Update on PayPal Situation

Well, it sounds like this problem is bigger than just PayPal. They are saying they are under pressure from the credit card companies.  I just received a lovely email from the owner of the ebook store Smashwords.com. He gives some real advice about why this issue is a problem, why every author and reader should care, and what you can do to help:   THE PROBLEM: PayPal is asking us to censor legal fiction.  Regardless of how one views topics of rape, bestiality and incest, these topics are pervasive in mainstream fiction. We believe this crackdown is really targeting erotica writers.  This is unfair, and it marks a slippery slope.  We don’t want credit card companies or financial institutions telling our authors what they can write and what readers can read....

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PayPal Decides it is the Morality Police

A very disturbing development has been happening behind the scenes at eBook sellers across the Internet. Paypal has forbidden them to sell erotic materials that they have decided are too weird or wrong. This includes “barely legal” in which both characters are consenting adults, but one is 18 or 19. It also includes “pseudo incest” in which characters sleep with people that they are not blood relation to, but step relation to. Both of these activities are legal. But PayPal has decided they are wrong. So far that doesn’t touch what I write, but you know what? It will. Paypal might not know about devotees yet, but I’ll bet when they find out, that will be on their list of unacceptable kinks. Since when does a financial...

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Recommended Links

I just realized that I’ve never done a post recommending some of the sites that I like to read! Big oversight on my part. So here are some blogs and sites that I find really interesting and/or useful.   I Look Good Today – A blend of different kind of posts, some about fashion and some reflecting on nostalgia and some about life in a wheelchair. It’s written by Jamie, a very sweet woman with more optimism and cheer than anyone besides Kaylie. Streetsie – A website packed with interesting and informative articles about general life as a wheelchair user, including some good ones about sex and dating. D.O.S.E. – Devotees Opposed to Sexual Exploitation is a new blog and its second post, about filming and consent, delves right into the...

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For Ilana

For Ilana

Two years ago today I lost a very dear friend.  I can’t actually believe that the world has continued to go on for two years without her. My life became frozen at the moment I got the phone call, hearing the words “She didn’t make it” and not being able to understand what they meant. It’s as though I entered a parallel universe the moment I heard those words and, though I’ve continued living, I feel as if I’m always straining to get back to the real world where she still is. Life has been surreal. What sense it used to make is absolutely gone. In the real world, the rules wouldn’t allow for someone like her to die.  She was needed by so many people. I still needed her. I need her now and she’s gone. It’s...

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Contest Winner

Contest Winner

Well, everyone made this really easy on me! lol. There was only one entry for my fan art contest giving away an autographed copy of Breath(e). Congratulations, Christy Leigh Stewart! Here is the link to her...

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New Year

2011 was a year of massive change in my life. It’s been a wild ride and I think 2012 is going to get even better. It really came into focus that life doesn’t ever go the direction I expect or give me what I want in the way that I want it. I’ve learned that whatever goals I make need to be things directly in my own control. I can control how much I write, but not whether it will sell. I can control how open I am to dates, but not whether I will have a boyfriend. The first really monumental thing in 2011 was that at the very beginning of the year, January 5th, I discovered www.paradevo.net.  This is a website message board for people like me, women who are attracted to physically disabled men. Now, I’ve been this way for as long as I can...

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