Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Adamsing My Deadlines

Whoosh. That's the sound of deadlines whizzing by.

Literotica's Nude Day Contest. FAIL.
The story morphed into something too long and complex to get done in time. I'll stick it on the back burner and chip away at it in time for next year's competition. (This happens a lot. The Christmas story I've got lined up for this year was supposed to be for the competition two years previous :) )

eXcessica Anthology. CRITICAL.
Damn, another story way outside my comfort zone. I really should stick to the big-boobed succubi I know and love. I've got an extension on this one, but I'm probably going to be quiet for the rest of the week while I get it done.

Hmm, now how in the hell am I supposed to make two people skinning each other alive romantic and erotic...


  1. As someone who isn't in the commercial writing business, how do publishing deadlines work? I mean, why does the publisher care when your collection is or isn't finished? I get why, say, a movie studio might rush a director to finish up a movie in time for a specified release date. But it's not clear to me why the same would be true for a book publisher.

    Also, if your skinning-alive scene is anything like the one from "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle"...*shivers*. That's pretty freaky stuff.

  2. It's a multi-author anthology to showcase the writers at eXcessica (and raise funds) and it already has a set publication date. There's probably a bit of slack built in to allow for laggards like me, but it's a bit shoddy on my part to not get something ready in time.

    I hadn't heard of the The Wind-up Bird Chronicle before. Being a fan of things Japanese and weird, I think I'll check that out.

  3. I recall a sequence in a novel (cyberpunk---Neuromancer?) where an illusionist puts together a woman piece by piece; and then the woman, who has long claws, proceeds to take him apart, piece by piece.

    Also random: China Mieville's The Scar has two pirate captains The Lovers, who cut terrible scars into one another's flesh as a mark of possession. In the novel it started romantic then became something else.

    Jesus, you have to make it sexy? How realistic the setting? If you make the atmosphere vaguely fairytale then anything hideous can be romantic. Mention a drug-bowl? (Coagulants, painkillers, ...)

    "that wide-eyed look" when the eyelids are removed.

    This is fun, but I'm glad it's you writing it, and not me :)