Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Good Parts, Episode 1: What is Erotica?


Helen E. H. Madden, Ann Regentin, and Nobilis take on the question, "What Is Erotica?" in this first episode of a new podcast about writing, editing, submitting, promoting, and enjoying erotica.

In the course of discussion we mention ERWA, the Erotica Readers and Writers Association.

You can download the episode here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Beginnings

I have always liked beginnings.

The first day of school, right up until the first ankle-hook takedown in the hallway, was a time of boundless hope and ambition. Then, of course, reality set in and I remembered that school was a trial of anxiety, fear, rejection, and swallowed rage.

I haven't always liked endings.

Coming to the end of a book I was reading was always a let-down, especially when there wasn't a sequel to go on from there. The end of school was at least the beginning of summer, so there was consolation there, but coming to the end of a book just felt blah. I would delay that end, sometimes going so far as to just read one page a day for the last few pages. Sometimes the last chapter would sit on my bedside table for a month.

For the longest time, the same phenomenon plagued my writing. I could start things, but never finish them. It hasn't been until recently that I started to find real satisfaction in endings. Somehow, completing a project went from exhausted relief to real pleasure. I think that's what marked the point where I started writing enough to develop the skill required to get published. That's where it started rewarding me enough to get my butt in the chair and do it.

So here I am at the beginning of this blog. My first post, full of hope and ambition. Yet, I'm mature enough to know that in committing myself to posting to it on a weekly basis, I'm signing up for many times when I'd really just rather not, when it will be real work just to come up with something interesting to say. I'm also signing up for the day when I say, "I just can't do it anymore," and I stop.

Beginning, Middle, End. That's the essence of story, right there. It's my challenge as a writer to understand it, live it, grok it to fullness. To accept endings in my life as enthusiastically as I embrace beginnings.

And so now it's time to end this post. See? This is me recognizing when the moment has come and embracing it, rather than delaying it or pushing it aside.

I'm so proud of myself.

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