Friday, July 31, 2015

Very Special Class: Sex Sells - How To Write and Sell Erotica With M.Christian

(from M.Christian's Classes And Appearances)

I love teaching all kinds of classes but this one is very near and dear to my heart ... so I'm jazzed to be able to say that next Thursday, August 6th, I'm going to be teaching my Sex Sells - How To Write and Sell Erotica class at the Center For Sex And Culture in San Francisco!


Sex Sells: How To Write and Sell Erotica 
With M.Christian

For the beginning writer, erotica can be the ideal place to begin writing, getting published, and - best of all - earning money. And for the experienced writer, erotica can be an excellent way to beef up your resume and hone your writing skills. M.Christian will review the varieties of personal and literary expression possible in this exciting and expanding field. He'll also teach you techniques for creating love and sex scenes that sizzle. Plus: current pay rates, how to write for a wide variety of erotic genres, where and how to submit your erotic writing, and more.

Thursday, August 6
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Center For Sex And Culture
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

$20 (pre-order tickets here)

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M.Christian is also a recognized master of BDSM erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many other anthologies, magazines, and other sites; editor of anthologies such as the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, and more; the collections Dirty Words, The Bachelor Machine, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, and more; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Finger's Breadth, Brushes, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com

Check Out The New Installment Of Badoink Future Sex Tech!

(from M.Christian's Technorotica)


I am seriously having a blast doing my series for Future SexTech: The Five New Technologies That Will Change Sex Forever for Badoink!

Just check out the brand new installment that just went up and live on the kick-ass site:


Here it comes, faster than you think: the world of tomorrow. And, even better, it’s going to be a very erotic future!

We’ve delved into the visual sexuality of virtual and augmented reality, and then 3D printing equipment that’ll bring dreams into fabricated existence. But what we’ve been missing so far, that’ll really turn any erotic dream into pretty-near reality, is what people call haptic technology.

That’s a sense of touch, to you and I.

True, touch tech has been around for quite a while – at least as long as the earliest attempts at virtual reality. Given, in erotic circles, the less-than-sensual label of teledildonics, the idea is simple enough: wire a motorized ‘accessory’ to the web, or specialized games, and have at it… or have it at you. Whatever rocks your world, as they say.

Alas, those early attempts were rather crude, to be polite. But that’s changing and fast. New Bluetooth vibrators – for every orientation and inclination – are small, efficient, and even stylish. Models such as the We-Vibe can even connect to special smartphone apps, as can the tech by a company called OhMiBod. Pretty soon we’ll be able to mate them to specialized virtual or augmented reality games so you’ll be able to not just see your wildest sexual fantasy but have a pretty realistic illusion of being touched.

Ah, but what about the other direction? Being touched is one thing – we are getting pretty close to that, but being able to reach out and virtually touch is really the next big thing. One possible direction this development will take is using direct neural interface: wiring technology directly into the brain. We already have made huge advances in this direction, like the development of prostheses with an actual sense of touch.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Future Sex Tech And Porn Can Be Good For You: Great New Badoink Fun!

(from M.Christian's Technorotica)


I am having a real blast writing for the great site, badoink. In fact not one but two of my new pieces just went up: part two of my new series Future SexTech: The Five New Technologies That Will Change Sex Forever and a great article on how watching porn can really, actually be good for your sex life!

Check out these teasers ... and be sure to go to the site itself for my pieces a lot more cool stuff!



Like a lot of technology that has completely changed the world, 3D printing is – on the surface – really quite simple. How simple? Well, it’s printing… but in three dimensions.

Okay, okay, I bet you want a bit more information. Really, 3D printing is, in essence, the same as regular old printing but instead of ink on a flat surface the technology uses plastics – and other materials – to build up layer after later until, voila, you have a solid object. Plastic, metal, sugar… you name it and we can, or will very soon, be able to make it.

The revolution in 3D printing came very recently, but the really big change is just on the horizon. That first step was in making 3D printing much more accessible: going from a novelty to an almost common piece of technology. Staples, in fact, recently announced that some of their stores will feature 3D printers; all you need to do is drop off a design, or email it, and your physical object will be made for you.

Then you have the very cool company, Shapeways; people upload their designs to the site and then anyone can order that gizmo or whatever you’ve created in all kinds of materials. For the first time anyone can create pretty much anything and then have people own a physical version of it.

Which gets us to sex. The problem with the old world of sex toys is the same problem with manufacturing, period: bulk. To make anything you had to make a lot of it. Just making one of anything was hideously expensive.

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Pretty much everyone – and we mean everyone – likes to look at adult videos and pictures, or read erotic books, now and again. But what most don’t know is that porn can actually be a huge benefit to a healthy sex life.

Putting aside political issues, or concerns about porn addiction – which is a concern but not as common as some fear it can be – indulging in adult entertainment has proved to be a great way not just to lift the sexual spirit but can actually be educational, or even good for self-esteem!

In a study in Sexual Medicine, for instance, researchers discovered that porn viewing can actually help men achieve erections with their partners. Putting aside the medical jargon, the basic idea is that fantasy is a key part of getting turned on – and watching adult videos helps that. After all, most people fantasize during sex and not just during masturbation. So anything that feeds a good sexual fantasy life is a good thing.

While it’s true there’s a lot of, well, let’s just say unrealistic porn out there, enjoying adult videos or reading an erotic book now and again can also be a great source of sex ed. More than ever – thank you, Internet – we have access to all kinds of information and sexual interests. Meaning that if anything should tickle your fancy a video of either how to do it, or people enjoying it, is just a mouse click away. Wonder how to use bondage gear? Click! Wonder about new sex positions? Click! Wonder about vibrators? Click!

Even better, it’s usually presented without prejudice or judgment. No matter that turns you on there’s almost guaranteed to be a site offering exactly what you want. What this means – aside from having lots of fun – is that people don’t have to think, “I’m the only one,” anymore. With a quick press of that mouse – or a flick of a touch screen – you’ve got a whole bunch of places to visit for your particular kind of sexual fun.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

This Tuesday At Good Vibrations - Polyamory: How To Love Many And Well

(from M.Christian's Classes And Appearances)

This should be a LOT of fun - see you there!


Polyamory: How To Love Many And Well
Tuesday, July 21, 6:30 – 8:30pm
$20 in advance, $25 at door

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1820993

1620 Polk St, San Francisco 94109

Sure, you've heard of it––and maybe have been intrigued by it––but what is polyamory and how do you love more than one person and make it work? How can you deal with jealousy, time-management, emotional rough patches, and more to enter into multiple sexual relationships? In this class with M.Christian, participants will learn to separate the myths from the realities of polyamory, how to make tentative steps towards having more than one partner, and how to approach and deal with the problems of sharing yourself with others, and being involved with someone who, in turn, is involved with someone else. Included in this class will be simple emotional exercises, true life experiences, unique techniques and innovative approaches to understanding the joys––and the risks––of entering into a polyamorous relationship.

About the presenter:

M.Christian has been an active participant in the San Francisco BDSM scene since 1988, and has been a featured presenter at the Northwest Leather Celebration, smOdyssey, the Center For Sex and Culture, The National Sexuality Symposium, QSM, San Francisco Sex Information, The Citadel, The Looking Glass, The Society of Janus, The Floating World, Winter Solstice, and lots of other venues. He has taught classes on everything from impact play, tit torture, bondage, how to write and sell erotica, polyamory, cupping, caning, and basic SM safety.

M.Christian is also a recognized master of BDSM erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many other anthologies, magazines, and other sites; editor of 2t anthologies such as the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, and more; the collections Dirty Words, The Bachelor Machine, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, and more; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Finger's Breadth, Brushes, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Out Now: The Naughty Victorians #2 MegaBundle: 6 Classics of Victorian Erotica


Victorian Erotica is so much fun that Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions - and edited by myself - but couldn't release one bundle of classic Victorian erotica but a second one: The Naughty Victorians #2 MegaBundle: 6 Classics of Victorian Erotica ... and again for the low, low price of just .99!

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(from my intro):
The Victorians, after all, were all about image: by day many of them were prim and proper and starched and stiff ... but once the sun had set, or the door was closed then the layers were discarded and the fun was had. 
As perfect proof of this "keep it under covers" but "love it with a passion" attitude of the Victorians, you just have to read the six classic erotic novels in this giant collection.
Here are some wonderful examples of Victorian erotic writing: Rosa Fielding, Randiana, The Erotic Adventures Of A Bachelor, The Amorous Adventures Of Angelica, The Love Tutor, and Pleasure Bound. Each and every one not just an excellent introduction to the genre and the time when they were penned but ever-lasting works of sensuality and outrageous sexuality, with a tremendous power to excite even today. 
The Victorians may not have been able to read books on their computers, watches, phones, or technologically whateverisnext but the authors of these arousing tomes knew very well about pure, wild, and marvelously unhinged passion ... something we may actually rediscover once we put our tech down for the night.

I'm A Reader For The Amazing Stories Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Contest!

(from M.Christian's Technorotica) 


This is a true honor: I've been selected to be one of the readers for the Amazing Stories Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Contest!

Here's the info - and best of all to everyone who submits!

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(from the Amazing Stories site)

The Gernsback Contest will consist of two stages of evaluation of submissions.

Yesterday, we introduced you to our stellar cast of Judges, who will be making the final selections from among twenty nominees.

Those twenty nominees will be selected by our in-house reading team – all of whom are contributors to Amazing Stories, fine, upstanding fannish citizens. Many are authors, editors and artists themselves. Collectively, they command CENTURIES of experience with the written word.

Our readers will be assigned submissions on a random, rotational basis. The names of the authors of those submissions will be redacted prior to sending them along for a read (to guard against unconscious bias).

Friday, July 17, 2015

Out Now: The Naughty Victorians MegaBundle: 6 Classics of Victorian Erotica


We all love - and for very good reasons - Victorian Erotica.  Well, here's the first of a very special HUGE (and discount) bundle of some of the finest Victorian adult books - edited by little ol' me - and just released by the amazing folks at Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions.  

Pick up 6 whole Victorian erotic novels for just .99 today!

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The Naughty Victorians MegaBundle: 6 Classics of Victorian Erotica
Here are six once-censored classics that capture the sexual proclivities of Victorian England as it really was! Forget their prim and proper exteriors -- beneath the sheets, they were as proliferate and kinky as anyone today!

Here is what one modern scholar says in praise of these must-read books:

"The exploration of Victorian erotica reveals many treasures and pleasures. Not the least is the quality of the writing: so often clear, the action both plausible and pleasurable, the settings strangely familiar yet exotic, and the sex acts so, well, jarring. The period elocutions help establish the era far better then most modern attempts. These books are damn well done, particularly when we focus on the classics that have withstood the test of time.

Included in this bargain priced MegaBundle are six legendary works off Victorian erotica:

My Lustful Adventures
The Education Of Astrid Cane
The Amatory Experiences Of A Surgeon
The Lustful Turk
The Adventures Of Grace And Anna
The Memoirs Of Dolly Morton


Look no further if you want to sample the best of Victorian Erotica. You will find it within these pages!

In New Jersey? Come See Ralph Greco's Play, Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe!



If you're anywhere near New Jersey, July 31 to August 9, here's a great opportunity to see the performance of my great pal, Ralph Greco's play Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe as part of Jersey Voices with the Chatham Community Players!

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Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe
by Ralph Greco, Jr. of Clifton

At four AM in an all-but-empty Paris cafĂ©’, two Americans strike up a conversation that, for a moment, distracts each other and leads to a new found kinship. The production features Arnold Buchiane and Chip Prestera.

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The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with four performances between July 31 and August 9. This year’s production will include six original short plays and one original dance piece written by New Jersey playwrights.

From the moment the festival concludes in August, playwrights from all around New Jersey begin to send Chatham Community Players their works. With over 70 playwrights having seen their original one-acts produced on the Chatham stage, audiences have been able to see over 100 plays over 21 years. As it has been over the past few years, the talent pool continues to increase. “We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theatre in The Chatham Playhouse”, said Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik. Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. "I’m constantly amazed and excited by the creativity, the resilience, the persistence of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer”, said Producer Bob Denmark.

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m.. All performances are held at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $12 for youth (18 and under).

To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to www.chathamplayers.org. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office does accept phone reservations at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This Thursday: Making A Scene: How To Create Fun – and Most Of All – Hot S/M Play Encounters

(from M.Christian's Classes And Appearances) 

This should be a lot of fun - hope to see you there!


Making A Scene: How To Create Fun – and Most Of All – Hot S/M Play Encounters

Thursday, July 16, 2015 · 8:00 PM –10:00 PM
Cost: $20 at the door, or $15 in advance
https://www.Purplepass.com/sfc7162015
Dress code: Casual

Description:

You've got the kinky toys, you've taken classes in how to use them, you have a willing participant ... so what happens next? How do you take your skills and weave them together into a safe, sane - and even better - a wonderfully erotic S/M scene? In Making A Scene, participants will learn how to take the technical skills they've learned (from caning to impact play, bondage to edge play) and take the next step and actually put together a complete S/M play experience. Beginning with the basics of physical and emotional safety then onto negotiation, safewords, then how to structure a scene with a beginning, middle and happy ending that'll give both the submissive and the dominance/the masochist and the sadist not just a great, fun, time but one that will include not just erotic excitement but also the roller-coasted thrill that can come from well-constructed theater.

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M.Christian has been an active participant in the San Francisco BDSM scene since 1988, and has been a featured presenter at the Northwest Leather Celebration, smOdyssey, the Center For Sex and Culture, The National Sexuality Symposium, San Francisco Sex Information, The Citadel, The Looking Glass, The Society of Janus, The Floating World, Winter Solstice, and lots of other venues. He has taught classes on everything from impact play, tit torture, bondage, how to write and sell erotica, polyamory, cupping, caning, and basic SM safety.

M.Christian is also a recognized master of BDSM erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many other anthologies, magazines, and other sites; editor of anthologies such as the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, and more; the collections Dirty Words, The Bachelor Machine, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, and more; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Finger's Breadth, Brushes, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com

Out Now: Dark Doings at Miskatonic U!

(from M.Christian's Meine Kleine Fabrik)


Here's a real treat! We all love HP Lovecraft stories ... well, here's a book (edited by Jean Marie Stine and myself) featuring all of his special Miskatonic University stories plus brand new, never-before-seen works by some kick-ass writers also starring Lovecraft's famed (or infamous) college.

12 Chilling New and Classic Tales of that Haunted University's Ill-fated Students and Faculty

Just check out this nightmarish table of contents:

PART I: THE GOLDEN AGE – The Early 20TH Century
HERBERT WEST: REANIMATOR
H. P. Lovecraft

THE DUNWICH HORROR
H. P. Lovecraft

THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS
H. P. Lovecraft

THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE
H. P. Lovecraft

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS
SHADOW OUT OF TIME

PART II: NEW HORRORS – The Early 21ST Century

RED SKY AT MORNING
Made in DNA

SO, WE NEVER LEAVE
Ralph Greco

SHALLOW FATHOMS
M. Christian

TOUCH
Lukas Scott

ELSAUS APP
Patrick Whitehurst

SIGNED FIRST EDITION
Jason Rubis

The Scarlet Pencil - Up Now At Bewildering Stories!

(from M.Christian's Technorotica)


Now this is great news: my - to put it mildly - surreal take on Holmes and Moriarity, "The Sacrlet Pencil" is now up at the excellent Bewildering Stories site!  A big round of applause goes to Don Webb for his fantastic editing of my story.  Bravo, Don!

I'm especially touched by this nice little welcome message ... thanks so much!!
“Prolific” is too weak a term to describe M. Christian’s writing; he’s a publishing powerhouse. He has edited more than two dozen anthologies and published novels as well as hundreds of short stories in a very wide variety of genres. He is also Associate Editor of Renaissance eBooks and the publisher of Digital Parchment Services. 
The Scarlet Pencil” takes readers on a famiiar and yet ironic journey into some literary classics, where the archvillain Moriarty attempts to derail the plots. And of course, he will have to deal with none other than Sherlock Holmes. In addition to playing on the title The Scarlet Pimpernel, “The Scarlet Pencil” seems to have a lot to do with an editor’s own adventures in literature. 
Welcome to Bewildering Stories, M. Christian. We hope to hear from you again soon and often!
M. Christian’s bio sketch can be found here.

The Future Of Sex At Badoink!

(from M.Christian's Technorotica)


This is very exciting: I'm now writing for the great folks at badoink - and my first fun project is a five-part look at Future SexTech: The Five New Technologies That Will Change Sex Forever!  

Check out my first installment, on augmented and virtual reality, here ... and be sure and check out the great site and my next installments!

In the meantime here's a tease:




While we don’t have food pills (who’d want that, anyway?) or jetpacks (at least not for a few years) we really are living in a time of unprecedented technological change.

And the best tech is yet to come… and even better it’s sexy tech!

One of the more far-reaching and powerful of these upcoming innovations got, to be blunt, a less thanwowie reception when it first appeared. Mostly this was, back in the 90s, because the dreams of the VR developers were a lot bigger than the available hardware.

Fortunately, a lot of those literal headaches early users experienced are pretty much gone. So we are looking at a Virtual Reality explosion in the very near future.

Without getting too technical – because, frankly, it’s really not that complicated – virtual reality is using miniature, eye-mounted monitors coupled with motion sensors to give the wearer the illusion of being submerged in a brand new, artificial environment. One people can explore and interact with very much like they can in our so-called ‘real’ world.

The big change with VR has come with the arrival of our new favorite sex toy: the smartphone. After all, it has everything that VR had always been lacking. In the palm of your hand you’ve got your high-res screen, your motion sensors, stereo output, and even wifi and cell reception.

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