From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Perverse Pagans,
I know some of you might disavow any connection to paganism, but I'm writing this on April 30th - Beltane's Eve or Walpurgis - and so my thoughts naturally turn to mystic bonfires, fertility rights, May poles (of various sorts) and rowan switches. Okay, I know you're not interested in my dirty mind, but rather, in the dazzling array of erotic delights we've assembled for this month's edition of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association website. No, this is all about YOUR dirty mind! And believe me, we've got what you're looking for.
For a change of pace, let's start in the Adult Movie section. John Stagliano's massive opus "Fashionistas Safado" is now available in a special collectors' edition - more than eight hours of stunning fetish fashion and edgy, intense S&M sex - and that doesn't even include the outtakes. I'm starting my Christmas wish list early this year! For an updated (and adult-oriented) take on a classic Western plot, check out "Rawhide II: Dirty Deeds", a tale of a stubborn ranch-owner determined to hold on to her land, the arrogant developer who'll do anything in her considerable power to force a sale, and the mysterious drifter who's the wild card in their deck. Also of note are "Last Tango", a haunting, explicit revisiting of the Marlon Brando classic, and "Cabaret Desire", featuring a bohemian cafe where men and woman can commission personalized erotic fantasies. In the smutty porn category, don't miss the bizarre but arousing "Freak", about a party girl who ends up in a coma after a night of debauchery and finds herself mentally reliving the increasingly extreme sexual encounters that led to her demise.
I found many more films I wanted to showcase, but I can't afford to dawdle in a single section for too long. (Why do you think they call Adrienne our web Mistress?) I'll just quickly remind you to click through to our affiliates like DVD Empire, and Adam & Eve if you're itching to acquire any of these gems for yourself.
From the movie pages, it seems only natural to slide over to the Sex Toy Playground. After all, toys and porn go together like peanut butter and jelly, love and marriage, whips and handcuffs... In this month's edition, the experts at Good Vibrations provide a treatise on how to select a dildo from today's many options (hint: their technique involves cucumbers!) Mr. and Mrs. Toy give thumbs up to the multi-speed, multi-pattern Mio vibrating cock ring. And, as usual, the Sex Toy Scuttlebutt offers a sampler of the best erotic devices available on the market, from the classic Hitachi Magic Wand to the innovative Intensity, an electro-stimulator device to strengthen the Kegel muscles (and induce mind-blowing orgasms).
As usual, we've arranged discounts for ERWA visitors from all our partners, so you can get the very best implements of pleasure at the lowest possible prices. This month we welcome a new affiliate, UK-based Bondara.
Accelerate your orgasms:
Where to go next? Let's circle back to the Erotica Gallery, where our guest author is the legendary Cecilia Tan, founder of Circlet Press and pioneer of the speculative erotica genre. Cecilia has provided three amazing stories as well as an incredible self-introduction. Would you believe she invented tentacle porn at the age of thirteen? Don't miss her account of her sexual and literary journey.
As usual, the Gallery also features great stories, flashers and poetry from members of the Storytime list. This month's contributions range from outrageous raunch to harsh realism. Highly recommended!
The mind is the ultimate erogenous zone:
If you're craving more erotic writing after touring the Gallery, come browse our Books for Sensual Readers. This month you'll find a wide variety of anthologies, from Maxim Jakubowski's mammoth collection of the best of the best new erotica to Kristina Wright's LUSTFULLY EVER AFTER, erotic retellings of classic fairy tales. J.T. MacLeod's single author collection WARRIORS AND WENCHES features tales of magic, mischief, danger and desire. Meanwhile OC Press presents RAG DOLL: A HORROTICA NOVEL by Mathew Klickstein. The author guarantees that most readers will be shocked by his sociopathic anti-hero and the various depraved activities the characters enjoy (or suffer). Given the stellar reputation of the publisher, I for one am willing to take the risk.
Looking for erotic romance? Check out Cindy Spencer Pape's IMMORTAL CRAVINGS series, featuring vampires, werewolves, demons, lion shifters and more, all eager to get it on with one another. In the gay erotica section, I was drawn to DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL, a multi-author collection about forbidden love in the military. And knowing Sacchi Green's high editorial standards, I have to recommend GIRL FEVER: 69 STORIES OF SUDDEN SEX FOR LESBIANS.
There's more... but the Mistress is threatening me with her riding crop, so I'll just mention that purchases made through our links are ERWA's only source of support, and move on.
Next stop is the Authors Resources pages. This month, Ashley Lister pens the final installment of his column "The Write Stuff" - "Visits from the Typo-Fairies". Warning: don't try to read this hilarious offering while drinking your coffee! And don't be too disappointed about Master Lister's departure. He'll still be offering wise and witty authorial advice monthly on the ERWA blog. I continue my Naughy Bits series with my column "Did the Earth Move?" My topic is active content: forms, animations, videos, widgets and all that cool stuff that burns computer cycles. Want to know how it all works? Ask the Erotogeek!
Have you ever clicked the link labeled "Writers' Resources", below the monthly columns? You find a long list of useful websites for authors, from blogs and how-to sites to specialized dictionaries. Well worth a bookmark!
The Calls for Submission pages highlight dozens of current opportunities for you to sell your work. M.Christian's looking for sexy spy stories for his Honeytrap anthology. Lucy Felthouse and Victoria Blisse are editing two collections, "Smut in the City" and "Smut by the Sea", for the new House of Erotica imprint. Delilah Devlin's looking for smoking hot fireman stories. Kristina Wright is editing a new collection of sexy erotic romance. And don't miss the two open calls from the Coming Together altruistic erotica imprint: "Hungry for Love" - zombie erotica edited by Sommer Marsden to benefit the American Diabetes Foundation - and "In Vein" - vampire erotica to benefit Doctors Without Borders, edited by yours truly!
Don't be afraid to submit:
Inside the Erotic Mind this month, our intrepid members talk about stuff that simultaneously turns you on and freaks you out. Care to share YOUR secret cravings? Just click on the Participate link.
Nothing is forbidden inside the erotic mind:
Our featured Wed Gem this month is Melange Books.
"Melange" (meaning: a conglomeration of many things) is for every reader's taste in literature.
Melange Books, LLC is a royalty-paying company publishing in e-books (digital formats) and print books. We pay authors 40% net royalties on digital formats and 10% on print. We are actively seeking submissions for the following novel and novella genres:
Romance, sweet, sensual and erotic, westerns, science fiction, horror, contemporary, chic-lit, men's fiction, women's general fiction, action-adventure, speculative, drama, gay, lesbian, urban fantasy, paranormal, cross-genres, urban fantasy, mainstream fiction, and non-fiction. Also, on May 1, 2012, Melange's new You Adult imprint, 'Fire and Ice' will go live!
Well, I managed to make it through the site without being subjected to any of the Mistress' discipline. Sigh. Maybe I'll have better luck next time!
Speaking of next time, the ERWA site and the Erotic Lure will be taking our traditional break in June. I'm off to my annual slave's training camp. I'll be back with a new Lure around the beginning of July, in traditional red, white and blue lingerie.
Meanwhile, if you're hungry for more hot, smart erotic content, check in regularly at the ERWA blog. I'll be there, along with lots of your other favorite authors and columnists.
Until then, I remain...
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Monday, April 30, 2012
From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
Posted by Adrienne at 11:04 AM
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By: Craig J. Sorensen
Easter Sunday 2012, and I rested.
I’ve been working a lot lately and we’re still elbow deep in getting ready to move cross-country. But, little by little, I have found my way back into writing. In the last few weeks I worked on a short story for a submissions call. It was just a matter of sitting down to the story and finishing it. I could have done it Easter Sunday. The story was close to completion.
I rested, and remembered Easter morning eight years ago. It was a beautiful morning. A glowing sunrise ignited the budding trees in orange. Eight years ago, I had committed myself to writing regularly by working on a story I had started to develop in my youth, and worked on over the years. I had committed to finish this novel by the end of 2004, and by Easter I was going strong. I wrote a scene that day that I still remember: Both the scene and the writing of it.
Later that year, I finished the book, not erotica per se, though like most of the stories I write, there was erotic content. When it was done, I didn’t know where to go with it. It didn’t really fit the markets, and I was a total unknown as an author.
Momentum carried, I continued to write with an eye to getting published, and a natural taste for exploring things erotic emerged. A quick acceptance of a twisted short story, and I found a home here, in erotica. One thing led to another: Numerous short stories published and challenges taken, meanwhile I continued to write longer works.
Turns out, when it comes to getting published, I’ve had greater fortune with short works than novels.
To be fair, I haven’t submitted much of my novel length work. There are a number of publishers out there, but so many of them want romance. I like romantic elements, but my longer stories don’t qualify as romance. There are indeed publishers who accept erotica without romance, but often with a different rider: fantasy, horror, cuckold, etc. I don’t fit there either.
On the other hand, some publishers put out three titles a week. Click on the list of authors, and there are hundreds. I’m not a number.
Still, when I look at it truthfully, my home is novels. I commit to the long novels. I love the act of intertwining multiple characters, love the devotion to editing the work, finding problems and fixing them. Improving, growing.
I’ve been married thirty-one years, and my last day job lasted twenty-six.
Getting my short stories published over the last few years has brought me great joy. There is a more immediate satisfaction, and maybe there is a safety net in sharing the table of contents with talented authors and editors like Ashley Lister, Donna George Storey, Jean Roberta, Kathleen Bradean, Kristina Wright, Lisabet Sarai, Lucy Felthouse, M. Christian, Remittance Girl and others.
I’m sure I will continue to write short stories from time to time, but what I accepted on Easter morning is that I am a novelist at heart, even if it is hard for me to find a publisher that I feel excited about, and who feels strongly about what I write.
Between that Easter 2004 and Easter 2012, I have learned so much about writing. In the end, that book I finished back then wasn’t ready for publication, and so I’m glad I’ve taken the path that I did. I still feel passionate about the story and the characters from that book, so, for now, I’m going back to it, while I continue to look for a home for an erotic novel I finished in 2011, another novel I had worked on for years.
Two books that don’t seem to fit the current markets. Seems that is one thing I do consistently.
Somewhere down the road, I will find homes for my books, and I hope I’ll find a readership. Until then, I write.
For now, I’ll write them long.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
|Nikos Kessanlis, The Crowd, 1965|
1) Don't do it. Follow the old advice: "write what you know".
2) Heck, you're a writer. You can write whatever you feel like.
3) Don't appropriate the voices of others. Let them speak for themselves.
4) If you are going to do this, do it with respect and a lot of research.
I'm going to discount the first one. If we only ever 'wrote what we knew', there'd never be any sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, horror, etc. I don't know about you, but my life is pretty staid and it that's all I wrote about, it would bore people to death.
The second argument has value from an anti-censorship perspective, but doesn't address issues of quality in writing or social justice. Of course you can write whatever you want: it just may not be any good.
The third argument is a complicated one and deserves some explanation. With the rise of critical theory in the late 70s, smart people started asking whether it wasn't just another form of oppression to appropriate the voices of social and cultural minorities for intellectual gratification.
Feminists argued that men had put words into women's mouths for far to long already, and should stop it. They pointed to canonical texts: Dickens, Shakespeare, Chaucer, etc. in which women and their motivations were represented in very flawed manners because these people weren't women - they had no real understanding of what it meant to be a woman or experience the world through a woman's eyes.
Similarly, the Post-Colonialists pointed to writers like Kipling - white Englishmen - who put words into the mouths of other members of cultures and races while having little or no understanding of what it means to live under colonial rule. Intellectuals like Edward Said argued that the West had sexualized and fetishized 'The Orient', using non-European characters as stereotyped puppets with which to play out their own unrealistic fantasies of a life unfettered by Christian guilt.
Many Queer scholars felt similarly: for far too long, straight writers had stereotyped, misrepresented and even defamed gay, lesbian or bisexual characters to perpetuate mainstream prejudices against homosexuality. Or simply used them as a vehicle with which to dishonestly explore their own repressed same-sex leanings.
This third argument has some real meat. Women, gays and lesbians, and people of other races and religions HAVE been horribly misrepresented in a lot of fiction in the past. I would argue that it's still happening, especially in film and television.
But at the core of this argument against 'appropriating' voices is the belief that we, as humans, do not have the flexibility of mind to adequately imagine what it must be like to be the opposite sex, the other sexual orientation, or wear another's skin. It says: we cannot walk in each other's shoes enough to write the voices of 'others' convincingly and fairly.
This is why, ultimately, I come down on the side of argument number four. As a writer, I have to believe that, with enough intimate knowledge, research and respect, I CAN know what it is like to see through the eyes of another, to feel through their skin.. because, if I can't, then all the fiction I write that is not autobiographical is illegitimate.
I cannot write with the voice of, say, an African American gay man without considerable effort. I can't rely on gut instincts or assumptions about what it might be like to grow up as black and gay. I have to enter this territory with an initial acknowledgement that I lack fundamental experience of what that life is like. But I can find out. I can ask. I can research and explore and learn and use that learning to write something approaching legitimacy.
My argument stems from the fact that it is not safe to assume I know what any other straight, white female's life is like, either. Some of our experiences might have commonalities, but there will be a tremendous amount of divergence between the lives of ANY two people.
And so, my advice is really very simple: never write 'types'. Never start your story with, for instance, a character that is 'a lesbian woman in her early 30s'. Base your characters on individuals you have known and known well. Look at their personalities as a whole - not just their 'Queerness', their 'Islamicness' or their 'Maleness'. People are more than just their gender or race or sexuality. In fact, it may be that the part of them that makes them different from you plays a surprisingly small part in the way they define themselves.
This is the basic advice that is given for character development for any kind of fiction, but when it comes to writing the other, we often forget it. We rely on generalizations, classifications, and information chunking when we venture into the unfamiliar. It's a basic human instinct to do it and, on a daily basis, it makes life navigable.
But when you write in the voice of the 'other', more is expected of you. The 'other' should never really be the 'other'; they should be an individual first, with a name, a body and a fully fleshed identity, before their 'otherness' even begins to play a part in your understanding of the character.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
by Ashley Lister
When I’m not writing, reading or reviewing, I teach. I teach creative writing and one of the subjects I keep going back to is poetic form.
The reasons for this are fairly clear in my mind. Coleridge defined prose as, “words in their best order.” Coleridge also defined poetry as, “the best words in the best order.” To this end, I’ve always thought anyone writing prose with a knowledge and understanding of poetry is in a position to elevate the quality of material being produced.
Which is why, this month, I’ve decided to mention the Hávamál as a poetic discipline.
The Hávamál is a Viking poem, but it is often called a book of wisdom. Written somewhere around AD 700-900, the Hávamál is one of the more well-known Eddaic poems and, amongst other things, it contains nuggets of universal wisdom that still apply today, more than a millennia after these words were first written.
Here are a couple of examples from the Hávamál:
A guest needs
fine towels and friendliness.
A cheerful word
a chance to speak
kindness and concern.
Give each other
as friends for all to see.
To give and take
is a guarantee
of lasting love.
A typical Hávamál stanza usually contains six lines or two units of three lines each. The first two lines in each unit are tied together by alliteration, and the third is also decorated with alliteration. For those who’ve forgotten: alliteration is the repetition of similar sounds, usually the sounds of initial consonants, as illustrated below:
Better a humble
house than none.
A man is master at home.
A pair of goats
and a patched roof
are better than begging.
It’s also possible to look at the stresses used in the Hávamál but, for the purposes of this exercise, I’d prefer to see writers focusing on words of wisdom and the use of alliteration.
And that’s this month’s exercise from me: produce a six line poem in the style of the Hávamál, sharing words of erotic wisdom in the comments box below. Remember to keep a tie of alliteration between lines one and two (and four and five), and to ensure that there is some alliteration across lines three and six.
Have fun with this and I look forward to reading your words of wisdom.
Monday, April 2, 2012
From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Indulgers of the Id,
Welcome to the April edition of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association. Of course April is renowned for its showers, but here at ERWA none of us mind getting a bit wet. If you're of the same mind, follow me as I point out our many lubricious landmarks.
In the Erotica Gallery, our featured author is Jeremy Edwards, one of the most original and amusing erotic authors around. What I enjoy most about Jeremy's work is the fact that he clearly adores women - not just for their bodies but for their wit, warmth and sexual creativity. To see what I mean, sample the three seriously soaking stories he's shared.
We've got other tales too, from your favorite ERWA authors, plus a whole page of luscious poetry. Month after month, the ERWA gallery offers surprising, arousing erotic writing from the gently suggestive to the extreme.
Let us stimulate your imagination:
In our Books for Sensual Readers section, we're featuring releases from several exciting new imprints. Mischief Books, the new erotic arm (or some body part!) of literary giant Harper Collins presents THE SWAP, a sizzling anthology of tales about swinging. The spanking brand new Ellora's Cave for Men line offers DANCE FOR YOUR SEX by Robby Mills, every guy's fantasy about a gorgeous lawyer who moonlights as an exotic dancer. Meanwhile, veteran erotic publisher Cleis has several new anthos out, including BOUND BY LUST, edited by Shanna Germain, a collection of romantic BDSM. For hard core gay erotica, check out John Butler's tale of a young teacher and his eager student, BOYS HARD AT WORK. And how can you resist a book edited by Sinclair Sexsmith? Her lesbian BDSM collection SAY PLEASE includes stories by D.L. King, Xan West, and many other masters and mistresses of lesbian fiction. Those of you who, like me, are ripening fast may appreciate Joan Price's BETTER THAN I EXPECTED, an informative and encouraging treatise on senior sex. And if you've never read Laura Antoniou's BDSM classic THE MARKETPLACE, Circlet Press has republished the work in a gorgeous new edition.
If you decide that you want to own any of these gems, I hope you'll use the links on the ERWA pages. Income from our affiliates is what keeps ERWA alive and kicking!
Reading is sexy!
Feeling a bit of a chill? Hop over to the Sex Toy Playground, where we'll warm you up (but not dry you off!) Start with our treatise on cock rings - leather, rubber, steel, adjustable, vibrating, diamond-studded - with detailed instructions on how to use them pleasurably and safely. Kyra Saunders reviews the Boss Naked Vibe, which looks delectable. Plus you can get the word on the latest and greatest erotic implements from our monthly Sex Toy Scuttlebutt. I'm dying for the elegant Crave Duet Vibe, "the little black dress" of clit vibes, and I wouldn't mind a Spare-Parts harness either...! Our reputable partners offer special discounts for ERWA visitors. Honestly, what are you waiting for?
For the ultimate in erotic technology:
Over in the Adult Movies section, we've got a wet, wild crop of movies to keep you entertained on a rainy day. Brad Armstrong directs an all-star cast in "The Craving II", a collection of erotic fairy tale vignettes. This is not Disney! I'm not generally a fan of parodies, but "SpiderMan XXX" sounds like it might be an exception, a gonzo super-hero sex-fest that still manages to remain true to its comic roots. And who could resist "Home Wrecker", where an insatiable young woman lures her well-hung roommates into cheating on their girlfriends? It's when those gals find out that the fun really begins!
We've got porn for every taste - from couples flicks to filthy non-stop orgies to sex-ed features that make learning into good dirty fun.
In the Authors Resources pages, Donna George Storey explains how to write like a rock star (and offers a recipe for cookies that sound genuinely orgasmic). In "Only to be Read by Writers", Ashley Lister confesses a secret vice - bad poetry. I don my Erotogeek persona to talk about image problems - how to tame unruly covers, banners and head shots and make them do your will.
Our Calls for Submissions include many exciting new opportunities. Mischief Books (see above) is seeking erotica and erotic romance. Violet Blue wants the Best Women's Erotica for her 2013 collection. Ravenous Romance seeks contributions for "Leather Ever After", an anthology of BDSM fairy tales. Storm Moon Press has calls out for several GBLT anthologies. And don't miss "Cream of the Crop", an imaginative prompt-based story collection revolving around a mysterious riding crop abandoned on a London-Paris train.
There are many more publishers listed, all of them eagerly awaiting your submissions. So get to it!
The world wants to read your erotic dreams:
Inside the Erotic Mind, our libidinous visitors discuss the appeal of high heels. The general consensus seems to be that the allure makes the pain worthwhile. You can join in the lively discussion. Just click on Participate.
Explore erotic frontiers:
By the way, the ERWA staff has taken on the onerous task of vetting the zillions of adult-oriented sites clogging the web. You'll find our recommendations for best of the best on our links page:
I hope you've enjoyed our whirlwind tour of April's delights. As for me, I'm off to the shower - penning the Lure tends to get me hot and bothered. And yes, I have been reading about the latest waterproof toys in the Playground.
Until next month - stay wet!
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