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Category Archive: Books and Language

Jun 20 2014

“Planning to write is not writing”: Like Hell It Isn’t

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” -E. L. Doctorow My friend and fellow writer Dana Fredsti posted this quotation on her Facebook page, and asked people — especially other writers — if they had thoughts about it. Boy, …

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Oct 02 2013

Atheism For Dummies: Guest Post by Dale McGowan

Atheism for Dummies cover

I’m going into writer hibernation and taking a blog break through October 31, while I finish my next book, “Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why.” This is a guest post from Dale McGowan. Dale McGowan is the editor and co-author of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, …

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Sep 15 2013

Lynda Barry’s “The Stages of Reading”

Lynda Barry Stages of Reading 7 and 8

A truly wonderful comic by Lynda Barry, on the 20 stages of reading, from infancy onward. I can think of a couple of other stages that aren’t here, though: Somewhere between #9 and #12: First adult book — not sexy book necessarily, “adult” as in “not written for kids” — that you read and at …

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Sep 09 2013

Poster for “A Better Life,” a.k.a. The Atheist Book

A Better Life poster

Photographer Chris Johnson has been traveling around the world: photographing atheists, asking us to tell our stories, and putting it all in a photography book, titled “A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.” Participants include Jamila Bey, Jessica Ahlquist, Rebecca Goldstein, Steven Pinker, Julia Sweeney, Anthony …

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Jul 31 2013

The Audiobook of “Bending” Is Now Available — Recorded By Me!

The audiobook version of my erotic fiction collection, Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More, is now available on Audible! It’s $19.95 for Audible non-members, less for Audible members, free with a 30-day Audible trial membership. And yes — I did the audiobook recording myself! Come on… you know you want …

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Jul 29 2013

Audiobook of “Bending” Available for Pre-Order!

Bending cover

The audiobook version of my erotic fiction collection, Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More, is now available for pre-order on Audible! It’s scheduled for release on July 31. It’s $19.95 for Audible non-members, less for Audible members. And yes — I did the audiobook recording myself! That was an interesting …

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Jul 22 2013

On Being a Feminist Writing Dirty Kinky Porn

So, I write porn. Most of my porn is kinky. Most of my kinky porn is female-submissive. And most of my female-submissive kinky porn is opposite-sex, male-dominated. I’ve just come out with a collection of my smut — excuse me, erotic fiction — “Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More” (available …

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Jul 05 2013

How a Pentecostal Preacher in Small-Town Louisiana Became an Atheist Activist

Hope After Faith cover

Try to imagine: You’re a Pentecostal preacher in small-town Louisiana. Your public reputation, your connection with the people you love, indeed your own sense of self-worth — not to mention your livelihood — are hugely dependent on your passionate faith in Christ. You’ve struggled to make a reputation for yourself as a man of God, …

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Jun 27 2013

5 Things That Piss Off This Godless Pervert

So for your dining pleasure today, I bring you: 5 Things That Piss Off This Godless Pervert. 1. The “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” religious hypocrisy that tells gay people to suppress and deny the sexuality they were undeniably born with… but that tells trans people that they have to accept the …

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Jun 25 2013

How to Write a Sex Scene Between a Unicorn and a Rainbow

The first thing you need to know is this: I wrote “The Unicorn and the Rainbow” on a dare. Which, given that this is the one story in my new erotica collection that everyone remembers and everyone talks about, is a weird beginning. But it’s a true story. Here’s the story. I’m a regular reader …

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