Please note that I do not condone running, playing, licking, stabbing with, poking with, touching, carving, or sharpening knives. I also do not condone their use in video games, board games, or instructional videos for new employees. 

I’m kidding, I love knives. 

Moving on! This post actually has very little to do with knives, I was just using them for a metaphor referring to subjects that are offensive. See what I did there? Yeah, I’m so deep. 

I have a fairly decent following on different sites where I post on a semi regular basis. I’ll set a warning now, 90% of what I write is erotica, so most of this post will pertain to that subject. It’s just the way my brain works, okay? Most of my feedback is nothing but glowing praise (except the stuck up bitches on Literotica, my porn isn’t classy enough for them), but every so often I get someone who is mortally offended by something I’ve written. So I’ve decided to compile my main complaints here into a post. 

1. “Rape’s not cool man! How can you even write about it!” 

     No. No it’s not. But there’s a line between fantasy and reality. I realize that it’s a tender subject for some people, but does that mean I’m going to shy away from it? Again, no. I will not. My writing has a clear trigger warning on it, so pay attention to that. On another note, I don’t write it very often, but sometimes there’s just this destructive mood that comes over me, and I create sadists, and rapists, and all manner of fucked up personalities- that exist ONLY on paper.  My characters are not a reflection of who I am, in that sense. 

2. “Why is everybody gay! OMFG can’t even deal right now!” 

     Because I love gay people. Not even joking right now. Orientation and gender are two of my favorite things to play with. A lot of people, namely the ones sending me angry messages, seem to think that we as humans are rigidly defined by barriers that, in reality, are quite flimsy. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of love and respect for the straight community, but in my mind, straight is boring. And I say that in the kindest way possible. I like to explore alternate love, between men and men, women and women, two men and a woman, two women and a man, three of the same- the possibilities are endless! Hetero romance books are a dime a dozen on the bookstore shelves, mine are a wee bit more unconventional, and I like it that way. 

3. “Dude you write some messed up people.” 

     Yup, sure do. Not everybody’s perfect, I find the people with the most cracks and scars often have the most interesting stories to tell. 

4. “Why vampires?” 

Because I get along better with monsters than real people. 

But really: I live for the darker side of life. Compare the old fairy tales to the ones today. Huge difference! Back then, there were things with sharp teeth and shadows, and they ate people. Every drop of blood, every life taken, drew them further and further from the humanity they had once possessed. And that’s not even mentioning the ones that weren’t human to start with. What a struggle it must be, realizing how far you’ve slipped. 

5. “Why is everybody sexing everybody else!?!?”

     Do…your characters…not? Sex is fun. Sex is useful. Sex is fun. Did I say that already? Silly me. Human sexuality is something that’s fascinated me since, well, before it was legal for me to be fascinated by it. Our bodies are pretty complex as it is, and sex is one of the many things that combines emotional attachment with a physical aspect. We use it to convey love, lust; to make offspring; and that’s not even counting the other emotions: apology, anger, boredom, my favorite song is on…

In conclusion, I don’t think I really said much that was useful here, so I’ll cram my advice into the last paragraph. People will always be offended. It’s human nature. That’s no reason to ignore or shy away from the sensitive subjects though, write what makes you happy, and trust that for every offended person out there, there’s also someone who will read the piece and say “Wow, I like this!”

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