From Bitchery reader Vuir: “Romance novels have highly-developed creative formulae that celebrate passion and commitment” and according to Colin Rowsell, video game companies should hire romance writers. It starts off with Rowsell’s impressions of Victoria Dahl and moves on to the following recommendation:
So you have high output with frequent, addictive variations on the same theme. You have episodic content. You have buyer lock-in. You have nimble adaptation to changing technology. Sound like the wet-dream fantasies of any industry we know? And to sweeten the deal, most romance readers are women. If videogame publishers want to extend their reach beyond the standard 18- to 34-year-old male demographic, they might want to form development teams with fewer gamers and more romance novelists.
From Hajen: Micro fiction- the romance version. I love the steampunk one.
And from Joanne Rendell, who is unquestionably awesome and the best part of HuffPo since it started huffing: Romancing the Academy profiles Eric Selinger, Sarah Frantz, Pamela Regis, and Eloisa James, and, as usual, Rendell nails it: “the story of scholars and the romance world coming together, through grants and mutual support, is having its own very happy ending.”