The quest for leading female characters who are not caricatures... I loved Wonder Woman. Unabashedly adored every second of the first good leading female superhero movie. One of my favorite pieces of the movie was the character of Diana. Yeah, she's Wonder Woman, she's a kick-ass superheroine, she saves the day - but she's also more than that. She delights in exploring the world beyond Themyscira - the sight of a baby (she's never seen one!), the taste of ice cream; she embo
It's time for a music break! As part of the worldbuilding and creative process, I use Google Play Unlimited Music to build A LOT of playlists - books, stories, characters, themes - but sometimes sharing from that platform isn't the easiest or most accessible. So I created a YouTube playlist of the Production Values Release Party playlist. It's music to listen to while reading. It's music for dance parties. It's a peek into the creation and themes of Production Values. Enjoy!
(this is a very whingy post. it might get deleted. but for now this all needs to be vented. here, have a pretty picture of Big Ben through a gate.) The decision to self-publish Production Values was arrived at after much frustration with the many levels of gatekeeping inherent to traditional publishing. Join all the writing groups. Take classes. Let every MFA in the world tell you your writing sucks! Query, query, query. Get those 100 rejections! Enter all the contests. Get a
The news we all woke up to this morning was horrific. And it kind of felt like another terrible day in a terrible world filled with terrible people. But once I got past the shock of the headlines, what I saw online, mostly, was people pouring out hope and love into the world. There's an element that likes to criticize the idea of thoughts & prayers - and I understand that the criticism largely stems from the notion that energy would be better spent on action to improve the wo
(I love that there are TWO cups in this picture. Either someone is really hopped on their tea or maybe, just maybe...there's a writing TEAM at work.) We've done it, we've broken up with Blogger. Because a shiny new book and shiny new authorial status deserve a shiny new website, right? Welcome to the new home for all things Liv Bartlet. But if you feel like checking out some of the blog back catalog, here's the old site: https://livbartlet.blogspot.com/ Stay tuned here for n