There’s a topic that has been nagging me for quite a while, demanding attention and asking that my opinion on it be shared with the world. My usual response has been “Shut up and go sit in the corner, you’re too politicised as it is” but a recent chat with a fellow writer sort of convinced me it was possible to write about it without enraging armies or even your discussion partner. The nagging topic is about men writing female characters and, gasp, women writing male characters. Continue reading Write Them Real, Write Them True
The short list for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Awards by the Literary Review is out and it’s hilarious though I think last year’s was funnier. But this time I feel a certain empathy with the authors selected. Because, honestly, it’s bloody hard to write a good sex scene that is at the same time believable and beautiful, or at any rate memorable. I know because I’ve been there. Continue reading The Woes and Perils of Writing a Sex Scene
You know those stories people write for themed anthologies? Well, if you don’t, these are stories on a specific–you guessed it–topic. Although sometimes they can be reworked for other purposes, other times they cannot. So I’ll be putting my little themed rejects here. I like them too much to refuse them any audience besides myself and the editor who decided they lacked something or other.
WARNING: This particular story is 18+, I think, although I suspect it was rejected because it didn’t have enough explicit sex in it. Oh, well, I like it just the way it is. Continue reading That Wave
By Irina Slav
“Are you thinking about it?” he murmured into her ear singeing it with his breath. Continue reading A Date With a Twist