My Mom Reads My Smut … So what?


As we’re gearing up here to the release of my first set of stories, I am in a position where I need trusted feedback and proofing from those who have always read my stuff.  Sure, graphic medieval sex is a little less par for the course than when I wrote film reviews for print news or when I draft articles for work, but hey, people sure are more enthusiastic to read them.

So, why are we so weird about it?  Season 3 of Orange is the New Black features Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren penning bizarre space erotica by hand, and distributing it around the prison reading circle in rubber-band bound scrolls by the chapter.  Quite the opposite of begging people for feedback, she’s constantly accosted by fellow inmates who want her to hurry up and write more and demand insight into the resolution of her sticky, extra-terrestrial love triangles.

Time Hump Chronicles Quote Suzanne OITNB

Let’s be honest here – I’d kill for that level of fan devotion.

So, last week, while I was whining to my mom about cover art and keyword strings, the natural progression of “why don’t you just read the stories?” eventually came around.  So she did – prefacing the experience with “stop making it sound so damned taboo.”

But it is kind of taboo, isn’t it?  If I’d written some super subversive shit about cannibalism on Wall Street, complete with graphic secretary barbecues, no one would blink an eye at my mom giving me feedback.  But, instead, we’re talking about a busty medieval princess getting felt up by an erstwhile knight and suddenly it’s crossing a line.

A line I admittedly am becoming more and more impatient with.  I now have a circle of three close friends and my mother who are on board to read all the historical smut I can manufacture and I need to believe it’s not going to make our relationship(s) weird.

Anyway, this is me, acknowledging how stupid the whole squeamishness is, but also acknowledging that it’s feels a little strange when my mom calls me at 10pm on a Tuesday to tell me that a cunnilingus scene needs more “clarity on the pubic hair situation.”

So I’ll just be over here.  Clarifying the pubic hair.

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