The Romance Revolution

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The Romance Revolution Is the romance novel a tool of the patriarchy? Or exactly the opposite? That depends…   Origins of the Romance Novel In the early twentieth century, novels for women provided messages of purity and refinement. Publishers were reluctant to run afoul of purity associations run by prominent men of the time. But then came […]

7 Things I Learned from Dating and Writing

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7 Things I Learned from Dating and Writing Carolyn Lee Arnold’s new book, Fifty Dates After Fifty, has been called a “frolicking, racy memoir.” As a fifty-something woman, Carolyn learned that you must kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince—so the key is to enjoy the frogs along the way. And it turns […]

10 Steps to Write a Great Seasoned Sex Scene

10 Steps to Write a Great Seasoned Sex Scene

10 Steps to Write a Great Seasoned Sex Scene At their best, sex and writing have a lot in common: two forms of play that engage us creatively with others. Both make us vulnerable. And there is no subject we can write about that makes us more vulnerable than sex—even more so for older women […]

Into Your Eighties Joining Hands Across Generations

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 Into Your Eighties Joining Hands Across Generations In Part One of our series on Joining Hands Across Generations, forty-something Tera Johnson-Swartz (founder of Midlife_It) posed a question to sixty-something Stella, which Stella answered in Part Two. In this final part, Stella (the sixty-something) talks with Dr. Ruth Saxton, our eighty-something, about the importance of older […]

Falling In Love With Characters

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Falling In Love With Characters I understand now why authors write sequels:  Because it’s tough to walk away from your characters at the end of your novel.  The lead women characters in Brilliant Charming Bastard—Rose, Joyce and Maxine—have been my companions for almost two years. Rose Bingham spent her career as a professor of Biology […]

Sick of Watching

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Sick of Watching – Try Shows about Strong Older Women A column on what to watch in lockdown should be obsolete.  But as the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you mutates and tries again.  If for any reason you are not vaccinated, please stop reading this and go do it now.  But even those of us […]