Beastly Babes Editor: Delilah Devlin Publisher: Cleis Press in Fall 2012 Deadline: July 29, 2011 Payment: $50.00 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication.
Beastly Babes is open to all authors.
Editor Delilah Devlin is looking for lesbian shapeshifter stories for a romantic erotica anthology entitled Beastly Babes.
The concept of shapeshifters—beings both human and animal—ignites our imaginations with visions of primal passions and insatiable hungers. Most commonly seen as dark, masculine demons, shapeshifters are in need of a metaphysical overhaul—a new feminine/Sapphic blending of physical power and inescapable desires.
Beastly Babes will re-envision common and not-so-common myths and deliver a fresh perspective from the storytellers. Traditional lycanthropes and feline familiars are welcome, if told with a fresh twist, but writers are encouraged to imagine greater, and perhaps explore more obscure, lesser-known mythologies from around the world to create inventive tales celebrating feminine power, lust, and erotic love. Concentration primarily focuses on the lesbian relationship, although ménage and secondary m/f depictions will be permitted. Published authors with an established shapeshifter world may use that setting for their original short story.
The stories may be as kinky or vanilla as the writer wantsbut a deep sensuality should linger in every word. Exotic locations and scenarios are welcome. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. We are seeking original stories.
How to submit: Prepare your 1,500 to 4,500 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT.docx) OR rich text format. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required.
In your document at the top left of th epage, include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to email@example.com. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. Delilah will respond to you in October 2011. The publisher has final approval over the manuscript.
Payment will be $50.00 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication.
About the editor: Ms. Devlin has published over eighty erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths. Her published print titles include Into the Darkness, Seduced by Darkness, Darkness Captured, Down in Texas, Texas Men and Ravished by a Viking. Her short stories are featured in Zane’s Purple Panties, and Cleis Press’s Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, Passion, Carnal Machines, and Dream Lovers. She is published by Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, Atria/Strebor, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, and Berkley. In Fall 2011, she debuts her first anthology with Cleis Press, Girls Who Bite.
“Do you think that your 16 year old daughter hasn’t masturbated already? Like, do you really think there’s anything in that scene that this chick hasn’t already tried when the lights go out at night, or in the bathroom, or in the tub, or with the shower head or something like that? I’m telling you, man, I’m not teaching this broad anything new. If I were to create a rating system, I wouldn’t even put murder right at the top of the chief offenses. I would put rape right at the top, and assault against women. Because it’s so insanely overused and insulting how much it’s overused in movies as a plot device, a woman in peril. That, to me, is offensive, yet that shit skates.”—
Kevin Smith (director) on the ridiculousness of movies about sex receiving NC-17 ratings while extremely violent movies get by with R ratings. (via kevinnj)
Rapper Lil B is coming out as a straight, gay man, and it’s costing him many of his hard-earned fans. Not that it bothers him.
The rising hip-hop MC and former member of The Pack announced earlier in April that he planned to name his upcoming album “I’m Gay,” despite not being a homosexual. For him, it’s a re-appropriation of the word, as well as a statement in support of the gay community.
“I’m very gay, but I love women. I’m not attracted to men in any way. I’ve never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I’m so happy. I’m a gay, heterosexual male,” he told MTV. “I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it.”
oh GOD no.
so wrong on so many levels
also he says “gay and lesbian community” which is not inclusive of everyone in the LGBT community (which is certainly not inclusive of quiltbhagpppk communities either…)
Please stop talking.
oh god what. my separatist leanings are about to tip over y’all.
You can unfollow me. Or you can practice what you preach. Just hear me out.
I DO NOT SUPPORT HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE.
THERE. I SAID IT.
So kill me.
THE HOMOS ARE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT RESPECT.
I hope that they can respect my decision.
I respect them.
I JUST DON’T AGREE.
I wish they could all just respect those of us with opinions like mine.
We have our reasons, as do they.
I’d love a peace treaty. I know that many of you won’t agree, but I’ll try. I don’t want hate. I just want you to understand.
You can respect me just like I respect you, or you can unfollow.
I’m not ignorant. I’m very well-educated on the topic.
And yes, I do ship Klaine.
lord hose me down it had to be seen to be believed
keeping this on my blog for fucking ever
I have no words right now
I’m just staring at my screen
I don’t know whether to be angry or cry or Laugh
I think I might laugh
Can I still be a pacifist if I believe some people should be set of fire then thrown off a cliff?
NEWSFLASH, SWEETHEART, GAY PEOPLE ARE NOT YOUR FUCKING PERFORMING MONKEYS.
Wanting Chris Colfer to dance around and kiss boys for your fucking entertainment while refusing to believe he deserves the same right as any other goddamn human being is COMPLETELY FUCKING DISGUSTING.
You are a homophobe. And you’re ignorant. And no, I do not respect you, you ignorant piece of shit. You think you can get away with this ~it’s just my opinion~ horseshit because you don’t hate us outright? Fuck you. You’re as bad as any bile-spewing hatemonger out there. You might be worse, actually. They just wan us to go away, YOU want us to sing and dance and be your fucking sassy gay friends while still treating us like second class citizens.
This is absolutely incredible- an actual solution to shutting them down, one city at a time. As much as I respect the hordes people who will show up to create a safe zone around these funerals, a better solution is definitely to find a way to stop them from getting to the funeral in the first place.
First, one of the WBC guys got his ass kicked at a gas station a few days prior… I don’t condone violence, and especially not as a response to simple speech, but at the same time, this is one of those situations where I have to support that move. WBC is miles across the line where I can say that physical violence is no answer to the problem. And no, it’s not an ANSWER, but… After everything they’ve done in the last few years, intentionally angering and being incredibly disrespectful to people for NO REASON (they openly admit that they don’t want to convert anyone), it just seems fitting, and there just comes a point where you know they get off on people arguing with them, so you have to respond somehow.
But the best part of this article is this:
Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out. A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.
Recently I’ve posted a quote by Lady Gaga and explained why I did not like it or her. As soon as it had happened, I received a plethora of rude anonymous hate mail. None of it really stating anything other than I don’t have any music tastes, my blog is awful, and I’m a bitch. That being said, several others have asked me for the exact reasoning behind my distaste for a certain Gaga. In the past I have made quite a long post about this exact subject, but it seems as though I’m going to have to revamp it. Before any of you start sending me any hate mail, remember that this is all a matter of opinion. I’m not calling you a bitch for loving her, don’t call me a bitch for hating her. On to the first few topic liners.
001: THROWING HER AUDIENCE INTO THE OUTCAST.
If you haven’t quite noticed, and I’m sure most of her hardcore fans have, Lady Gaga is really good at informing her fans that it’s okay to be in the outcast and that she roots for the underdog. And, yeah, that’s really great of her and it’s correct… she’s going too far with this. She has been solely catering to the ‘outcast’ and she seems to not want to sing to those who are already confident. If you weren’t bullied in school or if you aren’t weird, then she just doesn’t seem to care. When has she ever expressed any emotion for people who have had a decent life so far? Never. That being said, she’s sort of… forcing people to dwell on the negative and to feel as though they aren’t wanted and are the outcast. And then she pulls her self-martyrdom act and tries to free you from the chains that she’s already put you in without you even knowing. I don’t like how she thinks that she is a righteous woman who is lifting people up and helping them. What she is really doing is shackling her fans down and forcing them to believe that they are in the wrong. Once she’s done that, she suddenly sings about being born that way. So then she forces you to feel like it’s okay and wonderful to have these flaws that she pointed out in the first place. She is not a goddess or a miracle worker, she’s just damning you to your flaws and quirks.
002: THE PATH TO SELF-PITY:
Gaga has this thing. Where she likes to point out how hard of a life she has had. How people used to call her rabbit-teeth, how nobody liked her, how she was always bullied in school, how she was told that she was too ethnic to be a star. I’m not falling for it. On several accounts that have been recently released, it has been said that Gaga is lying about being bullied in school. While she wasn’t exactly popular, she wasn’t an outcast or bullied. Who is the one for me to believe in this situation? Not too sure. But she was raised in an upper crust family who was wealthy, she went to a very nice school, and she has always had a foot in the door of the music industry. She’s had a good, if not wonderful life. She never cried or complained about being bullied before, but once it became a big thing for people to do she started to constantly cry about how hard she had it in school. I feel as though it’s a phoney act that she is putting on. I do like that she is telling people that bullying is okay, that’s a lovely message, but lying about being bullied is downright disgusting. In recent videos for her HBO concert, she is just seen crying and continuously wiping at her tears. It all seems very put on to me. I’ve asked several other people, and they agree with me. I just don’t see how throwing yourself into a situation that you may not have actually gone through can be considered acceptable. She’s a millionaire now, so why does she all of a sudden have to complain about how hard it’s been? Of course it’s hard. Life is hard. You’ve always been in the music industry, so stop complaining about it and count your blessings.
003: THE MADONNA EFFECT:
The Madonna Effect is something that a lot of artists have done. It’s not saying they are copying Madonna, it’s saying they are similar. When you through religion, sex, and scandal around in your music and cause controversy is what is considered the Madonna Effect. Lady Gaga is taking this to brand new extremes. It should be called the Gaga Effect by now. She’s throwing religious symbols and derogatory terms around like it’s nobody’s business and then right after she starts thanking God and praying. You don’t swallow a rosary and then go on about Jesus saved your life. For someone going to a Catholic school and coming from an Italian, Catholic family she uses God’s name like a playtoy. And while not everyone is religious, and while not everyone may care, it’s very insulting to the people who do actually believe. Now she is pulling the race card, the sexuality card, the poor card, the wealthy card, and any other card she can think of just to cause controversy. She wants the attention. She craves the attention. She doesn’t give a damn what you think, she just wants you to buy her albums because she’s singing to you that it’s okay that you were born black. And it’s okay that you were born gay. It’s okay that you were born Asian. Hearing about your obvious traits is somehow very appealing to everyone, and she knows that. Controversy is what she thrives on, now.
004: USING HOMOSEXUALS AS A CRUTCH:
When she first came out, did you ever hear about her standing up for the gays? No. Did you ever hear her praising the gays? No. All of a sudden she is using us as a crutch. It’s wonderful that she donates to certain organizations, but several have released information that she hasn’t donated the money that she says she is. That’s her business, not my own. I liked her speech in front of the White House, that was a good one. That was when she actually seemed to care about the cause. After that, she began using the gay community as a crutch. With the video for Alejandro, bringing the exiled soldiers to television shows, singing Born This Way, etc etc. At this point in time, she’s not even doing much for the rest of her audience. She’s just loving the gays and feasting on the attention and money that they give her. She steals gay culture and sells it back with a steaming pile of shit on top and she calls it art.
005: GAGA ISN’T EVEN GAGA:
Over these few years, Gaga of 2011 isn’t even the Gaga that we all know. She’s completely remodeled herself and she’s not even a human anymore. She is a brand. She is a name. She is manufactured. She is fake. She was once a unique, lovable person with an incredible talent. I used to obsess over her. I basically worshiped the ground that she walked on. I never called her Mother, because that’s just weird, but I really, truly loved her. I loved that she was unique and nobody else was like her. I liked her music because it was catchy and fun. I loved The Fame, and I really liked The Fame Monster. But after the Bad Romance video came out she started going above and beyond to appear different. She already was different, but she thought she had to keep outdoing herself. Her shtick is going to run out soon and she won’t be able to outdo herself anymore. Her music is going down the drain. I don’t know what the heck happened after The Fame Monster, but now she’s preaching about being Born This Way. You can’t go around saying to everyone that they need to love and be themselves when you’re wearing a meat dress and you have horns on your face and shoulders. She’s not staying true to who she is, she’s staying true to the money that she thinks she is going to make by being completely off the charts and lying to her fans. My fingers are crossed that we’ll get the old Gaga back, the one who actually cared more about her music and not her image. We’ll see what comes out of this new robotic Gaga, but I won’t give any of my hopes up.
This is exactly how I feel. Thank you for writing this.
or if you support religion or not. Or hate religious people or not. God still loves you and Jesus died for your sins. He died, a horrible death, for you. And today, you’re sitting there stuffing your face full of food and candy to celebrate him. Who are you to celebrate Easter if you don’t even believe in God? So stop bashing religious people and grow up. You can say we preach love but don’t practice it. JESUS DIED ON A CROSS FOR YOU BECAUSE HE LOVES ALL OF YOU.
Appreciate that, assholes.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in Harry Potter or not or if you support the Wizarding World or not or hate Mudbloods or not. Harry still loves you and died to protect you. He died a horrible death for you. And today, you’re sitting there reading the books and watching the movies. Who are you to read the series if you don’t even believe in magic? So stop bashing wizards and grow up. You can say we preach about magic but don’t practice it. HARRY POTTER DIED IN THE FORBIDDEN FOREST FOR YOU TO PROTECT ALL OF YOU.
Appreciate that, Muggles.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in the Doctor or not. Or if you support the Daleks or not. Or if you hate River Song or not. The Doctor still loves you and drove the Pandorica into the exploding TARDIS and died to protect you. He died a horrible death for you. And today, you’re watching the show and blogging about it. Who are you to watch the show if you don’t believe in aliens? So stop bashing Time Lords and fgrow up. You can say we preach about time travel but don’t practice it. THE DOCTOR DIED IN THE TARDIS EXPLOSION TO RESTORE THE UNIVERSE TO SAVE YOU ALL.
Appreciate that, humans.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in Gandalf or not. Or if you support Frodo or not. Or hate Sauron or not. Gandalf still loves you and Gandalf died to help save Middle Earth.. He died, a horrible death,for you. And today, you’re sitting there reading Lord of the Rings and watching the movies. Who are you to read about it and watch the movies if you don’t even believe in Gandalf? So stop bashing wizards and grow up. You can say we preach about Frodo’s journey but don’t practice it. GANDALF DIED AFTER HE FOUGHT THE BALROG TO SAVE YOU ALL.
Appreciate that, big folk humans.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in Jacob or not or if you support John Locke or not or hate the Dharma Initiative or not. Jacob still loves you and Jack Shephard died for the island. He died a horrible death for you. And today you’re sitting there making theories and asking questions about the show. Who are you to cry over the finale if you don’t even believe in the island? So stop bashing the Oceanic Six and grow up. You can say Jacob preaches about morals but doesn’t practice them. JACK DIED ON THE ISLAND FOR YOU TO PROTECT THE WORLD.
Appreciate that, survivors.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in the force or not, or if you support the Rebel Alliance or not or hate Palpatine or not. Luke Skywalker still loves you and those Ewoks died in the Battle of Endor to help destroy the second death star. They died a horrible death for you. And today you’re sitting there making fun of them and watching the Ewok cartoon. Who are you to enjoy those cuddly faces if you don’t even believe in the force? So stop trashing their stumpy legs and grow up. THOSE EWOKS DIED ON ENDOR TO DEFEAT THE EMPIRE.
Appreciate that, free bitchez.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in Dean and Sam Winchester or if you support demons or angels. The Winchesters will still fight for you and keep you safe. Sam Winchester still dragged Lucifer into the cage with Michael to save the world. The Winchesters have all died multiple deaths for you. And you sitting there laughing about them and making fun of Sam’s hair? Who are you to be saved from a wendigo if you can’t even realize how tough the boys have it? So stop hating on the Winchesters. THEY HAVE SAVED YOUR LIFE MULTIPLE TIMES WITHOUT YOU EVEN KNOWING IT.