Recently, I was appalled by a privilege-blind piece in a Southwest Portland local monthly newspaper. I wrote to the editor, who published an abbreviated version of my comments. In today's blog post, "Privilege Blind" I share my full "editorial".
Just before I shut down last night, I learned that Connecting to Kink: Safely exploring your BDSM fantasies online is a Finalist for a 2016 Golden Flogger Award.
Connecting to Kink offers essays, tips, personal experience, and opinion written from more than a dozen years of experience advising online kinksters. Whether you just discovered online kink, tried unsuccessfully to connect with someone, or want to satisfy your curiosity, you will find useful information about safely exploring your BDSM fantasies online in its pages.
Now through the end of July, Connecting to Kink is half price as part of the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. And, if you send a copy of your receipt to info@BDSMWritersCon.com before August 17, 2016, BDSM Writers Con will send you a FREE BDSM eBook.
For one week only, purchase all of Korin Dushayl's ebooks published by Pussy Cat Press for 50% off as part of the Smashwords "Read an Ebook Week" promotion.
In addition, you can get 50% off all I.G. Frederick's ebook collections (short stories and poetry), novels, and non-fiction at Smashwords.
That's a total of 21 books on sale for half price -- just use the code RAE50 at checkout.
Hurry, these promotions expire at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.
Two years ago a Montana District judge's outrageous victim-blaming comments defending his commuting of a pedophile rapist's sentence angered me. I'm still angry. The child killed herself because of what her 54-year-old teacher did to her.
The judge claimed the 14-year-old rape victim looked "older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the man forty years her senior.
The judge's revolting and all-too-common attitude hit a nerve. When I was a child, I looked and acted older than my chronological age and I almost became a rape victim. I wrote about my ordeal then for Truthout's SpeakOut.
Today that essay -- with an update -- appears on PDXX Collective, literary feminism for the working writer.
Unfortunately, even though the rapist has been resentenced to 10 years in prison and the judge was reprimanded, this essay is still all too relevant.
We survived Black Friday. I commmend all those who chose to shop Small Business Saturday instead. Today traditionally is Cyber Monday and I declare tomorrow to be Transgressive Tuesday.
Starting December 1, purchase all of Korin Dushayl's print books published by Pussy Cat Press for 25% off. Use the coupon code 3Z2S43Y3 to get discounted copies of Broken, Shattered, Playing With Dolls, Choices, and Spyder's Truth.
In addition, forward the email receipt you received from Create Space showing you purchased a print copy of Spyder's Trouble to me at ig dot frederick at gmail dot com and I'll send you a special coupon good for 40 percent off the second book in The Lady & The Spyder series, Spyder's Truth (no attachments please).
Spyder's Trouble "is one of those books that seems to launch a reader into space, new worlds and new cultures instantly ... The writing is very good, not clunky or unreadable. The characters were interesting and captured my attention. ... This book packs a punch and delivers one suspenseful moment after another." -- BDSM Book Reviews
In Spyder's Truth, "the author skillfully avoids the common pitfall of going too 'tech heavy' at the expense of a genuinely human story." The Lady Cassandra "is a fascinating character, alluring, persuasive, shrewd, deeply intelligent, but also at times tender, caring, empathetic and wise -- precisely the qualities a great Domme should possess." -- Erotica for the Big Brain
Buy copies for gifts or copies for yourself, but hurry ... this offer ends December 15.
Erica Jong said, "Poetry is what we turn to in the most emotional moments of our lives -- when a beloved friend dies, when a baby is born, when we fall in love." Wallace Stevens said, "A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman." Edgar Allan Poe said, "Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." Most of us agree, when it comes to expressing passion, there is nothing more effective than poetry.
Coming Together: In Verse, a collection of erotic poetry and risqué verse edited by Ashley R Lister, releases next Friday, November 27. Sales proceeds benefit Hope for Paws, an animal rescue organization.
The collection includes three of my poems, "The Beast Within," "Eruption," and "In Control" as well as work by Ashley R Lister, Alessia Brio, Victoria Blisse, Rachel Woe, Janine Ashbless, Liz Honeywell, AJ Chilson, Roy Clements, Katy J, Ashe Barker, Lisa Bower, PJ Bayliss, Geneva Rose, Jay Willowbay, Slave Nano, Lily Harlem, Kay Jaybee, KD Grace, Norbert Gora, Jade A Waters, Adrea Kore, Bella Settarr, Okami No Koga, Daniel Davis, Joanna Harrington-Cruise, Sophia Sophia, Le Petite Mortimer, Eleanor Meadows, Angell Brooks, L Hollamby, Blacksilk, CA Bell, Ian Jade, Tamsin Flowers, Ruby Red, Colin Davies, Desmond Field, and Rachel McGladdery.
Preorder copies at most online retailers, including Smashwords, Amazon, and Create Space.
Ever have kinky thoughts about Spock and Kirk? Princess Leia? Ever wonder just what you could do with the light saber?
Inside the pages of the Geeky Kink Anthology, you'll find everything a geeky kinky reader could want -- from alien anal probing to comic book super heroes and super villains, all sorts of Elvin sex, and even such slightly obscure nerdishness as a new take on Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear.
And of course, there are ample references to Doctor Who, Star Trek, Harry Potter, and Devo.
So strap yourself in...it's going to be a ride like none other. You'll find my story, "'Aunt' Grace", and work by other award-winning authors like Cecilia Tan and Tamsin Flowers as well as first-timer geeky kink authors making their publishing debut!
Now through November 15, you can get $2 off ebooks and $5 off print copies of the Geeky Kink Anthology with special coupons for GKE attendees (and friends and family).
The most important thing to understand if you create an account on any website that is free (and even some that charge a fee) is that you're not the consumer, you're the product. In today's blog post, "Staying Safe Online," I discuss things to consider if you have, or want to have, a profile on a fetish site.
On conventional social media sites, you're limited in your ability to embarrass yourself by each site's content restrictions. But fetish sites have no such constraints. Instead of monetizing your cute kitten pictures, those sites profit off your sex life.
"Staying Safe Online" is excerpted from Connecting to Kink: Safely exploring your BDSM fantasies online.
I've ordered the cake. The print books have arrived. I've selected the prizes. I've marked passages to share with you (you'll get to help pick which ones I actually read). I'll even bring a sneak peak from the WIP that will become the third book in The Lady & The Spyder series.
All that's needed to make the book release party for Spyder's Truth wonderful fun is you!
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015
Where: American Legion Post 134*
2104 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR
What: sexy excerpts, cake, discounts, prizes, autographs, Q&A
Wear: whatever you want
casual or fetish wear or science fiction cos play all welcome
*Post 134 serves as a community center and welcomes everyone regardless of gender presentation, orientation, sexuality, color, creed, etc. There is a cash bar.
A BDSM Space OperaCenturies ago, theocratic governments subjugated the last resistance on Earth. Those unwilling to tolerate the religious bigotry, fled the planet seeking a new beginning among the stars.
Generations later, their descendants found a new home in a far away system.
But no matter how far humans travel, greed and the desire for control journey with them and now the specter of intolerance rises again.
The Lady Cassandra -- FemDom, slave owner, Dominatrix -- finds her lifestyle and her livelihood threatened by a fast-rising fanatical movement founded by a former client. Her alpha slave, Captain Varyl Malonds aka Spyder -- smuggler and superb pilot with incredible tactical skills -- risks his ship, his income, and even his life for his Lady.
Published January, 2015Spyder, captain of the spaceship Trouble, ignores threats from the owner of his cargo and the anger of his influential and overdue passenger to rescue the Dominatrix Lady Cassandra. The delay forces him to risk Trouble, his life and that of his crew when a notorious criminal chases the ship from one end of the system to another.
Releases October 5 in ebook; October 8 in printAboard a ship named Truth, Spyder carries the Lady Cassandra on her crusade to stop the Righteous Order of Piety Purists from enslaving the system in a sexless, joyless existence. But the Pietists want her dead and will sacrifice anything and anyone to kill her. Their determination to destroy his Lady, her ship, and its crew puts Spyder's and everyone else's life at risk.