Wednesday, August 19, 2009


So indeed, my iron is broken. Or rather, breaking. I got it to work this morning for awhile so was able to press what I needed, but still can't finish the purse because I need fabric for the lining. I plan on finishing it this weekend, though. So, you know. Yay.

I read some romances today that I picked up and was sorely disappointed. Badly written love scenes, if any at all ("Then they consummated their marriage. The End.") and horrible plots on top of that. What a waste of good paper.

I am interested, however, in Karen Marie Moning's audio books for her Highlander series, as the reader supposedly gives the listeners "ear-gasams" with the Scottish accents he does for the characters. You can bet your ass I'll be giving those a listen real soon. Maybe even while working on my purse(s)!



  1. Well romances also beg this question: how shoudl rape be handled? I just finished this book and the rape in it was definitely NOT OK. Why? Because

    Rule #1: The hero should not be raping people.

    I'm sorry, but Rejar set the precedence for any and all (the hero is here to PLEASE THE WOMAN, duh! If this isn't at least half of the suspended-belief, fantastical trope, what is the point of this gigantic industry created by women for women?); yes people are fallible and dumb and make mistakes, but I'm not sure if rape applies. People who do it are aggressive, vindictive power/control assholes. And if you rape the heroine, then feel bad about it so you pretend you're someone else and marry her to make a decent woman out of her and then expect the reader to believe that they really fall in love and then later, when he still hasn't told her and she finds out and waits, like, three days before forgiving him (she barely even gets mad! What the hell, bitch, when some dude tells you he raped you four score and three moons ago YOU GET THE FUCK OUT OF THERE) and having his child, then I'm sorry, I'm off board.

    I'm willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt that she's making us examine sticky, messy situations (clearly she was in love with the guy), but I'm sorry, she went about it all wrong and the way the rest of the book was written suggests that the author really thinks this is kind of charming and romantic.

    So no.

    Rule #2: Leave the ambiguity and examination of the human condition to people who can actually write.

    What else have we learned? "Warrior's Woman" is shit. Don't read it.

  2. Hahahahaha. I love you. And I have yet to read a romance where the hero rapes someone. But if I did, it would go in the trash. My heros are real men, thanks.

    It's like the WORST example of "bad guy goes good for the girl and turns his life around." Not even sure if it counts as that. A seduction, I can see. Flat out rape? I hope you get butt fucked by some fat ass named Biff in prison, bitch.

    Out of curiosity, who is the author?

  3. Exactly. It's just dumb. The author is Kathy Willis. I read it because I am determined to create a niche for myself in this gigantic genre by nestling cozily under the "vintage oil covers, ca. 1986-1994" blanket and it happened to be one that I had bought for you a while back and had a cool cover. But fuck. Awful. Awful, awful, awful.

    By the way, I think I'm almost done compiling the list. You would be surprised how many books with snazzy covers were published in those shorts years. Answer: A shitfuckton.