Friday, December 02, 2005

My Heroes

Give them money. Give them support. Give them a salute. They are fighting the good fight.

Help Craig Morey!

Sage just forwarded this. Please help Craig any way you can. He's a wonderful person and a great photographer:

I recently learned that photographer Craig Morey (whose work is available through Custom Erotica Source) has been diagnosed with cancer and is facing some serious medical bills for his treatment. (As many of you probably already know, our lovely health care system basically ignores people who don't have full-time jobs and live by making art. ) Some friends of his have organized an art show where he will be selling his work at reduced prices to help pay for these medical bills. Here is the announcement I received today -- I hope that you will come to the show and do what you can to help. Craig is not only a talented photographer but a wonderfully sweet person.

If you cannot attend but would still like to make a print purchase, please see this url for information: http://www.moreystudio.com/december18.html

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Please join us on Sunday, December 18th from 12:00 to 6:00pm for a special one day print sale to raise funds for Craig Morey's medical bills from his recent cancer treatments*.

This is a unique opportunity to purchase Craig's elegant black and white photos, in his studio, at unusually low prices. New digital prints and vintage fiber prints will be on sale, as well as posters and books. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thanks, and we'll look forward to seeing you there.

PS: If you cannot attend on the 18th, but would still like to make a print purchase, please see this url for information: http://www.moreystudio.com/december18.html

For more information, contact:
Jill Manton
Tel: 415-252-2585
email: jillmanton@yahoo.com

Studio Address: 4080 Halleck St,
Emeryville 94608 (near Park and 40th)

Call for information on sale date:
510 654 2952

Directions to studio: (Studio is directly behind the Ikea store in Emeryville). Take hwy 80 to Powell St, go East 1/4mi to Hollis, turn right and go South 1/2mi to Park, turn right and go West to Hallleck, turn left and park on street. The studio is about 30 yards behind the gate marked 4080 (left side of street)

Lisabet Sarai on Best of Both Worlds

My pal (and great writer) Lisabet Sarai has a glowing review of Best of Both Worlds on the Erotica Readers & Writers site.

Her own fantastic collection, Fire, is also reviewed. Definitely worth a look!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Future of Sex and Erotica

Check out Sage Vivant, Carol Queen, Dr. Gloria Brame and yours truly chatting about the future of sex and erotica at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association site.

In short there will be sex in the future. Shocking!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Best of Both Worlds Rave Review

From FRM Magazine in the UK:

Hidden behind a rather bland cover which feels strangely reminiscent of a Gap advert lurks a provocative collection of bisexual erotica put together by two of the most respected editors in their field, Sage Vivant and M. Christian. With bisexuals often being regarded as neither one thing or the other by straight or gay folk alike, this collection off confessional essays and hot fiction aims to give a real insight into what it’s like to love and lust after both sexes ….

… This collection swings two ways – between good and better!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sage & MJ Rose & I

The fabulous MJ Rose recently asked Sage and I to comment on the trials and tribulations of marketing erotica. Check out what we said on MJ's site.

My second Erotica Sells Class ... in December

For the beginning writer, Erotica can be just the place to start, and -best of all-- it earns respectable rates. Even for the experienced writer, Erotica is an excellent place to earn extra income or gain a very respectable resume in editing, publishing, or writing for a wide variety of genres. Erotica today is also a widely diverse field, from the typical "men's" magazines to the humorous cutting edge glossy, book or website.

You will receive: * A current and comprehensive listing of markets for erotic short stories and short novels * Lessons in how to tailor stories for certain markets and interest groups * How to avoid common mistakes in erotic fiction * Realistic expectations of current market payment rates and contracts.

M. Christian is the author of the critically– acclaimed and bestselling collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, and The Bachelor Machine. He is the editor of 20 anthologies including Amazons, Confessions, and Garden of Perverse (all with Sage Vivant). His short fiction has appeared in over 200 publications.
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Course 0406SF, Section W
Monday, December 19, 2005 from 06:45 PM to 09:30 PM
Location: Downtown
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US $ 49.99 / $ 44.99 VIP Members

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Confessions is Out!


Yay! CONFESSIONS: ADMISSIONS OF SEXUAL GUILT is now available. You can order it online or get it in your favorite bookstore. It's got a fabulous introduction from author M.J. Rose, who also provided Sage Vivant and I with an excerpt from her novel, THE HALO EFFECT.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Wipe Your Ass With Rejection

A damned great idea. Though as a getter as well as a giver of rejection slips I try to make mine as painless as possible. Still, I'm in complete sympathy with anyone who wants to wipe away my option of their work ....

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Blood Lust is Out!

And here's a new one that just hit the shelves: Blood Lust (erotic gay vampire stories). Todd Gregory and I are very jazzed about this new antho from Alyson Books.

Here's the cover:



















And here are the contribs:

Patrick Califia
Paul Crumrine
Wes Ferguson
Jeff Mann
Max Pierce
Jordan Price
Alexander Renault
Max Reynolds
Daniel Ritter
Thomas Roche
Alyn Rosselini
Jason Rubis
David Salcido
Lucas Scott
Matt Stedmann
Bob Vickery
Thom Wolf

-- thanks for the wonderful stories, guys (and gals)!

Not to toot my own horn, but my story in the book ("Wet") has been expanded into my first novel. Running Dry will be out in January from Alyson Books. More on that shortly.

Monday, October 17, 2005

A Heartfelt Recommendation

A.F. Waddell is not only a fantastic writer but a very dear friend. Check out her blog.

Transgender Erotica

It may not be out for a few months yet, but I thought I'd pass along this preview cover for Transgender Erotica: Trans Figures from Haworth Press.




















-- and here's a list of the contributors:

Raven Kaldera
Bree Coven
Annie Sprinkle
Susan St. Aubin
Jean Roberta
R. Greco, Jr.
Patrick Califia
Chris Jones
Shaun Levin
Raven Gildea
Cait
William Dean
Barbara Brown
Jason Rubis
James Williams
Ann Regentin
Greg Wharton
R Gay
Helena Settimana
Kai
Linda Rosenkrans
Thomas Roche
Simon Sheppard

Thanks for all your great stories, guys!

Monday, October 10, 2005

I'm Teaching Again

If you're in San Francisco check out my class on smut writing. There'll be another one in December, which I'll post info on when the Learning Annex updates their listings.

Erotica Sells! with M. CHRISTIAN

San Francisco Classes: Course 0406SF Section V
A Workshop by M. Christian

For the beginning writer, Erotica can be just the place to start, and -best of all-- it earns respectable rates. Even for the experienced writer, Erotica is an excellent place to earn extra income or gain a very respectable resume in editing, publishing, or writing for a wide variety of genres. Erotica today is also a widely diverse field, from the typical "men's" magazines to the humorous cutting edge glossy, book or website.

You will receive:
* A current and comprehensive listing of markets for erotic short stories and short novels
* Lessons in how to tailor stories for certain markets and interest groups
* How to avoid common mistakes in erotic fiction
* Realistic expectations of current market payment rates and contracts.

M. Christian is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, and The Bachelor Machine. He is the editor of 20 anthologies including Amazons, Confessions, and Garden of Perverse (all with Sage Vivant). His short fiction has appeared in over 200 publications.

Course 0406SF, Section V
Wednesday, November 09, 2005 from 06:45 PM to 09:30 PM
Location: Downtown

US $49.99/$44.99 VIP members

Monday, September 26, 2005

Best of Both Worlds

Sage and I have a new book out. Since she wrote such a great announcement I stole it:

So, have you bought The Best of Both Worlds: Bisexual Erotica yet? Really, you should. And I'm not just saying that because I'm the co-editor.

M. Christian and I are really proud of this book. Each story presents a different perspective on bisexuality (and I don't mean "for" or "against") and the writing is nothing less than top-notch. Take a look at the table of contents and judge for yourself:

Contents:
Preface
Framing Desire (Stacy Reed)
My Attempts at Polyamory (Clint Catalyst)
MMF (Kit)
Dancing with Rebecca (Brian Frank)
What If? (Rachel Kramer Bussel)
Three Balls (Callum James)
Sex with His Ex (Jennifer Whitlock)
Lost in the Translation (Heather Lee Alexander)
Boy in the Middle (Patrick Califia)
Breaking Point (Bryn Colvin)
Strategy (Sage Vivant)
On the Care and Feeding of White Boys (R. Gay)
A Garden Called You (Jamie Joy Gatto)
Losers (Mark Wildyr)
I Kiss’d Thee Ere I Kill’d Kiss’d Thee (Caralee Levy)
In the Dark, All Cats Are Grey (Jason Rubis)
Married, but Not Dead (Colt Spencer)
Joy: Portrait of a Bisexual Sex Writer (Joy VanNuys)
Afterlife (Susan St. Aubin)
Queer I and the Straight Guy (Bree Coven)
Bare Arms Waving (Tara Alton)
The Stranger (Thomas S. Roche)
Standing, Bare (Sharon Wachsler)
Love (M. Christian)

We think you'll love it.

In fact, as a result of this book, yours truly was quoted in a recent MSN article about bisexuality. (Thanks, Bree!)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Buy My Books On Amazon

Just in case you're thinking of doing some early Xmas Shopping: My Books

Hear Sage Vivant!

Not only is she a great writer but she has a wonderful (and sexy) voice:

Like to listen to stories? Have a special fondness for your iPod? Then you'll be glad to know that Custom Erotica Source now offers *free* weekly podcasts! What's in these podcasts? Why, a story, of course! Called "Four Minutes, Once a Week," the podcast is a short erotic story read by yours truly that takes roughly four minutes to listen to, start to finish. Everybody can find four minutes a week to dedicate to lewd literature, can't they? Every Tuesday, visit http://sage.libsyn.com/ and download a Quickie.

YOU DON'T EVEN NEED AN iPOD
It's not even necessary to have an iPod or other digital audio player. Having access to a computer will do you just fine.

HOW TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST
It's easy. There are basically three ways to listen:
-- Go to http://sage.libsyn.com/ and either listen
online or save the file to your computer (this is the simplest way).
-- Starting in the next day or two, you should be able to search the Podcast area in iTunes and find my podcast. Just search under "Sage Vivant" and it should come up. Once you find it, you can either listen or download it to your iTunes.
-- Download a podcatcher -- called an aggregator -- and subscribe to the podcasts you want to receive. Popular ones are iPodderX and iPodder; also check out Podcast Alley and iPodder.org for more information and podcast listings/directories.

SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE
When you find my podcast -- called "Four Minutes, Once a Week" -- on iTunes (and I'm hoping that it will be available there a couple of days from now, barring any censorship restrictions they might suddenly decide to enforce), you can click a button and you'll be subscribed to it weekly. That means every Sage Vivant podcast will be delivered to your iTunes. Could anything be easier?

If you're technically savvy and know what an RSS feed is, you can subscribe to it: http://sage.libsyn.com/rss

If you like what you hear, remember that you can always get a story from CES recorded onto a CD. We're into aural sex here... See you at http://sage.libsyn.com/

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

When is a blog not a blog?

This may be a blog but it really isn’t a ‘blog.’ Bear with me.

While I like – and read – various blogs by various writers, this isn’t going to be one of those. Not because I’m not a writer, because I am …or try to be. Not because this isn’t a blog, because that’s what it is -- technically.

If you’re familiar with my old site you know I had this silly habit of putting “I’m busy” into my journal page. Aside from being accurate, the phrase also helped me define this blog. Every time I thought about, say, divulging what I’m listening to on my iPod, what shows I’m watching, what books I’m reading, sharing gossip, going on about politics (don’t get me started), bitching about whatever makes me angry, and so forth, I realized that I just simply don't have the time.

So even though this is a blog, I won’t be treating it like most of the ones you've probably seen. Sure, I may be posting some silly stuff now and then, but mostly this is going to be a place where I'll post what projects I’m working on, press releases, calls for submissions, good reviews (hey, I’m not dumb), book covers, and fun stuff like that.

I might like to treat this as a more personal blog but time isn’t on my side – because I’m damned busy … busy writing.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Thursday, August 11, 2005

My headshot --


-- is compliments of Michael Rosen, the best of the best of the best. Check out his Sexual Portraits for a shot of me looking for my car keys.