By the Tropes: Hurt/Comfort

I didn’t even know Hurt/Comfort was a trope until I started writing romance. Actually, I was writing my fifth book before I discovered that two of my previous titles included hurt/comfort situations. In retrospect, it should have been obvious. I had one character in hospital and the other character comforting them. I had not realizedContinue reading “By the Tropes: Hurt/Comfort”

That’s their story and they’re sticking to it

This post is less a review and more just my thoughts on The Last of Us Part II and will include spoilers for the first game, the second, and for the Mass Effect games. The first time I played Mass Effect 2, I did not have a good time. I remember feeling angry about Shepard’sContinue reading “That’s their story and they’re sticking to it”

By the Tropes: Second Chances

Why are second chance love stories so compelling? Is it because so many of us remember the one who got away? Maybe it’s the redemption arc—putting things right once and for all. Or, perhaps it’s that sometimes we know, even when they don’t, when two people really should be together. Watching that realization dawn, whetherContinue reading “By the Tropes: Second Chances”

2021: Stay True

Last year, I picked a simple theme to govern the months of 2020: Less is More. Did I know what we’d be facing? Nope. But my mindset of doing less served me well over the months we’ve spent in isolation. This year, I’m picking an equally simple theme: Stay True. One of the lessons thatContinue reading “2021: Stay True”