Erotic is okay, but not required. Outright porn probably not a good idea. Please avoid food similes and metaphors! No breasts like ripe mangoes, or coffee-colored skin. Bonus points if the work is in public domain, so I don't have to worry about copyright issues. Super bonus points with optional kisses if it's in the online Gutenberg Project, so I can quickly get a copy of the text.
Other than that, good day. Met up with Vivek, Lori, Satya at Book Cellar, and in between interesting conversations, managed to draft the welcome message for my online workshop, the first section, "Diversity", and a later section, "Where Are You From?" Here's the opening to the latter, in case you're curious...
People ask me all the time -- in class, on the street, at parties: Where are you from?Came home at three, helped watch Kavi, gardened, and read Holly Black's Ironside, which I enjoyed, as expected.
Most of my brown-skinned friends are tired of that question. They're usually too polite to ask in return, Why does it matter to you? Am I asking you where you're from? In casual American conversation, we don't tend to ask white people where they're from -- it's just assumed that they're Americans, and that's all that matters. My friends would like to be extended that same courtesy.
One way to approach the whole problem is to stop asking the question, stop marking that difference between the apparent foreigner (who may actually have been in America for more generations than their white-skinned neighbor). But as a writer, I want to go in the opposite direction. I want to ask everyone the question -- Where are you from? Because I am fascinated by character, and for many people, where they are from is a huge element of their character, their identity.
Also sent out the first e-mails kicking off the online workshop. I wasn't sure how these workshops would go -- would anyone even sign up? But I have around ten+ folks for each one, so they'll end up making me around $3000 for the summer. Since Kavi's babysitting (which gives me the time to both teach and write) costs $250/week, that pretty much covers the babysitting. Good deal. Now I just have to be careful not to let teaching eat up all that cafe time -- teaching is sneaky that way. It'll take as much time as you give it and beg for more. But if I have roughly 30 hrs/week of cafe time, I think I should be able to reserve half of it for writing. That's the plan, at any rate.
Tomorrow, focus on getting the online workshop up and running, plus prep for Monday's in-person class. Sunday, relax and play with family. Monday -- definitely back to the memoir.