Archive for April, 2006

Viral Marketing

Monday, April 24th, 2006

I’ve been laid low for the past week or so with a nasty flu-like bug that seems to like me very much, as it won’t go away. I’m starting to feel a little better now, but in addition to the fun illness symptoms, it’s had some interesting side effects.

I have a tendency to have weird dreams, which becomes even more pronounced when I’m not well. A couple of nights ago, in the grip of the bug, I had an absolute doozy.

Like many dreams, the events kept shifting. It started out as me trying to get away from a zombiesque foe. I dream a lot about zombies, for some reason. Somehow in the midst of all the running and fighting, I kept bumping into people who kept saying, “Oh, you simply must buy Stephen King’s new book, Cell. It’s great!”. Over and over and over again. I woke up not with the usual relief that I had averted the danger and avoided the consumption of my tasty tasty brain, but with an overwhelming urge to pop down to my local bookshop and get me some King.

This sort of marketing campaign was funny when it was used in Futurama to sell Lightspeed Briefs, but not so funny when it happened in my own head. Knock it off, arseholes!

But it could have been worse. Dreaming about zombies I can handle, but I think I would have awoken in a cold sweat had there been an appearance by Kerri-Anne Kennerley or anyone from Danoz Direct. Now that’s true horror.

First-Timers Book Out Now

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

First-Timers: True Stories of Lesbian Awakening

I was very excited the other day to receive my contributor copies of First-Timers: True Stories of Lesbian Awakening, edited by the lovely Rachel Kramer Bussel (who I’d think was lovely even if she hadn’t selected my story, honest).

I’ve not had a chance to read much of it yet but it looks divine – that gorgeous cover! – and features stories from some fabulous erotica writers. My own little story is sandwiched in between stories by Audacia Ray and Alison Tyler, which is certainly very good company to be in.

I don’t think I mentioned my acceptance into this anthology when it originally occurred, but I seem to recall it happening around the time I was having a bit of a great run with getting stories accepted, which is always a nice feeling: they like me, they really like me! And my dirty mind, too!

Go check it out over at Amazon if you are so inclined. Which I personally think you should be.

Update 25/04/06: I’ve received word that First-Timers will be available from its Australian distributor in May.  You should be able to order it in at any good bookstore (or even some of the crappy ones).  Bliss for Women should have it as a matter of course, and it might be in Borders’ woefully inadequate lesbian fiction section.

Like a Virgin (Content Management System)

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Look Ma, I’m on WordPress!

Thanks to Stu, who’s spent the last little while doing this when he could have been sitting around thinking about his sins on this, Good Friday, aka Honey I Killed Our Lord Day.

Although now that I ponder the death of Our Lord, I have to say that I think that without the influence of Jesus, there would be less racism in the world today. I mean, would the Ku Klux Klan burn rocks on black peoples’ lawns if he’d been stoned to death instead of crucified? I think not.