This morning, I read an interesting article on romance novels and feminism. It’s a good piece, with lots of insights into the genre and the market, and it got me thinking about how much romance novels (and erotic novels) have changed just in the time I’ve been alive. I started reading romance novels with my grandmother; she had huge bags of them that she traded with friends, or that my grandfather picked up at garage sales.
Then, when I was maybe in middle school, I stopped and started reading science fiction and fantasy. Why? Partly because those were worlds and characters that I could identify with more closely. The transition wasn’t a conscious choice, so much as it was a movement toward something that held more interest for me. When I found women protagonists (although I didn’t know the word then–I would have used “heroes”), they did cool things, they didn’t wait around for someone else to save them from society’s constraints, they didn’t give up their career or their dreams, and they weren’t afraid of their desires (carnal or otherwise).
I am not addicted to Pinterest.
Say it with me: I am not…
Okay, who am I kidding? I’m totally addicted to Pinterest. But at least I can write off that time and energy as being work. In fact, Pinterest is quickly growing as a social media form, which means that it could become an important element of any writer or artist online portfolio.
BookLifeNow, a great site for writing and art information, recently invited me to write about using Pinterest as a writer — you can check out the article, Nailing It: Using Pinterest as a Writer here. It’s got lots of great tips about inspiration, collaboration, promotion, and the pitfalls of Pinterest.
Even before I became a published writer, I knew I needed a writer’s website. So I set out and learned how to build one. I used Homestead (which should tell you how long ago this was) and I taught myself HTML and frames. It was blue and full of text and ugly as sin (I wish I still had a screenshot of it, to be honest), but it was mine and I was very proud of it.
I rebuilt my site with wordpress a few years ago (you can still see it here). Before I started that site, I did a ton of research on writer’s websites to figure out what I should include and I did a lot of thinking about my writer’s brand. The site I ended up with was golden with hints of red, and focused on my erotica, which I was writing a lot of at the time.
As my career continued to grow into other areas, the site grew with me. But at some point, I began struggling to include and showcase all of the elements of my writing. My writer’s brand was changing, and I knew that I needed a different color scheme, and a different way of organizing the many aspects of my writing career.