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Today in my inbox I found an email from a man I don't know. It was a M/F erotica story, maybe 500 words. It was prefaced with this:

Jordan,

I wrote this last night after a date with my girlfriend and sent to her. It's based on a fantasy of mine.

Would love to know your thoughts.

***

I'm wondering how I should respond. I'm guessing he's listened to my podcast and is inspired to write his very own erotica. Good for him. But he doesn't even say that in his email. Just my name, and "would love to know your thoughts."

Sheesh, at least stroke my ego and tell me how/why you've picked me to receive this bounty.

I could either ignore it or send a generic "good for you, keep up the writing," reply.

Dear Flist,
I would love to know YOUR thoughts.

(The fantasy, BTW, is his girfriend dresses up like a schoolgirl in pigtails, gives him a blowjob, he goes down on her, they have sex, then go to bed and have more "amazing sex." Because I'm sure you're all curious.)

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spikeface
May. 20th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I think the "Jordan" would piss me off the most. Why not "Ms. Price?" Do people not have manners anymore?

I'd give a generic comment and ask him why he thought to turn to you.

I'd also love to know what his girlfriend thinks of this. Pigtails? Really?
jordan_c_price
May. 20th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I think the good part of his fantasy was that everyone was consensual and everyone was enjoying it; I think that's a theme in my writing overall, no matter how sick or weird things might get. So the consentuality/fun factor was good. (consentuality=not a word)

I think if there were just one more line of "here's why I'm sending it to you" explanation, I would have been better about it.

But yeah, the terseness of the salutation might be the thing I don't know what to make of.
cass1969
May. 20th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
(The fantasy, BTW, is his girfriend dresses up like a schoolgirl in pigtails, gives him a blowjob, he goes down on her, they have sex, then go to bed and have more "amazing sex." Because I'm sure you're all curious.)

All that in 500 words? Wow!!

I'd go for the generic reply -- I totally get why you feel uncomfortable.
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
An old friend of mine called me one day, then followed up with an email that contained erotica about the two of us. And I don't think he thought I'd find that scary, since I was an erotica writer and all.

But, ew.

I didn't even read it.

Men and women are wired totally differently, I think. He probably thought I'd feel flattered or intrigued.
cbpotts
May. 21st, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Be careful.

The last thing you need is people sending you shit and then later saying "She got that from me!" and causing mondo headaches: there's a reason most big name authors won't read fic sent to them this way.
jordan_c_price
May. 21st, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
I hadn't even thought of that.

Guess who's getting a new disclaimer on her podcast?

Thanks!
cynbaby
May. 21st, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
First of all, that's slightly creepy.

I've gotten stuff like that before, because I run an erotica website, and most of the time I just send a generic "that's nice, thank you for sharing" message.
darkamber
May. 21st, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
I think it's a bit creepy - I'd chose to ignore it, in case a reply, any reply, would be interpreted as some kind of encouragment. The 'net is full of weirdoes...
ephemera
May. 21st, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
ever so slightly creepy ... 'thanks, but I can't read and critique everyone who sends me stuff so it's fairer that I don't do that for anyone. All the best'?
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