• Experience,  Photography

    Will I ever wear real clothes again?

    I realized a few weeks ago that during this lock down, my entire wardrobe has been comprised of clothes from two drawers and one bin…my yoga/lounge clothes, pajamas, and comfy undies (i.e. sports bras and cotton). Occasionally, I have put on a pair of jeans to go out, but otherwise, I’m in all cotton “lounge” mode all the time. But, recently, I’ve been trying to step it up a bit…wearing matching undies (the good ones)…and jeans every day. I feel like it’s necessary to feel human again – a way to start differentiating between rest time and work time. It’s sort of like make-up…I’m wearing that now, too. And doing…

  • Experience

    Step One

    Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are the 5 stages of loss, and I can say that I have definitely gone through all of these (I’m currently in stage 5) during #stayathome2020. In early March, I was very much in denial. I watched the news and was pretty sure it would all blow over. Our administration asked for superficial ways to deal with the possibility of remote learning, but the requests were half-hearted. And our janitorial crew jokingly gave us “professional development” on how best to clean our classrooms – spray the counters with disinfectant, wait one minute, and wipe down. We actually had to sign a paper saying we’d been through this training. Things got…

  • Experience,  My EJC Responses

    Are you there, Brigit? It’s me…

    It’s not difficult to speak of Brigit in the third person, as she is one of the more important facets of my personality who sometimes seems as if she is a complete being of her own, especially since she is the part of myself that needs to be hidden from most of the people in my “normal” life. It’s a common complaint of erotica writers and sex bloggers, actually…that we live a sort of divided life, unable to merge the side of ourselves we show to our online community with the sides of ourselves we can show at our day jobs and to our families and friends. Because of this…

  • Experience,  Poetry,  Poetry Challenge 2020

    New Moon

    The full moon occurs in days, so it’s telling that the last poem I wrote was near the new moon in April. It’s been a tough few weeks. The malaise has set in. Being “trapped” at home, working hours from a chair, social media insanity…it has brought me down and led me to recede, as I am wont to do when the world proves too much for me to bear. Like a turtle (probably my spirit animal in more ways than one), I just pull my limbs and head and take a breather. Unfortunately, it happened half-way through my self-imposed poetry challenge, so I’m a little disappointed in myself. I…

  • Blogging & Writing,  Opinion

    Smut Marathon Round 4 Feedback

    For this round of feedback, I chose to use a “teacher” strategy called “2 Stars and a Wish” — that’s two things well done and one suggestion or question or critique. I’ll admit, I did have to work a little hard to find two stars on some than others. As I read, and tracked my thoughts, I also marked stories with a “*” or “**” when they really stood out to me. Somehow, I got lucky enough to end up with just the right number of double-star entries. Then, it was just a matter of ranking them. As with previous rounds, what I looked for specifically were well-written pieces (grammatically…

  • Erotic Journal Challenge

    The Erotic Journal Challenge: “Love (and Life) in the Time of Corona”

    The original theme for this month was “Blossoming,” but the world has provided us with a bizarre prompt of its own, and I would love to capture a bit of a time capsule our our thoughts and experiences during this time. I know some people are tired of hearing about it…tired of talking about it. But, it doesn’t seem to be going away, even if we are choosing to ignore it (if that is even possible for anyone right now). This mess has affected us, in small and dramatic ways. The theme title for this month is a play off of Love in the Time of Cholera, a book by…

  • Photography

    Unedited – Sinful Sunday

    I love the prompt for Sinful Sunday this weekend – “unedited.” I rarely post unedited or unfiltered images, but I gave this one a shot. I realized that natural lighting makes all the difference, and my shower, which has a window in it (weird, but kind of cool) gives just enough filtered sunlight to deem the flash unnecessary. I’ve taken a few previous images this way, since my bathroom gets a ton of natural light. Sometimes, this is flattering, other times, it’s a bit unsettling, since it sort of acts like a spotlight, making my images a little too HD for my comfort. This image, though, turned out pretty good.…

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