A recurring theme among writers today is finding the time to balance between life and writing. Honestly, if we could find a workable solution to that problem, more books would get to readers every day. And fewer writers would give up the struggle to do it all. Continue reading “Modern Day Servants”
As a writer, you have probably heard that the sense of smell is the least used in writing fiction. We use words, so vision is well represented. We write dialogue, we write personal connections, so hearing and touch are all good. Taste could probably be used a bit more, outside of bedroom scenes. But smell is in itself a somewhat negative word. Writers tend to ignore it. This blog is helpful for all the underused senses. http://acreativemoment.com/2008/07/18/words-to-describe-smell-sound-taste-touch/ Continue reading “Senses and History, Part 5: Smell”
Regency England is a challenging historical era in which to set erotic Romance. The rules are strict and the least error on the part of a young lady can ruin her life. The men were held to be unable to control their lusts, so no blame on them. Being female came with so many rules and ways to end badly. Continue reading “Let’s Do IT in the Sewer”
Oppressed people always touch my heart and soul. Maybe in a past life I suffered through slavery or resettlement or pogroms. Maybe my belief that what happens to any one person on the planet happens to all of us sways my feelings. But for whatever reason, I carry it as a burden. Continue reading “Winners Write History”
Happy Mother’s Day! I used to belong to a very unusual church where everyone who ever birthed a creative idea, such as a song or a poem, a book or a painting, could claim a Mother’s Day flower. I like that idea, and hope you will all embrace the fact that being creative can be rather painful, so the least you deserve is a flower. Continue reading “Mothers Have Changed”
And if you are in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Happy New Year! May 1st is an ancient spring festival celebrated in the northern hemisphere. Traditional activities include dancing around Maypoles, crowning a May Queen, and ask the blessing of fertility for the crops and cattle from whichever god you most believe in. It’s kind of like Festival inthat one episode of TOS Star Trek.
My favorite movie of this year so far has been Deadpool. I seem to be in the majority here, as it’s grossing more money than any other R-rated film except American Sniper, which it may shortly overtake, and the top of the heap, The Passion of the Christ, a torture-porn (I love that term!) that was a must see for many of a certain faith. Continue reading “Gosh Darn It!”