Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Coyote Xandra

Wow. I'm all psyched about my first Morning After blog. Because in the Blogosphere, you don't wake up hung over, with bad breath, and trying to determine if you'll need to chew your arm off to sneak away without--

Okay, never mind that. :D This morning, I thought I'd blog a bit about one of the themes I love to write about, and one that's eminently suited to erotic romance.

One of my relatives, who does not write, asked me what my book was about. Because she isn't in the industry and doesn't watch the trends in romance, I felt kind of at a loss as to how to describe what I write to someone who wouldn't recognize the industry buzzwords. Now, everyone talks about having that "high-concept pitch" of 25 words or less. Some people practice it, hone it, and sharpen it until it's worthy of being printed on the back of a business card and handed out at RWA conventions.

I blurted mine out before my brain could engage. "Wild monkey sex with hot lizard men," I said.

I immediately wanted to take it back. To suck in a huge breath and take those words back, because in spite of being absolutely true--my heroine does have wild monkey sex with hot lizard men--it's so much more than that.

Which brings us around to my theme. Rayne, my heroine, pushes the boundaries of her courage and her comfort when she stops thinking about her career and starts thinking about herself as a woman--and what she needs as a woman (and don't we all put ourselves second waaay too often?). She takes her initiative through a secret exchange of technology with her alien counterpart--a female who understands the priorities one should put on making oneself happy. ;)

So here's the question to ponder this lovely, sunny morning (for me, anyway) - what's your limit? What's on the edge of your envelope to push? Give me one thing you've always thought about, never tried, but would if you had the chance, and you'll be entered to win an indulgent little body treat!


Anonymous Jenn said...

Hello, Xandra! LOVE your website by the way--what great artwork! and your excerpts are outstanding.

I'd say my envelope would be considered pushed if I actually wrote the paranormal erotica I've been thinking of writing. I don't think I can top fabulous sex with hot lizard men... but you gotta start somewhere, right?? :)

Have a wonderful day!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since having children, I let myself get pidgeon holed in the category of pragmatic. Sadly, that has largely been where I have stayed.

If I were to push my current envelope, I would arrange for the kids to be cared for over the weekend. Then I would kidnap my husband and whisk him away to a hedonistic retreat where I could release my inner hoyden. Some people might say that I am dreaming small, but I would be happy to begin with making this scenario a reality.

Little Lamb Lost

11:25 AM  
Blogger Xandra Gregory said...

Jenn--thanks! My site art was designed by a close friend who's just an all-around adorable person. And let's hear it for dreams of paranormal erotica--after all, ya gotta dream it before you can make it real, right?

Lamb--I hear ya with the rugrats. I've got some myself. And I know this'll sound cliche, but size doesn't matter. :D It's relative. Having a weekend alone with Mr. Xandra is a long-held dream of mine, and dreams are important. If you don't dream of the sky, how else will you fly?

1:37 PM  
Blogger blackroze37 -tami said...

} i would LOVE not making who does what (since no1 listesn anyway) and a week of just not having to tell same thing over and over, hell ive been saying EVERYTHING twice , i actaully started that way with ppl run into at grocery store,say it tiwce and stutter , and im not a stutter, i just dont say my words plainly............ bloody fool ........... i have ROAD RAGE , man i hate being behind some1 who dont use blinkers, i would like a remote hand HUGE on hood or backend of my car, thats does nothing but pop up and flip a bird! YES! or maybe holding a pic of my big butt , and mooning ppl who blow horn from behind or cut me off..

2:29 PM  
Blogger Robin49 said...

This may sound lame but I keep trying to get my husband to have sex in his office. LOL He swears there might be cameras. I don't think there is.


2:31 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

One thing you've always thought about, never tried, but would if you had the chance....

Playing my clarinet on a sidewalk for money

An Orgy

Packing my crap in a duffle bag and traveling all over the country. Europe too!

I know that's more than one thing but I couldn't resist.

4:15 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

Pushing my envelope would be to: get into acting again in small plays like I did years ago when I was in 4H and was pretty good at it even though I have stage fright.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Xandra Gregory said...

Oooh! We've got some good envelope-pushers here...we could open our own post office! ;> Blackroze, what I wouldn't give for two modest cruise missiles mounted right under my headlights some days...

Robin, I don't know whether I'd be afraid of the cameras...or want to perform for them ;)

Meljprincess...I can't play the clarinet, but maybe if I host the orgy... :P

Robyn, I say go for it! Stage fright is a tough thing to battle (did you know that Americans fear public speaking more than they do death?)

7:34 PM  
Blogger Rae Morgan said...

I'd go back to school and study oceanography or geology like I wanted to the first time around. I copped out to follow my man to medical school and ended up with the only graduate degree I could get that I eas qualified for and could get at the time without starting all over. So what if Indiana is landlocked? I just should have done it. LOL


7:56 PM  

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