So, it's time for those end-of-the-year lists, and one of the classics is the Bad Sex Award, and this year it's some really glorious badness. Looking at these ignoble entries, I'm reminded of why I tend to err on the side of "fading to black" when things are going to go much past kissing.
Of course, anything resembling erotica or explicit sex would not fit in with the tone I've set for the Maradaine books. Those tend to fit in the same category as PG-13 movies/primetime television, in terms of what I'm going for with them. Not quite YA, but certainly friendly to a YA-seeking audience.
BUT-- I've got a non-Maradaine project on the horizon, just in the planning stage, and I think the tone and feel for that one is going to want something a bit more explicit. We'll see. Still sorting it out, but I'd like to think this is an opportunity to build a new set of tools for my writing toolbox.
Or an opportunity to make that year's awards.
But that's a challenge for tomorrow. Right now I'm working on Shield of the People and The Fenmere Job, both of which will have their share of kissing and fading-to-black. Who's kissing who, and when do we fade? Well, you'll have to see. But I will say that characters who were noted by some readers as not getting to kiss anyone in earlier books will be kissing people in these.
Back to work.