Shelley Aikens:  Hot, Steamy Erotica
 
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I can't believe the date of my last entry on this blog! Has it really been that long? No, I haven't been in a 2-year coma, and no I haven't quit writing to become a nun or anything like that. But actually it's kind of close... I've spent the last year and a half in the writing-coma that is new parenthood! Yes, I've been busy creating, but not writing--I've actually made a real human being with my latest creative efforts! I have to say that so far, he's my masterpiece. If I could turn him into a book, he'd be a bestseller for sure. :) 

But for anyone who's tried it, writing erotica while caring for a newborn on relatively little sleep while longing for a shower and wearing spitup-stained yoga pants for the tenth day in a row doesn't really work all that well... Or at least it doesn't work for me, though I'd love to hear from anybody who has been able to make it work! Writing while pregnant would have been great (nobody ever told me about the effects of pregnancy hormones on the sex drive--wowza!), but I was inevitably too exhausted at the end of each long work day to do anything more ambitious than just collapse into bed. But now that I'm moving out of the blissful fog of new motherhood, I'm finding myself craving writing time again, sneaking away to dash off a little fantasy scene or two while the baby's sleeping. 

Eventually, I was able to find enough time and focus to rewrite my second novel, which I'm shopping around right now. It's super hot but at the same time a bit of a genre-bender, with a hint of magic woven through in an otherwise realistic plot. Magical erotic chick lit, is about the best way to describe it... You could never class it as a paranormal, but there are definitely a few elements in it that make you have to stretch a bit to suspend disbelief. Just a few, though--think "Bewitched" with an erotic twist!  

And so now, here I am working on my third novel. So excited about this one! It's another librarian on an erotic adventure, this time taking a house swap to Cornwall, where the locals are just as gorgeous as the scenery... Well, at least that's what I think it will turn out to be--you never know what will happen to a story after you start writing it.  Stay tuned and I'll let you know how it goes...

 
*Sigh* It really isn't easy to keep up a writing career when you're working full time. How do other people do it? In the last two months, I might have spent only 20 hours writing. My "firm" goal of writing every day has flown out the window.  Maybe it's because I'm in the revision stage, which is definitely my least favourite part of the writing process.  It's hard not to procrastinate when you have to do something you dislike almost as much as emptying the cat litter box.  

But now I'm starting to miss my writing so much! It's that familiar, restless craving to sit down and pour out another story.  But with most of my time spent at work, as well as the need to get through these blasted revisions first, I'm not sure when I'll be able to start my next story. I need to do something to make my schedule work better with my writing.  I'm not a morning person, so the idea of getting up at 5am to write seems like torture. On the other hand, writing at night doesn't work either, because at the end of the day I'm so tired, I can barely keep my eyes open.  As for right after work, the last thing I want to do after sitting in front of a computer all day is fire up my laptop!  So that leaves--when exactly?

I guess if I had to pick the least of the evils, I would surprisingly pick the 5am wakeup.  I can understand why so many full-time workers/part-time writers choose the wee hours as their writing time. There's nothing to distract me at that time, other than my warm, comfy bed... Even the pets won't wake up that time of day, so I'll be all alone with my story and my sexy characters and who knows what kinds of adventures they get up to? Hmm, maybe not much at 5am, but we'll see. 

So shall I try it? An experiment: I'll get up at 5 am--no wait, let's make that 6am--every day next week and see how I like the early-morning writing routine.  Not this week, though, because I'm off to Vegas for a few days. Hmm, maybe I'll get some inspiration for my next novel while I'm there???