Sunday, September 25, 2016

Is Anyone Else Tired of the News Lately?

I've gotten so tired of the news lately. I feel like it swings back and forth between gloom and doom that makes you feel like the world's going to hell in a hand basket, and ridiculous bullshit that isn't really news. For instance, it'll focus on milking mass shootings and acts of terrorism for weeks and then switch gears to talk about who wore what gown to whatever weekly award show is going on. (And don't get me started on the overabundance of "award" shows!)

Is anybody else tired of it, or is it just me? I've gotten to where I won't even watch the regular network news anymore. Even the local NBC news I've quit watching. I've definitely stopped watching the Nightly News, even though I really do like Lester Holt. But aside from finding Holt to be a well-spoken, professional journalist, every damn night it's the same thing: Raging fires! Murder! Rape! Terrorism! Disease! etc. They usually have one maybe minute-long clip of something positive, like maybe a child who has survived cancer, but it's buried in all the depressing crap.

 If you're like me and you're over it, I think you'd really enjoy the movie Anchorman 2. It's such a fantastic parody of the state of modern news. Here's a clip from the film that pretty much sums things up when it comes to the pointless type of news that is such a waste of time:


 I'd much rather get lost in a good book ;)




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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Flavorwire's 10 Guilty Pleasure Erotic Thrillers

Elizabeth Berkley in 'Showgirls'

Flavorwire posted a list earlier this month that consisted of their 10 favorite guilty-pleasure erotic thrillers. I've only seen two out of the ten: Showgirls and Fear.

I saw Showgirls when I was 14 or 15 years old. There was no way in hell that my mother would have ever let me watch an R-rated movie, much less an NC-17 one, so I watched it with a friend when I spent the night at her house. Her mom was a lot more laid back than mine. So Showgirls ended up being my first dirty NC-17 movie, and I remember being surprised by all the nudity but also had a hard time not laughing at how corny it was. Turns out, the general consensus on this film is that it's pretty cheesy and terrible, and even to my virgin eyes, I couldn't take it very seriously. Apparently Elizabeth Berkley is still having trouble living it down; I saw her and the cast of the 90s TV show Saved By The Bell get together for a reunion on Jimmy Fallon's Late Show not too long ago, and they were still giving her a hard time about it.

The other one on the list that I've seen is a movie called Fear with Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon. I saw this one when I was in 7th grade at a sleepover with my classmates. That night was the very first time I stayed up all night, so that alone was a big deal. I remember the movie being one of the first R-rated movies I'd ever seen, and one of the first movies with sex in it, and also that it had a pretty shocking scene involving a murdered dog. But it was a better film than Showgirls, even if it was a bit over the top, too.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Writers Groups: Why Joining the Right One Can Rock

Writers groups are a dime a dozen these days. Seems like everyone wants to be a writer now and not always for the best reasons. Unfortunately, a lot of writers these days are self-serving and write primarily because they want to make a quick buck, or they write for attention - the fickle spotlight.

But every now and then, you come across a writer who writes because he/she really loves a good story. These writers want to write because they love the process and the end result. They simply love telling a good story. As young readers, they fell in love with certain characters and other worlds within the beloved novels that they read growing up. They write today because they have a true passion for it. And these writers, when they come together, can be an awesome source of support and inspiration.

Why am I writing a blogpost about writers groups? Well, there's a new one on Google+ that I wanted to share with you. It's called the Romantic Raven Author Group, and it's my intention to make it a place for those serious writers who love their craft, specifically writers of romantic fiction, to come together and get to know one another, have fun, and grow as storytellers. I encourage you to try us out! If you're interested, please read the guidelines, and if you're good with it, just ask to join, and I'll be happy to add you. Just click the logo below!



Rainbow Awards Nomination

THE ART HOUSE is officially my first book that's ever been entered into the Rainbow Awards, which is an annual literary contest for LGBTQIA books. I'm still not entirely sure how the contest works, but I do know that their reading period goes from now until December, and they'll pick the official winners in December.

Somehow my book has already gotten an "Honorable Mention" from one of the readers/judges, which I think is pretty cool!

If you're interested, you can click the pic to see Elisa's review:

As an aside, I am excited that the first day of Fall is in a couple of weeks! This has always been my favorite time of the year. I enjoy reading books more as the weather gets cooler and inspires more wrapping up in blankets and sipping on hot drinks. The changing of the seasons always inspires my writing as well. I wrote THE ART HOUSE during the Fall, and the story takes place at that time, too. There's something magical about the transition season of Autumn. Maybe it's Halloween and all the fantastical decor people set up around their houses. Whatever it is, I love it.



Friday, September 2, 2016

Pam Anderson Joins Crusade Against Porn

Yes, you read that title correctly.

In an article I just read on The Rolling Stone's website, Pamela Anderson has joined up with a rabbi to write an op-ed on how bad porn is, and claims it's "for losers."

**Sigh** This makes me sad because I love Pam. And I'm not going to criticize her for what seems like hypocritical words coming from a former Playboy model, but I am going to challenge some of the ideas from the op-ed that were highlighted in the Rolling Stone article. (I don't have access to Wallstreet Journal, where the full op-ed is located, so I'm just going off of a few key quotes.)

Pam and the rabbi state that porn addicts (people who have tried to stop watching it but can't) comprise about 9% of porn watchers, which is the same stat of marijuana addicts. Well, I'd like to point out the 91% of people who watch porn (and who smoke weed) don't have an addiction.

People can also be addicted to anything. Take for instance food, which leads to obesity, which is a serious health epidemic here in America. People lose family members to early deaths. Health care costs skyrocket, leaving families in debt. Yet fast food restaurants stay in business without anyone writing op-eds saying "French fries are for losers!" Some people are addicted to exercise. Some people are workaholics. People can get addicted to anything.

The Rolling Stone article goes on to highlight the comparison of children who live in homes where there is porn to "crack babies." Never-mind the fact that the whole crack baby thing has been scientifically debunked. Parents whose children watch porn are just bad parents! Seriously, it is not the porn's fault. It'd be like parents giving wine (or weed) to young children. Of course it's going to screw them up because they're not physically or emotionally ready for things like that, things meant for adults! But to punish the responsible parents who may watch porn privately to spice up their sex life is unfair.

The RS article also points out that Pam Anderson and the rabbi say we need a "sensual revolution" where we focus more on eroticism than porn. But this opens up the never-ending debate of what exactly is porn vs what is erotica? Some people's erotica may be other people's porn, and vice versa. To some people, Pam Anderson's spreads in Playboy would be considered porn - after all, they're images meant to titillate. And the same goes for erotica or movies or books with erotic content. They're all meant to titillate. But so is porn.

Now, I'm not a fan of porn that promotes any sort of abuse or violence. I'm totally against porn that exploits victims of sex trafficking and also underage porn, which is illegal. But I see nothing wrong with sexy images and/or videos made by consenting adults with the intent to spice up someone's sex life. I love my good orgasms as much as the next person. I've watched porn before, but can say with confidence that I am not addicted to it. I can take it or leave it. But according to Pam, I'm a "loser" for watching it at all.

So, blog readers, what do you think about all this?




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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Spotlight on Artist Handiedan

Happy Sapphic Sunday! Today instead of just posting one image on social media, I wanted to do a short blogpost on a new artist I recently discovered.

I came across the artist Handiedan's work last week on Pinterest and am totally in love with it. She's a woman who I can call my contemporary, being around my age (mid-30s), and she's from Amsterdam. Though she works with different media, it seems like what's her most popular work is the really cool pulp/burlesque collages she does, many of which are deliciously F/F!

She takes pieces from different pin-up girls and puts them together like a sexy Frankenstein concoction. At fist glance, you can't really see it, but on closer inspection, you can see in the above piece that there are some disembodied arms on the top girl's legs!

I love the old-world/new-world vibe she's got going on. She takes the classic, almost antiquated pinup look and makes it strikingly modern. She's also done some amazing mural work, like this one below in Berlin:

Consider me a new fan! :) 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Stopping to Capture the Sunrise

Photography is one of my many lesser-known interests. I don't own a fancy camera, and I also have never taken a photography course. But every now and then I'll come across a moment that just begs to be captured, like this morning's sunrise.

Sometimes nature compels me to stop whatever I'm doing and be still. It's a wonderful feeling. As I was rushing to get dressed at dark-thirty this morning so that I could be on my way and start my day, I had no idea that there was such a gorgeous sunrise outside waiting for me. I stopped on my way to the garage and snapped a few photos from several different angles. This one seemed like the best of the bunch to me.

It got me to thinking - how many times in our life will we actually witness the reliable stillness of the sunrise? The sunset? The full moon? These things seem limitless, yet we only really stop what we're doing and experience them on rare occasions.

Maybe if we did more of it, we'd realize that the whole hustle and bustle is all just a big crazy game, and what brings us peace is there, all the time, waiting to embrace us...