Writing/Writing Exercises

Why the question asked of George R. R. Martin was valid

Last week this popped up in my timeline: It made me laugh, and I’m sure most of us Game of Thrones fans – and by Game of Thrones fans I, of course, mean those of us who have never read the books, but delight in the show – can recognise the ridiculous irony of our predicament. But actually, this reminded… Read more →

Blasphemy Call for Submissions

I am happy to announce that I have been asked by Burning Book Press to edit an anthology of erotic fiction. The topic, ‘blasphemy’, came about through a long conversation, with several authors about eighteen months ago. Since that time I have been considering and contemplating it, and with such a complex subject, I am very much looking forward to… Read more →

Thank Yous from Eroticon USA

Two weeks ago I was in Atlanta. It seems both ridiculously recent and such a very long time ago. In all honesty, the weekend – nay, the whole week! – was something of a blur; between exhaustion and excitement and inspiration and (yes) arousal, the week passed with incredible speed and produced some wonderful things. For example: if you haven’t… Read more →

The User Manual

The personal user manual is an idea I got from Cunning Minx on her podcast, Polyamory Weekly. It’s a great podcast, and I love Minx’s no-bullshit, straightforward approach to non-monogamy. Her own user manual is a great read, and acted as a good model when it came to writing my own. I have actually been meaning to write it for… Read more →

The Marriage Service [Edited]

Last weekend I posted a very drunken Audioboo as I stood outside a beautiful estate house in the country, inside which one of my closest (and youngest) friends was dancing with his new bride. In this Audioboo I claimed that I would edit the Church of England Marriage Service to demonstrate how little of it I’d include in my own… Read more →

Brutalism

Last week on Bad Porn Club, I mentioned that I have a fetish for brutalist architecture. I’m not sure exactly how we’re defining ‘fetish’ at the moment; some say it’s simply being turned on by something inanimate; for others a fetish is something a person needs (to at least think about) in order to get off. Well, my ‘fetish’ for… Read more →

Happiness in Certainty

It is extraordinarily unfair that when I am happy I find I have nothing to write about, and when I am unhappy I lack the wherewithal to bring my numerous thoughts together on the page. How I have ever written anything at all seems a complete mystery. But happy or unhappy; content or blank, there is still, always, a small… Read more →

Being in the Closet(s)

Yesterday I read this excellent article by Aggie at Solopoly, about being in or coming out of the poly closet. You can read the article for yourself, but – in a nutshell – it discusses the pros and cons of being in the closet, and seems to conclude that being in the closet is hard on the people around you,… Read more →

Published by Ether Books: For a Few Dollars More

My short story For a Few Dollars More has been published by Ether Books. Download the app, find ‘Harper Eliot’ under Authors, and the story can be yours for just 69p. Ether Books describe themselves as ‘a new mobile social reading platform, connecting Writers and Readers around the world. Ether publishes “made for mobile” Quick Reads straight to Smart Phones,… Read more →

Why What I Write is Not Erotica

A few weeks ago I submitted my story ‘For a Few Dollars More’ to Ether Books. The story tells of a young prostitute’s interactions with two very different customers, and deals with a very intense non-consensual scenario. Filling out my submissions form I automatically ticked the ‘Erotica’ box. Due to the fact that my story depicts graphic, explicit sexual interaction,… Read more →