Thursday, December 29, 2011

The best bit of Christmas

The best bit of Christmas is the wrapping paper. Ask Rufus.

He did also get a toy hamster that makes the paper in the box rustle enticingly when it's turned on.

Bonnie scratched her face over her eye and gave herself an eye infection. She's had the Cone of Shame on all Christmas, poor little thing.

I hope you all had a Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Christmas Fairy

I don't often put fiction up, but I thought I'd do a voice recording for you. The text of the recording is over at Podbean and you can see it here. I'm sorry that the recording levels go off every so often. When I tried to re-record the duff parts I ended up deleting everything so in the end I had to let it stand!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

It's that time again

Caught Cheating

It's time for the Bad Sex Awards again; you can read passages from the winning author over at The Guardian.

I'm wondering whose point of view the episodes are written from and thinking that they might be entirely appropriate in context. Guterson was lambasted for his use of coy phrases even though within the book he explains that
(those were the quaint, prudish terms of her girlhood)
It's such a matter of individual judgement and taste. I wonder if the awards put authors off from writing about sex because it's difficult enough anyway, without someone looking in judgement over your shoulder as you type.

There's always the worry that readers will think that what you're describing is your own experience. I'm reminded of Rachel in Friends who suggests toes as an erogenous zone and then backtracks with, "For some people" and fools no one.

So I can't decide if the Bad Sex Awards are just a bit of fun, or harmful to writing. What do you think?
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