Posted at 22:57 on 2 Dec 2011 by Pandora / Blake
I'm having a cranky, doom-mongering, post-viral, pre-menstrual, oh-god-my-website-might-not-launch-before-Christmas sort of day. So right now, I'll take any little spark of positivity I can get. Even silly blog meme positivity. Why not be arbitrarily nice to each other at this rubbish time of year? Better than being arbitrarily horrible, right?
Anyway, when Fred listed my blogs not once, but twice in his Versatile blogger award post, it brought a smile to my cold-ridden little face. Apparently I'm a "very clever lady" and Dreams of Spanking is "going to be the next big thing in spanking porn". Whee! Well, that's sorted then. No more worrying for me! ;)
Having been given a smile by this small act of kindness by a fellow blogger, the least I can do is pass it on. Thanks Fred for the compliments, your faith in me and your good wishes. I'll try to live up to them!
Now, according to the rules of this little compliment-a-thon, I have to: share seven things about myself; pass this award along to 15 blogs I enjoy reading; and contact my chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
Here goes, then! Seven things you probably didn't know about me:
1. I went to the gym today even though I'm still suffering from a cold, and felt like a total hero, but I've been wiped out and useless since I got back, so maybe it wasn't a great idea. 2. My large, fluffy, heavy calico cat is currently sitting on my shins. 3. I'm completely obsessed with the BBC 'Frozen Planet' series and am watching every new episode on iPlayer as soon as it comes out. Penguins! Polar bears! Ice caves! Frozen waterfalls! Aurora Borealis! Fucking brine-icles! Trust me, it's astounding. 4. I'm really nervous about Christmas this year because I'm completely skint and don't know how I'm going to manage gifts. Ideas for low-cost, crafty, creative presents appreciated. 5. I haven't used shampoo or conditioner for two years. I wash my hair in bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar every 7-10 days, and do water washes inbetween. My fine, grease-prone hair is the shiniest and healthiest it's ever been - plus it's cheaper, and better for the environment, too. 6. I mostly read sci-fi and fantasy novels, but I have zero patience for sexism in books at the moment, so I'm immersing myself in books by female/feminist authors. Bonus is that they also tend to be sex-positive and interested in intercultural stuff, as well as having, you know, useful characters who are actually female. Recommendations: Tanya Huff, Elizabeth Moon, Charles de Lint, Mercedes Lackey, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow. 7. Since moving in with D I haven't suffered from insomnia at all - for the first time in my life. I think he generates a sleep field of some kind. I wish I could bottle it and carry it with me forever.
Right, enough of that. Onto the people I think are awesome. In no particular order, these are the bloggers I think are versatile, fabulous, and whose new posts light up my feed:
- Erica Scott of Life, Love and Spanking. A refreshingly honest, sharp, down-to-earth blog from a legend among spanking models. Erica's a great storyteller, she pulls no punches and has the sharpest wit in the business.
- Adele Haze of Spanking Model Speaks. Funny, direct, fearlessly political, with an enviably succinct turn of phrase, this was the first blog I ever read by a spanking model. It's gone quiet right now, but twitter has rumours of a relaunch - I'm waiting with bated breath.
- Indy of Not So Submissive. Fresh political writing, warm, empathic scene reports and incisive kinky analysis.
- Quai of Spanking Discussion. Original, neatly turned spanking stories with interesting psychological twists which are practically guaranteed to get me wet.
- Mija of El Tercer Ojo. Challenging, honest writing about kink, punishment, mental health and real life. Hauntingly powerful fiction, too.
- Zille Defeu of Zille's Fetish Fantasies. A talented lady with many strings to her bow; a kinky porn pioneer; positive and generous, always finding the best in things. Zille feels like a kindred spirit in the way she approaches her personal kink; I can only hope to walk in her footsteps when it comes to the professional stuff.
- Holly of the Pervocracy. This is one of the must-read blogs on kink, sex and feminism, and her ruthless mocking of Cosmo magazine always makes me cackle.
- Ludwig and Kaelah of the Rohrstock Palast. Warm, gentle, always thoughtful and seeking out truth, I love reading this couple's explorations of kink.
- Ariel Anderssen/Amelia Jane Rutherford. Talented, graceful and ever diplomatic, Ariel has lots of skills I have yet to learn, but I think the biggest blog-related ones are her lightness of touch, and the way she always seems to know exactly how seriously to take things.
- MayMay of Maybe Maimed and Male Submission Art. Sometimes unsympathetic; usually right. Do not read unless you want your head to be blown wide open with the realisation of how fucked up society is. Yes, even the kinky bits. In some ways, especially the kinky bits.
- Maggie Mayhem: playful, radical, this lady knows what's important in life. Whether she's working as a sex educator, fucking on camera or hiking in the woods, I reckon she has her priorities in order.
- Kitty Stryker. A kinky, curvy entirely awesome sex worker and educator who isn't afraid to call people on their shit.
- Dave of Spanking4Men and the Cherry Red Report. Has a keen eye for the hot and spankable - and stands out as a rare male blogger who doesn't exclude on gender lines. As long as it's cherry red, it's all good with him - and I wholeheartedly agree!
- Paul at North Gare. Doesn't post often, but every one's a gem. Original, critical thinking on the psychology and politics of kink and kinky social systems. One of the very few male tops I know who's unashamed of having the occasional switchy leaning, and not afraid to talk about it.
- Last but not least, Audrey Knight, a lady with a strong spanking arm and excellent taste in men and women. Can't wait for the launch of her genre-busting new site Spanking360.
Right. Bedtime, and hoping tomorrow will seem brighter. Spread the love.