Today has been a good day. Contracts arrived for a short story I’ve sold. I thought of a (hopefully) good idea for a non-erotica sci-fi story, plus a novella that I’m just chomping at the bit to write. And last but not least, Rose Caraway, the Sexy Librarian herself, tweeted that The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica has won a Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB gold medal award! How awesome is that?!

The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica
I loved writing “The Whole of Me,” the story of mine that appears in The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica*. The main character of Shaun was so vivid in my mind when I thought of him—his pain, his determination—his story fairly spilled from my fingertips.**
When Rose chose to include it in the anthology I was thrilled. When I saw what prestigious company it was going to keep, I almost fainted. Wow, there are some excellent stories by some prominent erotica authors in this anthology. Up until the day it was published, I kept thinking I was going to get an email telling me my acceptance had been a mistake. Being included in this anthology, award or no award, is one of the proudest moments of my life so far. I ain’t gonna lie though—the award is sweet sweet icing on this already delicious cake.
*You can check the Anthologies page here to find purchase links.
**That’s probably not how it happened—like childbirth, I think the feel-good endorphins of having the story published has warped my memory.

Not Today

I am a creature of darkness. It’s when I’m the most comfortable, the happiest and not coincidentally, the most productive. In the cooler months, I can pound out up to 4000 words a day if I’m feeling particularly inspired. As the days to start to warm and I start to melt with the heat, sometimes I can barely pry out 500 words from the sticky mess I become. So the long bright days of summer are not my favourite things. In fact, summer is usually when I find myself sinking into a recurring depression. The Lord of Darkness in the film Legend, said it best. “Sunshine is my destroyer.” Okay, I’m being dramatic, but sometimes, after weeks of not being able to finish anything, that’s what it feels like.

It used to make me feel like such a grouch, a freak even, that a time of year everyone else looks forward to brings me all the enjoyment of a splinter stuck underneath my skin, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve discovered a different way to appreciate the season. For me the sweetness of summer comes in the fits and starts of creativity I manage to eke out here and there. Bursts of productivity whose honeyed memory I cling to until the next one comes along. Like today. My headphones and I have taken refuge from the sun in a cool, shadowed bedroom and I’ve finished one story and am just about to start another. “Sunshine is my destroyer,” but not today.

Achievement Unlocked!

Website is done!…Almost. Apart from a few little things like categories and widgets, everything is how I want it to be. As you can see, I have a beautiful new header image and there are pages that tell you where my stories have been published with descriptions and purchase links and everything. Finally, after years of procrastination and a couple of days of freaking out, I have made a tiny corner of the internet my own. If you could see me now you would need sunglasses because I am glowing with pride. Take that, my various neuroses! In your assorted faces!

To make my happiness even greater, my novella A Life Without received a wonderful review from Rainbow Book Reviews. You can read it here. It made me smile and do a little dance.

Okay, back to the wordmines. I have a young man who is just about to have a big kiss laid on him.

Comfort Zone? What Comfort Zone?

I’ve been saying to myself for the past couple of years that I need a website and for the past couple of years I’ve been putting it off…and off…and off some more. My social anxiety is partly to blame for that and also my sheer lack of technological smarts. Well, I can’t let these things hold me back any longer. I’m 36 years old and I’m going to be a grown-up, dammit! So I have pulled on my big girl panties and over the next few days (weeks?) I’m going to get this site up and running. I won’t be blogging a great deal, but at least you’ll be able to find out a little bit more me and my stories.

Ok. That’s it. My first post on my brand new blog. That wasn’t so bad, was it?