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Emmanuelle de Maupassant – The Erotic Vein: the male pen

Emmanuelle de Maupassant is publishing a series of articles exploring what motivates us to read and write erotica. EM has graciously included a few quotes from myself along with many other readers and writers of erotica literature.

The Erotic Vein: the male pen

Lines in the Sand: transgression and censorship

What the Future Holds: 21st century erotic fiction

Publishing’s Dirty Secret: erotic fiction in the 21st century market

 

Elust #81

Hyacinth foe Elust 81
Photo courtesy of A Dissolute Life Means

Welcome to Elust #81

The only place where the smartest and hottest sex bloggers are featured under one roof every month. Whether you’re looking for sex journalism, erotic writing, relationship advice or kinky discussions it’ll be here at Elust. Want to be included in Elust #82 Start with the rules, come back May 1st to submit something and subscribe to the RSS feed for updates!

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Very Very Necessary – Now on SmashWords and Amazon

Recently, I posted Very Very Necessary, a short story, on this site for the enjoyment of anyone who cares to partake. Also, very recently, Down the Rabbit Hole finally ended its 90 day foray into Amazon’s KDP Select program, an experience which I found to be less than enjoyable for a multitude of reasons.

So, in an effort to get my feet wet with SmashWords, I’ve made Very Very Necessary available on SmashWords with their very intriguing ‘User Sets the Price’ option. You can purchase if from the SmashWords site here, and pay as much or as little as it’s worth to you.  I really like this idea. It’s essentially a tip-based system with SmashWords managing the tip jar for you.

I’ve also published Very Very Necessary on Amazon for 99 cents, not their KDP select program. Amazon does not offer a Pay-What-You-Like or even a permanently free option.

So, you can read the story here in your browser for free, or get it from SmashWords for free (or whatever you wish to pay) in a format friendly to the e-reading device of your choice .

Thanks.

Publishing a Little-bit-o-Smut

When I decided to try my hand at publishing a little bit-o-smut, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing—still don’t, really. I had a fair number of more literary pieces in my catalog, some poetry, a few essays, etc, but nothing really steamy, and nothing that I’d managed to get published. I was eager to give self-publishing a try; and, after a fair amount of research, decided erotica might be a fun place to start. I find the subject matter endlessly stimulating; and, let’s be honest, there’s a lot of really bad erotica out there. So, I thought it would be an easy genre to break into. I was terribly terribly wrong.

Yes, there is a crap-ton of cheesy, porn-ish, low-brow erotica available today. In fact, there is so much bad erotica, it can be difficult to find the good stuff. Separating the wheat from the chaff was once the job of publishing houses and editors. However, in today’s world of e-publishing, It’s easier than ever for a would-be wordsmith to publish, and harder than ever to stand out from the crowd.

It is a true testament to the determination, persistence, and sheer bull-headedness of those that manage to break away from the crowd and have their work judged on its merit. Publishing today is a tough business in which to get your footing—especially with a full time job and family. It doesn’t help that the e-publishing machinery available today largely shuns anything with more than the most modest depictions of “the sex”.

I recently posted “Down the Rabbit Hole” to Critique Monday via Reddit’s eroticauthors sub. The results were…sobering.

Apparently, my cover is too literary and too artsy for smut, and my blurb isn’t “hot enough”. It became painfully obvious, rather quickly, that I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. In the end, I realized that I don’t want to “just write smut”. I want to write good stories that push the readers boundaries and preconceptions. I want to write engaging prose that stimulate the mind and, yes, sometimes the libido. I think I can do that. However, I have no idea how to get that to across to a perspective reader.

How does one use a single image and a few short sentences to explain something so complex to someone in only a moment? How do you even get them to see your cover and read your blurb? I don’t have a fucking clue. There are some that have figured it out though. I’ve stumbled upon some truly remarkable writing out there—good in its own right, and hot as hell to boot. I’m guessing that my stumbling upon these erotic raconteurs was no accident, but rather the result of their tenacious and continuous writing, editing, publishing, and promotion.

So, what’s a boy to do?

Well, I’m going to write some stuff, and I’m going to put it out there. Hopefully, a few people might read it; and, if I’m terribly lucky, some will like it.

Elust #78

Elust #78

Malin James Elust 78 Header Image
Photo courtesy of Malin James

Welcome to Elust #78

The only place where the smartest and hottest sex bloggers are featured under one roof every month. Whether you’re looking for sex journalism, erotic writing, relationship advice or kinky discussions it’ll be here at Elust. Want to be included in Elust #79? Start with the rules, come back February 1st to submit something and subscribe to the RSS feed for updates!

 

~ This Month’s Top Three Posts ~

£10.53
Balance of Light
Advent Calendar 2015 – Day 24

~ Featured Post (Molly’s Picks) ~

Why Sex Fiction?
On using him

~ Readers Choice from Sexbytes ~

*You really should consider adding your popular posts here too*

Guest blog: ‘Quite Delightful’, James Deen and me
All blogs that have a submission in this edition must re-post this digest from tip-to-toe on their blogs within 7 days. Re-posting the photo is optional and the use of the “read more…” tag is allowable after this point. Thank you, and enjoy!

 

Thoughts & Advice on Sex & Relationships

Make-Up Sex
Wide Open
Believe in You
I am softly athletic
Making a Short Story Long

Erotic Fiction

First Kiss
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
A Spicey Christmas Eve Tale…..
The Annual Christmas Party
If Only He’d Said Yes…
Very Very Necessary
concrete
Holly and Ivy…
Frothy White Stuff
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
30 Minutes

Thoughts & Advice on Kink & Fetish

Boundaries
Stress Makes You Blind and Your Cum Orange
On Eating Ass
Confessions of an Ambivalent Masochist
Joyous Jizz

Poetry

Ode To My Favorite Sex Toy
Earth
Fuckable

Sex News, Opinion, Interviews, Politics & Humor

Lady Fapping: The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
Does Size Matter?
A Feminist’s Guide to Sexting with Cavemen

Erotic Non-Fiction

Having Angelic Sex With The Virgin Mary
New Lingerie

Blogging

The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives
40. 41. One.
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Malin James Delivers in “Sybil’s Kink”

A short while back, the incomparable Malin James tweeted  an announcement that she had, available on her website,  a new piece of erotic flash fiction. I clicked the link and promptly saved it to read later via Pocket.  I then went about my busy schedule. After a few days, I finally laid eyes on this fabulous little piece. This is no unrefined porn, my friends. “Sybil’s Kink” is exquisitely written. It is sensual, erotic, and completely captivating. Ms. James masterfully pulled me into her story with the skill and artistry of a true professional. The effortless way in which she manipulated me was reminiscent of the subtle way in which Ernest Hemingway did the same as I read “The Old Man and the Sea.”

It may seem unbefitting to compare a piece of erotic flash fiction to what is possibly one of the greatest pieces of American literature to come out of the twentieth century. But the feeling that I had upon completing “Sybil’s Kink” is the same feeling that I had upon once again completing “The Old Man and the Sea” just this past summer. I was amazed at the beauty and the subtlety of the writing, almost to the point of giving up ever, again, writing anything myself.  I mean, what’s the point?

However, after licking my wounds and dusting myself off, I’ll take up the gauntlet, as, I’m sure will others. Oh, Ms. James, you have set the bar ever so high.

For the Pleasure of Women

I love women. I really do. I can’t help myself. I tend to gravitate toward them in casual social situations, ignoring the talk of football with the guys in favor of—oh,  most any topic on hand with the women. And yes, even as adults, we humans have a tendency to self-segregate based on gender, odd as it is.

As much pleasure as I can derive from a woman’s body, it is overshadowed by a deep rooted desire to give her pleasure, to see her pleasured, to hear her pleasured. To know that a woman is turned on excites my libido and my intellect to an immense degree.  I often find myself imagining strange women in the throws of orgasm. I see a woman sitting quietly in a restaurant, having dinner with a friend, and I imagine how her face would look, distorted with the agony and ecstasy of pending release, her head thrashing from side to side, her uncontrollable cries of pleasure streaming forth from her quivering lips.

My fantasies often revolve around women pleasing themselves, or one another. One might think that men’s fantasies of saphic delights actually revolve around a desire to be “in the middle”. If you’re lucky enough, that is certainly a fine situation in which to be. However, speaking solely for myself of course, I’m really more interested in seeing the women—knowing that their passion burns hot and wild regardless of the influence of men.

When making love to a woman, or fucking her, as the case may be, her body really is on center stage. There are certainly times when she may be in it just for me, and there’s nothing wrong with a “quicky” now and again. But, to see her come, to hear her come, to feel her body spasm and convulse beneath my touch, well, there’s just nothing that compares.