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Excited for Eroticon

♦ So, Eroticon 2014 is just around the corner. It’s so close now! I can’t wait to come away too full of ideas to move, intoxicated on inspiration and mashed on motivation. And it’s been so long since I’ve seen everyone! Plus, there’ll be new people to meet. It’s all too exciting.

I’ve been preparing in anticipation. Not only did I fill out my Eroticon 2014 Meet & Greet, but I’ve been dusting off the business cards (it really has been so long since I’ve been out as Blacksilk, now that Erotic Meet is dead) and polishing my perhaps now-famous  Blacksilk necklace. It doesn’t appear that I’ve shown it on here before, but it certainly made the rounds on Twitter, prompting a few fellow bloggers to end up with their own!

I’ve found it’s an absolutely great way to make sure people at an in-the-flesh event know who you are when you don’t show your face online. Plus, it’s great for me as a fairly shy individual. I may not always have the guts to approach people, but they might approach me!

But what’s that next to the business cards and Blacksilk necklace? Some things I didn’t have before!

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I’ve picked up a new notebook to write in, even though Eroticon almost always gives us one in its goodie bag, simply because I thought “Ideas for tweets” was funny for Eroticon. Heck, sometimes there are entire sessions about that!

More excitingly, I have a new necklace I can wear alongside my Blacksilk one! One for the more gadget-minded, I feel. That’s right, that necklace is a little 3D lasercut QR code that links directly to the front page of this very blog. How neat is that? Now not only can people see my web address on the business cards I hand out, if they want they can just snap my necklace and go straight there!

Now, I’m not saying I think everyone, or even anyone, will do that. I’m really not sure how many people use QR codes. But I personally love them. Even though I understand the technology, there’s still something almost wizardy about using them, so it takes a lot for me to see one and not scan it! Hopefully similarly techy folks might at least give it a go. And if not, I love it anyway.

Now all I need to do is work out what to wear and then pack and I’ll be all sorted! Hooray! ♦

Very Short Stories – Prometheus

♦ You may remember I posted something recently about Very Short Stories, the idea of writing flash fiction that fits on one side of an ordinary Post-It note. I shared my first attempt, too, a bit of a silly-but-sexy piece inspired by coffee (but not written whilst drinking it).

Heck, it’s even caught on a little bit, with bloggers keen to try their own versions and with some, like my friend Innocent Loverboy, having finished their Very Short Stories already. If anyone else has done one, just let me know! I’d love to read it and to let people know about it here.

In any case, I thought it was high time I did another. Again, I’m showing you both the actual Post-It and then giving a transcription for accessibility purposes…

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“You stumbled into my Friday night a repentant Prometheus, bringing fire back to my belly. You left the bar with my number and a taxi fare. By Monday you could mould me like clay, breathing life into my cock at a whisper from your lips. Thursday evening saw the perfect retribution, as I chained you spread-eagled to my bed. Your liver untouched, I gorged myself on your cunt.”

Again, not a perfect tale, but again un-edited (except a word or two as I was still writing) and teeny-tiny. This one is a mere 55 words compared to the previous 62. My prompt, if you hadn’t already guessed, was the name Prometheus. Although I was inspired by finding the name out of context, I love the myth and soon ideas and analogies came racing to mind.

I’m quite pleased, though I wonder if I might be trying to do too much in too small a space (that may sort of be the concept, I suppose) and it’s certainly good to try some straight-up erotica rather than last time’s playful pretend porn.

What do you think of it? ♦

Very Short Stories

♦ I popped into WH Smith’s recently to pick up a much needed new pencil case (my old one smells awfully of old curry, don’t ask) and some other stationery things. After all, with Eroticon 2014 coming up, I need to be kitted out to write, write, write (and not smell like old curry).

While there, I found a notebook that’s perfect for taking with me, as well as this interesting little thing…

Very Short Stories - Cover

It’s not, as it first appears, a notebook. It’s a tiny, adorable little pad of post-it notes. I just don’t need post-it notes in any way, but the cover of the pad caught my attention. “Very short stories,” it says. Sure, it goes on to say “about milk, cheese and bread”, but the idea of very short stories wouldn’t let go.

I didn’t need to actually write my shopping list, after all. And the pad was small enough to keep inside my new pencil case, meaning I could write any time. And the longer I stood there, the more I saw the little pad of “very short stories” as a challenge.

Dammit, I could write very short stories in it! I could! And they’d be sexy and tiny and I could make it work. And even if I couldn’t, the exercise was bound to be interesting, worth blogging and undoubtedly very useful for honing my skills at writing bigger, longer stories.

So I bought it. Today, a few days later, I decided to give it a go. I logged on to Twitter, determined to take the first word of inspiration that hit me. What follows is the result (in picture form for authenticity, then transcribed for accessibility). It took me about three minutes, from that first word I used as my muse to drawing the little diamond signature in the bottom.

Very Short Stories - The Coffee Story

“Alone together at last. The long day had led to aching anticipation for this moment. I licked my lips, savouring the view. Strong, dark, patiently waiting for me and covered in cream… I had fantasised about you, but now I worried you were too hot to handle. Taking the plunge, I took you in my hand… And drank you. Thank Christ for coffee.”

And there you have it. Perfect? No. Fantastic? No. But at a mere 62 words and in a mere 3 minutes or less on a theme chosen at random from a word found on Twitter and essentially unedited, I’m quite pleased with it. I’m certainly going to write more of these. It was a nice challenge to keep it ambiguous until the last (calling coffee “he” or “she” seemed disingenuous) and I like the playful idea.

Maybe the Very Short Story (flash fiction on teeny-tiny post-its) will catch on and bloggers and writers everywhere will join in! What do you think, could you write a story on a post-it note? And what are your thoughts on mine? ♦

Want to see the next Very Short Story of mine? It’s called Prometheus.

Felt Tips

Of Silver, Sin and School Desks in Felt Tips

♦ I probably should have written this post when Felt Tips originally came out in December, but I really wanted to wait for the paperback version so I could have something to hold in my hands and take slightly self-important pictures of. But nonetheless, hey, look! A book! And that’s my name in it!

So, you’ll hopefully know I’ve been published before (in Hungry for Love and Take Your Partner) and now I’ve gone and done it again! Hooray!

The book is Felt Tips by the wonderful Tiffany Reisz and, as I say, it was originally out at the end of last year in eBook format. And now the paperback has been released and my copy just arrived in the post, which makes me feel all shiny. Felt Tips is the world’s first and only collection of “Office-supply Erotica”. Porn with pens. Erotica about erasers. Sex with… staplers? Ouch.

Here’s a teeny snippet:

“Please,” I said and before I knew it I could feel the pencil-clamps pinching down, first on my left nipple, then my right. They were astonishingly tight for something so… Blue Peter. I felt electrified.

To come up with the story, I played around with some stationery ideas in my head to see what sparked and when I’d settled on the main items used in my story, the idea of a teacher and taking the office out of office supplies really grabbed me. As I told Tiffany, “I know a teacher or two and so I have a bit of an insight into that sort of strange professional repression that can come with it that might beg to be released”. I found it quite compelling and, lo and behold, my first acceptance email came out of it. A little later Felt Tips hit the scene.

Felt Tips book

With over 40 authors contributing and with Tiffany donating a new Original Sinners story, there’s bound to be something for everyone. And since all proceeds go to an organisation that helps struggling schools supply their classrooms, you’ll be doing your heart good as well as your bits! Brits, you can pick up Felt Tips on Amazon UK in eBook here and paperback here. For everyone else, the Amazon US links are here for the eBook and here for the paperback.

Although life has slowed down my fiction writing a little, I’m determined to take the very good advice of several friends and professional acquaintances and just not stop writing. In fact, I’m hoping to have another story published soon, so watch this space! ♦

Author Q&A for FELT TIPS

♦ As some of you may know and as I’ve mentioned on my Erotic Fiction and Poetry page, I recently successfully submitted a short erotic story to an anthology called FELT TIPS! Edited by the fantastic Tiffany Reisz, FELT TIPS is a charity anthology for a couple of great causes and is themed around one of my favourite things in the world: stationery.

Yup, stationery-based erotica. If you’re anything like me, there’s no way you’ll miss out on reading it now. I’m in love with clean, blank notebooks and 500 shades of colouring pencils and chunky markers and wooden rulers and too many pens to know what to do with!

The anthology is due to be published on the 12th of December this year. Make a note! My story, Of Silver, Sin and School Desks is fifth in the anthology line-up and will be particularly exciting to anyone with a bit of a teacher-fetish out there.

I am absolutely thrilled to be included and wish it could be published right now! In the mean time, the lovely Jenny Lyn, one of my fellow writers for FELT TIPS, has started a series of Q&As with us FELT TIPS contributors. I highly suggest you check them out if you’re interested in the anthology, because it’ll give you some great sneak peaks into the stories and the authors themselves.

My interview went up this Thursday and you can read it here. Do check it out for some insight into my writing routine, my background as a writer (though you might know what part already),  my turn-ons and turn-offs, my inspirations and, of course, my FELT TIPS story and some juicy clues as to what’s in it! ♦