Category: Femslash


Do you have writers block or need a palette cleanser before your next opus?  Try some prompts for a drabble, short story or just a paragraph.  It can be the first or last line or anywhere in between. Ignite your imagination.  I would love to see the results if you want to send them to me or make other suggestions for starters. Exercise your muse and see where it takes you.

The prompts are of course swayed towards sparking a story with a female protagonist but the pronouns are up to you.

  • She hoped the shadow would hide her blush.
  • “I’ve never done this before.”
  • Her ex girlfriends wedding was only a week away.
  • “I need to see you. I can’t do this over the phone.”
  • “I’ve been asked to write a memoir. Do you want to be in it or not.”
  • She ripped the plane ticket to shreds.
  • “Are you ever going to say yes?”
  • “I’m not dying. I’m just pretty sure I’m not going to live much longer.”
  • She only wanted to find her daughter she hadn’t expected all this.
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Why is it when you’re gainfully employed nobody asks what you do? As soon as you’re “between jobs” it’s the first thing everybody asks. I currently hold many titles: housewife and personal assistant to my partner. Website designer and administrator, self employed small business owner and candle maker. But it is the evolution of my answer since I’ve been working so hard on my writing that is the most revealing of my journey so far.

My answer to the “what do you do” question over the last year.

Answer

Reason to come up with something else

I’m following my bliss GFC hit and it sounded practically hedonistic
I’m attempting to be a writer Pathetic
I’ve written a book and now I’m trying to get it published Too truthful then everyone just asked if I was published yet
I’m learning how to accept rejection Back to pathetic
I’m a struggling needy self absorbed artist I’m too old to pull off emo
I write fluffy easily absorbed material Worked by not building up false expectations of a literary masterpiece. But brought in too many doubts about my work
I am writing for a niche market. Lesbian fiction well actually lesbian science fiction or lesbians in space as my partner puts it Tends to halt the conversation
I’m just a writer  Not quite right
Now I try to take out the just and say:

 I am a writer.

Will do for now

 

Another writer once told me once you’re published you can say you are an author or novelist. My final thought is that I’m spending too much time thinking about this instead of doing the work of writing.

Since I began writing my main characters have been lesbians. Right now I’m working on the first draft of a novel were only one main character is lesbian. This got me to thinking. I don’t have any problem with heterosexual writers having lesbian and gay characters, the more the merrier. I know there are many heterosexual women making successful careers out of writing gay erotica under pseudonyms which I think is a case of what you don’t know won’t hurt you.

But is it the same. Is love and relationships the same no matter what the characters sexuality? So therefore the sexuality of the writer is irrelevant. Why do I easily agree with the first part but struggle with agreeing its irrelevant.

I so often see people attributing relationship difficulties to the difference between men and women but in reality it’s just relationship issues. Like if one person in the relationship just can’t seem too change the toilet roll or can’t remember where the dirty clothes basket is (you know who you are.) It’s not a gender role issue its just one of those things.

Back to the topic at hand. Is there a difference and would you read a les fic book if it was not written by a lesbian. I don’t want anyone to question my right to write hetrosesexual relationships so is it even okay to question a heterosexual’s right?

The science fiction landscape is littered with examples of religion and godlike characters and species. Who gets it right? What science fiction character or story line fits with your belief system? Is it omnipotent beings like Q. An alien group whose world is beyond our understanding yet so very human in their faults and imperfections. All the power without wisdom.  Or is it another Star Trek example, wormhole aliens. They also have all the power but with great reluctance to intervene.  Then there are the Stargate versions of Egyptian themed gods who earned their position through indoctrination and oppression or the Ancients who pursue evolution through ascension.  

There is such power in examining our own earth bound religions through the conduit of fiction. Allowing us to examine the differences and highlight the similarities and show the basic human/alien desire for group membership and answers to life’s big questions.

So who gets it right and which science fiction religion would you most like to convert to?

Guest post by TMG

When GV Nett asked me to write a commentary on my pic of favourite femslash I’ve read this week, I thought mmmm, so many to choose from!  This week I’ve read some original pieces, Rissole and Isles, SVU, ER, Devil Wears Prada, AU stories. Hell I have even read stories about shows I’ve never even seen.  I’m quickly running out of things to read!

Well for me this week nothing in particular has stood out but thinking back on my favourite stories of all time, they all have one thing in common.  Angst….Plain old unadulterated longing for someone you never in your wildest dreams thought would, or could reciprocate that feeling.  

Back in the late 90s when I first came across Xena femslash on the net, I read my first angst story.  So why is angst my favourite genre?  Well I guess I like a good story line that can explore the depth of a character and show their vulnerabilities.  Also, I just love a good old lurve story, and the ultimate of the good old love story brings me to my hidden little secret.  My all time favourites are……well ahhemm, I like lesbian fairy tales.  The kind where princess meets knight (who’s also a princess), who is a girl lovin hero that can cut through a swath of bad guys and save the day.  And in the process, can also save the damsel and ride into the sunset (aka – take her to the royal chambers and shag the living daylights out of her).    So why the fairy tale?  Gawd knows I have asked myself that enough times. 

Fairy tales historically stem from a moral tale, a story to teach us something like don’t go walking in the forest in your favourite red cape and talk to big bad wolves.  Then there is the damsel in distress who’s just so inept that she needs the prince to come in and save the day. My inner feminist screams out not to succumb to the damsel in distress dogma.  So why do I love them so? 

You know the lesbian fairy tale usually doesn’t quite fit that paradigm.  The princess is often, annoyingly stubborn, quite verbose, and can ride her own horse off into the sunset.  While our knight on the other hand, can be impatient, intolerant, romantically inept, but sexually she’s more than an adept in the keeping the ladies pleased.  She’s usually got a gay male side kick or a straight lad from childhood who is in awe of her prowess with the “sword” and would lay down his life for the non sexual love of his life until somewhere in the story where our princess and Sappho-knight come together as one when he becomes but a forgotten part of the story line. 

So there you have it.  I love the lesfairy tale, maybe it’s the escapism, the return to a day where life was simpler, where one had to fight for the things they believed in, where a girl met another girl and against all odds, they fought, the hero gets patched up by the princess, they miraculously have children (there’s usually some mage in the mix there) and they live happily ever after.  Sounds just like a typical modern day lesbian u-haul to me….so the fairy tale is but an ageless way of telling our stories and I love it.

TMG