Google the Words ‘Mystery’ and ‘Female Sexuality’ and you get hundreds if not thousands of posts on the net. These posts range from BBC documentary style investigative programs, to sexual heath experts, to a nice Australian bloke who made his own videos and diagrams about women’s genitals, and advises on how to ‘aim your penis’ toward a woman’s G-spot while copulating. I love that man. He’s on the right track. He has lots to say about why women like to be on top, too. Truth is, female sexual desire is a mystery and deserves a list of descriptive words: enigma, elusive, evasive, unpredictable, hidden. My first ideas abut sex came from Hollywood films where I witnessed countless women ‘dying’ at the thrusts of a man, their faces twisted in pain, while simultaneously reaching orgasm with their mate. Something was being done to them, I knew that. I wasn’t sure what it was, though. Were they were being stabbed from below, up and into the chest area? I remember seeing Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin in a tryst, under a water fall, having it away, both of them reaching orgasm together. I was mesmerised. I was about fifteen. Astonished, I had all that to come. I couldn’t wait.
Rejections and Revisions
In writing, art…really, in life, rejection happens. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, our efforts don’t match with what the other side needs or wants. Sometimes we’re given revision notes by the other party, on what might fix or improve the work.
How to address those rejections and revision ideas? Our reactions can have a vast impact on our future efforts, our risk-taking, and well-earned self-esteem.
Here are some tips I’ve learned in some 30-odd years of lobbing projects out into the wild blue yonder, and getting (mostly) rejections thrown back.
Mistress of the Air is a comic, erotic adventure. My incorrigible Edwardian dominatrix, Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester, travels around Europe in her airship ‘The Corseted Domme’ causing mayhem.
A comic element in the story is the use of funny or suggestive names. The three Russian anarchists, Sophia Testlikova, Dimitri Bollokov and Peter Krapotkin, who feature in one episode, being a good example.
One character’s name was inspired by a British TV programme, ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’. This was a political satire programme broadcast between 1979 and 1982. It featured a young Rowan Atkinson, later to become famous for Mr Bean and the Black Adder series. The programme always featured a song, usually a parody of a current hit.
Thanks so much for hosting me. My newest release, Race to Redemption (Green Rising, Book #1) is a science fiction erotic romance. One of the most fun things about writing in this genre, is that I get to think about sex in the future, and what it might look among other species.
When thinking about this stuff, I use two general approaches. First, I enhance the inherent potential in what we already do. For example, in Race to Redemption, I created something called Iska feathers, which are believed to be the softest material in the galaxy. Humans and aliens alike sprinkle them on bed or a partner the way we might use rose petals. Here’s a teaser from the book:
Hello, Lucy and Erotica For All. Elizabeth Black here. Thanks for having me. I’m here to tell you about my new contemporary erotic romance novel, No Restraint. I’m also offering a give-away of one of my two erotic retellings of fairy tales, either Trouble In Thigh High Boots (erotic Puss In Boots) or Climbing Her Tower (erotic Rapunzel). Your choice. Enter the contest and good luck!
Playlist for Blank Spaces
Confession time: the only consistent thing I like in my music is a delicious melody. I go for swoony ballads, heavy metal, shitty pop, classical pieces, whatever—as long as it’s a gorgeous tune, I’ll listen. As far as taste goes, I don’t have any. Really.
With that caveat in place, I’m going to share the playlist happening in the background of my life as I wrote Blank Spaces. I don’t listen to music while I write, but I do listen during the Day Job and the tunes will linger with me for hours. At the time of writing Blank Spaces, I was emerging out of a months-long obsession with Years and Years, a British band whose breakout hit, King, is still one of my favourite songs ever. I played that song so often I’m pretty sure I have the lyrics imprinted on my brain. This list is mostly Years and Years plus a mix of contemporary or related music I found on Youtube at the time.