Saturday Hello

Closing in on the home stretch in Sword and Crown – I’m in the middle of a sex scene that is so far eight pages long and it’s only just starting. I know, it’s a novella and I usually keep things a bit shorter than a 20 page sex scene but this one is big and important and it may just end up being 20 pages long after all, LOL.

Oh, guilty pleasure admission three hundred and twelve – I watched the “Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search” show on CMT. It’s horrifying and fascinating. It ended last week. I’d still not go into a CU bar or anything but I’ll admit that dancing on a bar isn’t as easy as it looks, even when you shake your boobs. Or maybe especially when you do because I’m a good dancer but not coordinated enough to avoid bottles, glasses, people’s hands and still not fall off the bar.

But why do people refer to grown women in these kinds of contests as “girls?” You see it in beauty contests and in model search stuff too. It bugs me. The language de-womanizes them. And okay, so there was all this talk about how “Coyote Girls” were “real women” which bugged me a lot. Not that you can’t be sexy and be a woman, you certainly can! And not that you’re bad for wanting to work at CU or anything. But infantalizing women with language and then saying that is womanly? That jumps on my last nerve. Truthfully, the women, especially the ones in the last group, were smart and hardworking and pretty damned talented – especially the one that won.

The show ended up in New Orleans, the finale would take place at the grand re-opening of the bar there. Seeing New Orleans so normal in one area and still totally devastated elsewhere just breaks my heart. I’m glad to see normalcy returning in dribs and drabs but I wish it got more attention. It’s such a magical place.

I think they should have RT in NOLA.

I got several really wonderful notes from readers this last week and I just want to say how much it means when someone takes time out of their day to write me or to post at my loop or come to a chat. It’s really touching and I appreciate it so much. So thank you, all of you.

3 comments to “Saturday Hello”

  1. Shelli Stevens
    May 20th, 2006 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Oooh I got sucked into the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader auditions on CMT. They’re so degrading, demoralizing, and yet I can’t look away! I loved every minute of it.

    Wow a 20 page sex scene? That’s incredible. I think I have a ten page one. Hee hee.

  2. Lauren Dane
    May 20th, 2006 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I watched a little of the Cowboy Cheerleader show but it was during some heavy edits so I didn’t catch it all. But it totally looked mesmerizing in that trainwreck sort of way, LOL.

    And the scene is a major emotional breakthrough scene so there’s sex weaved into a discussion/argument and that’s why it’s so long.

  3. Shelley Munro
    May 21st, 2006 at 4:23 am · Link

    You guys have all the cool TV shows over there 🙂 We don’t have anything like that. Actually last time we were over in the States, hubby and I watched the food eating contests that they showed on TV with appalled fascination. I’ve never seen anything like it before!

    Great going on the writing, Lauren!