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Reading, for me, leads to writing, as day leads into night and night back into day; they are halves of a whole. I was one of those kids who cracked the code early; I've been reading since I was three, and the writing came later once I'd learned to hold a pencil, but when it came, it really burst forth. Everything a working writer does I have done-- I have written and published everything, from corporate annual reports, to radio ads, children's poetry, -fiction and -non-fiction, to memoir and now, my first novel for adults. Spunk, a Fable is a lot like me; "just dirty enough."

Women on top and girls gone wild. Really wild.

Sex Over Sixty? Women Say, "Yes, Please" But Not to These Guys!

Thanks, author and speaker Renee Fisher, for your hilarious series of Huff Po articles on "Sex and the Sixty-Year-Old." In Part 2, excerpted here, we learn of Renee's friend Susan, a 60+ woman who is trying her luck at internet dating. Sadly, most of that luck has been bad, with come-ons like this:

 

"For those of you who believe my friend Susan hasn't given online dating enough of a chance, rest assured she has been doing this since the original site, Cavematch.com. Thus far, she has only excluded the sites that would result in the FBI confiscating her computer."

 

"After she is contacted by men, and, after she continues to communicate with them via personal email and phone calls, she is able to eliminate most of them as not a good match for her. "Not a good match" may mean various things:"

 

"1. Men who send her photos of their genitals.

Susan assures me that this has happened on more than one occasion. I didn't ask her if they were Glamour Shots or just candid shots. It might make a difference." And so on."

 

Check out rest of Renee Fisher's original post; it's riotously funny.

 

What did my plus-sixty squeeze write online that attracted me almost five years ago? "Boris Seeks Natasha." Right away I knew he was:

 

  • Whimsical,
  • Witty,
  • A Rocky and Bullwinkle fan,
  • In my ballpark, agewise and otherwise
  • a Baby Boomer.

 

A man like that has got to be great in bed . . .  I figured. And I was right! If sex between seniors upsets your sense of order or propriety, then you probably won't like Spunk, a Fable, my new novel available on amazon.com. If, on the other hand, you are open to the idea that sex can continue to be a vital and important part of a happy life as long as the parties involved are interested, then you will love this sexy, crazy, dystopian romp.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/renee-fisher/online-dating-over-50_b_3443781.html

Eating Babies - Boundaries for Writers in Fiction

"Is there anything we really shouldn't write about? I take a look at a list of the verboten and conclude that depending on how you tackle it, nothing is taboo. Except perhaps sex between seniors (and even that features in one best seller...)" Originally posted on booklikes by TheREDBooks

 

Ahem.

 

My new novel, Spunk, a Fable, features infanticide, cannibalism, tribadism, and heterosexual intercourse between two gorgeous young people, and heterosexual oral copulation between two amazing old people, and some lesbian oral copulation that takes place largely offstage.  None of it is gratuitous, all of it drives events and/or reveals character. I'm not conversant enough with the tropes of homposexual male union to attempt to write well about it, or it would have been in there, as well, if it had served the plot.

 

It is both the skill and intention of the author that makes the great difference. The first time I read Lolita I was half-way through the book before I realized that Humbert was a pedophile, and all the way through before I understood that Nabokov had made me sympathize with him. Now THAT'S writing.

Source: http://litreactor.com/columns/eating-babies-boundaries-for-writers-in-fiction

Author Judi Hollis, PhD, calls Spunk, a fable a story of "powerful women in desperate circumstances."

Why Not Ban WAR in War Zones? Why Stop at Rape?

Spunk - Helen O'Reilly

Although she's widely considered one of the world's great beauties, Angelina Jolie was never one of my choices to play a role in Spunk, a Fable (I admit, I've thought about who would be my choices to portray my heroines in a movie version).  Then again, Spunk is not so much a book about beautiful women; it's about "powerful women in desperate circumstances," as Dr. Judi Hollis, author (From Bagels to Buddha) describes it.

 

Angelina Jolie is not only an accomplished actress, she is also a UN commisioner for refugees, and her remarks urging the world’s nations to make the fight against rape in war a top priority are commendable; but I wonder. Why not just fight to make war itself a thing of the past? Horrible as it is, is rape in a war zone any worse than so-called date rape, domestic-violence rape, or stranger-rape? It's all pretty horrible.

 
Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/celebrity/violence+zones+must+stop+Angelina+Jolie+says/8570909/story.html

Seven Percent of Women Worldwide Have Sexual Violence Histories

 

 

 

 

The World Health Organization recently defined sexual violence as being physically forced to have sex, having sex because you were afraid of what your partner might do and being compelled to do something sexual that was humiliating or degrading.

 

The organization also examined rates of sexual violence against women by someone other than a partner and found about 7 percent of women worldwide had previously been a victim. This reality forms the deep background of Spunk, a Fable. Spunk begins when a group of young feminists en route to a protest march in 1972 are prevented from reaching their destination by an unnamed cataclysm. Their long-term survival hinges on their prior experiences of--and beliefs about

 

male-female sexual violence, and the need to resist it; becoming violent themselves, if necessary.

 

Is sexual violence ever understandable? Forgiveable? What if it were female vs. male violence? If the victims were to become the victimizers . . . what then?

 

 

Source: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/health-science/sexual-violence-epidemic-1.1508516
SPOILER ALERT!

GOP Leadership Needs Spunk, a Dose of Sex-Role Fantasy

Reblogged from Helen O'Reilly's Spunky Blog:

 

 

 It seems GOP leaders are losing their minds at an ever-accelerating rate. To wit:

 

Rep. Phil Gingrey, the leading Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, said he realizes the "father knows best" adage he subscribed to "back in the old days of television" is antiquated, but he still believes that children need fathers and women need husbands in order for families to thrive.

 

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), meanwhile, said that America's education system began declining when "the mom got in the workplace."

 

GOP media allies were quick to jump on the Back to the Fifties Bandwagon, as Fox News pundit Erick Erickson recently lamented the fact that many women are the primary breadwinners in their households and said that "kids most likely will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon."

 

I guess they would find my new book, Spunk, about an all-female society dedicated to living according to strictly Amazonian principles, using men purely for reproduction and then turning them into food, upsetting.

 

Perhaps I should send them each a copy of Spunk, a Fable. Being denounced on Fox news by some GOP mouth-breather would probably boost sales enormously!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/phil-gingrey-doma-gender-roles_n_3466605.htmlGOP
SPOILER ALERT!

GOP Leadership Needs Spunk, a Dose of Sex-Role Fantasy

 

 

 It seems GOP leaders are losing their minds at an ever-accelerating rate. To wit:

 

Rep. Phil Gingrey, the leading Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia, said he realizes the "father knows best" adage he subscribed to "back in the old days of television" is antiquated, but he still believes that children need fathers and women need husbands in order for families to thrive.

 

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), meanwhile, said that America's education system began declining when "the mom got in the workplace."

 

GOP media allies were quick to jump on the Back to the Fifties Bandwagon, as Fox News pundit Erick Erickson recently lamented the fact that many women are the primary breadwinners in their households and said that "kids most likely will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon."

 

I guess they would find my new book, Spunk, about an all-female society dedicated to living according to strictly Amazonian principles, using men purely for reproduction and then turning them into food, upsetting.

 

Perhaps I should send them each a copy of Spunk, a Fable. Being denounced on Fox news by some GOP mouth-breather would probably boost sales enormously!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/phil-gingrey-doma-gender-roles_n_3466605.htmlGOP
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Reblogged from Helen O'Reilly's Spunky Blog:
Portrait of the Artist Hiding Double Chin
Portrait of the Artist Hiding Double Chin

In the news today we see that Emma Watson, the gorgeous, gamine ingenue who first portrayed Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, will be cast in a post-apocalyptic female "Game of Thrones" type movie. I guess post-apocalyptic female dystopias are in the air! Good; Perhaps someday Spunk, a Fable, will be made into a movie, and won't that be fun!?

 

Okay, I'll admit it, I've played the game (in my mind of course); "who would I want to play the lead in the movie of my book?"

 

For the physical description of the character Pink, I imagined, not the singer who goes by that name, but the actress Lily Cole, who I consider a great beauty.

 

For Yuki-Kai, I imagined Paz de la Huerta, an altogether different type of beauty, but a beauty nonetheless.

 

I imagined Helen Mirren as the perfect Senga, but the other older women characters seemed too different to be embodied by any present-day stars. Of course, Buffy could only be played by someone like Kathy Bates, or even Kirstie Alley, a woman of substance. And who could play The Abbess? In a movie, the villain always has to cut the most striking figure-- and yesterday I read that Barbra Streisand, a most striking figure indeed, has been awarded an honorary degree--Yes; Doctor Barbra Streisand would be a most suitable Abbess!

Source: http://www.joblo.com/movie-news
Spunk - Helen O'Reilly Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban Animal Farm Publisher: Signet Classics; 50th Anniversary edition - George Orwell 1984 - George Orwell Herland - Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Hunger Games  - Suzanne  Collins The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee
Portrait of the Artist Hiding Double Chin
Portrait of the Artist Hiding Double Chin

In the news today we see that Emma Watson, the gorgeous, gamine ingenue who first portrayed Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, will be cast in a post-apocalyptic female "Game of Thrones" type movie. I guess post-apocalyptic female dystopias are in the air! Good; Perhaps someday Spunk, a Fable, will be made into a movie, and won't that be fun!?

 

Okay, I'll admit it, I've played the game (in my mind of course); "who would I want to play the lead in the movie of my book?"

 

For the physical description of the character Pink, I imagined, not the singer who goes by that name, but the actress Lily Cole, who I consider a great beauty.

 

For Yuki-Kai, I imagined Paz de la Huerta, an altogether different type of beauty, but a beauty nonetheless.

 

I imagined Helen Mirren as the perfect Senga, but the other older women characters seemed too different to be embodied by any present-day stars. Of course, Buffy could only be played by someone like Kathy Bates, or even Kirstie Alley, a woman of substance. And who could play The Abbess? In a movie, the villain always has to cut the most striking figure-- and yesterday I read that Barbra Streisand, a most striking figure indeed, has been awarded an honorary degree--Yes; Doctor Barbra Streisand would be a most suitable Abbess!