The Kissing Stuff + An Ugly Truth

Written By: Jess - Jan• 30•16

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I’ve come to accept a hard fact. I don’t know Romance, and I need to learn how to write it. I say this because in my new shiny I have a subplot that’s a romance, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it properly. Turns out I need to do some serious research (i.e. read articles and buy more how-to books).

I have one book on the way, another book “Intimate Behaviour: A Zoologist’s Classic Study of Human Intimacy” just arrived on my doorstep, and I’m flipping through some of my favorite fiction with decent b-plot love stories. Hopefully I won’t write something awful.

1st Book News (The Ugly Truth bit):

So remember that novel I was editing? I still am. But I realized something this week that makes me want to scream. I have a chapter in the novel I hate. I haven’t been able to pinpoint why until recently, but I despise this one chapter in particular. What I realized was I need to tear it out and write something new. I was able to think of an alternative to what I’d done. Yep. I got all the way to the last stage and FINALLY thought of a way to fix my book so I can like it infinitely better. *sigh* At least it’s only one chapter. Still, I really don’t want to do it. I just want to be finished with that book already.


What I’m reading:

Still reading the monster book. Hoping to finish it this weekend.

“Libriomancer” by Jim C. Hines

“Honor’s Knight” by Rachel Bach

Up next:


I’m going to read “The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery” by Marjorie Spiegel. It’s about 115 pages and should be a very quick (if difficult) read. But I’m expecting it to be extremely helpful with my werewolf book.

My friends recommended I read “Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Theif” by Dorthy Gilman. That might be the next fun read. It’s tempting me considerably.


Word Count on the WIP: 18,930

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