Slightly Matriarchical

I stumbled on an article about the Mosuo of China. They have a fascinating culture, and I realized that the Yhellani in my Sundered Tree novels strongly resemble them. It’s not a primary focus of my books, and I’ve added an option of marriage for people who have actually proven themselves fertile, but the elements …

Potato Patahto or something like that

It’s a common bit of writing wisdom, that character names should not start with the same letter. Having both Brad and Barney in the same story can confuse readers. I had this issue with two of my characters in Book One. The names seemed different to me, but not my readers. (I changed one of …

Women have always fought

I just read an interesting article by Kameron Hurley over on A Dribble of Ink. ‘We have always fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, cattle, and slaves’ narrative.  Well worth reading if you’re interested in rooting out the cultural misogyny ingrained in our media. I try very hard to not tell lies about llamas in my writing, …