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Famous Library Porn

Alright, I know I write romance and erotica (among other things), but I may have lured you into this post under false pretenses. Instead of porn that takes place in libraries, I decided to take some time on this lovely Monday to share some photos of incredibly beautiful libraries. I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here the sky is gray and it’s the perfect day to curl up in any one of these gorgeous places.

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It goes without saying that snacks and blankets are mandatory.

Without further ado, enjoy these gorgeous libraries!

Austrian National Library, Vienna

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I don’t know about you, but this library fulfills every Beauty and the Beast fantasy I’ve ever had. I am also 100% percent sure that this place is so beautiful, I would not be allowed inside for fear of spilling something.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro

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According to the library’s website, “Among the rarest works of the library we can mention the edition ‘prínceps’ of ‘The Lusíadas’, of 1572, that belonged to the ‘Company of Jesus’; the ‘Ordinations of Dom Manuel’ by Jacob Cromberger, published in 1521; the ‘Capitolos de Cortes and Leys, which on some of them were made’, edited in 1539; ‘The true information of the lands of Preste Joam, according to saw and written by Father Francisco Alvarez’, 1540. [The library] also has autograph manuscripts of ‘Amor de Perdição’ by Camilo Castelo Branco and the ‘Dictionary of the Tupy Language’ by Gonçalves Dias, as well as hundreds of letters from writers.”

Boston Public Library

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Founded in 1848, this was the first large free municipal library in the United States. I know this photo doesn’t actually depict any of the extensive collection this library houses, but these murals by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes are breathtaking.

Trinity College Library, Dublin

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This library feels like it could go on forever and there are far worse ways to spend eternity. If it looks familiar, there was actually some controversy involving this library’s architecture and Star Wars: Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones. There was an allegation that Lucasfilm had used the design of this building without permission for the Jedi archives in the Jedi temple. However, Lucasfilm claimed they didn’t do it intentionally and the library didn’t care enough to pursue a lawsuit because they’re too busy doing things like housing the famous Book of Kells, a manuscript created by Celtic monks around the year 800 A.D.

The Library of El Escorial, Spain

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This library served as the inspiration behind the design of the Vatican’s library and it’s easy to see why. The building currently houses over 40,000 volumes and the frescoes depict the seven liberal arts: rhetoric, dialectic, music, grammar, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy. The library includes many important illuminated manuscripts, such as the Ottonian Golden Gospels of Henry III (1045–46) and the only known copy of the Kitab al-I’tibar, a 12th-century Syrian autobiography, was discovered there in the 19th century.

Which library is your favorite? Do you have one that you love that I’ve left off this (admittedly short) list? Let me know in the comments! I’m off to write some library porn . . . the other kind. *exaggerated wink*


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Photos: Juniper House, 10/2/18

Here are a few photos from last night when I read a piece at a local reading series called Juniper House. What I love most about it is that the first part of the night is an open mic night but readers are only allowed to present brand new work. Some people even take advantage of a prompt jar and draw a topic from a big jar and write a piece then and there before reading it. Then there’s always a featured reader and last night it was an incredible local poet named James Jay.

This was my second time attending this series but my first time reading–AND I ended up going first. If you read my post about public speaking, you know that I have lots of anxiety about reading my work. But I got up there and read a brand new piece (and managed to do it without panic vomiting even once)!

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Far away
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Up close (90s me couldn’t resist the purple lipstick)
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Sitting down after the reading, relieved it went well!

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Happy World Typewriter Day!

I’ve always loved typewriters. When I’d visit my grandmother during the summer, I’d spend half of my time down in her basement tapping away at her old typewriters (the rest of the time was spent watching Grease on a loop). I realize spending all of my time in the basement sounds creepy, but it’s one of those finished basements with an office so I was only kind of weird.

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The title of my autobiography.

Those times at my grandmother’s house sparked my love of typewriters. There’s something about the physicality of typewriters that evokes the romanticism of writing. Typing away on a laptop doesn’t really have the same gravitas as as striking those typewriter keys. Typewriters are evocative of writers in smokey rooms creating breathtaking works of brilliance. Laptops make you think of that douche in Starbucks who wants everyone to know he’s working on a screenplay.

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On June 23, 1868, American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes was granted a patent for the first typewriter which he commercially marketed as the Sholes and Glidden, or the Remington 1. So, in celebration of World Typewriter Day and my own personal fixation on typewriters, I thought I’d share some typewriter porn with you to hopefully inspire you to write your own grandiose novel.

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But stay home with your typewriter. Don’t be a douche.

Vintage Smith-Corona

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I don’t know about you, but something about this typewriter makes me want to write Valley of the Dolls.

Royal

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If I’m not mistaken, Royal is the brand of typewriter Annie Wilkes gives Paul Sheldon in Stephen King’s Misery. Of course, that one is missing a couple keys by the end of it, including the E. Not that that is by any means the worst of Paul Sheldon’s problems in that book.

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“I’m your number one fan!”

Remington (1966)

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Anyone up for a stint in the steno pool?

Klein-Adler (1900)

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One of the older entries on this list, I’m a big fan of this one. I love the simplicity of the design and the open space beneath the keys. However, I could like the latter aspect because I’m terrible at remembering to dust my keyboard.

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This isn’t my actual keyboard, but I’m still a garbage person.

I’m not sure what it is, but something about the tapping of typewriter keys somehow feels more productive when you’re writing, like the sound is somehow proof that you’re being productive. It makes writing a more visceral experience. I recognize the impracticality of using a typewriter these days–it’d be like using a telegram instead of a cell phone–but I can’t fight the nostalgia as I remember writing short stories on my grandmother’s basement typewriter.

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Can you imagine Hemingway in a Starbucks with a Macbook? Because I sure as fuck can’t.

Any other typewriter aficionados out there? Let me know in the comments!


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Let’s See Your O Face: The O Project by Marcos Alberti

Recently, I came across a really cool photography project by Marcos Alberti that I wanted to share. In this photo series, Alberti photographed women before, during, and after having an orgasm. The photos are just of the women’s faces so they’re completely tasteful (although I’m clearly not averse to content that’s a little less “tasteful”), and the underlying message is to promote female empowerment in their sexuality. As a romance and erotica writer, I’m a big proponent of this project and anything else that makes women feel stronger, more powerful, and sexier.

From a writing standpoint, consider my last article about using the sense of sight in your scenes. These photos are a great reference to describe women’s faces at various points during their climaxes. Sometimes it can be hard to visualize what you want, so having reference pictures can be hugely helpful.

Below are a few of my favorite examples of the photo sets, and if you’d like to read more or check out the full project, you can click here.

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Happy Friday! Have yourself some fun this weekend 😉

 


 

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