Topic Can I get an interview with you?
21 Aug 2013 12:26
Introduce the title of your story: The Offering
Genre/Category: Group Sex
Provide the link: http://www.lushstories.com/stories/group-sex/the-offering.aspx
1. What first inspired you to write this particular story?
The broad subject matter was dictated by the terms of the Lush competition for which it was an entry – “Autumn Equinox”. Last time I entered one of these competitions, I spent weeks deciding what to write about, and only got something done after several false starts. But this time, the idea came to me quite quickly, and I got the first draft written in a couple of days. I then took it to Cornwall on holiday with me and did some re-writing and filling in of gaps over a week.
2. How did you come up with these characters?
Having had the idea to tell a story about a Harvest Festival ritual, I thought up the idea of a heroine who had been brought up from birth to fill the role, which is why she accepts everything that happens to her so readily. The rest of the characters are very much secondary to the story of her and her day.
3. How does it differ from some of your other stories?
It was a nice change for me to write something that wasn’t in the first person, and that is set in a different historic period (like my “Pride and Prejudice” stories). As far as the period goes, I just wanted it to be set at a time when “pagan” religious practices were still extant in remote villages. It wasn’t something that was part of my original story plan, but I really enjoyed playing with the concept of a sex-based rite that is somehow caught between its pagan origins and a Christianity that is pragmatic enough to absorb it into its own belief system.
4. What was the most challenging thing about writing this piece?
Getting the mood right.
I didn’t want to get all anal about historic detail and language, although I deliberately used minimal dialogue, to avoid getting bogged down in too much clumsy authenticity (too much “thee” and “thou” and it starts to feel like a comedy sketch). But I did use names that would have been common at the time, and tried to avoid too much modern-sounding language.
Sex words were an issue of course. Words of Anglo-Saxon origin like “fart” and “arse” were of course fine. “Prick” sounded right for the penis, and “seed” was just right for semen, with its connotations of fertility and growth. The word “cunt” would certainly have been in use at that time, but I tempered it with the softer “cunny”, which I don’t think has any historic precedent but felt good for Alice to use in her own mind: I don’t like over-using “cunt”. The word “fuck” would also have been in use at that time, although I only used the word “fucked” once, oddly enough – I don’t know why.
I also had a bit of a dilemma about how much information to include to help the reader locate the story in its correct historic context. In one sense it doesn’t matter, but I didn’t want anyone to think it was set in the present day in some weird hippie community. And the thing I really wanted to avoid was a Dan Brown-style opening along the lines of:
“It was the year 1399 AD, and renowned Roman Catholic priest Father Hugh Stupidname stood in the doorway of his mediaeval church in the remote English village of Kirkhamptonleythorpe, Borsetshire, and reflected pensively about the forthcoming Harvest Feast.”
So in the end I tried to give some clues about the period in the scene-setting, then inserted a horribly clumsy sentence about Richard II about halfway through. I didn’t have a particular location in mind for the village, although the date implied by the Richard II reference shows that it must be less than three weeks’ walk from London. So it’s not in Scotland!
5. Anything else you want to tell us about it?
I just loved the idea of a harvest ritual based on lots of men ejaculating over my heroine. I also liked the idea that everyone accepts this as normal; it’s part of their way of life. Alice never questions anything that she does, or that happens to her; that’s just the way it is, although she certainly enjoys it.
I also love the photo I found at the last minute to use in the title. It seems to fit the mood of the story perfectly, and I did think about adding a paragraph that describes Alice actually crouching on top of one the stones, masturbating, but decided I’d need to make too many other changes to make it fit with the story as a whole.
Someone commented that it made them think of a 1960s film, directed by Roman Polanski and with Susan George as Alice - yummy! Interestingly, I recently watched Michael Wheatley’s strange and mesmerising black-and-white film “A Field in England” on TV, and definitely had that mood in mind when I was writing. Perhaps I should send “The Offering” to him and see if he’s interested? Filmed in monochrome with a hand-held camera, it could become a cult classic, especially with all that ejaculation!
Topic What are your own favorite and most successful story titles?
19 Aug 2013 11:43
Titles are tricky, and I'm not terribly good at them usually. The majority of mine are straightforwardly descriptive of the content - on the grounds that people like a story that "does what it says on the tin". So when you click on "Two Teen Lesbian Virgins and a Vibrator", you pretty much know what you're going to get. But there are a few others that are a bit more subtle, and these are probably my favourites.
To answer the actual questions:
What are your favorite 2 story titles of your own stories and why?
"Pyramus and Thisbe" is one, named because the action reflects (very loosely) the action of the story in Ovid's "Metamorphoses" of the two lovers who communicate through a hole in a wall. Naturally, my two characters do more than just talk. I was well into the story/poem before the title came to me, and I just had to use it, even if not everyone would get the reference.
"I'm a Bit Tied Up This Afternoon" is probably next, because it's a silly pun on two meanings of "tied up". And I like silly puns. In this case, I think the title came quite early on, and the plot of the story was almost written round it.
Also, what are your 2 most successful story titles, either in acclaim or attracting views?
On the basis of story views, "Schoolgirl Dares With Sarah" is my most successful by a significant margin (46,447 and counting, with 50 people listing it as a favourite). Surprisingly, it is not an incest story, but it does have the almost equally enticing word "schoolgirl" in the title. Perhaps it is a bit of a tease too, because you don't know the nature of the dares until you read it.
Next would be "Open Air Sex with Daddy, Mummy and Brother" - a touch under 30,000 views (28 favourites). I don't think any further explanation is needed, other than to say that the title (like the story) was deliberately meant to be tongue-in-cheek.
Topic Announcing our Autumn Equinox Story Competition, $200 First Prize
09 Aug 2013 21:54
Oh that reminds me, I have a nice tentacle pic for your wall... (I've saved it somewhere!)
I'll think of something! At least it's a nice long deadline, so it gives me plenty time to procrastinate!
I'd procrastinate too, if I could only find the time.
Topic The worst choice of actor to play Doctor Who?
04 Aug 2013 12:04
A female Doctor would be cool - I reckon it'll happen one day. Maybe not the next one, but the one after that. And she should have hair like your avatar ;)
Topic The worst choice of actor to play Doctor Who?
04 Aug 2013 11:57
I'm with Sprite on this one - I think he (Peter Capaldi) could be brilliant. I love Matt Smith, but it'll be good to have someone a bit older for once. And I think he'll do angry really well!
I saw him on stage last year in "The Ladykillers", and he was really good in that.
Topic Fuck or Pass
04 Aug 2013 07:59
Sorry about the repeat posts...
Topic Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
02 Aug 2013 13:55
I got formally introduced to Queen Elizabeth II when she came to visit my Uni two years ago. I was one in a line of many, but it was still pretty cool. My mum was impressed anyway.
Little did she (the Queen, not my mum) know she was meeting a famous Lush author lol.
Topic Sheer - See Thru
02 Aug 2013 13:50
Topic Lush Matching Photo Game:
02 Aug 2013 13:47
Topic Do you write real life stories, fiction, or a mix of both?
01 Aug 2013 15:07
A couple of my "stories" are true. But more often I'll take some little true incident and build a fictional story around that, letting my filthy imagination run wild. If I just wrote about most of the fucks I've had, they wouldn't really make much of a story - good though they were at the time! :)
Topic Ladies, how often do you get on lush?
19 Jul 2013 22:58
I try and drop in most days, even if just to check messages and stuff, and see if my friends have new stories posted.