Hey, everyone. Hope your Monday's aren't *too* awful. I'm still on
break, so it can't be that bad. Had a pretty good weekend - after Kev
left, Karina stayed and visited a few more days, which was nice. She left
yesterday, and I have to admit, it's kind of nice to settle back into real
life again after the holidays. I had been feeling very itchy to start
working and rather antisocial. I did catch up on some phone calls last
night -- talked to David for a couple of hours, and hope to reach Lisette
and Kirsten tonight.
Trying to deal with backlogged e-mail today, and finish the Sizzle story.
I'm writing a little piece to go with the photos they have on file, and
it's frustrating, because the photos are so obviously unrealistic, and
very difficult to make into a coherent story. Oh well. Also need to try
to reach some more people for the dominatrix article -- way behind on
that. At least theoretically. Don't think I ever set a date with the
Better et to work, but I thought I'd repost something here I just sent to
the erotica workshop list, in case any of you were interested.
A challenge, a challenge! I'm going to try this, I think -- anyone else
up for it? If you do, then mail your subs to Celeste at the address below
(if anyone isn't familiar with her, Celeste twice weekly reviews stories
from alt.sex.stories on alt.sex.stories.d. A very nice lady). I'm a
little unclear if we're supposed to fit in all 20 words or only 10 - so
I'm shooting for 20. The deadline is in just a few days. - Mary Anne
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Celeste801)
Date: 11 Jan 1997 22:22:37 GMT
Note: I want to remind you of my Third Annual Celestial Writing Contest.
The story can be of any length, but students (say, in an English class)
should reasonably be able (and eager) to read it three times in one week.
The purpose of the story is to combine learning with pleasure - that is,
to teach vocabulary in the context of a creative sex story. The story
should use all of the words on the following list. Preferably, it should
use them in creative ways that enable learners to see their meaning in
context, and it should use the words more than once - in fact, as often as
possible without becoming silly. The story should not be obviously
didactic - that is, it should be a story about sex, not about learning
The deadline is January 15. I have already received one excellent entry
and have the promise of another from a very good writer. Please feel free
to take a shot at this. Here are the words (all taken from one of those
SAT study lists): acerbic, adept, ameliorate, apocryphal, assuage, blithe,
constrict, credulous, dilatory, egregious, fatuous, guile, hedonism,
impervious, incipient, irascible, lethargy, mundane, prolific, redundant.
All 20 of these are words that intelligent people use when the context
calls for them (Quite possibly I may have used them here in Celestial
Reviews.), but most high school students have no idea what they mean.
They are useful words; and if you write a story with them, at the very
least YOU will probably learn some functional vocabulary words.
A few authors have commented that some of the words are difficult to work
into a sex story. My advice is to consider the possibility of ironic
usage. For example, my husband's irascible tongue has done some wonderful
things to my clitoris; and we have spent some lethargic mornings in the
sack. If you really cannot fit one or two words into the story, submit it
anyway; a "10" story with only 8 words will fare better in my judgment
than an "8" story with all 10 words forced into it. A couple of authors
have told me that "acerbic" is not sexy. Don't tell that to the Ng
sisters, whose banter in their stories is often pleasantly acerbic but
still very sexy.
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