Vixenwriter: A Seduction In Words

 

Friday, December 31, 2004


       The hilarity of editing

So I'm currently slogging through the first major edit of Triad, which is intricate work but I'm really fortunate to have a great editor who makes good suggestions. One thing that keeps making me laugh though, are notations like "do you think she's got enough lube here?" or "perhaps you should add a bit of finger play here" in the middle of a sex scene, god, my job is fun but hers must keep her giggling all day.


       Happy New Year!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a healthy, prosperous and joyous new year filled with great reading and great sex (and not necessarily in that order). I hope the reading includes my book(s) and that that will precipitate the great sex part!!

Be safe tonight, folks!!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Slogging along. I hate editing, I hate it with the heat of ten thousand white hot suns. But not as much as I hate say, washing dishes or doing laundry so I'm trying to keep it in context.

Rereading through my first werewolf and the sequel, I realize that I still really like them, I like the characters a lot and the writing is strong too.

When I look back at other things I've written I don't have the same response. I suppose to a certain extent this is a good thing, it shows how much I've learned and I have to thank Raelene Gorlinsky for some of her really excellent editing comments and suggestions for a lot of how much tighter my writing is of late.


Thursday, December 16, 2004


       Words

It's always a challenge to figure out what words to use when describing genetialia. In the last few years "cunt" has made a comeback but I still find myself hesitant to use it, loads of baggage there, it hasn't been a very nice word aimed at women, a gender slur. And yet, authors whose work I like are using it and it makes me wonder if at this point, it's my issue. I'll have to see, I can't see using a word I don't like or that makes me uncomfortable with, it'll come across in the writing and generally, I try to avoid sounding uncomfortable during a sex scene. Pussy is good, or you can break it down into component parts - clit, labia, etc. Slit is naughty and appropriate in certain situations. I've seen po po and I have to laugh because it's what my mom used to call it when she was potty training me a million years ago. Not sexy. Center is good, sex is good.

Switching genders -Another word, and this one makes me roll my eyes, is boner. It seems so very ninth grade and it makes me want to giggle. Another thing I prefer not to evoke during a sex scene would be giggling at the merchandise. Generally, I use cock, it's a good word, strong, a wee bit taboo, dead sexy (and I am thinking in a Scottish accent so work with me here) - just like the object it names. I've used penis from time to time, it's utilitarian, dick here and there but again, it brings up high school associations. Words I never use, schlong - uh, no, not sexy; tool, again, eww; or manroot (and yes, I have seen this one used, seriously, honest).

I find it mildly hilarious that I spend so much time contemplating such things.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

I'm having an embarrassment of riches right now, I have three things on various burners, all of which I am very happy with, I just need to finish them all and it's hard to put one aside to work on the other because I am so loving each story. I'm poly apparently, LOL.

I've been thinking of ways to promote myself and my writing and I've come up with a few good ones. I met this amazing artist at a party on Friday and I'm considering asking him to design a logo for me for my website and bookmarks, etc. I also need to schedule some chats at the various sites and do some interviews.

It's odd to me how much extra stuff you need to do above the writing itself but it's the reality of the market, good writing won't do it all in itself and I've seen crappy writing do it because of great promotion. I've got to think of this as a business and be smart that way.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Busy few weeks. I finished and sent in Touch of Fae to my editor and I finished a novella that was due by December 31. I feel relieved that they're done but always when I send something out I feel a bit bereft (partly due to my control freak nature I suppose).

I have this BDSM story to finish, I'll miss those characters, it's a story that's been in my head for a long while now. I hope to have it done by the end of this month or mid January. There's an excerpt of it up at my yahoogroup should anyone wish to read it.

Then I also need to get back and finish my mainstream vampire story, I want to polish and edit it and have several rounds of crit and then I want to send it to some prospective agents and to a publisher.

I'm supposed to go to a cocktail party tonight but I feel very tired today and not very social, oh and the kidlets are not feeling well so I may just stay in, stay dry and drink hot cocoa and watch the cool puppet version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with my family.

Monday, December 06, 2004


       Working

So I've been working on a short story/novella and I realized yesterday that I can't let the characters go in ten thousand words, they need more. So, I put them aside and started something else that I plan to submit. We'll see, the deadline looms but I did nearly two thousand words last night.

Friday, December 03, 2004


       And another one ...

I finally finished the last edits and polishing of A Touch of Fae and sent it to my editor. I hope she likes it, it turned out so much better than I'd originally imagined it. Now I wait and can I just say how much I hate waiting? I'm incredibly impatient.

I do have work to keep me busy though. I'm almost done with my BDSM story that I put aside for A Touch of Fae and I need to finish the novella I have to have in by 12/31. I also want to finish my contemporary vampire book to send in to Tor. I've got a finished werewolf, it's my favorite book of everything I've ever written, but they've got a hell of a lot of wolfies, so I think a vampire story might have a better chance. Plus, the lead character is a woman, she's a strong woman, a warrior, I like that.

My webpage has got some new content if you want to go and check it out http://www.laurendane.com - sign my guestbook, check out the very brief excerpt (18 and over only please).

I'm off to work now, enjoy your Friday.