The sad news is that my favorite magazine, Handjobs, has ceased publication as of this month. Permit me a reminiscence, as this news affected me strongly.
I found my first issue of Handjobs in 1997, in a bookstore in Phoenix – possibly the first porn store I’ve ever visited. For a long time it was my dream to write for Handjobs. And in a curious way, the magazine was my first connection to the Radical Faeries, a community I now enthusiastically call my own. I saw my first ads for RFD (a long-running gay journal closely associated with the Radical Faeries) in the back of Handjobs, but never knew what it was until I went to my first Faerie gathering in Tennessee. I was largely ignorant of what the Faeries were all about but I went with a wide-open mind, trusty Josman book in my backpack for jack-off sessions in the woods. To say that that book made me friends in the Faerie community would be an understatement. It got passed around the breakfast, lunch and dinner table multiple times. There were copies of HJ all over, and when I found a stash of RFD’s in the library I finally made the connection. Weirdly enough, I just ordered my first subscription to RFD last month. All things must pass. I’m not being ironic when I say that I believe that the publishers of Handjobs have done the Lord’s work. My creator is the type who delights in his beings feeling pleasure, and they have given pleasure to many.
The good news? I found out about HJ ceasing publication when I sent them a brand-spankin-new story last week called The Barn. Needless to say they couldn’t use it, so here it is, pour vous. Hope you dig.
Hey there! I posted a new chapter of my queer young-adult novel-in-progress to Figment.com. I’m really enjoying writing this story and I’m hungry for feedback (hint, hint) being that it’s a bit different from what I normally write.
I’d been feeling pretty down about my writing over the summer. Even though last fall/winter I wrote first drafts of two really long pieces (the Joey book and the vampire book) I can’t say that I felt (or feel) very confident about them. I remembered how confident I felt about Backwoods, and I wanted that feeling back. So I made some changes in my life (cut out a substance I’d been abusing) and when I went to the beach for a week in August I asked the universe to give me an idea for a young adult novel. I love young adult fiction, particularly the work of Blake Nelson, and I knew that I could write something in that vein, I just needed an idea. And lo and behold, I got one, and I haven’t been able to shake it since. Since I planned to rip-off the voice of Andrea Marr, the protagonist from two of my favorite Blake Nelson books Girl and Dream School, I got the idea to publish it chapter-by-chapter on Figment.com which was where Dream School originally appeared. However, I’ve been holding on to this notion that I shouldn’t release my work until it’s absolutely finished. But then I remembered, I used to publish chapter-by-chapter all the time on Nifty. And once I realized that it seemed perfect.
Hi friends. You might want to check out a story I started writing and posting to a site called Figment: The Lifeguard Story.
Hi! In celebration of (and in the interest of shamelessly promoting) my latest ebook Straight(ish) Vol 2, here is a story from that book, a story from my past called I Sucked Off an Iraqi Sniper. This was originally published on the BUTT blog and was also included in Best Gay Erotica 2011. Unlike most things I write, this story is 100% true and as accurate as my memory allowed it to be.
Oh yeah, buy my new ebook!
A free PDF of my latest ebook, Straight(ish) Vol 2, to the first five people who comment below. The only stipulation is that you promise to write a review for it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Hi! You can buy Straight(ish) Vol 2 right now from these entities:
Queer Young Cowboys – You can buy it in any format here: PDF, EPUB, or MOBI, and the profit goes to me and my friends rather than a corporate entity.
Four tales of straight guys gone curious from master erotic writer Natty Soltesz.
Ski Buddy: Old college buddies meet up for some fun on the slopes, and find a way to warm up in the car, afterward.
My Hero: When your cat gets stuck in a tree, who to call but the sexy, married fireman who lives across the street?
I Sucked Off an Iraqi Sniper: A true story from the author’s spank bank.
Hard Times: Two businessmen in the thick of the Great Recession turn to prostitution to supplement their incomes.