When Mediocrity is the Bar

Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? If not, don’t worry, this post doesn’t contain spoilers. However, potential viewers should know they’ll be sitting through, yet another, two-and-a-half-hour-long superhero flick with no surprises.

In fact, the choice to purchase an extra-large beverage might provide the only suspenseful moment of the evening. If I make a dash for the bathroom a the ninety-minute mark, will I miss anything? No, probably not.

That said – the fact this movie allows “everyone” to soak up a boilerplate narrative and the usual CGI battles makes this movie a success. Yes, I think that’s right: the sad truth is what makes Wonder Woman’s truly remarkable is mediocrity. (more…)

Clinging to Her

The cartoon below is a re-blog from an artist on Tumblr. Most of her other pieces aren’t my cuppa, but this one got my attention straight away. After a few moments taking  it in, I shrugged and moved on. But I found myself thinking about the image occasionally afterwards and wanted to find it again. Fast forward a few days, and I was actively hunting the cartoon down. Why? Because it’s sexy, compelling, and gets to the heart of how I feel as a submissive despite one undeniably uncomfortable element: the submissive is depicted eyeballing a knobby strap-on that’s nearly half as wide as the boy’s entire body. (more…)

An Accommodating Mind

I’ve been working around this Indian guy and his speech patterns and accent have worked their way into my cerebral cortex. All evening long, my inner voice has sing-song bounced along neural pathways, replete with preposition-jammed-into-verb clauses that make my head hurt.

Nice guy – but fuck if this isn’t an annoying ear worm.

What makes it worse is this: early in life, I moved so often that I ‘accommodate’ quicker than your average bear. I used to call myself a chameleon because of this tendency. However, over the years, different slang terms and dialects managed to stow themselves away below decks only to emerge at inappropriate times.

As a result, I stick out even more. (more…)

Good Example – Part 1

~ Good Example ~
Part 1 of a short piece inspired by the work of Barbara O’Toole or “Barb”


The yard work left him sweaty, grimy, and aching, so the hot massage of a shower brought welcome relief. A short time later, Greg was settling in to read a novel when his phone vibrated. Grumbling, he tilted the screen, then bit his lip as he read the text from his wife.

“On the way home with Pat and a friend. Dress accordingly.”

That terse message spoke volumes. Lydia would be returning from church, a fifteen-minute drive. Rising to enter the kitchen, Greg glanced at the text a second time and nervous tension settled in to gnaw at him.

When Lydia had guests over, she expected refreshments to be available. But it wasn’t drinks and snacks that made him nervous – it was what she might have planned for amusement. (more…)