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Lots of Writhing Bodies

For once I’m not cranky because it’s Monday. Why? Because I had an amazing weekend.

Saturday night I headed to the Big Easy for the burlesque show and it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I keep thinking back and all I can say is how happy I was to see that the women who performed weren’t surgically enhanced within an inch of their lives. They weren’t ‘perfect’, but they were beautiful all the same. Probably because they were so in tune with their sensuality and their bodies. It was actually kind of empowering.

It must have been the same for the other women in the audience. Another surprise was there were definitely more females in the audience than males. And they appreciated those swaying hips, tassels whirling in one direction and then the other, the jiggling butts, and all the glitter. I saw more boobs and butts than I’ve ever seen in one place, but it wasn’t uncomfortable because the dancers made it seem so natural.

I’ve been lucky enough to strike up an email friendship with one of the dancers, Ginger Valentine, who is also the Queen of Burlesque 2011 (I believe). She’s a very nice lady who has been helpful during my research and she put on one hell of a performance. I only got to speak with her for a few minutes after the show, but she made sure to ask that I email her if I had any more questions. Hello? I’m a writer! I have a million questions! I just can’t think of them all at once. So yes, I’ll be contacting this lovely lady again.

And as if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday I headed out with the “girls” to see Magic Mike. Oh. My. God. What can I say? If they would’ve just stuck to the dancing and gyrating and all, it would have been the perfect movie. Between Channing Tatum’s sexy-oh-my-god-look-what-he-can-do-with-his-hips dancing, Joe Manganiello’s scruffy, hot as hell body, and Matthew McConaughey’s dimples and Texas drawl, I was a moaning mess. Seriously. After the movie, my sister-in-law said “I kept hearing you moan, but that’s okay because I kept blushing!”

I’m not going to give any spoilers, but seriously, this movie is hot. Oooh, hot. Don’t go in expecting to be enthralled by anything other than bulging muscles and other…things.

I had a great weekend and I’m ready to write! All that inspiration, you know. 🙂 How about you?

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Saturday Singalong – Three Days Grace

Well, I’m back to writing. I’ve tried again and again all week to get the start of the latest WIP at the right place with no luck. So this morning, I cranked on the coffee, fired up my laptop and downloaded some new songs to help motivate me.

This is what I came up with. I saw these guys in concert last year and I wasn’t really a big fan until I saw them live. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan now, but they have a lot of energy and this album is pretty damn good.

And really, the lyrics are speaking to me for this WIP:

“Tonight I start the fire,
Tonight I break away.

Break away from everybody
Break away from everything.
If you can’t stand the way this place is
Take yourself to higher places.”

Happy rockin’ Saturday, all!

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Huh? Wha-?

So yesterday I was bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t write. Nothing was working for me, my brain was fried. That was in the morning. Something happened yesterday afternoon.

Erotica is not my favorite genre. I have read some books that were excellent, well-written, and oh so touching (not that kind of touching, pervs). I never, ever thought I’d attempt to write erotica myself. But there you have it. Yesterday, I began writing an erotica short story (another first). It’s also a historical. Am I trying to do something very different or what?

I can’t say I’m that surprised, really. I am a history buff, so eventually I did want to write historicals, but I just didn’t expect it to turn out to be erotica. By the way, I have nothing against erotica. I think it’s an intriguing genre and I have found myself drawn to some authors. Lorelei James? Yup. Love her books. Jess Michaels? Kate Pearse, Sharon Page, and some others…all great stuff. But me? Writing it? *looks shocked* My mother would kill me! But I’m doing it anyway.

It’s a menage quatre. Will I attempt to get it published? I don’t know. I do know I’ll be writing it under a new pseudonym. Right now, it’s the only story my brain/muse/creative child wants to write. I hope it doesn’t suck that much, lol.

Have you ever found yourself venturing into a new genre without knowing why? What are your views on erotica as a genre?

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Gearing up for NaNo

As most of you know, NaNo begins on Sunday. It also just so happens, that my beloved Saints don’t play until Monday night. I think they did this to make sure I got a little writing done on the first day of the contest, because they know I wouldn’t be able to concentrate while they soundly trounce the Falcons (at least I’m praying we soundly trounce the most hated Falcons). Sorry for those of you who are in our division and just might happen to be Falcons fans. I hate the Falcons, the Bucs, the Panthers (though not as much as the other two cause c’mon, Jake is a home boy!).

Sorry, got sidetracked. Anyway, NaNo starts on Sunday and I can hardly wait. I’m so ready  to write! I don’t think I’ve ever felt this anxious going into a book. I took Jessa Slade’s plotting workshop through the FF&P chapter and let me tell you, that lady helped me tons. I never thought of coming up with a motto for my characters, or actually working out their issues before hand. I was a total pantster prior to that class.  This will be my first story thought out before writing. I’m not sure how I’ll do, but I’m hoping it’ll come together and be the best thing I ever wrote.

I’ve even gone so far as to find pictures of my characters. Just a few things to give me inspiration during the grueling month ahead. My heroine is a shadow fairy. An assassin who’s ready for a break from killing. My hero is a demon/vampire halfling who’s trying to redeem himself in the eyes of The Veil by exposing and turning over his former associates. So, this is what I have.

Meet Noelani Fayard:

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And here’s Malachi Cromwell:

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With inspiration like this, how can I possibly go wrong? Don’t answer that!

I’ve even got a few songs to put me in Noelani’s mind-set: ‘Blood on My Hands’ by The Used, and ‘Oblivion’ by Mastodon. Then, for the book theme: ‘Forever in Your Hands’ by All That Remains. No sappy love songs for me!

So how about you other NaNo’ers? Do you have pictures for inspiration, a playlist set? I saw someone is working on a storyboard (I’m jealous cause I so don’t have the ambition to do that). What methods are you using to get through NaNo?

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A Blog Post on Saturday? Shocking!

And it really is shocking. I normally don’t get to sit at my laptop on the weekends. Okay, so it’s my own fault. Weekends are spent either shopping, cleaning house, reading (cough), reading, reading, or watching football.

However, I woke up at 4:30 this morning. Why? Well, it started with Cookie. I thought she fell in the toilet and got up to rescue her. Apparently, I dreamed it all. I got back in bed and tried to get back to sleep. I really, really tried. Except my brain wouldn’t let me.

Earlier this week, I blogged about how I lost my muse. Well, apparently she needed a break from me because she’s baaaaaack. She found me on Thursday and hasn’t left me alone since. So I got out of bed, put a big pot of coffee on, and started writing. I think I probably logged about 6,000 words today in fits and starts. You know, little breaks where I cozy up with ‘Lover Unbound’ (for the 4th time since I got it). I just love Vishous. Yummy. Um, anyway, so I’m in a groove and letting it take me wherever it wants.

As a result, I’m about 70% finished with this WIP. Yay me!!! I’m actually a bit surprised where it’s going. Since I’m a pantster, I go where my characters take me and this one has brought me to a place I hadn’t foreseen when I started writing. It’s so cool!

Just cause I’m in such a good mood…This is what I picture Vishous looking like. Gr…rrrrrr. Why am I suddenly thinking about Eartha Kitt in ‘Boomerang’ when she says, ‘Marcus, I’m not wearing any underwear.’ hahaha


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Getting My Head on Straight

It feels like I haven’t really concentrated on writing in a while. I’m sure it’s due in part to my mom finding out she had a mass in her bladder and the subsequent worry about her and the future. My muse, who I’ve decided to name Ann, had abandoned me for the most part and I’m hoping to attract her back into my life.

One way of doing this is letting go of the stress. I didn’t blog yesterday because I was having a bonding day with my mom and sister after finding out that mom’s mass wasn’t cancer. The relief I felt when the results came back was overwhelming. Even now, twenty-four hours later, I’m still a bit stunned that she’s fine. I was hoping and praying, but I’m a pessimist by nature so that wasn’t working very well.

I hate feeling disconnected from something that I enjoy so much, so I’m working on getting Ann to sit with me today and work. She’s brushed by a few times to give me a few ideas, but nothing tangible. Most of the time, she gives me an idea of other projects to work on and I appreciate it, but that doesn’t help me with the two stories I have boiling on the stove. She’s coming around though, I hope. Just need to find the right enticement.

So far, I’ve managed to get her to sit with me long enough to really think about where we’re going in the two stories we’ve started. It took a lot of reading (finished 2 novels yesterday) and a sleepless night to get her to come back. After she’s given me a few more ideas, she’ll be sitting with me this afternoon to get them down.

What do you do to entice your muse? Do you read? What television? Take a walk? What gets your muse’s attention and how do you keep it?

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