December 31st, 2009

Safe for Work, Best Birthday Wishes, and Assorted Other

Both my blogging and my reading/visiting of blogs has slowed down a bit the past few weeks, in part due to travel and holiday plans but also in deference to the season of Winter, which according to the tradition of Five-Element Chinese Medicine(/Acupuncture) is the season of stillness and silence. I have struggled in the past to truly be and stay with this depth, silence, and mystery, and in aiming to do so this year I have felt called to relax the frenetic feeling of needing to relentlessly read and post blogs and feel guilt or anxiety if I do not.

Stillness. Silence. And a deep breath.

That being said, I am delighted to post this particular entry at the end of this calendar year in order to announce something non-sex related, wish a very special figure in my life a happy birthday, and throw some other odds and ends in between. Here we go.

1) First, for any readers here who at some point feel like reading about something other than sex, or who would like to be reading about sex but whose day job’s technological environment does not allow the perusal of such Internet-related places, I want to let you know about a brand new blog that has both bases covered: PostHumorous. Run by a good friend of mine, it launched earlier this month and is designed to be first of all entertaining, and secondly a place to hang out when one is supposed to be working. (For me this latter description sometimes seems to encompass the entirety of the Internet.)

I myself have frequently experienced the proprietor of PostHumorous — found at — as amusing, entertaining, and politically incorrect (not always necessarily simultaneously — I recommend reading the site’s disclaimer!). Rumor has it he is also open to allowing guest writers, though remember, the subject matter focus there is funny, not sex. (Not to disregard the existence of demonstrated expertise at combining the two! The site owner just wants to keep the site fully safe for work.) On that note, while I am mentioning PostHumorous here, that will not be mutual, as the site is rated PG-13 and is specifically designed to be safe for work, whereas mine is…um, not. :) So you may very well see no connection to me or this blog there whatsoever, and that is as it should be.

2) Next, it’s now a little bit late this year, but I want to mention that I just finished reading Alison Tyler‘s anthology The Merry XXXmas Book of Erotica and highly recommend picking it up for next year. I myself liked some of the stories so much I suspect I may find myself perusing it throughout the year despite my historical lack of enthusiasm for focusing on the Christmas season when it is not said season (and sometimes when it is…). I enthusiastically enjoyed the vast majority of the stories in Merry XXXmas, and about half a dozen of them fell into the category of my very favorites, including Alison’s own closing story, “Christmas Past.” Overall it may be one of my favorite erotica anthologies I’ve read, holiday-themed or not.

3) Speaking of holidays and while I’m recommending things, I’ll also give mention to a lovely story I read a few days ago by P. S. Haven that he generously posted on his blog. It’s titled “If You Love Something, Set It Free” — scroll down on the page to read it.

4) Lastly (but certainly not leastly), I want to take the opportunity to wish one of my inspirations, most-admired erotica writers, true friends, and really favorite people a very, very happy birthday today. I consider the presence of Ms. Donna George Storey in my life a gift itself, and I am delighted to wish her here a happy birthday, which she happens to share with New Year’s Eve. :)

I started this blog just a few days into the 2009 calendar year, and I want to thank everyone who has been here, read, commented, lurked, or in any way supported this Internet presence of mine in 2009 (hey, that rhymes). Truly, thank you, so very much.

Happy new year and always to all.


“Six on the second hand, to New Year’s resolutions…”
-OneRepublic “All This Time”

8 Responses “Safe for Work, Best Birthday Wishes, and Assorted Other”

  1. danielle says:

    @ emerald dont write much inhere lately but still..when you write..each post is delightfully and entertaining as well..:-)
    wish you a very happy new year of 2010:-)

  2. Neve Black says:

    Happy New Year, Em!

    Stillness. Silence. And a deep breath.

    Oh, how I love this. Oh, how I feel I need to go with this process. Oh, thank you for mentioning it.

    I will still be raising a glass of bubbly tonight and toasting the new year and our great friend’s birthday, Donna. :-)

  3. Marina says:

    Happy, peaceful New Year, Em!

  4. Wow, Emerald, I can’t believe this blog is only about a year old. I’ve so enjoyed your thoughtful, beautiful posts, even though, I, too, am in a phase of contemplative quiet right now. Thank you SO much for the birthday wishes. I feel so much richer having your lovely and generous spirit in my life! I’ve got a bottle of Taittinger ready to pour…I see Neve has her flute ready, any other takers?

  5. Best newy New Year wishes, Emerald! I hope your 2010 is full of joy and fulfillment–not to mention “thatgasms”!

    And thanks for the sweet “demonstrated expertise” linkage! Looking forward to checking out Posthumorous (great title, btw).

  6. P.S. Haven says:

    Happy New Year, Em! Thank you kindly for the mention. And thanks for being so cool.
    Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful 2010!

  7. Emerald says:

    Hi everybody! Thanks so much for coming by!

    Ah, Danielle, what a delightful thing to say. :) Thank you so much!

    Thank you for your appreciation, Neve. I’m so glad you found it resonant.

    To you too, Marina! Thank you!

    Donna, thank you. I am so glad to have the opportunity to publicly wish you a happy birthday here. And I feel a mutual deep appreciation for your presence here at this blog and your thoughtful and beautiful comments.

    Lol, Jeremy! Well of course, when I thought of the combination of humor and sex, I thought of you right away. It seems that that makes sense, no? ;)

    Of course, Haven, glad to take the opportunity! Thank you for being so cool too. ;)

    Happy New Year everybody!!!


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