I'm a full-time erotica author, published as Lauren Gallagher (hetero erotic romance) and L. A. Witt (gay erotic romance). I currently live on Okinawa, Japan, but am heading back to the States in November '11.
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I'm with you, Rumple, repetitive types of sentences quickly come to your attention and distract from the story. You've got to mix it up, people. Agreed. Thanks for the suggestions, folks. Not sure how soon I'll be able to post something, but I'll try to get an article or two up ASAP. I'm stapled to a couple of deadlines and working on moving from Okinawa to the States, so as you can imagine, life's a little hectic. Soon, though. :D
That. How do people fix that? I would start by not using the same word to begin each sentence...that would make a huge difference right there..."She walked into the room, found the couch and sat on it. Taking out her deck of cards, she began to do magic tricks. She liked how the cards were flat. Suddenly she was transported into another dimension by underpants gnomes who had been hiding beneath her skirt the whole time."You know Jingle...I'd really like to see you finish that story...we haven't had a good underpants gnome story here on Lush in quite some time... Yep, what DM said. And I'm all for underpants gnome stories.I'll add sentence structure to my list, though.
Like Morgan, I'm on crunch time to finish some books on deadlines, but I'm trying to work in the time to write some articles to post here. It's a nice break, especially when my book is giving me fits, which it is.Is there anything in particular members want information/tips/pointers on?
America is still a country founded by Puritans. There was a good story in Salon today about a recent Supreme Court decision which would allow almost any amount of violence in video games, but still restrict any nudity severely. Judge Stevens in his dissent said something like: A game is o.k. for kids under 17 if you hit the hooker and then chop her head off, but if she's topless all of a sudden it's rated?Exceptional American sex hangup. God, this is so true. I know people who let their kids play Grand Theft Auto...until they found out there's a bonus where you can obtain a silver vibrator.Yes. A vibrator.Grand Theft Auto...and a VIBRATOR was the deal-breaker. >.<
GAWD that stuff drives me nuts. >.< Sex is an enormous part of the human condition, and acting like we shouldn't write about it is absurd. Especially when most of the people who spout all that crap have no problem at all with violence. ... And don't even get me started on people who think smut is "well, it's okay, I guess", but are horrified -- HORRIFIED I SAY! -- about gay erotica. ... Great post, Morgan, as always. Why is it that murder is just fine, in music, on TV, in the movies... while making love is not? -- That's what I'd like to know. No shit. I often tell the story of a woman I know who took her six year-old to see Hostel . Yes, HOSTEL . Everyone knows that film is torture porn, but she didn't realize the first part of the movie is pretty much soft core porn. And she walked out of the theatre.I said, "Wait...you took your SIX YEAR OLD to see Hostel , and the SEX was the deal-breaker?"I could live to be 300 years old, and I will never, ever understand why graphic violence is okay, but sex is horrifying.
Great recommendations! I also highly recommend Writing the Breakout Novel by Don Maass , and How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman . Oh, I've heard extremely good things about both of those books! I just haven't had the opportunity to read them -- yet. "How Not to Write..." is worth reading for the humor alone. The examples are hilarious. But it's quite insightful, too.And "Breakout" is definitely a good one.
Great recommendations! I also highly recommend Writing the Breakout Novel by Don Maass , and How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman .
GAWD that stuff drives me nuts. >.< Sex is an enormous part of the human condition, and acting like we shouldn't write about it is absurd. Especially when most of the people who spout all that crap have no problem at all with violence. Case in point: I was 16 when Titanic came out, and a lot of parents were horrified about us going to see it because of the TEH BEWBAGE and the OMG BACKSEAT SCENE. No one batted an eye about Rose's fiance' smacking her across the face, a guy bouncing off the ship's prop, or, you know, dozens of people freezing to death in the Atlantic. And don't even get me started on people who think smut is "well, it's okay, I guess", but are horrified -- HORRIFIED I SAY! -- about gay erotica. Nothing entertains me more than looking them right in the eye and asking, "Oh really? And just WHAT is wrong with two men having consensual, passionate sex?" Usually makes them stammer and stutter a bit...heheheAnyway. /rant overGreat post, Morgan, as always.
I'm glad you're safe Lori. I thought the entire chain was susceptible to tsunamis and earthquakes?At least you're well away from the radiation.New Zealand has now been put on high alert, people are flocking out of Christchurch. That city might end up abandoned, if all the reports on the news are true. The whole chain is susceptible to tsunamis and earthquakes, but we were unaffected by March's disaster. We had a large quake here last year, but not enough to cause damage or injury. Seems like typhoons are going to be our problem this year.Scary what's going on in Christchurch. I feel for the people there!
I'd wait before travelling to Japan any day soon. Despite what the govt says, I've read that it will not be until January next year that the stricken nuclear reactor will actually be safe, and it will take around a decade to decommission all those thousands of stockpiled fuel rods, which should never have been allowed to sit there all this time in the first place. I have been reading about that on the various news sites. -- Scary how they let those just sit there for so long. My guess is that they simply didn't know what to do with them. There's no place on that tiny chain of islands that they can bury it. Every inch is covered in people. Most nuclear plants have significant numbers of rods just stored, mostly because it's so difficult to dispose of them. There's a lot of controversy and red tape surrounding where/how it's safe to dispose of or transport them, so they're kept in nuclear facilities until that's worked out. Which is fine, sort of...until a massive earthquake/tsunami hits.I understand it's safe to travel *through* Japan right now -- hell, my parents went through Narita (Tokyo) on the way to see me about a week after the quake -- but I'm opting not to take all those trips up to the mainland that I had planned for this summer. I'll go through Narita en route back to the States, but...I think I'll stay down here on Okinawa where it's safe.
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