Everything changes

I’ve been woefully neglectful of my blog and my podcast this year, I know it. This past winter was so awful that it’s effects reverberated well into spring. Decisions were made, time marches on and all that, things are better than good now.

Writing-wise, I’m undergoing a seismic shift. When I was a news reporter, I loathed poetry. When I was a poet, I didn’t care for short stories. When I was writing short stories, anything longer than one thousand words seemed wasteful and excessive. I always felt non-fiction, even in poetry, was my forté.

Irony Alert: Currently I’m working on my first full length fiction novel. Yep. The wind has been blowing that way for quite a while, I’ve simply been trying to resist it. Just like I did with poetry and short stories, and those worked out just fine.

Although I’m not going to rename my blog, I am going to start posting again, but it will mostly be fiction. Most of you probably don’t care what I write, as long as I post something, anything, but for me, it took a great deal of thought and concern. The thing about writing about nothing but yourself is that after three years, you’ve had just about all the fucking introspection you can stand. There are some paths down memory lane that I prefer not to travel anymore.

Right now, my life is fucking amazing. I have an awesome partner who I’ve written about quite a bit, but even that gets hard to keep writing about over and over.

So bear with me as I find my fiction voice and as I post weird ass little clips of things, longer pieces, whatever I find to write about. I’ll still do product reviews, because if sex toy companies want to send me expensive new toys, then hell yes. I want to be blogging more actively again, but the non-fiction fountain has run dry for now. I’ve scheduled rerun podcasts to air every other week all the way through the end of December, hopefully by then I’ll have enough fiction pieces to start a brand new batch.

 

New podcast up and a review of my new book

I tried out the Jessica Rabbit Ultimate Vibe for today’s podcast. Listen in iTunes or on Libsyn.

Sex in Words reviewed my new book My Girlfriend Jake:

“Talk about exploratory fiction! Writing erotica that explores gender variation is a tricky thing. More often than not, it usually fails. Capturing the intricate, confusing and sexual thoughts and actions of someone exploring gender is a tough thing.

Daisy Danger hit it.

The story and all of the action starts with a little clothes swap. Jake tries out his girlfriend‘s panties and that sets her crotch and mind ablaze. From there, the two escalate their explorations during a week-long experiment of Jake as “the girlfriend,“ trying and enjoying more and more…”

Read the full review here!

Three years!

It’s my three year blog anniversary. Three years ago, if you asked me what I expected to happen, I would have said that maybe a few people would find it and read it, and maybe it would last six months if I was lucky. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.

How did I even start blogging? I call this blog my revenge fuck. It started as a rebellion against one person. No, not one of the ex-boyfriends I’ve written about, but an editor. One of my friends asked me to proofread a piece she wrote for an anthology about true sex stories. I was blown away by the concept, and I wanted in. Even though it was past the submission deadline, my friend talked the editor into letting me submit a piece, as long as I could get it in by the end of the weekend. I wrote my ass off for three days and sent it in.

Then I waited.

And waited.

And waited some more.

Then I was rejected. The editor was more interested in big names to promote book sales, I later found out. (I’m not quite as naïve about the publishing industry now, I realize that’s just how things work.)

“What the fuck?” I thought. It was one of the best things I’d ever written, I knew it. So I broke that one big long story into a bunch of smaller stories, picked a pen name, bought a domain name and I published it myself, starting with a very short story called “Mister slaps me a second time.”

And here we are, three years later. I never would have imagined. I’ve published several books on my own, I recently wrote a new book for Fleshbot Fiction (shameless plugs, because, hey, if you don’t tell people what you’re doing, they won’t know!) And the podcast, my god, that’s gone farther than I ever would have imagined. I feel like the queen of my own little perverted empire.

I wanted to share a comment I got recently from Marascha Black, who listens to my podcast. It’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever received and it reminded me that what I write is more than stroking my own ego.

You’re a self-made success with quality work and more to come. Very few people can start a podcast, build and maintain a following and garner a book deal. All the sexual life lessons/people that you’ve experienced and committed to print and podcast in life helps so many people in owning their sexuality fearlessly. It’s made you stronger. In these times (wherein a majority of society still rewards women that apologize to no one in pursuit of pleasure by slut-shaming at the stake) you are a one woman middle-finger salute to that bullshit.

 

Thank you all for a wonderful three years, I couldn’t have done any of this without any of you.

 

 

A few odds and ends…

First off: I’m very much enjoying writing for Whack! Magazine. This week I reviewed the new novel Island on the Edge of Normal by Guy New York, one of my favorite erotica writers. If you don’t know Guy’s writing, then you are in for a treat.

Also, in a fit of utter awesome silliness, I wrote a story about that magnificent beast, The Pornicorn for my friend Shon Richards. I’m still laughing about it, and I hope you will too.

Finally! The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 11 edited by Maxim Jakubowski is out. I’m so honored to have one of my stories selected for this volume. It’s for sale here on Amazon in paperback. No word on whether it will be released as an ebook, but I’m hoping so.

Also, I’ve been meaning to ask…how are all you new readers finding me? I’ve been getting a ton of new traffic lately, but I’m not sure where you all are coming from. I’d love to know! Leave me a comment or drop me a line on my contact page!

This is one of those paramount moments,

the kind that echoes around in your brain forever. A moment of what-if’s and should-have-beens. I’ll give the ending away right now: We won’t kiss or caress, we certainly won’t have sex, fuck, or even make love, but this moment is enough. It’ll have to be.

I won’t even tell you the back story, it’s sort of complicated and mostly boring. I’ll fast forward through all the getting-to-know-you and mundane conversations. Just know that she’s Kim, my friend’s Tony’s girlfriend and I’m crushing on her, hard. I think the feeling is mutual.

We sit on her bed, talking, like we’ve done a hundred times before and she turns to me.

“Would you like to brush my hair?” She unloosens it from her ponytail as she asks, crystal blonde waves fall around her shoulders. I look around, and she points to the hairbrush on the dresser. In my mind, when I remember this moment, it’s a heavy old fashioned Victorian silver brush with an ornate handle and all the romantic trappings one can attach to a brush. The sun streams through the windows, the light catching every nuance in her shimmering hair. Continue reading

I’m on two Kindle bestseller lists!

Self-publishing is a controversy, I know. As a writer, you want your words to be read by as many people as possible and it’s not easy finding the right venue. Recently, Kindle launched a new lending program, giving readers the ability to borrow ebooks. I signed up for the program, and took advantage of their offer for book promotion.

As I clicked the button to promote one of my books for free, I wondered if it would have any effect at all. I woke up yesterday to see my book, The True Life Sex Adventures of Daisy Danger, Vol. I, climbing to the top of two different Kindle bestseller lists!

As of writing this, I’m currently ranked # 2 of the Top 100 free Best Sellers in Biographies & Memoirs of Women and #3 in the Top 100 free Best Sellers in Love & Romance. I’m floored, pleased, tickled pink and everything in between!

Today is the last day that I’m offering this volume for free on Amazon, please download it, read it and enjoy it. If at least four more people leave a review, I’ll publish Volume II for free this weekend.

Nothing makes me happier than having my work read, and right now, I’m over the moon!