What began as an experiment in seeing if I could write erotica under a pen name after writing as ‘myself’ for several years in a stop-start career, then began to grow over the last six years (at least in my own mind) into something I wanted to try and make a full-time, sustainable career in writing fiction.
A number of weeks ago, I joined well over 100 writers in beginning this long journey which, round upon round, takes us through pretty much the entire year of assignments which increase in length, diversity and difficulty, as the knock-out rounds come and go until the remaining two go head-to-head. Our most important instruction is not to tell anyone which entry is ours until after the voting round for each assignment.
Welcome to Week 2 of my mini-project, based on Carol Lloyd's book, Creating a Life Worth Living, and focusing on mindset, creativity and forging a pathway for the kind of creative life I – and other creatives – want. Last time I said how the tasks in Chapter 1 (or Week 1, the way I'm working … Continue reading Creating a life worth living: Week 2
Sometimes it feels like I spend my whole life apologising. This post comes with the apology that I really should have posted it at the weekend, but I've only just come out of a mountain of edits for other authors. So, please forgive week 1 of my 12-week series about creating a life worth living … Continue reading Creating a life worth living: Week 1
It's very easy for me to find that, once I begin to open up to someone, they are faced with the awful predicament of trying to fathom out a way of shutting me up. Of course, as a rule, they don't tend to actually tell me to shut up (with one notable exception who will … Continue reading Creating a life worth living: Baby steps
Happy New Year to you! It's that time when I tell myself every year that I'm not going to make any New Year's resolutions because they last all of two weeks (and that's on a good year) before I totally fudge them up, mainly because they're completely ridiculous and unattainable. So, the more I read … Continue reading New Year, New Goals, New Writing
This post has been inspired in part by the lovely SexLineStories, whom I find inspiring in so many ways, partly by the very first time I read Nicholson Baker's Vox, and also partly by an amazing documentary I saw a while ago about a long-term but, on this occasion, very nervous gigolo who was given … Continue reading #TeaserTuesday (and #WickedWednesday): Chatline
I have been wanting to write this post for a while now, and I am finally thrilled to do so. This interview is with an author whom I know some of you follow avidly (yeah, me too!): the simply extraordinary Byron Cane, also known as Lurv Spanking. I am the first to admit that I … Continue reading Author Interview: Byron Cane (aka Lurv Spanking)