It seems my friend Swinging Gemma wants me to answer some serious questions about blog hopping…which strikes me as a serious euphemism if used in the right context…but that is what this is all about, right?
Put your right hand in…put your right hand out…
The blog hop takes the form of four pre-set questions about my writing process…process? We’re talking about process????
This word…process…makes me think of old Coach Mora when asked about playoffs…
Sorry…supposed to be discussing erotica, not football…onward and sideways!
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
The questions are:
- What are you working on right now?
- How does it differ from other work in its genre?
- Why do you write what you write?
- How does your writing process work?
Simple, no? Well, time to give this a go and find out.
1. What are you working on right now?
Currently truck runs for Monday…but I suspect this is not the work that should be discussed here. More to the point, I am working on my usual series of short stories…but also working on the first novel, part one of the Savannah Quadrilogy, to get it submitted within the next few days. It is a driver of the nerves lately, wondering if the story will be accepted or laughed at…and normally I am good with being laughed at, but all in the context.
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” – Neil Gaiman
Also have a second novel, the Infinite Monkey project, that will be part of this year’s NaNoWriMo if it works. This one is a bit off genre for me, turning more to steampunk than erotica…and not certain it will have any erotica at all, actually. As of yet in my initial outlines and first two segments that are written, there has been no use for gratuitous sex at all to drive the story. This may very well change as the story is still in its infancy and yet to evolve.
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Winston Churchill
2. How does it differ from other work in its genre?
Having posted the Savannah stories here earlier, it differs in that the real focus of the plot is not on the sex. Yes, it is erotica, but that is more secondary to where the story is going…I often joke that I want to be the Douglas Adams of erotica as he used to write in the sci/fi realm, but his stories were more about humor and the absurd than sci/fi. As I rewrite the earlier stories for the novel, much of the sex has been taken out as it seems overdone when put together in one larger cohesive piece, compared to the separate episodes it was initially written in.
“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway
In my reading of others in the genre I find very little real humor in erotica…and when they try to do humor in porn, it usually comes off as corny. One piece I wrote hit this niche hard, Director Jake and the Flaming Mattress…a story of a porn shoot where everything goes wrong. Many other pieces I have written are much more subtle on the humor, but it is usually there lurking somewhere.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King
3. Why do you write what you do?
For me the writing has become both a mental exercise…stretching the legs of humor…and exploring my own sexuality. There is a grain of truth in all of my work…and a helluva lot of imagination as I often take the Joss Whedon way of writing and guess about things, hoping that it comes off as plausible.
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” – Joss Whedon
Long time back I had a date with a woman who suggested there was too much truth in my writing. That conversation further proved to me the old idiom that many people are afraid of that which they do not understand…and imagination is hard to understand when some simply do not have the same scope for it.
“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” – Virginia Woolf
4. How does your writing process work?
“Playoffs???” – Coach Mora
Well, it involves beer and a shit-load of cheezies.
On the actual writing side, I have no definitive process. I have a massive smart-phone (being from Bell Canada, it really is not so smart) that allows me to scribble down bits where ever I am when they float into my brain…whether I am sitting at my office desk, on a bus, or at the pub. I have gotten out of the habit of publishing on the fly, however, as this phone has a sense of humor in its auto erect and I have changed my editing practices due to this device.
“So what? All writers are lunatics.” – Cornelia Funke, Inkspell
Point being, even my process evolves. There are certain usual times, such as Sunday morning laying in bed or a Thursday night before the football game starts…but generally there is little rhyme nor reason to where, when and how I write. The stories are all floating around in the old noggin somewhere…some better than others, but until I get them from fingers to keys, it is hard to say.
“You know, it’s hard work to write a book. I can’t tell you how many times I really get going on an idea, then my quill breaks. Or I spill ink all over my writing tunic.” – Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…
That is it…the blog hop is over…nothing to see here, please go about your business. And don’t forget to tip your waitress.
Well, except that I am supposed to tag off to three other writers to keep the chain going…is there a curse if they don’t do it?
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
As such, I do declare…I DO DECLARE…three writer friends, in no particular order that I have requested to carry this burden…should they chose to accept it, they have three weeks to comply with a deadline of December 1, 2013:
Once again, thanks for the tag, Lady Gemma
“Easy reading is damned hard writing.” – Nathanial Hawthorne
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