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Please Yourself

Atlin Merrick Janet A-Nunn Art Valentine's Day Wendy C. Fries

Please Yourself

Desire is a funny old thing. Especially women's desire. Wait? What? Women have…desire? Really? So. A couple years ago. In London. I went to the Wellcome Collection's exhibit on sex. The exhibit covered many things, including the Masters & Johnson and Kinsey studies on human sexuality. For this exhibit the Wellcome summarised some of the findings of that research and one of the key findings of both studies, one of the main touted revelatory findings was: Women have sexual desire. Holy god damned hell I flew so far off the handle after I read that that I may still be...

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The Allure of Victorian Underthings

Narrelle Harris Valentine's Day Victoriana

The Allure of Victorian Underthings

I don’t know who first said "A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men," but a lot of truth resides in that aphorism. On the other hand, don’t ever think that lingerie is not also to women what it is to men. Alluring and erotic. Delicious and sexy. Something flimsy, sheer and sleek to hide/display curves and hollows, to conceal and reveal delicate skin, growing heat. Sensuous fabrics to tease arousal and make pulse-racing promises of pleasure to come. Oh hell yeah, for a lot of people, lingerie is sexy as, on men as well as women....

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You're Not Bad Because of 'Bad' Characters You Love

Atlin Merrick

You're Not Bad Because of 'Bad' Characters You Love

All right, I was just on a Mary Morstan blog and got a nice eyeful of someone saying, "What? You like a psychotic assassin? Wow, you're bad and you should feel really guilty about that." Ha. Ha. Ha. Fuck. That. Noise. First, if that's happened to you, please understand you've been stupidly disrespected. That person's a stranger and doesn't know jack shit about you. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Second, you like a fictional character. That's all. A person who is not real. A person who has not actually assassinated anyone. So guess what? A miracle's occurred! You have not and do...

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Writing process? Um…what?

Atlin Merrick

"What’s your process?"What’s my……what?If anyone’s ever asked you this question, about how you go about writing, and then took a minute from their so-busy lives to tell you a ‘better’ way, may I kindly suggest you ignore the right royal hell out of them?Because if you’re getting words on the page, your process is aces.Me, I go to cafes. I’ve written hundreds of articles in cafes. I’ve written two books in cafes. When a cafe gets noisy with someone tap-tap-tapping at a glass with their spoon or a child is weeping as if their hair is on fire, I put...

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The Alnwick Poison Garden by Jane Canaway

Narrelle Harris non fiction Stuff Sherlock would know

The Alnwick Poison Garden by Jane Canaway

Happy 2017 from IP to all our readers! And we think it never hurts to start the new year with ideas of how to poison someone... Today's post is by guest blogger, Jane Canaway, a freelance writer from Melbourne, who visited The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, UK, last year.  The original Alnwick garden dates from the 18th century. Canon Sherlock wouldn't have visited the poison garden, which wasn't established until 2005, but he would have been very familiar with the plants it contains. *** The Alnwick Poison Garden by Jane Canaway It’s all a bit Harry Potter, with the skull...

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