#SoSS #121: The Virus Edition

Slowly but surely the world is locking down around us. I have been sort of self-isolating because after our weekend in London, I came home with a cold. My self-isolating is not going to the office until I have been rid of these symptoms for at least 24 hours (the advice I got from my GP and the national health organization’s website), which means on Thursday and Friday I have been working from home. I take my temperature in the morning and evening, and as long as I am running an almost-fever (I have been told a fever is 38 degrees and above, and mine is hovering around 37.8 degrees), I stay home. However, I do believe the country will eventually come to a lock-down, just like other countries around us, but thankfully I can still work from home.

This is not the case for everyone. Think about the health professionals who are working so hard at this moment to help us in this crisis. Think about teachers, who want nothing more than teach and help and support the kids in their classes, but now can’t do it, or have to find other means to do it. Think about those working in the supermarkets, making sure the shelves are filled so there’s enough for everyone (and then selfish, senseless people buy much more than they need). Think about the truck drivers out there, driving between distribution centers and supermarkets to make sure there something to put in those shelves. There are still many people out there who are risking themselves every day, so who am I to complain that I have to stay home with so many others in an effort to contain this virus? Yes, I know I went to London last weekend, but when we did, the situation was in no way as serious as it is now. If the situation was then what it is now, we wouldn’t have traveled. I’m not stupid.

I am sitting here, thinking of things I have seen on social media and in the news, the explosive increase of people infected, the heartbreaking numbers of those who passed away. I read and hear about people staying in for several reasons (lock-down in their country, self-isolating) and I have noticed my irritation with those who can only complain about their situation, and my admiration for those who are positive, who are trying to make the best of it, and even trying to help others in some or other way. Yes, we all complain at times, and that’s okay, but constant complaining isn’t going to bring you anywhere. I think now is the time to stand together in positivity, and to make the best of a situation that none of us know how long it’s going to last. According to our prime minister, many more people are going to be infected, which means if I am not infected already, I might be in future, but I do believe positive attitude will pull me through this, will pull all of us through this, whether you get the virus or not.

Here’s to positivity. Let’s stand together!

Writing

I have been waiting for the second part of Asrai Devin’s story, Saving Their Marriage, and it was even hotter than I expected it to be. If you haven’t read part 1, do so, and then read this sexy second part!

In a flash fiction piece Violet Grey has managed to create one damn hot picture. I read Double your pleasure a couple of times, and every time I saw the same hot picture in my mind. Just wow!

Sometimes, when you close your eyes, you call up images, and you Imagine something perfectly sexy, perfectly hot, perfect — just like Devie did in this beautiful piece of writing.

I read The Dark side of Gotham by Francesca Demont shortly after she has published it, and this week I read it again. My initial reaction of feeling unwell as I read on, happened again. This is sad. This is terrible. This is still reality. And it shouldn’t be.

In these difficult times with the virus and the world around us looking so much different than it did a month ago, thoughts of why this is happening and how we will come out on the other side go through all our minds. That’s why May More’s story, When Lightning Comes From The East totally gripped me from beginning to end, and yes, here I also mean the twist at the end. Let’s hope that something positive comes from all the craziness we are going through now.

Another post that stuck with me is Submissy’s A sense of denial, because all over the world we are going through the same, and yet it’s different for everyone. Submissy’s post spoke to me because she is one of those people who care, who’s work is essential. If I can’t do my job, no one will suffer from it (okay, my boss might make a couple of bucks less), but if Submissy can’t do her job, there are children who will be in a less safe place than school. That’s heartbreaking. Also read: The Worst Week.

Images

Not only the image, but also the words in Weconnect’s post, Sinful… are hot. Looking at the image, I wished her gown would slip to the side.

Zebra Rose frequently creates images where I find myself studying it from corner to corner, and that’s what happened once again with The Power of Three. For a moment there I thought that this was a clever edit of three images.

There is just something about the soft colors in Nikki’s image, Get a leg up, that pulled me in from the moment I saw it.

Art and the artist, was the what I instantly thought about when I saw Devie’s image, Tabula Rasa. She definitely creates art with her images.

I love the perspective of the image Askmefast has used in his post, F4Thought #140 – Sports Fun. The way his trainers make your eyes run up from his calves to his naked body is just so… satisfying.

Many of us in the sex blogging community have to stay (semi) Anonymous as LoveLustLonden illustrates in this image. We all wish for a world where we can be who we are, without fear of being punished for it in some or other way.

Prompts

Prompts are great to inspire you to write a new post, and you can also combine two prompts (or three) if you want.

These are the ones currently running:

Meme Prompt Date(s) to link
Masturbation Monday Week 290 (Theon Nord) 20 to 24 March 2020
Wicked Wednesday Prompt #408: Hugging 21 to 26 March 2020
Food for Thought #141 – Initiative, Taking Charge and Making Things Happen
#142 – Spirituality
17 to 22 March 2020
24 to 29 March 2020
Beyond Fetchat RACK 18 to 25 March 2020
Life Matters – Book Matters Fiction Choices 24 to 30 March 2020
For the Health of it Eating out 9 to 22 March 2020
Kink of the week Honour Bondage 16 to 31 March 2020
Tell Me About… #30: Respect
#31: Wax Play
15 to 28 March 2020
29 March to 11 April 2020
Erotic Journal Challenge Curious
Receptive
1 to 31 March 2020
1 to 30 April 2020
Sinful Sunday Food and drink 5 April 2020
Fun Theme Photo Meme Pin Up 1 to 30 April 2020
Elust #128 Elust submissions 1 to 8 April 2020

More memes — also those without prompts — can be found here. And, did you know that it’s perfectly okay to combine memes? Just make sure you have the buttons of those you link to in your post!

Wicked Wednesday

Every week someone else in the community does the top 3 roundup for Wicked Wednesday. Sometimes it’s me, but mostly it’s someone else. I love to engage others to do it, because I want Wicked Wednesday to be for everyone.

Are you interested in doing the roundup (again)? Just get in contact with me!

Prompt 406 for Wicked Wednesday was ‘Curves’ for which 31 posts were linked, and Prompt 407 was ‘Perseverance’ for which 27 posts were linked. The top 3’s for these two weeks were done by myself and Bibulous One and we chose:

Smut Marathon

The writers are still working hard on the third assignment, and has until next week Wednesday to send it in. A couple of days later, on Sunday 29 March 2020, the third voting round of the Smut Marathon 2020 will open. Are you ready?

Tips & tricks

Eye wrote a lovely post with tips, Love In A Time Of Corona Virus – When Your Relationship Is LDR Or Complicated, but many of these tips can also be used when your kids live far away, or you can’t see them because of a lockdown. These are tryig times, and we need to find ways to keep our relationships going, which is why Eye’s tips are so valuable.

In these tough times, there are people out there who have lost their jobs, or work on a basis where they don’t get paid if they don’t work. In these times we should help each other as much as we can, which is why I want to highlight Violet Grey’s post COVID19 Update: Full-time smutting and Writing Lessons for offer here. Please, if you want to learn more about writing, support Violet by keeping an eye on her blog and her social profiles for the services she offers. The first one is on 26 March and is a webinair Hot Shot: Creating Erotic Flash Fiction.

Sweetgirl has created a new photo meme, called Fun Theme Photo Meme and it will launch on 1 April 2020. You can find more information here.

Since so many of us are at home because we are not allowed to go to the office, there must be some time for you to write, so don’t forget the EuphOff! You have until 31 March 2020 to link your stories!

This day in past years

Sharing posts from the twenty-first day of March in the past years of my blog:

2012: Want. More.
Images and very little words, but every one of them filled with want.

2014: Lingerie
A Kink of the week post about my love for lingerie.

2018: Life… grief, depression and disability
A post that still brings tears to my eyes, as I remember when I sat in the hotel in Camden, the night before Eroticon 2018, crying while Master T slept.

2019: Losing My Mojo
Talking about not being able to orgasm, not getting into ‘it’.

My writing in the past week

Some of you will notice that this is a new section on my #SoSS as I thought it was high time I followed the example of fellow #SoSS’ers and highlight my own posts of the past week too. Only this time it will be two weeks, since my last confession… er… #SoSS post was two weeks ago!

Date Title Description
08.03.2020 An Open Heart A Sinful Sunday image with a striking poem to accompany it
09.03.2020 No Consent: Moving in The nineteenth part of this fictionalized true story
11.03.2020 #LCHF 21: Two months in After two months of being back on LCHF it was time to report some results, and share an image.
12.03.2020 I once was a gymnast… Sharing some of my personal history as a gymnast.
13.03.2020 Happy birthday! A birthday message for the love of my life, Master T.
14.03.2020 I don’t suffer from social anxiety, but… Normally I can handle my nerves, but sometimes they get out of hand.
15.03.2020 Belonging A Sinful Sunday image I absolutely love, as it shows my proud and submissive nature.
16.03.2020 No Consent: Getting to know them The twentieth part of this fictionalized true story
17.03.2020 The pitfalls of eating out When on a diet, it’s not always easy to go out for dinner, and make the right choices.
18.03.2020 Perseverance… a wee history Another bit of history from my life, my younger self.
20.03.2020 The initiatives of #noEroticon Eroticon was about to happen, and then it didn’t, so #noEroticon was created.

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