Posted at 23:36 on 11 Aug 2012 by Pandora / Blake
It's been a ridiculously busy couple of weeks. I'm still intending to finish telling you about my TASSP adventures, but in the meantime it feels like I'm having new adventures faster than I can tell them.
At the end of July Tom and I went away for a week, camped in a field, spent some time with Jacq, reconnected, recharged, and achieved some much-needed relationship healing. It was a long awaited, joyful and wholly necessary week, and I wish we could do it every month.
I got back the Monday before last, and it felt like I only had a couple of hours to turn my head around before diving back into work to catch up with video editing for Dreams of Spanking. I'm really enjoying the films I've been making this year and it's a pleasure to work on them, but right now I'm feeling the push of not having enough time to do them justice. Dreams of Spanking really needs me 7 days a week in order for me to feel like I'm putting enough work in, but that isn't compatible with doing other paid work, so I always feel like I'm short-changing it a bit. Never mind taking time away from it for unpaid commitments like a much-needed week in a field, or the new experimental feature film project I was shooting on location this week...
Then there's my recent foray into the world of private sessions, which has been a whirlwind of new faces and experiences. It's exciting and a steep learning curve, but those are the best kind. I'm learning a lot about topping and a lot about people, especially myself. Another thing I've learned is that I was right to follow advice and set my fees slightly higher than I initially envisioned - I hadn't quite worked out that correspondence, planning, preparation and travel tends to add up to around a day's work per booking.
I've also been delighted by how charming most of the people who have contacted us have been, likeminded enthusiasts who are articulate and fun to talk to. Over the last fortnight I've had four play sessions, one 221 with Molly and one solo session each week - which feels like a lot, but I guess it's all relative. Each one has been very different from the others, and all of them excellent fun.
So that's all taken up a lot of time. Then there was this week, which I spent mostly in Surrey for two days of shooting (one day on this new feature film project, one shooting shorter videos for Dreams) followed by my first ever professional spanking party, an outdoor Olympian extravanganza hosted by Molly herself and packed full of switchy spanking sports. It was silly and sweaty and I loved it. I gave so many spankings that I got a couple of little blood blisters on my palm and still have spanker's elbow (or, as twitter informs me, medial epicondylitis. Bless twitter). But at least I didn't follow the example of our hostess and sprain my ankle. She kept her spirits up like a champion, and carried it all off with style regardless, which was seriously impressive under the circumstances.
I have so much more to write about - all about topping, and working with my lovers, and this exciting new film project - but I think I'm going to have to take my time to do each topic justice. Safe to say that all of the above are good.
Of course, things are never perfect - my living situation in particular is far from ideal at the moment - but that's in the process of getting sorted. Overall, despite housemate stress, I'm happy. My love life is ridiculously shiny; so much so I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I seem to be getting away with it so far. And work, for all its late nights and tight deadlines and dropped balls, is bringing me more satisfaction with every passing week, and I know there's not many can say that. Now all I need is to somehow find the odd moment to blog, and I'll be sorted.