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Hysterical Women

Marie, here. What is it with TV shows and their inability to read the room? We are going through a time of social reform and women are not taking shit from men anymore. People of every age, race, sexual preference, etc are standing up for themselves and expressing their need to be heard. Let’s leave…

Likeable Side Characters?

Marie, here. I was recently having a conversation with an author friend about characters that are considered allies to the protagonist, good guys so to speak, and how they don’t have to be friends with the male or female lead. All good guys can’t be good, right? We all love a morally gray character here…

Upcoming Release: Marie Krepps

Marie, here. These next two months are pretty exciting for me. This month, I have started using Kindle Vella for the very first time. I decided to try out this new platform to publish my dark vampire romance LOVE ME TODAY, KILL ME TOMORROW that I have been revising for some time. I will be…

Silly Writing

Marie, here. I’m sure everyone has seen something online about how horrible men write women. We may have even mentioned it before. One of Gideon and mine’s favorite things to share with each other are sites or videos that feature examples of this kind of hilarious writing. We honestly find it pretty funny. Even women…

Fiction Reflecting Real Life

Sometimes, when we talk about fiction reflecting the world we actually live in, we refer to the characters. We show a character in a comic who is terrified when a villain shows up. Maybe that movie superhero freezes instead of stepping up to save the day. Maybe a mother yells at her kid instead of…

Blood is Thicker Than Water

Marie, here. Most people are raised to believe that family is important. Blood is thicker than water. Sure, blood may be thick, but you can certainly drown in it much faster. From where I’m standing, blood bogs you down with its weight. Water is by far stronger. It can take a jagged rock and wear…

Paperback Formatting

Marie, here. Ever read a book and the formatting made you cringe?  Aurora has mentioned in a previous blog post about how certain fonts irked us. Today I want to talk about formatting, especially with paperbacks. A lot of the classics I read growing up had certain paragraph formatting, line spacing, margin settings, and alignment…

My Hero

Marie, here. Who is your favorite fictional character? Is it a villain or a hero? Protagonist or antagonist? Well written characters, whether they are good or evil, are worth rooting for. Some may even have traits that can inspire you. I rarely have a “favorite” anything since I love so many various and complex characters…

Fulfillment

Aurora here. Everyone deserves some kind of fulfillment in their lives. Many small creators have day jobs, which often drain us, leave us exhausted. We come home, sit on our couches, too tired to do much of anything. And, of course, children and families take up a lot of time, too. Sometimes, our work or…

The Rise (And Possible Fall?) of Streaming Services

Marie, here. To clarify, I am a huge movie whore so this somewhat-ranty post would really be listed as a first-world problem. Though, to be honest, I’m less about being outraged than I am about pointing out what’s actually going on here and how this vicious cycle repeats itself. But I digress…  I remember about,…

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