September 30, 2010
New Erotic Story: Lust And Red Velvet
I wrote 1,325 words in LUST AND RED VELVET today. The red velvet refers to red velvet cake. This is a magical baking story with a twist of love.
Here's a sample of my work in progress:
This is going to be a very sensuous story. I'll keep providing updates as I write it.
35 And Feeling Miserable? You're Having A Mid-Life Crisis!
Are you 35 and feeling miserable? Then you must be having a mid-life crisis! The gist of this Brit study says that if a man isn't halfway up the career ladder by the time he's 35 he's unlikely to get there at all. That makes perfect sense. The study also found that 35 is a bellwether year for long working hours interfering with family obligations, children, and tending to aging parents. The decade between 35 and 44 were some of the most miserable years out there. Sex life sucks. Marriages and relationships are rocky. Work life is a joke. In other words, it's sucks to be 35.
I had a mid-life crisis every ten years when I made major changes in my life. Speaking of 35, when I was 34 I started divorce proceedings against my ex and that was the smartest move I made in a very long time. He kept me in court for another six years but I prevailed in the end. I also started a career in stage craft at the time but eventually had to stop due to lack of work in my area. So I'm one of those people with a miserable life between 35 and 44. But I didn't wallow in it. I changed it.
Ten years later, at 45, I gave up family law work because it was unrewarding, thankless, and didn't pay worth squat. I now am a sex writer and I am much happier. I never really noticed the age I was when I made the major life changes but they do seem to be within ten years of each other - 35 then 45. I suppose 55 is the next big change but I don't see any reason to change my life at this time.
I've never had a bad sex life although I wish for more sex now. I've always had a very high sex drive that was sated most of the time but there were a few dry spells. When I'm in the mood and he's not I rely on my favorite sex toys to keep me satisfied. Thank God for Lelo! We do like to try out my toys and especially my massage oils and such so our sex life is coming along quite nicely.
So what about you? Are you 35 and feeling that life is passing you by? What changes do you want to make in your life?
Malasadas A La Hawaii Five-0
My husband and I are hooked on Hawaii Five-0. I like Alex O'Laughlin and especially Daniel Dae Kim who is absolutely gorgeous. This episode included Dano coming in with a bag of malasadas which are Portuguese donuts. My husband grew up in Hawaii and he used to eat these delights by the bagful. He went to Leonard's Bakery to get them so here is Chef Leonard Rego's recipe for malasadas".
2 teaspoon dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar plus 1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
Vegetable oil, for frying
Cinnamon-sugar for coating (about 1/4 cup sugar mixed with cinnamon to taste)
In a medium bowl, combine the yeast with 1/4 cup lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Mix until the yeast dissolves then set aside for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk, vanilla, eggs, and butter and reserve.
In a large bowl, mix the flour with 11/3 cup sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the yeast and milk mixture into the well. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, forming a soft, smooth dough. Cover the dough with a clean towel and set aside to rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
Punch the dough down, then with oiled fingers, pinch off pieces about the size golf balls. Place the dough balls on greased baking sheets. Cover the malasadas with a clean towel and set aside to rise in a warm place for about 15 minutes.
In a heavy, high-sided pot, heat a bout 2 inches of oil over medium-high until the oil reaches 325 degrees F. Working in small batches, fry the malasadas until they are uniformly golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes per batch. Drain the malasadas on a plate lined with paper towels just until they are cool enough to handle then roll them in cinnamon sugar and serve.
September 27, 2010
Work For This Week
Going to do my usual dildos writing, a sex toy review (maybe two), set up some chats for late October through December, and work on my untitled work in progress. It's fall so I'm also getting ready to do some baking, most notably more madeleine cookies and chocolate biscotti. I'm also going to bake pumpkin bread, banana bread, and zucchini bread. I love to bake in the fall. It's the perfect season for baking. I'm also going to watch lots of movies.
Tonight: "Mad Men" party with fondue and iced tea. Yum!
September 26, 2010
Today's Word Count
This morning I wrote 1,764 words in my untitled Alpha Male/female novella. Two chapters. Not bad at all! Did it all while listening to the soundtrack to the movie "Half Light", then Aimee Mann, and finally Cascada.
Now I'm going to watch "Zombieland". I heard that's a funny movie. I'm in the mood for a horror comedy and zombies are such fun.
September 25, 2010
A Quiet Weekend
I'm watching movies today and I'm going to read. Working out the plot to my latest story in my head before I write more of it. So far, so good. It's going to be a nice, peaceful weekend. Still need parts to completely fix my computer but they will come in due time. The computer is working fine right now as it is so there's no rush.
September 24, 2010
Choosing A Pen Name - NOT A Stripper Name!
Choosing a pen name for your writing is a very important and often neglected practice. Your pen name is your brand and you need to promote it very well. When I chose my pen name I wanted to choose one that sounded like a real person but not use a name that was very commonly associated with someone else. I chose "Elizabeth" because that's my favorite female name. I chose "Black" because it's a classy surname that is just above eye level on bookstore shelves for me since I'm short. I wanted my books to be the first ones you saw when you came to the romance section of the bookstore. Elizabeth Black has a middle name that begins with "A" but I won't tell you that one. That name is Lizzie's secret. Suffice to say it sounds like a stripper name.
And that's where I want to begin with the important task of choosing a pen name.
1. Don't choose a name that sounds like a stripper name. I can't stress this enough. You are a writer not a pole dancer. I've seen some really ridiculous names out there. My stripper name, according to the Stripper Name Generator is Cherry Tightdream. That's not a name I want to see on the cover of a book. My real name is not much better. The stripper name for my real name is Chastity DixonSparkle. Yech. I chose Elizabeth Black because it has class and it's believable.
2. Make sure your chosen name isn't already taken. Don't choose Nora Roberts or Stephen King for obvious reasons. Now if your real name is Nora Roberts or Stephen King you'll obviously have to change it. Run a Google search of your chosen name and see how often - or if - it comes up. Elizabeth Black isn't all that common as far as writers go although there is already one but she doesn't write romance novels. I come up often enough in the first two Google searches of my name so I'm happy with it.
3. Choose different pen names for different types of writing. I heard science fiction writer Harry Turtledove discuss his multiple pen names at a science fiction convention many years ago. Depending on what he had written, he had a pen name for it. I use my real name to write feminist and family law articles. I use Elizabeth Black for sex toys reviews, sex writing and erotic romance writing. That way Google searches aren't confusing. If you write in several different genres you may want to pick a different pen name for each genre. The same goes for fiction vs. nonfiction. Stephen King wrote "Thinner" and other books with the name Richard Bachman because he wanted to know if people would buy his books if his famous real name wasn't attached to them. They did. So there.
4. Choose a name that doesn't disappear on the bookshelves. A friend of mine who writes science fiction chose his pen name based on where he knew he'd likely see his books on a bookshelf. He didn't want to start his surname with W, for instance, because his books would end up on the bottom shelf where no one would see them unless they looked down. No, you want your books near eye level. So he chose a surname beginning with K. I chose B because I wanted my books to be just above eye level, especially since I'm short. Most people start at the As and work their way down, at least that's what I do. So I chose Elizabeth Black because of where she'd be on a bookshelf.
Well, there you have it. There is actually a set of good rules to follow when picking a pen name. Take my advice and be very careful about it. Remember, once you choose your pen name, you have it for the life of your writing. Choose carefully.
September 23, 2010
My Weekend Is Upon Me
I'm going to spend my weekend working on my old wives tale Alpha Male paranormal erotic romance. I also have a Skype meeting with an editor this afternoon for more writing assignments. So I'll be very busy over the next couple of weeks.
Next weekend we'll go to another vintage baseball game. I really like those games and I'm not a sports fan. We eat steamer clams, sausage sandwiches, and drink good microbrewed beer. Yum!
So I'll update as I get more information on my upcoming assignments. I have a few suggestions that might go over well. Keep your fingers crossed.
Make Her Swoon With Your Kiss
I read an amusing article from MensHealth.com about kissing and I wondered how men were able to reproduce since so many of them kiss as if they're striped bass gasping for air. I'm one of the women listed below who is turned off by a piss poor kiss. If he laps at me like a dog eating its dinner I get grossed out.
One man of my past could bring me to my knees he was such a good kisser. Kissing is something men must learn to do properly if they want to be winners with women. When a man uses a vibrator on a woman while kissing her properly he can make her swoon. Rules: no pecking. No stomach rumbling (yes, I had one man whose stomach rumbled while he kissed me. He grossed me out.). Most important - no slobbering.
I especially liked the section about kissing areas other than the mouth. This same man I mentioned above who could bring me to my knees with his kiss loved it when I kissed him on the throat. He told me he wanted to take me right there when I did that although we were out in public and couldn't very well boink on the floor in front of everyone. I also let him kiss me on the throat to let him know I was giving myself over to him. It was a matter of trust and I wanted him to know that I trusted him. As long as he doesn't stick his tongue in my ear. That's gross.
So there you have it - news from a woman about how to drive a woman mad with your kiss. Be gentle but passionate, move slowly and then build up to a fever pitch, and don't slobber all over her. Aim for her throat to get her in the mindset to give into you.
September 22, 2010
Today's Word Count
I'm not in much of a mood to write today. I did manage to belt out 530 words. Still haven't come up with a title for the novella yet, but I'm leaning towards "Lucid". I'm going to run some Google searches to find out the effects of too much sleep. I know that tremors and disorientation are two effects. Must find out others to make the story even more interesting.