#erotica, #romance and Twitter – (& I Haz Planz 21/08)

Over recent weeks I’ve spent a lot of time browsing hash tags on Twitter. I’ve been looking at what authors are doing, what readers are doing and generally meeting people. Lovely conversations are taking place across some of those tags and I’m enjoying myself immensely.

But! On Monday I looked at the #romance tag for the first time. I figured there are romantic elements about some of the Meeting Each Other series, it seems silly just to hang out in #erotica when there are so many facets to what I do. But what I found there shocked me.

Soooo many posts about #tits and #boobs and #pussy and #phatass and #cock. Tonnes! #dirtydaddy, #porn, #teen, #incest and #fuck. The sorts of things that I might have expected to find in the #erotica tag when people get the wrong idea. But no… for some reason these things are now associated with romance.

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When did that happen? When did erotica get so gentle and sensual and romance become all about getting your leg over. Isn’t that backwards? I mean, no, it’s not, but if you were asking someone unfamiliar with the difference, wouldn’t they say that was backwards?

I’m so confused.

I haven’t been back to the romance tag since. I’m scared to. I don’t want to stumble across any more dick-pics (which I’m sure aren’t allowed on Twitter, by the way).

Did you know this was happening? Or was this just a bad day? Have you come across this? What do you think? Talk to me lovers, because I just don’t understand what happened there.

line break, swirling graphics, from openclipartPhew. *wipes brow* Okay. Calmer now. What have I been up to this week?

Last Week
Not too bad. Some things I chose to leave for another week, others I just forgot about. Let’s look.

~Make sure my newsletter goes out on time using the new host client
No. Ha. It did go out, but it didn’t go on time. Two days late. I’ll tell you what though; I’m so glad I switched. The new host is BEAUTIFUL and sooooo easy to use. And remember, if you’d like to get my monthly newsletter (and the freebies that come with it) be sure to sign up as soon as possible.

~Transfer ‘Eric & Morgan’ fine edits back to Scrivener
Done. I need to do one last read from the Kindle and then send it off. I’ve already prepared the file so I have an idea of the length of the whole thing too. Sitting around the 7,500 mark so it fits in neatly with the others. It’s all going well.

~Hit the beta reader trail
Yes and no. I have a list of my usual betas though everyone seems mega busy right now. Not too surprised by that. It’s getting away from Summer and all sorts of things seem to kick off in Autumn. Ho hum. I’ll keep going. I need at least five readers to ensure I get the full spectrum.

This Week
Time to step up my game a bit. I want the Meeting Each Other series done by the end of the year. To achieve that I need to move faster so I need to get back to working at a reasonable pace.

  1. Read through ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’ and decide if I really want to rewrite the whole thing. Dependant on outcome:
    1. Rewrite ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’ OR
    2. Begin deep edits of current version
  2. Secure five beta readers for ‘Eric & Morgan’

There. And remember my request is still out there. If any of you would like to read ‘Eric & Morgan’ before it’s out to the general public I’d appreciate your input. It’s a romantic MM pairing, available in .doc, .mobi and .epub files. Let me know, eh?

Catch you on Saturday. ^_^

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About Raven ShadowHawk

I take great pleasure in writing erotica and am merely one side of the proverbial coin. My other half, 'Ileandra Young' writes fantasy and the occasional comedy piece. My six-part series 'Meeting Each Other' is available in full, through Amazon and Smashwords while my debut novella 'Sugar Dust' is now re-released (!) available through Amazon via Little Vamp Press.
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