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Every day, someone tweets or emails or otherwise messages me to let me know that they’ve read my novel GUESTLIST. It’s an amazing feeling, to know that something I’ve written has affected another human being in so strongly a way that they must reach out to me to let me know their opinion.

I’ve heard it all – people love Juliet and Swann, others hate Ava with the intensity of a thousand white suns. For some, it presents a New York City that is authentic and wholly familiar; for others, it’s like visiting the city for the first time and experiencing a world they’ve never before encountered. I’ve had people tell me my characters have motivated them, and I’ve had people question whether certain characters are based on them. I’ve had people dream about my characters. Hell, I’ve even had someone tell me they think Ava is the good guy of the whole damn thing!

The point I’m trying to make is, everyone who’s read GUESTLIST has a strong opinion of the novel. That’s a good thing. I want people to talk about it, to love it or hate it.

If you’ve read GUESTLIST, let me know your thoughts. Please leave a review at Amazon or Goodreads or Shelfari or Library Thing or Barnes & Noble. Do you have a blog? Write a review and send me the link! And, shit, if you haven’t read GUESTLIST and you’d like to review it for your blog, hit me up. I’ll give you a copy.

And another thing: don’t be selfish. If you own a copy of GUESTLIST, let a friend borrow it. I also believe it’s available in Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library so lend that joker to a friend.

And if all of that is too much, hey, at least leave me a comment below, haha! It would be very much appreciated. I thank you all again. Cheers!

Yesterday, I was reading a few articles at K.M. Weiland’s Wordplay when I came across this post that said the protagonist and antagonist of one’s novel should share similar traits. The examples cited gave credence to Weiland’s argument, and ranged from the parallels between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader to the common goal of every character in Dashiell Hammett’s classic The Maltese Falcon.

This made me wonder if Juliet and Ava, the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, of my novel GUESTLIST, have more in common than I initially realized. Looking at the same three comparison points Weiland used in her post, here’s what I came up with.

  • Personality: Both Juliet and Ava are angry people. The slightest thing will set them off. I think Juliet would be more inclined to react physically whereas Ava would use mind games and intimidation tactics against any given offender. Several times in the novel, Juliet’s hand balls into a fist and she must restrain herself from hauling off and punching Ava in the mouth. These ladies both wear their hearts on their sleeves—you know when they’re pissed at you.
  • Values: I think Juliet and Ava are both hard workers and take pride in what they do. This is explicitly mentioned in the case of Juliet, who once worked a dead-end job in retail management but still went above and beyond to ensure her store was one of the company’s top earners in the nation. Even when her relationship with her superiors goes south, it’s her work ethic (and their acknowledgement of that) that ultimately helps Juliet. Though we rarely see her truly working, Ava seems to take her responsibilities as Napoleon’s business partner very seriously. I think this is best shown in the scene where she chastises poor Victoria outside Byron Lord’s birthday party. This is also the event in which Ava is in charge, not Napoleon—she’s constantly running around, dealing with the club’s general manager, even working the VIP line at times. Both women are clearly hard workers.
  • Goals: This struck me as interesting. Both Juliet and Ava are trying to tie down seemingly unavailable men. For Juliet, it’s the dapper and debonair Napoleon Fey. He’s a successful and popular party promoters, always surrounded by beautiful women and courted by those with power and influence. Juliet is a relative nobody, a newcomer to New York City and its culture of nightlife. How will she ever stand out? As for Ava, she pines for NBA superstar Byron Lord. Again, we have a man that’s always at the center of attention, and so Ava will do whatever it takes to make him to truly notice and appreciate her.

So, as it turns out, Juliet and Ava are not so different after all. It’s funny the connections that one can make after thinking about it. Hell, I wrote the damn thing and didn’t even realize it until now.

What do you think? Have I hit the nail on the head here? Do you see any more connections between these two characters? Or is it all poppycock, just a bunch of bullshit that I’m trying to shoehorn into the novel somehow? Don’t be shy—leave your opinions in the comments below!

Welp, I guess it’s time to go back to the well. One of my favorite contemporary authors, Lauren Weisberger, recently landed a deal to write Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, a sequel to her bestselling 2003 novel, The Devil Wears Prada. 

Check out some info from the press release:

Eight years after saying goodbye to Runway, and escaping the clutches of Miranda Priestly, it seems as though Andrea “Andy” Sachs has the perfect life. The lowly assistant is herself now tabloid fodder. She edits The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine on newsstands, and works side-by-side with Emily, her old Runway colleague and new BFF.  Andy is madly in love with Max, a dashing scion of a storied media company, and planning to tie the knot.  But Andy is still haunted by her days atRunway, and the specter of Miranda Priestly.  Andy can hardly know that all her efforts to build a bright new life will lead her directly to the one she fled — and into the path of Miranda.

Now, while I enjoyed both the novel and the film (despite the presence of actress Anne Thataway Hathaway), I’m not sure that either truly merit a sequel. I was satisfied with both endings (the book and film conclude in different ways), though I must say, Andy Sachs is not a character I really cared for.

In any case, the book is coming and there’s nothing we can do about it. Hey, I’m gonna check it out. Revenge Wears Prada will be published by Simon & Schuster in April 2013.

 

Yes. I am trying once again. In fact, I already posted today’s photo on Instagram, so I’m ahead of the game.

The list of challenges is above. Again, shout out to FatMumSlim, whomever she is, for coming up with these creative challenges.

Are y’all participating in the #JunePhotoADay challenge? LMK! And drop your Instagram name in the comments. Follow for a follow and let’s get to liking one another’s photos!

Welp, it’s June. Which means I am once again attempting to go an entire month without having an alcoholic beverage. Sweet Baby Jesus, help me.
Many people ask why I would subject myself to such needless torture and self-abuse. The reasons are many, but here are my main three:
My body needs a break. I’m not a young whippersnapper running wild in the streets of Miami-Dade County any more. I’m a grown ass man trying to make a living, and be taken seriously, as a writer. I can’t do the shit I used to do and still expect above average results. So, that means cutting out the alcohol, eating properly, and getting more rest.
My bank account needs a break. I spent way too much fucking money on alcohol alone last month. If I’d invested just half of that money into my business, I’d be able to do some things I now must wait to do. Enough is fucking enough, man. I joke about being poor but the reality is, I’m a profligate spendthrift. I need to chill the fuck out, son.
I’ll have more time. As mentioned earlier, by cutting out drinking, even for just a month, I’ll have more time to do things I need to do, namely write and cook. If I’m not putting in full eight hour shifts in someone’s bar, then I can spend those eight hours writing the sequel to Gueslist. (Ha! Fooled you. That ain’t happening. The sequel, I mean.) If I’m not out in the street, drunk and hungry, I won’t be tempted to spend an average of $20 per meal every day. I’ll be in my kitchen, making everything from steak and potatoes to PB&Js, and at a fraction of the cost.

Will I miss hanging out with the barflies and miscreants I usually encounter when I’m out and about and inebriated? Of course. Last year, I attempted to assuage this by hanging out in bars but only drinking water and juice. ‘Twas a bad idea; I only lasted 19 days.
So this year I am planning on remaining fully committed to Dry Until July. No hanging out in bars. Exercising restraint if at a restaurant or a buddy’s place. I am not partaking in any alcoholic beverage until Sunday, July 1st.
To quote Tyrese’s character Roman Pearce from Fast Five: “This has just gone from Mission: Impossible to Mission In-freakin’-sanity.” Yeah, I know, that’s a pretty poor quote to use. But I know that how a lot of you are looking at this. Hell, I’m looking at it the same way. But it’s something that must be done.
Day #1, no alcohol. Lord be with me.

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Welp, it’s June. Which means I am once again attempting to go an entire month without having an alcoholic beverage. Sweet Baby Jesus, help me.

Many people ask why I would subject myself to such needless torture and self-abuse. The reasons are many, but here are my main three:

  • My body needs a break. I’m not a young whippersnapper running wild in the streets of Miami-Dade County any more. I’m a grown ass man trying to make a living, and be taken seriously, as a writer. I can’t do the shit I used to do and still expect above average results. So, that means cutting out the alcohol, eating properly, and getting more rest.
  • My bank account needs a break. I spent way too much fucking money on alcohol alone last month. If I’d invested just half of that money into my business, I’d be able to do some things I now must wait to do. Enough is fucking enough, man. I joke about being poor but the reality is, I’m a profligate spendthrift. I need to chill the fuck out, son.
  • I’ll have more time. As mentioned earlier, by cutting out drinking, even for just a month, I’ll have more time to do things I need to do, namely write and cook. If I’m not putting in full eight hour shifts in someone’s bar, then I can spend those eight hours writing the sequel to Gueslist. (Ha! Fooled you. That ain’t happening. The sequel, I mean.) If I’m not out in the street, drunk and hungry, I won’t be tempted to spend an average of $20 per meal every day. I’ll be in my kitchen, making everything from steak and potatoes to PB&Js, and at a fraction of the cost.

Will I miss hanging out with the barflies and miscreants I usually encounter when I’m out and about and inebriated? Of course. Last year, I attempted to assuage this by hanging out in bars but only drinking water and juice. ‘Twas a bad idea; I only lasted 19 days.

So this year I am planning on remaining fully committed to Dry Until July. No hanging out in bars. Exercising restraint if at a restaurant or a buddy’s place. I am not partaking in any alcoholic beverage until Sunday, July 1st.

To quote Tyrese’s character Roman Pearce from Fast Five: “This has just gone from Mission: Impossible to Mission In-freakin’-sanity.” Yeah, I know, that’s a pretty poor quote to use. But I know that how a lot of you are looking at this. Hell, I’m looking at it the same way. But it’s something that must be done.

Day #1, no alcohol. Lord be with me.

Hello, Dear Readers! Please enjoy this interview with Jamie White, author of the recently released novel The Life & Times of No One in Particular.
What inspired you to write The Life and Times of No One in Particular?
The original idea goes back to my Buffy The Vampire Slayer RPG days. A bunch of us would run into problems coming up with characters/stories and would curse our muses out. One member and I came up with a couple muse characters that would inspire less-than-good ideas in people as a joke about the whole thing. This led to a short story loosely tied to that I realized could be expanded into a book.
You wrote The Life and Times of No One in Particular during NaNoWriMo. What was that experience like? Did you follow any sort of writing routine?
It was a great experience! The site has people from all over the country participating in the challenge and people in the same area would meet up to have “write-ins” where we’d sit and write, chat, help each other with plot issues, etc. I highly encourage anyone participating in the challenge to at least try and meet up or two. I found I wrote easier in the evenings, so I would usually get going on the day’s word count around 5 or 6 PM and always had music playing while I wrote.
How much research did you do in order to accurately bring the character of Clarissa, a muse in the mythological sense, to life?
I didn’t do too much research as far as the traditional descriptions of muses—I kind of winged it while adding in a couple small details (i.e., the temple that was built for the muses) although I’m sure there’s some unconscious details from old history/mythology classes back in school. Since it follows her through different time periods, I did read a bit about how people lived in different times and looked up period slang to use in some of the chapters as well.
What was the hardest part of writing Life and Times …?
I’d have to say pushing through my natural procrastinator tendencies to get the word count some days.
I love the title. How did you come up with it?
NaNo has a topic in their forums where you can adopt a title. I was browsing through it trying to come up with an idea when I saw that. I immediately claimed it as I couldn’t have thought of anything that would represent the story better.
Were there any other challenges in completing your book?
I ran into a few tech issues trying to load the book onto CreateSpace (technology is not always kind to me….) that drove me crazy.
Most novels have a theme or message, even if the author didn’t consciously insert it into their work. Is there a message you wanted to convey to your readers?
I didn’t set out initially to teach anything or send any messages, but the muse kind of guided me that way. I think the main theme/message has to do with taking chances creatively and being good to your muse :)
How much of your own life’s experiences inform or influence the story?
I think quite a few of my own thoughts on certain issues (remakes and reality tv for example) ended up in the story. I definitely think that Elander Gliss was very similar to me in that he was very much in a box and afraid to break out of it.
Since we’re mentioning influences, which writers or books have most influenced you?
I’ve been very influenced over the years by supernatural/paranormal based fiction. I’m also am really influenced by YA books.
Who is your favorite author? What is it about their work that appeals to you?
I’ve been reading a lot of indie writers this year so I’ve discovered a few people I really enjoy and can’t wait to read more from. Mark Stone, for example, has a great sense of humor in his work while Marni Mann has a great dark vibe to her work that is so realistic. I also love Emlyn Chand because she has such believable characters.
Are there any new authors that have piqued your interest? What are you reading now?
See above :) As I’m writing this, I’m reading Blue Eyes by Jerome Charyn.
In addition to Life and Times …, what are you, or have you been, working on?
Right now, my husband and I are getting ready to release a co-written book of short stories. I’m also working on a couple of short stories for writing groups, considering some novellas related to Life and Times…, while also planning a couple non-fiction projects. I also had a story idea that came in a dream I’m planning to work on as well that is magic-based.
Do you have any advice for your fellow writers?
Always be open to something new, you never know what will happen.
Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for taking the time to read this :) I really hope you’ll enjoy the book and may your muse be with you!
When and where will Life and Times … be available?
It is available on Amazon.com as of May 22, 2012.

About the book: The Life and Times of No One in Particular tells the story of Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who are sometimes too stubborn to listen to her. Now, she’s decided to tell her side of the story. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Native Floridian and Hollywood resident Jamie White is the author of the upcoming novel The Life and Times of No One in Particular. An avid blogger and amateur photographer, Jamie’s work has been featured in publications like The Miami Herald, The Observer and Silver Sands. Along with her husband, fellow author CP Bialois, Jamie co-wrote the upcoming book Duets, a collection of short stories, which will be available in South Florida and through Amazon.com. Visit Jamie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

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Hello, Dear Readers! Please enjoy this interview with Jamie White, author of the recently released novel The Life & Times of No One in Particular.

What inspired you to write The Life and Times of No One in Particular?

The original idea goes back to my Buffy The Vampire Slayer RPG days. A bunch of us would run into problems coming up with characters/stories and would curse our muses out. One member and I came up with a couple muse characters that would inspire less-than-good ideas in people as a joke about the whole thing. This led to a short story loosely tied to that I realized could be expanded into a book.

You wrote The Life and Times of No One in Particular during NaNoWriMo. What was that experience like? Did you follow any sort of writing routine?

It was a great experience! The site has people from all over the country participating in the challenge and people in the same area would meet up to have “write-ins” where we’d sit and write, chat, help each other with plot issues, etc. I highly encourage anyone participating in the challenge to at least try and meet up or two. I found I wrote easier in the evenings, so I would usually get going on the day’s word count around 5 or 6 PM and always had music playing while I wrote.

How much research did you do in order to accurately bring the character of Clarissa, a muse in the mythological sense, to life?

I didn’t do too much research as far as the traditional descriptions of muses—I kind of winged it while adding in a couple small details (i.e., the temple that was built for the muses) although I’m sure there’s some unconscious details from old history/mythology classes back in school. Since it follows her through different time periods, I did read a bit about how people lived in different times and looked up period slang to use in some of the chapters as well.

What was the hardest part of writing Life and Times …?

I’d have to say pushing through my natural procrastinator tendencies to get the word count some days.

I love the title. How did you come up with it?

NaNo has a topic in their forums where you can adopt a title. I was browsing through it trying to come up with an idea when I saw that. I immediately claimed it as I couldn’t have thought of anything that would represent the story better.

Were there any other challenges in completing your book?

I ran into a few tech issues trying to load the book onto CreateSpace (technology is not always kind to me….) that drove me crazy.

Most novels have a theme or message, even if the author didn’t consciously insert it into their work. Is there a message you wanted to convey to your readers?

I didn’t set out initially to teach anything or send any messages, but the muse kind of guided me that way. I think the main theme/message has to do with taking chances creatively and being good to your muse :)

How much of your own life’s experiences inform or influence the story?

I think quite a few of my own thoughts on certain issues (remakes and reality tv for example) ended up in the story. I definitely think that Elander Gliss was very similar to me in that he was very much in a box and afraid to break out of it.

Since we’re mentioning influences, which writers or books have most influenced you?

I’ve been very influenced over the years by supernatural/paranormal based fiction. I’m also am really influenced by YA books.

Who is your favorite author? What is it about their work that appeals to you?

I’ve been reading a lot of indie writers this year so I’ve discovered a few people I really enjoy and can’t wait to read more from. Mark Stone, for example, has a great sense of humor in his work while Marni Mann has a great dark vibe to her work that is so realistic. I also love Emlyn Chand because she has such believable characters.

Are there any new authors that have piqued your interest? What are you reading now?

See above :) As I’m writing this, I’m reading Blue Eyes by Jerome Charyn.

In addition to Life and Times …, what are you, or have you been, working on?

Right now, my husband and I are getting ready to release a co-written book of short stories. I’m also working on a couple of short stories for writing groups, considering some novellas related to Life and Times…, while also planning a couple non-fiction projects. I also had a story idea that came in a dream I’m planning to work on as well that is magic-based.

Do you have any advice for your fellow writers?

Always be open to something new, you never know what will happen.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?

Thanks for taking the time to read this :) I really hope you’ll enjoy the book and may your muse be with you!

When and where will Life and Times … be available?

It is available on Amazon.com as of May 22, 2012.

About the book: The Life and Times of No One in Particular tells the story of Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who are sometimes too stubborn to listen to her. Now, she’s decided to tell her side of the story. Get it on Amazon.

About the author: Native Floridian and Hollywood resident Jamie White is the author of the upcoming novel The Life and Times of No One in Particular. An avid blogger and amateur photographer, Jamie’s work has been featured in publications like The Miami Herald, The Observer and Silver Sands. Along with her husband, fellow author CP Bialois, Jamie co-wrote the upcoming book Duets, a collection of short stories, which will be available in South Florida and through Amazon.com. Visit Jamie on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.

Hello, Dear Readers! Please enjoy this excerpt from The Life & Times of No One in Particular, the new novel by Jamie White.
Several others were at the altar doing the same thing; only they were offering larger and more elaborate gifts. I listened for a little while to their prayers, enjoying the sounds of their voices all coming together as one for the same purpose, even if they were asking with different words. Wanting to beat Melody to the punch, I revealed myself to the large crowd. Several people fainted right off. Okay, I hadn’t expected that. Wasn’t this exactly what they were asking for? Sometimes I really don’t understand people. Most, however, just got very quiet and watched me. They were standing so still, they looked like statues.
Akakios was one of the first to bow, a look of complete awe and gratitude on his face. He stayed that way until I asked them all to stand again. “I am Thalia,” I introduced myself, making one of those comedy masks appear in my right hand. (Hey, it’s a name they know; Might as well go with it!) I have heard you and I am here to grant your prayers.” The others began bowing as well, softly muttering prayers of thanks. I motioned to Akakios. “Please come here.” I watched as he stood straighter and walked up to me.
He bowed again as he reached me. “Yes, my muse?”
“You have pleased me. I believe you shall be the first to benefit of my guidance.” I looked around the room at the others. “As to the rest of you, I will see your offerings and decide who else is worthy.”
Just then, Melody popped in. She really has crappy timing sometimes! “I am Calliope and I find you all worthy!” She had a tablet in her hands and a little golden crown on her head. I really wish I could strangle her sometimes.
Now that Melody had stolen my thunder, I had to find a way to get it back and fast! I could already see several of the people bowing before her instead of me. “Do not be fooled by her words, she will only demand far more than I will for her loyalty and assistance. You do not want to fall into her devious trap. Mark my words, once she has your offerings, she will forget all about you and your prayers.” I was fuming but I wasn’t about to show it; especially not around her!
Melody shot me a nasty look and said in an overly sweet voice, “It is she who says she will decide who is worthy, I have put no conditions before you.”
“Yet,” I threw in before she could say anything else. “I know her well. She will not be happy with modest offerings long. When she gets bored, she will leave you uninspired and stranded never to write another word so long as you live. That is, unless you come to me.” I could see a few of them were conflicted, not sure which one of us to believe.
“She deceives! She has fooled you people before many times; it is a game to her! She has caused a woman to be among your most prized writers, all without you knowing it!” I was surprised Melody didn’t mention the fact I wasn’t actually this Thalia they worship as well. Then again, she couldn’t really talk. I mean, Calliope? Really? She can be so delusional. Melody’s not that artistic.
About the book: The Life and Times of No One in Particular tells the story of Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who are sometimes too stubborn to listen to her. Now, she’s decided to tell her side of the story. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Native Floridian and Hollywood resident Jamie White is the author of the upcoming novel The Life and Times of No One in Particular. An avid blogger and amateur photographer, Jamie’s work has been featured in publications like The Miami Herald, The Observer and Silver Sands. Along with her husband, fellow author CP Bialois, Jamie co-wrote the upcoming book Duets, a collection of short stories, which will be available in South Florida and through Amazon.com. Visit Jamie on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.
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Hello, Dear Readers! Please enjoy this excerpt from The Life & Times of No One in Particular, the new novel by Jamie White.

Several others were at the altar doing the same thing; only they were offering larger and more elaborate gifts. I listened for a little while to their prayers, enjoying the sounds of their voices all coming together as one for the same purpose, even if they were asking with different words. Wanting to beat Melody to the punch, I revealed myself to the large crowd. Several people fainted right off. Okay, I hadn’t expected that. Wasn’t this exactly what they were asking for? Sometimes I really don’t understand people. Most, however, just got very quiet and watched me. They were standing so still, they looked like statues.

Akakios was one of the first to bow, a look of complete awe and gratitude on his face. He stayed that way until I asked them all to stand again. “I am Thalia,” I introduced myself, making one of those comedy masks appear in my right hand. (Hey, it’s a name they know; Might as well go with it!) I have heard you and I am here to grant your prayers.” The others began bowing as well, softly muttering prayers of thanks. I motioned to Akakios. “Please come here.” I watched as he stood straighter and walked up to me.

He bowed again as he reached me. “Yes, my muse?”

“You have pleased me. I believe you shall be the first to benefit of my guidance.” I looked around the room at the others. “As to the rest of you, I will see your offerings and decide who else is worthy.”

Just then, Melody popped in. She really has crappy timing sometimes! “I am Calliope and I find you all worthy!” She had a tablet in her hands and a little golden crown on her head. I really wish I could strangle her sometimes.

Now that Melody had stolen my thunder, I had to find a way to get it back and fast! I could already see several of the people bowing before her instead of me. “Do not be fooled by her words, she will only demand far more than I will for her loyalty and assistance. You do not want to fall into her devious trap. Mark my words, once she has your offerings, she will forget all about you and your prayers.” I was fuming but I wasn’t about to show it; especially not around her!

Melody shot me a nasty look and said in an overly sweet voice, “It is she who says she will decide who is worthy, I have put no conditions before you.”

“Yet,” I threw in before she could say anything else. “I know her well. She will not be happy with modest offerings long. When she gets bored, she will leave you uninspired and stranded never to write another word so long as you live. That is, unless you come to me.” I could see a few of them were conflicted, not sure which one of us to believe.

“She deceives! She has fooled you people before many times; it is a game to her! She has caused a woman to be among your most prized writers, all without you knowing it!” I was surprised Melody didn’t mention the fact I wasn’t actually this Thalia they worship as well. Then again, she couldn’t really talk. I mean, Calliope? Really? She can be so delusional. Melody’s not that artistic.

About the book: The Life and Times of No One in Particular tells the story of Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who are sometimes too stubborn to listen to her. Now, she’s decided to tell her side of the story. Get it on Amazon.

About the author: Native Floridian and Hollywood resident Jamie White is the author of the upcoming novel The Life and Times of No One in Particular. An avid blogger and amateur photographer, Jamie’s work has been featured in publications like The Miami HeraldThe Observer and Silver Sands. Along with her husband, fellow author CP Bialois, Jamie co-wrote the upcoming book Duets, a collection of short stories, which will be available in South Florida and through Amazon.com. Visit Jamie on her websiteTwitterFacebook, or GoodReads.

The masterminds at Goodreads created the above infographic to exhibit the influence and impact of the phenomenon known as Fifty Shades of Grey.

E.L. James' erotica trilogy has sold over ten million copies, and Goodreads' infographic charts both the geographic distribution of readers and the books that have received a bump from a new national interest in literary smut. They say:

The states with the highest readers per capita are located primarily in the Tri-State and New England area: New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and New York. Fifty Shades of Grey has given some readers a new taste for erotica, and we’ve found a jump in interest in similar books on Goodreads. Just recently, Penguin’s Berkley Books imprint snatched up Sylvia Day‘s self-published novel, Bared to You, which has generated 2,500 reviews in the past two months … Other books potentially joining the sultry summer reading list are Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain ReynardRock Me by Cherrie LynnCaptive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts, and The Reluctant Dom by Lesli Richardson.

Damn, son. Can my novel Guestlist get a bump in sales and readership? I mean, there’s some sex in there, too. Heh.

Have you read Filthy Fifty Shades of Grey? How popular is the series in your state? Drop some knowledge in the comments below.

[Goodreads]

 ”Well dang bro! That’s rough!” wrote one of my Instagram buddies after I posted this. But hey, it is what it is.

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 ”Well dang bro! That’s rough!” wrote one of my Instagram buddies after I posted this. But hey, it is what it is.

You women love that mommy porn, huh?
It’s too late to deny it. Wanna know how I know? GalleyCat reports that E.L. James’ erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold a cool, combined total of ten million books (paperbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks) in six short weeks.
SIX WEEKS!
So sayeth Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group president Anthony Chirico:
This is an astonishing number. The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks.
Damn, son. I’m try’na get me a piece of that horny woman market share.
In book sales, people. In book sales. Ha!
[GalleyCat]

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You women love that mommy porn, huh?

It’s too late to deny it. Wanna know how I know? GalleyCat reports that E.L. James’ erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold a cool, combined total of ten million books (paperbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks) in six short weeks.

SIX WEEKS!

So sayeth Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group president Anthony Chirico:

This is an astonishing number. The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks.

Damn, son. I’m try’na get me a piece of that horny woman market share.

In book sales, people. In book sales. Ha!

[GalleyCat]

Chances are, if you’re seeing this, you follow me on at least one social network, such as Twitter or Facebook. But guess what? I’m on quite a few of ‘em!
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Look forward to connecting with all of you! Cheers!

Original Article

Chances are, if you’re seeing this, you follow me on at least one social network, such as Twitter or Facebook. But guess what? I’m on quite a few of ‘em!

Check out the list of social networks below, then click the link and follow your boy! C’mon, admit it — you know you want to follow my misadventures! Ha!

Look forward to connecting with all of you! Cheers!

According to Shadow & Act, playwright Dominique Morisseau has been awarded the Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship. Make no mistake, this is no small feat; in fact, my fellow Memphian, and writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall is a past recipient of this award.
The fellowship provides Morisseau a year of housing in a lovely apartment in NYC’s theater district, a $2,500 per month stipend for an entire calendar year, health insurance reimbursement, active membership at the LARK Play Development Center (which also includes a seat in the renowned Playwright’s Workshop), and programmed roundtable sessions, which will allow Morisseau to hear her work read by actors on a regular basis, and have in-depth discussions with other writers, actors, and directors.
Furthermore, her play Detroit ‘67 will premiere at New York City’s Public Theater on Februar 26, 2013.
Kudos to this supremely talented sister!
[Shadow & Act]

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According to Shadow & Act, playwright Dominique Morisseau has been awarded the Playwrights of New York (PONYFellowship. Make no mistake, this is no small feat; in fact, my fellow Memphian, and writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall is a past recipient of this award.

The fellowship provides Morisseau a year of housing in a lovely apartment in NYC’s theater district, a $2,500 per month stipend for an entire calendar year, health insurance reimbursement, active membership at the LARK Play Development Center (which also includes a seat in the renowned Playwright’s Workshop), and programmed roundtable sessions, which will allow Morisseau to hear her work read by actors on a regular basis, and have in-depth discussions with other writers, actors, and directors.

Furthermore, her play Detroit ‘67 will premiere at New York City’s Public Theater on Februar 26, 2013.

Kudos to this supremely talented sister!

[Shadow & Act]

Those who lust for liquor and literature, such as myself, will be happy to know that tomorrow is the 2012 Brooklyn Lit Crawl.
Created by the deviant bibliophiles behind San Francisco’s Litquake, the Brooklyn Lit Crawl is exactly what you think it is: a book-and-booze fest that will feature over thirty authors (including my literary crush, author and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn) and fourteen separate events at ten different venues, including La Casita Yarn Shop, Camp, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut, and Book Court.
Oh yeah, and it’s all free.
View the entire schedule below.Spring 2012 Schedule: Sat. May 19 (Brooklyn)
Phase 1: 6 – 6:45 pm

1. Britain Live! A Liars’ League Salon
Zombie Hut (21+)
273 Smith Street
To celebrate the launch of its latest issue, Granta magazine teams up with Liars’ League NYC, the newest branch of the London-based salon which features actors performing new fiction. Actors will perform “The Gun,” a new story by Mark Haddon, and debut writer Sam Byers’ darkly comic story “Some Other Katherine.”
2. Knit Lit
La Casita Yarn Shop
253 Smith Street
Knitters knit. Writers write. And sometimes writers knit (or vice versa). Beth Hahn, Perri Klass, and Elinor Lipman do it all.
3. The Writing Program of Pratt Institute presents “Art School Confidential”
People’s Republic of Brooklyn (PRB) (21+)
247 Smith Street
Novelists Samantha Hunt (The Invention of Everything Else), James Hannaham (God Says No), and Thad Ziolkowski (Wichita) read artwork-inspired fiction.
4. Cambridge Writers Workshop Literary Cabaret
Ceol (21+)
191 Smith Street
Drawing from a literary treasure box of prompts, dialogue, and other surprises, hosts Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Gregory Crosby, and Leah Umansky will call up volunteer readers/performers for interludes of poetry, rants, and character sketches. It’s a literary masquerade where you don’t know which character from which century will make the next appearance.
5. Akashic Celebrates Spring Fiction
Camp (21+)
179 Smith Street
Celebrate fiction with readings by three of Akashic’s stellar authors: Shira Nayman (A Mind of Winter), Eliza Factor (The Mercury Fountain), and Lonely Christopher (The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse).
6. Literary Taboo with Electric Literature
Boat Bar (21+)
175 Smith Street
There are some things you should never admit about your literary history (like that you’ve never read Moby Dick or that you cried at the end of Harry Potter). And there’s plenty about literature that you should never say aloud. Join Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading for a night of Literary Taboo hosted by Seth Fried, author ofThe Great Frustration.
7. Brooklyn Writers Space: Say Anything
BookCourt
163 Court Street
Was everything really OK for Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court when the no smoking sign dinged off? Come find out what members of the Brooklyn Writers Space think happened after the ending of Say Anything. Terence Degnan, Jim Hanas, Heidi Schreck, Amy Sohn, and Kate Cortesi read original works.
Phase 2: 7 – 7:45 pm8. Brooklyn College
Last Exit (21+)
136 Atlantic Avenue
Spend an evening with Brooklyn College’s MFA program and its next generation of poets, playwrights, and fiction writers. Featuring student and faculty readers from all three genres, it promises to be an action-packed night.
9. Tin House Presents: Science Fair
The Brazen Head (21+)
228 Atlantic Avenue
Tin House presents a Science Fair, with Michelle Legro, Rachel Riederer, and editors Rob Spillman and Emma Komlos-Hrobsky giving away cocktails and magazines to anyone science savvy enough to answer our trivia questions. Brief presentations from the latest issue, Science Fair, and lots of weird questions. And, yes, we’ll probably blow some stuff up.
10. The Coffin Factory Presents: The Dirty Parts
Boat Bar (21+)
175 Smith Street
Sexy bits of literature featuring readings from Justin Taylor and Steve Danziger.
11. PEN Poets: An Evening with PEN American Center
BookCourt
163 Court Street
Join us for a night of poetry, wine, and talk at Brooklyn’s beloved BookCourt, where poets and PEN Members Catherine Barnett, Monica Ferrell, and Cathy Park Hong will read from their new work and engage the audience in conversation.
12. NY Writers Coalition Day 10th Anniversary Reading
Micro Museum
123 Smith Street
NYWC, one of the world’s largest community-based writing programs, features work fresh off the pens from its unprecedented day of free writing workshops in iconic community spaces (the subway, Staten Island, parks, and more!). Special guest readers will join in the fun.
13. Armchair/Shotgun’s Old-Timey Radio Show
61 Local (21+)
61 Bergen Street
Armchair/Shotgun, along with authors Dolan Morgan, Zachary White, and Alanna Bailey, perform a radio drama. Live! On Stage! “With Sound Effects and Everything!” It’s the Armchair/Shotgun Old-Timey Radio Hour. (Or rather, 45 minutes…)
After Party
8 p.m. on
61 Local (21+)
61 Bergen Street
Party lit-style with DJ Gregoire (Greg Young of the Bowery Boys: NYC History), local beers on tap (including some great Sixpoint brews), and Crawl author book sales by itinerant bookshop, Bibliolotry.

And if you can’t make it out tomorrow, worry not. The Manhattan Lit Crawl takes place in September.
[Lit Crawl NYC]

Original Article

Those who lust for liquor and literature, such as myself, will be happy to know that tomorrow is the 2012 Brooklyn Lit Crawl.

Created by the deviant bibliophiles behind San Francisco’s Litquake, the Brooklyn Lit Crawl is exactly what you think it is: a book-and-booze fest that will feature over thirty authors (including my literary crush, author and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn) and fourteen separate events at ten different venues, including La Casita Yarn Shop, Camp, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut, and Book Court.

Oh yeah, and it’s all free.

View the entire schedule below.
Spring 2012 Schedule: Sat. May 19 (Brooklyn)

Phase 1: 6 – 6:45 pm

1. Britain Live! A Liars’ League Salon
Zombie Hut (21+)
273 Smith Street
To celebrate the launch of its latest issue, Granta magazine teams up with Liars’ League NYC, the newest branch of the London-based salon which features actors performing new fiction. Actors will perform “The Gun,” a new story by Mark Haddon, and debut writer Sam Byers’ darkly comic story “Some Other Katherine.”

2. Knit Lit
La Casita Yarn Shop
253 Smith Street
Knitters knit. Writers write. And sometimes writers knit (or vice versa). Beth Hahn, Perri Klass, and Elinor Lipman do it all.

3. The Writing Program of Pratt Institute presents “Art School Confidential”
People’s Republic of Brooklyn (PRB) (21+)
247 Smith Street
Novelists Samantha Hunt (The Invention of Everything Else), James Hannaham (God Says No), and Thad Ziolkowski (Wichita) read artwork-inspired fiction.

4. Cambridge Writers Workshop Literary Cabaret
Ceol (21+)
191 Smith Street
Drawing from a literary treasure box of prompts, dialogue, and other surprises, hosts Diana Norma Szokolyai, Rita Banerjee, Gregory Crosby, and Leah Umansky will call up volunteer readers/performers for interludes of poetry, rants, and character sketches. It’s a literary masquerade where you don’t know which character from which century will make the next appearance.

5. Akashic Celebrates Spring Fiction
Camp (21+)
179 Smith Street
Celebrate fiction with readings by three of Akashic’s stellar authors: Shira Nayman (A Mind of Winter), Eliza Factor (The Mercury Fountain), and Lonely Christopher (The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse).

6. Literary Taboo with Electric Literature
Boat Bar (21+)
175 Smith Street
There are some things you should never admit about your literary history (like that you’ve never read Moby Dick or that you cried at the end of Harry Potter). And there’s plenty about literature that you should never say aloud. Join Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading for a night of Literary Taboo hosted by Seth Fried, author ofThe Great Frustration.

7. Brooklyn Writers Space: Say Anything
BookCourt
163 Court Street
Was everything really OK for Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court when the no smoking sign dinged off? Come find out what members of the Brooklyn Writers Space think happened after the ending of Say Anything. Terence Degnan, Jim Hanas, Heidi Schreck, Amy Sohn, and Kate Cortesi read original works.

Phase 2: 7 – 7:45 pm
8. Brooklyn College
Last Exit (21+)
136 Atlantic Avenue
Spend an evening with Brooklyn College’s MFA program and its next generation of poets, playwrights, and fiction writers. Featuring student and faculty readers from all three genres, it promises to be an action-packed night.

9. Tin House Presents: Science Fair
The Brazen Head (21+)
228 Atlantic Avenue
Tin House presents a Science Fair, with Michelle Legro, Rachel Riederer, and editors Rob Spillman and Emma Komlos-Hrobsky giving away cocktails and magazines to anyone science savvy enough to answer our trivia questions. Brief presentations from the latest issue, Science Fair, and lots of weird questions. And, yes, we’ll probably blow some stuff up.

10. The Coffin Factory Presents: The Dirty Parts
Boat Bar (21+)
175 Smith Street
Sexy bits of literature featuring readings from Justin Taylor and Steve Danziger.

11. PEN Poets: An Evening with PEN American Center
BookCourt
163 Court Street
Join us for a night of poetry, wine, and talk at Brooklyn’s beloved BookCourt, where poets and PEN Members Catherine Barnett, Monica Ferrell, and Cathy Park Hong will read from their new work and engage the audience in conversation.

12. NY Writers Coalition Day 10th Anniversary Reading
Micro Museum
123 Smith Street
NYWC, one of the world’s largest community-based writing programs, features work fresh off the pens from its unprecedented day of free writing workshops in iconic community spaces (the subway, Staten Island, parks, and more!). Special guest readers will join in the fun.

13. Armchair/Shotgun’s Old-Timey Radio Show
61 Local (21+)
61 Bergen Street
Armchair/Shotgun, along with authors Dolan Morgan, Zachary White, and Alanna Bailey, perform a radio drama. Live! On Stage! “With Sound Effects and Everything!” It’s the Armchair/Shotgun Old-Timey Radio Hour. (Or rather, 45 minutes…)

After Party
8 p.m. on
61 Local (21+)
61 Bergen Street
Party lit-style with DJ Gregoire (Greg Young of the Bowery Boys: NYC History), local beers on tap (including some great Sixpoint brews), and Crawl author book sales by itinerant bookshop, Bibliolotry.

And if you can’t make it out tomorrow, worry not. The Manhattan Lit Crawl takes place in September.

[Lit Crawl NYC]

West coast publisher Weldon Owen created a nifty little infographic (because kids love their infographics) to explain exactly how a book is “born.”

They say:

Here’s the heartwarming, only slightly messy, and roughly 74 percent accurate story of how an idea churns through the publishing process just like—as a publisher we once knew put it—a rat travels through an anaconda. Don’t think too much about that analogy. Just enjoy this flowchart that takes you from a brilliant idea to a best-selling trade book.

That analogy … just, ewww. Anyway, this is pretty informative (and hilarious). I love that when the person who has an idea for a book “is Stephen King, Lady Gaga, or [a] reality show star,” it is automatically “approved for press.”

Kudos, Weldon Owen! Kudos!

[Weldon Owen]

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a short story entitled Kisses for Tati (formerly known as The Drums) for a couple years now. I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to finish this particular piece, especially when I’m able to see the story so very clearly in my mind.

In any case, I feel I should share something with you guys, and since I’ve made some progress on Kisses for Tati, I’ve decided that’s what I’m gonna share. For those who don’t know, Kisses for Tati is about Tati (natch), a socially awkward young woman who meets the man of her dreams but whose hopes of happiness are threatened by her domineering older sister.

Check out the excerpt below:

A week later, Tati was at work, manning one of the registers at Mal’s Supermarket. Situated in a good sized, graffiti-tagged space on the shoulder of a red brick apartment building a few blocks from Tati’s house, and bearing a hand painted, and rust tainted sign boasting the establishment’s name, Mal’s was practically the only grocery store that served the community, so the residents had no choice but to deal with Mal’s rancid meats, rotting produce, exorbitant prices, and mostly rude personnel.

Having worked at Mal’s for close to six years, Tati had grown content with her job. It didn’t require much from her—she usually clocked in at seven a.m., met with the store manager, counted cash for her register’s drawer, then headed out to her usual station, a special checkout counter behind which drugstore items like deodorant sticks and toothpaste were kept. While there was steady customer traffic throughout the day, the store was never overwhelmingly busy. The level of stress Tati had to contend with at work was ridiculously low.

Another perk of the job was that management did not require the staff to wear uniforms of any kind, not even those logo embroidered aprons or brightly colored polystyrene nametags usually worn by cashiers at major grocery chains. So when she arrived at the store that morning, Tati had on jeans and a fitted pink t-shirt with the Jazmin bathroom tissue logo on it.

Eleven o’clock was the beginning of the lunch rush, and though the store became a bit busier than usual, Tati didn’t feel it was too much to handle. Besides, she was getting off in a few hours, at three p.m., and that’s when the real rush would begin. The store would become swamped with customers coming straight from work, wanting to pick up provisions for the night’s dinner or the following day’s cookout. Very few times had Tati been asked to work after her shift was over; those times she had, she’d witnessed some truly nasty confrontations between her co-workers and the shoppers, with some even exploding into physical violence. That mostly happened on holiday weekends, when everyone’s emotions were on the cusp of the boiling over.

Thankfully, today was not a holiday Friday.

She picked up the first item that the next customer set on the counter and ran it over the scanner. Its price didn’t register on the screen, so Tati tried scanning it again. Still nothing. She picked up her checkout counter’s telephone and said into the receiver, “Simon, I need a price check at register one.” She repeated herself before hanging up the phone and then apologized to the waiting customer. “It’ll take just a minute,” Tati said. “Someone’s going to see how much this is.”

The people standing in line groaned in annoyance.

Tati shrugged. There was nothing she could do. She scanned the remaining items and when Simon, the assistant manager, arrived, attempting to dislodge a stringy piece of meat caught between his teeth with his tongue, Tati showed him the offending item: a canister of Reduco Diet Nutritional Drink mix.

“Be right back,” Simon said and he disappeared into the store.

Tati shrugged again and looked around. Her register’s location gave her a particularly good vantage of the store’s entrance and exit as well as the other three checkout lanes. The first two lanes were busy, so she wasn’t surprised when the third lane’s light illuminated to signal it was now open.

“Taking customers on register three,” Tati’s co-worker Shawanda called out in a loud, guttural Brownsville twang. Her massive, pendulous breasts seemed to reverberate with every movement she made.

Customers hurried over to Shawanda’s lane, most of them Tati’s. Oh she’s gonna hate me for this, Tati thought. But two remained in her line: the woman waiting on Simon to return with the price of the can of Reduco Diet Nutritional Drink mix, and Roy Marble.

When Tati finally noticed Roy, he flashed a radiant smile at her.

She smiled back at him.

Tati didn’t know Roy Marble personally, but she did know a few things about him. She knew that about two weeks ago he started coming into the store and going back to the deli counter. He ordered the same sandwich each time—turkey breast on rye with lettuce, tomato, and low-fat Swiss cheese—and typically paired it with a fruit salad and bottle of Fiji Water. He always, always, stood in her line, no matter how long and slow it was, no matter that the other registers were open and available. And he always paid with cash, except for that one time he used his debit card and she caught a glimpse of his name. Roy Marble. For some reason, Tati liked that name.

Roy was a brother that was in good shape. He had a build like a professional tennis player, nice shoulders, and strong hands. Tati supposed Roy worked in construction in some capacity, as his standard uniform was that of a t-shirt and carpenter jeans stained with signs of labor. This always puzzled her, though, because she couldn’t think of any place in the neighborhood that was under construction or renovation.

Simon returned, telling Tati the price of the drink mix. The customer huffed and said, “Forget it.” Tati charged the customer for the remainder of the items, and then placed them in two plastic bags before sending the customer on her way.

“She didn’t even buy it,” Roy said as he walked up, indicating the Reduco canister.

“Oh,” said Tati. “No.” She giggled.

As she scanned the turkey-on-rye sandwich she became acutely aware that Roy was staring at her. It made her more than a little nervous.

“Can I ask you something?”

Tati looked up at him. “Sure.”

“What’s your name?”

Tati touched her chest. “My name?”

“You’re the only one I’m talking to.” Roy gave her a teasing smile.

“Why would you want to know my name?” Tati asked as she scanned the bottled water.

“I’ve wanted to know your name for a while now,” said Roy. “You don’t wear a nametag and it’s never on the receipt.”

She regarded him, curious. There was something warm about him, his voice, his vibe. Sure, he was eye candy before, but now she felt there was more to this Roy Marble and she liked it. “Tati,” she said. “Tatiana.”

“Tatiana,” he said. “I like that. It’s pretty.”

She thanked him, and then told him his total. He gave her a twenty, and as Tati handed Roy his change and receipt, he said, “I like you, Tatiana, I’d like to get to know you. Would you like to go out with me?”

Thoughts? All opinions, feedback, and trash talk are welcome. Hit me up in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova, photo by Jay Tong
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