August 2014

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Fall

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Fall

There is something seriously wrong with me.  And no, it’s not that I constantly digress when writing these blog posts. It’s a much bigger problem:  I can’t enjoy my down time unless I know with certainty that it’s a choice. You know what I’m talking about: it’s only fun to stay home on a Saturday night curled up with your latest fabulous fantasy novel (say, Thea Harrison’s two new awesome offerings or Lara Adrian’s just-published Midnight Breed novel, or the new Jeaniene Frost book, for example) if and only if I know I could be doing something else, and I just don’t want to.  In the same way, I find that vacation is a lot more fun when my work is fulfilling and I’m making a decision to put it aside to go away somewhere and play. I like having options; life is so much more interesting when we are making affirmative… READ MORE

Authentic Beauty

Authentic Beauty

I recently stopped by to see a friend of mine, the New York Times best selling author, Laura Kaye. It was an unexpected visit, and when her husband ushered me in, Laura was sitting on the floor of her living room, in shorts and a t-shirt, wrapping gifts for her daughter’s birthday. Her hair was scraped back from her face in a clip and she didn’t have a speck of makeup on. And she looked amazing—a natural beauty. And I thought to myself, wow, I wish I looked like that with no enhancements or embellishments. But I don’t. I need help to look merely acceptable.  And I wondered—to myself—at what point during the process of using artifice to appear more aesthetically pleasing do we cross the line from making the most of what we’ve got to projecting a completely false face (and body) to the world, undermining our efforts to… READ MORE

Waiting for Life To Start

Waiting for Life To Start

So, I’m reading book two of Katie MacAlister’s Dark Ones series.  This book follows the tormented vampire (Dark One), Christian, as he waits to find his Beloved, who is the only woman who can save him from the Hell on Earth he is living.  As we’ve discussed before (http://truthinfantasy.com/blog/the-wanted), the idea of one specific woman for that special vampire or werewolf is a common theme in paranormal fiction.  It’s good, it works.  But, you need to ask yourself, does this whole idea of waiting for THE ONE reinforce the message that life doesn’t start until—fill  in the blank—occurs?  Does this specific example and so many like it set us up to hang out in that most depressing of destinations, Dr. Seuss’ The Waiting Place? When I was young, I distinctly remember waiting (with great impatience) for my life to start.  When I graduated from high and got the hell out… READ MORE

What Women Want

What Women Want

I have often wondered– to anyone who will listen– why more men don’t read women’s romance novels to get some pointers. I mean, really, men are always complaining about how incomprehensible women are and how they never know what women are thinking or what women want. To that I say, “Poppycock!”  There is mountain of information out there for anyone who cares to look for it. And I’m not just talking about studies and scholarly works, although many of those exist as well. I’m talking about the myriad books written by women, for women about women. Women know what women want. And we are exceptionally willing to share that information with anyone willing to make the effort to pay attention. An excellent, though fictional, example of a man who takes his research seriously and then applies it with heart-stopping efficacy is Judd Lauren in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. His story… READ MORE

Oh, the Humanity!

Oh, the Humanity!

I’ve been encouraged recently—on a number of different fronts—to contemplate what it means to be human.  And what better way to engage in such contemplation than through the prism of those creatures that inhabit my beloved fantasy novels and who are most definitely not human. What does it mean to be human? Many have answered this question, and it’s not my intention to provide a survey of philosophical or spiritual or biological theories in this space.  I would like to follow a thread offered in the most recent Dark Ones book I’ve read by Katie MacAlister. In these books, she explores the consequences of some of the Dark Ones (vampires) being born without a soul, and the quest of those so cursed to find their beloved, the one woman in the world who can redeem their souls for them. MacAllister describes the state of being soulless as an unrelenting torment… READ MORE

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