I’m still waiting to hear the verdict from editors of several anthologies and one story managed to fall out of the anthology it was headed for and into publication on its own. The editor loves the story and so it will be out soon. It’s a (15,000 word) historical Western erotic romance (menage–M/F/M) called The Waystation–the action, much of it hot, takes place at a stage waystation. It isn’t scheduled for publication yet, but this is an exciting development and I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve got another Western (erotic romance) nearly done… this one a novella about young woman who is part of a wagon train headed across MO, intending to go out West. But plans seldom work out the way we intend, and her agenda isn’t fixed on going West anyway–not if love and sex are closer to home.
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I’ve been working steadily on new stories. I write almost every day. As I go, learning a great deal. I haven’t ever struggled to write, but always felt that learning storytelling is a continuous, never-ending process. Every story I write reinforces that idea. Every story I read gives me new insights and ideas on how to approach the next story. It is a lovely and difficult thing. The writing muse is a wondrous and demanding bitch. It isn’t enough to write well; each story must be better than the last.
For some people that can sound ominous. Oh my God, I have to be better. For me it is fantastic thing. When I discover a new and better, or perhaps only different, way to do something I love, I feel it enriches me and the reader.
I read a blog that suggested writers need to write in a variety of genres. The fascinating thing about erotica is that it contains all the genres. Writing Western erotic romance requires learning to write a good Western that is also a romance, and of course, erotic. Crime erotica means learning about mysteries. I’ve finished two long short stories (sort of a contradiction, but at around 12,000 words, what else are they?) that are steampunk. They are under consideration for an anthology now. I wrote a story about the roaring twenties…a singer in a club in Paris. That is also submitted to an anthology. If they don’t find a home there, I will probably publish them myself, although who knows? It depends on what else is going on, what other publishers might be doing. I’m very proud of all three of those stories even though the one I’m trying to finish now will be even better.
So the New Year is starting off with a burst of enthusiasm. There will undoubtedly be ups and downs, but I think this will be a good year for writing and reading erotic fiction.
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Intrigued by tales of the old west? Me too. Now the UK publisher House of Erotica has just published my Western erotic romance story Love for a Hired Gun. It is out as an ebook for US readers at and for UK readers at.
A young widow headed west to help her sick brother has an affair with a hired gunman who saves her life. Ashamed of her behavior, she alienates him. As she learns of life and love in the west, she realizes her mistake. Ultimately, she turns to him again for protection and later, love.
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I just received a great new review for THE EROTIC POET AND THE NUDE PHOTOGRAPHER on Devilishly Delicious books. Michelle obviously enjoyed it a lot, and that is fantastic. She calls it a “must read.”
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In a previous blog I mentioned that I was working on writing for anthologies and why. Since then I’ve written stories for four anthologies. One is accepted and the others won’t decide for some time yet (the drawback of this effort). I am quite pleased with the result because of the learning that comes with writing to someone’s specifications. I just submitted my first steampunk erotic story to one editor and I am working on an erotic paranormal story for another at the moment (the first draft is rolling nicely).
As to how this plays out in terms of getting noticed, building a fan base and (gasp) earning money, only time will tell.
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It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US and I’ve seen snow (a couple of days ago) for the first time in a few years. It didn’t snow in SE Asia. I’m trying to stay warm, and writing erotica is one way to generate a bit of heat. A delightful way. I’m thankful that I’ve had some great opportunities to write and publish and friends and family who encourage me.
I’ve mentioned before that I am dedicating part of my writing time to writing on spec for anthologies. It’s an interesting game…tracking down anthologies that have a theme or focus that is interesting (in the sense that I think I might have a story that would fit) looking at the deadline, the minimum and maximum word counts and making the decision to give it a whirl. It isn’t much of a gamble, as writing an erotic short story is never a waste of time. Some stories never pan out, but I always learn something from writing them. The trick is to make sure the bad stories wind up in the bin. As Hemingway said: “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. ”
The process of writing for anthologies differs a great deal from the writing and publishing I did in previous years. Because it involves editors and publishers and marketing peoples and cover designers, it runs full tilt into the elements of hurry up and wait. I write to the deadline (and the precise specifications of the guidelines) then wait; get a yes, no or feedback, do more work then wait. Once the story is accepted and galleys are approved– wait again. This time for publication.
That can be hard, but only if the waiting is done while simply sitting around. If you (I) put your nose back to the grindstone right away, work diligently, you can wind up with several things in the queue. I currently have several stories under consideration in various places, and I am busy doing some rewriting for another editor. I will finish those edits and changes (she made some good observations and the story will be better when I’m done) and if she likes the new version, I’ll be announcing that one soon.
I’ve mentioned previously that I’ll have a story in the upcoming anthology Can’t Get Enough (Cleis Press), edited by Tenille Brown. Her blog gives the details of it here. If you are excited about that book (I am) you can preorder it here. From my perspective that means I’ll have a story coming out in the summer that is all set to go. The publisher, the editor, all the other authors and I will all be promoting it, and that should help find us all more readers. For readers, an anthology, when well done, means they can find a number of stories that really tickle their fancy and meet some new authors along the way. It is a win-win situation.
I’ve got a number of projects in the works and intend to see this year out by finishing several. And I’m already looking forward to 2014 as another great year for writing and publishing.
I am thankful for and appreciate you, my readers.
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Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The author presents some interesting ideas and solid research to understanding art and its relevance. It’s a bit of a slog at times, and you get tired of his reiteration of the role Einstein played in our era (not that it is not true, just repeated too often) but there was enough new to keep me reading.
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