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Books, writing, travel, art, randomness. For more information, visit www.rachelkramerbussel.com and my calendar for upcoming events in Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (Maine), Chicago, Milwaukee and NYC. I'm also teaching an online 4-week erotica writing class for LitReactor starting October 16, 2014. See also Cupcakes Take the Cake and the possibly NSFW Lusty Lady. Check out my latest erotica anthologies Hungry for More, The Big Book of Submission and The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories. rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com

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Now, thanks to Facebook, I get a lot of people contacting me calling me “Louise”. Which is fine except I forget that’s supposed to be my name, I don’t answer to it very well. I think I understand why people in porn opt for their first names with a false surname, so much easier.

Also, I’m due to be a Filmmaker in Focus at the Berlin Porn Film Festival in October and their website is referring to me as Louise Lush. Who knew it would be so hard to escape a fake name?

The stupid thing is that “Louise Lush” is no more “real” than “Ms. Naughty”. They’re both just names I made up. But one is easily identifiable as a pseudonym according to various algorithms and to people who think they have a right to say what’s a “real name” and what isn’t.

— Ms. Naughty on pseudonyms, nymwars, Facebook and the real-life consequences of their policies: http://msnaughty.com/blog/2014/09/18/louise-lush-may-be-here-to-stay-pseudonyms-and-facebook/#.VBrMarljFsg.facebook
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Portland, Oregon erotica writing workshop tonight - tickets for sale at the door

Online ticket sales have closed but you can get tickets using cash or check at the door from 5:30-6 tonight. See you at Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland, Oregon, for my Erotica 101 writing workshop. More on my love of Portland on Lusty Lady.

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breelifts:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)

The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover

KEEP POSTING I NEED TO KNOW! DONT STOP POSTING ABOUT THIS. IT IS NOT OVER!

(via bigfatfeminist)

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I have learned that there are plenty of ways to show up at one’s work: incessant contemplation, research, and the unconscious mapping of structure that might come as the body moves in the world. For a while, I tried to forgive myself for not writing every day, but now that the work of my first memoir is complete, I realize that taking long breaks, pacing my work, and allowing for retreat is nothing that needs forgiveness: My brain was protecting itself as it turned traumatic memory into crafted prose.
My Body Is a Book of Rules author Elissa Washuta, at Poets & Writers
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rosecaraway:


We’ve paired up before, but never like this! 
Rachel Kramer Bussel and I will be LIVE at The Booksmith this September 15th in S.F. at 7:30pm for the next stop in The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica book tour. Hope to see you there!

See you tonight, San Francisco!

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Next week I’m heading to Portland, Maine for two events: my erotica writing workshop September 23rd at Nomia, 24 Exchange Street, Suite 215, from 7:30-9 pm (it’s $25, limited to 20 people, and you can register by calling Nomia at 207-773-4774), and my free Banned Books Week library talk on "The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature" September 24th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way. If you know anyone in the area, please let them know. Here’s more information about our talk:
Join local sexuality educator and owner of Nomia’s Portland’s first women owned and operated sensuality boutique, Gina Rourke and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel in a conversation about the role that erotica plays in literature, in the lives of readers, and in society.  Bring your questions, your book recommendations, your opinions about 50 Shades of Grey and join a Banned Books Week discussion about “The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature.”  This discussion will be held on Wednesday, September 24th a 7:00pm in the Rines Auditorium.
This program is sponsored by the Portland Public Library’s City of Readers Team and Choose Civility chapter who work to create meaningful conversations and dialogue at the library.  Interest in erotica spiked after the publication of 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James in 2011. “50 Shades of Grey has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has brought patrons into the Library looking for similar titles, a genre libraries are not known to specialize in.  City of Readers leader Jim Charette is curious to learn what it is that patrons most enjoy about 50 Shades, and what else to recommend, while also wondering what critiques might be offered of the book.   This event explores the larger genre of erotic literature from the perspective of both reader and writer.”

Next week I’m heading to Portland, Maine for two events: my erotica writing workshop September 23rd at Nomia, 24 Exchange Street, Suite 215, from 7:30-9 pm (it’s $25, limited to 20 people, and you can register by calling Nomia at 207-773-4774), and my free Banned Books Week library talk on "The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature" September 24th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way. If you know anyone in the area, please let them know. Here’s more information about our talk:

Join local sexuality educator and owner of Nomia’s Portland’s first women owned and operated sensuality boutique, Gina Rourke and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel in a conversation about the role that erotica plays in literature, in the lives of readers, and in society.  Bring your questions, your book recommendations, your opinions about 50 Shades of Grey and join a Banned Books Week discussion about “The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature.”  This discussion will be held on Wednesday, September 24th a 7:00pm in the Rines Auditorium.

This program is sponsored by the Portland Public Library’s City of Readers Team and Choose Civility chapter who work to create meaningful conversations and dialogue at the library.  Interest in erotica spiked after the publication of 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James in 2011. “50 Shades of Grey has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has brought patrons into the Library looking for similar titles, a genre libraries are not known to specialize in.  City of Readers leader Jim Charette is curious to learn what it is that patrons most enjoy about 50 Shades, and what else to recommend, while also wondering what critiques might be offered of the book.   This event explores the larger genre of erotic literature from the perspective of both reader and writer.”

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"We need to recognize that for some people sex is great and for some sex is horrific and for some it’s on par with folding laundry."

deviantfemme:

dotterall:

(~Sex Isn’t Always Good by queenieofaces)

This is a critical part of sex positivity that tends to be overlooked. Let’s celebrate empowering amazing sex and the choice to not have sex, or only have certain kinds of sex. 

(via theredheadbedhead)