I Feel a Cold Coming On

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 • No Comments on I Feel a Cold Coming On

My mind is all over the place today. I can’t concentrate on my NaNoWriMo novel. I was doing some research on Tumblr, looking at pictures and such that might inspire the book, and came across some disturbing stuff. My NaNoWriMo book is based on my story erotic vampire story “Cutter” which is about, you guessed it, a vampire and a cutter. Fictionalizing someone who cuts as a vehicle for a vampire story is one thing—but reading about real cutters and their pain (and seeing some of the pictures they post) on Tumblr as part of the research for what is—essentially—a piece of fluff fiction is… upsetting.

Am I being too cavalier in writing an erotic urban fantasy about a character who cuts? I don’t know. It’s not like I’m so far removed from the character I write about. I do understand the psychology behind cutting and the emotional pain associated with it. I’m not trying to make light of the issue, but maybe my story romanticizes it?  Again, I don’t know. Argh. I’m writing fantasy, but where is the intersection between writing and responsibility? I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. So, I’m kind of not in the mood to work on the book right now. I think maybe I need to skip around the cutting and see if I can get a better feel for the characters. It’s supposed to be a darkly erotic book and I’m just not feeling it right now.

I am, however, feeling like I’m getting sick and that makes my mind go in a dozen different directions instead of focusing on one thing. I don’t have ADD, but sometimes my imagination finds connections in things and as I ponder one thought I end up chasing another thought down the rabbit hole… My brain is off onto tangents about body image and sexuality and what is erotic (and what isn’t) and perceptions of desire and age and desire and size. I don’t know if any of these things will find their way into this book I’m writing or if I’ll follow some of these threads in something else I’m writing. I just know that right now I need to find some focus and write some words somewhere.

Just a few links to show you where my mind is at the moment, because I clearly don’t have the words to express my thoughts coherently:

Only Cute Chubby Girls (Tumblr, possibly NSFW)

I’m the Scary Model in That Awful Ashley Madison Ad (Jezebel)

Sex Is Not the Enemy (Tumblr, NSFW)

The comment thread for Legitimizing Erotica (My column last week at Oh Get A Grip!)

Boobs, Bras, Sex, Cougars and Sluts (Rita Wilson at Huffington Post)

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Best Erotic Romance Gets a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly!

Monday, November 7th, 2011 • 2 Comments on Best Erotic Romance Gets a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly!

How lovely is this starred review from Publishers Weekly??

The stories are deeply passionate, and each tale first makes the reader care about its characters before pulling them into the steamy sex scenes. No matter what the surroundings, one thread runs through every story in this volume: true love endures.

And can I tell you what that little star means? “A starred review indicates a book of outstanding quality.”


(click it!)

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Answering Questions About Erotica (Sort Of)

Friday, November 4th, 2011 • No Comments on Answering Questions About Erotica (Sort Of)

I’m chugging along on my NaNoWriMo novel, but I’m working on some other stuff, too. This week’s Oh Get A Grip! theme is a question—“But is it erotica?”  I have contemplated this question in various forms since I first started writing erotica back in, oh hell, over 10 years ago. I’m afraid I don’t really have any answers, but I do offer up some of my observations:

I’ve noticed an interesting trend in literary fiction, both in novels and short fiction. Stories that are published by highbrow literary publishers often contain some extremely raunchy sex. I can’t be the only reader who finds some of those sex scenes arousing, yet the stories and books aren’t labeled erotica. Why not? Publishers choose labels and market the books accordingly—but what role do the authors play in keeping that erotica label off their stories?

Two writers can write essentially the same story and it will be labeled differently. Two writers can write a similar stories about, say, a woman who enjoys rough sex and seeks out sex partners on a kinky adult website. Both writers can describe the sex in graphic detail, along with how much she enjoys it physically and emotionally. The stories can be identical right down to the concluding scene—and that one scene will make the difference between whether the story is considered “erotica” or “literary fiction.”

What would the difference be? Do you know?

You can read the answer (according to me) and the rest of my column here: Legitimizing Erotica

P.S. My NaNoWriMo count is up to 7287 in 3 days. I’m not breaking any records, but I’m pleased with my progress so far. If you’re participating in the “thirty days and nights of literary abandon” please add me as your writer buddy! (Even if you’re one of those amazing writers who makes me feel like a slacker because you’ve already hit the 10,000 word mark!)

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