Sunday, February 23, 2014

New Poem

She's the star of my newest poem.


I'm back, readers! My real life has completely taken over and I'm getting over a severe case of writer's block. I just posted a new poem on Lush Stories and it's called "Longing," about a young women who left a good thing and has regrets about it.

This is just the start of my new pieces of writing. I do have a sequel in the works and I haven't forgotten about my Watch Me Wednesday teasers. They'll be back momentarily.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Watch Me Wednesday Teaser #6


Watch Me Wednesday Teaser #6

Note: This teaser is a current WiP (Work in Progress) that was originally supposed to be posted on June 26, 2013. 

As much as I loved Robert, I cannot picture him with another woman, let alone a black woman. If that’s what he wanted, why didn’t he marry one instead of a lily-white woman like me?  According to him, the black women at his college were either too ghetto, uppity, or paid him no attention, despite being on the football team.  I wondered how I would punish him for cheating on me, since divorce isn’t an option. 
Later that evening, Robert and I were in bed reading.  I wore my sheerest white negligee and he wore his snuggest pair of white boxer briefs to bed. I love the juxtaposition of his ebony skin against anything he wore that was white, including me. Putting my book on the nightstand next to me, I snuggled up next to my husband of fifteen years.  Shifting his eyes from today’s newspaper to me, he asked, “What’s on your mind?”
“I was thinking about what you said to me the other day about not being spicy enough in bed,” I answered.
“Oh, yeah? What did you have in mind?”
“I was thinking that we have a great indoor/outdoor pool at our disposal. We can have a private pool party, with some of your friends over for a little fun,” I proposed, while my heart beats in my throat.
“Fun, eh? What kind of fun are we talking about, Margaret?”
“It involves three of your best buds, me, and the pool. No other women are going to be invited, and I’ll leave the kids with the neighbors next door.”
“My friends, you, me, and the pool,” he repeated. “If that’s what you want, make it happen. I’ll call my friends tomorrow morning.”
“Thank you so much. It’ll be a blast.”
In more ways than one! I said to myself.
That’s it for this week. See you next week!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Lost Teasers Found

Yesterday, as I was rearranging my files for uploading onto Google Docs and Dropbox, I found the teasers I wanted to post on here in a thumb drive I forgot I had.  That'll teach me to label the drives!  I have given each of the teasers titles, and I'm on the verge of relabeling them, so they're more concise and I can keep track a little better.

I have a brand new one ready to go for Wednesday. See you then!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

On Planning Stories, Part One

Lately, I've been working on revising my very first piece of erotica called Blackout.  I've also reminisced on how I came about writing the short piece, and how I plan my stories.

A few years ago, I decide to write erotica pieces as a way to break out of the monotony of my job.  I looked online and found a site called Creative Writing Prompts.  One of the prompts I used was one that had something to do with sticking two people in an elevator that don't like each other.  I decided to tweak the prompt a bit, adding a little bit of tension and an argument until everything came to a head when one makes the move. 
 
I wrote down the prompt on a piece of paper, and got to work on writing.  I had a list of main characters' names I wanted to use and brief descriptions of each individual.   I didn't have any antagonists listed yet, I wanted them to be the polar opposite of the protagonists.  I started with the prompt as the central theme, and I added layers into the story. I wrote, rewrote scenes via email, put them together haphazardly into a Word document, and rearranged the story from there.

Some people swear by typing their stories, I prefer good old-fashioned longhand story writing.  Often times, I'm not near a computer, so I have a notebook in my satchel for plotting out story ideas while commuting to work, school, or running errands.  When work is slow, I would transcribe my notes into Word or in the body of an email. That way, if I get sued for plagiarism, I will have the proof for when I wrote something. In my notebook, I always put the date I wrote something and scan the page as a PDF file.  Lately, my friend suggested I use Dropbox to hold my items. I caved in and put my story ideas there, and uploaded a copy into Google Docs.  I had lost my thumb drive and had only hard copies of what I've scribbled down.

Sounds tedious, but it's worth protecting myself from trolls who want to discredit me and want to see me fail miserably.

Part Two coming soon!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Don Abdul's Newest eBook

"Checkmate," the latest eBook from Don Abdul, is set for release on February 26, courtesy of Horny Devil Publishing.   Don't forget to download it onto your e-readers.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Trilogy Online Now

The three-part story, Roommates with Benefits: The Working Vacation, is finally posted onto Lush Stories. Click on the banners below to read and comment on the stories.  They're listed in order of posting.

Posted on June 12, 2011

Posted on January 28, 2012

Posted December 20, 2012


I began the stories in the summer of 2011, thinking it was going to be a one-story deal.  After reading the number of comments on the first story, I forged ahead with the sequels that were written simultaneously.  I got stuck on the third installment, I finally finished in time for 2012 to go away and bring in 2013.  I kept it current in all three, with extreme heat, a freak snowstorm, and the Diamond Jubilee celebration with the mention of the Summer Olympics. 

I am working hard on the eBook version of the trilogy, with the hopes to have it out before June 2013.  The newest installment of Watch Me Wednesday snippets will commence January 9. 

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Love,
Sylvia

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rewrites, Rejections, and Advertising

I posted part three to Roommates with Benefits on Lush Stories last week, and it got rejected.  I guess the person that read it didn't appreciate that I employed allusion and implied what happened before the trip to London.   I switched what was wrong, and now I'm waiting for my friend to email me the last of the necessary edits. 

I began rewriting an old story I have posted onto Smashwords.  I'm adding a few things that was missing since I was in such a haste to get it published.  It would increase my sales a bit more, especially when I have an excerpt for my next eBook inside.

I decided to make author pages on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and to other outlets. I want to increase sales of my eBooks.   I guess I have to  make a real author page and post the option to buy my eBooks.  I eventually would like to write eBooks under my real name as well.  I want to host an event with the release of my books relatively soon. I have to get my marketing strategy down pact, first.