Reaching Out from a Mind as Dirty as All Outdoors

If you get lucky enough, I might post adult-only material from time to time, so be 18 or over, or please be elsewhere.

I'll be discussing erotica here, the writing of it and the people who write it, as well as what we've written. I find all these aspects stimulating, but if any of them bore you, feel free to skim. You never know what you might miss, though.




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Monday, December 10, 2018

Blog Tour for BLE v. 3, featuring "Yin and Yang" by Mags Hayward




In Mags Hayward’s beautifully balanced “Yin and Yang,” a contemporary ballet dancer and her lighting-technician lover make the perfect team, while the writing, alternating between lyrical and straightforward, makes the perfect presentation of their story. Here’s what Mags tells us about the writing of her story and her own life experience that inspired it, along with a lovely excerpt to introduces the characters.


The first draft of Yin and Yang was written several years ago and I’ve revised many times, but the central theme, the Chinese notion of Yin and Yang (dark-bright, negative-positive, seemingly opposite forces interconnecting to complement each other), has remained.
Yin and Yang is a tale of love blossoming between apparently opposite characters: a confident, spotlight loving dancer; the other a shy, rather insecure technician. It’s a forgiving, developing love that nurtures both girls and, in this slender slice of their relationship, the girls seek reassurance in each other’s arms before a nerve-wracking live performance.
The setting, an Arts Centre preparing for that night’s show, comes from my own experience of both performing and working as a technician in the field of dance. I trained as a contemporary dancer in my teens before switching to a technical role. I’ve watched many a dance performance from behind a lighting desk and know about the adrenaline rush and the fear involved in getting the performance right – and the joy of watching a dancer glide across the stage. It’s a sensual experience, one that easily transforms into erotica in the protagonist’s eyes.
Here’s an extract…

Natalie. A more alluring creature never lived and I can't stop looking at her. Her lithe limbs, wrapped in a flesh-toned body stocking, appear naked, exposed. Her perky breasts jiggle as she twists and turns and, from where I'm sitting, I can see every detail of her exquisite body. All of it. As she lifts her leg in a high arabesque, I gaze longingly at the puffy outline of her labia and the indent where the thin, Lycra fabric stretches across her sex.
A fluttering of twinges stir my loins and I recall the many times that svelte body has lain in my bed, thighs spread, slender fingers beckoning. I quiver at the memory of soft moans rumbling in her throat when the tip of my tongue tastes the honey beading at the mouth of her soaking slit.
I watch her twist, turn, floating toward centre stage where she performs a slow, controlled, double pirouette.
Oh, Natalie…
I break free of my trance. I can't afford to daydream. I have a job to do. I'm the lighting designer for Natalie's dance and the light must be honed to complement her sensuous performance.

Here’s the complete Blog Tour schedule, with all the links currently available:


December 1
Sacchi Green
Introduction
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 2
Pascal Scott
The Night Shift
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 3
R. D. Miller
Perfume
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 4
T.C. Mill
Fearless
http://tc-mill.com/2018/12/04/on-loss-and-anger-and-being-unafraid-fearless-in-best-lesbian-erotica-vol-3/

December 5
Victoria Janssen
Still Marching
http://victoriajanssen.com/2018/12/still-marching-a-tale-of-our-times/

Anna Watson
Sweet of My Heart
December 6
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 7
R.G. Emanuelle
The Auction
 http://rgemanuelle.com/2018/12/07/the-auction


December 8
Scout Rhodes
Morning Fog
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 9
Emily L. Byrne
Rainbow’s End
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 10
Mags Hayward
Yin and Yang
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Valerie  Alexander
Ninjutsu
December 11
valeriealexander.org

December 12
Xan West
Trying Submission
December 13
https://xanwest.wordpress.com

M. Birds
Where There’s Smoke
www.mbirds.ca/journal

December 14
Raven Sky
Fuck Me Like a Canadian
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 15
Sommer Marsden
Hush

December 16
Lea Daley
Rules
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 17
Nan Barret
Oliver: Twisted
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 18
Nat Burns
Jani-Lyn’s Dragon
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Lesbian-Erotica-Year-3/dp/1627782869/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1543190819&sr=2



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Blog Tour for BLE Vol. 3, with Emily L. Byrne at "Rainbow's End"

Today, in her first-lust story, "Rainbow's End," Emily L. Byrne affirms the role feminist/queer book stores played for us in the past, and hopes that coming generations can  find places as welcoming and energizing as the ones we knew.  Plus an excerpt both hot and sweet.

Read on:

"Rainbow’s End” is my love song to feminist and queer bookstores as much as it is my latest erotic tale about hot women discovering each other. I’m a former feminist bookstore owner as well as a former collective member of two other bookstores, one feminist/lesbian, the other an anarchist collective, and I can still remember the first time I walked into The Women’s Eye Bookstore, circa 1985. I was a college student, on my way to discovering myself as bisexual and the store was alive with women’s energy, passion and rage.  I fell in love, not necessarily with every woman and book there, but with the feel of the place.

I have visited many a queer and/or feminist bookstore since then and have loved almost all of them. I miss each one that closes and celebrate each new one that opens. They were once central to our communities, providing a space to find each other and to organize that wasn’t at a bar. I think we still need them and I’d like to hope that the coming generations build their own version of that queer-centered space, with an atmosphere that works for them.

But enough pontificating. My story in this edition of Year’s Best Lesbian Erotica Vol. 3, “Rainbow’s End,” is about two women who fall in lust after a carload of guys assaults them on their way to a reading at a queer bookstore. Adrenaline is high and it and rage and community and camaraderie and desire are a potent cocktail, enough to make most of us drunk with longing and lust, if not love. Maybe more. Here’s an excerpt of the story to whet your appetite for more.

Excerpt from “Rainbow’s End:”

Then Alyssa went up to the podium and started reading, passionate words rolling out of her mouth to fill the small store. Her voice caressed their ears, her words like tongues on Lizzie’s skin. Despite her fears and her anxiety, she couldn’t help but respond. The stories were angry, erotic, fierce and Alyssa read each short piece perfectly. The room erupted into cheers each time she paused to drink from her water bottle.
She paused to answer a question and in that moment, Lizzie was conscious of being pressed up against A.J., of Sam on the other side of her, of Alyssa’s words licking their way up her thighs and every inch of her exposed skin. A.J. gave her a crooked grin and a slow lookover that made Lizzie flush before she grinned back.
It was warm in the store, warmer on the crowded couch, and Lizzie wanted…wanted so much. Wanted A.J.’s long fingers between her legs, wanted Alyssa’s nipples in her mouth, wanted…all of them. Every last woman and genderqueer and nonbinary person in the store. All of them. Tits, pussies, asses, any erogenous zones they wanted to share. Lizzie shivered at the idea. She’d never felt like this before. Was it just her? She was afraid to look around, afraid to wonder.
But that fear didn’t last long. A.J. nudged her shoulder, making her look up from the floor. “You doing okay?”
Lizzie fell into A.J.’s blue eyes. “Umm…yeah. I think so. Alyssa is really, really good.” She hesitated for a minute, then added, “I’m so glad that I made it here tonight. Even with those assholes and their fucking beer bottle.”
“Us too.” Sam nudged her shoulder from the other side, grinned at both of them, then turned away and kissed their date.
Lizzie looked away, aroused and embarrassed. A.J. caught her mood, like she was reading her mind, or so it felt to Lizzie. “Hey, I could use some air, but I think I’d like to pass on going out front for the time being. Misha and Lou have a little yard out back. You want to step outside with me for a couple of minutes?” A.J.’s voice was a quiet purr against her ear and Lizzie could feel herself blush.


Emily L. Byrne’s stories have appeared in such venues as Forbidden Fruit, Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Anniversary Edition, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms and Blood in the Rain 3. She is the author of Medusa’s Touch, Knife’s Edge: Kinky Lesbian Erotica and Desire: Sensual Lesbian Erotica. http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com/.

Here’s our schedule of all the posts from contributors to the anthology, and potential links, which may change, so check back here. I’ll keep the list up-to-date.


December 1
Sacchi Green
Introduction
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 2
Pascal Scott
The Night Shift
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 3
R. D. Miller
Perfume
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 4
T.C. Mill
Fearless
http://tc-mill.com/2018/12/04/on-loss-and-anger-and-being-unafraid-fearless-in-best-lesbian-erotica-vol-3/

December 5
Victoria Janssen
Still Marching
http://victoriajanssen.com/2018/12/still-marching-a-tale-of-our-times/

Anna Watson
Sweet of My Heart
December 6
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 7
R.G. Emanuelle
The Auction
 http://rgemanuelle.com/2018/12/07/the-auction


December 8
Scout Rhodes
Morning Fog
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 9
Emily L. Byrne
Rainbow’s End
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 10
Mags Hayward
Yin and Yang
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Valerie  Alexander
Ninjutsu
December 11
valeriealexander.org

December 12
Xan West
Trying Submission
https://xanwest.wordpress.com

December 13
M. Birds
Where There’s Smoke
www.mbirds.ca/journal


December 14
Raven Sky
Fuck Me Like a Canadian
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 15
Sommer Marsden
Hush

December 16
Lea Daley
Rules
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 17
Nan Barret
Oliver: Twisted
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 18
Nat Burns
Jani-Lyn’s Dragon
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Lesbian-Erotica-Year-3/dp/1627782869/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1543190819&sr=2


Saturday, December 8, 2018

BLE v. 3 Blog Tour, with Scout Rhodes and "Morning Fog"

Best Lesbian Erotica v. 3 Blog Tour: Scout Rhodes and “Morning Fog.”


The bio Scout Rhodes provided for this book is brief:

“Scout Rhodes is a middle-aged butch farmer who lives in western Massachusetts. She is a writer, an illustrator, and a book designer. Her butch paramour lives in San Francisco.”

All perfectly fine. But someone who knows her very well helped to write a more extensive description of Scout for this blog, one that gives us added insight regarding the story as well as showing how much of the author herself is embedded in it.

Here’s the special expanded version:

“Scout Rhodes is a silver fox butch who lives with her sheep and a gang of cats on an old farm in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. Scout’s first love is illustrating; however, writing is a close second. She and her long-distance paramour courted by penning kinky erotica for one another. “Morning Fog” was inspired by one of Scout’s visits to her beloved partner in the Bay Area; the tenderness and love they share shows in this early morning snippet of domesticity. The two characters in the story are older butch-identified queers who have experienced the painful variances of life and are grateful that, against all odds, they've found each other across a continent. Their relationship defies labels and norms on many levels. The romantic and mysterious fog that blankets San Francisco each night has a role to play in their story, rolling in at night to lull them to sleep and greeting them as they wake in one another's arms in predawn.”

Do you need an excerpt after that? Well, okay.

“Two gold star survivors who found each other in this crazy, neo-fascist cesspool that America has become, and we hold onto each other for dear life while living in the crosshairs. We hail from opposite coasts but managed to find each other, and we're not letting go. At this moment, we cling to each other in her bed in the heart of San Francisco. She is rousing from sleep, enfolded in my arms, her naked ass pressed against my belly, so inviting. I kiss her shoulders again and then the back of her closely shorn head, she wiggles and moans and this is how it begins.”

Now you need more, right?


Friday, December 7, 2018

BLE v. 3 Blog Tour with R.G. Emanuelle's "The Auction"


Today's stop on the tour happens over at R.G. Emanuelle's web site,  http://rgemanuelle.com/2018/12/07/the-auction

There's so much to say about her story that I'd have a hard time covering it all, and she can say it better than I can, so go on over there and read what she says. You'll not only learn about some very hot sex, but find insights into both writing erotica and female sexual desire.

Here's just a short part of it.

"What I hope I conveyed in this story is something that has been historically ignored (but that has changed with the advent of women-written erotica), which is female sexual desire. That’s what makes female-centered erotica different from male-centered pornography—the acknowledgment that women not only enjoy sex but are doing it for their own needs and not just to satisfy men’s. Older women, in particular, have been ignored in this area. There’s this notion that women lose their sexual desire after a certain age (whatever that is, pick one). On the contrary—when women enter perimenopause/menopause, hormones can rage and sexual desire can ebb and flow drastically. Many women experience a roller coaster of arousal, going from a complete deadening of the genitals one day to voracious, insatiable need for sex the next. Everyone’s different, but I’ve heard from enough women about the latter to know that it’s a real thing. A woman’s need for sex can be just as raw and just as powerful as any man’s. And that’s what I hope Gia conveys."

Ah yes. A condition that I've sometimes termed "a second adolescence."



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sweet of My Heart: Bog Tour for Ble v. 3 with Anna Watson


Anna Watson has an amazing ability to find places to go with her stories that I never would have thought of, with characters unlike any I’ve seen before, and she makes it all work beautifully on multiple levels. This time she takes us to the Harlem of 1931 in “Sweet of My Heart,” where the Peace Mission of Father Divine offered free meals where even a dance hall girl could be fed. Here in her blog post she shares her process and reasons for writing this story, as well as describing a reading we did together in Provincetown in October. Yes, those cookies were tasty!

Now for Anna’s post:

One of the highlights of the year for me is always Women’s Week in Provincetown, and this year it was made even more wonderful by the BLE reading at Womencrafts, one of the oldest feminist bookstores in the US. It was a joy to read with our redoubtable editor, Sacchi Green, as well as fellow BLE contributors, Raven Sky, Josette Murray and Priscilla Scott Rhoades. We had a lovely audience, who certainly enjoyed the pussy-shaped shortbread cookies baked by Jody, a local dyke baker and artist extraordinaire. I love writing smut, and I especially love connecting directly with folx through readings like this.
As I say in my bio for BLE 3, I was raised to think that only fools believe in God, and I was taught to look at religion as a quaint curiosity. So of course, I’ve always been fascinated by religions, the more extreme the better. I just want to know more, more about those fools who go whole hog. Turns out they aren’t fools any more than those who subscribe to the atheism I was raised with, and what a relief that is!
Charmed Soul, for example, the butch love object in my story, is far from a fool. She knows she needs love; she knows she won’t get it from her family or from society in general, but she gets a lot of it from Father Divine and his followers – well, just as long as she does what she’s told. Enter Mimi LaRouge, a half-French femme working at a dance hall and very much in need of nourishment. All kinds of nourishment!
The idea for this story came to me as I was reading the fascinating biography of Father Divine, a real person, who has living followers still today, though he is long dead. The book, Father Divine: Holy Husband by Sara Harris with the assistance of Harriet Crittenden, was published in 1953, and gives a vivid picture of Father Divine’s world. As much as I enjoyed the book, I also am grateful that it sparked my imagination and gave me Charmed Soul and Mimi. Here, Mimi witnesses the followers of Father Divine vibrating, an indication of their passion and devotion.

From “Sweet of My Heart” by Anna Watson, BLE 3

Mimi LaRouge

Some agitation is growing at the table of Sweets. They have been singing one of their quirky, many-versed songs, the one about seeing his dear little feet and hands and the rest of it. The object of their worship pays no heed at all. Then, with no warning whatsoever, the Sweet to his right contracts upon herself, as if gut shot. She lets loose a great whoop and seems overcome with the fidgets. The flailing movements of her limbs propel her backwards in her chair, which tips over into the singing mass of Divinites behind her. She tumbles onto the floor where I can no longer see her, but I can hear her breathy yelps. Now the effect spreads, and one after another, the Sweets careen full tilt into ecstasy. They quiver, they teeter-totter. They rise or fall from their chairs, they stagger and convulse. Across from me, Nancy begins to breathe heavily and I reach over to squeeze her hand. “Oh, see their devotion!” she sighs, calming. It certainly is what Maman would call un spectacle. Unbound bosoms jiggle and sway, hips thrust forward and back, eyes are wide and staring, mouths mumble, drool, and call upon Father Divine. The God himself seems to take all this as his due, and calmly continues to wield his fork and knife.
My gaze keeps returning to Charmed Soul. I want to see how her devotion will possess her. I want to see her hair come loose from its stern braid and her slim torso dance. I want to see her feeling this passion. I want to see her control disturbed. But she alone among her sisters remains calm. Sad, defeated, she looks the very picture of a child left lonely on a playground where other, swifter children have abandoned her. Is her love of God not strong enough? The poor darling! As I am thinking this, she raises her head and our eyes meet.


Here’s the complete Blog Tour schedule, with all the links currently available:


December 1
Sacchi Green
Introduction
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 2
Pascal Scott
The Night Shift
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 3
R. D. Miller
Perfume
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 4
T.C. Mill
Fearless
http://tc-mill.com/2018/12/04/on-loss-and-anger-and-being-unafraid-fearless-in-best-lesbian-erotica-vol-3/

December 5
Victoria Janssen
Still Marching
http://victoriajanssen.com/2018/12/still-marching-a-tale-of-our-times/

Anna Watson
Sweet of My Heart
December 6
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 7
R.G. Emanuelle
The Auction
 http://rgemanuelle.com/2018/12/07/the-auction


December 8
Scout Rhodes
Morning Fog
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 9
Emily L. Byrne
Rainbow’s End
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 10
Mags Hayward
Yin and Yang
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Valerie  Alexander
Ninjutsu
December 11
valeriealexander.org

December 12
Xan West
Trying Submission
December 13
https://xanwest.wordpress.com

M. Birds
Where There’s Smoke

December 14
Raven Sky
Fuck Me Like a Canadian
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 15
Sommer Marsden
Hush

December 16
Lea Daley
Rules
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 17
Nan Barret
Oliver: Twisted
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 18
Nat Burns
Jani-Lyn’s Dragon
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Lesbian-Erotica-Year-3/dp/1627782869/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1543190819&sr=2 


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BLE v. 3 Blog Tour with Victoria Janssen and "Still Marching After All This Time"





Today our virtual road trip takes us to Victoria Janssen's Philadelphia, via her story "Still Marching: a Tale of Our Times." It turns out that "our times" stretch over decades. Go visit her post and you'll see what I mean. Hint: "I Can't Believe I Still Have to Protest This Shit!" Another hint: Victoria  tells us about the event that inspired her story, and it turns out that I was participating in the same event, although I was in Northampton, MA while she was in Philadelphia.

http://victoriajanssen.com/2018/12/still-marching-a-tale-of-our-times/

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

On Loss and Anger and Being Unafraid: “Fearless” in Best Lesbian Erotica, Vol 3

Today T.C. Mill, author of "Fearless," takes us to her own blog at http://tc-mill.com/2018/12/04/on-loss-and-anger-and-being-unafraid-fearless-in-best-lesbian-erotica-vol-3/.

Go there. Now, if you can. Her story in the book struck me (and some reviewers) with its fearless portrayal of love that works through past emotional trauma and recent medical trauma, all the while remaining tender and, in its way, uplifting and lit by sunshine.

The blog she's written shares her feelings about how she wrote her story, as well as a great deal of profound discussion about the issues faced in it. You really don't want to miss it. Trust me.

Sacchi


Here’s our schedule of all the posts from contributors to the anthology, and potential links, which may change, so check back here. I’ll keep the list up-to-date.

December 1
Sacchi Green
Introduction
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 2
Pascal Scott
The Night Shift
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 3
R. D. Miller
Perfume
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 4
T.C. Mill
Fearless
http://tc-mill.com/2018/12/04/on-loss-and-anger-and-being-unafraid-fearless-in-best-lesbian-erotica-vol-3/

December 5
Victoria Janssen
Still Marching
http://victoriajanssen.com/2018/12/still-marching-a-tale-of-our-times/

Anna Watson
Sweet of My Heart
December 6
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 7
R.G. Emanuelle
The Auction
 http://rgemanuelle.com/2018/12/07/the-auction

December 8
Scout Rhodes
Morning Fog
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 9
Emily L. Byrne
Rainbow’s End
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 10
Mags Hayward
Yin and Yang
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Valerie  Alexander
Ninjutsu
December 11
valeriealexander.org

December 12
Xan West
Trying Submission
December 13
https://xanwest.wordpress.com

M. Birds
Where There’s Smoke

December 14
Raven Sky
Fuck Me Like a Canadian
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 15
Sommer Marsden
Hush

December 16
Lea Daley
Rules
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 17
Nan Barret
Oliver: Twisted
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

December 18
Nat Burns
Jani-Lyn’s Dragon
sacchi-green.blogspot.com

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Lesbian-Erotica-Year-3/dp/1627782869/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1543190819&sr=2