When tangerinedream started Scribes' Shelter, I thought it might be neat if there was a sort of regular thing relating directly to the art of writing. Two weeks and one convoluted explanation later (which LJ mysteriously ate), here it is.
The Thing of the Undefined Time Period, edition number one: "The Thing" because not every one likes writing prompts, and I'm not clever enough to come up with interesting (or very clear) questions. "Undefined Time Period" because time and the interwebs are not friends in my world--but I'll try very hard to do at least one a week.
Also! Thank you celticsuccubus for your bravery and posting the first piece! Hooray!
(more on that below...)
First, maybe a round of introductions? It seems like we all know tangerinedream , but not each other--I'm down with sharing the voices in my head just as long as I know what types you lot are. Alternatively, you could just skip to the discussion thing below (second el jay cut down).
I'm Maureen, also known as:naiadiseult , thegirlwho (outside LJ, but that might change), Beanie DJ Reenie Zee, the Girl With Black Hair, Maurice, Hey You, and formerly the Barista Sometimes Called Dan Or Heather. I do things.
My reading habits are simple, naturally making them difficult to explain. The Austen-Brown Scale is a personal rating system devised earlier this year. It's applied to more than written works, but in this instance can most clearly illustrate the nature of my picky-ness: Persuasion, for example ranks at 100 per cent Austen while The Da Vinci Code is at the complete other end, being 100 per cent Brown. Most of things I read rank between 10 per cent Austen and 10 per cent Brown, with zero being absolute ambivalence. (When a piece is more than 65 per cent Brown is where I wanting to throw it across the room in disgust)... This is all probably more than you need to know, because I am now going to tell you how I'm actually rather tolerant toward reading prose in online communities--I believe in the power of Revision.
Poetry is an entirely different matter.
Writing-wise, I do: long fiction, screenplays, amateur blogging, and non-journalistic non-fiction. I don't do hard news or poetry (anymore, rather--I have issues stemming from long befor Goldie's class). I'd like write more short stories, especially because they might help my career. Currently, I'm trying to finish my first novel so that I get back to my second. Oh, and I have a few screenplays of various lengths on the side that need finishing.
Those last thee paragraphs (if you want to call the line about poetry a paragraph, which I am) are a very long way of saying, "Hi, I write things, may I please rant to you about them?" Because Novel One is maddening: I'm at the phase affectionately known as "This story sucks balls! I can't believe I wasted 90,000 words!" My characters are obnoxious. My protagonist is the worst--I'm the type who has fully formed people in my head and, well, I'm tired of walking around with a fully grown prince humming pop songs at me. Meanwhile, the guys from Novel Two are starting to get restless. It's enough to drive a girl to drink.
Anyway. Your turn, if you really want to. What do you read or write, if anything? Is there anything specific you're looking for in Scribes' Shelter, or do you just want a place to put things or write, or are you just along for the ride? What is your favourite colour? What do you think about cheese?
Now, as promised, the Great Big Discussion Thing! Hooray!
If you missed it,celticsuccubus posted a short piece last week that was inspired Oliver Stone's "The Doors."
It's sexy, but not overtly graphic or ridiculous.
Anyway. Because of either residual Puritanism in my blood or in spite of twenty-odd years of watching Python, I have a difficult time with sex scenes. Innuendo, oh hell yes, but actually sitting down to describe two people getting it on? Not so much. I giggle like a thirteen-year-old boy.
So to the mature writers, how do you write a sex scene, and can you impart some advice? And to everyone, do you find sex scenes hard to write--or even to read?
Discuss. If it tickles your fancy to do so.