Why I Write #Erotica pt1 – (& I Haz Planz 04/09)

I think it’s time for another mini series on things I like to write. :p I’ve not done it for a while, but for this question in particular, the answers have changed somewhat since the last time I discussed them. And there are more reasons too.

So why do I write erotica?

1) It’s in my life.

Almost everyone in my life right now is sexually active. Or I assume so. For those below the age of 15, I bloody well hope you ain’t sexually active. No way you’re ready for that shit, so stop it! Or if you insist (as you probably will, because sex is great!) then at least do it safely, okay?

/nagging mum-type phase.

gasping/shocked/surprised face OpenClipArtOne of the big pieces of advice out there is to write what you know. Well, I know sex. I’ve had some good. Some bad. Some brilliant. Some indifferent. Some clean. Some messy. Some painful (emotionally and physically). Some fun. Some boring. Some exciting. Some public (ish). Some private. Some recent. Some distant.

That’s a lot to draw on. So why wouldn’t I take those experiences and use them as a spring board to write interesting and exciting stuff?

Whether I decided to do a collaborative fantasy piece with Ileandra, or stick to contemporary general fiction, adding a dash of erotica to it seems only natural right now. In other parts of this series of posts I’ll talk about these things in more detail, but has the time ever been more ripe for erotica? It’s everywhere. Everyone is talking about it. The topic is relevant. Even BBC3’s short YouTube snippets are rammed with sex and innuendo. Isn’t it only natural then to stick with it?

My circle of friends and acquaintances are often found talking about some book/film or other and they pretty regularly feature sex. Sex doesn’t always equal erotica, just like erotica doesn’t always equal sex, but very often they come hand in hand.

But for the most part, it’s in my life at home.

RS and her boys

We’ll all wear glasses in a couple of years.

I have two children. Traditionally, there is only one thing that leads to children (heh heh heh) and seeing them is a near constant reminder of the good times I’ve had (as well as other things, obviously). Seeing them is also a reminder of why things might currently be quiet on that front, but that’s by-the-by.

In coming weeks I’ll be exploring more reasons behind my drive to write erotica. Hope to see you there.

line break, swirling graphics, from openclipart

Last Week
goal shooting goals from open clip art Goooooals! Somewhere in the middle of last week I realised that one of my goals was a bloody stupid idea, so this week, as well as doing my ‘whole month round up’ I’ll be having a quick look at how I can avoid that in future.

~Write 3,000 words of the new ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’ short story
This was the stupid goal. -_- Part of the reason I get so flustered is because I overload myself with too many projects at a time (Twitter was rammed with this conversation last week). So what I need to do is make sure one project is done, done, double done before I move onto the next one. If I can’t do that, then at the very least I need to make sure that I don’t end up giving myself too many deadlines close together with poor planning.

~Be prepared to go over edits on ‘Eric & Morgan’ from Karen
I don’t know why this was in here. Another silly one. I can’t work on those edits until I get them and while they won’t take long to come I can’t just hover around waiting for them. So maybe I should have done the ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’ stuff. I don’t know. I can’t decide. *shrugs*

~Complete pre-edit checklist for ‘Slippers & Chains’ provided by Breathless Press
Woo! Done! It was a very interesting exercise, make no mistake. And I got to fill in a questionnaire about the cover art as well. Soooooo exciting! I should have my first round of content edits by next week. I’m simultaneously dreading and begging for it. ^_^

August 2014 Goal Recap
checking off feedback
Actually looking at what I had planned it’s not all bad after all. Looking at it from a wider perspective stops me beating my head against the desk. 😉

~Outline the next ‘Slippers & Chains’ story and sketch out ideas for the two that follow
Oops. I’ve outlined ‘Second Base’ which is the next ‘Slippers & Chains’ story and got a rough sketch for the third one. But I didn’t do the fourth. -_- I wish I’d done more checking back over that ticklist, because it was well without my capabilities to do that. Ho hum. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s probably sensible to look at it before the year is out.

~Finalise release date for ‘Eric & Morgan’ and get file sent to editor
Kinda. I know now that book will release by the end of the month (or veeeeeeery early October) and the file is with Karen. I’ll fix a date properly when I know exactly what her feedback is.

~Finalise artwork and design of ‘Eric & Morgan’ cover
Yep. It’s such a nice cover. SUCH a nice cover. You’re going to like this one, If you want to see it before anybody else does, then be sure to sign up to my newsletter, as I’ll be releasing the image to subscribers first.

Goals For September 2014
So. What do I want to do going forward?

  1. Have ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’ ready for an editor
  2. Hit ‘Go’ on Eric & Morgan release
  3. Complete all tasks assigned by Breathless Press with regards to ‘Sugar Dust, Slippers & Chains’

I wish I could be more specific about the ‘Slippers & Chains’ goal, but I’m still so new to all of this that it’s not really possible. Ho hum. So long as I stay loose and prepared to do any work they send my way, I’ll be fine.

This means my weekly goals need to be a hell of a lot more flexible.

This Week
Flexible. o.O Is it possible to do that with a SMART(ER) goal? Let’s find out.

  1. Write 3,000 words of the new ‘Simone & Mr Bradford’ short story
  2. Stand by for any edits on ‘Eric & Morgan’ from Karen (complete if they come)
  3. Stand by for any edits on ‘Slippers & Chains’ from Breathless Press (complete if they come)

o.O Not ideal, but it will do. Let’s see how we do working through them in this manner.

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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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