Someday I'm going to write a story with a character named Pedro just so that comment means something. But today, the important thing is to vote.
No, I'm not out campaigning for some major national or state election that's going to do away with Medicare, take away our guns, put more homeless veterans on the street, or create sanctuary cities in California for the Sa'arm. Whatever the issue of the day is.
Far more important, it's The Clitorides Awards for the Best in Written Erotica. Many people have seen that little yellow banner at the top of the page for so long, they don't realize that it recently changed. All the hoopla during December, January, and February was NOT the awards voting. It was the nominations. Consider it the primary election and now we're in the general election. Like in a national election, none of the votes you cast during the primaries count anymore. You can celebrate that your candidate got nominated, but if you don't vote now, he or she still may not be elected.
I voted for my favorite porn stars before the AVN awards and in some categories, votes cost a buck a piece and the performer who raised the most money won. Well, the Clitorides are free! You don't have to pay a thing to let people know what your favorite story or author is. Wow! Just go to the link above or paste https://clitoridesawards.org/ in your browser, sign in (or register with your SOL account name and email) and vote in all twenty-five categories for stories and authors. You get to choose a first, second, and third choice for each category. It's simple!
I'm pleased to have garnered nominations in eight categories this year. Wow! Thank you. Now, so you'll know exactly where to go to vote for Pedro, here's the list!
Medium Erotic Story of the Year: Art Something
Long Erotic Story of the Year: Art Critic
Best Romantic Story: Art Something
Best Erotic Science Fiction Story: Yelloweye
Best Incest Story: Art Something
Best Erotic Western Story: Yelloweye
Author of the Year: aroslav
Lifetime Achievement Award: aroslav
If you believe one of my stories is missing from the nominations, it could be because I withdrew it. I tried to take into consideration the stories most nominated during the primaries and withdrew stories from categories where more than one of my stories was nominated. Please vote for the remaining story and I'll consider it a vote of confidence for the other stories as well.
So, enough about me, let me tell you about me. I had a great weekend as the guest of Juggie in Southern Arizona and now I'm wending my way northward. I'm generally headed through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana on my way back to the summer campground in Idaho. No schedule and no idea what the route will be at any given time. I just 'decided' yesterday where I'd camp last night and thought of a place east of Albuquerque that I'd like to visit again, which will change my route somewhat. But, that's at least a week or two away, so I don't know yet whether my reason is compelling.
I camped about forty miles north of Phoenix last night, thinking that I'd be out this morning. I had a client project to complete and upload that I knew I could finish last night or this morning. But Client #2 sent me revisions last night after I was camped, so I'll spend another night here editing his "Gay Pirate Romance Adventure" before I pull up stakes and head out.
Writing the final draft of City Limits has kept me occupied several hours a day for the past few weeks. That has delayed any other new material I might have been producing, so you can expect that you won't be seeing anything new from me here until well into April. I completed Chapter 10 with a note to my line editor that said, "The most sinister evil segment I've ever written at the end of chapter 10." And it had no sex and no violence.
I've since finished Chapter 11 and have (I think) two more chapters to complete before I can worry about A Touch of Magic. And the number of story ideas that have been incoming as I drive this month is filling the pipeline after that story.
Other than that, I seem to be healthy and able, which puts me a long way ahead of many men my age. It's the naked living that does it. Or as Juggie quoted Mae West this weekend, "If a little is great, and a lot is better, then way too much is just about right!"
Once, again, I appreciate your support and your votes!