: January 2002 : Darklady
it truly been a year since I was on my knees kissing Polymnos's
feet at midnight while a fire dancer spun his magic on
my lawn and the strains of "Thus Spake Zarathustra" rose
from the dark monolith stationed on my walkway?
it has been. And what a year--for me, for those who love
me, for my country, and for the world at large. Whatever
good may have come to us during 2001, I think there are
few who will long mourn its passing.
ended the Chinese Year of the Golden Snake with two anniversary
piercings at Black Hole Piercing (thank you, Cara), a
solstice visit to San Francisco with my Keeper, and another
now prepare to enter the Year of the Black Horse. Tradition
holds that it should be a lively year of adventure tempered
with good judgment, leaving us feeling exhilarated and
accomplished. Let us sincerely hope that such will be
the case as we embrace the next twelve months and with
them new hopes and
goal in both this coming lunar and solar cycle is to build
upon the base I have constructed and to continue to reach
for my dreams. Told as a child that I would never achieve,
would never accomplish, I find as a woman that I can sometimes
feel the heat of the stars upon my fingertips. I want
to grasp them in my hands, if even for a moment.
this past year learned that many outside of the area see
me as "ground zero for the Portland sex community," I
hope to leverage (as the dot commoners used to say--back
when they had jobs) this wondrous position and lure more
emissaries of sexual wisdom (and fun) to the area.
"I find as a
woman that I can sometimes feel the heat of the stars
upon my fingertips."
that end, I have booked an erotica reading on February
8th, 2002, at Powell's Bookstore (www.powellsbooks.com)
on West Burnside in downtown Portland. At 7:30 p.m.,
the San Francisco sultans of smut Carol Queen (www.carolqueen.com),
Bill Brent (www.blackbooks.com), M. Christian (www.mchristian.com),
and Charles Anders (www.charlesanders.com) will join
locals Margaret Weller and myself to read their sexy
offerings from recent anthologies, including Best
Bisexual Erotica 2 and Guilty Pleasures.
(I mention these two titles specifically for purely
self-serving reasons, by the way--and both can be purchased
via PayPal from my site.) I am also in negotiation with
the Jefferson Theater to help promote their Naughty
Karaoke night and bring sex superstar Nina Hartley and
golden-era-of-porn stud Richard Pacheco to Puddletown
to discuss sweaty celluloid days gone by and provide
tips on maintaining erections and improving oral sex.
Yummy. More details on that after I return from judging
the January AVN Awards (www.avnawards.com).
more, of course. There's always more.
tale of meeting Polymnos will appear in Best S/M
Erotica in May, and I am launching a Darklady website
exclusive advice column as soon as I receive enough
questions to do so. "What Would Darklady Do?" will provide
readers with something other local (and most national)
advice columns are incapable of serving up: usable information
and realistic suggestions. Drop me your questions and
find out "What Would Darklady Do?"
be a judge at the 2002 GayVN Awards (www.gayvn.com)
in March and a guest at Fantasm (www.fantasm.org) in
Atlanta, Georgia, during the same month. I'm pitching
to mainstream mags now (gulp), helping the National
Coalition for Sexual Freedom (www.ncsfreedom.org) defend
online free speech, and beginning work on a book about
responsible non-monogamy. It's gonna be a busy year.
I'm looking forward to feeling exhilarated and accomplished.
I'm a sentimental fool, one of the most important things
that I'll be doing this coming year will be continuing
to write this column and to see it published in this
magazine. The more I wander, the better it feels to
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