Urges? Well I Never
‘Just erotic. Nothing kinky. It’s the difference between
using a feather and using a chicken.’ Terry Pratchett
I’m both honoured and diffident in my appreciation of an erotic author inviting me to guest-blog and giving me the flexibility to respond (don’t jump to conclusions) in my own way.
After I joined Twitter I was followed by writers who proclaimed themselves “erotic”, erotic, e-r-o-t-i-c. Hmm, I thought, should I follow back? I wondered if people might check my followers and think I’m a dirty-old-man … I’d much rather be a TOM or a typical-older-man. My definition of a TOM is:
A middle-aged or elderly man with still-operational … you know
Are there other TOM’s in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, or world-wide? I hope so. Am I the only white-haired man who still feels “urges” now and then? Anyhow, TOM is a sound idea as one has to be careful how one uses the D-O-M initials following recent scandals in some churches … not to mention bossy women who like cracking the whip.
Do TOMs show a normal interest in sex? Are all women who read and enjoy erotica actually dirty-old-men in disguise? Now there’s a thought.
Thinking of possibilities, I found a prayer to help people cope with the dilemma of appearances and enhance their Tom-erotic potential:
Dear Lord, All I ask for in 2015 is a big, fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix these up like you did last year. Amen.
And the writers of eroticism?
Want to know what I do about the authors of erotica who follow me? Mostly I follow back. Why? Erotic authors are artists applying their craft for a readership who want to enjoy it. If it’s consensual and adult I stand by the principle of acceptance.
What’s more, I’m getting a much wider range of word usage as a byproduct (or should I spell that bi-product?) I now have alternative thoughts about dripping, sucking, nibbling, squeezing, stroking … I could go on. Sad to say I’ll never be able to use the word “ejaculated”, as a dialogue attribution again. Ho hum.
I’m told I may have included a mild touch of the erotic in my latest thriller. This is not intended to create wild titillation or dampen the story line. It’s simply a normal outcome of a couple sharing and enjoying the normal physical intimacy of a strong relationship. No, folks, there aren’t passages worth dog-earing. But then there is that manipulative woman lawyer who throws herself about a bit …
With such a clear demand for erotica, the hypocrisy around it and other sexual content is surprising. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel inclined to write erotica as a genre. However, I stand by my fellow authors who follow their inspiration. Let’s avoid judgement and encourage writing in its many vibrant forms.
PS: Can anyone recommend a juicy piece of … ah … private reading for a somewhat unworldly TOM I know? I’ll be happy to pass links along