Category Archives: Interludes & Outtakes (words on the floor)

A bit of this, a bit of that, a bit of bite, a bit of thought. Beginnings without end, dialogue that got cut, vignettes that didn’t fit, word sketches that may or may not become something.

Speaking of climax #bittersweethalloween #gettingtoknowflorence #dirtywriter

This week, I’m taking my More Than A Guilty Pleasure class from inciting incident to first climax 😉 and explaining how a good romance novel is more like the female orgasm than the male orgasms. Um. More or less. Ok, maybe

Speaking of climax #bittersweethalloween #gettingtoknowflorence #dirtywriter

This week, I’m taking my More Than A Guilty Pleasure class from inciting incident to first climax 😉 and explaining how a good romance novel is more like the female orgasm than the male orgasms. Um. More or less. Ok, maybe

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 7 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: Wasn’t that every woman’s dream? Beginners: Write for 15 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 45 minutes. Advanced:  You can’t write today. (EDGING!) You can THINK about what you’d write. You can “write” in your head. Or while you go

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 7 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: Wasn’t that every woman’s dream? Beginners: Write for 15 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 45 minutes. Advanced:  You can’t write today. (EDGING!) You can THINK about what you’d write. You can “write” in your head. Or while you go

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 6 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: Everybody knew Cupid had a sick sense of humor… Beginners: Write for 15 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 40 minutes. Advanced: For days 4, 5, 6: Look at your times & word counts from days 1, 2, and 3. Estimate

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 6 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: Everybody knew Cupid had a sick sense of humor… Beginners: Write for 15 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 40 minutes. Advanced: For days 4, 5, 6: Look at your times & word counts from days 1, 2, and 3. Estimate

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 5 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: She hid it so well he wasn’t going to be able to find it.  Beginners: Write for 13 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 35 minutes. Advanced: Look at your times & word counts from days 1, 2, and 3. Estimate

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 5 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: She hid it so well he wasn’t going to be able to find it.  Beginners: Write for 13 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 35 minutes. Advanced: Look at your times & word counts from days 1, 2, and 3. Estimate

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 4 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: The floor was cold and sticky, but… Beginners: Write for 11 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 30 minutes. Advanced: Look at your times & word counts from days 1, 2, and 3. Estimate when you think your natural break will

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 4 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: The floor was cold and sticky, but… Beginners: Write for 11 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 30 minutes. Advanced: Look at your times & word counts from days 1, 2, and 3. Estimate when you think your natural break will

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 3 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: The writing was almost indecipherable. Almost. Beginners: Write for 9 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 25 minutes. Advanced: Write until you reach a natural break. Note down your time and word count. (Your natural break may be 15 minutes.

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 3 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: The writing was almost indecipherable. Almost. Beginners: Write for 9 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 25 minutes. Advanced: Write until you reach a natural break. Note down your time and word count. (Your natural break may be 15 minutes.

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 2 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: He was the perfect house husband, except… . Beginners: Write for 7 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 20 minutes. Advanced: Write until you reach a natural break. Note down your time and word count. (Your natural break may be

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 2 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: He was the perfect house husband, except… . Beginners: Write for 7 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 20 minutes. Advanced: Write until you reach a natural break. Note down your time and word count. (Your natural break may be

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 1 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: She was never going to go through that again. Beginners: Write for 5 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 15 minutes. Advanced: Write until you reach a natural break. Note down your time and word count. RULES Start timer or

More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 1 Writing Prompt

WRITING PROMPT: She was never going to go through that again. Beginners: Write for 5 minutes. Intermediate: Write for 15 minutes. Advanced: Write until you reach a natural break. Note down your time and word count. RULES Start timer or

Plague report + Hopping Good Reads $0.99 ONE-DAY FLASH SALE

Hello, kittens.   You have no idea how much writing that note took out of me. I’m, like, resting on the couch. And usually, I’m sorta the Energizer Bunny type, you know? Speaking of bunnies… My friend and UK-based author

Plague report + Hopping Good Reads $0.99 ONE-DAY FLASH SALE

Hello, kittens.   You have no idea how much writing that note took out of me. I’m, like, resting on the couch. And usually, I’m sorta the Energizer Bunny type, you know? Speaking of bunnies… My friend and UK-based author

Wanna watch something?

Remember, I participated in the Bloody Offensive readings at Owl’s Nest Books on Valentine’s Day? * WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? Susan’s Writing Cure Blog is where you can read Cherry Pie Cure for free… Go check it out! * And remember–on Saturday,

Wanna watch something?

Remember, I participated in the Bloody Offensive readings at Owl’s Nest Books on Valentine’s Day? * WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? Susan’s Writing Cure Blog is where you can read Cherry Pie Cure for free… Go check it out! * And remember–on Saturday,

Queer Christmas on the Radio

Yahoo! I mean… Merry Christmas. Just popping in to tell you I was on CBC Radio Calgary’s Homestretch this afternoon, talking about Queer Christmas in Cowtown, with one of the anthology’s contributors, Tet Millare. Here’s a clip from our interview:

Queer Christmas on the Radio

Yahoo! I mean… Merry Christmas. Just popping in to tell you I was on CBC Radio Calgary’s Homestretch this afternoon, talking about Queer Christmas in Cowtown, with one of the anthology’s contributors, Tet Millare. Here’s a clip from our interview:

End of Summer Reading Binge, I <3 5 Star Reviews, & Jack Gilbert’s prose pornography

Hello, kittens. Today, a smorgasboard! First: I want to swell your TBR list a little. 🙂 Cherry Pie Cure and Consequences are both part of this final summer promotion at the fab Reads2Love along with some other interesting titles–pick up

End of Summer Reading Binge, I <3 5 Star Reviews, & Jack Gilbert’s prose pornography

Hello, kittens. Today, a smorgasboard! First: I want to swell your TBR list a little. 🙂 Cherry Pie Cure and Consequences are both part of this final summer promotion at the fab Reads2Love along with some other interesting titles–pick up

Flower Face Foot

for/from “Bohemian Rockstar” I never understood the appeal, point of foot fetishism until the moment that his right foot pressed against my left cheek, and oh-god, I wanted to stay in that position forever… and after he lifted it, I

Flower Face Foot

for/from “Bohemian Rockstar” I never understood the appeal, point of foot fetishism until the moment that his right foot pressed against my left cheek, and oh-god, I wanted to stay in that position forever… and after he lifted it, I

Love Bites Us

For/from “Recycle Love” (which is, like, the coolest handle ever) (you know it had to play with the vampire theme) (but I hope you like how it went a little… sideways) “Why do you think every teenage girl wants a

Love Bites Us

For/from “Recycle Love” (which is, like, the coolest handle ever) (you know it had to play with the vampire theme) (but I hope you like how it went a little… sideways) “Why do you think every teenage girl wants a

Voluptuos Amerindian Silky

For/from “roub” She described herself as an Amerindian anthropologist, and at first, I wasn’t sure if she meant that she was Amerindian or whether she studied—anthropologized? what is it that anthropologists do, exactly?—Amerindians or Amerindian culture—and then, because I started

Voluptuos Amerindian Silky

For/from “roub” She described herself as an Amerindian anthropologist, and at first, I wasn’t sure if she meant that she was Amerindian or whether she studied—anthropologized? what is it that anthropologists do, exactly?—Amerindians or Amerindian culture—and then, because I started

Hair Relic Drain

For/from Hilary (I’m sorry. I don’t know what the hell is happening with these. Also, if I pull a scrap of paper that has hair on it again next, I’m skipping it.) In the bath, I find one of your

Hair Relic Drain

For/from Hilary (I’m sorry. I don’t know what the hell is happening with these. Also, if I pull a scrap of paper that has hair on it again next, I’m skipping it.) In the bath, I find one of your

Bike Muscles Beard

From/for Bella (well, this went some weird places… sorry?) The thing I’ve always appreciated about bike couriers was the shape of their legs—especially their—no, not thighs, why did you think that?—their calves. Really, the overall effect of legs that bike

Bike Muscles Beard

From/for Bella (well, this went some weird places… sorry?) The thing I’ve always appreciated about bike couriers was the shape of their legs—especially their—no, not thighs, why did you think that?—their calves. Really, the overall effect of legs that bike

Jaw Hair Voice

For/from Nina I don’t want you to kiss my lips, my cheeks. Your lips are too soft; rose petal caresses. I want your teeth, and I don’t want them on the flesh that protects me—I want them on my jaw.

Jaw Hair Voice

For/from Nina I don’t want you to kiss my lips, my cheeks. Your lips are too soft; rose petal caresses. I want your teeth, and I don’t want them on the flesh that protects me—I want them on my jaw.

Crimson Ocean Dance

For/from Fionna I had flushed a deep, deep crimson—my cheeks and the triangle of flesh visible above my T-shirt’s V-neckline the same colour as her lipstick. I knew this because my shame was reflected in her sunglasses. “What?” she jeered.

Crimson Ocean Dance

For/from Fionna I had flushed a deep, deep crimson—my cheeks and the triangle of flesh visible above my T-shirt’s V-neckline the same colour as her lipstick. I knew this because my shame was reflected in her sunglasses. “What?” she jeered.

THREE WORDS: Pills Chips Lotion

For/from Tet I indulge in this ritual before I come see you, did you know that? Always—well, every time, so far—I don’t know if it’s something I’ll always do it. But it is the thing I do, for now. Bath,

THREE WORDS: Pills Chips Lotion

For/from Tet I indulge in this ritual before I come see you, did you know that? Always—well, every time, so far—I don’t know if it’s something I’ll always do it. But it is the thing I do, for now. Bath,