Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
By Lucy Felthouse
A while ago, I posted about breaking out of my comfort zone. What I meant was that I've been so used to writing short stories that penning anything longer scared me. I broke out of this by writing a novella, which was published earlier this year. I've now broken out of it again by starting to write a novel, something I've been talking about for a very long time, but hadn't gotten around to.
Well now I have. I'm almost halfway through Stately Pleasures (working title) and so far I'm enjoying it very much. I have someone reading it chapter by chapter, and they're enjoying it too - so hopefully I'm writing a good book! I keep taking breaks here and there to write short stories for calls for submissions, or for ones I'm contracted to do, but I'm still adding onto the word count whenever I can.
Before I started writing, I planned the book out, chapter by chapter, and wrote mini biographies for each of the main characters. The characters have stayed pretty much the same, but chapters have altered. I'm finding that I surprise myself as I write - something one of the characters says or does, or something that happens. But providing it fits in with the story and where it's going, I just roll with it. I was worried about sticking to the plan, but novelists I've spoken to have said that they rarely stick to the plan, it's just there to keep them on track. So I figure it's not a problem.
So, I'm on my novel journey, finally! I have no doubt in my mind that I'll finish it, I'm very stubborn and I like to finish things. But whether it'll get published is another matter altogether. I'll keep you posted...
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story - so she did. It went down a storm and she's never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, Decadent Publishing, Ellora's Cave, Evernight Publishing, House of Erotica, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour, Seducing the Myth, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9.
Her latest release is Raising the Bar, from Decadent Publishing.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
By Lisabet Sarai
Thursday, October 18, 2012
What advice would you give to someone who wants to write erotica? It’s a question I often get asked in interviews, and while my answers vary because I have so much to say on the topic, there is one suggestion that always tops my list: establish a safe space for your writing.
Of course, a writer of any genre requires quiet time alone at the keyboard to spin out those delicate stirrings of inspiration into juicy first drafts, but I believe erotica writers need an additional level of protection from the cultural messages that try to tell us how, when, why and with whom to be sexual. And good erotica, the kind that is satisfying to read and to write, always challenges the status quo—as Craig Sorensen’s post below, “Too Sexy or not to Sexy,” so eloquently illustrates.
Many assume that someone who is bold enough to write frankly about sexuality must be equally daring and outspoken in real life. Perhaps that is why when people learn that a mild-mannered mom like myself writes erotica, they invariably exclaim, “But you don’t look like an erotica writer!” Which again speaks to stereotypes about who gets to be sexual, but I only laugh. Because in my safe space--tucked away in my study, far away from any voices that tell me good girls who look like me never speak about what turns them on--I can do, say and imagine anything.
I still remember the first erotic story I wrote, called “Blinded.” I could hardly believe that I was typing out these sexually explicit words and scenes and images, and yet I’d never been more excited and transported by the act of writing. It wasn’t exactly a conscious decision to free myself from my image of the aspiring "literary" writer and simply follow the flow of my very sexy story, but I felt in my flesh that this was the right thing to do. I learned a lot about my own desires writing that story, and the result shocked and thrilled me. I’ve gotten a little more used to the process over the past decade or so, but even today I sometimes find myself blushing at something I’ve written—usually if I happen upon it when I’m not in my mental erotica-writing hideaway.
While the erotica safety zone frees a writer from the usual rules and taboos meant to keep us all behaving politely in public, I realized as I was writing this post that there’s a positive reason for it as well. For me, being in this special place enables me to feel an intimacy with my characters and my story. It’s very much like being in bed with a lover. And the closer you are to your characters, the more likely they are to spill their secrets, to surprise and seduce you and your reader.
So, to erotica writers new and veteran, go ahead and slip away to that place where no one is judging and no one watching (unless you’re into exhibitionism, and then you know the voyeurs are enjoying it).
Only pleasure awaits.
Donna George Storey is the author of Amorous Woman (recently released as an ebook) and a new collection of short stories, Mammoth Presents the Best of Donna George Storey. Learn more about her work at www.DonnaGeorgeStorey.com or http://www.facebook.com/DGSauthor.
Monday, October 15, 2012
By: Craig J. Sorensen
Saturday, October 13, 2012
My novel is called Beautiful Losers. This is the title of a number of novels, including a famous one by Leonard Cohen and a documentary film directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard. But none of these are relevant. The title comes from a song by an obscure 80's band called Clock DVA (you can listen to the song here.) Luckily, and strangely, titles are not covered by copyright.
But I wanted to pay homage to how much the song inspired me, in terms of atmosphere, so I opened the novel with a quote of the lyrics:
oh beautiful losersThe novel is set in the alternative scene in Vancouver in the 1980s. The inspiration for and the atmosphere of the story really centre around a club called 'The Luv Affair' and the music of the period. The novel was peppered with snippets of lyrics that act as musical / literary mnemonics for the reader. At the beginning of one chapter, my characters are getting ready to go out for a night of clubbing. I opened the chapter quoting from the old Iggy Pop track 'Funtime'.
you never seem to win
there's something weird about your bitter erotic sin
you were so perfect
why did it end that way?
(Beautiful Losers, Newton & Turner, 1982, from the album Advantage, Polydor Records)
Baby, baby, we like your lipsFinally, there were just some scattered cultural references. At one point, Sebastian, the delicious omnisexual member of the threesome is trying to persuade Shira, the narrator, to take the day off by telling her that her boss is a sweet guy and was, in his time, a notorious slut. It's rumoured, he says, that he fucked Mick Jagger.
Baby, baby, we like your pants
All aboard for funtime.
(Funtime, Pop and Bowie, 1977, from the album The Idiot, RCA Records)
Sebastian stopped singing down the line at the top of his lungs and said: ‘You have the world’s nicest boss, Shira. Don’t lie. I heard the whole thing. Come on. Everyone knows Michael Fredrickson is an old queen! He’s a sweetie. Rumour has it that he fucked Mick Jagger back in the day, you know.’
Wow. That was news to me. I thought my gaydar was pretty good, but obviously I was wrong. Then I stopped to think about it. ‘Bullshit, Sebastian. He lives with a woman who bakes granola cookies.’
There was an evil chuckle on the other end of the connection. ‘That doesn't mean shit in my world, girl.’(from Beautiful Losers, by Remittance Girl)
So, imagine my surprise when the publisher comes back to me, telling me I need to take out all the lyrics and all the references to people in the real world.
It's not that they believe the lyrics cause the songwriter any intellectual or commercial harm. Nor do they really believe that Mick Jagger is going to be upset that a fictional character passes on a fictional rumour, that another fictional character may have slept with Mick Jagger. (And I do have to wonder whether, had the fictional character 'rumoured' to have slept with Mick Jagger had been a woman, would the threat of libel be as pressing?)
Everyone's so damn scared of lawsuits, and so cognizant of just how long it might take to obtain permission to reproduce the lyrics, they'd rather not bother or take a chance. It's easier to ask me to simply cleanse the fiction of any real cultural references - no matter how silly and clearly fictional.
So I did what they asked.
But it occurs to me that this paranoia of legal complications means that published works of fiction are going to be artificially stripped of any real cultural references. Out of fear, writers are forced to culturally decontextualize their stories.
Celebrities and the media organizations that profit from their existence get to use their images and personas to populate our visual and auditory world on TV, Newspapers, Posters, the Net, when it suits them for their careers. Songwriters get to impose their work onto us without permission in elevators, department stores, in advertisements, etc., but we are not allowed to reflect back the cultural landscape that results from this in our fictions. We are drowned in a sea of promotional messages everyday so we might be parted with our cash. But we have to pretend that none of this enters into our psyches or forms part of our everyday reality.
On the other hand, it seems conveniently permissible to mention any number of branded consumer products in fiction. Novels like Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and American Psycho (just to name a few) are stuffed full of designer labels the heroes and heroines wear, drive and consume.
The laws regarding intellectual property are not there to protect *us* at all.
Posted by Remittance Girl at 9:35 AM
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Monday, October 1, 2012
From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Ghoulish Gangbangers,
A wisp of dank fog kisses your cheek. Chill fingers dance up your spine, while forbidden heat blooms in your shadowed places. Is that tingling weakness in your limbs terror or lust? Can you even tell the difference?
Welcome to the October edition of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, dedicated, as is our hallowed tradition, to the mysterious and macabre - ghosts, bloodsuckers, demons and other vehicles of paranormal perversity. In conjunction with our October theme La Petite Mort, the Erotica Gallery this month is overflowing with amorous apparitions, salacious serpents and gore-guzzling gourmets. Our featured guest, award-winning author and editor D.L. King shares three of her intense tales (two with supernatural themes). M. Christian pops in with his sad, sweet and very sexy hippie ghost story. Meanwhile, our regular Storytime members have outdone themselves, offering an amazing full dozen tales plus six outrageous flashers. Frankenstein animates his corpse-bride with spring lightning. Virgin blood reclaims the horrors of history. The Vatican recruits werewolves to battle unspeakable evils. A serial killer imagines himself cured by love. You won't forget this month's forays into erotic darkness - and you'll find a few laughs, too.
Wander the haunted halls of the ERWA gallery:
For a break from the creepy theme, step into our Books for Sensual Readers department. Rachel Kramer Bussel proves there's no such thing as too much spanking with her newest anthology CHEEKY SPANKING STORIES. Violet Blue assembles the sweetest and most raunchy female fantasies in LIPS LIKE SUGAR. M. Christian's new collection TECHNOROTICA offers transgressive tales at the interface between human and machine. Christopher Pierce serves up an opulent assortment of gay master/slave fantasies in WINNER TAKES ALL. And I've got to get a copy of the Circlet title ONE SAVED TO THE SEA. Catt Kingsgrave has penned a contemporary lesbian tale focused on the passion between a solitary village woman and a selkie, one of the legendary seal shifters legendary from the British Isles. (A selkie? Now there's a creative idea for Halloween. On the other hand, I don't want draw the ire of PETA...)
New Asian-focused imprint Iro Books has re-released AMOROUS WOMAN, Donna George Storey's classic tale of a western woman's sexual explorations in Japan, with a gorgeous new cover. The heroine of Tiffany Reisz' novel THE SIREN is an author of erotica whose dominant publisher insists on total control over her work - and her body. In the sensual romance category, Colleen Hoover's SLAMMED offers a fresh, affecting portrayal of first love, in all its glory and agony. Forbidden Erotic Classics has a new edition of Restif de la Bretonne's 1798 pseudo-memoir THE ANTI-JUSTINE. Apparently, like Fifty Shades, de Sade's books spawned a flood of imitations - though de la Bretonne claims to focus on the delights of sex rather than the degradations.
All these titles, and dozens more, are yours for the asking - well, for the clicking. Just follow our convenient links to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Every purchase you make from our affiliates helps support ERWA - the best free adult site on the web.
Reading is sexy:
My next stop is the Sex Toy Playground, a place so outrageous it's almost frightening. Read Mr. and Mrs. Toy's review of the Riley Vibrating Silicon Dildo - what a fun couple! - and check out the latest erotic innovations in the Sex Toy Scuttlebutt column. Highlights include "Sparkle Plugs", elegant stainless steel anal invaders with genuine Swarovski crystals embedded in the base, and the Stallion Vibrating Thigh Harness, which honestly has to be seen to be believed. Of course we've got discounts for you from our favorite adult toy vendors. (Maybe I can work that crystal-studded plug into my costume, somehow...)
Get serious about pleasure:
As the nights grow crisp and frost licks at the pumpkins, why not cuddle up with your honey and enjoy one of our great Adult Movies recommendations? I really appreciate the current trend toward serious plots and decent acting in the world of sex films. "Countdown", directed by Brad Armstrong, is a case in point. This apocalyptic tale of a runaway asteroid headed toward earth features strong performances and real conflicts, in addition (of course) to searing sex. Then there's "Wasteland", one night of passion and sexual adventure for two friends reunited after decades apart. On the other hand, if you really don't care about character flaws and narrative arc, we've also got plenty of plain old-fashioned smut (but executed with the best modern technology). "Busty Construction Girls" offers a fine example of the genre, with horny ladies hanging around in their hard hats just waiting for somebody with the right equipment. (Another costume idea! I wouldn't look too bad in helmet, work boots and a tool harness. I mean, only the boots and the harness...)
Live your fantasies on the silver screen:
The Authors Resources corner is a bit lonely this month. Guess everyone was busy writing sexy, scary stories. In my incarnation as the Erotogeek, I'm talking about cloud computing technology and author services. Haven't got a clue about what that means? Drop by and read my column!
As usual, we've collected dozens of publishers guides and calls for submission to help you sell your work. This month's offerings include an anthology about missed connections and second chances, edited by Stella Harris, and Loose Id's "I Do Unless I Don't", erotic romance about wedding plans gone awry. Delilah Devlin has extended the deadline for her Sex Objects anthology, dealing with uber-alpha heroes, and Musa Publishing has updated its guidelines.
By the way, we've added a convenient link to the ERWA blog on the Authors Resources page. If you haven't visited lately, you're really missing out. Every month ERWA regulars share their thoughts about the writing craft, the erotica market, the state of the genre, and much more, sometimes offering original fiction or writing challenges. Ashley Lister, M. Christian, Remittance Girl, Craig Sorensen, Donna George Storey, Kathleen Bradean, Lucy Felthouse, Jean Roberta, Kristina Wright, and K.D. Grace... Are you excited yet? I'm there, too, on the 21st of every month, together with my whips and restraints.
Feed your Muse:
Inside the Erotic Mind this month, our members discuss whether an enduring ménage is really possible, or just a fantasy. Come share your thoughts about and experiences with polyamory. Just click on "Participate". And if this month's topic doesn't spark your interest, you've got our huge archive conveniently available and indexed on the same page. Read frank, real world confessions about fisting, blasphemous fantasies, masturbation memories... Who needs Penthouse Letters?
Everything is permitted inside the erotic mind:
Our October Web Gem is Second Life, a virtual world with infinite possibilities. Live a life without boundaries, guided only by your imagination. Explore adult destinations from the luxurious Chateau La Rouge full of sexy surprises to a Gorean world of sexual master-slave relationships; from swinger clubs to nude beaches. Live a Second Life where you can dress up (or down) and design a new 3D you.
Millions of people have already joined Second Life. Chat for free using voice or text with folks from around the world who share your passions and interests.
Well, that just about wraps it up for the October Lure. (Hmm. How about a mummy? Nah, not accessible enough!) I'll be back in November with more erotic goodness and plenty of bad Pilgrim jokes. Meanwhile, I've only got thirty days to figure out what to wear on the sexiest day of the year. If you've got any brilliant ideas, I welcome your suggestions!
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