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This week marks the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death. Since then, I’ve come to realize that she is immortal. I don’t mean immortal in a spiritual or supernatural way. I mean it in a real, tangible way.

She is immortal because of her legacy.

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Damsel in distress: How and why to write about her

Damsel in distress. Can you think of a more clichéd, out-of-date, and cringeworthy plot device than that? Flipping it around to show the man in peril isn’t much better.

However, a damsel in distress, when done right, can be an emotionally stirring storytelling tool. It can also provide a powerful commentary for our times. Here’s why I think the damsel in distress trope is so powerful and how to avoid the problems that come with it. (We’ll keep it clean and leave out the kinky stuff.) Read more »