Smut Marathon 2013 ~ Round 1

smutmarathonOn 25 March 2013 I saw a blog post by Alison Tyler in which she said that she was planning to run a second Smut Marathon. I had to think about it and two days later I told her I wanted to join. I have no idea what I have gotten myself into! After I have sent her a bio about myself, I had to wait a couple of days more to meet the other players. Then again I felt the nerves and really doubted myself: what in heaven’s name have I gotten myself into?

Believe me, when I received the first challenge, I was totally ready to quit this. That is how seriously I was doubting myself. It is much easier to just put my writing on my own site, but much more difficult to know we will be judged, that there will be a poll, that there will be winners and losers. But damn, if I want my writing read and if I want to get known as Marie Rebelle, I have to work for it, right? And this is one way of putting myself out there. So I put my big girl pants on and started writing when we received the first challenge.

Challenge 1:
Please pen me a 200-word (maximum) description of your ideal setting for an erotic story.

This is what I sent in:

An adventurous young woman rows down the river in a small boat, enjoying a lovely wind still summer’s day. Unintentionally, she falls asleep in the boat after a light lunch. She does not notice that her boat slowly drifts down the river in the light wind. At a sharp bend in the river, her boat drifts under overhanging branches and towards the shore. The young woman wakes up when strong male arms scoop her body out of the boat. She screams and tries to free herself, but the man holds her tight and carries her to the encampment where he lives with a group of men and woman, far away from any kind of civilization. This group lives according to their own rules, which are very different to those that the young woman has been used to all her life. The leader of the group takes a fancy in the young woman and claims her to be his property. She fights, she hates, she tries to escape, but she does not only fight and hate him. She fights the feelings inside her and hates herself for developing tender feelings for this savage man.

On 27 April all contestants were notified that the different entries were up and voting has started. I did not add a title to my piece, but Alison titled it ‘Far Away from Civilization’ which I was totally okay with.

Oh, my nerves were wrecked within minutes. I was not allowed to reveal which story was mine, so had to wait and see what people thought of my piece. Also, I had no idea at all who had written the other pieces and believe you me, they were good! I was happy though that I did not go with my cabin idea (yes, I had two scenarios ready to send) as there were others who had the same idea. Too much of the same thing is never good, in my opinion.

Oh, the nerves, the nerves. Keeping an eye on the voting, checking to see how much votes I had. Not only once a day, but several times a day. Being relieved to see that I at least HAD some votes!!!

Voting ended at midnight on 30 April and the winner was announced on 1 May. Unfortunately voting had to be reset due to some circumstances. I had (if I remember correctly) 5 votes before the reset and after the reset I had 4. Since there was a glitch in the voting, Alison let everyone through to the next round.

Please keep an eye on the Smut Marathon website for the next round of voting, or follow my Twitter stream where I will tweet when voting has started for the next round.

I have already started writing for our second challenge, which we received yesterday!

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