Well 2019 was a year I will not forget, even though I’d like to! But reading the Twitter posts of friends & fellow bloggers I conclude I wasn’t alone in having it pretty tough.
A promising start – I attended Eroticon in March 2019 and got great feedback on the look and feel of my new self-hosted site. This owes a debt of gratitude to Signs for tech support and to May & Elliott for nagging me to quit Blogspot.
Things were going well until the summer – I’d started a new vanilla job which kept me pretty busy. I was managing to post more than ever before, partly due to expanding my submissions. I predominantly wrote erotic fiction until 2019, when I began to include more opinion pieces thanks to these memes:
I’ll admit to being lured in by my friends as the curators, so thank you melody, May, Sassy, Mrs Fever and Floss.
My love of lingerie coaxed me into sharing posts on Violet’s new meme, where I could combine words and focus less on the pictures. It’s lovely to receive generous feedback as I’ve hit middle age, where the tendency is to feel invisible. As a bonus, I made wonderful new friends participating here.
Lingerie is for Everybody
Thanks Violet, @Aguyinpanties, @HosieryLingerie (sadly both of these have dropped off Twitter) and Jacques
I submit my writing to other sites and I plan to expand this. I continue to have a great working relationship with Frolic Me & Bellesa and I have newly collaborated with The Big Fling and Shag Story.
Thank you Anna, Tabitha, Jayne & Kayla for the editing and publishing opportunities.
I won some & lost some, an unsuccessful submission to Best Women’s Erotica anthology, but delighted that 2019 saw me published in:
Discovery : Eroticon’s anthology
Breaking Limits : anthology about strong women letting go
Huge thanks to Zak & Vlad and for beta reading: Sorcha & Kay Jaybee
In July disaster touched my family, in an attempt to deal with it I wrote a piece for f4tF touching on the death of a young man with a family, cut down in his prime by a tragic accident. Loved ones around me are struggling to comprehend and cope with his loss. This leads me to urge friends to live your best life, don’t put off doing what makes you happy and let people know what they mean to you.
You may not hear much from me between Christmas and the new year. I’ll be spending time with my dear Father. There is NO internet and little phone signal where he lives. He was rushed into hospital in September but has rallied & is back home. However his independence is severely dented. I can’t shake the image of a clock slowly winding down. This man has lived a full life; what I want for him now is a painless and dignified end.
This retrospective is part 1 of 2 posts regarding the end of year for my blog, but my next piece will be more forward looking. I couldn’t do this – keep writing for my blog – without the support of the many like-minded friends I have made. It wouldn’t be worth it if lovely folk didn’t visit to read and comment, so please keep doing that! I’m submitting this for #food4thoughtFriday & #MasturbationMonday but if you want something sexier, there will be 1-handed reads or pictures if you follow the links!