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'Aphrodite's Pen: The Power of Writing Erotica After Midlife'
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Learn How to Write A Sexy Story in a Week.

I’ve recently launched a FREE mini-writing class online to develop a sexy story from start to finish in a week. 

Each day Monday through Friday, you'll get an email prompt to write about a different story element – character, setting, sensory experience – and then at the end of the week on Saturday & Sunday, your prompts will guide you to bring together the elements into a finished story. 

It’s a fun and easy way to write story, and you can enroll here.  

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Duke University Class

I am super excited to offer a course in erotic writing for older women at Duke University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) in the Winter semester. The class will be based on the materials in Aphrodite’s Pen, with many fun opportunities to write and to share. There will be writing games, prompts for all the senses, and encouragement to form a local Elderotica writing group. For women in the Triangle area, the catalog is out now and registration opens 9:00 am December 3rd- classes fill fast, be sure to book as soon as the booking window opens!

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Lioness In Winter: Sheri S. Tepper

When I was forty, in the midst of raising children and being a corporate drone, I read Gateway to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper. Gateway, published in 1988, is an audacious book. I had grown up in the heyday of male-centric post-apocalyptic science fiction.
By contrast, Tepper’s novel is fully female-centric. It is set in a dystopian future where women craft uncomfortable solutions to the human dilemmas of aggression, overpopulation, and environmental degradation. Her premise and her viewpoint remain eye-opening.

But what stands out in my memory decades later........
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Implanted Stories and the Aging of Female Boomers

Think back for a moment on Snow White and her nameless wicked queen, from 1937; Cinderella and her stepmother, from 1950; Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, from 1959. What a terrible career path – and more importantly, life path – we were given as girls: the progression from young / beautiful / passive / good, to old / ugly / strong / bad. Neither of these fixed combinations is something we would stand in line for as adults capable of critical thinking. But of course, when we female boomers first saw those powerful images back in the 1950s, we were young and impressionable children.

The messages (read this excellent paper) of these stunning Disney animated features were impossible to escape.....
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Free Stuff!

One facet of the modern book marketing effort is book giveaways, and we have two recently - one is still open if you act quickly! 

The first Aphrodite’s Pen Kindle book giveaway is on Goodreads [you need to be a member and to be signed in] and is sponsored by North Atlantic Books. The Goodreads giveaway remains open through December 9th

The second was on FaceBook sponsored by Crunchy Tales, an ezine that has published both an interview with me and my Halloween story, “The Pumpkin-Child.” 

If you haven’t yet signed up for Crunchy Tales, it is a terrific magazine. I highly recommend their free pocket guide: “How to Age Playfully: Essential action steps for every modern playful lady” which is available when you subscribe.

Stella in the media

Remember hearing of those old-fashioned book tours, when authors travelled the country visiting one venue after another? Things are different now. Our West Coast and East Coast launches were wonderful. But it seems that in this electronic era, most of the publicity for a new book involves guest blogs, online interviews, and podcasts. I’ve been blessed with many of these publicity opportunities since the September publication. The first ones were listed in the October newsletter, and the November links are below. The reception has been great. Stephania at the Age Buster, had these kind words to say about our interview experience:

"There are many reasons why I enjoyed my exchange with Stella Fosse. Author of “Aphrodite’s Pen: The Power of Writing Erotica after Midlife,” Stella is articulate, aware, and wise. Through her words, I have the feeling she gained a sort of lightness, she closed some circles, she let things go. It’s probably in the light of this sheerness that her sense of humor developed and bloomed. 
While she reminds us of the right to reclaim (and regain) the freedom to express our sexuality, she manages to condense the whole plot of sexism and ageism into five lines. “When people ask what my new book is about, and I tell them it’s a book for older women about how and why to write erotica, many of them look shocked. I’m not sure they know where to file that information in their minds. Encouraging people to create that new brain folder feels like doing my bit for the cause of anti-ageism.”

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"It’s not just a way - as Stella puts it - 'to confront the nexus of ageism and sexism in our culture' and to show younger generations the richness of the life ahead. To take our sex life out of the closet, to see it is to take responsibility for it. It’s also a way to get to know ourselves better."

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Life experience with sex and ageing.

"There I was, arriving at the party when everybody else was packing up to leave. My marriage was over, I was 57, and there was this new thing called online dating. What liberation, compared with my mother’s generation."

Some people say that dating online after 50 is like looking through a yard sale for......

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