cookiespoonIt’s hard to leave the kitchen for the bad gift guide. There is so much stuff from the esoteric to gadgets for the inept, that I can’t go past it.

Right now, I’m writing an erotic story about tomatoes. The most luscious of fruit; what’s not to love about them, with their ripe red skins and sweet juiciness? Most everyone loves tomatoes – except the protagonist in my story. 🙂 So I guess I’m rather fixated on the kitchen at present.

Today’s Bad Santa Gift isn’t to do with tomatoes though. The best thing I can find to say about it is that it will only set you back $4. The Oreo Cookie Dunking Spoon – for those people who can’t bear to touch their food maybe? I rather think that by the time you’ve dug this out of the back of a drawer, your coffee will be cold and useless for dunking. To be honest, my first thought when I saw this was that it was a pair of tick pliers for removing the blighters from you or the dog. I’ve got some tick pliers that look exactly like this (but smaller) in my first aid kit.

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Good Santa Gift
Now here’s a gift that lasts and lasts. Learn to improve your erotica and sex on the page with this book from Ashley Lister: How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes. Ashley is a master craftsman in the erotica world – anyone with dozens of novels and over 100 short stories published must be doing something right. His book will help you (or the writer in your life) improve the heat factor coming from the keyboard.

I’m very flattered that Ashley uses an example from one of my stories in his book. Ashley blogs about the book (and other stuff), and has collected a series of tips from writers and editors about their creative process. There’s some fascinating gems to read (and nearly everyone stresses the importance of editing). *Nods* Oh yeah, baby. Edit away. You can read my tips over on Ashley’s book blog here