Published August 20th, 2013
He’s a fangirl’s dream…
Siler Dunham would do anything to have Farraj Reza, hero of the smash network TV drama, "Endangered." Every week she tunes in to watch him calculate the rescue of fellow bus crash survivors trapped deep in the jungle by a ruthless drug lord.
A federal public defender with a penchant for saving the unsavable, she can’t resist his sad story, or his badass charm. When she seeks a matchmaking service to meet him, their one night stand isn't what she expected.
Forced to choose between unbridled lust and compassion, Siler must forgo her fantasy... or mustn’t she?
Why short stories?
Why short stories?
(MB's topic)Oh, why the hell not? They're quickies in words, no muss, no fuss (well, probably a little muss, fuss is pure theatre), and the best one-off you could ever wish for.
If you can't tell, I think short stories are an under-appreciated art in post-postmodern literature. It isn't that we don't know how to write them well, we just don't know how to honor their brevity. Ironic in a drive-through microwave culture, that, as I often hear readers say they don't enjoy short stories because they aren't long enough. It isn't that these girls aren't compelling, aren't as well-developed as their longhaul sisters, or don't accomplish as much in significantly less pages. Short fiction often loses out because we want more.
Enjoying something so much as to want a little more Oh Yeah! is a great problem to have. I'm curious, though, is it that short stories are too brief, or is there a deeper, more provocative reason they get under our skin?
I think a well-written short story pushes us to actively participate more in the plot progression, to engage more emotionally and psychologically than most novels do. Without flowery prose to gently seduce us, starkness forces us bare, raw, and receptive to bring more of ourselves to the table, without preamble, without presupposition. As well, they end with us breathless, panting, craving more--because every encounter that truly sates instills deeper want.That's part of what makes them so powerful.
Literarily speaking, with short stories, we have to be ready for the good stuff--juicy, unabashed movement--from the hook, on. Posthaste we get down and dirty, rubbing against exactly what we need right there, between the words, among the undercurrents. For that reason, short stories require faith in the moment, without fretting what comes next. We have to be willing to give ourselves over to that momentum and trust wherever it takes us.
I love short stories. To me they are poetry's deep sigh. I love them so much that throughout my college writing curriculum, I was devoted to perfecting them as my form of choice. That's why I enjoy Decadent's The Edge series. For one, they are sexy as hell, and they bring it, every time.
So yes, the short form requires more of a commitment, a leap of faith. Risk it. Dive into the fling, knowing the foreplay and after-cuddling are on you to provide.
~ erotica author,Fierce Dolan
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