This just cracked me up. Hugh Jackman sings Wolverine The Musical
Posted by Alix on July 18, 2013
I like Burlesque. It’s something I find very fascinating and very entrancing, partially also because it’s such a creative combination of numerous different things. The creativity alone that goes into some of the costumes and shows is impressive. And then there’s the music and the dancing.
I think the thing I like most is the healthy dash of humor a lot of burlesque comes with and the fact that the women don’t fit the current stereotype of what a female strip-dancers have to look like. Quite often they are plus-size or let’s say curvy and beautiful, much better than this weird plus-size.
Anyway, the lack of big and beautiful was actually one of my few quibbles with the Burlesque-movie. Most of the dancers in the movie are Hollywood-standard thin. The music though is awesome, especially Cher and her Welcome to Burlesque.
I’ve also always been a fan of Cabaret with Lizza Minelli and Michael York. Which is more cabaret than burlesque since no-one strips, but it goes in the same direction, or rather the cabaret-shows of the 20s are probably one of the roots of modern burlesque. And again, great music.
Anyway, thinking about burlesque made me wonder if there also exists burlesque danced by men, because just the idea is interesting and erotic, far more so than the shows that modern strippers offer. Sorry, but I find a lot of those shows either boring or rather off-putting than erotic.
But, getting back to burlesque. I went looking and I was successful. Yes, there exists burlesque danced by men and it’s amazing. Some is of men in drag doing amazing shows and others are like the ones that I’ve embedded at the end of this entry. Can I say here, that I now really want to see Ray Gunn live, because rawr, those muscles and the sheer acrobatic skill of that man is awesome, in addition to everything else?
Jett Adore though has given me a new appreciation for Zorro. It’s the cape. It’s definitely the cape.
Of course now I’m thinking about writing some m/m romance involving male burlesque. It’s not as if I need yet another research intensive story. Alternatively, there’s the idea of writing a m/m romance that deals with the cabaret in the early late 20s/early 30s in Berlin, in that time where the Weimar Republic was in its death-throws and it was all anarchy and before the Nazis got into power. But, see above about research intensive.
I will leave you with some interesting videos while I try very hard to not think about potential plots.
Jett Adore (I do, I really do)
Here, have another one with Ray Gunn.
Posted by Alix on July 10, 2013
Darcy is back!!! And Loki is looking downright scrumptious, those curls… The fangirl in me is happily squeeeing right now and just wants to lock Tony Stark in that cell with him. Not that those two would stay inside a cell for long if they ever decided to combine forces.
I’m still surprised by how much I liked the first Thor movie so I’m having rather high expectations for this one and hope I won’t be disappointed (like with Iron Man 2). I think I might be looking forward to Thor 2 more than I’m looking forward to Iron Man 3.
Posted by Alix on April 23, 2013
So I just signed up for the blog-hop against homophobia and transphobia.
Part of the blog-hop is a give-away and I’m already thinking about what to offer. I want to give away more than just a copy of my book (or books).
I already have a few idea, like a hand-bound book in rainbow colors or a piece of jewelry. Maybe hand-knitted socks? I wonder if rainbow-colored sock-yarn is available.
Of course with a physical give-away the ones signing up for that would have to be willing to give me their address. I can understand why some people would have a problem or concerns with that.
Now, in my day-job I already work as a freelancer and have a very strict codex when it comes to customer or supplier data and confidentiality, and I would treat all information like a personal address the same way. I don’t even give out the telephone number or email-address of a friend without checking with them first if that’s okay.
Maybe I’ll do two giveaways. One digital and one for a physical item. So people can pick which one they would like to enter.
So, keep an eye on this place come May for the blog-hop plus give-away and if you have any comments or suggestions concerning the give-away, let me know in the comments.
Posted by Alix on March 29, 2013
Who doesn’t love vampires? Coming tomorrow something about vampires. I’m not sure yet what it will be but I have a few ideas.
Posted by Alix on February 13, 2013
Took this picture on Sunday morning. It was a lovely day and while there was still some snow on the ground it was sunny and the sky was clear and bright blue. I’d really hoped that it would stay that way for the next few days (or even weeks), instead it started snowing late a night and it kept on snowing all Monday, although it first was some weird snowy rain or rainy snow. But by Monday evening everything was white again and it doesn’t really look as if it’s melting any time soon.
I think this winter we’ve had more snow than in the last five years combined. Usually we get maybe 5 cm of snow for a handful of days and that’s it. Friends who like to go skiing are really happy about all that snow, me, not so much. I would rather have spring. I’m usually done with winter after Christmas. For all I care once Christmas is over, spring could start. Actually I would love a year that is nine months of spring, one month of mild summer, one month mild autumn, and one month of winter. That sounds like the perfect distribution of seasons to me. Yes, spring is my favorite season. How did you guess?
Really, I’m so so ready for spring.
Posted by Alix on February 13, 2013
Where did January go? No, really. How can it already be almost the middle of February?
I feel like re-starting the year. Just turn the clocks back a month and start again with January so that I can tackle all the things I wanted to tackle in January. I think I spend most of January being ill and battling health issues. The awful weather didn’t help either: snow, more snow, fog, grey, rain, more rain and guess what, snow an rain and rainy snow. I’m so ready for spring.
One of the side-effects—advantages?—of being ill was that I ended up reading a lot. Writing was difficult (just not enough energy for everything), even though I worked on a few ideas but reading was easy and I read more books within two weeks than I’d previously managed which was good in some way, not so good on the productivity front.
But now I’m feeling much better and the energy-levels are rising again so it’s time to crack down on a few projects. I made the mistake(?) of looking at a few open calls and some of them really resonated strongly with me, especially the ones from StormMoonPress.
So, now I’m busy with working on a novelette that needs to be finished by the end of February. *Cue imminent panic now.*
Despite the looming deadline I’m having fun and of course the old problem occurs where while I’m writing I’m getting more and more ideas and it’s really tough to ignore “the shiny”.
The shiny here being all those new ideas I want to play with. Right now I’m just writing the ideas down and trying really hard to focus on the currently active projects. Aside from the novelette I’m also working on a BDSM-novel that was supposed to be only a short-story and has turned into a novel by now. And a few short-stories. Right now I really like writing short-stories, there’s something very satisfying about the format.
Now, back to the grindstone. Still have to meet my planned daily word-count.
Posted by Alix on February 12, 2013
So, I hit save and publish and now my first self-published short story is available. At the moment only on Amazon but I’m working on getting it up elsewhere too.
I’m somehow torn between nervous and excited. It’s a very different feeling to sending stories off to a publisher or even to knowing that a story has been accepted for an anthology and will be available in print soon. Though holding a book with ones writing in hand is always nice.
Anyway, I think part of the difference is, that with this it’s all me. I not only wrote the story but also searched for editors to work with (and finding editors for erotica isn’t that easy). And then created the cover image.
I have to admit I really love my cover and am thinking about printing it out and putting it up on the wall. Hopefully potential reader will also like it and be enticed to buy the book.
The hooker looks like rough trade, but dealing with someone like that is nothing new for Detective Derrick McKane. He just knows how to put a hot piece of ass like that one into his place. And he enjoys doing it. But the hooker has a surprise or two up his sleeve.
Story contains: prositution, spanking, rough oral and anal sex, mild BDSM
m/m erotic short story of 6.160 words
Derrick knew the hustler was rough trade the moment he saw him. As a detective, he had dealt with his share of hustlers and hookers often enough—from the lost children looking for affection and a home, to the jaded women and men working the streets, all the way to the high-priced, sometimes influential—escorts to know what was what.
The hooker was tall and lean. Maybe a few inches taller than Derrick, who wasn’t exactly a small man himself. Tight green t-shirt, worn jeans, and boots. A tattoo on his right arm, disappearing into the sleeve of his shirt. Tough-boy image.
The way he was leaning against the wall showed off the long line of his body; the tight jeans and even tighter t-shirt did nothing to hide his muscular physique. Derrick tapped the steering wheel while he studied the man and imagined those long legs wrapped around his hips while he pounded the hooker’s ass. His cock twitched and hardened with interest. Yeah, getting a piece of that might make this miserable day a bit better.
This one might be selling himself on a street corner, but probably more out of choice than out of necessity. With his looks, he could easily work the tourist hotels or cater to affluent businessmen and women. Yet here he was, offering himself up on a street-corner; and as alluringly as he’d positioned himself, there was still an edge to him, a threat of danger and aggression that was an obvious challenge to some and a warning to others.
Not many men would take him up on what he had to offer, though some would view him as a challenge and a good excuse to work off some aggression. Derrick wondered if that was what the hooker was really after. Someone to rough him up a bit, maybe take him down a notch, force him to submit. He’d seen stranger things.
Growing up on the streets and then working those same streets as a cop and now as a detective had taught Derrick how to out-tough even the toughest guys. He also had the build for it. Whereas the hooker had the slim build of a long-distance runner or a swimmer, Derrick was broader and heavier. There wasn’t much that could successfully intimidate him—aside from his three younger sisters—especially not some trashy piece of ass.
Derrick stopped the car and took a moment longer to appreciate the sight. Yeah, he really wouldn’t mind seeing that one on his knees with his mouth wrapped around Derrick’s cock.
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Posted by Alix on September 18, 2012
I’ve thought about how to name this entry and finally settled on first steps, because I’m getting ready to do my first steps into the world of self-publishing. I was thinking about calling it ‘experiment in publishing’, but this is not really an experiment. Or maybe it is, but one I take rather seriously and try to approach relatively professionally.
There’s still a number of things on my to-do list that I need to tackle before publication and I plan to get to most of them today. One of those is ‘setting up a website/blog’ and another ‘write the first entry’. If you can read this, then I successfully managed to cross both of my list.
So, this will be the first entry on my squeaky new blog.
The plan is to publish my first short-story “Rough Trade” this week.
The story is already back from the copy-editor and I’ve done the revision and included the comments and suggested changes from the editor. Now comes formatting and the cover design. Knowing myself I’ll probably spend hours fiddling with the cover just to stop myself from fiddling with the story.
I think hitting publish will be one of those mile-stones and be a momentous occasion for me. Somehow it always is when I send something out into the world, even if it’s only a blog-post.
Exciting times lie ahead and I’m sure this will be a fascinating journey with hopefully many interesting and fun stories.
Posted by Alix on September 11, 2012