Sunday, September 25, 2011

What part of the fast lane don't you understand?

      You know who I'm talking about, that little blue Honda that zipped across all four lanes of the freeway to get themselves right in front of you, and then slow down to 60 miles an hour.  Wouldn't be so bad if you weren't already flying at nearly 75mph.  Now you have to slam on your breaks to avoid tearing off the Honda's bumper as they nearly clip your vehicle.  As the Honda driver waves at you and you resist the urge (or not) to flip her off, you notice that not only is she talking on her cell phone, but the blinker that she only turned on AFTER she changed lanes remains on.

      This is usually the point when I let loose with a string of foul language that would make a salty old sailor blush.  I'm not kidding.  I really do understand road rage at moments like this, but in all actuality we blame the wrong person.  Maybe we shouldn't be hollering at the Honda driver or those just like her, but maybe we should go after the driving instructor/DMV employee that gave this twit the license in the first place!

       Think about it for just a moment.  Teachers are being held accountable when their students don't pass the state mandated tests.  Why shouldn't these driving instructors be called to the carpet for not teaching these people the proper rules of the road?  Some of these new driver's had to pay for their driving school, so why were they not given the proper skills?  Yes it is true that some of these people may have done really well for their tests and then fucked up down the line.  Now it's the time to pay the piper then.  Time to have another refresher course, behind the wheel, in inclement weather, in the city and on the highways. 

      Wouldn't it be great if people learned that yes you do have to pull over and out of the way of emergency vehicles if they are behind you with their lights flashing.  Just because you are driving a Lexus in the fast lane does not mean that the fire truck behind you has to pass your ass on the shoulder.  Putting your blinker on AFTER you have completed the lane change doesn't help make the driver you cut off any less pissed at you.  Merging traffic is supposed to get up to speed of the highway/road that they are entering, NOT staying at 35 mph for another three miles when the speed limit is 65mph.  Rain is not an excuse to go 85 in a 55 zone and then slam on your brakes to not miss your exit.  A red light means STOP.  It does not mean that three more cars can go through the intersection. 

      It is NOT an unwritten rule that you can come up behind someone and flash your brights and they have to get out of your way.  Don't fucking switch lanes just to get behind me in the fast lane and start flashing your lights at me if you are not a member of law enforcement, the fire department or an ambulance.  If you do, you will just make me slam on my breaks so that your nice new Lexus is now a compact car.

      Driving too fast for conditions doesn't necessarily mean that you are speeding.  You lose control of your car and you are driving too fast for conditions plain and simple.  I will be the one waving at you as the highway patrol officer is giving you that ticket!

      When there are signs that a lane will be closed ahead, it will be closed and you have to merge BEFORE you are right on top of the flashing arrow sign that is closing off the lane.  Move your ass over before you get to that point or you will just have to accept that the other drivers do NOT have to let you in.  And just because you are pushing your way over into my passenger door, will not make me or anyone be able to get out of the way faster.      

And for that lady driving the Honda, the signs that say slower traffic keep RIGHT means YOU!  And yes I know you are the very same person who flew past me on the two lane road close to my house so you can then cut me off to make a right turn.   Karma will get you one day, my friend.  I'm thinking that one or both of your teenagers are old enough to drive soon.  Better stock up on those Depends!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sex scenes: hot and spicey or sweet and "innocent"—which do you prefer?

      Now that I have my first book published, I have seen a lot of posting in the author and reader groups about what people prefer to write and read themselves.  One answer that sort of put a bee in my bonnet was that he preferred the more sweet romances over the erotic stuff because he has "a real problem with the lack of emotions, tenderness, desires, and mental responses in most erotica."  Well, I would beg to differ.  The best erotica includes all of those things, just super hot, steamy EXPLICIT love scenes.  The language that I use when I write those scenes is how I talk.  Sure I have what some would call a "potty" mouth, but that is my reality, and that is how I write.  Whether you want to admit it or not, that language appeals to a lot of people out there, especially women.

      I totally agree that form of writing is not for everyone.  Some people prefer it without the emotions and desires...that is what I would call porn.  Erotica is NOT porn.  I wish people would recognize the difference.  For me, mainstream romances have some steamy scenes, but it uses more flowery language to describe body parts and what each person in the scene is feeling inside and out.  For example, you can write a scene about someone losing their virginity and use terms such as "deflowered" or "crossed into womanhood" when you are being on the sweet side.  On the more erotic side you could say anything from "unlocked her pleasure vault" to "popped her cherry."  Porn on the other hand will just basically have a sex scene with all the explicit words: wham, bam, thank you ma'am.  No tenderness, no buildup, just drop your clothes and fuck.  Plain and simple.  No thrills, no frills, just two bodies slamming into each other until one or both gets off.  Sort of boring if you ask me!

      I remember when I was a teenager and reading romance novels that described sex between the hero and heroine usually as the first time for the woman and of course she falls madly in love with him and they are together for the rest of their lives.  Well, most romances in real life don't work out that way and maybe that's why I loved reading those at the time.  Now, having lived through enough broken hearts and shed enough tears over my own love life, I want the hot passion that erotica can bring to me.  Whether it's fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, male/female, menage and more, I want to read it all and get lost in my own fantasy world for a bit.  Maybe, just maybe  I will take some of that hot passion and share it with my life partner who is every bit the sexy hero I write and read about.

      Erotica can enhance your own sex life and sexual experiences.  I don't feel that it degrades women or treats them as sex objects.  The heroines in erotic romances are strong, independent women who discover they have needs and desires just as powerful as men.  These women go out to get what they want and the men(or women!) that can help them fulfill their fantasies.  Oh and lets not forget the other genres that include male/male, female/female, and menage and more stories.  There is something for everyone in the erotic romances.  Go out and read some for yourself and let your imagination run wild! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

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