Monday, February 10, 2014

Autumn Fire Tour

Dustin likes the closet. It’s warm, comfy, and dark. Who needs to be out when you can get all the anonymous sex you want via the internet? And, besides, coming out is messy and gets you nowhere--certainly not a relationship. Real gay love is fiction.

When Dustin meets CollegeJock22 for a quick blow-and-go in the university library men’s room, everything he thought he knew crumbles. He can’t get that man out of his head and will do almost anything to have him. The only problem? CollegeJock22 is even more in the closet than Dustin.

He’s in so deep he can’t even see the crack of light under the door.

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Hot blowjobs! Call Dave!
Dustin glanced over the phone number scrawled in faded ink, marring the grey paint. A half a dozen more “offers” decorated the wall—hookups made inherently sleazy when delivered in bathroom graffiti.
Not that he should judge, since he occupied the stall in the men’s room at the back of the library for an anonymous blowjob with some guy he met on the internet.
Dustin barely knew anything more about CollegeJock22 than he did about “Dave,” but it was still different…somehow. He’d at least seen CollegeJock22’s picture, if only a grainy crotch shot.
His thoughts crashed to a halt when the bathroom door next to him opened. Blood immediately pounded in his ears, so loud he struggled to hear the hesitant footsteps make their way to the urinal. Cold sweat spread across his forehead. He’d done his share of hookups, but never in a public place before. The danger of being caught both terrified and excited him.
Dustin stared at the sneakered foot, visible just below the stall wall, as the other man stopped at the urinal on the other side of the metal divider. He waited for the signal. Until he heard it, he didn’t know who had come in, CollegeJock22 or some random dude needing to take a piss.
He heard a zipper open, but not the telltale sound of urination. The foot shifted. The pant leg lifted, briefly flashing a white sock. The signal. Dustin flashed his own sock.
Nothing happened. Embarrassment swelled as he realized the awkward coincidence. This was not CollegeJock22.
Then the other man’s feet moved. Another wave of cold sweat peppered his skin. He’d been right. CollegeJock22. Now he just prayed the man wasn’t fat and ugly, his profile one big lie. Dustin’s breath grew shallow and his heart thudded as the man stood on the other side of the stall door.
Dustin left it unlocked, as planned.
It squeaked softly as CollegeJock22 nudged it open.
All doubts vanished. Quite simply, CollegeJock22 would be the hottest guy Dustin ever hooked up with, the rare man who actually lived up to his profile. He easily stood five foot eleven with tight golden curls peeking out from below his ball cap. His muscled chest pulled his shirt taut beneath his open jacket and his cock…a gorgeous piece of meat dangled from his open fly. The thick and semi-hard dick sprouted from a dusting of fine hair, probably at least seven inches when erect.

The Difficulty of Writing in this Genre

I’ve been writing since I was about 13.  Well, not writing this genre since I was 13.  I’ve spent most of my writing time devoted to science fiction and hope to return to it someday.  However, in making the switch to M/M erotic romance, I found it at once to be both easier than science fiction and immensely more difficult than science fiction.
In a way it’s easier -- you don’t have to come up with all this pseudoscience, convoluted plots, exotic settings, or life-or-death cliffhangers.  All you really have to do is come up with a story of two people who fall in love, fight it every inch of the way, and then finally give in.  Easy, right?
At least, that’s what I thought.  Writing sex can be astoundingly difficult.  Let me rephrase that.  Writing sex can be easy.  Writing effective sex can be astoundingly difficult.  Everyone has at least some familiarity with sex, either through personal experience or *cough* the internet, and so you’re not writing anything profoundly new to the reader.  Yet, you need to captivate the reader and draw them in as if they’ve never seen it before.  Even more so, you need to write it so effectively and smoothly that the reader is never bounced out of the action for even a fraction of a second.
With any other genre and any other type of scene, readers are willing to forgive a minor bump in storytelling.  They typically have zero forgiveness for when it happens in a sex scene.  And, as I’ve found out, readers have no trouble telling you exactly what was wrong with that sex scene.

Writing in this genre has been an interesting experience and thoroughly rewarding.  I’ve learned more about the writing craft and business in the last 18 months than I had learned in the previous 17 years.  And what I’ve also learned is that there is a whole lot more to learn.

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Cameron D. James is a lover of books, coffee, chocolate, and cute Starbucks baristas.

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