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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Position & Positioning

Position and Positioning

First of all, apologies to the Sherman Brothers for using their song title for a title, but it fits, if only in it’s surface.  The original song is in their 1976 Movie version of the Cinderella story and talks about class and rank in a feudal society…
But me?

I’m going to talk about sex.   (Baby – seriously, they used to call me the human jukebox in college, I have a thing for song lyrics jumping into my head… sorry)
But seriously, I’m talking about sex in my books… and the positions that I choose for certain scenes and certain characters.
The default of course is the Missionary. 

Face to face, straightforward. And as ‘staid’ as the name suggests, probably the one I associate most with connection. Two people looking at each other as they share a physically intimate moment.

There is nothing wrong with this position in a story, but sometimes it doesn’t get the job done in certain scenes… at least not for my muse…

When I wrote Playing With Fire about Roman and Finley… they had some issues. (Don’t all romantic couples?) But Finley had this car, and she and Roman had their memories and their childhood friendship that had always been there. But, Finley also had issues. She had never felt comfortable connecting with anyone, except for Roman and that wasn’t something she wanted to ruin back in High School. She didn’t want to jeopardize the one relationship that meant the most to her in the world, so she kept her true feelings hidden… but now she’s back in town, and driving that silly little Gremlin car.
As things move along in the story, *cough* they’re out driving one night, an old scenic overlook abandoned over time draws them into their own little world. But what happens when they decide to see what it would have been like to ‘park’ back in the day. Instead of Roman’s old car, he’s managed to squish his 6 ft plus frame into her teeny Gremlin.

What do we do?

Well, research. No, really. Research.
The search – Sex Positions in a Car
Wow… apparently there are a LOT of on-line articles about sexual positions possible and/or recommended in cars. Some go into description of which positions for which models of cars and… AND…  at least one article I remember offered for suggestions of songs to play…
But I found what I was looking for, a way for Roman and Finley both have their fun… even a man who couldn’t possibly fit… in the car! 

That's what I meant... Fit in the car!

I wanted a way for them to share this intimate moment with each other, to feel a connection and for Finley to find some of the fire inside of her that she’d lost over the years.

So while it might not be a lesson in the Kama Sutra, it’s a little bit of insight into what goes through my head sometimes… it’s a crazy waiting room in there most days…

Playing With Fire - Roman & Finley Story

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  1. Reina, you made me laugh. Years ago I heard the late Kate Duffy, senior editor for Kensington, speak. She said when she starts a manuscript she knows there will be three sex scenes: him on top, her on top and one in the shower. I have remembered that and try to offer variety--but haven't yet used a Gremlin. LOL. Glad to know about the research info. Had no idea.

    1. LOL- Caroline. I just finished a novella and they had sex in the shower twice and once in a jacuzzi tub.

    2. shower is hard... *cough* too slippery for me... and I'm not a fan of a lot of water in my face... when i'm washing out my hair ... you know?

  2. Don't forget slam the front door and do it in the entryway. That seems to get a lot of ink as well. As my Mama used to say, there's nothing new under the sun, and every generation thinks they invented it,lol.

    1. Absolutely... like how kids try to get out of trouble... um... we've done it, baby... lol - but yes.. wall sex... easier when the female is more petite unless he's a shifter than it's all good

  3. Reina, The best part of writing is the research! Thanks for a fun blog post!

    1. Paty! (first, love your author photo...) I love the research.. i have boxes and boxes of books on history in my garage.. .i will NEVER run out of something to read.. or smash large spiders with

  4. Funny post, Reina, but insightful too. The old missionary position is face to face intimacy, and the reaction to that intimacy can be telling for the characters, can't it?

    1. absolutely! When I pick positions it really tries to follow where I think they are in a relationship.. or if they have issues or fantasies... positions can be like crutches too... the 'go to' and sometimes you need to mix it up.. well not YOU, you... but you know... :D


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