awhile know, when we get there, the comments section gets wonky and at 300, it goes belly up, so commenting on that post is now transferred to this post. For those of you new to the conversation, Melissa asked me, very politely, if I’d even though about moving out of my blizzard of white characters, and I posted and said, “Yep, thought about it, don’t know how to do it because . . .” and explained my difficulties, and lots of people chimed in and we talked about it in 255 comments. The 256th comment and all subsequent comments will be here. Same conversation, we’re just keeping the blog from breaking.

Have at it.

Answering Melissa

Melissa wrote in the comments of a previous post:

“One thought after viewing some of your collages: I’d love to see some people of colour star in your books. And wouldn’t it make more of a contrast between Nita and Button, or any of the other characters?
It’s totally your call and your world. Just putting it out there.”

The short answer is “Yes.”

The long answer is “Yes,” too, I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet. I’ve been trying to figure it out for years, making an idiot of myself along the way, and I’ve just come up against the whole thing again in the Nita book. So the answer is, “Yes, and here are my problems achieving diversity in my work, none of which are excuses for NOT achieving diversity; suggestions for solutions welcomed:” Continue reading


I found this fragment of a post in the Argh Vault, a place that is now mostly Cherry Saturday bits scheduled to post on their various weekends. I started this in December of 2014, more than two years ago, but I know exactly why I started it: I’d been there. Continue reading


Some of you may remember the hack that brought down the website and the blog. Mollie scoured both the site and the blog clean and put them back up in their temporary minimalist state. The thing is, we both like the minimalist state, so at least until I have another novel coming out and we decide if we want to do another redesign, we’re sticking with clean and simple.

Which does not mean we’re not still working on it. Continue reading