Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter seventeen

In case you’re just finding these recaps, A Pirate’s Love is a historical romance novel by Johanna Lindsey written in the late ’70s. I’m a huge fan of Lindsey’s, but this book suffers from the awfulness of its era. Recaps start here. CONTENT NOTE: No rape in this chapter, but the mind games and casual references…

Historical Inaccuracy: Rushes strewn on the floor

I make no promises about how often I’ll update this series, but I’ll be writing historical inaccuracy posts for the blog, as I have a lot of pet peeves. There are a bunch of things that get repeated so often in historical fiction set in Europe–or in European history inspired fantasy–that everyone has now just…

Photograph of a turtle withdrawn inside its shell. By Kenneth Buker.

Introversion and Anxiety: I AM My Shell

If you’re familiar with English idiom, you’ve probably heard the phrase “drawing someone out of their shell” before. If you do a search on it, you’ll find numerous examples of people asking how to accomplish this act with someone they consider shy or introverted or awkward. What’s interesting if you look at those results is…

“A Severe Breakdown in Communication”

Content Note: Discussion of sexual assault, rape apologetics. Dear Abby, You recently responded to a young woman who described being sexually assaulted. Your response? “It appears you and that boy had a severe breakdown in communication, which led to your being sexually assaulted.” Now, I’ve never been an advice columnist, but I am a writer…