A lot of times I won't read other people's work when I'm writing a first draft because their writing influences me too much. Over Christmas I made the mistake of indulging myself with some 'off time' and re-read Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series as well as Cry Wolf, the start of her Alpha and Omega series, and they've sucked me in. Now all I can think about is hunky werewolves Sam and Charles and Adam. Now there are worse things to be obsessed about, but damn it, I should be making my own heroes hot enough that I can obsess about them instead. Add to that all the kaffuffle (or is it kerfuffle) over the hot water heater and broken appliances and my concentration is shot. Arrrgh.
Anyway, to pretend I actually have something to blog about today, here are some things that have sparked a few discussions in the Braemel household:
1. Computer geeks in Potsdam University (Germany) now have the opportunity to learn some skills interfacing with real humans rather than computers. According to this article:
The 440 students enrolled in the master's degree course will learn how to write flirtatious text messages and emails, impress people at parties and cope with rejection.
Philip von Senftleben, an author and radio presenter who will teach the course, summed up his job as teaching how to "get someone else's heart beating fast while yours stays calm."
Think I can wangle a trip to Germany out of it? Between an erotica writer and a computer engineer who have been married almost 31 years, GG and I should have some viable tips, don't you think?
2. A 107-year-old woman in China is seeking her first husband. "I'm already 107 and I still haven't got married," the Chongqing Commercial Times quoted her saying. "What will happen if I don't hurry up and find a husband?" My first reaction was: She's only thinking of this now? I wish her luck, she's looking for a centenarian who might keep her company.
And the story that got the most laughs and rude comments when I read it out ...
3. Police in Cairns, Australia, are seeking the man who broke into three separate sex shops, stole a specific type of blow-up doll called "Jungle Jane", took them into the back alley where he then had sex with them. Can every one say "Eeewww"? Of course the idjit left his DNA and fingerprints for the police to find, but can you imagine being the lab tech on that case, and the jokes that must be going around that precinct?