December 17th, 2006

twain & tesla

it seems somehow appropriate that I am emitting a 60-cycle hum

The buzz of alternating current, and not much more. Or, yanno, handshake, but no carrier.

I have cleaned the living room and the kitchen, taken out the trash, and cleaned the catbox. I think the next step is sorting the laundry so I can wash it, because if I wash the laundry, I can clean the bedroom.

And then there's the bathroom

*fear*

But hey, I finished the book. You know, a linked collection might in fact be just as exhausting as a novel?

Man, I need bookshelves.

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the light is green, the trap is clean

Or at least, my living room is. And the kitchen. And the laundry is done and folded. And the dishes. And the bathroom is nearly clean. The bedroom will mostly wait for another day, I think.

And now I'm going to watch Doctor Who until my brain rots.

Look! I'm on vacation! There will be no useful content here until I start revising New Amsterdam, which I expect will be the end of the week sometime. Oh, and I have some galleys and contracts to review tomorrow, must remember that.

And then you can all look forward to the amazing spectacle of a writer attempting to break the world book proposal writing land speed record. *g*

(Heh, and just as I was typing the words, "I'm on vacation," something came up that probably needs doing tonight. La. Yanno, the universe is sometimes a little too convinced of its own cleverness sometimes. This job? Is like playing whack-a-mole.)

Damn, I'm good.

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he's gonna do another strip tease.

Ah. It's commodorified's fault I figured this out.

The way to write effective sex is not to write it any differently than anything else. I mean, I've been saying for years that I write sex the same way I write fight scenes and I write fight scenes the same way I write conversations.

And that's exactly it.

A sex scene is not different from any other character interaction. You present it in exactly as much detail as is useful and/or revelatory. And as for the readers who fetishize it one way or another (who won't read sex scenes, or who focuses on the sex scenes....) well, I say screw 'em. I don't make special allowances for people who skip the fight scenes or the dinner scenes or the trudging across the tundra mile after mile scenes.

If it's in there, it's because I thought it improved the narrative. If it's not, then it's because I didn't.

(Please note, if you're going to apply this principle to writing, it's important to make sure you're not just writing your kinks, because the squid in your mouth is only interesting to people who like to watch trains wreck. Also, this does not apply to writing erotica. I don't know bupkiss about writing erotica; nor do I claim to. This applies to writing plot-and-character-driven genre fiction.)

And if you want to know how I handle sex in narrative, there's at least one example in the sample of By the Mountain Bound that's up over at elizabethbear.
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Bear's Law Of Internet Chat Rooms

All internet chat rooms inhabited by at least 50% female geeks or fans or writers will eventually devolve onto on of three topics:

1) food, and how to make it
2) cute boys, and which ones are cutest
3) bras, and where to buy them

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