Monday, April 27, 2009

Ravenous Romance: The Importance Of Writing Environment

Erotica is a very popular genre today. Erotica runs the gamut in styles and sub genres. You can find fantasy and paranormal, Sci-fi, historical, gay/lesbian and contemporary settings for erotica.

I've only read a few, critique some for friends that write erotica. Of those I have read, I've seen some good stories--take out the sex and the stories are still well written and entertaining.

The point of erotica is sex and explicit sex in the storyline.

Today, Over Coffee is hosting some of the Ravenous Romance writers. They've titled this tour, The Onery Eleven.

Neve Black is the featured author of today's tour although you'll see a bit from all of the Eleven. Neve discusses why she enjoys writing erotica:


Writing is nothing new for me. I've has been writing since I can remember and opted for a degree in English Literature.

I mostly enjoys writing about subjects that scratch the under-belly of society; thus my love of erotic literature. I take pleasure in taking a voyeuristic approach to writing, because I think the most delicious story telling happens when no one thinks anyone else is looking.

My novel, Sex through the Zodiac was published with Ravenous Romance in January, 2009. You can also read my erotic work in the on-line magazine Oysters and Chocolate, and various erotic anthologies: Swing, Erotic Stories of Every Flavor, Ambrosia, Men in Shorts, and Sex and Shoes.

I'm currently working on writing a screenplay. I'm also writing short stories for various editors’ calls for submissions.

What’s your perfect environment for writing and do you have a process you follow each time you write?


Neve Black http://www.neveblack.com/ : Hmmm…picture this: a strapping, Spaniard bullfighter massages my neck, shoulders, upper back and arms, while a beautiful Italian wine maker prepares an exquisite meal in my kitchen. I’d write for an hour or so; until the delicious smells and those yummy, tantalizing hands simply got to be too much. I would simply have to take a writing break and eat and shake out my now noodle-like feeling muscles. I would then take them both upstairs to my bedroom, where together we’d enjoy a luxurious afternoon of heavenly physical pleasures.

Damn! There goes the alarm clock. It’s time to wake up. Haha. I prefer a very quiet work environment. I always write from a blank screen and formulate a story, which has been spawned from a conversation, an idea, or a simple thought. I do however carry a pad of paper and pen wherever I go, and my notes are words only I can read - so badly chicken scratched. This is probably why I tend to edit my stories no less than 763 times.

C. Margery Kempe http://www.cmkempe.com/: I have no perfect environment. I write in my office, at my desk at home, on the couch, on the dining room table, in a notebook at a bar or café. My first Powerbook G4 was a revelation. I like to move around.




Jamaica Layne http://www.jamaicalayne.com/: I have my own writing studio on the third floor of my house. I don’t think there's any "perfect" environment for writing, since what works for one writer might not work for another. I'm also a stay-at-home mom to a toddler so I can't be too choosy about my writing environment. Any quiet time I can steal away when baby is napping or late at night after everyone is asleep is the only writing time I get.

Inara LaVey http://www.danafredsti.com/: We all dream of that perfect writer's retreat – quiet, peaceful, free of distractions. The reality is a constant stream of felines demanding attention. My process? Music for me and catnip for the kids.



Angela Cameron http://www.angela-cameron.com/: I don’t know if I have a perfect environment. I often write when I’m in my car, waiting to pick up my daughter at school. But my best writing is done at night. If I can lay down on my bed with music, a legal pad and pen, then I’m at my best.



Isabel Romanhttp://www.isabelroman.com/: No process. It depends on time and deadlines. My perfect environment would be the beach, with a gorgeous view of the ocean, sun, sand, OK maybe a deck so I can type with all that and NOT get the laptop sandy. Actually, I have a family condo on the beach in Puerto Rico where I escape to when deadlines are looming.



Lisa Lane

I must have peace and quiet, and I absolutely must have a beverage within reach—preferably mocha, but invariably I drink a margarita for the final chapter of any given work.



Sephera Giron http://www.sepheragiron.com/: I have an office in my house and that’s where I do most of my writing. I don’t have any particular rituals. I also write on the fly on a laptop or pen and paper while waiting for my son at classes and rehearsals.




Savannah Chase http://www.savannahchase.com/: For me the perfect environment is any place that I can sit and listen to music too and not be interrupted by anything else. I can write anywhere. All I need is a pen and paper and my mp3 player. I don’t follow any process to write since I write at all times of the day if I can.



EM Lynley http://www.emlynley.com/: The exact place isn't so much of an issue as needing to avoid distractions. Most of that is a question of self-discipline to shut the email down and just settle down and concentrate.





Elle Amery http://www.elleamery.com/: I have to dream the story before I write it. Usually I snuggle up on the couch with my cat and drift in and out of the character’s story. Once I have the scene almost fully written in my head, I sit on the couch with my laptop, chocolate, and absolute silence and attack the keyboard! Oh, and as I discovered while writing Tally’s Gift, I absolutely need a clean house. My bunny made a mess with her bedding and I couldn’t stop staring at the hay flakes on the floor.

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From the novel, Sex Through The Zodiac

“…It wasn’t as if I had to start my New Year’s resolution plan that very moment, but opportunity was knocking at my door, or the door of my cervix, three times and I knew I had to strike while the planets were hot. I mentally assessed the situation of all three men; taking into account their zodiac signs and decided these three signs probably wouldn’t go for a ménage a quattro. I would just have to have one on one sex with each of them. Oh darn.

I knew I had to move quickly and seize the moment. I knew conservative Capricorn Eric would never go for meeting me under the table for an oral conference, or Ben the Cancer probably wouldn’t appreciate that approach either, because of his romantic nature. I could, however, convince Scott, the cavalier Aries to meet me in the bathroom for a quickie.

I stood up and all six pairs of eyes watched me; they were a captive audience. I walked over to Scott and whispered in his ear to meet me in the bathroom. He nodded attentively and I felt the fiery pulse of heat running through his veins. He felt like he’d won. He stood up from his chair; said his goodbyes and headed toward the bathrooms. I knew I’d soon benefit from his hardened cock, fed by his ego.

Next, I moved toward Eric, careful not to display too much public attention, as I bent forward and whispered how much I’d like to meet him sometime this week for a follow-up drink and maybe a chat about my stock portfolio. I slipped him my business card. He beamed with enthusiasm; he scooted his chair back, stood up and called it a night. I had a feeling that once he and I were locked behind closed doors, that social climbing goat will be climbing Orgasm Mountain with me.

Lastly, I sat next to Ben. Gently touching his large hands with mine, I opened his palms, and scribbled my cell number in the middle of his left palm. I told him I thought sharing a romantic candlelight dinner with a bottle of wine while engaging in conversation was in our near future. He blushed in embarrassment, but smiled because he confessed that’s exactly what he was thinking. “I know.” I thought to myself and smiled into his dreamy, sensitive and ready to please me eyes….”

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Remember to leave a comment; it automatically enters you to win. Win a free mini zodiac reading from Roxanne, Sex through the Zodiac’s sexy heroine. We’ll also be giving away three $5.00 gift certificates for Ravenous on three random stops. You won’t know which ones until the tour is over, so visit as many as you can! And if you leave a comment on every stop in the RR Ornery Eleven BBT, you’re eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Ravenous Romance!

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you, Sia, for hosting us!

Please visit Bryn Greenwood’s blog http://bryngreenwood.wordpress.com/
this Wednesday for another question of the day and our featured author C. Margery Kempe!













177 comments:

~Sia McKye~ said...

A warm welcome to the authors of Ravenous Romance. I'm glad you're here today. Enjoy the hot coffee and warm muffins.

All laugher and joking is a bonus!

So, what do you think? Not a bad place to stop for a Monday, eh?

Dana Fredsti said...

Sia, this is a beautiful post! I can't thank you enough for the extra effort you did with photos et al! You rock, woman!

Okay, coffee...hot muffin...er...well, it's actually still Sunday night, so I'll take you up on those in a few hours! :-)

Kytaira said...

Interesting reading about the various writing enviroments. Neve - You had me going there for a minute. I was thinking - WOW how can this woman get any writing done! A lot of research but no writing!

lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

There was writing? Nice covers!

Carol L. said...

Hi Neve,
Love the excerpt for Sex Through The Zodiac. I'll have to read more to see what happens with these three men. ;)
I enjoyed reading the writing enviroments for everyone.Neve, you have a great imagination, I loved it but don't know that I'd even think about writing under those conditions. lol
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

cmkempe said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful thing to wake up to -- thank you so much, Sia. Including all our covers is going way above and beyond the call of duty!

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'll take a muffin for sure! Besides, I brought my own tea (who's a snob?! can't do without my Twining's English Breakfast first thing).

Back later to see what develops!

Sephera Giron said...

I always find it interesting to see how different people write. Lots of people write to music but for me, I need total silence. If there's music on, I get distracted singing along. I have the tv on when I'm checking email and cruising the web, (usually those court shows like Judge Judy for some reason, and Maury) but when I start writing original work, it goes off.

nancyg1950 said...

Fantastic and interesting article. Thank you all so much for giving me a look inside to see how you do that thing you do to keep me entertained on so many levels. I hope y'all have much success in the future as well as in the "now".
Nancy G aka joshgranny

Isabel Roman said...

Ooh, very nice. Very premeditated, too, I like her. :)

In reading everyone else's thoughts on writing, I realized my environment varies depending on my mood. Sometimes I need music, sometimes not, sometimes EVERYTHING distracts me, other times not so much. I always thought writing was my therapy but maybe not lol.

Becky said...

What a great post. I enjoyed reading about the various writing enviroments for everyone too. I loved the excerpt from Sex Through The Zodiac.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm....coffee and muffins. You will spoil us all, Sia. What a wonderful site you have -I feel very warm, comfortable and welcome here! Thank you for hosting me and all of us on this tour - I simply love the fact that you took the time and highlighted all the author's work and their websites that also on this tour. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have exquisite manners -

I work in complete silence. I love all genres of art, to include film and music, but when I write, it has to be, shhhhh... quiet. I don't even own a television set. I know. I know, crazy, isn't? haha.

Writing eroticism is home to me. It's like slipping my "take me to bed" colored toes nails into my favorite pair of black, strappy sandals. Eroticism pushes past a character's self-imposed boundaries, and maybe a reader can identify with that. I like to think that I'm helping to reduce some of the fear and anxiety about sex that resides in mainstream society. I think sex is a wonderful gift we should share with the person (s) we love the most. =..=

p.s. who is that gorgeous man in the image above?

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Ktaira,
Thank you for stopping and commenting. No, unfortunately, or maybe fortunately I have to write in complete silence. No hot men can be too close by, or else nothing would ever get done. Well, let me rephrase, no writing would get done.

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Hi Dana!
Isn't Sia's site gorgeous? I love it here. I'm going to hang out and see what's cooking for lunch too. Oh, did I just invite myself over for lunch? I'll bring to share. :-)

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Anon,
Funny. I was trying to be funny, anyway. I'm actually a big dork.

Thank you for stopping and commenting.

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,
Please feel free to read what my dear, crazy character,Roxanne does with all 12 of the zodiac signs. You'll probably look up your sign first and then persons you know next. It's actually a fun romp...oh, well at least that's what Roxanne said. :-)

Thank you for commenting!


Neve Black

Anonymous said...

CmKempe,
Hail to the tea drinkers! I just finished a short story about a woman coffee drinker that gets involved with a British chap who drinks nothing but tea. They meet in a coffee shop...anyway, somewhere between one lump or two...they share a moment.

Come back later. I've just invited myself over to Sia's for lunch. :-0

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Hi Sephera,
I enjoy learning about how other writers writing environments too. An editor friend of mine asked writers to send her pictures of their writing space. It was so cool to see that. Writing notes, and story boards are equally interesting to see.

I have an office, but my laptop goes to coffee shops, the couch, the adirondack chair outside, a cute boy's house...oh, we're talking writing here, correct? haha.

Thank you for stopping and sharing. Please stop back again.

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Nancy G, aka:Joshgranny,
I think you've been on the tour bus the entire time, haven't you? That's awesome. As a thank you from all of us today, may I offer you a mini astrology reading from the illustrious, Roxanne? Please send me your DOB to black.neve at gmail.com.

Thank you for contributing, sharing and participating. :-)


Neve Black

angelacameron said...

Neve, that was hilarious! I'm with you on the place to write. Well, if you could add a pedicure in there somewhere, it would be perfect.

Sia, love the blog. As the others said, you do rock! Thanks for all the hard work on the post.

Anonymous said...

Hi Isabel,
Interesting comment on mood and writing. That is true, isn't? Do you find if you walk away and then come back again, you've shifted the energy and hopefully the mood and you're inspired to finish?

Give us an example of when your mood requires music, or when do you feel the most distracted? Can you pinpoint it, or maybe not. Just curious. :-)

Thank you for stopping. Stop back again today if you can.

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,
Thank you so much for stopping and leaving a comment. Please feel free to stop back again and get involved in the conversation.

Neve Black

cmkempe said...

Neve, you are a hoot!

I have to say re: music that it all depends on the project. Some things require music, others don't. My last novel (under my own name) was all drums and chanting. For deadlines I have a killer German techno dance double CD. I had a lot of funky sixties retro for Chastity. And sometimes I'm so caught up that the music stops and I keep going...

Anonymous said...

cm,
Hoot? Love the word hoot: hootenany, Horten hears a....hoot, scratch that, he heard a who, right? Never mind. :-)

Oohh, I love that the music depends on the project for you. That's sublime and interesting! Drums and chanting....German techno dance double CD for deadlines! Holy crap! I think you could write a piece about this concept. I'm so digging this. Thank you for sharing. Cool.

Anyone else care to share?


Boring Neve writes in silence (yawn)

Anonymous said...

Angela!
The pedicure! Be still my beating heart. Some people are really into feet, you know (insert me). Oh, and yes, I've written a story about foot fetishes...it was for RR's foot fetish antho. Speaking of: did you know that foot fetishes began with a Frenchmen? There's a real shocker, eh?

Yes, Sia did an amazing job here. I'm never leaving. haha. I will leave right after dinner....I'm kidding. Sort of.


Neve Black

~Sia McKye~ said...

Ladies, I glad you like my blog. Above and beyond, Neve? hmmm, I thought you all deserved some extras and really, I enjoyed doing it. :-)

I can write at times with music, depends on what I'm doing--sometimes music helps set a mood I need to have in the story. Sometimes, I use a certain scent, via candles, to invoke the atmosphere I need. Most of the time I write in silence. Or like today, windows are open, that fresh smell of rain wafting in, the sounds of falling rain, that quiet hush that comes with soft spring rains, and the sound of birdsong. I have a Mocking bird nesting in a tree close to the house and he fills the air with his repetoire of songs and in the distance, the call of Bob White--quail. Very peaceful.

~Sia McKye~ said...

CM, Sorry, there is a pot of tea. In my household we have twinnings both English breakfast tea and Irish. Hey, I'm Celtic, lol! And of course all those warm muffins--the apple cinnamon is particularly nice as is the lemon poppyseed--and for the tea, scones, dahling! Did I mention now calories?

I'm really enjoying the comments!

Debra Hyde said...

Interesting answers, you ornery writers you. I have three favorite spot -- family room couch, living room recliner, and papasan chair in my library. Instrumental music, usually of the world variety. No television during fiction writing. Preferably with no one else around.

However, I have written in busy places like cafes and last week I wrote from the living room while my visiting son took over the family room -- to write Pokemon fan fiction.

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Anonymous said...

"...Sometimes, I use a certain scent, via candles, to invoke the atmosphere I need. Most of the time I write in silence. Or like today, windows are open, that fresh smell of rain wafting in, the sounds of falling rain, that quiet hush that comes with soft spring rains...."

How fabulous is that scene? Simply wonderful. Okay, I'm telling you, I'm never leaving here. I have my feet up and I'm eating way too many muffins. More coffee? Um, yes please.

Thank you again, Sia.

Neve

Dana Fredsti said...

Oh, what a beautiful thing to wake up to...comments, coffee and tea flowing freely...so many of the RR authors and fellow tour travelers already here...and apple cinnamon muffins?!! Bliss!

I think this might have been my personal favorite question -I'm a sucker for books like Writers Retreats, At Home with Books, anything that shows a glimpse into where people who love books and writing feel at home and creative. And this post is a like a little mini-version of one of those books. It gives me a little more insight into you all and plus we get coffee and muffins!

Sia, your own description of your current environment made me pine for rain and a house in the woods... :-)

Neve, gorgeous excerpt! I've had Sex Through the Zodiac downloaded for two-three weeks now...possibly more - time currently has no meaning to me -- and am salivating for the time to read it!

Savannah Chase said...

Such an fantastic post...love all the pictures. It is always interesting to get a glance into another author's world. To see how they do it all.

Anonymous said...

Debra,
LOL! You're resourceful. Good for you.

Your son is also a writer. That's cool.

Love the Casablanca reference there too. BTW: did everyone know that the screenplay was originally written by a couple that were on holiday in Europe? I love that little tidbit. It's one of my all time favorite films:

Renault: And what in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Renault: Waters? What waters? We're in the desert!
Rick: [sardonically] I was misinformed.


Too many great lines. Don't get me started. :-)

Neve Black

Dana Fredsti said...

Oh, go ahead, Neve! It's your day and you can quote Casablanca if you want to!

Anonymous said...

Hello Ornery Blog Tour Captain!

Let's give Dana a big smoochie kiss and a big round of applause for all her hard work. Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. Whooooohoooo!

Isn't Sia's place wonderful? Did you know I'm staying here for awhile? I've invited myself over for lunch and dinner and then she told us about her view....well, thank goodness I was smart to bring my suitcase. LOL!

Thank you for downloading Roxanne's romp, Dana. I'm going to have to have everyone tell me there zodiac sun signs - Um, Roxanne has been asking.

Neve Black

Dana Fredsti said...

Pokeman fan fiction. I'm still smiling over that one, Debra!

Btw, all, I also wanted to thank Debra, Rachel, Amber, and several other Ravenous authors who, while not officially on the tour, are certainly as ornery and talented as our 11! They've come along to almost every stop and we loves them, we do, my preciousssss....

Anonymous said...

Hi Savannah!
How are you? Thank you for stopping and commenting. ;-)


Neve Black

Dana Fredsti said...

Tell Roxanne I'm an Aquarius, with over half my houses also in Aquarius. I'm one big 'gonna save the world' type of gal. :-)

Anonymous said...

Yes, Dana, let's thank everyone that's been eagerly participating and not being too snarky on the tour bus. Thank you.

Okay...so more Casablanca quotes:

Ilsa: [laughs ironically] With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.

Rick: Yeah, it's pretty bad timing. Where were you, say, ten years ago?

Ilsa: [trying to be cheerful] Ten years ago? Well, let's see... [remembers, smiles]

Ilsa: Oh, yes, I was having a brace put on my teeth. Where were you?

Rick: Looking for a job.

The two brothers (Epstein) that wrote and added to the original screenplay were simply genius. So simple, yet so timeless.

Heavy sigh.


Neve Black

Anonymous said...

"...This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius...." Sorry, couldn't resist. Oooh, Roxanne has a lesbian tryst at Yoga studio with an Aquarian. Air signs are known for separating love from sex: compartmentalizing. I've always been a bit E-for envy of that. I'm so water and emotional about God, everything.

You'll have to shoot me your DOB, Dana, I'll run your mini chart (inner planets).

Sephora, you probably do these charts in your sleep, don't you? :-)


Neve Black

Dana Fredsti said...

I imagine both you and Seph have dreams filled with sexy zodiac signs romping through your minds and behaving in ways appropriate to their astrological bent!

I am 2/2/62, born at 1:59am. Ta dah!

I feel old...:-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

We have Dana referring to LOTRs and Neve doing Casablance, lol! I noticed Neve got the big squishy chair that hugs you and hold you.

Debra, I've not tried writing in cafes--not fiction any way. I tip my hat to you!

Savannah, I have to admit, I enjoyed going to the websites and looking at all of the Ravenous covers. I like the fact that Ravenous has various levels of erotica from sensual to blazing hot stories. Cover art is beautiful. there are stories there for everyone, do stop by Ravenous website and take a look around.

David Fitzgerald said...

Sia, what a sweet, welcoming blog you have - Go raibh mile maith agat from your fellow Celt! So nice to be hear with all you gorgeous women and your wicked minds... and speaking of which:

Neve, Neve, Neve, you sexy minx – I like YOU! Great post and a wicked little excerpt from yet another RR book that now I HAVE to read! And what can I say about that remarkable, dead sexy website of yours? Words fail me –!

How did we ever write before laptops (not to mention word processors?!?!)

I'm one of those who likes to write to music too, but it has to be instrumental or have lyrics I can tune out. It's so great when you can match up the mood of the music to the mood of your story, isn't it? Though the exceptions are interesting - Sometimes I'll listen to Arabic music, Britpop, the Pogues, or bizarre music hybids like Welsh dub or Basque seperatist agit-punk while writing historical non-fiction. I agree, I'd love to know what music you all like to listen to while you write. Margery, tell me more about these CDs of yours!
-D

Anonymous said...

Dana,
Wrote the DOB down. I'll work on that this week. Sorry I missed your Birthday in February. You're not old. :-)

Sia, can we have lunch now. I'm hungry. :-0
Actually, let me take you to lunch. I'll be back - there might wine involved in this luncheon, so if we're not back in two shakes, no worries.

Thank you again for everyone that's jumping in and leaving comments. I promise I won't go on and on about Casablanca, but hey Debra started it. :-)

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

David,
Thank you for stopping in today. Isn't Sia's site wonderful?

I'm glad you likeee my site. It's new and sparkly. haha.

Care to join Sia and I for lunch? Anyone else? My treat!

Yes, the music authors listen to while writing is fascinating, isn't? I'm personally left of the dial: mostly jazz, but damn, I love rock n' roll too.


Neve Black

~Sia McKye~ said...

David, what a sweetheart you are! Yah, I have a fondness for Celtic men, lolol! I'm glad to see you stop by. Will be serving some nice single malt a bit later this afternoon...

Helen Ginger said...

Great post. What a fun way to meet everyone - loved the book covers.

I, myself, have to have quiet to work. I'm too easily distracted.

Babyblue22 said...

Hey Sia!!! Great Post!!

Hi Neve, the excerpt from Sex Through The Zodiac was great!! I wonder what it would be like to be able to read people because of their zodiac signs.... It looks like Roxanne is having a fun time with it ;-)..

I Just wanted to say that I'm Loving The Ornery Eleven Blog Tour!!!!! Great Answers Guys!

~Afshan
Afshan522@aol.com

~Sia McKye~ said...

You're hungry for lunch now? *peers into the muffin baskets. Well hell, you guys sure cleaned out those muffins and scones.

Good thing I had some help with cooking and set up, eh? Buffet lunch is being set out as we speak. You have a choice of various things on the salad bar--I hate a wimpy salad bar. There is plenty of fresh fruit as well and warm french bread just out of the oven--don't you just LOVE the smell of fresh bread. Butter crocks are over there, virgin (dare I use that word here?) for those that prefer it. And since I like my guests happy and well fed, the fatted calf--thinly sliced roast beef, Chicken (please do try the Sicilan Chicken cacciatore, no red sauce)and tarragon chicken, Golden pilaf, some new potatoes. this way it fits with the low carb appetites. I have some decadent deserts for later...

Dana Fredsti said...

Drool... Sia, what a magnificent feast!

I have brought several bottles of Witch Creek Screaming Kitty red blend. Corkscrew, please!

It's so nice to see everyone here... and if you're been stopping by all the posts, I WILL be getting to letting everyone know who's won the daily prizes...

~Sia McKye~ said...

*hands Dana a corkscrew.

So, I'm curious. Do any of you write other genres? Or exclusively erotica? I saw what drew Neve to writing erotica, but what of you other authors.

What drew you to write erotica?

Dana Fredsti said...

*opens one of the bottles and pours generously*

Well, I write mystery and some horror (short stories in the horror genre so far). As for the erotica, I wrote a short story for my boyfriend, which a friend of mine (Cynthia Gentry) read. She and I started working on a non-fiction book, WHAT WOMEN REALLY WANT IN BED, and during that time she sent me an email from Holly, talking about Ravenous. I sent Holly my short story and..well, I have a lot of ideas in many genres that would easily translate into erotic romance. It's fun to write and I can still do my PG rated mysteries for my mom to read. :-)

Sephera Giron said...

Hey, Dana, don't call yourself old, I'm a week older than you!!!

Jan 23 1962 6:47 pm (new orleans)

I'm Aquarius with Virgo moon and Leo rising and like Dana, buckets of planets in Aquarius.

My Virgo moon keeps me focused on meeting deadlines and also is where my kinky nature comes from.

Sia, I'm an established horror author but my work has always had erotica in it. That's why my Ravenous erotica series is based on astrology and witches and bizarre occult happenings.

My SEXSTROLOGY series features a vampire, a werewolf, tarot reader, ghost hunters,a palm reader, an aura painter and so on, depending on which book you're reading.

My next book, Lord of the Thighs, is based on Lord of the Flies, which is a very dark and I say, horror novel. I'm going to make my version more upbeat of course, with some love stories, since this is erotic romance!

Dana Fredsti said...

Lord of the Thighs...Oh, Seph, that title kills me! I also think of Lord of the Dance, which is not the same thing...but Michael Flatly is rather horrifying in his own way...

I retract my 'I am old' statement.

David Fitzgerald said...

And Sia: yes, I'd *love* to join you all for lunch! What a perfect day it's turning out to be...


P.S.
Say, Neve, maybe you or Sephera can help me out with a zodiacal question. To be honest, I’ve never really been into horoscopes; when people ask me what my sign is, I say “I’m a Capricorn. Capricorns don’t believe in astrology.” I DO like my Chinese sign (Dragon!); it seems so much cooler than a half-fish MerGoat. Which leads me to my question” Does anyone know just what a Capricorn, is, exactly? My working theory is that it must be a mythological Babylonian creature, since they’re the ones we got our astrology system from. Do you know? Also, any of you know anything about Egyptian astrology? Thx!

David Fitzgerald said...

"Lord of the Thighs"... EX-cellent title - the mind reels...
-D

Dana Fredsti said...

I love Seph's horror fiction and I love LORD OF THE FLIES, so I'm gonna have to be reading this one...

Phoebe Jordan said...

Hey everyone! Today question is very intriguing and I had fun reading each authors answer because they are similar yet different. Enjoyed the excerpt, Neve.

Sephera Giron said...

I think of Lord of the Dance too when I think of it, and since there's a theatrical cast in the plane crash, there may well be some dancing, though yes, Michael Flatly is horrifying! Maybe he can be the head on the stick!

David,
When I read tarot for Capricorns, I often say something like that to them "You don't believe a word I'm saying.."

My tarot teacher had a great explanation for the goat thing but now I can't remember it. I think it has something to do with evolution (new age style).

Aries is the child, the beginning, new experiences, young.

As you go around the zodiac, you "grow up" and theoretically Pisceans, if they pay their karmic debts properly, get to go on to another plane once they finish on earth.

Aquarius is beyond the world, thinking ahead, living in the future and Pisces is in "outer space" (I'm married to one, so true!He lives in his own space time continuum) so I think Capricorn was half in this world and half trying to get to the next one? (waters of the unconscious or something like that) I can't remember now what the theory was, and I'm kneedeep in gay erotica as I'm editing what I've received so far for Beach Boys today!

cmkempe said...

HA HA HA! David -- so much more is clear!You said the magic words: dragon and Pogues. I am a Rat (er, only in the Chinese astrology sense) and adore Dragons -- and the Pogues?! How many times have you seen them? I have had Shane sweat upon me! Poet Laureate of the World!

Oh and the CDs: Layne Redmond, Glen Velez (and all their groups with other people), lots of Finnish New Folk groups, Inanna and other women's drumming groups. The book (currently being revised, titled Owl Stretching) follows the adventures of an accidental shamanka in a slightly alternative present time.

Dana -- I'm also older than you, so there.

cmkempe said...

Oh and I should mention that I write academic essays (medieval, film, comix, popular culture, creative writing, New Media), horror, fantasy, humour, plays, and journalism.

And for Neve:

Renault: "I am shocked, shocked, to find there's gambling going on in here!"

Croupier: "Your winnings, monsieur."

cmkempe said...

Oh, AND I'll be sticking around for some of that single malt, Sia!

Now lunch -- I'm famished.

David Fitzgerald said...

Thanks Sephera! I guess I meant I'm wondering how old that half-goat, half fish image goes back. I'm guessing VERY far back, it strikes me as very Mesopotamean...
xoxo
-D

David Fitzgerald said...

P.S. "I'm kneedeep in gay erotica" -for some reason that image totally cracks me up...
-D

David Fitzgerald said...

Dana/aka Zhadi/aka Inara Lavey is out for a walk with her mother - who is just as briliant and wicked as her daughter, and has just as sexy a phone voice - which has led to a few mortifying moments on the phone...

cmkempe said...

Hee hee -- how many inappropriate comments have you made to her mother?!

David Fitzgerald said...

Just one quickly-aborted one (think Homer's high pitch shriek at the opening credits of The Simpsons) Stupid Sexy Dana's mom!

Hey, Margery, I knew I liked you for a reason - you had Shane sweat upon you! How many people can say that? (Hmmm.. actually, probably more than we'd like to think about....) Poet Laureate of the World, indeed! Hey, on that note, pass some of that single malt! Slainte!
-D

~Sia McKye~ said...

David, you're a Dragon too, eh? I knew there was another reason I liked you besides Dana. I think being a Libra AND a Dragon works--you know scales and dragons?

Sephera, not a big stretch. Haven't we always used things that go bump in the night, like werewolves, ghosts, demons, etc in horror? Only recently have these 'creatures' had good connontations or become heroes. I've always seen the sexual tie ins with even the old Dracula stuff--pleasure/pain. Mythology also has it share of sexual/scary.

Sex is a pretty big motivator...

Dana Fredsti said...

I am back from my walk with my mom and her inappropriately sexy phone voice.

He really DID scream like Homer. heheheheh...

I love single-malt scotch. The Islay ones are my favorite. Isly Isley? Isle? The ones that are all smoky and peaty. Love those.

I also forgot to mention I write screenplays, with several low budget ones produced. Ah, my secret shame... :-)

sheina k said...

"I would just have to have one on one sex with each of them. Oh darn."

Hilarious!

Tess Mallory said...

I just need to know -- can I have a Latte, Sia? With half and half? And a little foam?

*Tess accepts her Latte Breve from Sia *

Ah, thanks so much. Now, I'm in my perfect writing environment. A latte, it's raining outside, and my cat just bit me. Time to write that angry sex scene!

Ha. Just kidding. But not about the Latte.

*sip sip*

Tess Mallory said...

Oops. Or the cat.

Other Lisa said...

Howdy all! Sia, as usual, you host a fine party!

I like to write on my couch, surrounded by books, two sedate cats and one insane kitten. I can see bamboo out my window, which is nice.

Another Aquarian. My chart looks extremely weird - it's like this giant square in the middle of the chart with the sun in the center. It worries me, frankly.

I'm a Boar in Chinese terms, but when you do the individual day of birth, I'm an Earth Dragon. Not sure what that means either!

I can't believe some of you are on wine already - I'm still deep into the caffeine...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Welcome,Tess, I'm glad you're enjoying the latte. First one I've made, lolol! Everytime I think of lattes and capuchinos I remember that old commercial of the older lady in her kitchen making all those swooshing sounds so everyone thought she had a capuchino machine? Anyone else remember those commercials?

~Sia McKye~ said...

lessee, Lisa is an Aquarian, squared, with a side of Boar who shifts into a earth Dragon, hmmm. Veddy interesting dahling... *handing Lisa another strong cup of coffee.

Thanks for the compliments Lisa, I appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

I step away for a moment and look what I missed!

Sia, what a fabulous spread. This is wonderful.

David,
I'm nodding my head in agreement of everything Sephera said about the sun signs already. According to my astrology reference books, the zodiac of twelve 30 degree signs emerged in Babylonia (Mesopotamia) somewhere around the 5th Century BC. It was Alexander the Great's conquests that spread Greek science and philosophy into the world.

Margery,
Thanks for the Casablanca quote.

Dana,
I'm laughing with you. As always.

Sia,
I'm writing a screen play that is biographical. It's not erotic, but it's roots are sexual. I guess I can't stay away from the sex. Oh, did I just admit that? haha!

Thank you to everyone for participation. This has been a lot of fun.

Neve Black

Anonymous said...

Whew, we have a lot of air sign writers in the group, don't we? Thats very interesting to me.

Sia = Libra
Sephera = Aquarius
Lisa = Aquarius
Dana = Aquarius

Who'd I miss? David is a earth Capricorn and I'm over-emotional (water) Scorpio.

Neve Black

cmkempe said...

I am a metal Rat and Sagittarius (sun and moon in Sag, Scorpio rising [I seem to recall]).

Hey, pass that single malt! Two classes and a dept meeting down. Just the grad class to go -- last week I was bad and took them to the bar. Naughty professor -- but honestly, it was a bad week. Besides, we did actually read aloud from Stoppard's Arcadia (intriguing many passersby) and discusses the play (okay, we also discussed dept politics but I restrained myself from full honesty).

Lisa Lane said...

What a lovely stop! Sia, you really did an amazing job with this, and your hospitality is phenomenal! *drinking coffee and munching on a scone*

Neve, what a great excerpt! I remember the cover for SEX THROUGH THE ZODIAC was one of the first that really took my breath away. We also contributed to a couple of the same anthologies, and I love your style!

BTW, now I have the HAIR soundtrack stuck in my head! ;-p

~Sia McKye~ said...

Neve, are you calling us airheads? sheesh. :-)

I can't remember where all my stuff is in which house. I vaguely recall something with neptune and scorpio? I don't remember.

So pretty soon I'll be hauling out more wine and, of course, some single malt and we'll let the ladies pull out their tarot cards. lolol!

I'm really enjoying the conversation here. Lots of fun.

Neve, all things considered, I am not at all surprised to find you are a scorpio...

Other Lisa said...

I have Scorpio rising I believe. And, erm...I always forget my moon. All I know is that it all adds up to a big, scary square. Another astrologer friend told me it was a Grand Square.

Anonymous said...

M,
"...I am a metal Rat and Sagittarius (sun and moon in Sag, Scorpio rising [I seem to recall])...." That's pretty good. I don't remember all that I write about the stuff, for heaven's sake! ;-)

Ooooooh, field trips to bars? Holy, how do I sign up for that class? That's fantastic. Your students must heart you.

Elle Amery said...

Sia -

You are such an excellent hostess! Arrived too late for the coffee and muffins, but am indulging in the decadent repast you've prepared for us all.

You'd asked earlier about if we write in different genres: my answer is, "yes." I also write children's fiction, YA, and "regular" romance. I found, over the years, that my love scenes tend to get steamy and hot and go on for pages, which brought me to erotic romance. My books are hot, but on the sweeter side of steamy, and since I'm the ultimate sap, very romantic.

It's been such a pleasure getting to know you and your readers this way. I'll touch base again a little later today. I've been away at the Romantic Times convention in Orlando, Florida, and am madly wading through over 500 emails. The mind boggles.

Cheers!
Elle Amery
www.elleamery.com

Anonymous said...

Any music which spurs the imagination and facilitates creation (depending on your mood) should work like a charm. I like the moody, classical stuff (Isle of the Dead, Totentanz, etc.) which puts me into a great mood for reading, if not writimg.
Let the tour roll on..... LOL.
Jack C. Young

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa L,
Yes, you and I are in a couple of antho's together. Cool. Right back at cha' on the style compliment, Lisa. Very sweet. Thank you.

I had the Hair soundtrack in my head until I read about Margary's trip to the bar with her students...now I'm singing Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher."

Neve Black

~Sia McKye~ said...

Elle, I had quite a few friends that went this year and had a blast. Heard all about those dancing models, lolol! Saw a few video shorts of it too.

I'll see you next year at RT, couldn't go this year because of surgery on the knee this past Thursday.

Sounds like a well rounded writing career. I understand completely about hot steamy love scenes, been there and done that, lol!

cmkempe said...

Neve writes (I actually typed "Never"!) "I had the Hair soundtrack in my head until I read about Margary's trip to the bar with her students...now I'm singing Van Halen's 'Hot for Teacher.'"

Too funny! And the anonymous one who wrote that my students must heart me, LOL! I should make clear it was a grad class and just once -- I apply for tenure in the fall, so I better not get a rep for this kind of thing now, but c'mon! Sometimes you just have to say the hell with it and do what feels right (okay, I do it all too much...)

Anonymous said...

Sia,
Oh, I have the utmost respect for my sister and brother celestial air signs. I don't have a drop of air in my chart. Nope. Air signs fascinate me. I will admit I sometimes struggle with all things cerebral because I'm SO OVER THE TOP FEELING.

What a great group. What a perfect hostess. See, that's very typical Libran trait, Ms. Sia. :-)

I'm not sure about the single malt, but I think I hear there was wine. Follows Sia into the kitchen for a wine glass.

BTW: What do you mean you're not surprised that I'm a Scorpio. Could it have something to do with my fascination with erotica, perhaps?

Anonymous said...

I'm anon. I just keep forgetting to type Never Black. haha!

Did you know that Neve means snow in Italian? Neve Black could actually be naughty snow white in disguise. LOL!

Neve

Anonymous said...

Other Lisa,
Is that problematic when you forget your moon? I can't imagine someone wouldn't politely tap you on the shoulder and whisper, "pssst, did you know you forgot your moon today?" Big smile.

Grand Square? Huh? Okay, send me your DOB and I'll do a mini chart for you. I can't live with myself knowing you're running around without a moon and thinking your square. LOL!

Neve Black

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jack, nice to see you here. I've heard Rachmaninoff Isle of the Dead. Definitly moody music, but I've always liked it.

I figure whatever puts you where you need to be to write is good.

Anonymous said...

Jack Young,
Thank you for commenting on the music and moods. We appreciate that. Are you staying for single malt and or wine?

Neve Black

Other Lisa said...
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Anonymous said...

Hi Elle,
Thank you for stopping and commenting. Please come back. Chidren's fiction? Wow! How interesting.

Neve

Anonymous said...

Other Lisa,
I got it. Send me an e-mail, so I can forward my findings to you: black.neveatgmail.com

I'll have a mini chart (inner planets) in a couple of days for you, okay?

Neve

Other Lisa said...
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~Sia McKye~ said...

""pssst, did you know you forgot your moon today?" lmao!

Neve, yah, I have the whole welcome and make your guests comfy thing down. Lat person who did up my chart, oh long time ago said I have some not so typical libra traits, lol!

Hmmm, a clue perhaps, neve? lol!

Other Lisa said...

Ooptie. I should have said redandexpert at that yahoo place.

Many thanks! Looking forward to the book!

Other Lisa said...

I don't know why I can't ever remember my moon. It's Aries or Gemini I think. Unlike Scorpio Rising, which is a how could you forget kinda deal?

Other Lisa said...

That would be, "looking forward to reading your book." Sigh. More coffee. Do you have more coffee, Sia?

I'm translating some Chinese stuff right now, which makes my English go seriously sucky.

Anonymous said...

Sia,
You've been running around all day. You must be exhausted. Would you like me to ask the gentlemen in the image above if he wouldn't mind giving you a hand?

Oh, you say he has been helping you this whole time! Good for you, Sia!!


Neve

Sephera Giron said...

I forgot to add that I'm a Metal Ox, and Dana likely is too. We're hard workers even though we're Aquarians!

Air signs are represented by the swords in tarot. Intelligence, stress, communication, mental energy (leading with mind instead of "feelings")honesty, loyalty...

Other Lisa said...

Yeah, I think I need a pool so I can have that guy in it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Other Lisa,
Okay, just typing that in itself sounds like a line from Monty Python - I swear I won't start quoting more movie quotes though.

Translating Chinese! I'm very impressed with this groups mulit-talents. Holy smokes!


Neve

Anonymous said...

Hi again Sephera,
Yes, I think I somehow knew the swords were air in Tarot. Cups are water? Oh geez, I shouldn't guess, because I really don't know Tarot too well. It makes me sound like I'm mocking, but I'm really not. I'm terribly superstitious and very respectful of these gifts.

Are you also a psychic?

Neve

Other Lisa said...

Neve, I'm not very good at translating Chinese (I can speak it a little better than I can read it), thus my procrastination - thanks Sia and Neve, for giving me a place to procrastinate! With a pool boy! Yay!

Dana Fredsti said...

What a great party. *grabs another bottle of Screaming Kitten to open*.

Elle, 500 emails... I feel your pain. Don't you hate that feeling of drowning in email and blog posts and everything else that piles up when you leave for a few days?

Hey,hey, hey, Mrs. Robinson! Er... I mean, Margery... :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

neve, he's a great one for taking care of all the...stress, lolol!

*Pours another cup of coffee for Lisa. Lisa, I always have a creativitiy basket of crystals. I have a lot of citrine, fluorite, clear Quartz, smokey quartz, and turquoise...hmmm a few others in there. Feel free hold a couple. All good for clear thinking, balance,and focus.

Sephera, swords? I like that.

Dana Fredsti said...

I always took my Queen of Swords significator very seriously. Hence all the theatrical combat and swords lying around my house... I like to think I'm a good mixture of thinking/feeling. Got my Kirk, Spock AND McCoy mojo going!

cmkempe said...

I forgot to say earlier re: writing environments, that the first time I went to a writer's colony (a whole blissful month!) I was absolutely frozen the first couple of days. It was a combination of both having all that sudden free time (when I am used to frenzied multi-tasking) and knowing it would not last forever, so I ought to make the most of it.

It took a couple days to just relax and say "see what comes" rather than force it. Then I was off and running -- but I also read a LOT, walked, played my kantele, stared at the fire and joked with the other writers over dinner.

cmkempe said...

:-P to you, Dana! I'm not *that* much older than you ;-)

My signal card is the Star, which seems to suggest things always around the corner. Jam tomorrow but not today, LOL.

And I remember too that I lack air! Hence my ever present fear of suffocation.

Hey, can I mix wine and single malt? Gimme a glass of red.

Dana Fredsti said...

Ahem, Margery - Anne Bancroft was an incredibly sexy woman at any age, so consider yourself complimented. HAH! Remember the rule:
Always agree. :->

Here's your Screaming Kitty!

angelacameron said...

WOW. I missed a lot.
First, I am a Capricorn...and that's the extent of my knowledge in this realm. LOL. I'm curious but wouldn't know where to begin learning about astrology.

My DOB is 1/11/77, which according to what I just Googled means that I'm a Dragon on the Chinese zodiac. So, I'm REALLY glad David asked that question!

Oh, and Neve, I haven't read the foot fetish antho yet, but it's on my TBR list. I think I'm going to love it.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I don't know much about tarot either. Interesting subject.

Dana, I'm not at all surprised about you and swords, :-)

How in the world do you know your 'significator'?

Margery, a writers colony? A month away from everything? Oh that would be heaven and relaxing too. Can you imagine how much writing you could get done?

angelacameron said...

I wish I had a nice little bird singing outside my window while I write. I've discovered a huge (hand sized) frog in the koi pond outside my window that croaks so loud he could rattle the windows!

Dana Fredsti said...

Dana does love her swords and swordfighting. :-)

Angela, the gentle croaking of frogs can be very relaxing, but yours sounds like Barney on the Simpsons when he's had a few beers!

Sia, I know my significator from my own dabbling in tarot. I have about 15 decks, I think... First one was, no surprise, the Cat People deck. I also did a lot of Ren Faires (the swordfighting) and had a lot of readings done over the years...

Anonymous said...

Oh Dana,
The swords and the air...I see that now so clearly after Sephera pointed it out. Hmmmm...isn't that fascinating? "...Kirk, Spock and McCoy mojo...." That should be a bumper sticker!

Sia,
You have a basket of crystals? How cool is that?

Margery,
Yes, it sounds like you've learned how to live in the moment. Such a difficult lesson, but so important.

Great discussion here -


Neve

cmkempe said...

Yeah, Dana, Ann Bancroft rocked! Alright, I take the raspberry back.

I remember the frogs next to our house in Houston -- it was like a duck symphony all night long. Don't miss that at all.

I read tarot and runes, although I've been a bit out of practice due to some unfortunate experiences but I've been slipping back into it with the last two novels and might be ready to start reading again.

Wonder if there's any correlation between erotica and a tarot -- or just women writers and tarot? All writers and tarot?

Does anybody use the Oblique Strategies deck? It's a sort of tarot for the non-believer, co-designed by Brian Eno. I have a widget on my Mac and on my iPod Touch. Oh and you can get them as Twitter updates, too. So if you like something less mystical to jog your creativity, I suggest checking them out.

Anonymous said...

Angela,
Your frog is looking for his princess!

Neve

cmkempe said...

Neve -- living in the moment has been a really difficult lesson. Still learning it! Every minute, I'm still learning it.

Other Lisa said...

OOoh, I love Brian Eno! I used to have a HC version of those cards but they've long vanished - a web widget you say? I must find that.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Margery, living in the moment is hard if you also have a high profile job. Not easy to step down. You become so used to doing so many things, thinking ahead, that when you do stop, you keep thinking there's something you need to do. It can drive you nuts the first few days of nothing to do. But, boy howdy, after NOT doing anything and relaxing, you look at the yoke and groan.

Anonymous said...

"...Does anybody use the Oblique Strategies deck? It's a sort of tarot for the non-believer, co-designed by Brian Eno. I have a widget on my Mac and on my iPod Touch. Oh and you can get them as Twitter updates, too. So if you like something less mystical to jog your creativity, I suggest checking them out...." Whoa!

I have a couple vibrators and I thought that was cool. I'm way out of my league here.

Neve

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, I'm no living in the moment expert. I have to work at that each day.

Namaste
Neve

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hey Lisa, you find the widget, let me know, would you?

I have a very large pond not far from the house--about 100yds and down the hill a bit--you should hear the peepers and frogs at night. I like it. A singular croaking frog? ah, not so much, lol!

cmkempe said...

You are so right, Sia. My husband gave me a statute of Durga with 18 arms when I defended my dissertation while teaching a 4/4 load and said, "This is you." I like being busy, but I'm getting much choosier about how I am occupied.

And I'm much better about treasuring idleness! At heart I'm a very lazy person.

Off to teach the grad class -- I'm going to check back later and see how things wrap up. Cheers!

~Sia McKye~ said...

*snort "a couple of vibrators

Other Lisa said...

I have adapted astoundingly well to not working. I have no idea how I will manage to do it again.

Neve, I doubt if one could ever have too many vibrators.

Dana Fredsti said...

Heh. I would probably be given a statue of Kali with the statement 'this is you.'

I love idleness, but it's very hard for me to let myself indulge in it. I've really enjoyed today because I've been on a relaxed walk, wandered the aisles of Costco with my mom, grazing on all the samples, and been relaxing with the computer in between these things. Not a bad life. I don't wanna go back to work.

Dana Fredsti said...

Off to google various tarot decks now... :-)

Gina said...

I loved all the different types of environments people used. I could really relate to the dreaming before writing ... in college if I was really stuck for a paper or an article for the newspaper I read over all the info I had and then first thing in the morning I sat down and wrote it out out cold. Fortunately it usually only needed mimimal editing since that was my last resort method the night before it was due.
LIke reading I can write anyplace I am still long enough to focus my eyers on the paper but... I did learn not to think out loud when writing on the bus. They already think I'm nuts for writing on the bus. Oh well, their problem not mine.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Lisa, I, for one, am very glad not to have to work right now. It's nice. I was a Rehab counselor for 15 years, very high pressure, high profile and no, I don't miss it.

Now, ladies, I only have two vibrators. I obviously lead a deprived life, lol!

Oh, there's some wonderful fudge cake with chocolate frosting and white chocolate drizzled over that. Decadent, but only the best for this crowd. hmm, oh yes, my scrumptious lady fingers triffle is to die for.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Gina, nice to see you stop by. Have you done any reviews lately? Any good ones to share?

David Fitzgerald said...

Hey, not to change the subject from all the vibrators, but I just discovered in addition to having sex toys, erotica, tarot and swords in common, we also have several San Diego Surfer girls at the tea party today...
-D

David Fitzgerald said...

Margery, Tarot for unbelievers? I'm intrigued...
-D

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh wow, I just received from author Deborah Blake, her book calle Everyday Witch A to Z. Funny I should get this today with all the talk here on tarot and astrology, why not add magick?

~Sia McKye~ said...

"we also have several San Diego Surfer girls at the tea party today..." we do? well, imagine that. Dave you are just chocked full of surprises, lol!

Dana Fredsti said...

OtherLisa, Neve and I are all San Diegans! I am a surfer, albeit a lousy one. :-)

Dana Fredsti said...

Is that Wombat Gina?!! Howdy!

Anonymous said...

A rehab counselor. Wow. How rewarding, Sia.

Oh, you can always buy more vibrators if you're feeling depraved...ooops, I meant to say, deprived. :)

Wait a minute! Did you say, fudge cake? Screeeeetch....hold everything. OMG. I'm
never leaving here.

I had (past tense intended)a part-time job and was laid off a couple of months ago. Along with writing, I'm searching for another job. I've been teaching ESL to adults; gaining experience in this field, but haven't secured a position yet. It's tough out there in the employee seeking employer world.

Gina,
Yes, echoing Sia. Thank you for stopping by.

David,
You're funny. Dana is a surfer. I used to surf, back in the day. Anyone else riding into riding....um, waves? ;-)

Neve

Dana Fredsti said...

FUDGE CAKE!!!!!

I think that says it all for the moment. :-)

Dana Fredsti said...

139 comments. OOPS! 140. :-)

Other Lisa said...

I'm about to have sausage. No, really.

Okay, I'm going now.

Dana Fredsti said...

Sausage?!!!! There's a Black Adder line in here somewhere...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Neve, I must admit, I do make a great fudge cake.

I've never tried surfing, but I did enjoy body surfing. You know, riding the ocean waves into shore. Just thought I should clarify, lolol!

Rewarding, yes, but also draining and then I moved more into promotion and marketing and work with lobby groups regarding rehab and that was fun, but wearing. Job market is tough right now. Wishing you luck in that.

Dana Fredsti said...

Yes, Sia. BODY surfing. mmm hmmm. This group will buy that.

Anonymous said...

Other Lisa,
Have fun with the sausage. Did you know there's a swine flu epidemic? Or did you really mean you were having sausage?

Sia, I bet your fudge cake wins medals. You're a wonderful, wonderful hostess.

All work is work. Even writing is work. It's fun work, but work. I'll get it together and find a job. I'm not hurting, but I'm not living high on the hog (no pun intended Other Lisa) either. Thank you for the lucky thoughts. :-)

Neve

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I think body surfing is a tough. Dana, Marine Street for Body Surfing, right?

Neve

Dana Fredsti said...

I did all of my surfing near Crystal Pier, down a ways from Tourmaline (too crowded!). Never really body surfed, so I'm not sure where the best action for that would be. what I hate is during summer when the beach is divided into surf/body surfing and swimming zones, you'll get the gormless kids in the surfing area and have to bail out to avoid clonking them. I didn't need ANY help with my wipeouts, thank you!

Sigh... that's what I miss the most about Southern Cal. Warm water. Not as many great whites. My beach up north is right near the Farallons...home to great white sharks and their families!

Dana Fredsti said...

Oh, Sia, have you ever heard of a place in..I think it's Long Beach called the Wedge where these waves all hit together and form this gnarly thing that people body surf on? It looks suicidal... but fascinating!

On a book/writing related note, I just bought a book at a cool used bookstore called Farenheit 411 about surfing mishaps. It's across from Witch Creek Winery, where the Screaming Kitty wine comes from.

Other Lisa said...

CHICKEN sausage.

Dana Fredsti said...

Chicken apple sausage?

Dana Fredsti said...

we can finish those Tuesday night!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Ahem, ladies, you know water, waves...sheesh. Okay, Imagine there are other types of body surfing. :-P Dana!

I liked the Atlantic, or that's where I did body surfing. Body surfing tip, do NOT wear a bikini, you could be embarrassed when gently deposited on the shore, lmao! Live and learn. Dana, when I lived in Northern California, the ocean was too damn cold to go in.

Dana Fredsti said...

:-> Sia.

I have experienced the removal of my bathing suit by an opportunistic wave while body surfing. That and sand where sand shouldn't go... Give me my board! :-)

It's freezing at Ocean Beach in SF. It's tolerable in warm weather with a thick wetsuit, but... sharks and jelly fish abound... I'm used to a kinder, gentler ocean environment.

Elle Amery said...

Seems like I've missed out on some fun - San Diego surfers and vibrators. And I thought this was a coffee and muffin stop!

I body board surf - can't get me on a board to save my life. But I do so love San Diego!

Anonymous said...

Sia,
thank you so very much once again for hosting me. I had a wonderful time. I think a great time was had by all too. It's been great getting to know you and others out here. We had some interesting conversations going on. Thank you.

Dana,
thank you for all your efforts and much appreciated time. This has been very successful.

I will see everyone on Wednesday. I'm signing off from blogland for tonight. I'm pooped.

Neve

Kat Sheridan said...

Goodness! Typical me, late to the party! Looks as if it was a grand one! Sia, you are a terrific hostess, and all your guests and commenters have been delightful! Neve, LOVED the excerpt (says the Aries me, who demands Mozart and bourbon for writing, and noisy goings-on the rest of the time!)

Dana Fredsti said...

Neve, you've been amazing, right along with Sia!

I've got family (brother/sister-in-law/too cute for words niece) coming over and must needs bake brownies for the event... I'll check in later, but in the meantime...*tosses another bottle of wine on the table*.

Hi, Elle!!

Dana Fredsti said...

Hey, Kat! It's lovely to see you here, late or early or any time! I'm sure we have bourbon here somewhere....

Lisa Lane said...

Angela and David, fellow Capricorns! I do hope neither of you are as obsessive-compulsive as I am. ;-)

Sephera, my twin sister and I both used to read tarot for $$ on the side (or groceries, or whatever other donation the person thought the reading was worth); my husband, on the other hand, an Aquarius, is an atheist and complete unbeliever in anything not 100% grounded in known science. When I read for him, he simply said, "That's the best hot reading I've ever seen; your subconscious is very keen." ;-)

Thanks for the sweet words, Neve. I'm having a lot of fun; the discussion has been great. Kudos to you, Sia, and Dana et. al for making this such a pleasant stop.

Still singing, LOL. "This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius...."

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, still, I'm glad you stopped by! It has been an amazing party, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Elle, it was a grand time. Uh, elle? If yo say it's the age of Aquarious, I'll believe you...Honey, no offense, but don't quit your day job, lol! You know I'm teasing you. :-)

All of you have been an absolute blast and I have thoroughly enjoyed my day with you!

Neve, you were amazing my dear. Gracious, funny, and a lovely guest. Your participation made this stop on the tour a success. A great one.

You guys are welcome here any time. :-)

EM Lynley said...

Wow, I finally get here and find over 150 comments. No way can I possibly catch up. I loved reading everyone's writing habits, and I may adopt Lisa's margarita tradition!

Sia, thanks for hosting this rowdy group!
--EM

Anonymous said...

Sorry to have been away so long and to have missed your hospitable offer, Neve. I would have preferred wine (Port or Sherry).
I wish you and all the other ornrey ladies (especially Dana/Inara) the highest success in whatever you choose to write at any time. LOL.Jack C. Young

stacey said...

this is a cute site.I love the interesting story's on how you wright your books.

sasluvbooks@yahoo.com

cmkempe said...

Wow -- what a wonderful rolling conversation! I love all the interesting twists and turns it has taken. I want fudgecake! And sausage -- yum!

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Oh, and Dana -- I have a few Kalis. She and Sekhmet: they watch my back! I have Louhi and Lilith on my altar, too. I mean business.

cmkempe said...

Oh, and for those keeping score -- I'm on to G-n-Ts now! Whoo hoo -- my work day is done.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Margery, we saved you some fudge cake, after all, it isn't really diamonds that are a girl's best friend, is it? It's really chocolate, the more decadent, the better. :-)

EM, Glad you were able to stop by. It was fun and crazy but I loved it and having you all stop by.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Dear Jack, of course we have Sherry. The last I saw of the port bottle it went thata way, lol! I'll be sure to stock plenty for the next time and with you in mind and some lovely Rachmaninoff and some other moody Russian music around.

cmkempe said...

Thanks, Sia! I knew I could count on a stellar hostess like you -- indeed chocolate is a girl's best friend (although I'm not sure if I could adapt the line "I just love finding new places to wear chocolate" -- oh, wait. Maybe I can...)

Ah maybe it's cognac time -- I suppose it's getting a bit late on a Monday night (especially if you've been up since early). Cheers, all! Thanks again, Sia -- you're the best!

Dana Fredsti said...

Just wanted to say one final thank you to Sia and everyone for what is possibly the best stop of the tour so far... This has just been a lovely, fun, and decadent day on the RR BBT!!!

Jamie C. said...

What a party, Sia! Sorry I missed it. Stupid day-progressing-late-into-the-night job.

There are so many comments here, I forget who said what, but I do my best writing after dreaming, as well. I write on my laptop, usually on the sofa. I have this wonderful lap desk thingie to set the laptop on, so it's ever so comfortable. Sometimes I need quiet, other times I listen to heavy metal while writing. I go into a zone, so if stuff is happening around me when I'm writing, I don't hear or see it.

And I'm a Leo. Bow before my greatness. (at least that's how Leo's are supposed to be... I never really fit that stereotype.)

PhyllisC said...

I enjoyed the post. It's neat to see where authors are most productive and comfortable with their writing. Also it was nice to see the covers of the books. I'm enjoying the bus ride!

Gwyn Ramsey said...

The post was fantastic and I enjoyed every word. I must say the covers grabbed my attention. They are beautiful. Thanks.

Gwyn Ramsey
http://gwynramsey.blogspot.com

Amy S. said...

Excerpt was great! I love the covers!

Caffey said...

I never really thought about the writing environment. I know as a reading enviroment, I mostly have the same areas, my couch and bed, to read. I love tho in the summer to go under a tree and read too!

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