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A Little Pampering

10 Aug

Took some time today to relax and recharge, an important thing to do from time to time especially when my day is typically spent sitting in a room by myself with only my characters to keep me company.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the crazy people I share my mind with (and I hope one day that other people will love them too), but every now and then it’s good to be around real people too.

So, after treating myself to a manicure and a French polish, I met “the girls” for lunch. A lovely moussaka, a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, and a couple of hours catching up on what’s been happening in their lives and in the world.

How hot are the bodies on those Olympians?

It’s just so good to have friends that you can spend time with, share thoughts, vent, and just dream with. Everyone, no matter who they are, needs a support network and I am thankful for mine.

You guys rock.


How long between drinks?

24 Jul

As I plow through my WIP I wonder how much sex I should include? How often should it happen, and should it be the main thrust of the book, or secondary to the story?

I’d like my book to be interesting as well as sexy, and I’d like my readers to care about the characters. I’d want it to be more than just one sexual encounter after the next… but that’s just me. Is that what other people want too?

I’ve read some stories (admittedly shorter works) where there is sex on page one that continues all the way to the end. Then there are others which build for the entire book and culminate in one massive coming together at the end. Both approaches were valid… but I think that if I want to earn my chops as an erotic romance author I need to dial up the sex a little.

In the end, as long as it makes sense for the characters and doesn’t end up feeling contrived, I think that is a good way to go.

What do you think?

I’ve popped my cherry

20 Jul

It was my first time today. Today was the day when I wrote my very first explicit sex scene, this may sound strange given that I am styling myself as a contemporary erotic author but that doesn’t mean I’ve penned dozens of these things before.

Sure, I’ve had my share of close encounters, written a few snippets here and there to loosen things up before taking the plunge but this was my very first full on – proper – sex scene that I intend to share with the world.

It’s not everyday a person at my stage of life gets to have a first time – it’s the kind of milestone that deserves to be shared.

But here’s the best part, I get to continue to refine it until it shines. Take out the mistakes, edit the regrets and revise any awkwardness. If only some of my other “first times” could be made so shiny 😉

Drawing Inspiration

10 Jul

As I sit down to write what I hope will be something I would be proud to attach my name to, I find myself thinking about authenticity. How do I write a scene that is both engaging and intense? Do I draw only upon my own experience? Should I research in books and films? Should I head out and seek a whole raft of new experiences so that I can write confidently about them?

I must say that option three sounds intriging but I worry that doing so will distract me too much from the important task of actually writing something. So… what to do?

Don’t have any answers but when I do I’ll be sure and let you know what’s what. For now I am having fun imagining the possibilities.

I’ve taken the plunge

8 Jul

It’s time to exorcise my demons… or perhaps exercise them. I haven’t decided which it will be just yet. That’s the beauty of having no comittments. For the first time in a long time I don’t have to be anywhere, do anything, say anything except what I want to be, do, or say. I am free to be me… now all I need do is figure out who that is.

I have always had a dream, the dream to one day publish a novel but the kinds of stories I liked typically graced the pages of plastic covered mens magazines. I am gratified to see that the world appears to have made a shift and it’s a shift I can get behind, or under, even on top of from time to time.

I know it’s cliche to have a post like this one but I don’t care. I am Emily … hear me roar!