After yet another teen suicide by a gay kid who was relentlessly bullied in high school, Dan Savage has started a new project: It Gets Better. He’s collecting YouTube videos of individuals talking about how it does get better after high school.
“If you’re gay or lesbian or bi or trans, and you’ve ever read about a kid like Billy Lucas and thought, “Fuck, I wish I could’ve told him that it gets better,” this is your chance. We can’t help Billy, but there are lots of other Billys out there—other despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don’t think they have a future—and we can help them.”
I just finished working with my editor on Breathe, and we’ve sent it off for line edits and proofing. Perfect timing too because I’m spending today and the rest of the weekend at a writing retreat with a group of fellow romance writers who are some of the most creative, fun people I’ve had the privilege of hanging with. Today we are all writing and doing a bit of brainstorming. Tomorrow is our meeting and a full day of brainstorming to help each other with plot points and new story ideas.
I need weekends like this. I spend a lot of time in my writing cave, and it’s good for me to send time with others who know what it means to be a writer. Who get why I’m crazy sometimes. Who get the need to spend hours working on rewriting chapter 1. Who understand my dreams and disappointments.
Here are a couple of quotes already heard during the first half of the day:
“I can’t help it if your crack was in my face.”
“artificial immaculate insemination”
“We should have brought a blow up doll.”
I’m getting a little worried. Who knows what will happen once we dip into the booze.
“Plotting is like sex. Plotting is about desire and satisfaction, anticipation and release. You have to arouse your reader’s desire to know what happens, to unravel the mystery, to see good triumph. You have to sustain it, keep it warm, feed it, just a little bit, not too much at a time, as your story goes on. That’s called suspense. It can bring desire to a frenzy, in which case you are in a good position to bring off a wonderful climax.”
A university group (the Harold B. Lee Library Multimedia Production Crew) created a parody of the Old Spice commercial (“the man your man could smell like” commercial). I guess they put it all together in nine hours. Amazing. If you haven’t seen the original Old Spice commercial it’s below the parody.
And the original:
I love that the parody is about a library and learning.
I spent this week working on edits for my upcoming release due out at Loose Id on November 16, 2010. So I thought I’d share another quote from Jay and Lincoln’s story, Breathe (m/m erotic romantic suspense).
No matter what Jay’s brain was telling him about what a fucked-up idea this was, he could not ignore the solid cock wedged against his ass cheek. No more thinking. He turned and gripped Lincoln’s neck. He drew the man to him. The kiss was slow and sensual, but tinged with desperate need, a longing months alone created in a man. Lincoln drove their mouths, their tongues, their bodies together, over and over. He consumed Jay with the kiss as they rocked and clutched. The taste of Lincoln, his smell, his touch was everywhere, all over Jay at once, and he didn’t want it to end.
From Breathe by Sloan Parker
I’ll post a full excerpt when the final edits are approved.
“Love me without fear
Trust me without questioning
Need me without demanding
Want me without restrictions
Accept me without change
Desire me without inhibitions
For a love so free…
Will never fly away.”
Hope you all find a lover who strives for such a state.
Here are some more behind the story details about More, specifically some of my first notes for the character of Richard Marshall. These are directly from the original character sketch sheet, including the photo I used for inspiration. (Side note: The final result of what a character looks like may be nothing like the photo, but an image gives me something to visualize, making him/her a bit more real. Also, some of the character traits change as I write the story. Some become no longer relevant.)
Photo for Inspiration: This is not exactly what he ended up looking like in my mind (especially the hair), but here’s the first photo of Richard.
And here’s his bod.
Sampling of Character Sketch & Personality Traits
Full name: Richard Marshall
Graduated from NYU with an MBA
Doesn’t hide who he is for any reason.
Neat, orderly, tidy.
Clears his throat when he has something to say he doesn’t want to mention.
Does not apologize for who he is. Or what he does.
Successful in business
Wants to make the world better for those he cares about. Does it by changing their immediate world, affecting change in their daily lives.
Fears most: Losing people he loves. Not being what they need and watching them walk out. Not being successful, losing business.