April 21st, 2008

turtle

progress report

No writing Friday night, a total of 4000 words over Saturday and Sunday, with which I am well pleased. I am trying to at least begin every scene I haven't yet touched.
turtle

Lockwood, FORBIDDEN SHORES

Jane Lockwood, Forbidden Shores: This is the first erotic romance I've read from Signet, and I really liked it, despite wishing it had been even longer and more complex. It's a historical, set in the Georgian period. The heroine, Clarissa Onslowe, a ruined woman who's been working as a housekeeper, is now being sent to a Caribbean island to serve as governess to the daughter of a planter. The planter is a slaveholder, and she used to write abolitionist pamphlets; her family is both trying to get rid of her and make her unhappy. She decides that once there, she will become a courtesan, which at least has a degree of choice. She's only had sex once, and that was spectacularly unsatisfactory; however, her idea is that there are few educated white women available on the island, and thus she will be a scarce commodity. My theory is that she is looking for some degree of control over her destiny.

On the ship, she meets a lawyer, Allen Pendale, who's the younger son of an earl, traveling to the island to inform his father of his mother's sudden death. He's never been to visit the plantation before, and it's unclear exactly why his siblings choose him; perhaps because he's the youngest, and unattached, as one sister gives birth the day his ship sails. Allen is a lady's man--a cuckolded husband is chasing him as the ship leaves--and Clarissa is attracted to him. Inevitably, she asks him to teach her about sex.

The sex scenes are awesome. They're involving, realistic, and varied as well as fun. The plot, I felt, was weak at points, but I didn't care so much, because it's so rare for me to find erotica that I really enjoy.

On the ship, we also meet the Blights, who are clearly going to be villains later on; at least it's clear about Mr. Blight; it takes a bit longer with Mrs. Blight.

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Recommended--I'm curious what others will think.
turtle

lube-i-licious

I'll be researching this elsewhere, of course, but I'd love to hear your suggestions of what two men might use for lubricant in France in the fall/winter of 1914.

Serious and not-serious responses both requested.
turtle

"You want slick, not stick."

Poll #1174932 "You want slick, not stick."

If I were reading about sodomy, this is how I'd like to see lubricant referred to.

I will never, ever read about sodomy.
1(2.3%)
Lubricant? What for?
0(0.0%)
Grease.
0(0.0%)
Oil.
3(7.0%)
Ointment.
0(0.0%)
Salve.
2(4.7%)
Cream.
0(0.0%)
Lotion.
1(2.3%)
Emollient.
0(0.0%)
Butter.
0(0.0%)
Lubricant.
7(16.3%)
Goose grease.
1(2.3%)
Clicky slicky.
1(2.3%)
I'd prefer to imagine it, like I imagine the socks coming off.
4(9.3%)
I don't care, so long as there's lubricant in some form.
23(53.5%)