When writing a story even though it's fiction you need to be accurate. In my short story, All Bets Are Off, I made a mistake. This is the first time I made a serious mistake and was caught. It could be I've made others, and I didn't get caught. I hope not.
One thing I noticed is that the person who reviewed All Bets Are Off talks about the story as if she read it in print, but she really listened to an audio copy.
This review was not horrible, but it was embarrassing. After all I'm seventy years old and I should know my anatomy, but I failed and was told about it in a public review. The below review is only a partial.
The set up was good, the story OK. Contemporary romance isn’t my favorite genre, but because of the addiction angle I wanted to give it a try. Then there is the sex. I enjoy sex scenes in my stories and this book has 2 such scenes. The first is the better of the two. I was thoroughly getting into it but then the man stuck his tongue in her uterus. Yep. Uterus. Briefly, I hoped the story was going to take on some mutant scifi elements, but alas, it did not. To get to the uterus, you have to travel the entire vaginal canal and then get past the cervix. The cervix doesn’t let just any old object enter the uterus, being perhaps 1/8 inch opening nearly all the time (common exception is when a baby is headed out). So either the man had a very long and narrow tongue, or the woman had some mutant uterus that sat in the vaginal canal with the wide open cervix. Anyway, here is the Wikipedia article - and yes, it is safe for work. So I was totally into this sex scene – there was heat between the characters, great descriptors, etc. and then he sticks his tongue in her uterus. I giggled, totally taken out of the moment. At best, this is a big typo. At worst, the author is not well informed on the female genitals/reproductive organs. But, other than this one typo (I will be generous in my thoughts), the story flowed smoothly and was fun.
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Many authors get ridiculed and torn apart for mistakes they make in their stories, so most of us work very hard to try to be accurate. This means we do our research. Unfortunately, I didn't this time. The reviewer was honest about All Bets Are Off not being her usual genre.
You can bet, I will do my research in the future.
Have a great week and I'll see you again next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall, Author@ Eirelander Publishing