About “8:00 PM”

This post is about my story for Alison Tyler‘s anthology Morning, Noon and Night: Erotica for Couples, just out this month. There is one story for each hour of the day, plus one extra for lagniappe!

The first things I thought of when I was assigned 8:00 pm were: television, prime time, appointment teevee. The silly thing is, I don’t have television anymore. I don’t have cable or streaming capabilities at home, so I generally watch things on DVD, months or years after they’ve aired, with the only exception being Dr. Who – friends with BBC America keep me caught up on that. It was my present state of tv-watching that resonated with the 8:00 pm time slot; it was the nostalgia factor.

The last shows I watched every week on live television were The X-Files and Buffy:The Vampire Slayer. I didn’t have cable even then, and because I live in the midst of a lot of tall buildings, it was often tricky to adjust my antenna just right. I would swear a lot. Sometimes, I could only tell characters apart by their voices (Robert Patrick!). But I watched, faithfully, because I cared deeply about those characters.

My story for Morning, Noon, and Night is not only a love (and sex) story about Martha and Sven, it’s also a love story about people and the television shows they love, and the sometimes absurd-seeming ways that love is expressed. It’s about how a shared activity like tv, and being a fan of a particular show, brings people together. After all, if you can love a tv show that much, then what can happen when you love the person next to you on the couch, even more?

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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