Sunday, April 30, 2006

Productive day

For the first time in ages today I got several hours to myself, away from children and other half to concentrate on outlining my new WIP. Got a good bit done too. I now have fairly together plot. Admittedly, it’s still hazy in places, where I need to do further research, or work out character details, but you know, that’s the way I like things. If there’s nothing to discover as I go along, I lose the impetus to write.

Anyway, I even wrote a few lines of the introductory chapter, and you know what – I think I’m going to enjoy writing this one. The bad guy has lots of potential, and since he’s a nasty piece of work, I’ve no qualms about him behaving like a total bastard.

Off to do some more tinkering…

Extreme sadness…

… or maybe that should be apologies for my extreme geekitude, but I figure if Tilly can do it, so can I

Here goes….

OMG ‘Advent Children’! It’s so cool!

Cloud, how gorgeous are you! And, Sephiroth, you are still the coolest bad guy in the history of bad guys. Can you tell that I’m impressed? It’s just so rare to find a sequel that doesn’t damage the original in any way.

Suppose I should point out here that if you happen to be one of the people out there that isn’t familiar with Final Fantasy VII, don’t bother. This film is not for you. It’s a personal gift to each and every fan.

sigh...

Friday, April 28, 2006

Pox!

Child number one has Chicken Pox... arrgh!
Chance of getting anything done on my new proposal - virtually zero.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Ironing Pile of Doom!

Five hours!... ... Five bleeding hours. I can't believe I've just spent that long waving an electrified steaming device, when I could have been doing something productive like making a start on my new historical. The outline is now in a workable, if not entirely complete form, but sadly my brain is still in comtemporary land. I might have to go on a mammoth period film watching spree (any excuse.)

In other news, my Teapot story has received some positive comments from the folks over at ERWA, so I'm chuffed. Just need to get it in the post now, and hope that the Black Lace editor likes it as much .

Friday, April 14, 2006

Book Review - Entertaining Mr Stone

I first heard about this book on Wendy’s blog, where her enthusiasm for the project really grabbed my attention. I’ve read and enjoyed her books in the past, but the setting for Entertaining Mr Stone, local government offices, didn’t seem like a terribly sexy setting for an erotic novel. How wrong I was. The naughty S/M games going on in Borough Hall are a whole lot of fun.

Maria, the heroine, is unassuming and likeable, which makes the first person narrative an easy read. Stone is real gem. He’s witty, sexy and proves that maturity and experience can be far more attractive than a pretty face. Actually, he’s a real breath of fresh air when it comes to heroes in erotica/erotic romance.

As for the sex… Well, this is trademark Portia Da Costa, and she wasn’t labelled the Queen of SM for nothing! Verdict – definitely worth a read.

It's gone...

Dark Designs went off to Black Lace yesterday, so I can't do anymore tinkering. I'm sure it'll come back with a request for some tweaks but until then it's farewell to the scenario and the characters. I'm a little blue as a result. The thing is when you spend so much time thinking and writing about a set of characters is that you become rather attached. I always think that if I don't fall a little bit in love with my characters then nobody else will, hence the current wrench. Still, I've plenty to be getting on with. I've a rough outline (make that very rough) for my new historical, still plenty of polishing to do on my Sex and Shopping Story, and it's the dreaded Tax Return time of year. (eek!) First off, though, I'm going to treat myself to some trez, so watch out YesAsia and Amazon.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Website Live Again

Hurray! It's been a long slog to get my website back up and running after diary-x's server died, but finally I've succeeded. It's not quite as professional as Remittance girls original version, as I've had to cobble bits together from what I had saved, but I'm pleased with the result. I've also taken the opportunity to add a few more links and change over the short story from Vegetable Medley to Ice God. The former is to appear in Cream: The Best of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association Anthology, so it was time for a change around.
Anyway, hopefully I can now concentrate on actually doing some writing. Dark Designs is due a week today!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Sun has got his hat on...

hip...hip...hip hurray!

It's pay day! Royalties only turn up twice a year, so you'll have to excuse my celebrating.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Quickie Update

Teapots story is coming along. I'm having fun writing it, although, I suspect it might be a tad silly. One week to go until Dark Designs goes to the publisher, so I'm still scouring for errors and wordiness. Need to cull the word count a bit more too. Background for my new historical is starting to hook me since I've decided on the general location. I may try to visit a few places in the area concerned over Easter in between family visits. On the downside, still no character names, and until I have them nothing's really going to take off .