1. Arkenaten says:

    No explicit sex?
    I started writing an erotic thriller as a dare with my publisher. She backed out after a day or so because she couldn’t bring herself to write ”naughty”. She said it was “Too hard. I replied: no comment.
    Now she is nagging me to finish it for the ‘grown up’ imprint they’ve just started.
    I reckon it is more difficult than it sounds. Is for me. Particularly those first few pages, especially as I write mostly comic fantasy!
    As I bashed away at the keys for the first chapter or so I kept thinking,
    Could I read this to my mother?

    I just read your crazy post. I loved Crazy Annie and the style of writing.
    Not sure If I could handle a whole book like it, but that piece was funny.
    There’s a bloke like Annie here where I live. His name is Howard. A fact I found out after he called after me one too many times during my morning run and I went over and introduced myself.

    Crazy people do not like to be ignored

    Isn’t that the truth!
    Somewhat oddly he is very well spoken and generally polite. He asked for money, naturally, but where can I keep money in a pair or running shorts and vest?
    I took to carrying a few notes in a small plastic coin bag and tucked it into my shorts. But after three weeks he never showed, so i stopped carrying the bag.

    He never offered his life story so I didn’t think it my place to ask. The last I saw him was being pushed along a street in a wheelchair.

    I read your book review post: Finding my reading style.
    You have no idea how relieved I was after reading this. The ‘guilt’ just fell away.
    I know exactly how this feels.

    There are so many books I can’t get into at all. I hear people rave about stuff all the time and much of it leaves me stone cold.

    Not that JK cares right? lol!

    But it has made me much more tolerant ( read. Les likely to fall into a pit of despair 😉 ) when people respond ( or don’t) with completely nonplussed expressions after reading my stuff.
    I want to assure them, “S’okay…You don’t have to get it. I get it. Really. No probs.”

    I love Science fiction writers like Brian Aldiss.
    Have you ever read Helliconia Trilogy?

    Might I suggest you leave your ”comments” open longer for folks to offer feedback?

    How long have you been writing, Bill?

  2. You’ve hit on one of the main reasons I don’t do erotica. Whatever I write, my mom will call and ask for a copy. If I’m uncomfortable with her reading it, then I wonder if I should be writing it. Perhaps if the money were good and I had a pen name, but even then, it would have to be something I wrote with my lady for “fun.”

    Thanks for the kind word on the Crazy Magnet. Unfortunately I based his “gift” on my actual talent. In fact, the 1st line was something I actually said to a friend, and she suggested I write a story using that. “Oh good, my crazy magnet is still working.” Living where I do, there are a lot of Crazy Annies. One woman whom I’d never seen, decided she hated me sight unseen. She’d spit on the ground as I passed, as if I’d killed her cat. Most are very polite, however.

    I know what you mean about the writing style. It’s nice to know it worked for a short story. I was experimenting with a more “conversational” style, as if we were walking with the character and he was giving a running narrative. I think it comes off like spending time with that friend who talks too much — you can only take so much before they start to get on your nerves. I actually rolled this into the book I’m working on, because the same 2 characters are the “stars” of the book. But I’ve changed to a more traditional narrative style. Plus, I don’t use the present tense I was using.

    Hunger Games was written in that style, and it reallllly started getting on my nerves after a while.

    I’m glad you liked the reading style post. I actually wrote it because I kept hoping I wasn’t the only one. It seems I’ve gotten to the point I stop more books than I finish. It’s kind of depressing getting a book everyone loves and thinking maybe you’re stupid because you don’t like it.

    I bought China Mielville’s “Railsea” and couldn’t finish it because he kept using “&” instead of writing the word “and.” It was distracting. Talk about shallow. Ha!

    I haven’t read Helliconia Trilogy, but I’m definitely in the market for good books. I’ll look for it.

    I turned off the comments because I figured out that’s where all the spam comes from. You’re right though. I’ve changed it so that they stay open longer.

    I’ve been writing poetry forever, since college, but I just started writing fiction in November 2009. I’m a Nanowrimo survivor. Probably shouldn’t admit that. How about you?

    1. Arkenaten says:

      Like you, writing forever, or so it seems.
      The first novel, a science fiction romp, I wrote longhand about fifteen years ago. 110,000 words! Drove me nuts. Lol
      I swapped an old electric guitar for a a beat up Amstrad PC and immediately typed it out.
      At least I can say JK and I have something in common.

      I’ve got one book in print.
      And yes, my mother moaned about the story even though there is no sex in it!
      She complained that ”no taxi driver she’d met would ever say “Fookin’ Hell” and that was the sum total of her crit, aside from saying the cat in the cover looked cute!

      Mothers…I swear, you gotta love them, right? lol

      1. Lord, 110,000 words longhand! I used to complain about writing poems longhand. The typewriter wasn’t much better. I was a terrible typist back them.

        What’s the title? Is that “Almost Dead in Suburbia?” The story looks really interesting.

        My mom read my entire book, and then talked about one chapter, which was a dream about WWII. She said, “You should write a history book.”

        Thanks, Mom.

        1. Arkenaten says:

          The Sci fi novel is titled Wormhole for the devil
          I’ve rewritten it a couple of times. It hasn’t seen the light of day, although it has been very politely rejected several times! lol
          Maybe one day?
          I still have the long hand version too.
          We are blessed with technology. Imagine what is was like in Dickens’ time?
          Not even a decent pen!
          That is dedication.

          Almost Dead in Suburbia is a comic ghost story set in a small English village.

          1. I’ll definitely check out Almost Dead.

            Were I you, I’d be tempted to submit the long hand version of the the Sci Fi novel, just to see their reaction. You could Xerox it!

            I think about the authors back then. I’m guessing time was the main reason they didn’t produce more novels.

            1. Arkenaten says:

              Xerox the novel! LOL…yeah right Bill.
              I’d be blacklisted like a McCarthy ”communist”

              I’ve been thinking about self-publishing it.
              In the end, it sells or not sells it does no good sitting on a hard drive, does it?

              Restraints of time?
              Probably. But Shakespeare was prolific, so too Dickens.
              Without spell check and the niceties of a PC I’d be lost these days.

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