Guilty Pleasures

I was talking about one of my guilty pleasure in the comments (which happens to be reading Nora Roberts novels.)  And it made me wonder – what do other people consider their guilty pleasures?  Not something really bad, just something that you kind of keep private because you think people might judge you if they knew about it.

Like – I can eat half a bag of Doritos and half a container of French Onion Dip (a particular brand) at one sitting.   Ok,  maybe I can’t do that any more – but it was fun when I could and occasionally did.  It was a huge bonus if I was reading a new Nora Roberts while I dipped my Doritos and avoided touching anything with my orange fingertips.

So what’s yours?  Tell me in the comments or write a post and link back – enquiring minds want to know…guilty-pleasure-reads-2


Bonus Question – from Jz

Thanks to Jz, I have this fascinating question, which i’ve spent an inordinate amount of time pondering.

You have won a special magical vacation:
For one year, you will live the life of any character in fiction that you choose.
Who do you pick?

My first thought was, aha! I can be any BDSM character I like!! Story of O! I can be ~~~ oh. Wait. Hmmmm, maybe not Story of O. A bit too extreme. Nope, gonna pass on the whole branding thing.

Ok then, someone else kinky. But who? The 12 and a Half Weeks woman wouldn’t be bad, but that doesn’t end so well. And I have no idea what she was doing outside of that little time frame. No.

Then I went to childhood books. Heidi? Too much mountain climbing. Little Women? Which one would I be? Jo was the only one I think I could pull off, but I’d have to hurt Amy when she burned my notebooks. No, not Jo. Mary Poppins? No, no, no. Anne of Green Gales? Noooo, I’m not that good. Pollyanna! Oh, maybe Pollyanna – but no, wait. Not. She ends up pretty miserable for a while there. No.

I rejected a lot more possibilities, but finally conceded, ok, not a child’s book. Then what? The classics. Madame Bovary.   Good grief, no.  Nobody from War and Peace or any of those kinds of books.  Ok, maybe some character in The Masters of the Castle series. Hmmmm. That wouldn’t be half bad. But I can’t really remember much about them as people. So no.

OH! Someone from the Lily Yu books!! Lily herself? Cynna? Oh, that’s tempting. Which one? I think Cynna. But not the year her baby gets stolen and they have to go through hell and… can I pick which year? I didn’t think so.

Darn you, Jz! {Shakes fist in the air…} Why did you give me such a hard question???

Oh – ok – yes. I got it. Nora Roberts book – three books. The Garden Trilogy. I want to be Roz. Yep. An independent, interesting woman with a romantic interest. Or – no – I should be one of her characters that has some kind of magical gift! That would be good. But I can’t actually name one, they all run together in my head.  Actually, I had to go look Roz up, I didn’t really remember her either.

So that doesn’t really work you know. I don’t really think I want to be any book character – once I settle on one, I know it’s the wrong one.  And what if I picked the wrong one and then it really happened?  That would be really bad.

Can I pass my gift back to you, Jz? Who the heck would you be? Or any of you – who would you be???


Some Other Questions

Actually, I’m kind of cheating here – there were a couple of comments on my last post that included questions, and I answered them in the comments, but now I’m thinking it might be a blog post all by itself.  First, I wanted to share this:


And then – Amy had asked a question about spankings which led me to talk about subspace, and she wanted to know how Eric could learn to get her into subspace without a lot of pain.  Then Willie reminded me that subspace also brings the risk of subdrop, which is not so much fun.  To see their comments in full, go here.

And let me be clear – I am not some big expert on these things.  I’m speaking from my own experience, mostly, so other people might have had different experiences or disagree with me, and that’s ok.

But, in response to Amy, I said:

“Lol, I love your enthusiasm, Amy – but go read Willie’s comment first, because she’s also right, subdrop can be a thing (although if you and your husband know it might be coming, it’s easeir to deal with.) Anyhow, if you’re serious, here are some thoughts.

There are events where they have classes on how to do – stuff. I imagine you already know that. Often there’s a play party afterwards, but you wouldn’t have to go that, and if you did go, you could just watch (in a casual way) and just sort of see what it feels like. I love play parties for all kinds of reasons and even if you don’t do a thing while you’re there, you will probably be pretty ramped up afterwards. It’s like the most serious foreplay. I was at an event that had a class in spanking that I went to just for the fun of it and it was pretty fascinating. This might sound funny, but it made it clear to me why my first spankings were not what I’d had in mind.

There are also books about things like that. I can recommend some good books, but not necessarily one on teaching how to spank (not my forte, you know…) But I’m sure you already know that.

Beyond that, I think it’s experience and maybe experimentation. I’m pretty sure, in retrospect, that what happened that night was that my Dom started with a really slow warm-up, which allowed my endorphins time to kick in. As he increased the intensity, he did it in a slow and steady way ( which is why he told me to signal him if it hurt more than I expected, right?) So I got used to it. And the opiods in my system came out and were all floating around and – beyond that, I don’t know what happened. I dont’ really understand what subspace is, other than this lovely thing that happens. But I think it was the warm-up and then the slow, steady pace that did it.

I’ve experienced supspace through the use of rope too, which can be a really sensual and intense experience, so you might see if Eric is at all interested in Shibari. And I’ve experienced it through painful spankings but I’m not a big pain slut either so maybe it doesn’t take that much. I would speculate that you can’t get there as well through punishment spankings, but it’s pure speculation. I know you and Eric have been at this a few years (yay for you!!) and so you may have done this a bunch of times. But has he tried spanking you with different implements, not to see which is the worst, but to see which you like the best?

Ok, I’ve written a blog post here, and you probably already know lots of it. But good luck playing with it! Also, if you’re in the southeastern US, email me if you want recommendations for events. ❤”

Then Lindsey asked me if the same Dom had given me that experience again.  I said:

Yes, he did, although the other times I most remember were with rope and not spanking. He was really an expert in Shibari and I can still remember the feel of the rope on my skin as he created a “dress” or other patterns. I was looking for an article just a minute ago to describe what they call it when they work from the waist down – harness? I don’t think that’s right… But anyhow, I found this article that talks specifically about the mesmerizing effect of rope. I love that it says:

“In addition to creating beautiful patterns, with rope, body and limb placements, Shibari rigging induces physiological conditions known as “sub space” and “top space”, which are similar to the “runners high” experienced by athletes. A Shibari experience results in an increased level of endorphins and other hormones, creating a trance-like experience for the bottom/model and an adrenaline rush for the Top/rigger. When a Shibari scene is performed with appropriate ambience, these effects are actually visible in the face of the model. The term “rope drunk” is sometimes affectionately used to describe the euphoric condition of the model after a Shibari experience.”

Anyhow. We did some suspension bondage too, which was amazing, and – well, thanks for asking. Those are some lovely memories to unfold. ❤

And I was thinking – not for the first time, but in that “here we go round the spiral” way – that between leaving my church and not practicing BDSM, I don’t have anywhere to hang my spirituality – nowhere to call my spiritual home.  I’m still spiritual, but I don’t feel like I really have a community.  Now there’s a goal…

*If you can’t see the meme, there’s a steaming cup of coffee, with a deep purple flower across the saucer.   It says:

A riding crop and a blindfold doesn’t make it

BDSM.  There is a big difference between being

kinky and being in the scene.  It’s not a sexual thing

to me, it’s a very spiritual thing.

~ DominaBlue

The Spanking Question – from Amy

Thanks, Amy!  Love this question.

What was the first spanking you ever received as an adult and would you say it was playful? Sexual? A punishment?  Oh, sadly, the first spankings I received as an adult were the result of sharing my secret liking for spankings with some very vanilla guy I was dating, who then tried to spank me because he figured I’d like it and it would turn me on.  It did turn me on, but being spanked by someone who doesn’t really like doing it and who doesn’t know what he’s doing at all is not as much fun as those of us who crave spankings might dream of.

On the other hand, my first actual spanking by someone who considered himself a Dom for real, and who liked to spank women, was a lovely experience.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.  And the best spanking I ever had – well, really, it was “impact play” was from a Dom at a dungeon.  We had been dating and he was really experienced so he’d already spanked me and tied me up and done all kinds of things.

He attached me to a St. Andrews cross.  Just my wrists, he left my ankles unfettered.  He told me if what he did “hurt more than I expected it to” that I should raise one leg off the ground, to let him know, because in the dungeon he wouldn’t be able to hear my safe word.


He started with a flogger, I remember that, but i couldn’t tell you what else he used on me, just that i slipped into subspace without ever feeling real pain and just soared for a while.  The entire room disappeared.

All i was aware of was this amazing sensation of being in my body completely and totally present to the moment, but just focused on me.  Nothing else existed other than the feelings i was having.  When I came back to earth, he was untying me, and my ass was red and welted, but i had still not felt any real pain.

When i said that to him, “but it never even hurt, Sir,” in tones of amazement, he said, “Of course not, it wasn’t supposed to,” adding  “Come on, carry this blanket over here and I’ll wrap you up,” or something like that.   He left me just trembling with submissive longings…

Sigh.  It was lovely.

Thanks for the question!!




Some Big Questions Answered – from Ancilla

Ancilla ksst asked:

Are you married?  Nope.  Been married twice – once for 17 years, once for 3.  Can’t imagine ever doing that again.

Do you have a D/s relationship? I got the impression that it ended, is that right? But are you still together or single? How long did the D/s relationship last?  I did have a D/s relationship – it started about 6 years ago and lasted maybe 2 years, maybe a little bit longer.  I had a different blog then, and started this one when I had totally accepted that he and I were not going to have a D/s element to our relationship again.   We are still in a relationship – we live together and are very fond of each other, but it won’t ever be what it was or what I once thought it was going to be.

What did you like and not like about it?   I liked the feeling of being able to serve him and please him.   Even in the beginning, he wasn’t very demanding, but making sure the things I did were what he liked.  Of course, the spankings and rope and some nipple clamps and cock worship and feeling available…   

I didn’t like when he would say he was going to do things and not follow through, or when we kept going longer and longer without playing.  I didn’t like it when it seemed like he wasn’t aware of my reactions – not in a purposeful way, not like, “I’m going to do this because I want to, girl!” kind of way.  Just like – he wasn’t really enjoying it and he wasn’t paying attention to whether I was or not but just assuming I was.

I secretly think that I did something wrong that made us lose the D/s aspect of our relationship, but I don’t know what.  That somehow it was because I wasn’t good enough.  And I also know that’s probably not true, it probably wasn’t anything I did or didn’t do.  That it wasn’t because I wasn’t “worthy.”

Have you had other D/s relationships?  I have had other D/s relationships!

Have you ever thought of yourself as a slave?  I used to sometimes, yes.  I used to sometimes think I had the heart of a slave and wanted to have a Master.   That seems so far away that I can just barely even remember what it felt like.  I don’t even guess it’s true anymore.   I’m not even sure I want a whole D/s relationship anymore, maybe I just want to play.  But yeah, I have thought that before.

Thanks so much for asking!!


Another Question Answered -from Lea

From Lea:

When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Oooooh, that’s a fun question!  You know, people come to therapy because they’re unhappy with the way their lives are – or because someone else is threatening them with some kind of unpleasant consequences if they don’t come.   But often, my clients need help coming to terms with a difficult (traumatic) past that is impacting their current life, interfering with relationships, causing nightmares, anxiety, depression and the sense that their life will never be ok.   They want to be able to focus and pay attention, quit having unpredictable anger outbursts, increase their self-esteem, be more in touch with themselves, and find more joy in their lives.

Often, they come in thinking it’s not about the past trauma.  They want to believe that the things that happened in the past aren’t still bothering them.  And I can understand feeling that way.  But there’s lots of evidence that it doesn’t work like that.  The things that happen to us will keep resurfacing, presenting themselves and demanding to be dealt with again and again.  Not a straight line of recovery, but a spiral.


So therapy can become a healing journey – a long journey, and often we have to wander through hell to get to the other side, but accompanying people as they take that journey is the most rewarding thing I know of.  Does that answer the question?

Thanks for asking!!

Answering Lindy’s Questions…

Questions from Lindy (thank you very much!)

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you prefer? Money being no issue.  Oh, my – if I could live anywhere, I would not live in one place, I’d have several different homes.  I’d have a place in Where-I-Live-Now, and stay here in the spring and maybe the fall.  In the early part of the summer, I’d go to Where-I-Used-to-Live and stay til about August – then I’d head northeast and spend August along the coast in Maine or somewhere like that.  I wouldn’t own a home there, but I’d rent the same place every year.  Then in the fall, back to Where-I-Live-Now – and after Thanksgiving, off to warmer climates for a few months.  Maybe Mexico, or Belize.

I could go on for a while about what each place would be like…

What?  I didn’t win the lottery? I’m not THAT rich?  Ok, fine, then I guess I stay right where I am.   I left the place I’d lived almost all my life to move here this year, and I”m pretty happy with it so far.

What’s your favourite food you enjoy eating?   That’s a hard one!  I’m a bit of a foodie, so I have a long list of food I love.  But I guess my all-time favorite – don’t laugh – is Nacho Flavor Doritos and Dean’s French Onion Dip.  Yep.

It has sentimental value too.  That was a treat for us when I was growing up – well, once Doritos were invented.  Before that it was potato chips and dip.  Saturday, watching Bonanza with my mom and sister, chips and dip and diet coke.  Those were the days, my friend.  🙂

Thanks for the great questions!!

Also, in the Good News section of today’s blog, my kitty got to come home.  I had the appointment with the vet today, and was so afraid they were not going to be able to help him, but apparently he had a UTI and they treated it and hopefully he’ll be fine.  So yay for that!!!

AND the home inspection is done, which went really well, with no big surprises or insurmountable problems.   We should be closing on the house in the not-too-distant future – and moving.  Yikes.