Creative Crisis and Some Life Lemons

The edits of the first erot­ic sto­ry for the Plea­sure project are done, thanks to my edi­tor Steph. It was fun to write, but I got held back by the cov­er issue–I usu­al­ly have a clear view of how the final book should look like (some­times even before the actu­al book is writ­ten), but this time my brain gave me a mas­sive cre­ative ‘fuck you, I’m fry­ing in here!’. So I spent the last few days on stock image web­sites to get some­thing, some­thing, that would make my mind go yes! this one!

But nope.



I had to google women’s erot­i­ca cov­ers, and peek at the won­der­ful yet now dis­con­tin­ued Erot­i­ca Cov­er Watch blog, and read reviews of books in the women’s erot­i­ca genre while explor­ing cov­er lists like this one on Goodreads (the only thing I learned besides the stan­dard [read­er expec­ta­tions?] for erot­ic romance being body parts, was that many peo­ple some­times were lured into read­ing the book by its cov­er [occa­sion­al­ly cou­pled with deli­cious title.])

Now, erot­ic romance isn’t exact­ly my pri­ma­ry goal here — it’s more than that. It is an addi­tion to a big­ger work, not a com­plete­ly sep­a­rate book enti­ty, which could be both trou­ble and a suc­cess­ful exper­i­ment.

While the first sto­ry is most­ly an explic­it sen­su­ous scene (which serves as kind of a pro­logue to Falaha’s Jour­ney Into Plea­sure short series), the sec­ond one (I’m cur­rent­ly 2222 words into it) is more of a romance with addi­tion­al world­build­ing, because these episodes take place in a big detailed sci­ence fic­tion uni­verse and are set some­where after Episode #83 and before the Epi­logue of the Falaha’s Jour­ney tril­o­gy, hence Plea­sure series is actu­al­ly Book 3.5, and in the end the sec­ond sto­ry might not end up in a(n over­ly) steamy encounter — we’re talk­ing about people’s rela­tion­ships, not blind porn. The sec­ond episode is about courtship and is par­tic­u­lar­ly hard to write due to cir­cum­stances of char­ac­ters involved. Well, not that they can’t hit it in the lat­er episodes of this work and they prob­a­bly will. It’s good to have all sides of rela­tion­ship dynam­ics besides bed­room play in the romance-themed sto­ry.

The good thing about Episode #2? I already have the cov­er idea for this one… 

I even have cov­er ideas for the Rjg, with the sto­ry still in such a puny state.

So if I will not find the suit­able image for the first sto­ry, I’ll have to go with the pho­to that I have in reserve. 


Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.

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