I’ve come up with the term “literary erotica” to describe the kind of erotica I try to write and the kind of erotica by other writers that I like to publish in this magazine. I don’t know if the term is old or new and I certainly don’t claim to be the originator of the term. I just know that the term fits.
In my mind, literary fiction presents the world pretty much as it is. It presents life in a more or less realistic/naturalistic fashion. Everything is not black or white. There are shades of subtleties. Characters act like flesh and blood human beings. Characters are driven by understandable motives. Characterization is important.
Literary fiction tries to capture what it means to be human. And to me, the best erotica enhances everything that literary fiction is all about.
Sex is at the very center of the human condition. Without sex there would be no human condition. I know this is a simplistic concept, but it’s true.
Of course, sex goes far beyond procreation, especially in this Computer Age that we live in. Sex is for bonding. Sex is for self-fullfillment. Sex is for recreation. And in this magazine, sex is art and entertainment.
Literary erotica is the best term that I can come up with to describe a kind of fiction that recognizes and encompasses the totality of human sexuality.
And when a writer decides to explore literary erotica through the prism of flash fiction, that writer has taken up a challenge that will bring out the best of what the writer has to offer.
Hello hello hello, my brother and sister readers and writers of erotic flash fiction! This is the Old Soldier reporting for duty. I’m giddy over local weather forecasts that say the temperature is going to slowly rise during the week until the high will be in the 50s.
You can’t beat that with a stick!
I hope everyone is doing well. The Old Soldier is in great spirits. The count down for putting in my order for a new computer is now down to 14 days.
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