Thursday, December 19, 2013

Swan Song

by Amanda Earl

The topic this fortnight is music so it is fitting that I begin with a song. This is my swan song to Oh Get A Grip, meaning that this is my final post.

When Lisabet invited me to join the OGG blog, her timing was perfect. I had just returned to writing erotica in the summer of 2012 after a five-year hiatus.  Writing blog entries on topics of interest to erotica and romance readers gave me the opportunity to read contemporary erotica written by my peers and to explore the subject of writer's craft more thoroughly.

I think the idea of this blog is exceptional: to ask a group of writers to contribute their thoughts on the same topic over a fortnight. I was fascinated by the different approaches people took: whether it was the imaginative fiction of C. Sanchez Garcia, Jean Roberta's poignant posts about her history, Giselle Renarde's simpatico Canadian takes, Sacchi Green's and Lisabet Sarai's notes in reference to current erotica and the publishing industry, Daddy X's filthy and amusing flashers, Lily Harlem's and Desiree Holt's excerpts from recently published works and their positive and playful attitude to their writing, JP Bowie's anecdotes about various mishaps and incidents. I didn't always comment on every post, but I was always listening and learning. I thank my fellow bloggers for their insights, creativity, warmth and friendship.

And I thank you readers for your close attention and interest in my posts. I'm going to go back to solo blogging in 2014. I'm using the opportunity to pump up the poetry posts on my literary blog and shall be exploring various topics relevant to contemporary poetry. Hope to see you there. I also blog about sex, polyamory, culture and art over on Tumblr. You can find me on Twitter @KikiFolle & I update my site with current publications in fiction & poetry.

Just so I remain on topic, I have to say that music is an important inspiration for my writing, just as art is. Here's a link to a post I wrote in response to the subject of playlists on the blog of Canadian writer, Dani Couture.


I wish you all lust and love for 2014. I shall continue to read and follow Oh Get A Grip and I'm sure I'll have a saucy comment or two to add. Thanks once again to Lisabet for including me in this adventure. It's been a helluva ride.

14 comments:

  1. Dear Amanda,

    Thank you so much for your contributions over the year. I have come to know you and truly appreciate you: your astonishing literacy, your quirky opinions and your brave non-conformity when it comes to sex. Not to mention, of course, your excellent writing.

    I look forward to working with you on the Coming Together volume.

    Meanwhile, I can now announce that we'll have a new member joining us in the new year. Annabeth Leong has accepted our invitation to become one of the ten sexy authors who tell it like it is...

    Annabeth, if you're reading this, I hope you'll leave a comment to introduce yourself!

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    1. thanks, Lisabet, you are too kind. Annabeth, welcome & I look forward to reading your posts!

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    2. Thanks so much to both of you (and all the rest of you) for the welcome. Amanda, thanks as well for all your posts. I'm so pleased to be joining the group here, and sad that your leaving is the reason I'm coming in. Good luck with your many other projects and hope to see you around!

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    3. thanks, Annabeth. i'm not far away :)

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  2. So sorry to hear, Amanda, We'll certainly miss your singular posts and dependable comments. I think we all understand that time, at a premium like it is, has to be prioritized. Hope to still be in touch via ERWA. Awwwww...

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    1. thanks, Daddy X. i was only ever planning to be on the blog for a year. i like to explore new things, but then i move on. i'll be around ;)

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  3. Don't leeeeeave meeeee! I'm gonna miss you, Amanda.

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    1. thanks, Giselle. i shall not be far away & i suspect i'll still comment. you're very sweet. xo

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  4. I'm really sorry to see you and your uniquely perceptive viewpoint go, Amanda, even though I know Annabeth will give us plenty to think about.

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    1. thanks, Sacchi. that's kind of you to say. i've never heard my viewpoint referred to as unique so often as i have here. i am always in search of kindreds...

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  5. I second what Sacchi said, Amanda. We'll have to look for you in your own blog. I'm sure Annabeth will be a worthy addition to this one. (I recommend her stories to anyone who hasn't read them, also her reviews in Goodreads.)

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  6. Bye Amanda - here's a fitting ditty (paraphrased) "It was great fun, and not just one of those things!" Sorry, Cole. He did hate his lyrics being tampered with...

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