What is Voyeurism Poetry? Is it all about sex?
Lana S., San Diego, CA
Thanks for your question, it's a good one. Many people automatically presume "Voyeurism Poetry" is sexual because the historical context of "voyeurism" is most often viewed in a sexual setting. As a writer, my application of this term is about reflective identity, as in, "Looking Out, Seeing In".
What I mean by "Looking Out, Seeing In" is that the short stories I write are about issues and emotions people experience, either themselves or by way of friends, acquaintances or family members. By observing and experiencing emotional situations either 'first, second or third hand' there is an identity which takes place among and between the people involved. For example, if you have a spouse or significant other who has cheated on you, someone you know or a family member, you are aware of the pain and struggle associated with those actions. The results and the emotional fallout from that act is identifiable to all involved. Writing a short story of poetic prose (short and easy to read, follow, understand) about this kind of situation is "Voyeurism Poetry". One is reading ('viewing or observing'), a real life situation and all that goes with it, while being able to identify personally with the emotions, pain, heartache, distrust, hate, actions etc. which are part of the experience for those involved.
While the above example does involve sex, "Voyeurism Poetry" stories can express significant emotional recognition by the reader in many of life's situations or experiences. Birth, death, love, hate, envy, joy, heartache, heartfelt happiness, sympathy, empathy, etc. The list of possibilities is extensive, but most of us experience a collective of similar emotional situations. This is the symmetry of life. While our paths are uniquely different, our individual life's lessons and the manner or ways they may play out for each of us is uniquely similar. It is in this fashion that we can identify with each other’s' lives and our common purposes and themes of existence.
"Looking Out, Seeing In" is the foundational aspect of my "Voyeurism Poetry". Writing to promote this identification between the reader and the story helps the reader become aware 'they are not alone' in their feelings or experiences. Others have faced, and are facing the same or similar emotional situations and are somehow surviving, growing and living through the experience.
Voyeurism Poetry's "Looking Out, Seeing In" also encourages the reader to look deeper within themselves. To address if they desire, issues and emotions which may be hidden or masked. My Voyeurism Poetry stories help the reader to discover it's okay, (or not) to look at the inner ramifications of external situations, experienced by self or others. Voyeurism Poetry stories can help to promote growth and/or identification in order that the reader may possibly address areas they may be, or may have been reluctant to look at. This unique "Looking Out, Seeing In" aspect of Voyeurism Poetry is by design, an opportunity for the reader to grow.
So, Voyeurism Poetry is not "all about sex", but sex is a basic staple of life and relationships, so yes, Voyeurism Poetry also occasionally looks at or explores sexual and erotic themes.
Thanks again for your question. I invite you to get 'a feel for or a taste of' my Voyeurism Poetry in the Reading Room (Open Mic Poems) here at the web site. We post a new and different poem each day, with seven to choose from each week.
All the best,
I have a story (book) I would like to get published. I have been reading the free
preview download of your book Pathways
To Publishing, and I see you talk about how much it costs. How much do I need to spend?
Jeff D., Philadelphia, PA
Jeff, Thanks for your question and it’s a good one because your investment in the production of your book can vary depending on whom, and what company you are contracted with, or whether you intend to self-publish, and what your sales goals may be.
First, no matter which direction or path you take, there will be a financial investment on your part above and beyond the time and effort you (have) put into your writing, editing, and preparation. This will be determined initially by what your ultimate objective is when your book is actually ready for publication and sale.
Is your intention to sell your book through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other on-line distributors? At your local bookstore? Out of the trunk of your car?
How many copies would you like to sell? Is this book a ‘hobby’ project, or the first step in what you hope to be a way of life and making a living? Your goals and sales objectives should be taken into account so a realistic budget of expenses can be developed based on your direction of distribution.
As mentioned in the book, there are basically five paths to publication you can take. The least expensive is to do it yourself at every step. Your final product will probably be a soft cover or spiral bound book copied, printed and bound at your local ‘Kinko’s store’. In this case your costs will be determined by the price of the materials and labor involved. Even at this stage you will have some expenses to take your manuscript from paper to finished book.
The second and third ways are contracting with a publishing house; be it a small or private press, a university press, or a major publisher. These options represent investments with particular potential returns, because there will be agents, lawyers, company representatives, accountants, etc. at each step of the process. As with any dealings at a corporate level, you and your interests need to be protected and this costs money.
The fourth and fifth methods are, contracting with a Print On Demand (POD) or Vanity Press and self-publishing. The POD/VP ways can be expensive (usually $500-3000) but can be worth it, again depending on your goals and skill sets.
The self-publishing path is going to be similar in price but you will have complete control and discretion as to your overall plans. The long and short of these two paths is; if you have only one or two books in your hopper, then the POD/VP methods are invaluable. If you have a series or multiple books to be published, self-publishing can become cost effective over the long run.
If you get further in my book Pathways To Publishing, you’ll see the cost broken down for you. Most important, be realistic in your goals, budget, direction and what you want to accomplish.
Hope this (briefly) helps. If you have more questions, send them along, I’ll give them my best shot.
All the best,
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Sexual relations are an integral, essential and important part of life, in every sense.
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After a dozen years of activity on the Internet; reading, writing, commenting and publishing, the time has come to share publicly some thoughts, ideas and opinions.
Long standing advice to aspiring writers has usually been, "Write what you know about."
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