Saturday, 20 April 2013

Ichabod Crane - Stud or Dud?

Hi everyone - I was actually just over at Hitting the Hot Spot a few days ago discussing just how hot and sexy Ichabod Crane is. Okay - you can stop laughing now. No, really - stop!

As it turns out, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was originally only a 12,000 word short story that was part of a collection that also included the classic Rip Van Winkle. Uh - no - Rip Van Winkle is not sexy - trust me on this one. My joint venture with Washington Irving on Sleepy Hollow, however, eventually swelled to approximately 37,000 words. And - ahem - that wasn't the only thing that swelled!

I'll confess I was a little concerned at first about Irving's descriptions of Ichabod. Phrases such as "His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, and a long snipe nose..." was hardly going to get him nominations as hunk of the year. But his rabid courtship of Katrina, and her "coquettish" response to him - left the door open for both hanky and panky. There was also the denouement of the story that introduced a mysterious third character. Now just how did this man know so much detail about the two would-be lovers, Ichabod and Katrina? Was he perhaps a participant? ANd to help make up for his lack of studly good looks, it turns out that Ichabod's nose wasn't the only overly large appendage he featured.

So let's review: amply endowed hero, fresh young vixen, mystery man - oh - and a little BDSM, and what do we have? A very erotic classic offering. In keeping with Irving's voice, it also has the feel of a romp, so it's more on the light-hearted side. But don't worry, that despicable headless horseman still gets to come out and play.

To find out just how skilled Ichabod is with the ladies, and men, you'll have to pick up a copy of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on May 3rd HERE

You'll also find a tasty little blurb there. Enjoy!

Monday, 1 April 2013

Motivation...and April Fool's Day.

Happy April 1st...or Happy April Fool's Day!

Don't you think it's a bit of a double whammy to have April Fool's on a Monday? Me too.

With that, I find myself lacking in the motivation department...especially when I am staring at two projects (one contemporary and another CC project), both of which are due very, very soon. So like all good writers, I found my little mouse roaming the internet 'researching' (known to everyone else as procrastination).

And found this little tidbit when browsing comments on Amazon:

"The biggest thing for you to do is get rid of your motivation. That's right. Throw motivation out the window because that idea will dry up fast. You must have a strong work ethic and drive. Believe in yourself and have fun!"

Omigosh. Was this guy talking to me?? Nope. But were the cosmos? Yep. That was a great big smack on the back of the head by greater powers. At least for me.

As a person, if I don't buckle down...nothing gets accomplished, good or bad.

As a writer, if I don't sit down and put fingers to keys...nothing gets written, good or bad.

Another favorite quote of mine - from a Chinese fortune cookie of all places - is: Begin...the rest is easy. I find that to be true. If I never start...I never have the opportunity to finish.

So, I'm off to write. Good or bad. J

Before you you have a favorite quote you'd like to share?