(Blog) Hopping Down the Author Trail

This week’s entry is Phil Giunta’s idea. Phil asked me to join in this Blog Hop, where I answer four questions and then nominate three other writers to do the same, and they’ll nominate three other writers, and so on, and so on…

I don’t normally do these “pyramid scheme” types of posts, as my friend Nobilis Reed calls them. But this is an opportunity to talk about my writing and to give some other authors some exposure. These are a few of my favorite things, so I’m in.

1. What am I working on?

Lots of things, always. I’m outlining a sixty-minute radio play for performance at Farpoint 2015. I’m kicking around ideas for a flash fiction piece (I don’t think I’ve ever written one, unless you count this. It’s 1470 words, so it’s probably too long.) I’m writing a 6,000-word short story, my third in as many months, and I’ve got a novel outline in development. I’ve also got a page of bullet points for potential projects, including some possible Appalachian romantic comedies and ghost stories. Science Fiction is starting to chafe. Continue reading

Daddy Detests Salmon Mousse

Kayan’na Atal is bored. With her sites set on an appointment to the Naval Academy, she has no interest in her planet’s vapid culture or the sybaritic rites of the parties she and her father must attend. So Kaya decides to make trouble–and a very public spectacle–by victimizing spoiled rich kid and media idol Sestus Blaurich. This story contains explicit sexual content.

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It’s like this: Nobilis Reed had proposed erotica readings at Farpoint 2009, and I didn’t want to be left out of something that all the cool kids were doing. I had never published actual erotica, but I was pretty sure I could write a story, especially in the Arbiters universe, where sex was the, er, driving force. The plot was just sort of an extended dirty joke, but, as I wrote it in Kaya’s voice, I found myself developing and describing parts of my universe which had never occurred to me before. I also found myself falling slightly in love with Kaya, a character I’d always been emotionally distant from. The experience of writing “porn” actually deepened my understanding of my characters and the world they live in. I read an abridged version at the con, then turned the full manuscript over to Nobilis for consideration for his podcast. He said he’d never laughed so hard while turned on in his life. So I guess the story was a success. Give it a listen, if sex, salmon and physiologically unlikely acts with vegetables don’t offend you.