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Today's post is from the talented author chrissymunder whom I'm also proud and enriched to have as a personal friend. Sorry if that sounds pretentious (up too late, talking anime and fiction and LIFE with another friend *lol*) but I really do mean it. I'm thrilled to have met her at DreamspinnerPress and to share a couple of anthologies with her!

My favourite of her fiction??
She won't be surprised to hear it's Brush With Desire (yes, this is another of my seductive BUY links).
After a grueling day at work, Brian's only looking forward to heading home to his cat when he stops at an all-night mega-store for a few groceries. The man he meets in the hair-care aisle wasn't on his shopping list, but after their first encounter, Brian suspects he's going to become a necessity.

It's just such fun! Sexy, too. Chrissy writes stories that are rich in characterisation and wit (yes, my favourite ingredient), from contemporary to historical, from angst to poignancy to outright humour. And maybe in 2009... she'll add a novel to that resume?! *hopes*
Find her Website here.

A very grounded, intelligent, perceptive woman, too - and she raises here the question: how CAN we have it all?!

Happy January to all the Clare London fans out there in the world.

I'm Chrissy Munder and I'm taking advantage of Clare's offer to wreak havoc in her LiveJournal. I've been enjoying the other posts this month and have been debating just what I was going to offer.

There have been some great posts on the craft of writing and I at first thought I would add my two cents in that area. My next thought was that when all else fails I could post pictures of naked men. That's always a winner in my book.

But my ability to be scintillating and thought-provoking has been drastically hampered by my unreasonable work hours this week - frankly, anything over 13 hours at work and I'm just brain dead and it's been a week of steady 13-14 hour days and since there are many more LJ posts with far more naked men pictures than I have time to come up with that was a bust as well.

So that made me wonder just how many of us writers also work full time?
How many of us are writing, working full time and trying fit in time with friends and family and, god forbid - keeping up the house as well?
How do we manage this?
Why on earth do we try?
What is it about these imaginery people in our heads that insist we try and do it all?

However, since I just happened to have worked on my day off I'm really not quite thinking straight. So, what you all get is a few tidbits that have caught my eye this week. The first some of you may have seen over at elisa_rolle's live journal. If you haven't well, you should definitely watch this. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me chase the man around the house until I could get him to replicate the strangely hot little grunting noises.

So, rather than naked men I give you naked, animated penguins shagging - complete with a voyeuristic spider.

The other item I found strangely intriguing was this tidbit making the rounds of the talk shows.
Mantyhose - coming soon to a store near you .
The funniest thing was this comment from the article
"(It is important to note that the trend has no connection to men who wear hose to cross-dress, since they prefer to wear pairs that are more feminine.)".
Erh...exactly why is this important to note?

Anyway, click away - fall in love with a few penguins and contemplate the wonders of more men wearing pantyhose than women nowdays and when I wake up and get caffeinated I'll try to be a bit more coherent.

Like she's ever anything else, sez Clare...*lol* ♥


Follow this month with Clare (yes, it's all about the MEEEE...):

Week 2 :
Jan 09 : ravensilver describes the creativity of independent manga publishing - and the challenges...
Jan 09 : kitzheng talks about Kink...

Jan 01 : the Cheeky Cherubs welcome us to 2009 with a pithy verse or two and the threat of piercings...
Jan 02 : sweet, sexy fiction from lilzazu, all about the perennially tricky problem of a sticky shift...
Jan 03 : excellent editing tips for all authors who ever wondered whether to be cruel to be kind to their prose, hosted by jolilightner...
Jan 04 : Clare pimps the fabulous I DO anthology, now available in ebook and all proceeds to Lambda...
Jan 05 : abstractrx ponders the changing role of Romance and its reflection of - or on?! - the society around it...
Jan 06 : FREE FICTION from me and my friends!
Jan 07 : Jordan Castillo Price discusses what tempts us to try out a new author...
Jan 08 : Clare rambles on about perceived plagiarism and posts excerpts of her Torquere titles...

Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Comment HERE!!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
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Jan. 11th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Back to the concept everything old is new again. I just reread the article and there are actually quite a few quotes in there I find humorous. *looks around for more caffeine*
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
What a lovely introduction Clare. Thank you! It quite puts me to blush - and makes me feel just that much more ashamed that I didn't get more time to prepare.

However - as any free time I had was spent attempting to get the man to make those cool penguin noises - well, I'm sure you can understand my dilemma.

BTW - that is a truly awesome seductive buy link . *wink* Thanks!

Edited at 2009-01-11 04:36 pm (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
I wish I'd had more time to join in myself, I just had to post and run. I had a friend staying - which was excellent! - but it meant that free time was suddenly truncated. I barely joined in the LNC day, too, but hey. *sigh*.

You deserve all the pimping I can offer!

Though now I can bribe you to send me an invitation to the 'Penguin Noises from One's Man' Club... an *active* membership you understand ^_~.
Jan. 11th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Conversation with Hub...

Hub: what you laughing at?
Me: These 'mantyhose'
Hub: what's that then?
Me: Tights for men
Hub: What?! Why would you wear those?
Me: um...to keep warm.
Hub: What, like long johns. Let me see...*looks at screen* Eerrggghh, I wouldn't be caught dead in those.

One less potential customer for the mantyhose, I'm afraid.

Loved the penguin sex. we're they blushing because they were in the throes of passion, or because they were embarrassed doing it in fron of the spider, I wonder.
Jan. 11th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
were, not we're. Too much wine with Sunday dinner, I fear.
Jan. 11th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
My thoughts are that it is because they are in the throes o' passion. At least, that's what I like to think. I also can't stop laughing at the spider's tongue that comes rolling out with lust - those penguins are hot stuff!

*chuckling over conversation with Hub*

Edited at 2009-01-11 06:32 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Perhaps not as festive as the shagging penguins - (erh, yes, I am a trifle fixated at this point) but for those cat owners out there - recognize any of this?

or this? (Yes, my bedroom floor does have all those little mousie carcasses laying about)

Edited at 2009-01-11 10:11 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Lol, yeah those are great. Luckily no dead mousies for me since cat stays in the apartment. The one where Simon's trying to watch the game on tv and the cat gets in the way? So true...
Jan. 11th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
*Bwahaha!* Wonder if penguins do make those sounds when they get it on? I hate spiders yet somehow I'm not sure I'd be cured this way... but I'm willing to give it a go! LoL
Jan. 12th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm sure there's some penguin researcher out there somewhere with tape after tape of penguin shagging noises. We just have to find them.

As for Simon's cat - the TV one is great too!
Jan. 12th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Can't say I've ever felt the urge to wear manhose :^/
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