If you haven’t guessed, I get bored sticking to set days. So here’s Skiver Friday Skiver Saturday URL Thursday.
I like bookcases. None of mine match, and some of them don’t even fit my bigger books and comics. If I was one of these then things would be different.
My top 3 – The Cave Book Shelf (above), DIY Inverted Bookshelf, the Round Sofa. I like the idea of being able to go straight from shelf to sitting and reading.
This week they also announced the winner of the bad sex award, for writers whose bedroom prose leaves the reader unsatisfied. Amusingly, most of the winners are award-winning authors who just have that one weakness. This years winner was Jonathon Littlell, author of “The Kindly Ones”. Originally written in French, it has receive France’s highest literary honour the Prix Goncourt.
Writing Advice: My advice is to avoid steamy scenes if your writing doesn’t need them. While adding some explicit content might boost movie ratings, in writing it more often leaves your readers uncomfortable and shocks them out of the story if done badly.
If you need to do it, do your research and know what you’re talking about. No flowery prose and metaphors, call things as they are and focus on trying to capture the emotions of the scene instead of panicking that people might think badly of you for writing about what goes on behind closed doors.
As I’m writing for a young adult audience, unless there’s good reason I leave that out and have fun with tension, flirting and ‘innocent’ romance instead. Taking a look at Twilight, that style of writing seems to be flourishing at the moment.
Last links – a futuristic vision of the advances e-readers and e-books will take. Some of them I love – bonus content and lending particularly – while others like obtrusive adverts I’m mixed about, and print-on-demand in bookstores (while cool) doesn’t seem likely. It’s dystopian antagonist is found over here, in an article where copyright protection on electronic work has reached tyrannic levels.
With that, we’re done.