Since 50 Shades of Grey came out, a lot of people have started to peek into the world of erotic writing. I was a bit ahead of that curve because I’ve always been extremely curious. However, unlike the majority of the free world, I haven’t read FSoG. You see, I had no interest in the BDSM side of erotica. I didn’t get it and I didn’t really want to get it. I had my preconceived notions (Women being slaves to men? Not this chick!) and I was content to keep them.
Then I followed author Ann Mayburn on Facebook. I don’t remember how or when or even why. All I know is that suddenly I had this hilarious woman in my newsfeed openly discussing penises and vaginas, handing out big dick pictures to reviewers, and posting snippets of her books that challenged my preconceptions.
Those of you who know me, know that I’m as stubborn as the day is long. I resisted Ann harder than any bratty sub even thought of resisting. But finally, her witty wickedness wore me down. I submitted to Ann Mayburn…in a very platonic writer to reader kind of way, of course.
And I enjoyed it.
I learned about the world I’d been so reluctant to explore. (It’s not all whips and chains, folks.) I also discovered, by reading comments from people in the BDSM world, why FSoG isn’t a good example of the BDSM world (in a word–aftercare).
Now, I won’t pretend to completely understand the BDSM world. That would require far more from me than reading a few erotica novels and that’s not something I can devote the time to right now. However, I did come to understand that there is power in submission. I believe this is true outside the BDSM world as well.
Sometimes, the best way to show strength is to submit. So, today, I’m submitting to my muse and posting my most recent artwork…Submission. I’m nervous about it. It’s a departure from my normal work. You’ll see that, though. (WARNING: This is NOT EVEN REMOTELY safe for work!) It’s here in my gallery. I hope you enjoy it.