I've had my charity sip accepted! It's going to be published by Torquere Press on the 15th of September 2012. This year we'll be supporting NOH8, and it's a really good cause - but more about that later.
For now, I want to talk a bit about the story. See, the previous years, I've been doing very serious stuff, sweating over cramming several life-changing events onto fifteen pages - or getting all of Mischa's commitment-phobia told reasonably well on those same fifteen pages. It has been hard work (I prefer writing longer things), but I really wanted to participate.
This year, however, I've written a piece of very naughtly fluff. One of my readers suggested a theme for me, and I immediately felt so inspired that I sat down and wrote the entire story in less than a day. And I had so much fun.
First, there was the dog. Have you ever seen a brown Newfoundland puppy? They're the most adorable little creatures - and such a pain in your ass you wouldn't believe it:)! They once used to be water rescue dogs, and that means that they're crazy about water. If they don't have access to an ocean, then they'll make do with a puddle. Or a hole filled with mud. Or their water bowl. I've wiped up a lot of water after our Newfoundland had found yet another way to get wet.
Then I got a suggestion to write something about a very neat guy who meets a very messy dog owner - and I immediately got to think of how catastrophic - and fun! - it would be to put a Newfoundland puppy into that equation.
I'm afraid that things got a little out of hand at this point. First, I had to force myself to stop writing about the damn dog. It was just so cute; however, most people prefer to read romance about actual people. Then I started fooling around with my characters' names, and that led to the inclusion of a guy who's got a pet lobster on a leash. Sadly, the last part is not a figment of my imagination - it's the true story of the poet Gérard de Nerval.
The really naughty part is that I've sort of included my own book in the story. And a name from that very same book. Yep, the adorable Newfoundland puppy is named Mischa.
I'm still blushing a little over that; I mean, it's a little naughty, isn't it? Even though my comparative lit professors would probably have called it "intertextuality", I just think it's slightly self-centered;). But hey, it's a charity sip, it's all in good fun - and I did include a pretty hot sex scene for my guys as well. It isn't all lobsters and Newfoundland dogs!
Anniversary month at Torquere is going to be a lot of fun with good stories and competitions - and you can win your very own little Mischa plushie! And with that cliffhanger, I'll get back to editing:).
I read and I write - everything from corporate to kink. My naughty fictional friends are always there to make my life interesting. And pester me, of course. Pesky creatures.