Open Letter

Dear Writer,

Please, please, please, do not submit anymore of your badly written erotica to us. We are simply not interested! If you don’t know how to write a story to begin with, what makes you think you can write a really thrilling, tantalizing, skin-tingling, spine-shivering, get-me-wet piece of erotica?

Stop. Stop now!

A story, by its very nature, has a beginning, middle and an ending. It has characters, preferably two or more, well written characters with which readers can identify with. A plot line would be good, you know what one of those is, right? Yes, yes, I know, it’s a short story so why do we continue to insist there be this inconvenience of a story or plot line, with something known as a story arc. No, that’s not something left over from Noah et al, but another of those all-important essential pieces that go into making a story work, and work well.

Essential pieces that, by the way, need a certain amount of talent and imagination on the part of a writer. Pieces that need to be put together in such a way as to make your short story compelling and unforgettable.

So please, put away your glue gun, stop cutting up and recycling those tired old plot ideas, throw out that dictionary of weird baby names you keep using for your characters, and get back to the basics of what makes creative writing, creative. Unfettered imagination.

And, just so you know, a full stop comes at the end of a complete sentence.

Thank you.

Jane Hunter

I read. I read constantly. I read for my job, I read to feed my imagination, but mostly, I read to escape. When I'm not reading, working, or exercising the grey matter, I retreat to a quiet place and sketch.

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The Lambda Literary Awards

Finalists announced for 23rd Lambda Literary Awards, 2011

In 2009 the Lambda Literary Awards changed the rules and moved the goalposts, stating that only LGBT “writers” would be considered for the Lammys in coming years, thereby cutting out a number of straight authors who’s previous work had been considered. Authors like Maureen Johnson and Ellen Wittlinger.

Wittlinger, by the way, writes an interesting piece about this, here.

So, are the LLAs solely about the writers, or are the about the books themselves? And when is a lesbian fiction, lesbian fiction? When it’s written exclusively by a lesbian, or when it contains lesbian characters? Because I see in this year line up we have The More I Owe You written by Michael Sledge, which is curiously nominated under lesbian debut fiction. What are the LLAs saying, that it’s okay for him to write lesbian fiction because he’s gay, but not a straight woman?

We talk about wanting to be included, wanting to have the same rights, and yet? And yet, here we are, being exclusionary, doing unto others as they have done unto us, just not in the nicest possible way. I’m told people are asking, have the Lambda Literary Awards become irrelevant?

Well, have they?

Do you buy a book because it won a Lammy in the same way you would a movie if it won an Oscar? Or because it’s written by a favourite author? Are you influenced at all by these kinds of awards, or do you take more interest in the reviews a book has received?

I’m interested to know what you think.

Jane Hunter

I read. I read constantly. I read for my job, I read to feed my imagination, but mostly, I read to escape. When I'm not reading, working, or exercising the grey matter, I retreat to a quiet place and sketch.

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Xena & Beyond

It has to be said that if the powers that be don’t pull their proverbial fingers out of their proverbial asses, then Gabrielle and I will not be playing ourselves in any proposed TV movie. And will, in all likelihood, end up playing our mothers.

Damn, can you imagine it, some damn twenty-something playing me, Xena Warrior Princess? No, nor can I.

So my lovelies, start the petitions now, and get out there are and campaign for the return of your favourite leather-clad warrior princess, namely, me!

Xena

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