Tag: women

The Ongoing Menace

The Ongoing Menace

Removing abortion rights is but an interim goal to serve as a means toward achieving a much broader social and political end.

Glimpses Of The Past Country… In The Present Day

Glimpses Of The Past Country… In The Present Day

There is no such thing as especially a woman being ”over-educated” and only an obnoxious and “under-educated” man in 2022 would say that there is.

The End… And A Beginning

The End… And A Beginning

When I re-read what I wrote years ago, often I realize I had FORGOTTEN quite a lot of it. It is sometimes like reading a "new" book… and I may even find myself thinking both good and bad about it. ("Did I actually write THAT? Wow, that's great! Uh, no, did I write that, too? Geez, that could have been written differently.")

Not From A “Wish List”

Not From A “Wish List”

I don't write a woman any differently, really, than I do a man. I write women characters based on my own relationships, conversations, and related life observations and experiences...

“90 Percent”

“90 Percent”

That message to me from that reader is also no surprise in this sense: Insofar as I can tell, some "90 percent" of my readers have always been women.

Ladies First

Ladies First

Since starting my first book in 2012 I have also written many women, so how women are portrayed generally in novels (particularly by male writers such as myself) has become of great interest to me.

“Modernity” And Its Impacts

“Modernity” And Its Impacts

"Modernity" - its electricity, instant communications, machines, firepower, and medicines, including especially birth control - is what has been most responsible for the end of restrictive millennia-old roles allotted to women, and that process is ongoing.

Your Favorite Woman?

Your Favorite Woman?

I remember thinking also that I had gone to great lengths to write the women well (particularly the French women, who in our "Anglo-Saxon" literature are too often caricatured as nutcases, fiends, deviants, or "exotic"), and she had zeroed in on a man.

I Write As I Write

I Write As I Write

The best route to follow as a writer is always to be genuine. You will never please everyone. Let the reader chips fall where they may.

It Is Not “1787” Any Longer

It Is Not “1787” Any Longer

The notion of this president being defeated for re-election by a woman is simply delicious.

“I can write you a better book than that, myself!”

“I can write you a better book than that, myself!”

In 1820, thirty year old James Fenimore Cooper was challenged by his wife to do what he claimed he could do...

“De Certains Droits Inaliénables”

“De Certains Droits Inaliénables”

As you may know yesterday was International Women's Day. Being a man, I thought I should best be "quiet." My piling on with my male opinion was hardly necessary. Now that we are here the day after, I thought I would offer simply this: If you don't understand, the French there is the translation of … Continue reading “De Certains Droits Inaliénables”

Day Of Rest

Day Of Rest

I read none of my Conventions manuscript yesterday beyond glimpsing its cover on Instagram and here in my post about it. I'm taking a few days away from the late 1700s to clear my head before I delve into correcting it from the beginning. I think this is probably the first time in months I … Continue reading Day Of Rest

And If Only Humphrey Bogart Voted?

And If Only Humphrey Bogart Voted?

The highly regarded political polling and prediction site FiveThirtyEight reported the other day that if only men voted, Republican nominee Donald Trump would overwhelmingly defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton and win the U.S. presidency: However, the outcome would be vastly different if ONLY women voted. In that scenario, Clinton would, uh, thump Trump: If you are … Continue reading And If Only Humphrey Bogart Voted?

What Was Fashionable

What Was Fashionable

On Saturday morning I wrote how friends from Alaska (I was a student at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks briefly in the late 1980s) were due to visit with us here in Hertfordshire (about a 30 min train journey north from central London) for lunch. For three weeks, they had driven themselves all around southwestern England … Continue reading What Was Fashionable