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Frisky Friday - Writing Erotic Scenes

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There are lots of ways to write erotic scenes, but through reading and trying things out, I've learned that most of the time it's best not to bother naming certain body parts unless you're writing something you intend to give people a laugh instead of making them horny.

You don't need to say he put his love wand into her dripping beaver. It's better to say something like:

She was wet and moaned softly as he entered her.

Less is often more. Spark your reader's senses and let them use their imagination as undoubtedly they either have a partner or someone they're interested in and it gives them the option of fantasizing.

And if you're not particularly sexual yourself, have friends read it to let you know if you've made them hot under the collar.

That's all I have time for today.

Salut,
R~

P.S. I'm swinging my sword about t…

Starting Up

I thought it might be neat to capture this sewing journey from the beginning. It gives anyone who may be thinking about starting their own business, some things to think about.

What
It's important to figure out what you aim to produce or provide as a business. I've decided what I'll start with and what products I intend to add over time. I have a mission, vision, and values defined to guide me as I go.

Location
When you set up a home-based business, it's important to figure out where in your home you will be doing the work. In my case, since I live in a small condo and want to keep my living room in a state where people can visit, I've chosen the corners of my bedroom nearest the window. As I'm also a writer, I have a desk in another corner for that. Yes, my bedroom is oddly large. As you can see by the pictures, I have a lot to do to get the area ready to sew in.

There is a desk under that mess. Some winter things need to be cleaned and put away. Some notions ne…

Thoughtful Thursday - Waiting

I'm in a holding pattern on several projects at this time. For my sewing business, I'm waiting for my thread to arrive. But there's lots to do in the interim. I've been making the space ready. I've been purchasing supplies and planning specifications. I can also do some personal projects to test out which seams are best.

There's always something you can do when you're waiting.

I'm also waiting to hear about my novel. In the email they first sent, it said 6 weeks, but their website lists a longer time frame. In speaking with a more experienced author, I've decided to wait to ask about it until the period listed on their website has come. They could be swamped. They could have even made a typo in the email. At any rate, I have a slew of other writing projects to work on in the meantime. I'm editing a short story, I'm writing a B-movie script, I'm sorting out where the hell I am in one of my novels... It's a first draft. Yuck. I also have…

Merry Monday - Too Much

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Hey there readers. Just dropping in to say hi. I'm feeling like I've got too much for a human to get done. Hoping I'll get my head above water soon. Here's the to-do list:

Bring guitar in for service. It's free in the first year. The first year runs out this week.
Play guitar/piano a little every day.
Get sewing area set up. It's a mess.
Make things in said sewing area. (Aiming for June)
Etsy site for sewn goods. (Aiming for end of summer) Already have Facebook and website for this venture.
30-Day script challenge. Writing my first movie script. Don't really know what I'm doing, but the challenge is set up like a course, so I'm learning as I go.
Reading a book. It's taking a long time.
365 Tao - read one a day and think about its message. Today's was about how life is rarely balanced and if it is you aren't growing.…

Frisky Friday - Masturbation

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It's Frisky Friday and I wanted to give you something fun to read. It's likely NSFW, so you've been warned.

Today's post is about masturbation. A taboo subject that is completely normal and healthy in most cases.

There are pros and cons to masturbating. Masturbation has had a conflicting history for something so natural. Some religions still see it as a sinful practice. There are a lot of other animals that masturbate using a wide variety of methods.

Pros

Orgasms release endorphin, which is the happy and feel-good chemical. This is beneficial for reducing stress, anxiety, pain, and sadness.
In men, it freshens the sperm which is thought to improve the chances of making babies. This happens with regular sex too. Couples that are having difficult conceiving are no longer told to abstain from sex.
It's a natural human instinct.
It's a mostly…

Thoughtful Thursday - Paper Planners

I have to say that I was skeptical about the value of paper based planners. I come from a project management background and regularly used MS Project. I also used Outlook and KanbanFlow a lot to manage everything.

A friend got me into paper based planners recently. I had bought a $10 one from Walmart that had all the days broken down by half hour increments and I found it too inflexible for my needs. Most things I need to do don't need to be done at a specific time of day. When I didn't achieve something at the time I meant to, I felt like I was failing at my goals. Like I was always behind. I also have different needs quite often as I'm working on a number of projects at any given time.

I started looking at the Bullet Journal awhile ago, but they were ultra expensive. Recently, the company put one on Amazon for $11 vs the regular $60-75 Canadian price quoted on their website. Realizing I had been getting nowhere with my goals as of late, I got one when I ordered replacement…

Merry Monday - Easter

Easter weekend started off on a bit of a sour note for me. After waiting around for 2 hours for a police record check on Wednesday, the place that wanted it decided to tell me 30 minutes before I was supposed to meet with them that they didn't need me anymore. The meeting was supposed to be in the evening. So I wasted my time and could've left town two days sooner had they had the decency to figure it out a week and a half ago. It's rare that I give anyone another chance to waste my time these days. Time isn't something you can get back. 

The drive to visit my family wasn't bad. There were a couple of folks that would pass me just to exit the highway. Not sure why they were in the left lane if they knew they were exiting, but I guess there are different types of drivers. The mostly thawed lakes were stunning. There's so much beauty on the drive as the ecosystems are awakening from their slumber.

I ended up with quite a headache from the sun that was on me for sev…

Thoughtful Thursday - Words from another era

I find interesting things when I clean. Usually I'm looking for something specific and I was when I stumbled on some old school work from 2001. I keep a lot of things in my Dropbox. I found a report I had done in 2001 during my second year studying social work. A chiropractor visited to talk to us about how we can choose to live our lives. I found it moving and I've kept this report since and I expect I will continue to do so for a long time to come. Here is that report:
INCIDENT REPORT
To: Bill Ingwersen
From: Rae Anne Roy
Course: CMM190-03
Subject: Dr. Kristin Sheppard
Date: Monday, November 12, 2001

SUMMARY
Guest speaker, Dr. Kristin Sheppard spoke to us about the tenseness in society today and why she believes people are so depressed.

BACKGROUND
Dr. Kristin Sheppard is a Chiropractor. She resides in North Bay, Ontario. She spoke to us on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. in our Wellness class.

EVENT
Dr. Sheppard talked about living life out loud and how more people need to. Li…

Planning

In starting this business, I knew I needed to come up with a plan first. Not necessarily a full on business plan. In essence, my business is simple in that it is making sewn goods and selling them online and eventually at craft fairs and handmade markets. Coming from a project management background, I’m making use of those skills to break down the large pieces into smaller, more manageable chunks. First, I felt that I needed to stay true to my business school roots and come up with my mission, vision, and values. This is the foundation on which I wanted to start this business. All too often I’ve seen businesses do this after years of operating to either look good in the public’s eye or because they have grown into a diverse organization and are trying to figure out how to get everyone on board. Right now, this is just me, but who knows where I will be in the future with this side business. I spent a good deal of time figuring out my products. Some will are planned for launch and othe…

Merry Monday - A beautiful day for taxes

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With French done, I have a lot of other things to catch up on. It seems like I have Mount Everest ahead of me, but I'm just going through the list one at a time. I've gotten a couple of things done and some started.

Renovations

Before the weekend, my new kitchen floor was installed. After the credits that Jiffy gave me, install cost less than $40. The old floor was light grey peel and stick tile, which was peeling itself up on the edges. Because I couldn't get all the glue up from the floor underneath the peel and stick, I needed to put new floor in. Oh, I started peeling it up with a hair dryer. I really don't recommend that. It doesn't get hot enough to work well. It was taking around 20 minutes each tile with the hair dryer. With a proper heat gun, a couple hours for the whole floor.

Old floors:

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Frisky Friday - The Office Romance

Meeting people is hard. And the acceptable places to express interest in someone seem to be dwindling.

The gym was a place, but now many women get upset that a man may have been looking at their butt while they worked out. As if it's disgusting to notice the opposite sex and the hard work they've been doing that has made their butt look so fine. Not that that is what everyone tries to do at the gym. Lots of women and men want to be physically powerful for a variety of reasons whether to be better at a sport or because they love the change they're seeing in their body.

The office romance seems to be most frowned upon though. And while I can see some issues, there are many successful office romances. Doctors often marry other doctors, police officers other police officers, artists other artists, entertainers other entertainers, and so on. Why? Because they get each other and understand the demands of the jobs they do.

I have friends who were in the military together who are mar…

Thoughtful Thursday - Reliability

As a handy person, when you take off for training rather than doing jobs booked and don't make any effort to reschedule, you're unreliable and unprofessional. 
I'm the customer in this situation and I'm pissed off. I waited all day yesterday to find out by reading Facebook that the guy went to a training thing without wondering if he had work to do on that day.

I contacted the service his company works through. They're looking into it, but I already know where he was. If I don't hear something soon, or get a flimsy excuse, I'm going to finish it myself and never bother with them again. Deals are only useful if things actually happen.

And customers don't particularly like having their kitchens torn apart for longer than necessary. I had a friend take time out of his day to help move my stove. It's sitting in my dining room unusable. 

I'm not waiting around all day today. I need paint and epoxy putty to fix my cabinets. At this rate, I might as well p…

Merry Monday - Needs and Wants

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I'm exhausted folks. I've spent a large chunk of the last couple of days on my kitchen floor. Last summer it began peeling itself up. It has gotten to a state where it has become uncleanable and more dirt collects on it.

While I'm looking forward to a new floor, I haven't been looking forward to the expense of it. To try and save cash, I'm doing as much as I can myself. This is everything up to the actual cutting and install. I'm terrible at cutting things and know I'd screw it up because my track record for this is high. Can't afford that.

So I had no urge to go with more peel and stick tiles that would certainly do the same. I also didn't want a similar colour. The floor was light grey and light grey tiles always eventually turn yellow and look like someone has been peeing on the floor. No thanks.

I got some roll floor …