January 27th, 2011

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AN AUTHOR, ARTISTS AND ALCHEMY

Today's guest is author Cornelia Grey, sharing with us her forthcoming release, and some of the artists who have inspired her.

Cornelia's Bio: I'm a student, halfway through my creative writing degree (with a penchant for fine arts and the blues). Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where I collected my share of poetry and narrative prizes, I'm now based in London - and I'm thoroughly enjoying the cultural melting pot that is the City.

When writing, I favour curious, surreal poems and short stories involving handsome young men seducing each other. This blog is dedicated to my male/male fiction; most of it includes erotic scenes. If we share this interest, I warmly invite you to have a look around - I hope you will find something you like.

Visit Cornelia's Blog and here at Live Journal as corneliagrey.


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Hello, dear fellow readers & writers!


I am very fond of the 27th of January. First of all, it's my birthday - just one day before Clare's, who I warmly thank for giving me the opportunity to guest blog today :). My absolute favourite writer, Primo Levi, was freed from Auschwitz with the other survivors, and Remembrance Day is celebrated around the world. Wikipedia helpfully informs me that Mozart and Lewis Carrol were also born on this day.

Also, yesterday was the last day of exams for this semester, meaning that from today I'll be able to enjoy one full month of joyful, torrential writing before the next essay season begins.

And last year on this day I had the most brilliant birthday present: I received my first acceptance email from Dreamspinner Press. One year later, I have contracted five short stories, one article and one novella with various publishers.

My first stand-alone work, the novella The Mercenary will be released by Samhain Publishing on the 8th of March. It's probably a given, but I greatly enjoyed frolicking in this story's sandbox. I was able to indulge in my passion for post-apocalyptic settings, steampunkish details, long-haired men and conflicted relationships - what with jealousy, stubborness, hot-headedness and of course mortal peril! I have a few more story outlines set in the Mercenary's world - looks like I'm not quite ready to let go just yet :).



Blurb

Now that a monstrous London machine has stolen the clouds from the sky, Asher Connor survives by selling his mercenary skills to transport water across York’s wasted moorland. Until his unit is attacked by a pack of Tamer-controlled wolves, and his ingenious mechanical arm fails.

He awakens, surprised to find he’s still alive—and dependent on a charming, attractive, utterly infuriating desert-dweller. The copper-eyed, untamed Gabriel is Asher’s only hope. At least until he reaches a technician who can repair his arm. Reluctant trust turns to desire in the wake of another Tamer attack, and the adrenaline rush locks them in a bond of wildfire lust.

Yet despite Gabriel’s deceptively relaxed attitude, he is dangerously focused. When they get to London, Asher manages to work out only part of the reason. His lover is connected to some kind of underground movement that’s got something big in the works. So big, even quick-with-a-comeback Gabriel is maddeningly tight-lipped.

When betrayal brings the plan crashing down, Asher is plunged into a battle that wasn’t his to fight—and if he doesn’t execute the final stage, Gabriel’s blood could be on his hands.


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I'd also like to share some of my sources of inspiration. I studied fine arts for several years - and, even when I write, the graphic-oriented part of my brain takes over. In my head I can see clearly the various scenes, character, settings, complete with accurate coloring, camera angles and uber-cool slow motion effects - I sit and watch the movie unfold before I try and transcribe everything on paper.

That is also usually the way I fish my ideas from the head-pond. I love browsing art websites, and at times I will see a character - the drawing of an object - a scenery - and an idea, a plot, a scene will sprout in my brain. It's a moment of epiphany that's nothing short of exhilarating. So, I'd like to share with you the work of some artists I particularly enjoy - perhaps they will inspire you too :).


Heise see picture If someone shares my passion for 2-d, long-haired beautiful warriors, this is the place to go. Heise creates the most amazing characters, strong and enticing and almost scaringly attractive! I'm still longing after the handsome samurai on page two...

Jungshan fulfills my (not so) secret passion for Japanese ink drawings and samurai. His original mix of traditional and digital media gives life to some striking portraits I'd die to see acting in a wonderful, aptly dramatic story.

Ralph Lacoste conjures up the most breathaking sceneries in his beautifully detailed art. Desertic landscapes, urban fantasy metropolis, epic underground constructions...

Nuriko-kun instead is a real alchemist of emotions. Her art portrays strong, dramatic moments - battles, confessions, tears, blood, for single characters or couples. I am always left endlessly intrigued, wondering what exactly is going on, what words are being said, how much is at stake.

&bull the Steampunk Artists group is an endless source of amazing, brass-polished, leather-bounded steampunk awesomeness. From outfits to artifacts, from sceneries to jewellery, just the right place to get in a very steampunk frame of mind!


And that's all - thank you for reading this far :). And again, thank you very much to Clare for this lovely opportunity!



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AND JUST FOR FUN, A FICTION PROMPT CALL...!!

Like to stretch your writing fingers after Christmas' excesses? Take the prompt "A NEW RESOLUTION" and write something for the visitors this month. It can be anything from a flashfic 3 sentences to a drabble of 100 or so, or even more. Any genre, any theme, any rating, any character(s). Maybe ones you already love, maybe the chance to try on a new character for size.

I'm holding a FREE FICTION DAY on the 28th, so send me new fiction - links to your existing work also welcome! - to clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll post it all then :).




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Follow this month with Clare - and the goodies so far:

JAN 22: Sexy or sweet, men in fiction? dontkickmycane.
JAN 23: The release of my short story THREADBARE at JMS books.
JAN 24: Where are all the star-crossed lovers? asks josephine_myles.
JAN 25: The release of the anthology WISHING ON A BLUE STAR at Dreamspinner Press.
JAN 26: The ornery muse who plagues bittermint!

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Check up on the original post and the Guest Schedule for January HERE.

Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space ♥
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FIVE FICTION FAVOURITES!

Today is a double delight - tracyrae is another guest to my blog. She's a blogger, reviewer and hostess extraordinaire at ahhhhhromance Blog and the very entertaining blog Desert Island Keepers.
Sez Clare: I'm returning the guest visiting there in March, if my canoe paddling is up to the task of getting me there...LOL.

Tracy's in a thoughtful mood, examining her favourite tropes in m/m fiction, and asking - what are yours?



My Favorite Things

I was sitting watching The Sound of Music with my kids not long ago. Right after that I went and picked up the m/m book that I was reading at the time. I couldn’t get the song “My Favorite Things” out of my head (which is NOT a song you want hanging around in your head for a long time, believe me!) and I started thinking about all of my favorite things that have to do with m/m books. So for my visit today I thought I’d tell you about my top 5 favorite tropes:



1. Gay for you
Now I know that some people aren’t fans of this trope but if done well I’m all over it. I think it’s the thought that a man can be open minded enough to let himself fall in love with another man that I really love.







2. Ex prostitute/rent boy
This just does it for me on so many levels. I can’t say that I know all the reasons but I’m definitely drawn to these types of stories. I think it’s the hope that’s involved in the story as well as the love I usually have for the man who is giving the rent boy a chance and not overlooking him.








3.Friends to lovers
This possibly qualifies as my favorite trope of all. There’s something about those two men finally realizing that their long time friend is really the one they love. *sigh* gives me chills just to think about it. (Yes, I am a sap) They usually have a bit of an issue making the transition which makes it all the better.






4. Reunion/Ex’s who find each other again after years apart
Why? Why do I like this one? I have no idea. lol You’d think – hey, it didn’t work out the first time, why would you want to even open that can of worms again? But for some reason I’m drawn to these stories and end up eating them up (fyi – not the worms). Probably because they usually work out with the HEA at the end and as much as I love my angst, I love my HEA’s that much more.





5. Opposites attract
Most people would think I’m talking about uber stud vs twink and that would possibly work for me, but I think I’m talking more personality opposites than anything. I can think of a couple of stories off hand where the men were so very different from each other you couldn’t possibly believe that they would ever work – and yet they do.

So there you have them, my top 5 favorite m/m tropes. Tell me, what are your favorites?

Thanks to Clare for having me here today!



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AND JUST FOR FUN, A FICTION PROMPT CALL...!!

Like to stretch your writing fingers after Christmas' excesses? Take the prompt "A NEW RESOLUTION" and write something for the visitors this month. It can be anything from a flashfic 3 sentences to a drabble of 100 or so, or even more. Any genre, any theme, any rating, any character(s). Maybe ones you already love, maybe the chance to try on a new character for size.

I'm holding a FREE FICTION DAY on the 28th, so send me new fiction - links to your existing work also welcome! - to clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll post it all then :).




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Follow this month with Clare - and the goodies so far:

JAN 22: Sexy or sweet, men in fiction? dontkickmycane.
JAN 23: The release of my short story THREADBARE at JMS books.
JAN 24: Where are all the star-crossed lovers? asks josephine_myles.
JAN 25: The release of the anthology WISHING ON A BLUE STAR at Dreamspinner Press.
JAN 26: The ornery muse who plagues bittermint!
JAN 27: The exotic illustrations that inspire author Cornelia Grey.

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Check up on the original post and the Guest Schedule for January HERE.

Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space ♥