Frolicon Speaking Schedule

tumblr_m9fhc7i3eX1r1dcylo1_1280Hey Folks,

That time of year again for Frolicon.  Yup, I’m speaking on several panels this year again, occupying both my Friday and Saturday.  Don’t worry, I’ll manage to slip some fun in there…

Friday March 29 2013

50 Years: The Future of Wiring 10:00am 11:30am Junior Suite Sascha Illyvich
Annabel Joseph
Angelia Sparrow
Jenna Barton
Lord Cailleach
Editors and Agents Tell All 11:45am 1:15pm Junior Suite Trinity – Moderator
Angelia Sparrow
Sascha Illvich
Lord Cailleach
Never Write with Your Former Top 1:30pm 3:00pm Junior Suite Angelia Sparrow – Moderator
Gabriel Belthir
Sascha Illyvich

Saturday, March 20, 2013

WriteSEX 10:00am 11:30am Junior Suite Sascha Illvich – Moderator
Shakir Rashaan
Annabel Joseph
Jamie Thornsen
It Came From Fandom and So Can You  11:45am 1:15pm Junior Suite Jenna Barton
More Than 50 Shades 1:30pm 3:00pm Junior Suite Jenna Barton – Moderator
Annabel Joseph
Shakir Rashaan
Sascha Illyvich
Jamie Thorsen 
Male POV 3:15pm 4:45pm Junior Suite Sascha Illyvich – Moderator
Shakir Rashaan
Jamie Thornsen
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50 Gays of Shade – New Release

The cover for the highly anticipated gay Anthology 50 Gays of Shade comes out from Torquerue Press on February 13th.  Best selling author Kiernan Kelly decided to try her hand at editing and came up with this anthology, a brilliant collection of authors all writing the hottest in m/m and BDSM.

My Contribution – Into the Void – involves a dominant who let the noise of the world come crashing down on the relationship he shared with Trent, his loyal, loving 50gaysofshadesubmissive.  That is, until Shade calls and questions David’s character.

Look for the URL to purchase on February 13th!

For now, here’s the cover!

More fun at the expense of 50 Shades of Grey

I heard that atrocious book 50 Shades of Grey is going to be made into a movie.  Readers are wondering what they’ll do since the majority of the book is BDSM “mommy porn” and how they’ll cut or what they’ll cut out of the book for the movie to make sense.

It’s funny to think about this as an experiment of what’s good for BDSM and the public and what’s not.

In terms of readership, readers want a full story full of twists and turns, and to keep guessing.  They like to think.  The movie audience does too but visually, their minds see what the director shows them.

In some instances, a LOT of stuff will be cut.  In a book like 50 Shades of Grey, with as much heavy handed BDSM as a theme, with the fact that TRUST must be shown, any director who is NOT familiar with the Lifestyle will probably make a LOT of mistakes, not entirely on purpose due to the medium being changed.

I’ve been studying film and screen writing, trying to grasp the structure of a story told via the written script and how it compares to that which is shown on screen.  It’s not easy and while your humble romance author is smart, I’m still simple.

I imagine a LOT of the book will get cut or reworked for film purposes  Fans will either love it or hate it, and it won’t matter because at the end of the day we’ll still have one thing to fall back on.

Secretary.  A movie about BDSM done RIGHT.

Once again this post was another “done for SEO purposes” post.  Though I do not have a strong opinion of 50 Shades of Grey.

50 Shades of Grey – You can’t be serious?

THIS is the book that’s getting people talking openly about BDSM?   Really?  After hearing all the hype on twitter by commenter and writer @Andrewtshaffer about how much it sucked, I had to check it out.  The book has been labeled mommy porn by some of the folks who’ve read it, even getting the attention of Dr. Drew, having said the following:
“[50 Shades of Grey] is actual violence against women. I have to tell you, this is the part maybe i’ll get heat for, but there is a lot of violence against children in this country. There are various kinds of physical abuse. People subjected to those experiences are especially aroused by these images. I’m not saying the average women can’t be, but it’s especially arousing for them.”

on The Today Show.  Now he hasn’t read the book but he did take a LOT of heat for his assertion later on that consensual submission by women was wrong.

Andrew’s blog post did a pretty good job of bashing the Dr. so I won’t rehash that, but I will start with what I learned of the book from his post on the Suicide Girls blog:

“Regardless of why it’s popular, 50 Shades of Grey‘s very existence is leading to some interesting, sex-positive discussions. “I found myself explaining what BDSM was to some of the moms at Saturday morning basketball,” publicist Alison Brod told The New York Post. Whether or not this signifies that BDSM (or even erotica) has gone mainstream is up in the air at this point, but it’s not inconceivable that 50 Shades of Grey could potentially do for BDSM what Twilight did for vampires.”

Sounds pretty good, right?    Except that there are a TON of books in the erotic BDSM genre, including the ROMANCE section that have done this way before.  What makes 50 Shades so damn good?

I’ll tell you.

Nothing.  I respect Andrew’s opinion (goddess knows why!) so I asked him.  I think the quote I got back was “the book sucked bags of dick.”  Or some shit like that.

Curiousness made me pull up the free sample on my kindle app for my droid.

  • First problem:  First person narrative
  • Second problem:  First person narrative done poorly.
  • Third problem:  OH MY GOD did she just use the OVERDONE MIRROR TRICK to DESCRIBE HERSELF TO US?

You don’t see Laurel K. Hamilton doing that with Anita or Merry.  As for BDSM, Joey W. Hill’s series that starts off with The Ice Queen gives us a deeper look into BDSM from a romance point of view that kinksters are more familiar with and one that romance readers really enjoy.

So why again is this trilogy being hailed as something great?    Good question.  Even the plot itself is WAY overdone.

“Anastasia Steele, a college-age virgin who has never been kissed, meets Christian Grey, the 27-year-old billionaire CEO of Grey’s Enterprises Holdings. Christian is unbelievably handsome with his “tousled hair” and “expensive body wash.” He is also unbelievably kinky. He lost his virginity to a dominatrix when he was fifteen, and, after five years as her submissive, became a dom himself. He used his vast wealth to turn a room in his penthouse apartment into a virtual dungeon, nicknamed the “Red Room of Pain.” And he wants to share his love of BDSM (and fine wine, classical music, and Bruce Springsteen) with Anastasia.” – Andrew once again at the Suicide Girls Blog

Yawn.  I’m not normally a hater on books but the plot is so overdone in literature.  I know, you’re all probably wondering what fuck I give since I’m not out to write the Great American Bondage Novel but please, I can go to any book store, pick up any random BDSM collection and find this story written much better and with less annoying characters AND possibly a better 1st person POV.

I’m not going to lie, this post is how I feel but I did it for the SEO value.

Seriously, I couldn’t make it past the first page.  Something rubbed me raw with the writing and I’m honestly pretty open about what I’ll read.

Go read some REAL BDSM Erotica:

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