26 May 2013

Getting Jiggy With It

So, it's 4am and I just finished writing my first sex scene.

I lied.  It's not really my first, but it's the first I'm using in this story and the first time I've sat down to write it while simultaneously pretending to know what I was doing.

I sat down at my computer at about 1am with a full bottle of white wine and wrote the entire 5th chapter, ending it with a bang.  Literally and figuratively speaking, of course.

Somehow I was able to drunkenly stumble through the scene and I think i did a pretty decent job of it.  I hope so anyway.  I instantly sent it off via e-mail to a friend of mine who was sitting at work, bored and looking for more of my story to read (LOVE my friends).

So now I'm sitting here, desperately awaiting her input on my erotic love scene.  But now I face embarrassing questions that I'm going to have to ask her.  The most important being: "How did it affect your lady bits?"  Because, after all, you can't have a good sex scene without it affecting the reader in one way or another.  And hopefully their response, like sex in real life, isn't one of giggles or vomiting.  Now THAT would be embarrassing.

Now, as she instructed me when I talked to her a couple minutes ago, I'll put the alcohol down (if there was any left) and start focusing on chapter 6 instead of boring y'all to death.

24 May 2013

The Joys of Texting

So, I have stumbled upon a small problem.  Texting.

I have come to a part in my story where I need to write a scene that includes text messages.  Actually, the entire dialogue of the scene is nothing but text messages.

Problem number 1:  How does one write text messages? 

For example,
"Hi." vs. Hi.

The first implies speech, which texts are not and I certainly don't want to confuse anyone.

Problem number 2: Do people really want to read things like "LOL" or :) ?  Is it possible to write a conversation that's happening through text messages without including those things?  I've never done it before when I've texted people, although I'm sure there are people out there who do.  Old people who don't understand emoticons.  (Although I'm one to talk since I didn't understand the concept of Instagram until a couple weeks ago)

Perhaps I'm way over thinking this.  After all, it's my story and I can do whatever the hell I want to in it.  I've just never read a book that included text messages.  E-mails, yes.  But never text messages.  Surely in this day and age there have to be a few works out there that include this type of conversation.  You'd think anyway.

Interesting.

22 May 2013

Keep on keeping on

Dear All (or None),

First, let me say a big Thank You for dropping by and reading my nonsense.  You're probably wondering why you should waste your time with me.  Well, let me be the first to tell you that there's really no good reason for it.  I tend to run my mouth and occasionally choke on my foot.  Hopefully I won't have to issue any apologies but I always want to hear your thoughts and opinions, so please, feel free to comment on anything or everything.

Second, let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I'm sure you're just dying of curiosity to know who I am.  Probably not, but I'll divulge anyway.  I'm a writer.  Or at least I like to pretend that I'm a writer.  What are the total number or works I have, you ask?  That's easy.  None.

It's not that I haven't tried, it's quite the opposite in fact.  Rather, I like to write and write and write and essentially produce nothing.  Actually let me rephrase that.  It's not something that I "like" to do as much as something that I find myself always doing.

At this moment in time I have seven - seriously, seven - works in progress.  It's a series of books so I'll continue to delude myself by saying that since they're all tightly related, it's really just one big project that I'm undertaking.  There, I feel better about that now.

In addition to writing, I'm also a full time mom, student, and employee.  Busy doesn't begin to describe it, but writing is something that I LOVE to do and not something that I'm willing to sacrifice.  So I'll keep on keeping on - writing down ideas and plot lines or scrambling out a scene or two - whenever I get the chance.  And maybe, just maybe, one day I'll have something to show for it.

Until then, happy writing!