Thursday, June 29, 2006

Still tired,

but at least I'm keeping up a steady pace. Progress on my WIP seems grindingly slow, but as I keep reminding myself, I'm still getting to know the characters, and necessity means that Thea spends much of the second chapter alone, which in turn calls for deep pov. Argh! I want to be writing the action. Anyway, to keep myself from sinking into a mindnumbing pit of despair, I'm also dipping in and out of the first of the two stories I have in mind of the Sex in Public call. It's fun, but as with Grandmother's Teapot, I'm wondering if it's a tad far-fetched.

Okay, enought meandering along inside my brain... BL asked for some soundbites yesterday to pass on to Company magazine for a spread on writing erotic fiction. Sounds interesting, I might pick up a copy to check it out. Anyway I sent off my suggestions, but as I doubt they'll make the cut, here are my personal bits of advice for anyone writing erotica.

1. Say what you mean. Say it mean.

2. Write cinematically, so that you can see the action.

3. Use all five senses.

4. Erotica is not just about genitalia. What's going on inside the characters' heads is far more interesting and arousing than descriptions of tab A sliding into slot B.

5. Know your genre - read, read, read!

6. Join an online group such as the Erotica Readers & Writers Association (www.erotica-readers.com). They're a great resource, and highly supportive.

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Recently watched: The Harlots Handbook
Currently listening to: Merveilles by Malice Mizer
Currently reading: A Caress of Twilight, Laurell K Hamilton

Monday, June 26, 2006

So, tired.

Really, I'm shattered. I know it's after midnight, but normally I do my best work late at night. Way too tired at the moment, though, which is probably the knock on effect of staying up on Friday night until 3:30am. I was tiling, before anyone thinks it was anything more exciting.

Okay, tiredness aside, the weekend has been fairly productive. I've managed about 500 words a day, which is pretty good for me considering my writing time is minimal. I did manage to blag a few hours of solitude this morning, talk about a novelty, and fleshed out that scene I'd sketched on Wednesday night. I'm happy with how it's turned out but whether BL will like it is an entirely different matter, especially as it's not exactly fluffy. Mind you, some of the more graphically violent passing references I included in Dark Designs seem to have escaped the editorial knife, so maybe it will be okay. Hmm, hope that doesn't put anybody off...

Another plus point for the weekend is that I've finally come up with an idea for the Sex in Public call. Actually, I have two ideas, but they could be part of the same thing, we'll just have to see once I get down to the writing bit. So far, it's just some random scribblings as I try to find an angle and a voice. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I need some help on this one, short stories are hard work!

Right, I'm off now to indulge myself with my seckrit project for a few minutes before bedtime...

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Recently watched: Johnny Mnemonic
Currently listening to: Roentgen by HYDE
Currently reading: Banana Fish vol 4

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Time wasting

Okay, so last night the kids were both in bed for 6.30pm and partner was out until after midnight. You might think I'd spend the evening working and getting loads done on my new proposal... sadly, you'd be wrong.

Firstly, I did lots of pacing up and down to loud music to get into the mood. It worked as I managed to sketch a really crucial early scene. Unfortunately, I then got sucked into the nightmare that is Big Brother. Now the housemates I can take or leave, but Russell Brand, I could watch for hours. After that, I did a little bit of tweakage, and then instead of settling down properly and fleshing out the scene I ended up indulgently watching far too many clips of Gackt on YouTube. I'm not going to feel guilty, though. It was very inspiring.

Did I mention that he's really cute... and might just have inspired a certain character in Dark Designs.

Bye bye Dark Designs

Well, the proofs are done and sent. It proved to be a much easier job than I'd anticipated as the editor had made very few changes, so it was mostly just mopping up a few spelling mistakes. Course now I've done that I really ought to knuckle down and get on with the next proposal. Unfortunately I'm feeling incredibly flighty at the moment and can't seem to settle down to anything constructive for more than a few minutes.

I've also had some lovely feedback on Dark Designs from the editor, which is a nice confidence boost, considering I'm a typical paranoid writer, convinced that I only write crap and that nobody will ever want to read it, let alone like it. However, apparently, I have an accessible style with well-developed characters and a good handle on the homoerotic elements. My other half did suggest that maybe BL were dropping hints not to focus too heavily on that angle again as apparently it's not that popular as a female fantasy(grin) . Guess I'm in a minority(vbg) .

Friday, June 16, 2006

And more...

Hot on the heels of Dark Designs, I've had the proofs for Grandmother's Teapot, which is appearing in Sex & Shopping, and they want them all back by next Thursday. So, if I'm quiet for a few days, you know what I'm doing.

Anyway, here's the delicious cover.

Busy, busy, busy...

Here I am trying to plod on with current WIP and into Thea's mindset, when right on cue the proofs for Dark Designs land on my doorstep, and I'm back to Remy, Takeshi and Silk. Actually, it's pretty cool getting the proofs, as it's the first opportunity to get a real feel for what the book will look like. And it looks cool.

I spent a pleasant evening last night checking for errors and enjoying the story, which makes me thinks it's not too bad. I'm always convinced what I've written is dreadful. Mind you, it can't be that bad as the editing has been pretty light so far, and I've not been asked for any revisions - a first for me!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Finally getting somewhere...

... at least, I was. I think I've finally got a handle on my new heroine, Thea, and she's a bit of a firecracker. So, I've spent a fair old chunk of time over the last few days working on my partial, getting into her head and generally knocking into shape the opening chapter, when guess what?

a) Laptop dies.... again!
b) Annoyingly cute daughter destroys 2K of work by maliciously extracting memory stick from computer while I'm in the process of saving and hence destroys the file.
c) House descends into utter chaos due to us only having half a bathroom.
d) All of the above.

d, anyone? My karma is so pants at the moment.

My laptop is totally hit and miss. Sometimes it's fine, other times the display goes major league crazy. I'm talking no vertical hold and strange pulsating white patches. Guess it's time to start looking for a new one.

My daughter, well, I wouldn't trade her for anything, but she did manage to reduce me to tears with her attention grabbing exploits. But, I guess it's my fault. We shouldn't have named her after a Fury.

And, as for the bathroom... It's still not finished, but my tiling is ace!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Bathroom Blues/Bliss

There's not much writing going on around here at the moment. We're busy fitting a new bathroom. It's long overdue, but boy, is it messy and time consuming. The weekend vanished in a blur of tile laying, plumbing and cladding. The house looks like a jumble sale, but we now have half a wonderful bathroom, so that if you lie in the bath and squint at the ceiling you can pretend it's all done. I'm really pleased with how it's coming along, but I do wish it was finished so I could get on with writing. I do an awful lot of writing in the bath, it being where I get all my best ideas, so I'm not just talking about the plumbing distractions.

Well, despite the lack of word count on my various projects, I have managed to get a few other writing related tasks done. My Tax Return is now filed... phew! Don't have to worry about that again for another year, and I've added a few promo type details to Romancewiki. Still working on the rest of the stuff for the Black Lace website update, though, and I must register with the PLR. Not that many libraries have an erotica section, but you never know...