Monday, September 10, 2012

News!

Darlings! Even though I'm fighting off some horrible illness or some such thing, I'm going to get back to writing. here's the current project list:

Christmas Erotic Shifter Story
Office Romance Quickie Story
Erotic Spa Story

All of those along with some more triads. Those I'll keep a secret...for now.

Now rejoice, darlings! The winter court is on it's way back in.

Raven

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

An Apology

I'm terrible at this whole new blogging thing. I apologize profusely for being absent so long.

But, huzzah! I'm back now, and full of vim and vigor and other such things. So, starting September, I'll be able to return to actively writing.

Until then, sleep well, my lovelies,
Raven

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kidnapping--and This Time, it's Legal

Put down the rope and chloroform--kidnapping is more of a colorful turn of phrase here. Seriously--don't go out and nab anyone to help you practice sex positions for your new story...unless they're willing, of course...

I digress. I may have posted about this before, but it strikes me especially today (there's an anecdote about it, darlings. Don't worry.). It's perfectly all right to kidnap people you come across throughout your life. Whether it be from a commercial, reality TV, movies, book covers, billboards, or in Wal-Mart, shopping for fish sticks, try and pay attention to people that, shall we say, do it for you. if you happen to know their names, I might suggest changing their names, but there's no law saying you can't base a character off of a random passerby or acquaintance.

Please note that it's not always the best idea to go with celebrities or other public figures. Too easy to make those connections you're trying to avoid, particularly if you try to make a body double. But life itself is full of enough eye candy to keep anyone fat (Did you enjoy that double entendre? I didn't intend it, but it still showed up. Lovely, no?).

There are also some things to warn against, the first being that reality isn't quite so spectacular as we tend to remember it. Don't kill yourself over the details of one person in particular--they're most likely not as good-looking as you've made them out to be in your memory. We have a tendency to remember things we like in a favorable light. If you don't believe me, find your yearbook and think about your high school crush. Then look at the picture--not quite as pretty, no?

There's also the dangers of using young-looking inspiration. Sometimes, you just can't find the right place to prove that your characters are of legal age. You could find the most gorgeous creature ever, but, if in your description, they look like a fifteen year old...danger, Will Robinson! But we're writers...we can take creative license with...our imaginations.

And, if you're like me, you might find your particular choice of kidnapping victim lackluster on the page. Sometimes it simply doesn't translate, but more often than not it's some human error on the part of the author. Try introducing things about them in--do they have a dog? Is that what makes them so sexy? Or was it the fact that they were behind a camera? Or are they only good-looking in some level of undress? A little thought can go a fair bit...

Off on a kidnapping spree, perhaps,
Raven

Monday, March 12, 2012

Beach Bums and the Importance of Staying Natural

One of these days, I'll learn to update more regularly, I hope.

Just last night, I got fabulous news--I've been accepted into the upcoming Cleis Press anthology Beach Bums, due out this summer--so you'll have ample time to read it before the end of the world. It's an anthology of only the sexiest of beach-going guys, and what happens when they find more than seashells in the surf.

Also, on getting those edits, I was reminded of something. Not by the editor, but by the little voice that translates things in my head. I was reading, and I was reminded that the best, sparkliest passages are the ones that you allow to breathe, to live a little. Don't pay attention to that stupid voice that tells you it's not proper to write a certain word or phrase--if it feels right, put it in. If nothing else, you can edit it out later, right?

My preaching is over, so I have to go back to fawning over my lovely Beach Bums contract now.

Toodles,
Raven

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mix it Up

Ever the queen of the disappearing act, I've thoroughly and completely missed February, the month of sweat and nightly grunting. Still, we have St. Patrick's Day, and alcohol can do some wondrous things for libido, as we all know.

Now, as for the topic at hand: we've all read gay erotica and, let's face it, they get formulaic after enough readings. Kissing leads to groping, groping leads to blowing, blowing leads to sex, and sex leads to a heap of naked bodies (I have the adult content warning, I may as well use it, right?).

Boring.

Sure, you can use different permutations, but that's sort of the baseline equation. I like to see it get mixed up. Who says they ever have to go all the way, or have to build up to the sex at all. While some liberties have to be taken when crafting fantasy from reality, but, in reality, a quickie is a quickie. Wam, bam, thank you Sam...or Ned...or Mike...or Andrei, if you're lucky. Sometimes you'll only have time for some quick road head and, yes, sometimes you do have time for all the romancing and licking and teasing...but that's not always the best, even.

So, that's my plea: write something that breaks the formula. Heck, given complex enough math, 2+2 doesn't always equal 4--all I'm asking is that you keep your guys away from ass, at least for a try.

Raven de Hart

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Torquere Press Call for Submissions

My darling writers! Yes, another post for you, and one I myself am quite excited about.

Torquere Press has recently opened up some new Submission Calls, and their ongoing calls are still open, and still tantalizing, if I do say so myself.

And I do.

MASKS OFF!: Shifters, everyone! Huzzah! As Torquere is 100% male/male, they're looking for male/male stories where at least one (possibly both), shall we say, participants are shifters. What do they shift to? That, my dears, is for you to decide, but be imaginative. It's pretty wide open, with amazing pay: $50.00 and a print copy. The length is 5,000 to 12,000, so hop to! Submit by April 1st, 2012

WEIRD SCIENCE: Think Rocky Horror Picture Show, behind Frank's inconveniently placed curtain. Think Love Potion #9's sexier, hunkier cousin. Anything scientific that leads to, aids, or enhances the nookie is fair game for this. A word of advice--unless it's glaringly original, avoid the 'I'm making asexy monster for sex' situation. It's been done, and to great effect. Same word count specs as Masks Off! and the same pay. Submit by June 1st 2012

And, as always, Torquere has it's longer, ongoing subs (10,000 words and up) open: BIRTHSTONES, SPICE IT UP, and COLOR BOX. If you have a long story you can pull from a birthstone, an herb, a spice, or a color (any color--even heliotrope and chartreuse), whip it out and send it in. And, you lucky you, these are not just M/M--they're LGBT all the way around!

Now, off with you! Write, write!
Raven

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Publishing Update

I have news, my darlings!

My efforts have paid off, it would seem. My story (a lovely little sci-fi erotica) has been accepted by Daily Flashes of Erotica (an erotic imprint of Pill Hill Press) for publication in their new anthoogy, 'Roboterotica!' Yes, you'll soon be able to buy me, own a little piece of me in a book. And, to make it better, my fellow Kitten Knight, Nova Chalmers, is along for the ride!

Huzzah!

Tata for now, my lovelies.
Raven

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Men are STILL Men

The first post of the new year, darlings. Of course, I needed a few days to get back to a functional state after my New Year's Eve party, but I am still alive, and huzzah for that.

Now that those niceties are out of the way, I'm afraid it's time to get on to some nasty business. Now, you may wonder why I would want to avoid nasty business. I admit it is normally the most fun sort of business out there, but not today.

I read so much gay erotic romance, and I see one resounding flaw through a majority of it. People treat it like a standard romance between a man and a woman, but the woman has a penis.

No. At least in our modern, western culture, the emotions are far too different, even among gay men, for that too work. A man is very loathe to come out and say what the problems are, to cry, or to generally do unmanly things. And yet, time after time, I see one (or both) heroes in these books sobbing and expounding their feelings as if they're paying $150.00 and hour to whine to a therapist.

While it would be nice and would make relationships easier, it's not that realistic, and frankly not terribly interesting. In the US (and I believe most of the world, to be honest), men are taught to suppress emotion so that they don't appear weak. It makes the job of an author harder, in this case, but the work is so much richer when you show, rather than tell (well, I never thought I'd be giving that advice), what the hero is feeling. And, when he then does break down and cry or scream or what have you, it means so much more.

That's not to say there aren't men that cry. All I'm saying is that most men aren't sobbing, whining, snot-balls like an alarming percentage of gay romance heroes seem to be. If you saw them in real life, you might very well tell them to grow a pair. Why not for your characters.

So, this year, I vow to try my damnedest to not only put more upkeep on this blog and my mailing list (which I very sorrowfully neglected, I might add), but also to make my heroes hang low when they get naked (the length I'll go to for a metaphor astound even me at times).

Happy last year of Earth,
Raven