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Genre Wars: Romance vs. Erotica

So my friend Kassandra Klay and I co-taught a workshop entitled “Genre Wars: Romance vs. Erotica.” We talked about the similarities and differences of the two, and we talked about how blurry the line can get sometimes. All in all, we had a blast teaching an impressive turn out all about it! For anyone curious who didn’t get a chance to attend, here’s a simplified version of the presentation I did for my half.

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Tonight is the night! GENRE WARS: Romance vs. Erotica!

Tonight is the night you’ve all been waiting for, GENRE WARS: Romance vs. Erotica! This workshop will be co-hosted by yours truly J. Jobe and Kassandra Klay and you won’t want to miss a moment of it!

Here’s a snippet from the press release:
logoRomance vs. Erotica Writing Workshop
CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock
Thursday, September 28, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Instructors J. Jobe and Kassandra Klay lead this conversation on how the genres differ, surprising traits they have in common, and offer tips on how to construct scenes that will thrill.

And here’s a snippet from the website:
Romance vs. Erotica Writing Workshoplogo
Thursday, September 28 • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. • Main Library
Find out how the genres differ, what surprising traits they have in common, and how to construct scenes that thrill. Instructors Jobe and Kassandra Klay tell us what’s hot and what’s not. Audience: Adults Only!

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Banned Books Week is coming up!

In only a month Banned Books Week will be here! There’s a WRITING CONTEST, a BAKING CONTEST, and a workshop co-hosted by yours truly J. Jobe and Kassandra Klay. You won’t want to miss a moment of it! Check it out!!!!!

For our part, K and I will be co-hosting a writing workshop including discussion and prompts. Here’s a snippet from the press release:
logoRomance vs. Erotica Writing Workshop
CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock
Thursday, September 28, 5:30 p.m.
Instructors Jobe and Kassandra Klay lead this conversation on how the genres differ, surprising traits they have in common, and offer tips on how to construct scenes that will thrill.

And here’s a snippet from the website:
Romance vs. Erotica Writing Workshoplogo
Thursday, September 28 • 5:30 p.m. • Main Library
Find out how the genres differ, what surprising traits they have in common, and how to construct scenes that thrill. Instructors Jobe and Kassandra Klay tell us what’s hot and what’s not. Audience: Adults

 

Posted in Jobe Workshop Review

Step by Step Writing Class with Jobe: Reflection!

What a fantastic night with a fantastic group of people. Sci-Fi George, Romance Kim, and Poet Karen joined yours truly, Memoir Jobe! The conversation generated was so insightful and helpful, the writing written was so sparked and energetic and inspired! This was the most fun I’ve had in a minute.

I opened with introductions, as I always do, and then started with a super lame prompt because I was nervous and couldn’t find my notes. “I remember” was the awkward jump prompt in, but it went to great places from there. I told a little bit about Intention Inspired (I’ll do a blog post about just this later, but check it out, it’s cool). We discussed our strengths and weaknesses as writers. As always I had to also mention Nanowrimo.

From Writer’s Digest we took “Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for” and opened it up to any combination of personality/appearance of person you love/hate.

For future use: I loved the idea from Write to Done of the 7x7x7 exercise. I made sure to mention Writing Exercises from the UK, which has a TON of prompts. And Karen told us about a random generator, Watchout 4 Snakes. I forgot to mention Poets & Writers.

In a similar spirit as The Write Practice, we used random words and phrases I collected from spam emails to generate lists of options.

We started with sprints, just some really short timed writings to get us going:
Computers can beat humans at chess
my collection of photos & posters from   Israel.
Amorphous Distribution Transformer Core

I was so inspired by how open and positive the group was I felt we had to do writing exercises based on each person’s favorite genre! I daresay there were some unexpected and impressive results!

SCI FI prompts
prestressed spiral rib
for the widening of
is intended for
feel a little uneasy about
Here please find
for railway sleeper , electric

ROMANCE prompts
at war, with
More than 15 years
Family Promise
you know that we’ve saved you
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ice cream machine.

POETRY prompts
Afternoon of Magic
we have two types
reaching the people with
dots mosaic bathroom
The payment after satisfaction
pumps and parts

I ended with some creative non-fiction (my genre) prompts, which are less common online than you might think. My favorite is David RM, who has a number of different kinds of non-fic/prose prompts. We started with a light subject, “Opinion Prompt – Do convenience items better our daily lives or shortchange our life experience?” Then we continued to a heavy subject, “Opinion Prompt – Do you think that people have the right to decide when to end their life?” I mentioned And Then I Came Back, which I can’t wait to read after hearing Estelle Laura speak at LitFest.

We end on a personal and emotional prompt, and I was was so impressed by everyone there being so authentic:

“Write about an event or time that you made a deliberate change for yourself. Write about what motivated you to make the change, and how you think that change has affected your life.”

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I was so blessed by these passionate, open-spirited writers. ❤

Love,
Jobe

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Jobe’s December Reads

Hello, Friends! I have been remiss in my updating duties and for that I apologize. I have been nose-deep in 10-20 books for school but have only read portions and not completed a single one! But it occurred to me that I never did post my final summary for the last few books of 2015, which I shall amend right this very moment.

For the play category I read Waiting for Godot. Most people have heard this phrase or have a vague knowledge of this play’s existence, but if you “don’t get it,” that’s ok. No one else does either. It is so odd and open-ended that the theorizing never stops, and nothing is extrememly conclusive, either. I saw it performed as an undergrad and thought it was funny, silly, odd. I read it this December, hoping to have some light shed on a deeper meaning. I was out of luck. I made up some theories of my own, such as: the characters represent different body parts! The characters are actually all dead! But whatever you decide is “really” going on, you’re probably just as right or wrong as everybody else.

To finish out my trilogy category, I finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters. You guys, if you have not read this trilogy by Laini Taylor, please drop everything and do so. Like, for really real. It is AWESOME. I have been reading and writing all my life and I consider myself a person of rather refined tastes. In fact I can be downright snobby if I feel a book or film is particularly lazy in the writing department. LAINI TAYLOR GOES IN MY TOP FIVE BEST WRITERS WRITING TODAY!!! She is a master storyteller of the highest level. Her language is beautiful, her stories are rich and deep, her world building boggles my mind, her characters are beautifully flawed and strong and real. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Please run out to your nearest bookstore or library right this minute and fall in love with her just like I did.

My final book for the year and my final category was a Christmas book. I wasn’t terribly excited about the category and I figured it was a good one to save til last and read around the same time as the actual holiday. The book I picked was Let It Snow, which I sarcastically referred to as a book written by John Green and some other guys. Dang, don’t you hate it when you’re a jerk and then it bites you in the butt? I am such a dufus for dragging my feet to get started on this. This book was good, and I was a dummy for thinking it wouldn’t be. Damn my grinch-y outlook! First, it was YA romance, which, distinct from adult romance, I like. Second, it was three short stories (novellas?) written by three authors, John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, which I knew from the cover, but I didn’t know I was in for linked stories that were intertwined and had us get to know a range of the cast of characters that featured in each story! I love stuff like that!! So that was a really cool discovery, too. And–wait for it–the writing was really high quality. Can I be done apologizing for my pride-before-a-fall ways, now? It was good and I liked it and I would gladly read more by all three of these authors. And yes, someday someone will refer to me as “and some other guys” and I will just cry because I deserve it. >.<

Jobe
eating humble pie

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Jobe’s May Reads

Hello Again! Is it just me, or is this year zooming by?!

This month I spent A REALLY LONG TIME reading a really long book: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My mom doesn’t really read novels very often, so when she mentioned how captivated she’d become by this entire EIGHT BOOK SERIES I jumped at the chance to pick up a title for the category “a book your mom loves.” I was frustrated by how slow of a reader I am, but the content is really engaging and definitely held my attention. The basic premise is that an English woman from 1945 is transported back in time to Scotland 1743. And that is just the beginning! If you enjoy historical romance this book is for you. It’s also a TV show, but I haven’t checked it out yet.

The second book I read zoomed by in a flash, and filled my category for “a book that was originally written in a different language.” The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is a HUGELY POPULAR book known to sell constantly at bookstores and maintains a 40+ person wait list at the library!

I started a third book but it didn’t grab me like I thought it would. More on that one at the end of June. In the meantime, join the cleaning frenzy…

Here’s some more on Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method:
http://tidyingup.com/

http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/02/marie-kondo-room-purge.html

http://time.com/3822899/marie-kondo-2015-time-100/?hootPostID=18acb0540511a040e7987fc7c1e8bcb4
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-rochino/the-pros-and-cons-of-decl_b_7143014.html
http://www.booksfromjapan.jp/authors/item/1150-marie-kondo
http://www.whowhatwear.com/marie-kondo-shopping-tips

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Kondo

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