Procrastination is the Art of Living in Yesterday

muse

So again, I’m sitting here at the computer and totally at a loss as to what I should blog about.  I started this blog intending to write about Romance.  And I have written about Romance.  Quite a bit.  I thought I would never run out of things to write about Romance.

stressed

So now I’m stressed because I need to get a blog out and the more I think about what I should write, the more my mind goes blank.  And I suddenly realize it’s probably because…

one bed short

Now I’m highly disturbed….

disturbed

And I realize it all started when someone said…

have kids

I tried to be a good mom.  I let the kids pitch in and help around the house…

baby duster

But they were so time consuming…

cooking - 2

I mean really…I fed them last night.

But I’ll get back at them…someday…

when I get old

In the mean time, I’m going to the doctor for a prescription…

antidepressant

And after following those instructions, I will get out my romance novels and dream about hunkalicious guys…

Diamantis

Diamantis

Justin Barringer

Justin Barringer

Mario Blanco

Mario Blanco

Don Allen

Don Allen

OK folks….time to like this page, leave a comment, and friend me on Facebook.

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Erotica…What it is…What it isn’t…

Erotica…What it is…What it isn’t…

This is what Wikipedia says about Erotica…

Erotica (from the Greek ἔρως, eros “desire”) is any artistic work that deals substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing subject matter. All forms of art may depict erotic content, including paintingsculpturephotographydramafilmmusic or literature. Erotica has high-art aspirations, differentiating it from commercial pornography

Erotica and Pornography – Distinction is often made between erotica and pornography, although some viewers may not distinguish between them. A key distinction, some have argued, is that pornography’s objective is the graphic depiction of sexually explicit scenes.

But I’ll just talk about books here.  Erotic is everywhere these days.  And if it has high-art aspirations…I’m not seeing it.  Just because there is some semblance of a story line doesn’t mean it’s high-art and not porn.  After all, Fifty Shades of Grey was called Mommy-Porn.  And you can read about sexual encounters with were-animals, shapeshifters, vampires, all kinds of aliens, dinosaurs, and even…yes…wait for it…that’s right…Bigfoot. It’s all called monster-porn.

There is an author, Virginia Wade, that was making $30,000…yes, that’s thirty thousand dollars…a month with her series on human women and Bigfoot.  Shesh.  Her dad edits all her books for her, too.  ACKWARD.   And why does she write Bigfoot Erotica?  Aren’t you glad you asked?  Aren’t you even happier I know the answer to that question?  She began writing Bigfoot smut “after getting annoyed with how boring the erotica community had become.”  I’m sure the thirty thou a month didn’t hurt either.  However, it now seems that Amazon is clamping down on books about sex with cryptids.  Go figure.

http://jezebel.com/meet-the-woman-behind-all-of-your-favorite-bigfoot-erot-1508184453#

I know I don’t want to read about kinky threesomes between a human woman and two shapeshifting cowboys, one a wolf and the other a black panther.  I don’t care how many different positions they can get themselves into.   I don’t want to read about these encounters on every other page either.  And I really don’t want to read about the cowboys starting to shift while they are doing the funky chicken.  Really.

Basically it’s the graphically descriptive, purple prose sex scenes that drive the story in Erotica.  Really?  Whatever happened to the plot driving the story?  Whatever happened to character development?  Like in Romance.  You know.  Good old fashioned, in Love, Romance.  Defined thusly:

Romance usually refers to romantic love, i.e., love emphasizing emotion over libido.

And then there’s this, By Elyse from Smart Bitches Trashy Books

“The best sex, at least in romance novels, is often infused with emotion, whether it’s angst or joy, and it shows the characters in a meaningful way. When it’s also hot and reflects the average person’s sexual experience without resorting to purple prose? That’s golden.”

So there you have it.  Erotica – It’s porn with a story line.  Romance – It’s a love story.

I’ll stick with the love stories and why not when there are guys like this to look at…

Joshua Gawrysiak

 

 

 

 

Joshua Gawysiak

 

  

jase dean

 

 

 

 

Jase Dean

 

 

 

Mads Kolkin Sarastuen

 

 

Mads Kolkin Saratuen

 

 

 

 

Bobby Creighton

 

 

Bobby Creighton

 

 

What do you think?  Would you rather fantasize about these guys…or Bigfoot.  Leave a comment.  I want your opinion.  Thanks.

 

A Brief History of Valentine’s Day Stuff

A Brief History of Valentine’s Day Stuff

 Colin Wayne Valentine

 

Yummy Colin Wayne

 

 

 

Origins of Valentine’s Day

 Valentine‘s Day has its origins in several different legends.  The holiday seems to have begun in ancient Roman with the festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration held on February 15.  About 496, Pope Gelasius I declared this pagan festival as a Christian feast day to be held on February 14 and called St. Valentine’s Day.

 romance joke

 

The Real St. Valentine

There appear to be at least three early Christian saints by the name Valentine. One was a priest in Rome, while another was a bishop in Terni.  Almost nothing is known of the third, except that he met his end in Africa.  All three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14.

Most authorities believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a Roman priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270 A.D.  Several legends explain this disfavor.  One is that Valentine performed secret marriages for Roman soldiers who were not permitted to marry.  Another legend has it that Valentine was imprisoned by Claudius and fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before being executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.” However, the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is agape love (Christian love).  He was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

 Not until the 14th century was this Christian feast day definitively associated with romantic love. Chaucer first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance in 1381 by composing a poem in honor of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia on February 14.  (UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine)

 valentine cowboy

 

Valentine Cards

By the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England.  The tradition soon spread to the American colonies, but did not become widespread in the United States until the 1850s when Esther A. Howland, a Mount Holyoke graduate and native of Worcester, Mass., began mass-producing cards.

Cupid

 One of the earliest popular symbols of the Valentine’s Day is Cupid, the Roman god of love, who is represented by the image of a young boy with bow and arrow.  However, before he was Cupid he was Eros the Greek god of love.

 valentine - 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Known Factoids

The oldest known Valentine’s poem in existence today was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans during his imprisonment in the Tower of London, following the Battle of Agincourt, The poem was written to his wife (www.history.com).

In 1969, the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable. St. Valentine was one of the casualties.

Today the holiday is a booming commercial success with 25% of all cards sent each year being valentines (According to the Greeting Card Association).

150 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year (www.history.com).

 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate companies (www.history.com).

 62% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day (www.history.com).

 6 million couples will get engaged on Valentine’s Day (www.history.com)

 valentine - 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 colin wayne - 1

 

 

 

 

And leaving you with the delicious Colin Wayne…

 

 

 

All About Romance

Romance

 1. a. A love affair.

b. Ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people; love:

2. A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful:

3. a. A long medieval narrative in prose or verse that tells of the adventures and heroic exploits of chivalric heroes

b. A long fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary or mysterious events, usually set in a distant time or place.

4. An artistic work, such as a novel, story, or film that deals with sexual love, especially in an idealized form.

 romance book

           Such is the dictionary definition of Romance.  In real life it’s a love story.  Two people meeting, falling in love, and trying hard for happily-ever-after while overcoming misunderstandings, hardships, secret babies, kidnappers, or just plain old stubbornness.

 

            And who reads Romance novels.  Just about every-frigging-body.  Well not so much men – maybe.  But men make up 9% of the Romance reading public. And since approximately 75 million people read Romance every year, that’s a male readership of 6,750,000.  Wow – guys – I’m proud of ya.  But if you are female, over the age of 16, and can read above an 8th grade level – you have read Romance – whether or not you admit it.

             And just who is the average Romance reader?  Well, that would be a woman between the ages of 30 and 54 making between $50,000 and $99,900 per year.  She would likely be from the South.  Half of Romance readers live with a spouse or partner.  Forty-four percent of Romance book buyers consider themselves “frequent readers” (read quite a few romances); 31 percent are “avid readers” (almost always reading a romance novel); and 25 percent are “occasional readers” (on and off, like when on vacation).  Forty one percent of Romance book buyers have been reading Romance for 20 years or more.  (Statistics from Bowker® Market Research, Q2 2012, New Books Purchased and RWA’s 2012 Romance Book Consumer survey.) shades of grey

            And that’s just readership.  What about sales you ask?  Well yes, I have the answer to that.  Romance fiction generated $1.438 billion in sales in 2012 and is 2013 sales are estimated at $1.350 billion.  No really.  That’s BILLION, actually closing in on one and a half billion dollars – a year!  (source: Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2013)

             Here’s how Romance stacked up against other reading material:  (source: Simba Information estimates)

            Romance fiction: $1.438 billion in estimated revenue for 2012

            Religion/inspirational: $717.9 million

            Mystery: $728.2 million

            Science fiction/fantasy: $590.2 million

            Classic literary fiction: $470.5 million

            Romance beat out the next best selling category (Religion) by slightly more than double.  And that’s just sales of NEW books.  These statistics don’t take into account people who pass their Romance novels around to family, friends, and neighbors.  Nor does it account for all of us who haunt thrift stores and buy Romances by the bagful for 50 cents apiece. book-ipad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a few more statistics for you:

 Romance fiction was the largest share of the U.S. consumer market in 2012 at 16.7 percent.   (source: Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2013)

Romance was the top-performing category on the best-seller lists in 2012 (across the NYT, USA Today, and PW best-seller lists).

 Forty four percent of readers are reading in an e-book format.  But the rest of us still prefer a good old fashioned book we can hold and flip through the pages.  You know.  To go back and read the good parts.  The really good parts.  The really, really good parts.  (Statistics from Bowker Market Research, Q1 2012, New Books Purchased)

 Besides…who could resist reading a Romance when you know the hero looks like this…

hot hunk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or this…

cowboy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Thursday…

Random –

1. Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective: random people.

rockstar-cowboy-biker

In a Romance novel – this could so happen.

 

 

 

 

 

2. lacking any definite plan or prearranged order; haphazard: a random selection.

hunk on beach

I just randomly love this picture of a delectablelicious guy on the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. occurring or done without definite aim, reason, or pattern: random examples.

half naked

 

 

 

Just a random example of things I love.

 

 

 

 

4. (of a person) unknown: some random guy waiting for a bus.

Milk

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t drink milk often…but when I do…I like to lick it off a random hot guy.

 

 

Not so random…but I chose it anyway.

Jase Dean

jase dean

 

 

 

 

Don’t  ya just love being patriotic…

Smart Bitches Trashy Books

Smart Bitches Trashy Books (SBTB)

 So, if you really love, and I mean, really, really love, all things Romance, you have got to check out this website – Smart Bitches Trashy Books.   www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com

 I have been following them for a couple of years now, mainly because the site is hilarious.  This site was started in 2005 by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan as a place for romance readers to get together and talk about the books they liked and the ones they didn’t.  It has morphed into so much more.

 One of my favorite pages is the Bitchery Glossary.  Here’s an example or two.

 HaBO (Help a Bitch Out).  If you read a book, however long ago, that you want to read again and just can’t remember the title, this is for you.  Describe as much of the book as you can remember, you know, the absurd plot, the hero’s annoying habits, the cover that showed more of her chest than his, their unconventional names, etc.  They will put a post out there asking their audience if they know what the book is.  They claim to have a good track record for finding these books.

 TSTL (Too Stupid to Live).  This is a heroine who doesn’t have a clue.  She wanders around outside at night in her nightgown and doesn’t understand the problem with that.  Every time she looks at the hero she has ‘urges’ she can’t understand.  She unwittingly takes a job with a crime syndicate and now needs the hero’s protection

 Douche or ass-hat.  Wait…I’m trying to picture that.  Ass-hat.  Hmm…just not getting it.  This tern refers to an unlikeable hero, or a clueless hero, or a hero that is TSTL.

 In their hysterical reviews of books where either the heroine or hero, or both, are clueless and TSTL, they use a whole slew of remarkable words.  Like mighty wang, magic hoo-haa, whatthefuckery, crazysauce, mantitty.  I am working so desperately hard to get some of these words into my vocabulary.  Not being as successful as I’d like.  Much to the relief of my family.

 They review books.  Lots of books.  I wish I had that much time to read all those books.  The site posts cute Friday videos, and sometimes they have contests where you can win stuff, signed copies of books, electronics, etc.

 In fact, they have an eight day give-a-way starting today for Thanksgivukkah. So named because Hanukkah starts before Thanksgiving this year.  Today’s give-a-way is an iPad Mini, 16GB – WiFi.  So cruise the site, have a laugh or two, and enter to win.

 

BTW.  I have had a response in my blog about St. Umid (Beautiful Men – part 2).  You can read the comments and I will respond to them soon.

 

  Hunkalicious Pic of the Day

 cowboys

 Oh, Please.  Tell me it is illegal for these guys to even own a shirt.