Women who work in the state capitol in Sacramento have had enough: The groundswell over sexual harassment that has rocked Hollywood moved into California’s capital on Tuesday as more than 140 women — including legislators, senior legislative aides and lobbyists — came forward to denounce what they describe as pervasive sexual misconduct by powerful men…
Kevin Smith was one of the first filmmakers to speak out against fallen indie mogul Harvey Weinstein, at a point when doing so was still kind of a big deal. It was especially significant for someone like Smith, who got his big break via Weinstein, and spent most of his career making movies for Miramax…
#CreateSpace is merging with #Amazon and authors will earn lower royalties…. Big shock.
Have to change buy links, no more discount codes, more changes: read this post and keep up.
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CREATESPACE ESTORE IS CLOSING
Beginning October 31, 2017, customers will no longer be able to purchase paperbacks directly from the CreateSpace eStore.
If you have a link to your CreateSpace eStore and a customer clicks on it, the customer will be redirected to the corresponding page at Amazon.com.
According to CreateSpace, the reasons behind the change include:
- It’s much easier to search for books across Amazon’s site than it is to search for books on CreateSpace.
- Amazon offers a much better checkout process than CreateSpace does.
- Amazon offers better shipping options, including Amazon Prime.
- Amazon sends out tracking notifications for orders placed through Amazon.
- Amazon’s storefront is a much more familiar interface for customers.
- Several customers have requested the features described above.
Unfortunately, when a customer clicks on a link to a CreateSpace eStore and is redirected to Amazon, authors will earn Amazon.com royalties (not eStore…
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5 Crucial Tips to Consider When Writing Erotica
by Guest Blogger, Cassidy London
So you’d like to try your hand at writing erotica? Maybe you’re a seasoned author with publications in other genres or perhaps this is your very first attempt at fiction. Either way, there are many things to contemplate and research. However, for the sake of simplicity, let’s begin with five crucial tips to consider when writing erotica.
- Pen Names: Yes or No?
Using a pseudonym, or pen name as it’s more commonly referred to, is often considered to be the hallmark of erotica authors. With one’s anonymity guaranteed, we are free to express ourselves in the most taboo of formats without any fear of repercussions in our everyday lives.
This is true; however, using a pen name can make for a slower start to our careers! Without the ability to be authentic, without being able to use our “warm” market, and with readers’ unable to put a face to the name, we are essentially trying to create a following for an unknown product by an unknown and worse, a hidden supplier.
One must keep in mind the sensationalism that comes with being an erotica author. As long as you don’t mind having your personal life under a microscope and a little tittering behind your back at the local grocery store, you may find that using your real name garners more attention.
The adage “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” applies well here, because more attention will definitely lead to more sales. Erotica authors, therefore, need to weigh the pros and cons of the consequences of using or not using a pen name in direct reference to our personal lives and temperaments.
Remember: what is local has the potential to become national; and, if your books really take off [pun intended?], could become international. The sky’s the limit, if you are daring enough! Are you willing to be known for your erotica writing?
- Writing in the 1st or 3rd person
What about choosing the right narrative perspective, usually known as “point of view,” or POV? Of course, fiction can be well-written in either 1st or 3rd person narrative form. In erotica, the goal is to connect the reader very intimately to the adventures and feelings of the characters.
when there are different points of view in your story, it can be one of the best times to write in the third person. Some authors switch the POV from character to character as each chapter progresses. This is a great way to engage many different types of readers, because they potentially have more than one main character to relate to.
However, writing in the first person allows for a more in-depth perspective and perhaps a stronger connection for the reader. In erotica, it is crucial for the reader to relate sexually to at least one character in your book. Either they see themselves as the heroine who wants to experience the hero as he is written, or they are the hero who is captivated by the heroine. Whatever the situation, in order to create a lasting and hopefully, raving fan, erotica must titillate both their emotional needs and sexual desires.
For these reasons, choosing the right point of view for your story is important. Whatever narrative form is chosen, the goal must always be to use the sexual tension between the characters and the consummation of these forces to drive the story forward.
- Using the 5 Senses
Description is the hallmark of fiction and even more so in erotica. Trying to describe a scene that the reader can visualize themselves actually experiencing is the key. Using the five senses is paramount to ensuring that the reader has both mental and physical responses to your words. The reader must see the location as well as hear the dialogue and various sounds the characters make and hear themselves. The descriptions must be so detailed and pleasant to the ear that the reader’s brain can actually feel the touches of the characters.
Not every scene needs all five senses though. In fact, taking the time to focus on just one or two can sometimes enhance the experience. Just like in real life, if a particular sense is no longer working properly, the other four will intensify. Writing erotica works exactly the same way: when only one sense is the focus, or when one or more senses is shut off (think: blindfolds, handcuffs, etc.) the remaining senses become highly energized.
Smell, taste and physical sensations are probably the hardest to describe accurately, but they also elicit some of the greatest responses, because they can be triggers to real-life memories. A sweet vanilla scent, the decadent taste of chocolate-covered strawberries or the feel of cool satin sheets on naked skin all have the potential to trigger recognition in the reader. This recognition, however subtle, helps to take the reader from a removed place behind the pages of a book to becoming a living character within it.
The five senses can never be overused in erotica. The goal is to be able to see, hear, touch, smell and taste it all. Your reader should come away from the experience feeling as though they have truly lived these intimate moments.
- Creativity in Intimacy [section needs a new title; see below]
If erotica is to be moved forward by the characters’ sexuality, then how does one continually write these scenes in a creative and non-repetitive way? Here’s where the element of surprise comes in. Keeping the readers on their toes about how, where and why it’s going to happen is the key.
In a novella, for example, one will usually find four to five intimate scenes. If the same process is simply repeated over and over each time, it will become stale and the reader will lose interest. Each scene needs to build with a different amount of passion and intensity while still being unique in the story.
Having varied levels of intimacy between characters also helps to create more depth and range in each tryst. Therefore, it can be helpful to decide on the background of each scene beforehand. Maybe the first time, it is the power of lust that brings the characters together. However, by the time the second scene comes around, they have fallen in love and the act is more sensual. The third scene might feature the hard anger of betrayal. The final one might be based in forgiveness and show a culmination of both their insatiable lust and ultimate love for one another.
Having a story arc such as this will ultimately change the details in each scene and make it more interesting for the reader. Also, using tried and true tropes, like “friends to lovers” or “forbidden lust” can help authors to follow a pattern such as the one mentioned and build each scene into an exclusive moment in the story, every time.
- Realism vs. Fantasy
Erotica delves into a fantasy world where readers are looking to be swept up into endless magical moments. Although fans of erotica are looking for entertainment and escapism, mixing in a little reality helps to connect the reader better to your work. Combining the idea of lust-filled werewolves with the real-life emotional struggles of a relationship makes for a nice mixture of fantasy and reality. This can ground the readers and enable them to empathize with the characters you are describing. Once they are so connected, it then becomes easier for the readers to suspend disbelief and open up to intimacy between a mythological creature and a human.
So in other words, even though the heroine of your story has been kidnapped by a vampire whose seduction techniques may very well kill her, the story will be more authentic if there is a healthy dose of realism involved. The heroine and the vampire’s decision-making skills, their doubts, fears and even their desires can all make the story more realistic despite the context’s being fantastical. These small moments of realism can enable the readers, just like the heroine, ultimately to fall under the spell of the sexy vampire.
Even when the story does not contain paranormal elements, it is still in the realm of fantasy. Maybe the story describes a sexual fantasy that your reader has always dreamed about experiencing. Often, erotica can allow the readers to live out their fantasies in a safe environment far from the complications of real life. If the descriptions seem plausible and the readers can truly imagine themselves doing the things that you describe, then the experiences of your characters will seem real and believable to them.
Finally, keep in mind that these five crucial tips to consider when writing erotica are just the beginning. Becoming an avid reader of the most popular books in this genre will help you to understand these five points better. In those books, you can find examples of each tip and more components that you can compare to your own writing.
Erotica is a fun outlet. Learning to write good erotica can enhance your creative writing and provide you with skills that are easily transferable to other genres.
Who is Cassidy London and why does she write and read erotica?
“Cassidy London has been in love with books ever since she can remember, particularly, scandalous steamy romances. However, she’s discovered that the best scandals are found in places where truth inspires fiction.
“When she’s not writing or reading ‘dirty’ books, Cassidy can also be found masquerading as a coffee- (and wine-!) drinking suburban mom in Montreal, Canada.”
She wrote, on her website (link is below): “Having read every classic and best-seller out there, I finally found my way back home and back to my first love. To the trashy, sexy, fun-filled fantasy world that is erotic romance. I read and I remembered. I remembered how those books of my youth transported me to another world. It was like rekindling a long lost love affair, except this time I knew it would end with my very own happily ever after.
“To all the authors whose works I have read and been inspired by. Thank you for being my first true love.”
[NOTICE: these sites and book covers/subtitles are rated R and higher!]
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Cassidy’s books (to date):
We all have a steamy truth hiding somewhere deep inside us…that one crazy night, that time in college, that hidden desire we’ve never expressed.
The SUBURBAN SECRETS series is based on just that. Steamy, scandalous and very private moments that have burst through the often conservative confines of suburbia.
COUPLES NIGHT OUT – SUBURBAN SECRETS, BOOK 1
Sometimes breaking all the rules is the only way to keep them.
Couples Night Out is Book 1 in the steamy SUBURBAN SECRETS series. Book 1 introduces you to Ella and Jak, a young couple trying to save their marriage from disaster after their mutual indiscretions threaten to ruin them.
WEEKEND GETAWAY –SUBURBAN SECRETS, BOOK 2
Pandora’s Box has got nothing on the quiet communities of suburbia.
Weekend Getaway is Book 2 in the steamy SUBURBAN SECRETS series. Here we find out if Ella and Jak’s love can make it through the drama that comes with navigating their new alternative lifestyle. Letting go has brought them together, but letting each other go too far could ruin it all.
ISLAND GETAWAY –SUBURBAN SECRETS, BOOK 3
Coming Soon! [More than one kind of tropical heat…]
“National Punctuation Day” is having its annual Photo Contest: deadline = 10/31/17
Yesterday (Sunday, 9/24/17) was National Punctuation Day HAPPY NATIONAL #PUNCTUATIONDAY!
In this post is info from its founder, Jeff Rubin, about this year’s #PHOTOCONTEST!
“This year we celebrate the day with a punctuation photo contest.”
As a reminder, I am an ace proofreader and offer “Last Pass” proofreading services, for those who are wondering if the proofreading you already paid for/did is sufficient (take my word for it: it’s not). https://sallyember.com/last-pass-proofreading-available/ for more information, rates and guarantees.
Here are the rules:
PREPARING THE PHOTOS
- Take three photos of incorrectly punctuated signage (stores, billboards, businesses, road signs, public transit, etc.), each showing a different punctuation error.
- Name the punctuation error(s) in each photo (there may be multiple errors, as seen in some of the examples attached).
- One entry of three photos per person.
- You must be in the photos. (see me in the “Member’s Testimonials” photo attached.) Selfies are OK. Photos with Photoshopped heads will be disqualified.
- Each photo must contain a caption, which will be considered when judging your entry. Be creative.
- Photos must be submitted in .JPG format and be no more than 2 MB each.
- The file name for your photos must include your last name in CAPS. For example: RUBIN photo #1.jpg, RUBIN photo #2.jpg, etc.
SUBMITTING THE PHOTOS
- Send your submission to jeff@NationalPunctuationDay.com.
- In the e-mail subject header write: NPD PHOTO CONTEST.
- Include your name, address, and location of the photos (city and state).
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS OCTOBER 31
1517 Buckeye Court
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-9507, office
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in prison this spring while serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, suffered from severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), his attorneys revealed Thursday. Hernandez’s family, who donated the brain to Boston University to be tested for CTE—a form of brain damage that is linked to concussions…
It’s not to late, and you don’t have to be Jewish or celebrate #Jewish High Holy Days (Rosh Hashona, Jewish New Year’s, and Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement”) to want to spend some time considering your life and your goals/accomplishments each year. I was raised Jewish, but I am a practicing #Buddhist.
It’s free! http://doyou10Q.com and #DoYou10Q are the connection points. This year is 10Q‘s 10-year anniversary, so many new events and giveaways are occurring. Check them out!
Check out any local Partners with 10Q: http://doyou10q.com/partners: Reach out to Josh Kanter, Reboot’s outreach and partnership manager, at josh @ rebooters DOT net or (go to the site for his phone number (in the USA)].<
You can still respond to all 10 Questions through September 30, online, and have them put into the "vault" for yourself for next year's reflections.
10Q: “Reflect. React. Renew. Life’s Biggest Questions. Answered By You.”
The title and all the info, below, come from the 10Q site. Visit! Sign up! Do it!
“10 Days. 10 Questions.”
“Answer one question per day [or more than one per day, if you have some to catch up on] in your own secret online 10Q space. Make your answers serious. Silly. Salacious. However you like. It’s your 10Q. When you’re finished, hit the magic button and your answers get sent to the secure online 10Q vault for safekeeping.
“One year later, the ‘vault’ will open and your answers will land back in your email inbox for private reflection.
“Want to keep them secret? Perfect. Want to share them, either anonymously or with attribution, with the wider 10Q community? You can do that, too.
“Next year, the whole process begins again. And the year after that, and the year after that.
“Do you 10Q? You should. If you have, already, enter the “giveaway” by sharing one or more experiences and using the hashtag, as directed:
Click hereto get your 10Q on.
“10Q begins September 20, 2017, and goes for 10 days
Here are some of my responses to the Questions, from 2016, 2015 and 2014:
–Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?
I had an up-close-and-personal experience with the American judicial and jury system and I was very disappointed and discouraged from it all. From the attorneys to the judges, the jurors to the laws: all crap, and not in favor of actual justice for the plaintiff, ever, as far as I could tell.
I was severely injured (and still recovering) in a trip-and-fall in a restaurant that was clearly liable and negligent, causing there to be obstacles in the path of a patron which a patron could not easily see. The jury actually agreed on that. However, due to archaic laws, lobbying by the insurance greedies and other mistakes in jurisprudence (which disallowed anyone from actually informing the jury how the “awards” they intended to go to me would be apportioned or the fact the restaurant owner would not pay a dime due to his having insurance), I got nothing, my lawyer was out $30K, and I owe many thousands of dollars to family and friends. I am grateful to all who have helped and continue to help me, but resentful and angry at the unfair outcome of my two+ years of misery.
I am an educated, white, older woman with intelligent and supportive friends and family. I can only shudder to imagine how this “justice” system grinds up those without support or resources and other people who are already on the short end of every stick.
USA justice isn’t.
–Describe an event in the world that has impacted you this year. How? Why?
The Marriage Equality Act’s being confirmed as the law of the USA by the Supreme Court was a giant step in the right direction for equal rights for all individuals regardless of sexual orientation. As a bisexual woman who eschewed marriage for many reasons, inequality being among them, I am glad to see people who want to get married being able to do.
—Describe a significant experience that has happened in the past year. How did it affect you? Are you grateful? Relieved? Resentful? Inspired?
I was able to reconnect with my meditation practice in March & May and again in early Sept. through instruction and connection with my spiritual teacher, Lama Drimed, after many false starts, attempts, painful absences and confusions as well as hurt feelings on my part.
So happy about all that!
—Describe an event in the world that has impacted you this year. How? Why?
The upholding of Marriage Equality laws and the enforcing of them across the USA and in other countries feels like a giant victory.
Looser laws, releasing noncriminals from prison when their only “crime” is possession of marijuana, and eventual legalization of marijuana/cannabis use across the USA and other countries also seem imminent, due to the vast success (economic and social) of those places in which it is already legal and those changes have already occurred; another set of great victories.
I appreciate the egalitarians’ winning. I appreciate common sense’s prevailing. I appreciate nondiscrimination’s being enforced. Feels right and good.
—Have you had any particularly spiritual experiences this past year? How has this experience affected you? “Spiritual” can be broadly defined to include secular spiritual experiences: artistic, cultural, and so forth.
Due to a TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury] in April, 2014, I went from not being able to meditate for almost one year (after meditating consistently for over 42 years) to restoring my practice, slowly, bit by bit. Very grateful to my spiritual teacher, sangha and good fortune that this has been possible.
Returning to my practice is like coming home.
—How would you like to improve yourself and your life next year? Is there a piece of advice or counsel you received in the past year that could guide you?
My meditation teacher reminded me that meditation practice in our tradition comes from our heart center, not our brain area. The Tibetans use a term that means “heart-mind” when talking about the mind.
My wish to improve myself and my practice is to keep it centered in my heart. “Meditation: it’s not what you think.”
—Describe an event in the world that has impacted you this year. How? Why?
Many science discoveries: proof of the multiverse, ability to teleport particles, invention of pre-tractor beam technology, getting paralyzed rats and others to walk, moving limbs and other things with just the mind: so much!
Very exciting, and all goes into research I use for The Spanners Series books!
—What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year?
Fear getting more unhealthy instead of more healthy over the next several years. Fear not getting my full meditation practice/brain function restored. Fear being unconnected to community/friends, no lover, no one close to me where I live.
Plan to keep exercising, eating better, reaching out to Buddhist and other groups (writers, Jews, work) to make friends.
Plan to stay in touch with my teacher.
—What are your predictions for 2015?
Movement toward reducing and ending full-impact football, hockey, etc. (headers in soccer, e.g.), in youth and college sports.
More states’ legalizing marijuana.
More states’ ratifying gay marriage.
Proof of alien life on other planets.
How do you want to 10Q? It’s up to you!