share our shit saturday soss

So what kind of good shit have my fellow bloggers been publishing since the last time I did a Share Our Shit Saturdays post? It’s my last chance in 2018 to round it all up:

  1. My good friend Dr. Faustus has been busy with his publishing empire. Since my last #SoSS post, he’s wrapped up all six chapters of The Adventures of Ashley Madder (part of the Tales of Gnosis College) and posted them to the Internet Archive. The Tales of Gnosis College are now moving on into Volume 13, Fruiting Bodies as written by Vinnie Tesla. There’s a new “sort-of sequel” to Bubbles called “More Bubbles” by Rafael Suzarte, in English or Portugese. Then there’s “Wheel of Misfortune” by Dark Vanessa, in English and Spanish. Faustus’s comic “Bait” has been reissued in various formats; there are the original long/HTML pages, a slider/carousel view, and zips at the Internet Archive. Moreover, “Bait” has now been translated into French (“Appât” — HTML / slider / Archive) and Spanish (“Carnada” — HTML / slider / Archive) and Italian (“Esca” — HTML / slider / Archive) and Portuguese (“A Isca” — HTML / slider / Archive. Future versions are projected for German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese (simplified), Korean, and Hindi, with hopes for Bahasa Indonesian and maybe even Esperanto. When Dr. Faustus gets rolling, he doesn’t stop! And just to round out the fun, four pieces of bespoke artwork, by artists Rafael Suzerte, Lucy Fidelis, Dark Vanessa, and Aleksandra Marchocka. Phew, that’s a lot, Brother Faustus!
  2. The Rialto Report has issued another set of otherwise inaccessible porn-history magazine scans. This batch is all the issues from 1980 and 1981 of the magazine called… well, it’s complicated: “The east-coast magazine Porn Stars first appeared in mid 1980. It only lasted for four issues before undergoing a name change and becoming Skin Flicks. Skin Flicks was even more short-lived and lasted only two months before it was renamed Starlet. Starlet lasted for four issues, before reverting to the magazine’s original name, Porn Stars, once again.” They sort this sort of curatorial mess out, once, so that nobody like me ever has to worry or wonder about it ever again!
  3. Paltego at Femdom Resource was “flipping rapidly through his Twitter” the other day when he “noticed a domme pitching her ‘selectively crafted artisinal pee'”. It seems he was prepared to mock this as a marketing overreach — and well he might! — but discovered it was a false alarm caused by reading too fast. As you were, torches down people.
  4. Susie Bright’s blog sadly sees little activity these days but she has a gig producing audiobooks for Audible as their Editor at Large. I’m linking to her Top 10 Audiobooks I Produced This Year because of one title described thereon: A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo, featuring Vice President Pence’s gay pet bunny. Royalties go to good causes that will piss off annoying people.
  5. STD testing is one of those sensible and virtuous best-practices that everyone always advises without pausing to consider the practicalities. It’s easy to breeze “Get tested, be safe!” but for a lot of people there are barriers. Money is an obvious one for which there aren’t easy answers, but even if you have money or insurance that will cover, there are often surprising obstacles, like doctors who will argue with you, not give you all the tests you need, or engage in sex-negative shaming and gatekeeping behavior that makes it all exquisitely humiliating if not outright impossible. In this post, Rain DeGrey positively reviews an STD testing service that sidesteps most of those problems by letting you go to a blood lab near you and then sending your test results by mail. It won’t solve everybody’s problems, but it’s an approach I hadn’t considered and it sure sounds less daunting than having “that conversation” with your regular provider when they aren’t up to speed on the necessary issues!

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