I’ve been playing a lot of Frozen District’s House Flipper (and Garden Flipper) on Xbox. It’s to the point of obsession. Here is one of my first flips
Back in my day…
Okay, so it’s officially time to get with The Plan. Today we’re going with #11: Share the first piece you ever wrote – talk about how you’ve grown as a writer and what you’ve learned from it. Well, Getting Grammarous was one of the first articles I wrote on my original blog back in the day. Pour one out for More Bang…
The most important thing I learned from this is the words themselves. I had a very sketchy understanding of some of the latter words. I blame high school. I didn’t have an English teacher for most of my freshman year. I’m doing okay now. Luckily, I was blessed to have an amazing teacher for senior year. I got a lotta writing growth out of his class.
Another thing I learned is I’m not confident enough to post this kind of content. Just looking at it makes me wonder if I went the right way with the words. You have to teach what you know, but also be willing to learn from your mistakes.
Anyway, on with the show, lol.
A Flashback to More Bang
Getting Grammarous, EDBeale Style
There are a lot of blogs/websites devoted to helping people with grammar. This is my take on the common errors and with some (hopefully!) insightful and memorable examples–E.D.B. style, aka dirty (I can’t help it; I write erotic fiction…) >:D.
The Triple T’s: To, Too, and Two
These dirty bastards have been giving people troubles for a long time.
To: While it has a couple of other uses, it often goes along with “heading somewhere.”
Ex: Let’s go to the store so we can buy a dirty movie.
Too: Its used to say “also” or to indicate “very” or “excessive.”
Ex: Your sister can join us, too.
Two: It’s the number.
Ex: Sure, I’ve taken on two men at once before. It was awesome!
The Difference in “Its”
Personally, I think these two are easy to mistake.
It’s: This one is the contraction for “it is.”
Ex: It’s so hard!
Its: This one is a possessive pronoun like yours, his, hers, etc.
Ex: I found one of my nipple tassels, but I can’t find its twin.
Affect vs. Effect
This is another one of those butt-kickers.
Affect: This one is to have an influence on.
Ex: Baby, you know how sexy black dress affects me. I won’t be able to concentrate!
Effect: Usually you’ll see this one as a result of something.
Ex: The Viagra had a positive effect on my husband’s libido.
Your and his cousin You’re
Well, maybe they’re more like step-siblings…
Your: It’s one of those pesky possessive pronouns (ooh, baby, alliteration!)
Ex: I love how your body feels against mine.
You’re: It’s the contraction for “you are.”
Ex: You’re the only one that I need.
Taking it Further/Farther
This is one that took me a long time to realize, personally.
Further: When it comes to the amount of time, you use this one. It’s also used for “additionally” and “degree of.”
Ex: My date and I took it further than I planned, but that’s okay. He’s hot!
Farther: This one refers to distance.
Ex: Your house is farther away than mine, so let’s just go to mine. I can’t wait anymore!
You’d think they’d be interchangeable. Who would have thought that they were completely different?!
Well: This one is normally an adverb for description. As an adjective, well means “healthy.”
Ex: (Adverb) Oh, baby, you know my body so well. *tremble with pleasure*
(Adjective) After that romp in the sack last night, you’re looking well.
Good: Good is an adjective.
Ex: You taste good. >:D
Ugh…Lay vs. Lie
These are the worst of the worst, mostly because of their tenses.
Lay: This means to put something down. More importantly, it has to be done to something else.
Ex: Lay your hands on my body.
Lie: This means to recline.
Ex: Lie on the bed with me so I can hold you.
Now, why are these so evil? Well, the past tense of lay is “laid,” while the past of lie is “lay.” And that’s why people from other countries think English is hard to master…Ugh…
So, “Lay your hands on my body” would become “You laid your hands on my body.” “Lie on the bed with me so I can hold you” becomes “Last night, you lay in bed with me so I could hold you.”
There are more words out there that are so similar yet so completely different. With any luck, these will not be among them for you any longer!
Oy…Words can be Rough
I’m seriously hoping I’m not losing face on my grammar knowledge. It’s been a LONG TIME since school. I just turned 41 recently, you know. I barely remember yesterday most days.
Check back soon for the insanity that is me!
I Guess we can Call it a Plan…
I’ve been trying to come up with some ideas of things to blog about. I mean, I can talk and talk, but I should give making some sense a chance once in a while, amirite? While Googling around the Internets, I came across an intriguing blog post on Mixtus Media. It’s 100 NEW Blog Topics for Fiction Writers.
Now that sounds like something a girl can work with!
I’m not sure I’ll get to the whole 100, but as long as I try, I’ll have some content to pump out. More importantly, It will be a load of fun.
So many good ideas…I barely know where to start. I’m legit excited about it. Especially since I’m trying to write a few blog posts in advance on the weekends to keep me up to date for some time.
A Little Something to Get Started
15. Share the best writing advice you’ve ever gotten.
I’m going to have to say, the best piece of advice I’ve gotten is to JUST WRITE. Don’t stop. Just keep going. If a section of your story has you stuck, skip it and go to another part that will flow. The rest will come in time. And your first draft is just your first draft. It isn’t meant to be a masterpiece.
Also, write what you’re into. Write a book you’d like to read yourself if you weren’t the one writing it. Someone out there will enjoy it just as much as you do.
Just don’t worry. Make it fun. It should be a good time. Will it stress you out sometimes? HELL YES. But that’s okay. All writers go through THE STRUGGLE. You’re in good company.
Going Forward from Here
Right now, I’m dropping a post at least Mondays at 10:00 AM, EST. I hope you stop by then and find out a little more about what I’m working on!
In the meantime, catch a bit of my ongoing work, The Last Fae, here. It’s a little bit I particularly enjoyed writing that I hope you have fun with, too!
Until next time.
Old Blog Stuff Getting a Second Go
I mentioned before I’ve been blogging off-and-on for YEARS now. A lot of it has been forgotten. Some things I almost want to bring back. I used to do this thing where I’d write a Letter to a Hot Guy on Sundays that part of me wouldn’t mind bringing back.
Anyway, while poking around on my OneDrive, I found an archive of some of my old works. I think I’ll post one of those every so often.
And Today is THE DAY
Let me start off by saying I’m a huge Star Trek geek. My one and only tattoo (so far) is of the Starfleet insignia on my upper back. It was part of my whole “might as well have a mid-life crisis” phase. It looks great, though I’m told I overspent on it. Ah well. In these hard times, I’m okay with dishing out a little extra while I have it. People gotta eat.
Anyway, I was beyond excited for the 2009 Star Trek when it came out.
Told you, been blogging for a minute, now. Still, having fun when I do it, so why the hell not?
After the movie, this happened. Remember, this is 2009 Erica, not 2022 Erica. There is Star Trek fanny fiction included. Please forgive the errors!
I Can Read Good (Sometimes)
You know how it is when you’re writing something. You get in your head with all the world-building and character-creating.
It gets crazy.
But, in order to be a better writer, you have to explore many other worlds. That way you can get a feel for your own sense of storytelling style.
Since I’m in the process of starting a leap into reverse-harem tales, I’m going to start reading a few. I’m thinking one a month right now. And when I’m done, I’ll post a review. I’m hoping it helps me in my endeavors.
Plus, smut is awesome. The more the merrier!
Signs of Cupidity: Book 1 by Raven Kennedy
Well…the first phase of DONE, anyway…
After working on my story for around a decade now, I’ve finally finished up TLF. It was a total weight off my shoulders to get it finished. It’s been on my goal list FOR YEARS. It’s in need of some TLC. I’m still in the process of revamping the world since I borrowed the original world from a friend of mine and it’s way past time for me to do my own thing.
Also, it’s not exactly long enough to be its own novel (right now it’s sitting at 61,815 words). My current goal is to combine it in a volume with the next tale The Demon in Her Skin. That one is still a wreck, but it’s getting there.
I’m feeling good about myself. TLF was one of my major goals to complete while I was 40, and I DID IT! Man, it felt amazing to finish the last sentence. I cried about it. No shame.
Eventually, after I’m done with The Demon in Her Skin, I’m going to rewrite the story to make it happier. That’s Erica’s Problem for Another Day.
In the Meantime…
There are a few bits of the story I really enjoy rereading. They’re not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But I wanted to share one of the parts I especially like. It’s towards the end of the book. Not a lot of context is needed, I think.
Let me know if you’re interested in more story bits!
…That’s it. Just felt cute
Okay, for the sake of my SEO, I guess I’ll need to write something to go along with this. Can’t promise you it will be great.
So last year, my birthday (which was yesterday, btw) was at the beginning of Covid. Or maybe I should say the beginning of it becoming REALLY BAD.
It was the BIG 40. I had wanted to throw a crazy 80s themed party. I’m not sure why I’m so fixated on the 80s. The 90s were my teen years. You’d think I’d go for that. But not this chick. She’s all hair bands and old-school hip-hop.
I made the best of it as I could. Had some good food. Drank a bit. After a few, I decided that I could still be 80s-tastic. I threw on some make-up in the style of those times and took a few pics.
They turned out pretty great. At least I think so. It was a hit with my friends, so it wasn’t so bad.
Same Shit, Different Year
This year I hit the same wall. Covid is still a thing and, despite being vaxxed, I’m not all for going out in a crowd right now. Any plans I wanted to make, I decided I could do them at a later date when things calm down a bit.
I’m not going to say I’m not bummed out about it. I am. But, luckily, Nate made the day great for me. He made me tacos, gave me booze, fed me cake, and let me control the TV for almost the whole day. It was nice and relaxing.
Only one thing was missing: Cute Pics.
I didn’t have the energy for it yesterday, but today I got dolled up and did a mini-photo shoot. The pics turned out really nice. I think. If nothing else, I’m thinking I don’t look like I’m in my 40s in these pics. NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, AMIRITE?
The pic at the beginning was me having the last little bit of birthday cake. I had to replenish myself! Oddly, I’m most proud of that one!
Take THAT SEO! I made it past 300 Words…I think….
Anyway, I’ve been piddling around with some ideas of stories. In a few days, I’m planning to post an excerpt from The Last Fae, so be on the lookout. Other than that, I’ve started tinkering with a new story idea. I hear reverse harems are a big thing in erotica right now, which has caused a certain spark in my brain. I ran it past a friend of mine and she thinks I should go for it. I very well might! More to come on that in the near future as well. Check back soon, friend!
In Which a Smut Writer Grows Older
Today is my 41st birthday. I know what you’re thinking: girlfriend looks good for her age! Well, thank you so much. I’m pleased you think so.
At any rate, as my birthday approached, I realized something was missing. You know, other than that big Powerball payout I didn’t win. I will not lie. I’m still pretty bitter about it. I had plans for that money!
In the last few days, I’ve started planning for my next moves. During that time, I wound up having to take a peek at this poor, neglected blog. I decided the old girl needed more security, so I got to that (CloudFlare is pretty awesome and I knew nothing about it!). And then…in the doing, I thought I broke my blog.
Boy was I pissed with myself.
Luckily, it was just a delay of some sort, and everything was right as rain. After breathing a huge sigh of relief, I read my blog out of gratitude to the Internet Overlords Above.
I thought to myself, this stuff isn’t so bad. In fact, I found it funny and charming, if I do say so myself. Then I thought, why in the world did I stop blogging.
Lack of time? Exhaustion? Laziness? Lack of ideas? If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say it’s all three.
But, you know, I really miss this side of my life. I enjoy writing, even if no one else is reading. It gives me a sense of purpose I can’t say I have during most of the day. More than anything, this is what I want to be doing. Just writing this little blurb is filling me with life and light.
My birthday will be a new beginning
I only got a quite few on my list of 40 Things to Do While I’m 40 done. The biggest one is I actually finished The Last Fae. It’s done. Still in need of edits. But it’s done.
For 41, there are only two things I want to do: blog and vlog. Little things that will make a big impact on my creative spirit and I desperately need it. I can’t say I’ll stick to a schedule, but my goal for right now is once a week. I’m ready to live what I think would be my best life. And it doesn’t matter if I’m the only one reading it! Hey, I’m people, too!
So check back every now and again. I have some stories to tell you.
(BTW: I’m working on a Quickie I’m going to call “Birthday Stuff.” It might be up later today!)
UPDATE: Birthday Stuff is LIVE
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and to Write from my Inner Gutter
I can’t believe it’s been four weeks since I started my second attempt at adopting my Smut Writer persona. Honestly, I had given up on myself about it. Not sure why. Insecurity? Eh, it’s most likely the #1 reason.
But, despite that insecurity, I’ve done it. I pushed myself and now I’m proud to say I’ve published four shorts stories. It’s a wonderful feeling to say I’ve done something I’ve dreamed about for years.
Full disclosure: I did have one of my stories published before, but it was so long ago now. And that was before Smut Writer. It needed a little razzle-dazzle, so I fixed it up and released it.
I’m not going to lie, it’s been a challenge. I didn’t know a lot of the self-publishing information when I got started. If you’re looking to unleash your inner-Smut Writer, here are a few things I learned in my travels.
Getting Revved Up
Reddit can be a dumpster fire depending on where you’re looking. Luckily, there are still some great spaces. R/eroticauthors is ESSENTIAL READING. Their FAQ alone should be your holy grail for getting your erotica or romance writing grove on. I haven’t posted there yet (I’m shy…), but the community seems very kind.
The Write Stuff: Self-Editing Edition
Since I’m doing this for fun instead of profit (though I did manage to make a few dimes off of my free books), I’ve been trying my best to self-edit. Allegedly, erotica readers are a little more forgiving.
I’ve tried a few of the editing programs available out there. Here how I feel about them:
Autocrit: Gave the free trial a shot. It had a lot of stats and the interface wasn’t too hard to use. The monthly cost isn’t horrible if you’re really planning to dive into writing. The turn off for me was that you had to ask to end your trial. Like chatting with someone to ask. That’s not cool.
Grammarly: It’s fine for a free app. I didn’t like it for my actual story writing. However, for blogging it’s been essential.
Hemmingway: This one was good. You can’t do a whole lot at once on the web version, but the app makes it easy to find your writing’s flaws.
Prowritingaid: End the end, I went with this one. The toolbar in MS Word and the ease of use won me over. Definitely worth the $20 a month, for sure.
Pixabay, I Choose You!
Turns out, creating the covers for my stories is my favorite part of the process. I can’t claim to have any real talent. However, seeing the story in “lights,” even due to my own creation, made my work feel real.
Pixabay is the place to find good pics (though I wouldn’t kick Morguefile out of bed). I haven’t not found the right pics to do the job so far. Paired with GIMP, the best free image editor ever (IMO), you can easily come up with a cover. Extra bonus, get yourself some free for commercial use fonts at Just make it look like something you’d want to pick up to read yourself!
Smashy-Smashy vs The ‘Zon KDP
So far I’ve released stories on both Smashwords and Amazon KDP. Both are great platforms. However, if I had to pick between the two, it would be the ‘Zon. Smashwords is good, but getting your story properly uploaded is a chore. Hell, you have to upload it as a .doc file instead of .docx. How dare you? Also, it takes a lot of tinkering to get the file perfect for Premium status on Smashwords.
The biggest bonus in Smashwords (sidenote: I almost wrote Smashmouth EVERY TIME) is posting your story happens quicker.
‘Zon’s biggest bonus is enrolling in Kindle Direct. Money for page reads on Kindle Unlimited? Sign me up!
Despite my bias, I will be going between the two platforms for the three series of stories I’m working on: Knightcrest and Lady of the Wood on Smashy; Her Majesty’s Courtesan on KDP.
Burnout is a BEAST
Big lesson I’ve learned: pace yourself. Writing is a marathon, not a race. The push to get a new story out every week has given me drive, but also wiped my brain. Happy I gave it a shot, though. Sit back and enjoy the scenery. Let that story you’re working on blossom with time. No rush required.
I’m going to give a every two-week story drop a shot. I feel like that will be more manageable for a lady with a day job. Next up will be Delighted Bite: Tales from Knightcrest II.
Erica Beale, Smut Writer
It has been great to feel so productive. Four stories and still going strong. I’m glad I gave me a chance. Nothing may ever come of it, but at least I did it. Be sure to check back soon for more of my sweet sensual goodies, cuz a girl is in the mood.
Her Majesty’s Courtesan Part I
Princess Cesaire is hunting for a Royal Courtesan, and Ehrol has every intention of being her choice. A message from afar gives him the key to slinking into her bedroom. However, Ehrol is out of practice with her particular choice of pleasure. With only hours to spare, he and his best friend, Ashuli, dust off his tools to relearn his technique.
While the Phryne prepares for the Imperial entourage, Ehrol hones his bedroom skills. Will he be able to capture the magic before his Princess arrives?
Tools of his Trade is a spacefaring, erotica short-story. Part one of Her Majesty’s Courtesan.