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5.24.2006

The Upside of Sex

I just realized I have a "round robin" short story up at Harlequin's website. It's called The Upside of Sex and it's a very quick read. If you are wondering what the hell a round robin is, basically, I wrote the first chapter of the story, and then anyone who wants to can try to write the next 4 chapters. They submit chapters and someone at Harlequin picks a winner every week to be the one that's actually used for the story. Then I write the final chapter based on what everyone else has written.

Clear as mud? It's actually kind of a fun creative writing exercise any of you Naked Page people could participate in. Please. Go participate. Do something fun with my characters, because I'm going to be pissed if they end up trying to rescue a secret baby from a renegade rancher or something. The hero is not a sheik. The heroine is not a virgin. It's a Blaze. They're supposed to be young and cool and having sex. Enough said.

Oh, and I just noticed there's a typo in the story. Don't email me about it. I don't want to be reminded.

21 Comments:

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Oh, and that bio that's posted about me on the EHQ round robin page? I didn't write it, and I don't know who did, but I wish they hadn't.

 
At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Very cute story, Jamie, and I love the title. If I weren't such a slow writer that I need every last brain cell for my endless revisions, I'd go and try my hand at an entry.

Oops, forgot to read the horrid bio.

I'll be back.

C

 
At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where the frick is the bio????

CP's beleagured mind requires a URL.

The only bio I can find is the same one that used to be on your website, isn't it?

Cindy

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Okay, I found it. It's a very truncated version of the bio you get to by clicking on the link to the right of the short story. It's not bad.

cindy

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

It looks like someone read a couple of my old bios and or interviews and sort of rewrote their own new one. Urk. I hate all my bios, especially the one I have on my website now, but really, all of them suck. Is there anything worse than having to think of a witty way to describe yourself?

 
At 6:31 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Oh, and thank you for the compliment on the chapter. I was feeling all witty over the email subject headers. It was fun writing a story partly via email. I want to write a whole book that way.

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

I'd love to do a whole book that way, too, but Rocki St. Claire beat us to it and now a whole book that way would feel derivative to me (if I wrote it anyway, because I've read hers). But I do love to include letters and such in my stories. The novella I stopped working on to revise the Blaze partial has letters and really bad valentines in it.

With how deeply email and IM'ing and text messages and the such have invaded our lives, I think it's only natural that writers have started to include these techniques in our work. That reminds me, the YA I left hanging in the fall has phone text messages in it. Hey, at least I'm current!

Cindy

 
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Cindy, that's cool about you and Daniel Powter. And YAY Taylor!! :-)

Not to completely go off-topic or anything... lol

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Actually I know Meg Cabot did an email-heavy book maybe 3 or 4 years ago...and there are other examples...really the whole thing is just sort of a contemporary interpretation of the epistolary novel that's been around forever, isn't it?

 
At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Yeah, Jamie, go ahead and throw around words that show off your intelligence! Epioso...whatever, I can't even spell it.

Melissa, thanks for reading my journal. I've never met him by the way, although I or my most likely my kids have probably been treated by his father at the local family doctors clinic that's open on the weekends.

Cindy

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous bethany said...

We should have that kind of a contest here. Except instead of chapters it should be paragraphs, because as tempted as I am to go write a chapter about the virginal heroine stealing a baby from a rengede rancher and then fighting vampires and sheiks and stuff. Oh, wait it was a secret baby and they were rescuing it. Yeah, those secret vampire ranchers shouldn't be trusted with renegade babies. Wait where are these vampires coming from?

See- eHarlequin would never publish my chapters to your story- but we could do our own Jaded Shaft Saga, who's with me on this?

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous typo-police said...

Did you know your chapter has a typo?

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Bethany--that would be sweet. I was thinking we could go in and create the most obscene chapters possible just to fuel the whole "not a romance" fire. LOL

Okay, so maybe it's best that the Jaded Shaft stays locked up inside this blog. But it would sure make things interesting over at the round robin.

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Die, typo-police. Die.

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Bethany, brilliant idea. I knew there was a reason I've kept you around all these years.

Okay, that's our next blog topic... later tonight... I will write Paragraph one of The Jaded Shaft, and you, people, will write the follow-up paragraphs.

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Cindy, I consulted my dictionary five times to type that post.

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Ok... y'all got me piqued... now I GOTTA check that story out. :-)

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Tim, please, go on up to the Jaded Shaft thread above and contribute to our brainstorming session. I'm quite sure we need a male perspective on The Jaded Shaft. Heh.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Tim said...

LOL ok. :-D I'll do that tonight... AFTER work! :-D I mean, I'm sorry, but work with THAT on the brain just ain't RIGHT! (at least for those of me that work with fish in a seafood dept, I think. :-D!)

 
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