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To English, With Love. Sort of.

Everyone has their most hated subject in school. Mine was English. Specifically, the writing part of English. It just didn’t make much sense to me, and it was boring.

But you’re a writer! You said.

Well, not all relationship starts with love at first sight, let me tell you. I’ve never had a great relationship with English. English class was the most dreadful time for me back in high school, sitting there staring aimlessly out the window, hoping that time would pass faster. Looking back, I think my love for telling stories is what ultimately rescued my appreciation for the English language.

Recently, I’ve had the need to become familiar, yet again, with the process of writing an essay. That is something that I haven’t had the need to do since… oh… high school? (A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away…) And that was all because I decided to go back to school and take an English course through a distance ed program. Assignment number one? Passage analysis of a section of text from a short story in the course reader.

WHY!? Why on Earth would I do that? Am I crazy!? Those were the questions that circled my mind repeatedly as I stared blankly at the computer screen, trying to formulate the first sentence for the essay instead of banging my head against the keyboard.

You have to understand: English has never been an easy subject for me. I love to read, but there is a humongous difference between the consequence-free leisure readings, and the dry, dull and boring required readings of a high school English class. Immigrating here in my early teens more than a dozen years ago, I have never been convinced that I am ever going to be good at the language in any way, shape, or form. Writing in English just doesn’t come naturally to me, even though I speak it fluently. What made it worse was the pointless school essays that did nothing to improve my so-called appreciation of the language (bleh). I’ve long since realized that I simply cannot do a good job at writing about subject matters I do not care about.

And for a long time, I’ve tried to get away with writing as little as possible and only when required. My writing became confined to formulaic lab reports and scientific papers with no real need for style and finesse. My language became complex and wordy, but it was boring to read. I still read leisurely, but my appreciation were largely for the stories themselves and not the intricacies in the writing.

It wasn’t until I started writing fiction (this is quite a long time before I decided to publish) that things began to change. It was then that I really learned how to use the subtle difference between words. It was then that I really started to really understand all of the literary techniques that I learned in school. It was then that I reclaimed my appreciation for the writings that are not in my usual reading genres, and for the language itself. I’ve learned to like the process of taking apart the words on the page and look for the meaning behind those words.

So, back to the essay. Eventually, I got over the panic of needing to write an essay. And then something unexpected happened: the words began to flow. I went back, read the passage again, and I found myself going, “Huh, I actually understand what they’re trying to do here. This is kinda cool!” Maybe it was because I’m now older and more mature (ok, not by much…), maybe my understanding of the English language did improve over time, but I think the creative exercise of writing fiction played an important role in helping me really understand and love the language. I still hate writing essays, but it isn’t difficult anymore.

You know, if anyone were to tell me, ten years ago, that I’d be making a living one day with writing, I’d be rolling on the floor laughing at the absurdity of the notion. Funny how things change.

Porn Makes The World Go ‘Round

That got your attention didn’t it?

Porn. One of those four-letter words that are said in hush tones and quiet chitchats, spoken in private and never out-loud (well, it used to be, that is, until 50 Shades). While society as a whole has made sex a taboo topic, it hasn’t stopped people from consuming porn. Public consumptions of sexually graphic material date as far back as the printing press. Bet Gutenberg never saw that coming.

Whether it’s right here in North America or across the Pacific in Japan, porn remains one of the driving force behind technology. (We all remember the format war between Betamax and VHS… well, some of us do anyways…)

Everyone knows that the Internet is for porn. The porn industry has acted as the early adopters of technology, and continues to do so in the digital age. Whether we like it or not (I do), some of the things we take for granted, like broadband, e-commerce, streaming, torrent… even cable TV, owe their widespread use and adoption by the mainstream to the porn industry. Taking videos of your baby’s first steps with a digital camcorder to show grandma? Well, you can thank porn for being early adopters of digital camcorders and making them popular too.

So, why this whole trip down the smutty memory lane? Well, I was browsing online for a case for my Nexus 7, and I came across this. 3D porn. How great is that?! Not only do  you get to watch your favorite porn star hump and gyrate on your big-ass TV screen, you get to see everything like it’s right in front of you in all your HDTV’s glorious 3D-ness.

Will porn make 3D TVs a standard of the future? Who knows, but like that article said: “the bottom line here is sex sells, get used to it.”

Happy Smutting,

A. D. Cooper

Loops and Swirls: The Kink of Ink

Tattoos are perhaps my biggest kink. Most people who know me know that I’m very fond of the art of adorning one’s body with ink. Not necessarily something that I do much myself (I do have one, and hope to have more in the future), but I love looking at other people’s art. Good ink on a great body gets me going like nothing else.

Tattoos dated as far back as humans have existed. They were a form of bodily decoration and often had religious or symbolic meanings, noting one’s accomplishments and rites of passage. Almost every ancient cultures in the world had this kind of tradition. Though somehow, through the ages, that meaning was lost. I remembered that, when I was little, people always associated people with tattoos with the bad elements, with crime and with violence. People who have tattoos were frowned upon. And what a difference thirty years made. Now, it’s a form of self-expression, of art. It is chic, trendy, and most importantly, more accepted in mainstream society.

Ink has fascinated me since I was a teenager. I guess I’ve always been a rebel of sorts, and I’ve always regarded them as artistic. I never saw them as indicative of who a person might be. The intricate patterns, whether they were realistic drawings or tribal patterns, draw me in. When I got older and found out about how tattoos were done, it only increased my fascination with the art form. It’s permanent, it’s painful (to a certain extent), and it made me curious to no end on how important each piece of artwork and the meaning of it, must be for a person to make that kind of commitment.

And then I got interested in art, particularly photography. The study of art is largely a study of light–of color, of shadows, of form and lack thereof–and photography, even more so. It was then that I really saw how powerful tattoos can be as an art form, and how sexual they can be, at least for me. There is just something incredibly intimate about ink. It requires you to bare a part of your body to another person, and through some pain, bring about an art piece that is sometimes hidden from view. Often, only those who are closest to you are privileged to see the whole thing, to touch and trace the loops and swirls, and to understand its meanings. Perhaps this is why it’s so sexual to me. It connects you to another person, both physically and emotionally, like sex. The act of exploring the artwork on someone’s body can be a very intimate experience.

(Though, if you ever want a tattoo, do choose carefully, and be sure you understand the meaning of it. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people with Chinese characters that meant a totally different thing from what they thought it meant…)

Happy Smutting,

A. D. Cooper

Reviews, Revisited

So it was recently revealed by the New York Times that John Locke, of “How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months”, had “purchased” book reviews when he first began to self-publish. The controversial admission by the author resulted in an up-roar in the self-publishing community. Things ranging from unethical to repulsive had been hurled by various parties that blogged/written about/responded to the news.

Original article on the NYT

Those who publish erotica are no strangers to misleading, erroneous and damaging one-star reviews that didn’t hold an ounce of truth. We, and to some extent our readers, have learned to not trust reviews 100%. We have learned not to respond to unfounded criticisms, but a damaging review is a damaging review. Most readers, by and large, still rely upon reviews and ratings to pick books. With the increase competition in the erotica landscape, enough good reviews can go a long way in helping your books stand out on the virtual shelves. And this certainly makes paying for reviews a very attractive option.

I’m not really here to debate the moral implications of paying for reviews–it’s a can of worms that really ultimately goes no where. Am I disappointed? Do I think it’s unethical that he lied in his how-to book? Sure. I certainly wouldn’t fathom going this route, but like Berry Eisler had indicated in response to one of the blog posts, some of this outrage is a bit too much.

The “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” form of endorsement swapping is common place in the traditional publishing world. No doubt the advance reading copies are some form of incentives for reviewers. It is estimated that 1/3 of all reviews (all products) found online are fake, written by the manufacturers or third-party services. Paying for reviews, through financial means or otherwise, isn’t exactly new! Nor is Mr. Locke the first person to do it. (Except for erotica, how many of you who published in other genres begged your friends and family to read it and leave a review? You honestly think they will leave a review that didn’t say they loved it?)

And get this: No one cares. Well, except for other self-publishing writers, that is. Most of the consumers probably don’t care. They may buy a bad product or a book they didn’t like because of fake but favorable reviews, but most people will just tell their friends about the bad experience and chalk it up as “well, lesson learned.” They certainly won’t buy it again, but they may not even bother to leave a negative review. I very much doubt that John Locke would’ve sold this many books if his books aren’t at least up to par with reader expectation. The reviews may have gotten him there faster than the rest of us, but reader loyalty is built on quality, not reviews.

This brings me to another interesting, albeit frustrating and baffling phenomenon that I came across via my Twitter stream: “phantom” reviews for books not yet published. Most people who know me will probably know that I avoid Goodreads like the plague. I have my page up there but I almost never go there because of the propensity for drama on that site. I followed someone’s link to a book on Goodreads, which is slated to publish in late October of this year, that already garnered over 100 favorable reviews. From Goodreads populace.

Huh?! (This totally warranted an emoticon: o_Oa)

The author in question is known to not give out many advance copies (or so I’ve heard), so where did these phantom reviews come from? On Goodreads, no less. Enthusiastic fans? Marketing ploy by the publisher? Who knows. Just shows to tell you that not only can you not judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge it by its reviews either. I, for one, will just keep trucking along and write better books, and ignore the reviews for my own sanity.

Breaking It Down: Serial Fiction

In my efforts to expand on my writing, I’ve been looking into other genres and writing styles. One of the things that was of interest lately is serialized fiction. It’s something that has been discussed and debated quite a bit, by people–both writers and readers–on either side of the pro/anti fence.

Serial is, in its essence, releasing a longer work in installments. The idea of serializing the written work isn’t new. In fact, some of the best writers in the “old days” write in a serialized form: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes was written and released as serials in The Strand, as was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers. In those days, only the best writers are allowed to publish serials in magazines, which is where majority of the literate population read the “latest and hottest” stories of the day. With the advent of broadcasting, serial fiction became replaced by radio series (Hitchhiker’s Guide, anyone?), and later, TV series. The format may have changed but the aspect of consuming fictional work in installments remains the same.

There is a variant of serialized fiction known as episodic fiction. Rather than releasing a longer work in pieces, each of the piece is a complete work with its own conflict and resolution, but also contains background that fit together to create a larger story. Kind of like a TV series but in the written form. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? That is what Sean Platt and David W. Wright did with their collaboration. Their series Yesterday’s Gone is one of the best-selling Sci-fi Horror books on Amazon.

If you take a quick glance at the charts over on Amazon, you’d notice that some of the best-selling works in erotica right now is in this “episodic” form, as well as in other genres. It’s funny because not so long ago Mark Coker wrote a blog post about whether serialized fiction is a good idea or not. If serialized fiction is a bad idea, then why are so many writers having such success with this format?

I think at the end of the day it comes down to the way people consume media. Most of what we read/listen to/watch are in a piecemeal fashion: an article in the paper, three songs on the iPod, two episodes of procedural drama on TV. Leisure reading is something done during our “spare time”, which is steadily becoming shorter and more sporadic with most people’s busy work lives. Serialized/episodic writings fit well with that. As much as I love reading a long book, I simply do not have time most days to sit down and devote several hours to read a book. And I don’t know about you, but it’s quite hard for me to pick up a book, remember what I have read so far, and then continue reading a big chunk of it all within half an hour. It’s much easier to read in the same timeframe something that’s designed to be read in a piecemeal fashion.

Personally, I think serialized fiction is a great idea and I foresee a comeback of it. As much as the critics like to disagree, I think it’s a worthwhile market to explore.

What do you think? Would you give serials a try?

Happy Smutting,

A. D. Cooper

What Happens to the Middleman?

Yesterday, Katie talked about the first experiences of publishing directly through Kobo’s new self-publishing platform, Writing Life. While there are plenty of things that could use some (or a lot of) improvements, it is a big step forward for a lot of self-published authors.

Earlier this year in March, Apple announced iTunesConnect for iBookstore. Now, Kobo gave us Writing Life. It seems that the retailers are finally willing to accept the fact that self-publishing and ebooks is an inevitable trend in the future. By creating their own system catered to self-published writers, they are primed to enter the ebook race along side Amazon and B&N.

A number of self-published writers that I know (myself included) are making the transition to iTunesConnect and Kobo, opting out of the distribution system at Smashwords.

Why, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons.

  1. From personal experience, the approval process, from upload to going live, at iTunesConnect is 2 days, and at KWL, less than 12 hrs. With the option to go direct, the author can also make changes and take those changes live at any time. No more waiting weeks for small changes to be approved by Smashwords and then the retailers.
  2. Live reporting and daily sales break down. You can see exactly what is selling and make SEO changes to boost sales at any time.
  3. Customer service is much more responsive.
  4. Monthly rather than quarterly payments…need I say more?

But what does that mean for the middleman? What would happen to the “aggregators” such as Smashwords and Lulu?

I will focus the rest of the discussion on Smashwords since it is by far the largest aggregators in the ebook market at the moment, with the largest distribution network. The company, led by Mark Coker, has been standing at the forefront of the self-publishing revolution. Mr. Coker must be commended for his efforts in helping to shape the future of the ebook industry, and for standing up for the writers against censorship. However, this is simply not sufficient. While I applaud Mr. Coker’s work, I see a lot of fundamental flaws with Smashwords that are being made painfully obvious by the advent of iBookstore and KWL. Smashwords, in its current state, simply isn’t sustainable.

Smashwords is the middleman. Middlemen exist to facilitate the exchange of goods. They exist because of the unique services they are capable of providing, helping the goods reach the consumers effectively. For Smashwords, that is slowly fading into the past. As it becomes easier and faster for authors to publish direct, the middlemen become obsolete.

As most people can attest, unless you have an established fan base on Smashwords, a majority of a writer’s income comes from the distributors. Four out of eight distributors (which accounts for 90%+ of sales for a lot of people) of Smashwords now have self-publishing platforms. Those who are technology savvy enough to go direct will go direct, for advantages previously stated (approval time, sales tracking, payment schedule, etc.). What would happen to Smashwords when writers start pulling out of distribution and Smashwords lose their cut of the distributor income?

In addition, I have to be blunt here, but the usability of Smashwords’s site simply isn’t up to par, from both a writer and a reader’s point of view. For the readers, it’s difficult to navigate, and the search/sort function is rudimentary at best. As a retailer, they simply do not have the ability to compete with other retailers, who utilizes effective marketing strategies to drive sales through their site. For the writers, the sales tracking system is confusing, and the dashboard interface leaves a lot to be desired.

I don’t want Smashwords to die. As an indie author, I want it to continue to grow and prosper, because it is so much more than just a distribution channel. It represents the idea that “anyone can publish”, which is fundamental to indie publishing. However, in order to do so, Smashwords must transition themselves very quickly in the near future. They were innovative in 2008, but that was four years ago. Innovations have shelf-lives. Innovations can become obsolete with time. Smashwords must embrace their role as innovators and as retailers, rather than relying on being an aggregator, to continue forward. They must make themselves competitive to the “big four” of self-publishing to survive. I could only hope that over at Smashwords, they are seeing what I, and a lot of others, am seeing, and make the necessary transitions. I would hate to lose a voice who is willing to speak out on behalf of self-publishing authors.

Happy Smutting,

A. D. Cooper

New Release Wednesday

Addy Cooper here, filling in for Michelle =)

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TABOO ENCOUNTERS: STEPCEST QUICKIES COLLECTION by A. D. Cooper

Taboo Encounters is a collection of Stepcest Quickies stories from the Gay Erotic Encounters series. In these pages you’ll find five stories featuring daddies, twins, a gay nympho, a sexy cop and his cop buddies who find themselves on the path of their steamy sexual adventures.

This 22,000 word collection contains explicit and graphical depictions of hot man on man action (threesomes, voyeurism, jail cell gangbang, rimmings, blowjobs and bareback sex), and is intended for mature audiences only.

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 CAVITY SEARCH: SCREW SECURITY by A. D. Cooper

The last thing Aaron Johnson needs on this business trip is hitting another snag. When airport security insists on searching his luggage, he can’t help feeling just a little frustrated. Good thing that a hunky, sex-on-legs security officer is on hand to give Aaron a pre-flight pick-me-up…

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HIS PRIVATE STAR 2 by Inara Stone

When Amanda Lee met Connor Wood, her favorite movie star, she could not have imagined that he would seduce her. Now, she’s living in his luxurious mansion on the Woodstar Ranch under his watchful eye. The man who never knew she existed now seems to think of nothing but her.

Connor requires much more from Amanda than a casual affair. Only complete possession of her mind and body will begin to satisfy his hunger for her. But will he spook her with his intrusive questions and intense sexual needs?

Connor and Amanda continue to engage in a power struggle fueled by undeniable desire and the urge for control. Together, they may find the raw truth they seek in each other … or destroy their ability to trust anyone again.

This is the second story in the Dominated by the Movie Star series.

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 THE ABCS OF EROTICA – G IS FOR GIGOLO by Malia Mallory

Candace is a woman who always lived her life for those around her. Now a widow, but still in her prime, she seeks to explore aspects of herself that were buried, particularly her sexuality. While stopping over in Los Angeles on a trip, she arranges for a gentleman escort, a gigolo, in hopes of finding herself.

Gavin is a man who makes his living figuring out how to please women. He is drawn to Candace, recognizing the carnal nature underlying her vulnerability. He takes her down a path that she never knew existed.

This story contains graphic depictions of masturbation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, anal sex and spanking. It is intended for mature audiences only (18+).

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The Art and Importance of Procrastination

Up until this very point, as I am writing this post, I had *no* idea what I was going to write for this week’s blog post. I’d been just feeling very “meh” and very “bleh” all day. I barely wrote a handful of words, and there is that voice in the back of my mind going: why aren’t you writing, dammit?!

I’d actually felt worse after I reminded myself of the 25k words I’d written the week before. That was half a NaNo in 1 week! Double damn.

And then, I remembered the years before I began writing full time. In my past life, I was a grad student, working in a lab for longer hours than most people do and getting shitty pay.

What kept me sane? Procrastination.

As a student, I was the master of procrastination. It wasn’t that I don’t get things done, it was that after a while, I began to realize how important it is to know when to break–to know when to take a step back and just chill.

Procrastination is not laziness. Quite the contrary. Procrastination is about changes in your mind set. I see this in science a lot: you get stuck trying to solve a problem, and you’re hitting all the dead-ends and getting absolutely nowhere. A lot of times when that happen, you say “God, I must be the stupidest person on the planet, because I’m sure the other guy in the lab would’ve figured it out by now.” In your head, you think that if you just try two more things, maybe one of them will work this time, but your heart tells you “Stop.”

I used to listen to my head. I’d be in the lab until wee hours and still not getting it. And then I learned. I learned to listen to my heart and go for a walk, grab a coffee. Go home, cook dinner, and just let it all go. I learned to turn it off for a brief while and do something–anything–else and just stop worrying about the problem.

In short, I procrastinate. I’m doing something else “fun” rather than plugging away at something and getting absolutely nowhere.

Guess what? Sometimes, it just clicks after that break. Maybe it was realizing an error you didn’t notice before, or realizing that you’re looking at the problem in the wrong way, or simply inspired by something else you’ve read/seen/heard that led you to a surprising solution. Our brains are constantly working, even if you’re not focused on the problem right at the moment. Sometimes, when it gets stuck, you just needed to add some fresh inputs, to jog it a bit, turn your thinking on its head.

So, don’t fret if you suddenly have a bad day when the words just doesn’t flow. Maybe you just need a break. Maybe you just need to procrastinate a bit–read that book you’ve said you were going to read all week, go out for a drink with friends, watch a movie with your kids… And then it’ll come to you.

Happy Smutting,

A. D. Cooper

The Anatomy Of A Cover

For those of you who are familiar with me, you know that in addition to writing erotic fiction, I also dabble in the other creative side of the self-publishing business–cover design.

A cover, for any kind of publication really, is a marketing tool. Its purpose isn’t just to sit there and look pretty, but to draw people’s attention to it. Different types of print publication would of course employ different styles of design that fits the needs of the publication.

I’ve seen blog posts that say a cover isn’t as essential as good writing. I beg to differ. While good writing is important for the longevity of the writer, a cover can mean the difference between a sale and not–it is, after all, a marketing device. Having an attractive cover is usually the first thing that draws a reader in, after which, the blurb and the story itself, along with the price determine whether a purchase is made. Without that cover, your book will simply drown in a sea of millions of other books.

So, what, exactly, constitutes a “good cover”? And more importantly, what are the differences between a paper cover versus a digital-only cover? I will put the emphasis on ebook covers for the sake of this post.

The basic elements of a cover consist of the following: a background image, the book’s title and the author’s name. That’s it! (What, you’re expecting more? =P)

Okay, maybe that’s simplifying it a bit too much but that is essentially what every single cover, whether it’s print book or ebooks. In traditionally published print books, there tend to be additional information, like “xxx bestselling author” or “Book x of this series”. But if you have ever read Joel Friedlander’s “The Book Designer” blog, you would know that those additional information doesn’t really do anything in the digital world.

A “good” cover, in my opinion, has a few essential traits:

1. Eye-catching. This is not to say that all eye catching covers are good. What I mean by eye-catching, is that it has a focal point; it has something that draws the eyes to it out of a sea of covers. (Try doing a search on Amazon or B&N for any topic, and see where your eyes focus on when you’re looking at an entire page of search results all at once. What looks attractive on a cover might not necessarily be the most eye-catching, and vice versa.)

Creating a central element to serve as the focal point is often the best way to achieve eye-catching-ness. Our eyes naturally seek out certain things, like people’s faces, thing being pointed at, or bright colors. Direct the eyes towards a focal point, you are that much more likely to hold someone’s attention long enough to create interest.

2. Simple. I read a quote by Coco Chanel just recently. She said, and I paraphrase, that when you are done putting your outfit together, take one good look in the mirror before you head out, and take off one accessory. Cover design run into the same problem as fashion styling. People tend to over accessorize. They think that because I have 5 things in my story that is important, all 5 MUST make it onto the cover. NO! That is not always the case!

While what goes on the cover tend to be different from genre to genre (for example, an artist rendered scene from the book is popular in Sci Fi, and very complicated artistic drawings are also popular in Romance), the rule of thumb is simplicity. Take a look at the covers of 50 Shades, Twilight and Game of Thrones. Their covers are very simple, and yet they create a focal point that draws your eyes in, achieving the previous criteria of eye-catching-ness.

3. Gets The Point Across (also known as, Not Confusing). I periodically submit my covers to Joel’s cover art contest, and when he does comment, his comments are fun to read (with lots of important lessons to learn from). Some covers, they’re just confusing. Either they have too many things going on so one can never be sure what is the important message here, or it’s too abstract and it left the reader going ????? in their minds when looking at the book. Am I likely to pick up a book that when I see a cover I go “huh?” The answer is no. When I pick up “The Life of Pi”, I know that the story is about a boy with a tiger on a boat. How do I know that? Because that’s what the cover illustration tells me.

Of course, there are other smaller details (photoshop magic, font choices, layout placements, etc.) that goes into making a great cover, but these big rules of thumbs will at least help you get their quicker.

As a final plug, I recently made a cover for Sara Fawkes’s third installment of the “Anything He Wants” series. I am making a post later today on my own blog about the creative process that went into her cover. If you are curious about the actual process, stop on by and take a look.

Happy Smutting,

A. D. Cooper

So… I Hear It’s Big In Japan?

Hi there, I’m A. D. Cooper, the newest member of the One Handed Writers and I’m absolutely thrilled to be here.

A little bit about myself: I’m a writer of gay erotic fiction, and I moonlight as a cover artist. I love writing about steamy, sweaty, raunchy sexual encounter of men. My journey into erotica writing began a short five months ago when a friend suggested that I try my hands at self-publishing, and it’s been a great ride ever since (no pun intended). I love writing and talking about sex, and I believe that we shouldn’t be shy about the topic of sex. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to share some of my thoughts with everyone, and I hope you enjoy what you read here.

Recently, I had the chance of visiting Asia, and on my way home, my flight got cancelled. All of the passengers on my flight ended up stranded in Narita airport just outside of Tokyo, Japan. We made friends, rolled our collective eyes at the airline, and generally had an interesting time being stuck in a hotel near the airport with nothing to do. This wasn’t my first time in Japan, though. The first time I ever set foot in Japan was more than a dozen years ago on a family vacation. I, of course, was too young to know about all the kinky stuff that the Japanese were up to.

Now the Japanese, they are some of the most courteous, polite, clean and friendly people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Stepping into a Japanese urban center is like stepping into a space port or something. Everything is so efficient and shiny and… nice! They are among the earliest adopters of any technology, because as a culture, they believe in utilizing whatever technology to make their lives easier and more efficient. I just love it.

But, no offense to any of my readers who are Japanese or are associated with Japanese people, Japan also produces some of the kinkiest pornographic material I have ever seen. This hidden sub-culture surrounding sex is a constant fascination to me, and I sometimes wish I have the psychology degree to study and understand the reason behind some of the things I’ve seen and heard.

For example, Hentai. There is a whole genre of porn in Japan that is basically adult-themed anime, and the topics basically contain everything you could ever think of in normal, live-action porn, and everything you never thought you’d ever see. Phallic alien tentacles, horny big-busted housewives, sex cults with paranormal happenings, creepy doctors performing “cavity exams” on helplessly tied up nurses… the list goes on. I’m endlessly fascinated (and amused, a lot of times) with all of the material I find on the Internet, and they continue to provide some of the best inspirations to my naughty, kinky muse.

If you’re ever in the mood for something different, or if you’re an erotica writer looking for fresh inspiration, you might want to check some of these out. Who knows, you might just find what you’re looking for… in Japan.

Happy smutting,

A. D. Cooper

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