What can I say about writing the last couple of days? Well, almost six hundred words in last night, but only because I was watching Project Runway until 9:30, and once I returned to my computer–after hearing Susan Sarandon say of a kilt designed for some of the men working in a club she owns, “Honey, none of my boys will wear a skirt”–I started writing . . .
Started and stopping, because I was also having a conversation with someone about a book I found, and we were both having a good time talking about it . . .
I like to go out to the Smashwords homepage and look for some of the more outrageous stories that have just been published. By “outrageous” I mean, “Strangest Sexual Story Plot,” because some are, lets be honest, amusing in their vulgarity. Sure, you have you dom/sub stories of all ilks; you have your M/M, F/F stories; you have the “Oh, we hooked up and you’re doing (name of kinky fetish here) to me!” stories.
But, if you look closely, there are other . . . things.
You spend any time on Smashwords, you find a lot of psudo-incest story: son and stepmom, daughter and stepfather; step siblings of all strips. I’m looking at one title right now with a older woman who’s on a dating site, agrees to met a younger guy–surprise! It’s her stepson. Do you think she’s going to say, “Bad boy! Why aren’t you doing your homework?” Then you don’t know erotica.
You find a few others here: teacher/student, mostly college; doctor/patient; company executive/lowly worker, which can be just about anything . . . though, seriously I would never want to do anything with any of my managers, though I do believe there was one time in my life where I believe my manager was coming on to me, but I’m a writer, and my imagination works that way. Or maybe it was the shoulder rub she was giving me while I was writing code . . .
We were joking about something I found yesterday, which can only be described as unicorn erotica: young woman who can’t walk is found by a unicorn, taken for a ride, and then given the offer to walk again if only . . . well, you know what’s coming next–the unicorn! Ba-da-boom! Thank you! I’m here all week!
The thing is, we looked at this story, and the other stories, and discovered a few things. One, this particular writer had a lot of books uploaded. All of them were between six and ten thousand words. And all of them were about three dollars.
I started wondering: why don’t I take some of the old, old fetish stories I used to write for free, give them a good edit, then put them up with a quick cover? Publish them under another name, and see if I generate some cash off those words. Right now it’s something I’m joking about, but who knows? If there is a market for these stories, and I have curiosity about whether or not mine would sell, I should go for it.
All I need is a good profile picture.
Maybe I’ll use a unicorn . . .