Good evening peeps. Hope you’re all well and stuff.
I… apparently… am doing very well despite all sorts of crazy (and sometimes irritating) happenings kicking off in my life.
Oh, I see. I can’t leave a hint like that and then not tell you about it? Fine.
You all know Slippers & Chains, right? If you don’t check out this page. It’s a novella I’m hoping to have out by the end of the year and I’m currently reading it to my lovely critique group. As it’s a longer piece, I want more feedback from writerly types. That way I can make it as good as it possibly can be.
I read some in October then had a break in favour of other projects Ileandra was working on. So far this month I’ve read one piece (which hasn’t already been read to camera) and got some very helpful and constructive feedback. I also got a comment which, at the time washed straight over me.
The comment was about porn.
Now… I make no apologies for the fact that I write smut. Hell, I call it smut because that’s a hell of a lot more fun and, in my cases accurate. ‘Vicki & Lara‘ is erotic lesbian romance but other pieces I’ve written come firmly under the banner of filth. And that’s fine by me. What caused contention after this comment was the fact that the piece I read had no sexual activity in it whatsoever. The characters talked about sex; Dan explained to his best friend Pete how his relationship with Karen actually worked. Since theirs is an established D/s coupling he wanted his best friend reassured that nobody was being harmed and that everything was consensual.
No sex. Certainly no porn.
At the time, I just brushed it to one side. This person is not my target demographic and they have previously stipulated that they don’t like ‘porn’. Yes, that is the word used over and over. I (thought I had) respected this person’s preferences by moderating what I took to read.
And since then another member of the group who also writes erotica has become increasingly upset. Not that I’m surprised, since the last time this came up, some nasty and downright rude comments were directed at this second member.
I’m guessing I have a thicker skin because the issue didn’t upset me. What did eventually anger (and yes I mean anger, not upset or distress) me was the idea that our group might become censored because of the opinions of one person. Or worse yet, other people might feel nervous about what they bring in for fear of offending anybody.
Before I go into my goals for this week I have one thing to say and then that should, hopefully, be the end of it. It is this:
Not everyone will like what you write. End of. Not everybody will like you. End of. But those are two very different issues and should be dealt with as such.
As a writer it is your RESPONSIBILITY to report TRUTH. That is what gives all stories their flavour, their authenticity, their power. To do anything less than that is to CHEAT YOURSELF AND YOUR READERS.
Not everybody will like the truth. Fact of life. Not everybody wants to read the truth. But here is the beauty of it… THEY DON’T HAVE TO.
If you have a story to tell about people, emotions, relationships, history, politics, religion, whatever… TELL THAT STORY THE WAY YOU WANT TO. Write for you. Not for anybody else.
Don’t let ANYBODY dictate what you write and certainly DON’T FEEL GUILTY about what you choose to write about. The choice is yours and they should respect that. End of.
Right. That’s done. End rant.
~Record at least one (new) Slippers & Chains segment
Nope. Not doing very well here. Wavering between recording as video and recording voice files. Both are hard work in different ways and distract from the actual writing. I need to pick one or the other but it’s hard. I might let you guys decided. Actually, yes! You lot decide.
You’ve got one month to vote. Go.
~Make more concrete plans on content of solo website
I’ve started. It looks lush. Just need to decide on colours and how much money I have to spend on making it really lush as opposed to just lush. I’ll soon have a launch date for you too.
~Finish next story I started writing (‘Simone & Mr Bradford’) rather naughtily
Done. God I freakin love it when I get my productive hat on. Makes me feel less guilty about sleeping and pooping, y’know?
~Pick (and at least start) this month’s indie book for review
Yep. I even picked one for Ileandra, because I’m nice like that. I’ll be reading Literal Fantasies by Alexandra Amalova and I’ll be reviewing it as soon as I’m done. If that blurb is anything to go by it won’t take me long. 😉
~Finalise when photoshoot will be
All being well it should be this Saturday. Hell. That means I have two days to learn how to put make up on. Great.
This should be a simple list!
Learn how to put make up on!
Start reading Literal Fantasies
Finish last story in Meeting Each Other series
Prepare last niggling bits for launch of ‘Carol, Niall & Lin’ (I have a present for you in that regard. Be sure to stop by on Saturday evening!)
Draft outline of next in Slippers & Chains series (Second Base)
That should keep me busy and out of trouble.
This is also the point to mention that I have a mailing this. Once I hit TEN subscribers I’ll start publishing a set of stories there ONLY AVAILABLE to those on the list. If you’d like access to these free stories just use this link to sign up.
Yep. That’s it. Enjoy your evening.