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Empty New York City, March 19, 2020

On March 19, 2020 I walked downtown (as opposed to taking the subway in these coronavirus times) from midtown to Union Square. It was about a two mile walk, maybe a little more, in each direction back and forth. I had an appointment at 2:20 p.m. to finish my application for the New York City ID card, which I want. Unfortunately for me, the city had decided to close all the application offices that very morning due to virus concerns, issuing this closure apparently just after I had called 311 earlier to confirm they were indeed still going to be open. So when I got down there, the ID office was shuttered and I couldn’t finish the application.

It was a dreary, gray day, but as I walked I took pictures of the empty city. I took more than these but these were the best. You can click on them to make them larger. Because it was so deserted, I made it downtown and uptown very quickly, even with tarrying to take photos now and then.

Times Square…the military recruitment center and the Strand Bookstore stall…

 

When I got down to 12th and Broadway, near Union Square, I saw the main store of the Strand, minus its daily assortment of outdoor stalls…

I believe the people on the left of the photo were waiting in line to get into a store that was selling items like hand sanitizer.

 

When I walked back up, along Eighth Avenue, I passed the huge main post office at 31st Street. There were almost no people…just pigeons.

 

And I noticed that today, 3/30/20, despite it being a Monday, there was no mail delivery, at least in the building where I live.

When I went out briefly tonight–I still try to get some daily exercise, a one mile walk–it was so deserted and quiet when I was hurrying through Columbus Circle that I heard could hear the Altoid mints rattling around in the little Peter Driben pinup box I carry in my pocket.

 

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“The not-so-discreet pornography of everyday life…”

Came up with a nifty little quote this morning on Twitter, so I just thought I’d screenshot it here.

I use this kind of perception to come up with zillions of story ideas. Every little gesture can be a seed for erotica…whether it’s actually written as a magazine story or ebook, or merely perceived for its own sensual sake in the context of, say, a business meeting…

The original tweet by peter degen @peterjr1964 on which I commented had a stock photo image, but it wasn’t really necessary. The image stirred up by the tweeter’s prose was more than enough…obviously, for my feelthy mind.  😉

 

 

 

 

 

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Why do we write in the ways we write?

So what’s new and kinky to read this holiday season, friends and followers? My new novella Asian Ladies’ Male Desire Evaluation Team, starring Miss Diabolica Wong! Can’t you just feel her eyes penetrating you with cool inescapable strength and dominant power?

 


 

Here’s the description I put on the story’s Amazon Kindle page here:

“Her name was Miss Diabolica Wong. She was interviewing Bruce at the New York City headquarters of the Asian Ladies’ Male Desire Evaluation Team, or ALMDET, where it would be determined what role Bruce would play in the coming Female Led Future.

“Was he qualified to be a stud, or a slave?

“Bruce was willing to get naked, stroke himself, and do degrading things with food for the interview process, because Miss Wong turned him on so very much…and he really desired an adventure with another Asian woman since his Chinese-American girlfriend had broken up with him.

“Where will Bruce’s fetish for Asian ladies take him next? Would the cravings of his penis determine the ultimate destiny of his life?

“This 8300-word novella by the author of popular Asian-themed femdom erotica such as the Learning to Be Cruel series; Dominant Chinese Twins Enslave Whiny Man; Darva Chan: Cruelty Queen of the Piano; and She Made Me a Cuckold on Black Friday, includes penis size analysis; Clothed Female Naked Male interview scenes; masturbation encouragement; gentle but pointed criticism of Bruce’s personality flaws; and, overall, exciting female control of a submissive male! Take the plunge! Definitely for adults only.”

So, take the plunge! It’s available at Amazon stores worldwide.

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I’ve often wondered why I write these stories the way I do. The general formula, which certainly derives from my decades of writing fiction for men’s sex magazines, is of a fairly ordinary guy, his normal circumstances described, who meets a commanding woman who takes him to some bizarre places sexually. There are sex scenes (one or sometimes even more) leading to climax(es), then end of story. This is just the bare bones pattern, of course; I embroider it enough to make it feel fresh and real–at least, reviews of my work indicate that I do! 😉

I’ve often wondered if my stories should have more “conflict.” Or to use the writing jargon, “more rising action, crisis, and falling action leading to a denouement.” But then several days ago I saw a tweet that, I believe, suddenly illuminated a possible inspiration for the structure I always seem to fall back on…

The tweet was about Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, a show I have admired for over fifty years, and it had this quote:

“I don’t have to write a third act. The third act is: ‘That’s the way it is in the Twilight Zone’!'”

And this is really the way I write too, except my characters go into a “dominatrix zone” that upends who they are, what they knew, and what they then come to expect of themselves.

But isn’t there drama in your stories, you ask? Yes, there is rising action: act one, guy meets domme; and act two, crisis: even as he’s doing arousing things and having a good time, he wonders if it’s good for him. His ego and conscience suffer; he both revels in the kinky fun and feels embarrassment and shame. But then, once that crisis of heart, soul, and sac is resolved through a tremendous orgasm, a psychological epiphany, or a combination of both, and his submission is complete, the story quickly comes to an end. Yep, the guy is deep in the dominatrix zone. No act three needed.

Unlike in The Twilight Zone, the biggest fantasy in my femdom erotica is not something supernatural or science-fictional–except for my overtly fantastical tales like The Dominatrix Who Couldn’t Die or Femdom New York 2399 A.D. Rather, the fantasies I write about are sexual and, if there’s a moral or message, it’s usually something about accepting one’s erotic destiny and feelings. The endings are deterministic, meaning “this is your fate, pallie.” Yes, fate is what I seem to believe in as I write, saying to my characters, to myself, and to my readers, “You are sexually serving women because you destined to; this is the way things are because you have entered and fully belong in the dominatrix zone.”

I sometimes get flustered that my stories seem to often end this way, with no dramatic “change”–but then I have to remind myself that the change has already taken place and is a fact. My male characters go from the sexually vanilla world, more often than not, and become the sexual slaves of dominant women. And sometimes more than sexual slaves; domestic ones, too. And it seems to me now that in all this erotica, with its strangeness of incident or fetish or dialogue, there is much that is structurally similar to The Twilight Zone. Also, often as in TZ,  there seems to be no way out from the weirdness for my male protagonists. And probably not for the women they meet either, either, although they do have the upper hand on their situations in ways the men don’t.

So what does this all mean, Irv, you ask? Simply that now I understand my own writing better, with its quirks and structural decisions–decisions that I couldn’t seem to change but didn’t understand why. But now I do understand, thanks to that tweet with the Serling quote from @NightGallery’s Twitter feed.

So why do you write the way you write? Asking ourselves these questions can be fun and illuminating and even a bit sobering…I think the literary self-analysis I did above is one reason why I so prize my psychological suspense novel Fate of a Stripper, found here, which goes beyond this “formula” into much deeper territory. I think I did a good job with it, proving to myself that I could indeed fulfill one of my ambitions, which was always to explore literary regions beyond the erotica and dominatrix zones.

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2019 in Amazon.com, ebooks, Erotica, history of erotica, Kindle

 

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What is a “Cruelty Queen of the Piano”?

Her name is Darva Chan and she is the Chinese-American concert pianist and dominatrix heroine in my 2015 femdom erotica ebook entitled DARVA CHAN: CRUELTY QUEEN OF THE PIANO.

The cover was posed by a professional model in a stock photo I purchased, yet over the years she has come to seem to me like the very embodiment of Darva Chan.

 

She mixes her love of female domination with her interpretations of the works of composers such as Prokofiev.

This is also an ebook which, I discovered this morning after doing a Google search, is probably the most pirated of my erotica. No wonder the sales are less than robust, to put it mildly. I couldn’t believe how many sites offer it as a free PDF.  😦

You might think it’s counterproductive for me to mention this pirating here, since I obviously would like people to go to Amazon to buy the book, which costs a reasonable $2.99. I mention it because I write off, as customers, readers who read pirated ebooks, or watch pirated videos. They’re not going to pay for anything anyway. They think erotica creators are supposed to be their servants and slaves, giving them stuff to enjoy for free.

No, I need people who are willing to pay for my work, and who recognize it took me many years to learn how to write as well as I do, in order to create stories that are unique and memorable.

So if you want to show your support, pay $2.99 to read DARVA CHAN: CRUELTY QUEEN OF THE PIANO.

That’s less than it cost me to buy a medium hot chocolate yesterday at a coffee shop, something that was gone in 30 minutes.

You have an ebook to keep and re-read and savor over and over again. All for $2.99.

Here is a free sample. The book is available at Amazon stores worldwide. Thank you, and enjoy.

 

P.S. If you have any trouble accessing the free sample on your phone or device, the direct link to the Darva Chan page is here.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2019 in Amazon.com, ebooks, Erotica, Femmes Fatale, Kindle

 

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Namio Harukawa, great femdom artist, honored in Japan!

The amazing work of Namio Harukawa, about which I’ve written before on this blog here and here, was honored this year 2019 in Japan with a major gallery exhibit that had crowds lining up down the block!

“Venus Callipgye”–a term which I used frequently myself when editing CHEEKS magazine. It means “Aphrodite of the Beautiful Ass”

 

A book of Namio’s work was also published and is available on Amazon here:

Haven’t seen this volume yet, but it looks wonderful!

 

I learned all about this from a Japanese blog that, to my surprise and delight, showcased one of my own recent blog posts. In English the blog’s  title is rendered as Bouquet for Masochism! through Google Translate. You can find it here.  A few screenshots:

Dealing with a wide range of BDSM and femdom topics, the blog of “Homer” (as he calls himself) celebrates artists such as Sardax, Nanshakh, and of course Namio Harukawa. Homer got to meet Mr. Harukawa!

 

 

The blog celebrates the sweet and humorous side of femdom as well as the more intense.

 

 

Here is a screencap of the post where Homer discussed my blog. It was in reference to posts the British femdom artist Sardax and I had written, on our separate blogs, about searching for dominatrices back in the day.

 

I’m proud to say I wrote an appreciation of Namio Harukawa in 1989 when, as far as I could tell, he was still virtually unknown in the United States. It was in the second issue of CHEEKS, which I edited from 1988 to 2005.

As I’ve no doubt said elsewhere on this blog, Cheeks was a labor of love for me. It celebrated the beauty of the butt, but also had a good bit of femdom elements too.

 

Here is what the article looked like in the magazine, although I added the sepia tint to post it here. The original pages were just straight black-and-white.

At this time, I was editing the mag under one of my other noms de porn, “Lester Bloom,” and I signed this article with that byline too.

 

 

And if you want to read the article for yourself, just click on these high-resolution versions of the pages below. I just redacted some outdated ordering information from the scans.

 

In the succeeding years, Mr. Harukawa’s work has become even more beautiful. I’ve only become a bigger fan. It must have been quite a thrill to see a gallery covered with his works. When you go to Homer’s blog, you’ll be able to read here, either in Japanese or in translation (which is a bit iffy, as these Google translations can be), a post about his encounter with the artist. Be sure to check out Bouquet for Masochism! It’s quite lively and full of a wide range of art and information about femdom, BDSM, and other topics as well.

Thank you, Homer, for posting about my blog. I’ve been getting an increasing number of visitors to my blog from Japan, and this is probably the reason why!

 

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Would you lick the dirty bottom of a domme’s shoe?

It’s hard to believe I wrote this four years ago…a lot of it in a spiral notebook sitting outdoors at Lincoln Center and drinking coffee.

I thought about this story for a couple of years, had two false starts, and then finally it fell into place. I think in some ways it’s one of my most personal tales, even though it is a total piece of fiction, completely fabricated from out of my twisted mind.

The cover was posed by a professional model in a stock photo I purchased, yet over the years she has come to seem to me like the very embodiment of Darva Chan.

I mostly write on the computer, but I like to write by hand as well.

 

I’ve thought about doing a sequel but, although I have a cover picked out, I never seem to get around to it. Maybe I said all I had to say about Darva and her virtuoso methods of pain and piano in this novella. I’m not big on sequels anyway. I only wrote a sequel to LEARNING TO BE CRUEL because my British artist colleague Sardax did a painting of its domina character, Miss Meirong, that suggested a further direction for the story. Yet, maybe someday, I’ll see what Darva has been up to these last few years…

In any case, I love classical music as much as femdom and in DARVA CHAN I got to merge them both. And this cover is one of my favorites.

The story also addresses the question of whether her slave, otherwise devoted, will lick the dirty bottoms of her shoes. He is reluctant because it doesn’t seem too sanitary to him…well, Darva and her minion Jason come to a compromise on this. Read it and see what you think. Be sure to listen to Prokofiev’s 7th piano sonata as you do…or, as Darva calls it, “The Femdom Sonata”!  You can get the ebook here. And you can listen to the fabulous virtuoso Yuja Wang play the last movement of the sonata here. Savor the music and look at the Darva cover, letting yourself sink into the intense world of her eyes. See where the combination of image and music take you!

 
 

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Aspects of the “pinup lifestyle” ;)

Pinup culture is something I’ve been fascinated with since I bought my first vintage “silk stocking” magazines back in the 70s for three bucks apiece from a dusty used bookshop on Eighth Avenue that is now a Japanese noodle joint. Peter Driben was the cover artist for those magazines, like Beauty Parade, Titter, and Wink, and a few years ago I found a little case in an art shop which I thought would be perfect for carrying Altoid mints. It was decorated with a Driben pinup…

It’s always fun to fish the case out of my pocket and see one of Driben’s beauties as I pop a couple of mints into my pie hole. By the way, the antecedent of “pie hole,” American slang for mouth, was “cake hole,” British service slang in World War 2.

 

Another way I partake of the “pinup lifestyle,” so to speak, is reading paperbacks from the 40s and 50s when pinups were at their peak and “good girl art,” as it’s called by collectors, adorned the covers. There are some reprint editions which have great girl art covers too; this Stark House reprint of two superlative Gil Brewer novels, which I recently read, was done by artist Mel Crair, about whom you can read more here, and it certainly fills the pinup bill!

The intro to these two amazing novels is by Paul Bishop. If I wasn’t so distracted by those gams I might not have cut off that byline!

 

I spent a lot of time this summer reading some fantastic noir novels, and these Brewer books were among the best. In particular, A Killer is Loose is a chilling study of a how a normal guy deals with a totally out-of-control madman who has completely latched onto him. It was one of the most mesmerizing, suspenseful, yet tragic noir books I’ve ever read.

I hope to give a fuller round-up of all the titles I enjoyed in an upcoming post. Meantime, check out the Gil Brewer novels for yourself over at Amazon here.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2019 in Erotica

 

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