You might have noticed that there’s no podcast this week. Yeah, we noticed, too.
Thing is, if we’re being totally honest, Mary and I have been feeling a little meh about the work we’re doing here. We started Write Against the Machine as an experiment to see how podcasting fit into our lives, our careers, and our audiences, and it seems like it may be time to re-evaluate our model, thesis, and methods, if not call an end to the whole project. The conversations are fun and exciting for the most part, but there hasn’t been much audience engagement/feedback. It’s also getting harder and harder for us to come up with interesting topics to share, which sucks for everyone.
So, we’re going to give it a rest from now until the under October and do some behind-the-scenes talking about the future of WAM. If you’ve got feedback of any kind for us and the show, now would be the time to speak your mind. In the meantime, keep writing and keep fighting The Man. We know you will.
That’s right. Sex. Writing about sex, anyway. Sexy sex and not so sexy sex. Literary sex. Turns out, we have Opinions about what makes a humpalicious sex scene and what makes us cringe with trope-filled angst.
Topics we touch on/rant about include the place of sex in YA novels, how sex fucks up the genre classification system and why that’s awful, why sex in stories doesn’t make you automatically hump people/engage in weird behavior, censorship and teens, censorship and everybody, interrupting story with gratuitous sex, how to approach and resolve sex as part of a story that’s not erotica, different authors’ experiences with sex in their books, the utility of sex as a character/plot developing tool, the possibility of accidentally writing a romance novel instead of a “serious” novel, how authors should be more forthcoming with realistic and awesome sex to make it less taboo to write/talk about in public, raising kids to think completely fucked up things about sex that makes them act out, giggling like 12 year old boys whenever something mildly suggestive comes up (hurr).
And Ellie does say “throbbing member” at some point.
Worth noting: While the subject matter might make you blush, this week’s WAM is actually pretty safe for work. Aside from the swearing, anyway. And I think we say “penis” and “vag” a few times. But other than that, and depending on where you work, relatively safe. Go ahead and turn up those speakers.
And pleasepleaseplease leave your comments on this post. The more we talk about sex in public, the better off the world will be.
For this week’s episode, we invited Lauren Orsini to chat with us about what it takes to make it on your own as a freelance journalist. She started out working a writing 9-5 but eventually gave The Man the finger and created her own niche (with blackjack! and hookers!): anime journalism. Or rather “otaku journalism,” but you’ll have to visit her site to find out exactly what that means.
The main focus of our rather chill discussion is how a lot of people want to get into freelance writing and few do. We all agree that fear is the primary reason, and Lauren’s advice is basically, “Do it anyway.” Sounds legit, right?
We also touch on how Lauren managed to create her own niche, what sort of journalism she digs most (hint: it’s nerdy), how bullshit fear is, and robots. Give it a listen.