(or, some links and random stuff because I’m tired and lazy and can’t think of a good fun post.)
First, a cautionary tale for those of us who read or write the erotic stuff:
The Fabulous Book Bitches did a post about a man with a, um, 9.5-inch appendage. There are no pictures of the appendage on the actual blog post, but there’s a link. The link didn’t work for me, so, purely in the interests of authorial reasearch and for no other reason, I did a (NOT WORK SAFE) Google image search. Ladies and gentlemen, if you choose to click on the link (the ones you’re looking for are all, um, of the non-excited man, particularly the one where he poses so as to show how it and his forearm are roughly the same size), pay close attention. THAT is 9.5 inches. It almost reaches his knees. (Apparently when aroused he hits 13 inches.) Let’s consider this for a moment, next time we read a scene where this number is mentioned, and it’s mentioned more often than we think. Let’s doubly consider it if we are writers and are tempted to place an exact measurement on our hero.
Personally I never give an actual size. It destroys the mystique. I’d rather use adjectives like “huge”, “gorgeous”, “thick”, that sort of thing. The closest I’ve come of late is borrowing Mrs. Patrick Campbell’s famous assessment of her new husband, “Six feet four and everything in proportion”. (I didn’t directly attribute my source, btw, but mentioned that it was a famous quote. In case anyone is interested.) (Even six feet four was an estimate.)
But seriously. Let’s be more realistic. Let’s not go down that dark, dark road.
Also, don’t forget I will be guest blogging tomorrow at the Plot Monkeys blog, about choosing a publisher and warning signs and all that good stuff, and I’d love it if you guys could stop by. Please?
So lookie, a blog post after all! Yay me!