The good news: That's mostly been because I've been writing stories!
This month has seen the release of several collections in which my stories appear, including Rachel Kramer Bussel's The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales (Cleis), for which I penned (or rather typed) a story of African American lesbian lovers--a pretty baby and her big Daddy. While they love their butch-femme dynamic, something of a switch happens in bed and takes their sex life to new heights. I'm also thrilled to finally see my gay hard-boiled/noir tale of a cop's first day as a plain-clothes dick in Shane Allison's
Rookies: Gay Erotic Cop Stories (Cleis). In "New Dick," all goes to hell the minute our hero meets a deliciously dangerous male femme fatale.
The autumn will bring out another anthology I'm published in and dying to read, cover to cover: Rob Rosen's Men of the Manor: Erotic Encounters Between Upstairs Lords and Downstairs Lads (Cleis). This collection of gay homage tales to Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs will include my story "Booting," about two mischievous male servants engaged in blackmail and all the rough-and-tumble they can get their cocks into. September will also see the release of The Sexy Librarian's Book of Erotica (Cleis), in which the amazing Rose Caraway encouraged my fetish for writing the sex lives of inanimate objects. This time, I offer the perspective of a jar of moonshine, telling a tale of faithless drunken debauchery vs. true, soul-deep love in "Moonshine Ballad."
As this list shows--for those of you who have indulged me in reading this far--I cherish the opportunity to try something new, as often as possible. Whether it's racial, ethnic, and gender diversity or generic homage, I love the freedom that erotic short fiction gives me to play with words, ideas, and perspectives. At present, I have four new stories (and one reprint) out to six different editors (mostly at Cleis), from gay warlords and lusty spaghetti western gunslingers to a dildo-sucking straight man and a female narrator who gets ass-fucked by the one and only Philip Marlowe.
Finally, Talon and I have a new, co-authored piece out for consideration, a tale of pretty boywhore Case and the youth pastor he seduces in an alley in the wee hours of a New York morning. Can't you just feel the delicious blasphemy warming you all through?
Next on the agenda? Another change of pace, I think: something sweet for Dreamspinner's "Random Acts of Kindness" antho.