November 28, 2015
Cougars, Accidental and Otherwise...
I'm pretty proud of myself, because I snapped this photo. And when I take pictures, I often end up with my thumb in the shot. Or I'll hold the camera backward and take a picture of myself.
Doesn't this look professional? It was helpful that the car was parked, of course. I stopped to take the photo because I'm working on a cougar-themed novel right now. This is a collaboration with another writer—I've been given a screenplay to turn into a book. (Believe it or not, I've done this multiple times since I started writing.) More romantic than erotic, the piece was originally set in the early 90s. The updates are hysterical. Nobody has cell phones. There is no video conferencing. It's innocent in a way I fully appreciate.
In fact, I think the term "cougar" wasn't even coined when this piece was written. (I just did some quick research, but I haven't found a first use.) I love definitions, and there are a few—one stating the woman has to be eight years older than the man. Another stating the woman must be plus forty while the guy should be in his twenties. (Don't you love rules?)
That reminds me of the definition I read years ago that a menage a trois was always two girls and a guy. If it was two guys and a girl it was a gang bang. (I disagree. And I digress.)
I'm 10,000 words into this update, and there hasn't been any sex. Which must be why I started another book yesterday, you know, just to pour all the sex into. That's apparently how my brain works. A crazy seesaw searching for balance. I couldn't believe the new idea that leapt into my mind. I rushed to set the words free in a new document. This one was based on a typo that I made. You never know where ideas will spring from.
This isn't the only cougar one I'm currently writing—crazily enough. I'm still pounding away on "The Great Distraction." (Which is probably only the working title. But who knows?) I started the book in 2011 based on a situation a friend was going through. I was so sad for her, and I wanted to give her a happy ending. Some projects take longer than others. So do some happy endings.)
If you're looking for a completed cougar book (rather than the bits and pieces spiraling in my world), check out Sommer Marsden's The Accidental Cougar. And hey, if you're looking for a gang bang, I've got one in Alison on the Rocks.
You know me. I am to please.