For the last three weeks, I’ve had to do something I haven’t done in years. Five days a week, I sit on a commuter train for two hours in each direction, heading down from Rural Paradise to Big Dirty City. Two hours each way. Plus driving to the station time, parking the car time, running under the underpass time, running back under the underpass because I realize I left the lights on time. Friends are rather horrified at how long my day has become. Certainly there are downsides. The local pizza shop has done rather too well out of us. I’ve forgotten what the house looks like in daylight. It’s costing a stonking lot of money in train fares.
But, there are upsides, the biggest of which is writing time.
My favorite place to write has always been when I’m moving. Planes are the best. Nifty little fold down desk in front of you, inspirational view, and someone coming by every hour offering free drinks.
Trains come a close second though. No desk, unfortunately no drinks unless I sneak a cup of coffee on with me, and the free wifi only lasts long enough to scroll through my emails and see that access to my website is still banned under Queensland Rail’s T&C “no adult websites”.
I’m rather amazed at how productive I can be. On my 2 hour journey, I generally get a solid 1.5 hours of writing time each way before the train gets too crowded, and I can’t type comfortably. That’s 3 hours uninterrupted writing time a day. Or about 5000 words on a good day, when I’ve planned out my work.
I don’t know about you, but that’s a lot more than I used to get written a day.
Right now, I’m working on a story for my own current call for submissions: a lesbian erotica collection with the theme of “Forbidden Fruit”. You can see the CFS at http://www.cheyenneblue.com/#/archives/556 (Writers! Wander over, take a look! I’d love for you to submit!). I’ve finished and submitted another couple of stories, written blog posts (including this one), I’m working on a novella, which for me is a shift, as for the last 14 years I’ve written short stories.
You can see some of my recent work in these anthologies:
“Perk of the Job” in XOXO Sweet and Sexy Romance edited by Kristina Wright (Cleis Press). A hotly romantic story of a veterinary nurse and her Staffy dog, both of whom have a crush on Mel’s boss. Written on a plane between Denver and Montreal.
“Cowboy Downtime” in “Cowboy Heat” edited by Delilah Devlin (Cleis Press) – Cowboys relax at a polocrosse game in the Australian outback. He plays defence; she plays attack. Who will come out the winner? Written in the car on the Bruce Highway, Queensland.
“My Name is Bond” My upcoming story in “Bossy” edited by Harper Bliss: A radiologist plays doctor to the real doctor at a radiology clinic. This hot and loving story was written on Queensland Rail.
And of course, there’s this endless source of entertainment when writing on the train:
Commuter pass: $120
The look on the face of the woman next to me as I write “He buried his face in her wet $&*#*!!!*”
Thank you, Delilah, for kindly hosting me on your blog.
Cheyenne Blue has been peddling her erotic short stories for the last 14 years and has over 90 short stories in various anthologies. See her work in “Best Women’s Erotica”, “Best Lesbian Erotica”, “Cowboy Heat”, “Cowboy Lust” and many many more. She lives by the beach in Queensland Australia, and writes on planes, trains and automobiles.
Erotica by Cheyenne Blue