Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Fast forward to Stephanie Meyer and the Twilight series. This time around, nearly every single writer I knew had nothing but scorn and contempt for the books. I glanced at page 1 of the first book and put it down immediately. I'm not a fan of first-person and this one had every single thing that writing instructors, editors and agents tell you not to do.... so I gleefully ignored the entire phenomenon, choosing instead to stare at the trainwreck of Twihards and their ridiculous behavior.
Then the films began. Robert Pattinson became the David Cassidy of his generation. At a local event here in San Francisco, girls mobbed a mall and someone fainted or got crushed, a la The Who. The event got canceled, but the true effect of the phenomenon was clear.
Of course I didn't read or listen to any of the books, and staunchly refused to pay money to see any of the films. So, it was just a week ago when I happened upon Twilight on TV that I actually invested a couple of hours of my life to see what all the fuss was about. What's a better word than underwhelmed? Not disappointed because I had negative expectations, which were more than fulfilled. But even taking the ridiculous aspect of the story out of the equation (and yes, I am getting to the numbers, I promise!), I couldn't see why anyone was so gaga over RPatz. I was hoping for more sparkle though. Just the one scene and I had to watch for like an hour just to get to that? Now that was a disappointment.
A few days ago Breaking Dawn (Part 1) opened. Already it's breaking records and some Twihards have seen it multiple times. I checked out the numbers on IMDB which is my first go-to website for film ratings, because you can look at the real stats behind a movie's user ratings. At the top level, the film currently has a rating of 4.6/10. A failing score by almost every grading system, unless it's on the curve, in which case it's doing well compared to the other films in the franchise.
When you take a closer look, nearly half of the users gave it a 10. So, to get an average of 4.6 that means everyone else hated it. A quarter of users rated it 1. And the scores of 2-9 were fairly evenly distributed with more users rating it higher than lower. So, this is a love-hate film. It's also pretty evenly demarcated along gender lines. Female voters gave it about 7.5 on average, while male voters 3.4. And the trend was not distinguished by age group. Unexpectedly, the highest rating came from females aged 30-44, who I expected to be the most cynical females.
See the ratings here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1324999/ratings
The largest age group to vote was 18-29, and even those females gave the film a lower rating (7.1) than their older female counterparts. Men of all ages panned the film, but I still question whether more men aged 18-29 actually saw the film than females of that age group. Clearly, this is where the non-viewer voters are located. They vote just to drag down the scores. But the fact that every age segment had nearly the same score was very interesting. I guess some people actually enjoyed the film. And those who did enjoy it, loved it to death. Literally.
Which still surprises me since fandom aside, even the Twihards were saying it's boring..... so why did they give it such high ratings? Maybe they didn't want to diss their film by giving it less than 10. Or they were just so glad it was over? Whatever the reason, it's certainly fascinating to speculate about human behavior and thought processes simply by observing some statistics. On the other hand, as a trained economist, that's precisely what we do all the time. It's just much more fun to apply those methods to the Twihards than to consumers.
What do you think causes so many people (24%) to hate the film so much they just automatically give it 1 star? I know I won't go see a file I know I'll hate, but I won't go and rate it either. The low rating isn't keeping the Twihards away, so what's the point?
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Then despite the screwed up politics, I live in one of the prettiest states in the greatest country on earth. I'm very thankful for that.
Scene: A beautiful woman named Carol, a five piece band named Maidenhead, a motor home and desire.
Result: An incredibly, erotic, quinte-sexual experience.
After playing the set of their life, at the Monterey Pop Festival, the five members of the Maidenhead become mesmerized by Carol, a mysterious beauty who shows up at their motor home asking to use the restroom. As the night moves on they toke a little grass, shed a few clothes and get to know each other. It's the Summer of Love and they want her for sure and it's looking more and more like she wants them. Will she? Dare she?
Def a 5 star and it's so damn smoking hot, it'll burn ya!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
As an author of erotica sometimes cons and other events are hard to find. Romance and sci-fi authors are usually welcome but those of us that write explicit sex have harder times trying to find places that welcome us with open arms. The BDSM events have been an amazing find for me. They welcome writers of erotica. There will be several of us attending leatherfet this year. We'll be selling and signing books, hosting a reading and a Q&A event plus a meet and greet too.
At my booth, along with my books, I'll be selling extra goodies and scheduling reading and adult novelty parties too. Master Pam has made us feel like family and for that mere thanks isn;t enough.
For more info on Leatherfet and to get your ticket now visit:
All the authors have put together an amazing gift basket and when you purchase from any of us you get a ticket for the drawing. Don;t miss this awesome event. I'll have special free goodies on hand too.
Hope to see some of you there,
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
I write a lot of heroes and heroines in my books. From firefighters and police officers to military and special ops. Some are renowned for their heroism, and some quietly hide it away.
I know many people have commented on Veteran's Day today. While their service and sacrifices are honored just one day of the year, I would like to mention something else.
My father and uncles served in World War II. They all saw action, some received medals and special recognition for their service above and beyond. However, each and every one of them were the second kind of hero, who quietly put their service days behind them. They lived their lives without asking for much of anything, and yet they risked all to serve their country. None of them talked much about it.
Both men and women in my family have served, whether in the military or supporting it at home in some way or another.
I know there are the braggarts who demand recognition for every little thing they do, but I think the true heroes are the ones who just go out and do it—never expecting to be lauded for their sacrifice—and their loved ones who suffer an even greater loss when those heroes don't come home. It doesn't matter which country you come from, the feeling is still there.
So when you pass that little old man or woman on the street, just be aware that underneath their street clothes may lie the underpinnings of a hero.
Thank you Dad (recently passed), and all of those who have served or are serving now.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I read AJ's post and was surprised to find that he'd been thinking about his own pet a lot recently. A few weeks ago we went camping and found two dogs that had been 'dropped off' in the woods. People we knew promised to take the dogs home and one of them actually did. We went camping four days later and found that one dog got left behind. Those are the saddest words ever- left behind. She slept under our camper and foraged for food. I bought her a bag of dog food and yes, she came home with us. She isn't really a good fit with our German shepard or our cats but she's here just the same. My husband said it takes time and I guess that's true about most things.
I have to wonder about a person who can throw something away when it's no longer of use to them. I can see 'things' but not animals or people. I'm a softie for lost and stray animals and yes, sometimes for lost and stray people as well. A lot of people in today's society see our older generation as lost or stray people. I embrace them myself and often mold my characters after them. All of that knowledge and lived life is a cache of stories that we should be honored to write.
In the midst of all this chaos I have a new release- The Last Waltz. It's a very short sweet romance published at Red Rose Publishing and for the month of November you can buy it for only 89 cents. You'll have to use this code RedRose10 when you check out. Yes, it does have older characters and it's what I would refer to as a tear jerker!
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Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Also coming soon from www.romancedivine.com: Rock and Roll Fantasy (male-male, menage, hetero) Desire, Sex and Then Came Love Erotic, Lesbian, Menage, Hetero.
Useless, but amusing trivia.
Today, instead of the usual blog, I wanted to pass on some totally useless, yet amusing trivia about critters. So sit back and become enlightened. I’ll get back to seriousness next month. LOL
A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes. (O.M.G.!!!)
A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy, I'm still not over the pig.)
The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off. (Honey, I'm home. What the .... ?)
The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field. The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. What do they find so tasty on the bottom of a pond?).
Some lions mate over 50 times a day. (I still can't believe that pig ... quality over quantity). Butterflies taste with their feet. (Something I always wanted to know.)
Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump. (Okay, so that would be a good thing).
A cat's urine glows under a black light. (I wonder how much the government paid to figure that out).
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like that).
Starfish have no brains. (I know some people like that, too).
Polar bears are left-handed. (Talk about a southpaw).
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure. (What about that pig? Do the dolphins know about the pig?).
Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread these crazy facts. (and God love that pig)!!!
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