Thursday, February 23, 2012
According to Urban Dictionary, this is what "Shmacked" means:
To become intoxicated to the point of not even being able to stand up, know what's going on, or correctly pronounce any word.
The word has been gaining a lot of attention lately.
There's a youtube video and a facebook page.
The reason I'm posting about it now is because I've been working on a short story titled, "Shmacked." It's not exactly formula romance, not by any means. It's more new adult m/m fiction, with adult characters in adult situations...written for adults by an adult.
The story will be released sometime in April or May. I have "Unmentionable: The Men Who Loved On The Titanic," coming out on March 2, and "Cowboy Howdy" coming out toward the end of March. And though I'm still working on "Shmacked," it will be submitted for edits sometime within the next two weeks.
The basic storyline is more humorous than serious this time, where two consenting adults who already know each other meet on a cruise ship by accident. One is an uptight gay man who can't seem to relax and the other is younger and more aggressive who is trying to get the uptight one to relax. He figures the only way to get the older one to relax is to get him "shmacked." They don't drink out of plastic cups in a dorm room. They drink from crystal martini glasses on a cruise ship.
I didn't know what shmacked meant until I overheard my two nephews in college joking around about it recently. I know it's not the most tasteful topic to write about. But context is everything. I've already written about a pot belly pet pig named "Dolly" who ate a roast loin of pork. Had I known better at the time I would have changed the pig's name to Ann (inside joke). And of course there's the infamous burping dick scene, which happens to be one of my own personal favorites as far as satirical erotica goes (you can't take yourself too seriously :). So I figured it might be interesting to see what happens when two grown men, two consenting adults who have good jobs and pay taxes, wind up getting shmacked on a cruise ship for the first time in their lives. For those who aren't sure about this yet, gay men love to have fun. And when we party, we don't screw around.
I'll post more about it as we get closer to the release date. I'll post product descriptions, in detail, so readers know what they are getting and they don't have to depend on retail web sites where e-books are sold. The only thing I'm worried about is the cover. I have no idea what I'm going to tell the cover artist for this one.