Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dark Fiction

How dark is too dark for fiction? How far can you go while keeping it palatable for readers and financially acceptable for publishers?

Writing is an art and a business. Some people tilt the scales toward art and some tilt it toward business. Some go as far as to intentionally make a show of "being out there" for that must make them feel more artistic. For those people, I hope they have enough money to eat.

I on the other hand must somehow make my words turn into food and or electrical payments. I've been told about this Pay Per Post thing for bloggers. I'm thinking about doing it. Some people may consider that selling out, but I call it being practical.

Off-topic, huh?


I've written a piece that seems to be too dark for dark fiction. On one hand I pat myself on the back for being so creative and thinking out of the box. On the other hand, I slap myself for not keeping the business side of writing in mind. I still like the story and I think it's solid. There has to be a way of pulling it in and getting it back within publishable lines.

In the meantime, does anyone know of any erotica publishers who delve into erotic darkness?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Traffic, money and hassle

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and I say "Bah humbug." I'm not about to put myself through the stress of driving in heavy traffic, wading through throngs of people just to buy something that will be forgotten once the shiney wears off.

I am smart; I do my holiday stuff online. That way when the item is relegated to the shelf or closet of which there is no return, I can know I spent money in the comfort of my own home.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Missing Muse

Sometimes, we get stuck. I'm not talking about writer's block. I'm talking about those times when you know the scene, you know what needs to happen, and you can get there, but the words simply don't feel right or you don't feel the scene.

This is especially troublesome for those of us who write linearly – like me. One thing that I do to get back in to the groove is to close my eyes and type whatever. I talk about the scene. I ask myself what I need to accomplish in the scene and eventually the rhythmic clack of the keys revives my mojo and off I go!

I hope that helps someone else. What do you do when you're writing vibe if off?

Sorry about a lack of Word of the Post or Scene of the Post…I couldn't think of anything.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Meme's are Evil

Meme's we've all seen them. We've probably been tagged by them and they can suck up so much time it's not funny.

A list of 20-gazzillion questions about yourself that you don't want to share with your cat, but you'll answer them for a blog/myspace/lj post and tell 25-gazzillion strangers.

They're compelling. We half groan and half smile when we're tagged. Why? I try to make each one a bit of a joke. For example: my favorite color is actually Hunter Green. A deep rich green that fills me with a sense of earthy warmth. Looking at that green makes me feel refreshed and rejuvenated. I can imagine myself standing in the middle of the woods near a small creek watching vines claim an abandoned shed. However, on meme's I always answer clear or transparent. I think that's funny.

Some of these meme's ask about illicit drug use. Honestly, I'm clean. I'm willing to tell that to anyone. I am now and always have been clean, but why would you post something on the net that is essentially a confession to a crime?

Some of them ask about deep dark secrets. Well, if it's that much of a secret, why am I going to tell-all now?

I'm convinced that if legislation were in the form of meme's we'd get more stuff done on Capital Hill. A bill that could help millions of American's is boring and dull, but put it in meme for and presto we're compelled to participate.

Maybe voting could be handled this way too. Hmm….