delicious cucakes from Provo's The Sweet Tooth Fairy. Testing my
umpteenth Flickr account. New Year's resolution is to sustain a safe
search Flickr pro account. I have way too many of themand being
John DeVore, a very funny, smart guy who used to cohost the fabulous DeVore and Diana Show on Maxim Sirius Radio.
Because why not? This photo is from Alison Tyler's blog and is of Sex for America editor and noted author Stephen Elliott in purple fishnets (I love fishnets!). Enjoy!
or the blogosphere? Check out my latest Dating Drama column at The Frisky, "The Sluttiest Girl in the Room"
We talked last night. I was sitting in Batch, chatting with Pichet Ong, who I’ve gotten over being too starstruck about (still a little, which is funny cause I hardly know who most bigtime chefs are). He’s just so friendly and interested in both people and food. Plus Batch has wifi! I’m gonna be a fixture there.
I'm not sure if you know this, but I have a monthly newsletter. I've had it for a while but the monthly part's been iffy, until now. Why? Because this year I did one of the best things ever and hired my awesome virtual assistant, Inara. She is super speedy, helpful, and smart and has helped me with all sorts of projects. My main problem now is getting myself to delegate work to her.
I'll be guest blogging at Jewcy next week, as will Stephanie Klein, author of Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp.
My copy of the Nerve.com book Nerve: The First Ten Years (Chronicle Books) came in the mail today, in very interesting wrapping. The publicist told me they've had some concerns over the book getting stolen because of it - it was sent in see-through bubble wrap...with a (Trojan) condom and (Good Vibrations) lube! You can also check out the content online and vote for your favorite pieces. It has work by tons of artists and writers like Kevin Keck (on handjobs) and Em & Lo and others, and I'm looking forward to checking it out further (contributor J.L. Scott reads from the book Thursday, January 15th at In The Flesh).
As it turns out, there is internet access at my grandmother's in Danbury, which obviously means I am catching up on so much blog and newspaper reading, including the New York Times piece about e-books, which reads in part:
Happy Holidays everyone! I will have a, uh, late gift giving/Hannukah gift guide hopefully on Friday, but will be offline save for my iPhone until then, visiting my grandmother in Danbury, Connecticut. I've had a nerdy week full of trivia and chess playing and am trying to finish both work and fun book reading by the new year, though I think some of my TBR books will have to extend into 2009. That's about it, but I wanted to share this photo by Stacie Joy of me and my friend Sloane Miller from last week's In The Flesh, just cause I think it's cute. More here (yes, Flickr blocked them, but those first few pages are all 100% extremely safe for anyone and everything).
My latest Dating Drama column for The Frisky is about What I Learned from My Last Relationship.
I just agreed to move the Susie Bright reading from January 15th to February 19th, mostly because I didn't really have a choice. And then I get invited to debate at Oxford! Sigh...in reality, it probably would have been too expensive and used up too many vacation days, but still, I would in a heartbeat have looked into flights and had a guest host, were I not having Susie Bright come to read at In The Flesh.
This week has really kicked my ass, all the more because I just saw that yesterday's post that I thought went through, um, didn't. Well, whatever now, but I was excited that the New York Times UrbanEye wrote up In The Flesh. So did Meredith Bryan at The New York Observer. I'm really grateful for the coverage, especially as I know the time has come to end it, and I just can't seem to pull the plug.
I will have more to say about my (mixed) thoughts on e-publisher Ravenous Romance later (it's on my endless, hateful to do list, which means in all likelihood I may not get to it til 2010, but we'll see).
Update: Of course as soon as I posted that, I found out my panel is on Tuesday, March 17th! Don't have a time yet, but will announce when I do...
Labels: Cathy Erway, Cupcakes Take the Cake, food blogs, Gluten-Free Girl, Kalyn Denny, Kalyn's Kitchen, Midtown Lunch, Not Eating Out in New York, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Shauna James Ahern, SXSW, Zach Brooks
10 Reasons I'm Happy To Be Single is what my new Dating Drama column for The Frisky is about. And yes, one of them is cause I get to indulge in a little retail therapy.
Please Join the Facebook group for In The Flesh updates (you can join my personal monthly newsletter at my website - those go out at the beginning of each month and also have reminders.
Just a heads up - Susie Bright will now be reading at In The Flesh on February 19th with readers from X: The Erotic Treasury, NOT January 15th, so mark your calendars accordingly. I'll have both lineups for you very soon. In the meantime, there are still 10 red hot reasons to attend this Thursday's reading.
What do you think? It's for a future column at The Frisky (I actually have almost too many column ideas lately!). If you have something to say (preferably with an anecdote that illustrates it), email me at rachelravenous at gmail.com and let me know if you want to be anonymous or not, along with your age and your story. Thanks!
My friend Felicia Sullivan, author of the memoir The Sky Isn't Visible from Here, (for which she just penned the screenplay!) is awesome.
As you already know, I have a decided interest in bukkake. So I loved that Patrick Alan Coleman at Blogtown, PDX posted about Penny Arcade's Christmas cookie bukkake photo contest! Another reason to crazy heart Portland.
My trusty camerawoman can't make In The Flesh on Thursday the 18th so...I need someone to do our YouTubing. Basically you need to be there from 7:45 to the end (around 10) and then make 5 videos (1 reader won't be taped) with basic info at the front so I can post them. Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome Street, NYC. And you get a drink ticket from me.
I'm thrilled that Violet Blue has chosen to include many of my books (Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Spanked and Dirty Girls) in her San Francisco Chronicle gift guide, called "It's a Wonderful Orgasm." (Love that title!)
Just saw this poking around my publisher Cleis Press's site:
So, um, I'm single. I pretty much break it down in my new column about breakup sex. Dating Drama, indeed, no? It's complicated, which is still what my Facebook status says (I meant to include that in the column but I forgot).
My friend and frequent contributor to my anthologies Kristina Wright is giving away a copy of Bedding Down on her blog! All you have to do is tell her your favorite winter memory.
I get the people will persist in calling you things that may or may not apply, but I am a writer. And, yes, an editor and a blogger. But one thing I am not and have never purported to be is a sex educator. Just because it's on Wikipedia doesn't mean it's true.
In a word, last night's Cupcakes Take the Cake party rocked. If you missed it, you missed a lot of cupcakes, an insane amount of raffle prizes, a super-packed White Rabbit, me having a drink, and much merriment. Seriously, it was awesome. Huge props to Nichelle Stephens for planning and promoting the whole thing in two weeks! DIY PR all the way - we got listed in Serious Eats, Grub Street, Time Out New York, and, yes, the fantabulous New York Times' UrbanEye newsletter. Join our Meetup group to find out what's happening next.
I almost wrote, isn't everyone? And obviously I'm joking. I know lots of straight guys who are as far from being boobisexuals as possible. As a girl who's, um, well-endowed, I find that fascinating, though in my personal life, I find it annoying. I'm into having my boobs played with, to put it mildly. I do respect it though. In general we tend to treat straight men as monolithic, all liking the exact same fictionalized all-Pamela Anderson world, all the time, and clearly there is great diversity when it comes to men's sexuality. If you do like breasts, straight man or not, check out the Flickr group Cleavage: The Beautiful Divide.