Monday, 16 June 2014

Smut by the Sea 2014



Smut by the Sea on Saturday was terrific. Well done Victoria and Kevin for improving on last year's event.

Lovely to see people I knew and also new folk.

Nice to have some workshops to attend this time - one from Victoria Blisse on getting inspired to write from every day objects. We had a little writing exercise and I came up with a ghost story from a picture of Scarborough Castle - who knows it might become a full story one day!

Another was thought provoking from K D Grace about writing better erotica - we had to write a sex scene without using the words cock or pussy!

Then Lucy Felthouse on what editors want. When asked to think outside the box within a theme I came up with two fairies from the top of the Xmas tree being given the night off and meeting in a bar for a lesbian story, again, it might end up getting written. Watch this space.

I did a reading again this year - a follow on reading to last year when I read from 'Friendly Seduction' about a sci-fi writer who creates a story to seduce the heroine and the book they created was one I wrote up and was published earlier this year. So that is the one I read from this time 'Bounty Hunters' Captive'. We had the lovely Kay Jaybee ready to spank us if we ran over time - so it was great to play off that and include her in my reading - when the heroine was referring to the mysterious sentient cloud that had appeared on board their spaceship, "See there, that is trouble with a capital T" I gestured in Kay's direction. The audience rather enjoyed that!

Well done to all the people reading for the first time, in particular my lovely friend, Bella Settarra, who I met at last year's Smut. She even dressed up in a sexy sailor outfit!

There were lovely stalls from Ann Summers, Kay Jaybee, a book stand, a craft stall and an erotica tombola - from which I won a butt plug and a cock ring!

And a 'create your own swag' stall. Authors were invited to offer swag. I don't have lots of any one item so I had a mixed bowl of goodies. It was interesting to see what went - and what didn't. All the pens were taken, along with nearly all the lube (freebies I had received myself and not used!), and nearly all the sex-origamis! If you remember the origamis we used to make as kids to tell fortunes, it was the same thing except I had sex positions on them!

About five of my badges with my book covers were taken, along with a similar number of bookmarks - also with book covers. A few each of the keyrings, pencils, mini highlighters and notepads. Least popular was the mousemat and fridge magnets.

Afterwards Janine Ashbless and I went for a cream tea - delicious *big grin*

That's it for this year's Smut by the Sea. See you all at Smut in the City in Manchester on 15 November.

Jen

10 comments:

  1. Glad you had a great time and enjoyed the workshops, you got lots and lots of inspiration and that makes me happy. See you in Manchester!

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    1. Absolutely - Manchester here we come!

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  2. Looks like a fabulous day to remember, Jennifer. Congratulations on your fabulous reading!

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  3. Sounds like you had a great time. What a great way to meet other authors.

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  4. Lovely to see you there, Jen. Thanks so much for your support - I was so nervous doing my first reading, but it helped that I was with so many encouraging people. Brilliant event, and, as you said, even better than last time! :)

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    1. You did very well, sweetie. First time is the worst!

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  5. Was fabulous fun- thanks for being such a good sport during readings!!

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