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Diary #360

A lot of last week was spent overnighting papers and moving money around as we draw close to the completion of my super secret project.  Alas, there was a slight hitch, but it looks as though everything should be finished this week, so next week I should be able to lift the lid and let you know what I’ve been up to.  And speaking of lifting the lid, last week was the official launch of my dear friend Matisse’s new product:  Velvet Swing, a cannabis-enhanced water-based lube that has been found to enhance orgasms in 80% of women.  I haven’t tried it myself yet because I’m waiting for the right opportunity, but I’m sure that will present itself in the next couple of weeks; as y’all know I respond very well to cannabis edibles, so I’m really interested to see how I respond to this!  In the meantime, I was on hand at the launch so you may see me on video soon talking to Matisse about Velvet Swing at Diego Pellicer, the fancy pot shop where the launch was held.  That’s not where this picture was taken, though; this is just me in line at Starbucks, picking up a latte for a friend who was jonesing for caffeine but couldn’t get free to run over there & buy one.

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Last week was quite busy, in a good way; I was working, writing, getting the last stages of the secret project done (I might even announce it next week), planning future trips and otherwise imposing order on the chaos which dominated my life for more than two years.  In a very real way, the release of my new book was a symbol of that; it demonstrates that I’m at least as functional again as I was three years ago, and in some ways even more so.  Speaking of the book, I’d like to remind you that it is indeed out, and to ask you to buy one (pretty please) and review it (pretty please with sugar on top); if you want an autographed copy directly from me, just use the links in yesterday’s column (and be sure to tell me how you’d like it inscribed), and I’ll send you one from my own shelf here.  And if you want me to visit your area, now’s your chance:  write me about helping set up book readings and/or speaking gigs, and while I’m there you can get around the usual minimum time requirement for hiring me!  That’s what I call a win-win situation.  If your situation doesn’t lend itself to assisting me in that way but you’d still like to show your appreciate above & beyond buying & reviewing the book, you could send money via PayPal or Google Wallet to get Lorelei & I dinner on Sunday night.  Also, I’ve just added some new goodies to my Amazon wishlist; lovely fans keep buying me lovely things like Joe Satriani discs.

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Last week was another busy one, full of good things!  On Tuesday I went with Lorelei to see a performance of The Secret Garden, one of her favorite stage musicals; I was very pleased with the music and extremely impressed by the proficiency of the staging.  Then on Wednesday I gave my annual telelecture to a human sexuality class at OSU Tulsa, and spent the evening relaxing with a dear friend who is now retired.  On Thursday I took a different dear retired friend to dinner, and that afternoon a box of copies of my book arrived!  So now if you’d like an autographed copy, send $26 to me via PayPal ($31 if you’re in Canada, $36 anywhere else in the world) with your full mailing address and I’ll send you a copy from my personal stash.  In the next few days I’ll get a page up where that information can be found more easily, and I soon hope to have a commercial site going where the process is automated.  But since I’m juggling a number of things in my personal life as well (including the last stages of my secret project), please be patient with me; I promise I’ll get it together, with any luck by the end of the month.

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Diary #357

Last week was another busy one of travel.  I had to fly to San Francisco to give a speech at the convention of the Libertarian Party of California; I’m not really a party sort of gal (well, not THAT kind of party, anyhow), but I’ll talk to anybody who wants to hear about the importance of fighting for sex worker rights.  Anyhow, while I was down there I did a little paying work as well, and if you’d like to see me me on the next trip I know about (Chicago, probably the week of June 12th but that’s not certain yet) you should probably get in touch with me pretty soon.  The higher dose of Valium, coupled with anti-nausea Zofran & booze in a first-class seat (thanks to a generous patron), plus no food for at least 8 hours before takeoff, seems to have helped the vertigo dramatically; even if it starts getting too bumpy for the CNS depressants to fully cope with, there’s just nothing in my stomach to embarrass myself with.  This is another busy week, but it’s all things in Seattle and most of the activities are fun ones with people I love.  Anyhow, in case it had escaped your notice, my new book is out; I’d really appreciate it if as many of you bought it this week as possible, and even more if you review it after reading it!  If you prefer a signed copy, I’ll have those available in a few days as soon as my own order comes in.  And in the next few weeks, I’ll finally be revealing the secret project I’ve been teasing y’all with for months!

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Last week was a whirlwind of travel and other commitments; it seemed as though I just couldn’t stop!  This isn’t to say it was all unpleasant; far from it!  In fact, as I alluded to in Friday’s “Learning to Relax“, a lot of it was very pleasant indeed.  And this week is shaping up to be another good one.  The only really bad thing about last week was multiple rental-car company screwups which made what should have been ordinary tasks into multi-hour ordeals, but while I’d usually get very upset about those, this time they only barely ruffled my feathers.  My credit card company temporarily shutting off my card because they seem to think it’s suspicious for a person whose billing address is in Houston, and whose account was started in Tulsa, to be in Dallas is a different story; however, a few minutes of screaming, cursing and telling a customer service rep that I’m 50 years old and don’t need their permission to travel sorted that out quickly enough.  Even my flights were relatively stress-free now that I’ve doubled my dose of diazepam and added yet another precaution: eat absolutely nothing for at least 6 hours before takeoff time, so there’s nothing in my stomach to lose if I do get queasy.  I’ll be trying that again this week when I fly to San Francisco; I’ll be very busy Friday and Saturday, but if you can do an evening appointment on Thursday & can be a little flexible in case my flight arrives late, drop me a line.  Also, sometime in the next month or so I’ll be visiting Chicago to promote The Forms of Things Unknown; I’ll keep you posted!

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Learning To Relax

For many years, people have been urging me to relax; I always replied that I’d relax when I was dead, or something to that general effect.  But then I came to Seattle, and under the influence of some if the best, most loving women I’ve ever known, and over the past year and a half I’ve slowly, gradually come to accept that relaxation really is OK.  I’ve learned to set aside large blocks of time for just doing things that are fun and help me shed stress, such as getting high, reading for pleasure and my regular Sunday night Doctor Who binge with Lorelei Rivers.  And the practice seems to be therapeutic; though a number of things have gone very, irritatingly wrong in my traveling this week, I’ve simply taken it all in stride rather than having my usual conniption.  Now, I don’t think this is the beginning of some new general imperturbability, but even the occasional episode of calm in the face of chaos would be an improvement over my usual reaction to disruptions in my plans.  So here’s to relaxation; may Aphrodite grant I learn to do it myself as well as I promote it in others.

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Today I’m flying off to Oklahoma, doped up enough to make it through without trouble (I hope).  We’re down to the last bit of my super secret project, so I hope to be able to announce that in the next few weeks.  But I’ll be back for the weekend and a few day after, then next week it’s off to San Francisco to speak at the Libertarian party convention there on April 29th.  What that means for you, gentlemen, is that if you’re in Tulsa or Oklahoma City and want to book me for a least two hours, or if you’re in the Bay Area and want to book me for an appointment of any length, do let me know soon so we can get that set up.  I’ve got the proof of The Forms of Things Unknown, so if I can get it all checked out we’ll be aiming for an April 26th book launch…and that means you’ll be able to sneakily get me to visit your city by the simple expedient of setting up a book event for me!  I’ll have details in the official launch column, but do keep that in mind, and if you have bookstore connections you may want to start planning.  One more thing: someone sent me a lovely brown sweater dress, but the package contained no info about who sent it.  So if that was you, please let me know so I can thank you!

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