We saw a number of copycats spring up on Amazon after we published our novellas.
Our writing for HPB tapered off after the spring; I personally discovered that the muse for writing erotica is even more erratic than it is for my usual spec fic genre. Although I have to put in almost no effort at all for plot and just a minimum for character development, what writing erotica requires for me, more than any other sort of writing, is that I feel like doing it. I haven't been there for a while, and neither has Karen; and yesterday, we decided to close the website and discontinue writing these books.
It's gotten me thinking about how lovely it was to conceive of the elements of that project and to execute it--and how most of how fun it was had to do with collaborating with someone. It was inspiring and motivating to share what we were writing, to critique each others' works, to improve them and in the case of our sample novella, to write something together. It was good to have someone on my side and who totally knew how I felt when we faced some of the issues around revealing to the world, under our real names, that we wrote what we were writing.
In a bit of synchronicity, I read Barbara Marx Hubbard's Conscious Evolution this past week, and I took notes on what she said about co-creation.
Co-creation happens in the convergence zone, when two or more pioneering souls (imaginal cells) are drawn together to co-create, to fuse genius, to work on an activity that actualizes each person's unique potential...We experience resonance, a re-sounding, or echoing, of each other's higher qualities.
Two or more gathered in resonance form the basic building block of the integral culture. In this field of resonance, our self-expression is amplified and flows naturally.
In the convergence zone, we do not solve problems in the same state of consciousness in which we created them...something greater than ourselves emerges from our union with other kindred souls.Entropy is the state of gradual decline into disorder, and when we are in a state of separateness, entropy is what we embody. Convergence eats entropy. Hubbard talks of our heart's desire being social convergence--when we experience synergy (flow state where we experience being part of a greater whole), synchronicity (events occur as needed), syntony (guidance/intuition/knowing, from being interconnected in a larger field of intelligence) and suprasex (when brilliant ideas, a joined genius, are triggered by the presence of others who reinforce our own potential).
Convergence and the desire to cocreate is what draws us to have relationships with others. I experienced this in my collaboration with Karen, and it makes me look at the project as entirely a success, and a model for a sort of creativity I want to engage in again and again.