Taking A Tumblr

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Ever since I was inspired by that awesome gif on Kayla Lords site to write my first Masturbation Monday piece, I’ve been looking for images to accompany the erotic shorts that I write for that meme.

I started off looking on Twitter, after all there’s a ton of profiles that just post filthy pictures. Selena Kitt’s is always good for some dirty picture action (she broke my Tumblr cherry), but it takes time trawling through and I got a bit annoyed by that, so now I just follow her on tumblr – much easier.

I discovered Tumblr a few months ago. Oh my god, it’s nothing short of manna from heaven for a voyeur like me. I knew about it way before I joined, but I had enough on my plate without joining another social media site, so I put it off. I regret those wasted weeks, I really do.

So now I’d like to stand up and say: “My name is Rebecca Black and I bloody love Tumblr.”

It’s awesome. I scroll through my dashboard until I find an image that catches my attention and an erotic scene plays out in my head and I write it down. Every single Masturbation Monday piece that I’ve written has originated like this – it’s never ending sex-fuelled-dirty-sexual-eye-candy inspiration. Genius.

I can’t take any credit for the images I post with my erotic shorts, except to say that I chose them out of the pool of blogs on there. But people have started to ask me about them (F. Leonora Solomon and Emily Dubberley to be exact!) Up to now I haven’t promoted my Tumblr blog (mainly because it’s just dirty-sexy pictures and filthy gifs) but if you’re into that, have a look if you want. You can find me at rebeccablackwords.tumblr.com – go be inspired!

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca x

 

The Morning After #EWBD

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So it’s the morning after and I think the adrenaline that has kept me going for the past 5 weeks has started to wear off. Crash, bang, wallop! There may have been a few tears, but they were triggered by the kind words of the lovely Tabitha Rayne. So not such a bad thing really.

What a wild and crazy ride the past month has been. We went from Emily Dubberley’s small message on Facebook saying, what about celebrating erotica on World Book Day? To hundreds of people being involved in the discussion group, writing a story then editing 21 more for the anthology, the stress of trying to get it ready and uploaded in time for the party (Kev Blisse you’re awesome), getting Brook on board, preparing for the Facebook party, hosting part of it, people / organisations donating over £1500 worth of prizes (Cara Sutra you’re amazing) and getting mentioned in loads of blogs and the national press!!! My head is spinning.

The amount of people who have been involved has been staggering and everyone has worked so hard to pull everything together, tweeting and sharing posts and getting the word out about what we were trying to do. The erotica community is strong and supportive; I’m so proud and happy to be a part of it.

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Anyway, if you missed it, we had the Erotic World Book Day Party on Facebook last night where we launched An Intimate Education: an anthology of 22 stories from some truly fantastic erotic authors. It’s climbing the Amazon charts as we speak after an absolutely fantastic response from people last night. All profits go to Brook, a sexual health education charity for young people. They do great work and I’m really happy to be part of something that’s raising money for them.

We also released the list that we compiled over the last month 100 Modern Erotic Classics That you’ve Never Heard Of. What I love the most about this list is its diversity, there’s something on there for everyone. It caters to different kinks, sexualities and fantasies. I’m going to be working my way through it over the next year.

The party is over but we still have work to do. It’s looking like #EWBD will be back next year. Just think what we’ll be able to do with so much time to plan! Exciting times ahead. Here’s the website if you want to keep up with what we’re doing. eroticworldbookday.co.uk

Thank you for all your support and a massive shout out to Emily Dubberley who drove it all forwards to make the idea a reality!

Rebecca x

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Cover reveal: An Intimate Education (charity anthology)

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Here it is people!!! The anthology I edited with Emily Dubberley for Erotic World Book Day. All profits will go to Brook, the fantastic sexual health education charity.

There are some fantastic authors in there: Lily Harlem, Kay Jaybee, Lucy Felthouse, Anna Sansom, Tabitha Rayne, Lexie Bay, A.M Hartnett, Victoria Blisse, Madeline Moore – just to name a few off the top of my head.

Plus a new story from me with some Femdom action.

Twenty-two stories and something for everyone: straight, lesbian, gay, transexual, BDSM, Femdom…. it’s a cornucopia of awesomeness!!!

Please help me to spread the word – it’s a truly great cause.

Blurb:

“Featuring 22 erotic stories from authors across the globe, An Intimate Education spans a range of sexualities, genders and desires. The stories show the diversity of erotica, taking in romantic sex, kinky sex, paranormal sex and a lot more besides. All stories show that safe can be sexy.Created to celebrate the first ever Erotic World Book Day (#EWBD), all profits from An Intimate Education will go to sexual health and well being charity, Brook.”

We’ll be celebrating Erotic World Book Day on Facebook. March 5th 7.00pm till midnight. There are some truly amazing prizes to be won, lots of fun chat with erotic authors, excerpts and there’s bound to be some spanking banter! I can’t wait. I’ll be hosting 8pm to 9pm. Hopefully ‘see’ you there.

A World of Erotica: Beyond 50 Shades

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With the upcoming film release of 50 Shades everyone’s either talking about it or trying to ignore it. Apparently, even fire-fighters are ready for the erotic onslaught http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31428072! There have been some insightful blogs (see girlonthenet) and some hilarious 50 Shades inspired articles and videos (see Krista McHarden’s Cosmo piece and the Trojan condom ad).

The silver-tie-laden bandwagon is fast rolling into every town to deliver spanks and a little lashing of media sensation. But is the controversy worth it? Crucially, are the books worth reading? Will the film be worth watching?

I fall firmly into the –  I read the books, (once 3 years ago). I liked them (didn’t love them), I’ll go and see the film – to see how they handle the content and because I want to be able to form my own opinion rather than read other people’s – camp.

I have no issue with people who love the 50 Shades series (my mother-in-law has just finished reading them for the third time!) and I don’t want people telling me what I should and shouldn’t read; what I should or shouldn’t like. If they did, there’d be no gentle initiation – they’d get a clear and distinct “Fuck Off!” from me.

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Like many readers, it was one of the first books that I read that involved BDSM. It whet my appetite for more and I rapidly realised from reading more complex books that 50 Shades is only the tip of the iceberg as far as D/s relationships go in erotica.

My only issue with it, and really my issue is with the media rather than the book, is that society has reduced erotica down to this singular series of books. We need to look beyond billionaires (when did being a millionaire not measure up by the way?), grey ties and bondage paraphernalia (although it does have its moments *cough*).

It wasn’t just Christian’s ‘red room of pain’ door that was opened – a world of erotica has beckoned for many. That is a good thing. Let freedom ring with the sound of chains on bedposts!

Erotica is such an incredibly diverse genre, from BDSM to paranormal, menage to an amazing range of LGBT stories. I am a passionate reader and writer of erotica. I love it and wish that it was more widely acceptable. But recently I found out that an online friend has been turned down for a job because she reads and blogs about erotica. So even though everyone and their mother-in-law has read 50 Shades, we’re still not really ‘ok’ with it. (That’s a whole other blog).

It’s a crazy world and I don’t pretend to understand it half the time. But what I will do is promote erotica in my little space on the net for all I’m worth. I get excited about some books and I love to share that. I think it’s fantastic when another reader loves a book that I recommend; I’d just love to see some of these books that I love hitting the best seller lists too.

So here’s the main point of this blog, forget the Fifty Shades furore for a moment. There’s something more promising than watching a dysfunctional billionaire and it is happening on March the 5th.

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It is my hope that as many of you as possible will join me and an amazing range of erotic writers on March 5th to celebrate Erotic World Book Day. Go and like the page and we’ll keep you posted about the upcoming event. Some fantastic British authors are involved, Emily Dubberley, Lucy Felthouse, Maxim Jacubowski, Cara Sutra (award winning sex blogger) and plenty from the other side of the pond.

We’ll be producing a Top 100 Contemporary Erotica Books list, and most exciting of all an anthology ‘An Intimate Education’ (all proceeds going to the fantastic sexual health charity – Brook). There will be a Facebook party, amazing prizes and giveaways (seriously the prizes are awesome lots of sex toys and books) There will also be lots of naughtiness and huge potential for spanking innuendo!

We should harness the attention being lavished on the erotic tale of Anastasia and take people beyond 50 Shades into the spankingly exciting world of the erotica books we know and love. Come and share that love with us on March 5th and find some new erotic books to read.

Rebecca x

Get In Touch With Cliterati!

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I’m pretty new to Cliterati, and if like me you’ve been living under a rock for the past 14 years here’s what it’s all about…

Cliterati is the site founded by women and created for women, which dares to admit that women like sex too. However, you don’t have to be a woman to enjoy – or contribute to – the site. You can be of any gender, sexuality, relationship type, ability – the only limit is that you must be over 18 (or the age of consent in your country of origin). The site is designed for adults, so if you’re under-age visit Scarleteen instead.

Here’s what the majorly talented Emily Dubberley (CEO of Cliterati, multi-published author and sexpert) had to say about how the site has evolved over the last 14 years:

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“When we first created Cliterati.co.uk in 2001, it was before Sex and the City and long before 50 Shades, or the amazing variety of sex blogs that are now around: the idea of an erotic site for women was much more controversial than it is now – but when we attracted 120,000 page views in a day, we realised that it was very much needed. Over the last 14 years, Cliterati has evolved, though erotica is very much at its core: while Cliterati was originally created for women, realising gender is a spectrum not a binary meant that the site has now evolved to be for everyone, regardless of gender (though we do have a preference for covering under-represented groups and reflecting sex-related issues that may be ignored by mainstream media). Evidence-based research has become increasingly important too – there’s so much dubious sex science in the media (see badsexmediabingo.com) that we try to run the latest *real* sex news as counter to the glut of PR-led nonsense surveys, that give a biased – and incorrect – view of sex.”

So, in what appears to me to be an increasingly conservative world and media, I think it is incredibly important for us to have access to such a liberated site. There is a mind boggling amount of information on there; from sex advice to sex toy reviews, books to events. It’s easy to navigate and very accessible. There’s also a ton of erotica to read, straight, group, kinky, queer, D/s – something for everyone and I’m proud to say I’m now a regular contributor to the erotic fiction on the site. Find my stuff here.

Emily Dubberley is also on Facebook and is hosting the Erotic World Book Day #EWBD event on March 5th 2015. Follow the hashtag on twitter and like the Facebook page to keep up with what’s going on leading up to March 5th.

As ever, thanks for reading.

Rx

 

EROTIC WORLD BOOK DAY #EWBD *COMING* SOON!!

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Ooo I’m excited about this!!!

So March 5th is World Book Day here in the UK, which is an event I’ve followed for the past couple of years. It’s a great way to spread the word about all sorts of books and the joy of reading. This year Emily Dubberley (sexpert, multi-published author and CEO of Cliterati) has brought together a diverse range of erotic writers to create Erotic World Book Day. It’s happening on 5th March and it’s shaping up to be an amazing event. Find new authors and books, enter to win sexy prizes, and enjoy lots of erotica-fuelled chat and discussion about everything we love to do with erotica.

Writers: if you want to find out more about what’s going on, and join in the discussions, take a look at our Facebook group page. It’s a closed group but please request to join and Emily will sort it as soon as she can.

Readers: this page will be showing events as they are announced.

Apart from celebrating the amazing world of erotic fiction, we’ll also be putting together an anthology (which I’m helping to edit) of scintillating erotic short stories, with education as its main theme and steamy stimulus.

Get ready for…’An Intimate Education’!

A call for submission will be posted soon.

ALL proceeds will go to Brook, the fantastic sexual health charity.

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If there are any sex toy companies out there who want to contribute to our prizes and giveaways then please contact me or the group. We’ll make sure your links are included in any promo. Thanks, R x

Follow us on Twitter too and use the #EWBD hashtag or check out what Emily’s saying about it @Cliterati1