Ten Things: Eroticon 2019 (part 1)

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Back in 2013 when we went to our very first Eroticon, and that was the first time ever Master T and I traveled together by plane, or out of the country for that matter. Eroticon became a thing. Even before we went there I knew I would want to go every year, but I had no idea how I would be able to make that work if Master T didn’t like it.

But it did… and every year since, we have bought tickets. We sold our tickets for 2017 because mom was ill, but all the other years we went, and Master T was excited as I was.

And here we are then, looking back on Eroticon 2019.

1. Travel

We were up early on Thursday morning, and at the airport much to early. Really, really much too early as our flight eventually was delayed for almost two hours! Apparently it had something to do with the weather, as it was incredibly windy and it was raining. Just before we were finally allowed to board, the sun came out in Rotterdam.

We already had our taxi booked for the trip to the hotel, but I had to let Simon know we had a delay. After our rather scary landing at London City Airport, he brought us to the hotel and promised to be back on Monday to bring us back to the airport. He was.

Except for the wind, the weather was beautiful when we arrived in London. The sun was shining abundantly and not a drop of rain fell. Being back in Camden, back in the Holiday Inn, was brilliant. From the moment we arrived at Rotterdam The Hague Airport on Thursday, throughout our travels and back to Rotterdam, all personnel was friendly and helpful. Airport personnel, hotel staff, everyone!

Last year, when we traveled to Eroticon, I battled with our suitcase, my handbag, my camera backpack and an extra bag for my laptop and Master T’s camera. This year was a lot better, traveling with only one (heavy) backpack, holding both our cameras AND my laptop, my handbag and our suitcase. Last year I didn’t have my hands free to support Master T when needed, and this year I could. The backpack wasn’t cheap, but it’s worth every cent we paid for it.

2. Drinking & Eating

I drank too much.

Far. Too. Much.

I didn’t eat too much but I definitely ate the wrong things.

All weekend I only drank chardonnay and tea. Real. English. Tea. With milk and sugar. Normally I don’t drink anything in our bedroom, but this year I did and I believe this is one tradition I am going to continue.

Down at the bar all I drank was chardonnay and when the asked,”small, medium or large,” my standard answer was: “Large please, then I don’t have to walk that much.”

Oh wait, on Saturday and Sunday, close to bedtime, I switched to tea, after realizing I might have been dehydrated after drinking too much alcohol and too little other things on Thursday and Friday.

In Thursday evening we went to the Thai across the street from the hotel. On Saturday we went to the Italian down the street (yummy food but a bit expensive), and on Saturday and Sunday we just stayed in the hotel and ate there. The food really is SO good! Also, we even twice had breakfast in the hotel, on Friday and Saturday morning.

Speaking of food and drink: at the Arlington House we were perfectly taken care of too, with enough to drink and lovely lunches! The cake and desserts were especially yummy!

Now, sitting here and writing about Eroticon, I know my liver needs a break, and I also need to give my tummy a break too. So, it’s back into LCHF mode for me!

3. Sponsors

One of the most important things for and about Eroticon, are the sponsors. Without the sponsors, Eroticon will not happen. The sponsors this year were Sheets of San Francisco, Hot Octopuss, ElectraStim, Fetish.com, Doxy, Temptation Holidays, Lovegivr, Ruby Glow and Tabitha Rayne. Last year I did it, and this year I did it again… I talked to the sponsors and asked them if there was a way in which they could sponsor the Smut Marathon, because without sponsors, I will not have prizes for the winners and the runners up. I am thankful to say that my talking to the sponsors have been very successful and I hope to be able to announce the sponsors for the prizes of the Smut Marathon 2019 in the next weeks!

4. Sessions

Funnily enough, before we went to Eroticon, I checked the schedule on my laptop and made a couple of choices. I did the same on my phone and made sure they matched up, but when sat at Eroticon with the schedule in front of me, I checked my phone and nothing… nothing was saved. So I had to make my choices all over again!

The Saturday sessions I wanted to attend were Sex, Hypnosis and Differences in Talking Dirty by Bianca, Sexblogging: a human rights issue by Zebra Rose, Giving victims a voice: challenging rape myths in fiction by Emily Jacob, Is representation in erotica dirty by Quinn Rhodes and obviously Memes as a Way to Join and Build the Sex Blogging Community since I was one of the panel members. Eventually we went to: Teaching sex: How to design sex-positive and inclusive workshops by Natalia Grubizna, Sexblogging: a human rights issue by Zebra Rose, Giving victims a voice: challenging rape myths in fiction by Emily Jacob, A History of BDSM Literature by Jaime Mortimer and obviously Memes as a Way to Join and Build the Sex Blogging Community since I was one of the panel members.

On Sunday we actually went to the sessions I had chosen beforehand: Nude photography and its role in personal power and self-esteem by Exposing40, Public Ejaculation : When you put your face on your sex work by Come Curious and The Instagram Game by Hyacinth Jones. During the two sessions just after lunch I was talking to sponsors, and Master T was either smoking or talking to other delegates.

I loved doing the memes panel, and it showed me once again that I shouldn’t be so nervous to talk in front of people, as by the time I sat there, I was totally calm and spoke more clearly than I thought I would!

Quick notes on the sessions we attended…

  • Teaching sex: How to design sex-positive and inclusive workshops by Natalia Grubizna
    Even though I am definitely not planning to ever run a workshop again, I approached this session with the Smut Marathon in mind, and I have gained valuable information to use.
  • Sexblogging: a human rights issue by Zebra Rose
    Wow, can this woman speak! You know, if at the end of a session Master T says he enjoyed it, then you know it was DAMN good, and it was. Lots of information and insights into our human rights as sex bloggers, and how we sometimes can’t win against ‘the system’.
  • Giving victims a voice: challenging rape myths in fiction by Emily Jacob
    I went to this sessions because I love Emily Jacob, but also because I wanted tips on how to write about this delicate subject, as rape is one of my (and many, many other women’s) sexual fantasies. The sessions turned out a bit different than I expected, as there were two writing exercises, and since I can’t write ‘on demand’, I didn’t participate in those. Had I known beforehand that we would have to write something, I might not have gone to this session. However, this says nothing about Emily’s workshop, but everything about my disability to come up with an idea in such a short space of time. The only thing I can suggest: if speakers know they are going to do exercises like this, make it known in the session brief.
  • A History of BDSM Literature by Jaime Mortimer
    An interesting talk by Jaime, but one I only joined because of… er, something personal… and because I knew Master T wanted to go to this one. And he enjoyed it a lot!
  • Memes as a Way to Join and Build the Sex Blogging Community by Kayla Lords, Molly Moore, Hyacinth Jones and yours truly!
    We all had the feeling that the session went quite well, but of course we are looking for feedback from the delegates!
  • Nude photography and its role in personal power and self-esteem by Exposing40
    This really was a GREAT session, which I just knew it would be. I have learned about famous photographers and plan to look all of them up and use them (and others) for inspiration for future photoshoots, especially once I have my own photo studio.
  • Public Ejaculation : When you put your face on your sex work by Come Curious
    When this talk started my first thought was: this is not going to be good; this is not something I am going to enjoy. Within a couple of minutes, I was proven wrong by the two young women known as Come Curious, and the interaction of some of the other delegates in the room. So many people have to be careful about what they do; careful because they could otherwise lose their jobs or be pushed away by their families. A good session!
  • The Instagram Game by Hyacinth Jones
    When I first saw this session on the Eroticon schedule, I was already thinking of restarting my Instagram, and the moment we arrived home, I did exactly this! Please follow me there. It will be a mix of sexy and every day stuff, with probably a main focus on my legs (but this may change).

I had to break this up on two parts, as it’s already long as it is, and I have more to say…

To be continued… Ten Things: Eroticon 2019 (part 2)

© Rebel’s Notes

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