June 30, 2008
I Am Done. Oh, my God. I Am Done.
No, really. I am done. I have just finished Never Have the Same Sex Twice, and in a moment, I will turn in the manuscript. This has been one of the more difficult projects for me. No, I don't tend to have Writer's Block. But I do sometimes have, um, Editor's Waffle. I mean, for the longest time, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted this book to be. I am not an expert guide writer and I am also not a sex expert.
So what the hell did I think I was doing writing a guide?
Well, I wanted to write a guide about fucking. Not the tab A into slot B type of guide, with diagrams and slides and students sleeping on their desks. But the basic concept of fucking in a relationship. Of keeping the fucking as hot as when you, well, first fucked.
Because it was hot when we first fucked. Out in that park in Berkeley. With my torn stockings and ripped black sweater. Brutal and hot. Dangerous and just a tiny bit scary how much I wanted him. And it was hot when we fucked yesterday, when he pulled open the button on the top of my favorite pair of Lucky brand jeans and said, "You think flashing me a bit of those pink panties is going to get you what you want?" Brutal and hot. Dangerous and just a tiny bit scary.
But how can you package all of that into a book? Well, my goal was to give tips and suggestions for how to hold onto the heat, because I believe that every powerful relationship starts with that heat.
What made me waffle was that I didn’t want to write a dry guide. I wanted to write a wet guide. Or a hard guide. A rock-hard, throbbing, can’t wait to slip it in you, excuse me, while I take a deep breath guide. Simply put, I wanted to write a guide that would turn people on while reading the pages. So I’ve illustrated my concepts with excerpts from my all-time favorite erotic stories. And I’ve got favorites. Since I was twenty-three, I’ve been making a living editing anthologies. 45 books later, I’ve read thousands of erotic short stories. Snippets from nearly 100 of the hottest ones ever have made it into this book, along with 17 full-length feature stories.
And now? I'm done. Truly.
Who's ready to pop the champagne?