<![CDATA[Lilith Duvalier: Dirty Stories About Love - Blog]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:13:42 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[L5TFL: WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE EDITION]]>Mon, 11 May 2015 00:06:49 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/l5tfl-what-am-i-doing-with-my-life-editionWhoo! I went to an awesome wedding last night and had super a lot of fun. A good friend got into the PhD program she was excited about. I drank a lot of free booze and ate a lot of free food and got to look at some free dinosaurs. Late night fire. Early morning sex.


I've been getting really into podcasts. 


I'm behind on writing. I'm moving in two weeks and terrified of how much money I'll wind up spending because all of the furniture I own is two book shelves. I own literally nothing else. 


I'm a little hungover and totally exhausted... so texts. 


1. 
"I was going to send you a picture, but he won't let me because his hair is messy." 


2. 
"I love the digital age. You can do anything with balls and 1500 in apple products." 


3. 
"Oh! You're not wasting your life!"


4. 
"He gonna look like an easter egg."


5. 
"PASTELS ARE WHERE I LIVE!"]]>
<![CDATA[Last Five Texts From Lilith]]>Sun, 03 May 2015 18:26:06 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/last-five-texts-from-lilith2]]><![CDATA[Last Five Texts From Lilith and A Submission Excerpt¬†]]>Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:42:16 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/last-five-texts-from-lilith-and-a-submission-excerptLast week was very stressful, and next week is going to be totally nuts, readers. 

But! A lot of the craziness is going to be fun craziness! The boyfriend is coming over for a chill hang on Tuesday. On Wednesday we are going to an awesome spoken word event with his friends. On Friday I'm going to the Welcome to Nightvale Live show with my friend and I'm almost through relistening to the entire series. 

Also, since I'm moving soon, hopefully to an apartment that is not below a heavy set lunatic with no respect for other people's need to sleep, I'm looking into bringing some of my books to Audiobook Format. More on that as it progresses. 

Also, Submission on Film is 20K along and the plot is starting to tighten up. 

Please check out the Submission on Film Excerpt and here are the last five texts from Lilith. 

1. 
"Right. Well. I hope they are down with the porn. 

2. 
"A guy who really wants the relationship to progress with find any excuse to text you. {redacted} read the entire Harry Potter Series in three weeks just so that he could text me about it. 

3.
"Well. If you can come you'll have a table of people cheering you on."

4. 
"It's called ghosting. It's legit and I support it."

5. 

"I had cloves once. The taste like cookies. Cookies on fire."



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<![CDATA[Last Five Texts From Lilith]]>Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:30:30 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/last-five-texts-from-lilith1My week ended in an impromptu invite to an after party full of free booze and food. And then continued to end in a attempt to get home after the train had stopped running at regular intervals. We wound up running through a pretty sketchy part of town to catch the last bus that would get us back to our neighborhood for the next hour.  It was nice to go out and have some fun. Work stress was pretty bad this week.

Submission on Film is coming along. I've been struggling with it a lot over the last couple weeks since I've been distracted with apartment hunting. But I might be ready to release an excerpt in the next couple weeks, so keep an eye out and subscribe to my news letter!

In better news I'm super excited about my new apartment. Move-in day is not that far away. I have half and half in the fridge that will still be good when I move. 

I've started an IKEA Shopping list. I'm picking colors. Trying to make decisions about lighting. Planning a housewarming. I think I'm going to join the gym that's right next to the building. I'm going to get my bike fixed because there's a bike room.

And then I'm going to get my life together so that I actually have enough money for rent and a low enough stress level to do anything after work.

I think things are looking up.

And NOW 

Last Five Texts From Lilith, where I post my last five texts, totally devoid of context.

1. 
"Meh. Protein"

2.
"I don't know why I'm surprised. No one's quit in weeks. This is practically behind schedule."

3. 
"Fine. I'm almost 30. You're eternally youthful. You're James Dean and Peter Pan rolled into one."

4.
"Or prostitutes."

5. 
"Wednesday was a good date."
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<![CDATA[Last Five Texts From Lilith]]>Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:39:28 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/last-five-texts-from-lilithIt's been a very weird week, readers. 

I found a place to live! It's more than I was hoping to spend, but not an end of the world amount. It's huge for the price, it's above the ground, and it's even in the neighborhood I wanted! And the caretaker seems really awesome. So far he's responded promptly to my calls, he's lived in the building since the 90's, and he just gives off a really positive vibe. He even knew the names of the few tenants we saw while touring the building.


I've lived in my current apartment for three years. There are things I love about it, like my brand new dishwasher, my gardening balcony and the huge corner windows. But there are things I hate about it, like the spectacularly incompetent managing company,  my lunatic upstairs neighbor, Dropsy, and the deadly ice slick in the back alley that keeps making me fall down and hurt myself. 


My Work Week has not been as successful as my Basic Housing Week. Suffice it to say things have been really bad at work for a while, and I think I finally realized that there really, officially, is no hope that they will improve. It's a depressing, but probably ultimately helpful realization. It's better than lumbering on with false hope, anyway.


I am also SO EXCITED! My friend got tickets for a Nightvale Live Show! I was about four months behind on Nightvale at the beginning of last week and I realized as I caught up how much I love Nightvale. Now I'm starting over at the beginning. If you have an iPod or iPhone, you really need to be listening to this podcast. It's so much fun. It's basically what would happen if Stephen King took a bunch of acid and tried to host Prairie Home Companion. It is glorious. 


Unfortunately, with all of my worries about being homeless and unemployed all week, I did not get a lot of promo done for Spread and Howl, which would still be an excellent way to get your rocks off this week. 


I leave you again, with hope for a better week, and The Last Five Texts from Lilith.


1. 

"If your father asks, my mother is the only person dancing at his show right now."


2. 

"Ok. We're going out anyway. Happy bus riding."


3. 

"We should get together and drink and bemoan sometime."


4. 

"Yes! The huge studio was glorious to behold. I wrote them a check on the spot."


5. 

"Sleepy lion is just like me!"
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<![CDATA[The Last "Last 5 Texts From Lilith" Before Spread and Howl!]]>Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:04:46 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/the-last-last-5-texts-from-lilith-before-spread-and-howlIt's a very busy week in Lilith Land!

Innocence on Film is still selling like hotcakes! It  spent a decent part of the last two weeks on All Romance Ebooks Top 50 best sellers list. Spread and Howl is coming out on Friday April 10th, and it's going to be amazing. 

I've also been apartment hunting my ass off, which is the worst thing in the entire world. I really thought that for about $30 bucks more than I can actually afford, I could get a tiny place, above the ground, in a slightly worse neighborhood than where I live now. But since I work three jobs 60 hours a week and I make approximately fuck all, it turns out that slightly more than I can afford can get me a garden level shit hole in murder alley. 

So that's been fun. 

And now: Last Five Texts From Lilith. This weekly feature consists of the last five messages on my phone, presented without context. 

1.  
"They look so surprised."

2. 
"Ham!"

3. 
"If there isn't a dead body in the bathtub I'll just write a fucking check."

4. 
"Oh my God! Bill Nye is on OkCupid!"

5. 
"Here's a cute llama if it helps."


Have an awesome week. Hopefully next week I will have good news, or maybe even someone to blackmail into giving me a nice place to live. 

And on Friday don't forget to Spread and Howl:
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<![CDATA[An Awesome Release Week and Last Five Texts From Lilith]]>Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:27:30 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/an-awesome-release-week-and-last-five-texts-from-lilithThis week has been totally crazy. Innocence on Film released. It's climbing the Top 50 Best Selling books over at All Romance Ebooks and currently holding steady at 35. Amazon sales are also awesome. I've even got a handful of Goodreads reviews already.

AND "Spread and Howl" is coming together. The cover will be revealed this week and I'm hoping to finish edits before spending some time with the boyfriend today. 

And now: Last Five Texts From Lilith, where I share, totally devoid of context, the last five texts from my phone.

1. 
"[string of weapon emojis]"

2. 
"I don't think I'd be smiling if I only had one day."

3. 
"I literally cannot see this in my minds eye without it changing immediately to static."

4. 
"Nope. I'm going to take myself to fancy dinners and just send you pictures."

5. 
"I haven't asked him yet."


Thanks for making it an awesome release week everyone!
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<![CDATA[New Blog Feature: Last Five Texts From Lilith]]>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:24:10 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/new-blog-feature-last-five-texts-from-lilithWanna glimpse into the fabulous life of an erotica author? Check out Last Five Texts From Lilith. Every Sunday I'll post my last five texts, with no context whatsoever.

1. 
"Oopsies. Sucks for her."

2.
"Well. It was whiskey served out of a big jug with an x on it in in masking tape. I don't think it was top shelf"

3.
"Nice!"

4. 
Roxanne Gay is looking for a research assistant via twitter. Not sure if that's in your wheelhouse.

5. 
"{Picture of angry otter}"

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<![CDATA[Get Ready for Innocence on Film! ]]>Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:16:40 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/get-ready-for-innocence-on-filmPicture
The thing about Minneapolis, is that it is, in many ways, a very big small town and if you are part of a certain hobby, professional, or alumni group, the circle you travel in can get pretty small and people tend to know your business. 

A couple years ago, I had this terrible temp job, where a woman and I sat in a conference room with a broken table, and had to use our own computers to access the company's online order processing. It wasn't even full time, it was a forty five minute drive from my shitty apartment, and we were "supervised" by two dudes a couple years younger than me. The whole thing generally blew. 

A couple weeks into the project, they brought on some new people. One guy I was sure I recognized. He was nice enough. We talked about the shows going on around the city. It turned out he wrote for a few local websites and was writing a play. I mentioned that I was a writer, but avoided admitting what I wrote, since we were in, more or less, a professional workspace. 

We worked together for a couple days before I pieced together enough information about him to realize why I knew him. We had been briefly introduced by a friend after a show she was working on. She had tried to convince me to let her set me up with him, and another friend had shut that idea down instantly because, due to the small-town-factor of the largest metro area in Minnesota, she happened to know that his ex-girlfriend had a restraining order against him. 




He figured out who I was about half and hour after I placed him. I was so-and-so's friend. The Pornographer. 

And, like it always does, the conversation about writing changed. He was instantly superior to me because his handful of snarky reviews were "Real Writing" and my actual, profitable books were "just porn". A few months after that I had a couple guys email me out of the blue because they'd heard I was making money writing and wanted to know if I had any advice. I sent them links to Evernight's submission page and a few anthologies I had heard about. They both shot me down. They wanted to pursue "real writing". 

All erotica authors have a story like that. So I wanted to give characters a similar struggle. What happens to two professional young men when porn becomes part of their life? When it's something other than quick late night jerk-off inspiration. What happens to them when porn actually changes their lives and their relationship?

Innocence on Film is the first book of the Selling Out Series, which follows ambitious Iowa farm boys Shawn and Fletcher as they try to make it in the big city. When both boys lose their jobs and are about to lose their apartment, they encounter their saving grace in the form of Fritz, an... entrepreneur they meet in a bar. Fritz runs a very classy, very successful, very pornographic website, and is in need of performers. The boys need the money, and decide to damn the consequences, but never imagined what else would come out of their quick tryst on film.

Innocence on Film was influenced pretty significantly by cockyboys.com, an artsy gay porn site that I highly recommend, but as I began to the develop the rest of the series, I realized that I also needed to address the fact that my heroes, Shawn and Fletcher, luck out. They are desperate and destitute, but Fritz is a good guy, running an ethical company. He cares about his performers, makes sure they are comfortable and well treated, and gives them safe working conditions. 

Romance and Erotica are fantasies, but I feel like it's important to address that not all porn performers have the experience that Shawn and Fletcher have. It's chilling to realize that a lot of porn does not meet these very basic safety requirements. Women are treated terribly, forced into situations they did not agree to, and are often threatened and abused. A lot of porn is flat out rape, sold and stolen all over the internet. 

So, after you enjoy "Innocence on Film", check out some ethical or feminist pornography. 


Here's a quick definition from Tristan Taormino:
Feminist pornographers are committed to gender equality and social justice. Feminist porn is ethically produced porn, which means that performers are paid a fair wage and they are treated with care and respect; their consent, safety, and well-being are critical, and what they bring to the production is valued. Feminist porn explores ideas about desire, beauty, pleasure, and power through alternative representations, aesthetics, and filmmaking styles. Feminist porn seeks to empower the performers who make it and the people who watch it.
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<![CDATA[Writers ToolBox: Iphone 5 has an Inbox Stalking Solution]]>Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:52:41 GMThttp://lilithduvalier.weebly.com/blog/writers-toolbox-iphone-5-has-an-inbox-stalking-solutionWho among us has not stalked their inbox after a submission? 

If you said you haven't you are just a dirty liar and should probably look at that in yourself.



I got a new phone last night and am still learning all the schmancy things it can do. I wasn't sure it was worth the money to upgrade, but so far, I'm very pleased with it. Just the fact that it works at double the speed of my old phone is nice. 

But, I just found the coolest thing on it!

Email Thread Reply Notification.

That's right. Instead of just refreshing your email every ten minutes, you can set up a notification, with its own special sound and everything, to tell you when you heard back on that submission. 

Here's how:

Go to the sent folder of your inbox, swipe left on your email submission. Tap "More". A list of options will come up. At the Bottom it will say "Notify Me". Tap that. 

Now you're set up to be notified when you hear back. There's an automatically assigned tone for this, but you can go to settings and change the sound to something you don't use for anything else.

Ta dah! Now get out of your email and write!
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