About TheTravellingMan


Hi, I'm something of an irregular writer and I travel a lot - I have wanderlust and have for a very long time. I've met many fabulous (and a few not so fabulous) people on my travels and it's given me a wonderful appreciation of the human condition. I hope you might find that in my writing. I'm not a natural writer and I am learning for there is much to learn.

I write because..... (choose a reason), that's easier than me explaining why. I hope you like my stories, sometimes they are true, authentic and unembellished. Sometimes partly true in honour of a time, place and sometimes a person.

The rest are simple flights of fancy that arrived as a spark in the most unforeseen of places....

Bye for now.

The Travelling Man

Martin S
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South, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Local Time:
22 Oct 2018 04:28
Favorite Books:
Far too many to list, either the Delta of Venus or Henry and June (her diaries) by Anais Nin.
Favorite Authors:
Amis, Steinbeck, Hemmingway, Nin, Camus, Rand.... there are too many.
Favorite Movies:
Three Colours Trilogy, Jean De Florette & Manon De Sources, Amelie.
Favourite TV Shows:
Mad Men. TV died for me when that finished - it will never be beaten, ever. I don't watch TV.
Favorite Music:
Aphex Twin, Georgio Moroder, Rokysopp, Kraftwerk, Cerrone.


Date Joined:
13 Apr 2013
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Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 07 Sep 2018 14:10

Congrats to the winners and it was a big ball of fun, Malbec, something Chilean please <img src="/images/emoticons/pourwine.gif" alt="Pour Wine">

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 04 Sep 2018 10:51

Hi all, sorry just passing through waiting for a plane. Just to say to all, thank you so much for your lovely comments Rumpulators.


I would never suggest this would happen.... here.... ever....

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 02 Sep 2018 22:00

I could not resist, it should be approved soon... Mr. Twenty-Eight


Topic: Announcing the Winners of our "Sizzling Summer Sex" Competition
Posted: 17 Aug 2018 10:37

Just back from my hols and what a pleasant surprise to come back to! Considering the amazing entries, I am immensely honoured to be held in such high esteem - thank you very much.

(Edited because I might have had a few drinks on the plane home)

Topic: Other authors - do you borrow their style?
Posted: 15 Aug 2018 15:21

Awesome Luca and Curvy, thank you for helping me feel less of a freak :) I love to read, sadly time is an enemy, so to know I am not alone helps. I wish I could be more subversive in my writing and for my characters to be more flawed and therefore, more human. I love Amis for that, no one does the imperfect of the human condition better than him.

I really liked Girl, 20 (just read it for the first time whilst 'enjoying' 35c heat) for the total 'f**k you' of it. One day maybe, until then I shall keep trying.

Topic: To Sequel or not to sequel, that is the question
Posted: 07 Aug 2018 02:15

Faced with a 10,000 word story, I will split it up into two parts, and I have done this for a few stories. To do that, I'll wind the story down to a natural stop and then reset the scene at the start of the next part, a bit of 'glue' in the form of a couple of paragraphs.

I find it works well and I do leave a little time between them, a few days to a week.

What also works for me is by splitting them up, the edit time seems less and less bothersome too.

Topic: Other authors - do you borrow their style?
Posted: 07 Aug 2018 02:02

I am enjoying a well-deserved soujourn from work and currently have my feet up 'en vacances'. Naturally, I brought some reading fodder to enjoy over a drink (or three). In a ponderous moment (because we all have those with time to think), I was wondering if any of you feel inspired by other authors to, ahem, try and emulate their style?

Currently, I'm reading through Kingsley Amis and I find his work fascinating for the sheer verve of his writing style, plot devices, and humour.

I admit, I have tried to emulate his approach before. I really enjoyed trying to add my own tack, I like to think it made me a better writer.

It has left me wondering if I am the only one. Do any of you feel the temptation to perhaps play on a favourite authors style to see if you can pull it off?

Topic: What's wrong with this sentence - niggles of language that drive me mad
Posted: 07 Aug 2018 01:54

Love the Oxford comma :)

Personally, I would take this:

Mathematician John Couch Adams, who was born in Laneast near Launceston is best known for predicting the existence of the planet Neptune

The subject is already established, that's superfluous.

And do this:

Mathematician John Couch Adams, born in Laneast near Launceston, is best known for predicting the existence of the planet Neptune

Topic: RUMPLATIONS: Awesome Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted: 15 Jul 2018 00:50

I'm not English either, and have managed to completely ignore the World Cup, but I'm geographically closer to England than Phil, so can I have my free beer, please? <img src="/images/emoticons/angel7.gif" alt="angel7"> <img src="/images/emoticons/pintdrunk.gif" alt="Pint Drunk">

Sorry to hear the dental woes, Verbs and Rumps! Exciting about your comp entry Bill and hope you'll hear soon back from the mag about your Shard, Jeff!

Larry, you just take good care. <img src="/images/emoticons/hugs.gif" alt="Hugs">

And helloooo everyone else!

Talking of comp entries, I really enjoyed this by TheTravellingMan, who is an excellent Lush writer and I'm sure would be a Rumplator if only he weren't off travelling all the time! Here's the link, if anyone would like to take a look. <img src="/images/emoticons/readsmallprint.gif" alt="Read it">


Hi Curvy - first time Rumplator here, please be gentle and hold on to the handrail at all times.

Thank you for the recommendation, you are very kind :) Enjoy your coffee, I will toast you with my Cuban Serrano.

Topic: question for the supernatural writers on the site
Posted: 14 Jul 2018 01:45

Some really good points and I did write a long supernatural story - The Last Bookshop and I was honoured to receive an outstanding series award for it. I have written a Succubus story too, couldn't really nail it but had a try.

Is it going to get lots of reads? Nope but I did it for myself and to add to the canon which I feel is under served here. I had some great encouragement, and made new friends along the way.

I was walking down a street in London and the idea just whacked me right in the face. I walked past the bookshop, had a light bulb moment, then double-backed and went in. The description in the opening chapter is bang on what I felt.

It became the easiest story I ever wrote. I learned quickly there has to be a lot of scene setting, plot, explanation and the hard part - credibility. The temptation to insert a deus-ex moment is huge.

The readership isn't massive, I think I got about 20 votes for the first part and then a loyal readership who stuck with it to the end.

My advice, do it for yourself and don't kid yourself it will get a lot of reads.

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Recommended Read The Virgin Slave

“I just wanted to kiss you.”  I paused, feeling uncertain and vulnerable, “But I was scared if I did, you might hit me.” Gazing at her prone beside me, she looked out in a thousand yard stare. Dismissively as a snort of air could be, her eyes narrowed to focus, “I probably would have, too.” I did not know much about her but that look I understood well.  A sultry stare full of...

Added 13 Oct 2018 | Category College Sex | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 4,611 | 3 Comments

Recommended Read Wanderlust - A Greek Odyssey

I paid the price she demanded.  When the extrovert gave way to the introvert, I became her slave, and as my mistress, I knew her intimately.  Rising as a faint pang, excitement laced with anxiety, its urgency grew quickly.  Crumbling by the hour, I could not endure the trajectory of this sepia-tinted relationship.  The unremarkable tale of vanilla boy meets vanilla girl and they will not...

Added 17 Sep 2018 | Category Bisexual | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 3,570 | 3 Comments

Mr. Twenty-Eight

Twenty-eight times he watched this, his wife getting it seven ways ‘til Sunday.  She adored Mr. Twenty-eight, tightly coupled, bodies frantic, and the air filled with anguished cries of ecstasy. Mr. Twenty-Eight had verve, athleticism, a wanger that would make a horse feel inadequate.  He had a wondrous naïveté for a good story too. Mr. Twenty-Eight brought his girlfriend, a partner...

Added 02 Sep 2018 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 17 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,154 | 14 Comments

Out in the Sticks

“He’s just a tortured writer!” That tone of sarcasm demanded a response.  Looking up, he silently mouthed the words to his younger sister. ‘Fuck off.’ The shock on her face amused him. “Mum!” The floor bounced as her elephant feet left the caravan.  He stared vacantly at the feint-lined page of his foolscap book.  Vanilla, luxurious, expensive, his cheap thoughts would sully it. ...

Added 15 Jul 2018 | Category First Time | Votes 9 | Avg Score 4.89 | Views 9,106 | 3 Comments

Editor's Pick The Petite Girl from the Big City

“You alright?” Loud and direct, it carried over the wail of the storm. Sea spray lashed her face and the relentless wind whipped at her hair.  Wiping the brine from her eyes, vacantly, she stared at the black malevolent waves.  Mesmerised by their sickening lurches, they topped out in a froth of grey and disappeared. “Colette, please!” Clutching at the arms of her Guernsey, she turned...

Added 12 Jul 2018 | Category Love Stories | Votes 21 | Avg Score 5 | Views 6,999 | 13 Comments

Recommended Read Strangers

It fell in slow motion, the last drop of salty sweat onto her writhing torso.  Announcing my climax, I withdrew.  Her fingers replaced my girth, a distraction as I felt his strong grip.  Staring into my eyes, my desperate need for relief amused her.  His firm grasp stroked my shaft and provoked the savage need from my loins.  Softly squeezing my balls, I buckled in orgasm.  Amidst the sounds...

Added 02 Jun 2018 | Category Bisexual | Votes 23 | Avg Score 5 | Views 10,918 | 16 Comments

Recommended Read Al Fresco

A rhythm, syncopated, the dark shades of bass and hard rhythm felt tribal.  The teeming mass of bodies moved as one, lost in each other, all were strangers in this private moment.  Adrenaline, alcohol, and lust fused into this perfect cocktail.  Their hands chased against each other, a gossamer caress along her slight waist, and those meandering fingertips raised a soft gasp.  Pressed...

Added 21 Apr 2018 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 9 | Avg Score 4.89 | Views 1,521 | 6 Comments

Hi Darling...

“Yes darling, he’s here.  He let me handcuff him to our bed.” Casting her eyes over his prostrate body, she giggled, “Uh huh, he’s ready.” Pressing the phone to her ear, his erection twitched in her grasp.  With a deft flick of her wrist, his body writhed with a rumbling groan.  Relishing the control, the zephyr breeze from the open french doors caressed her naked body.  She caught...

Added 08 Apr 2018 | Category Flash Erotica | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 2,916 | 8 Comments

Series Award The Last Bookshop - Fellowship's End

Boldly in broad daylight, Dominic Carshalton calmly approached the cellar door and forced his way in.  As the harbinger of their doom, his intuition bayed for blood.  Someone, a woman, called out for Coulter.  A locked kitchen door proved no barrier and he blasted the lock with his revolver.  He expected his powers to be ineffectual yet his intuition mocked the fear in Coulter’s eyes. ...

Added 13 Jan 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,863 | 3 Comments

Series Award The Last Bookshop - The Man in the Bawdy House

Wisps of steam rose from the inky black and he looked into the swirling void.  Its juxtaposition with the anodyne white made it look more brooding and malevolent.  He wondered back to those dangerous days and how adversity threw them together.  The teaspoon clattered against the saucer and he checked his wristwatch.  Yvette Piper was late and he had no idea why.  It did not take much these...

Added 12 Jan 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,512 | 3 Comments

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Ah...now I remember: must collect my new spectacles

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May your Christmas be magical and your New Year full of blessings.
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Happy birthday, Martin! Have a great day exx
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Happy Birthday from the Lush team.
02 Nov 2017 00:20

Happy Friday all.... ah fuck it... who needs an excuse for this?

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Thought I would give you something to focus on...Loosely speaking that is...

23 Sep 2017 17:09

And Wednesday teasers

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A bit of Monday Sizzle......

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Greetings from Tayside, Scotland

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