The MacArthur Affair: An Intimate Portrait of Power Imbalance

The MacArthur Affair: An Intimate Portrait of Power Imbalance

Power imbalance between men and women in intimate relationships often manifests when there’s a huge difference in their ages, incomes, or cultural backgrounds. What happens when two people are in love but they are vastly different in all three areas? In the case of General Douglas MacArthur’s little-known affair with a young Filipino actress, it was a calamity.

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What Got Me Published Could Be the Very Thing You Need

What Got Me Published Could Be the Very Thing You Need

What does it take to be a traditionally published author? Twenty years ago, I would have said talent and connections. Today, on the occasion of the cover reveal for my literary debut, only one word comes to mind—grit. If your field is as cutthroat as publishing, here are four ways that helped me develop mental toughness, which could be the very thing you need.

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Can You Trademark a Common Word? Court Says No

Can You Trademark a Common Word? Court Says No

A romance writer cocky enough to trademark the word “cocky” lost her bid to stop other writers from using the word in book titles.  The U.S. District Court for Southern New York has ruled in favor of the Authors Guild and the Romance Writers of America (RWA) in asserting the principle that nobody should own exclusive rights to use a common word in book and series titles.

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