Give yourself some love this Valentine’s Day
Feb10

Give yourself some love this Valentine’s Day

Sex toys are an absolute passion of mine. And not just in a selfish, ‘wanting all the fun for myself’ sense – I genuinely believe that they can be hugely helpful in learning what turns you on. And whether you’re single or in a relationship, knowing what you like invariably improves your sex life. Treat yourself to some very personal loving this Valentine’s Day with these picks of the best toys around.   Lelo Tiani...

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Tools of the (writing) trade

aka How I Am Utterly Rubbish At Organising My Work and Need Professional Help Everyone has their favourite writing tools – pens, iPhones, dictation apps, all sorts. I have used yellow legal pads for my story notes ever since my friend Susie told me that Jackie Collins used them, because I really am that easily influenced. If, like me, you are utterly rubbish at organisation, there is a temptation to keep trying new things, in...

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When good writers go bad

Oh Morrissey, where did it all go wrong? How could the man who wrote the immortal lines “”If there’s something you’d like to try, ask me I won’t say no, how could I?” also be responsible for the (equally immortal, but for horribly different reasons) “the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central...

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Somethings you just can’t unread.

So, Ruby suggested that I write a post about the world of weird erotica. She’s nice like that. The conversation had been prompted by an article about books with titles such as ‘Sorry I Spoiled Your Orgy’, so I figured that it would at least be an amusing challenge. It was that ^^ title that I first downloaded, only to discover that it wasn’t erotica at all – rather, it was an anthology of fantastical hallucenogenic short stories...

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Should we self-censor?

Isn’t it funny how we’re taught not to trust ourselves with the contents of our own minds? We learn to police our own thoughts, worrying that certain ideas are beyond the pale, etc. People get churned up with guilt, worrying that thinking certain things makes them a bad person, even though they know that they’d never act on them. I think that actually, most people have an inbuilt safety net. For example – I reckon I could say to...

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Things that will happen upon the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, whether we like it or not.

Disclaimer – I have not seen the film (and have no intention of changing that status), but I have read the first book of the trilogy. As did my then-fifteen year old son (nothing to do with me, he sneaked his nan’s copy) who gave up a few chapters in and said it was ‘boring’. If a teenage boy thinks your sexy novel is tedious, then you maybe need to reconsider your definition of ‘sexy’. These things will happen and...

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