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Friday, December 30, 2011

Reflections on 2011

Last Chross Day of 2011, and I made the cut. Way to end the blogging year! Congratulations to all my fellow listees today.

This has been quite a year for me, with some amazing highs. First and foremost, I published a book. Not just any book -- my autobiography. It took a year-and-a-half to write it, and after that, the process of formatting and pulling it all together for publishing began. With the help of a talented photographer and the uber-talented Zelle, I got a spectacular cover. In August, it officially went on sale.

The feedback has been beyond gratifying. To everyone who has purchased it, reviewed it, commented about it, written to me about it... thank you. So far on Amazon, I have sixteen 5-star reviews, and I have a collection of heartfelt private messages that I treasure. And shooting the promo video with Richard Windsor was great fun.

Other experiences this year: Last January, I flew to Connecticut to work with Sarah Gregory and "Tubaman" Paul for a few days. That was unforgettable; not just the shoots themselves, but hanging out with them, the house we stayed in (complete with two dogs), the snowstorm, the laughs. Such a blast!





Spanking Court came into my life this year as well. Again, it wasn't just about the shoots -- I met a group of wonderful people who were all so very kind to me, told me I was a joy to work with. I'm not the easiest person in the world to get along with, but when I'm with people I like, my hard edges soften and my fun side emerges. They have moved from Hollywood to Northern CA, which saddens me, but who knows what 2012 will bring. They have lots of plans for new content and I hope there will be a place for me in them.





This time last year, John was recovering from a strep infection in his blood that nearly killed him. He has since gained back all the weight he lost and his physique is the best it's been since I've known him. Fifteen years plus, and I still can't take my eyes off him. :-) He has been healthy all year and I am so, SO very grateful for that. Neither one of us is perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it seems we are perfect for each other.





He still thinks I'm beautiful, no matter how old I get. Last night when he called, he said, "I'd like to speak to the cutest girl in the world, please." Of course, I had to be a smart-ass and reply, "I'm sorry, you must have the wrong number," but it still gave me a big smile and warm fuzzies.

I had a fabulous year with ST, the top formerly known as New Guy. Week after week, we've had amazing scenes, but more than that, we have a close friendship that means a great deal to me. He's a special guy and I'm very lucky to know him. Here's to 2012 and lots more fun (and maybe some more videos!).





Of course, what goes up, must come down, and there have been some spectacular lows, some hurts and losses. I'd rather not dwell on those, however. They'll just start the waterworks going again, and really, I'm so fucking sick of tears. Overall, no one died, I have no work but I have money in the bank, I have a home I love, I have friends, I have John. If I were to make any resolution for the New Year (and I avoid them, as I don't believe in changes being dictated by a date on the calendar), it would be to try to focus a little bit more on the positives. Easier said than done, given my naturally pessimistic nature, but I'd like to try.

No big plans for New Year's Eve. Last year, John's next-door neighbor had one of his huge, noisy blow-outs that went all night, so I'm hoping that won't be the case again this weekend, but if it is, it is. At least I don't have to live next door to the guy; I can put up with him for one night. We will most likely see a movie and have a nice dinner out, and he has champagne waiting in the fridge for midnight.

I hope everyone will have a safe and happy New Year's Eve. May 2012 be a good year for us all. Thank you for visiting my little corner of the spanking blogosphere and I hope you'll keep returning. ♥

30 comments:

  1. Erica,

    Quite simply...you rock.

    Love,
    Dana

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  2. Dana -- and quite simply, so do you. xo

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  3. You had quite a whirlwind year and I hope you continue to have many more ups this coming year.
    I don't make resolutions either. I DO what I set out to do regardless of a tradition. :)Although in your case, I may suggest you continue to find new ways to "torment" ST.

    I like your character assessment of your personality. I feel similar in that I DON'T like or want to spend time with everyone I know. I save my best parts for those who care about me. The rest can go... :)

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  4. From the discription you have given us Erica,(Which includes your best selling autobiography) 2011 has been a good 'vintage' year for you. So lets have no more 'sour' grapes, because 2012 will be even more 'sparkling'. And you can bet your blushing red bare bottom on that. I am sure you will agree with me on that?. XXX, I luv ya.

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  5. Kelly -- I know I can't always be with people who are going to enrich my life, but damned if I'm going to waste time with anyone who sucks the life out of my existence. :-)

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  6. six -- best-seller it ain't. But I can hope. I'll try to avoid the sour grapes, but I may whine a bit over those wine metaphors. :-)

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  7. Hi Erica, I enjoyed everything you blog about i love coming to visit your little corner of the spanking blogosphere :-)It just wouldn't feel or be the same if i didn't, I agree with Dana YOU ROCK :-)Your pics are so CUTE and i agree that you and John make a WONDERFUL couple :-)he is handsome and you are beautiful and i mean every word i say cause i say it like it is take it or leave it hehehe.Wishing you both an AWESOME 2012 Hope it's the BEST ever for all of us :-) CONGRATS on being chrossed i think it's COOL to end the year with being chrossed again.Much love and hugs from your naughty girl Jade XOXO

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  8. Hello Erica,

    Both my Wife and I are very glad that we found your blog this year. Thank you for your kindness in allowing us to be a part of your blogging world. I am very glad that I overcame my inital reluctance to leave my first comment as I am not really that socially outgoing. I really enjoyed your Spanking Court appearances and I may be seeking some advice from you concerning my own visit to the Court in the near future. We both wish you a wonderful and blessed New Year along with many great spankings in the coming year.
    BTW my offer still stands concerning my Wife's canes (my bum would really appreciate it).

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  9. I haven't had the pleasure of reading your book yet, however 2012 is looking good for that! I think you absolutely ROCK and have an awesome body! Looking forward to a year of changes, all of which I will try to embrace whether good or bad. Love reading your postings tho I don't always comment. ROCK on Erica! You DO have a following! D.

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  10. Just to add my thanks for sharing your blog with us all. You have made me smile many times during 2011. Here's to more of the same in 2012.

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  11. Erica, you've had a far more exciting year than many of us, and have achieved things that most of us can only fantasize about.

    Here's to bigger and better adventures in 2012.

    Hugs,
    Hermione

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  12. It seems you have had a great year to me. Those blue periods will always come and go. You know that. Could be some normal chemicals that coursed through before you were born that cause it. Who knows? You seem to be deal with it fine. Let's say that 2012 will be even better.

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  13. I HAVE LOVED THIS PAST YEAR FOLLOWING YOU AROUND THE BLOGWORLD, working on your book cover, .. and getting to meet you in person way back when at the Florida Moonshine Party was such a HIGHLIGHT of that trip!! Yeah.. it "almost" beat out the spankings I got there... LOL

    I FOR ONE.. cannot WAIT until 2012.. to see what a wild 'n wonderful roller coaster ride you provide for all of us!

    ♥'s you Ericaneezer!!

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  14. VBB -- it's been my pleasure having both of you pop in here! I'll be happy to advise you re. Spanking Court -- don't sass the bailiff! :-D (well, you CAN, but you may rue the moment you do) Very happy 2012 to you and your lovely Wife.

    D -- very nice of you; thank you! :-)

    Alice -- I do like making people smile, so thank you.

    Hermione -- sometimes I look around to see who someone is talking about, and then I realize it's me. You're right... still doesn't register at times!

    OBB -- I deal. Not well, sometimes, but I do the best I can. And yes, it was a wonderful year.

    joey -- and the same to you. :-)

    Zelle -- my belle, you are the bestest! I sure wish you were coming to BBW this coming April, but I hope there will be another opportunity to see you in person down the line. ♥ you back!

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  15. I'm glad 2011 had some enjoyable highlights in it for you. I've really enjoyed reading in your corner of the internet this past year. Hope you and John have fun ringing in the new year!

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  16. Happy New Year, Erica!

    Thanks for still doing your blog. I would have missed out.

    Wish you the best always, not matter when it is.

    Hugs

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  17. Lea -- we did! :-)

    Craig -- and to you as well. :-)

    Bree -- same to you. I plan to keep doing it as long as people want to read it!

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  18. why r ppl like u called spanking "models"? In my day we just called you what u were, porn "actresses" like ow ow stop hitting me on the ass ow ow..." yeah, loads of talent required with that;)

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  19. @Anonymous -- Not that my opinion matters at all to you, but I call people like Erica MY FRIEND .. and people like you are usually referred to by me, as asshats or jackwagons, who normally wouldn't receive the time of day out of me. However, when you waltz into a blog hiding behind your anonymity, to share your less than articulate negativity... NOW THAT, is where I have to say.. "wow, not much talent or couth required to be you".

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  20. Happy belated New Year, Erica!

    I've loved coming here in 2011, and look forward to another year of reading of your exploits.

    XX

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  21. Anonymous -- Beats me (har!); I didn't come up with the term. But hey, if my "modeling" career doesn't work out, at least I can do something you can't -- write. :-)

    Zelle -- thanks for having my back, friend. ♥

    Pink -- ditto to all!

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  22. I feel like I have lost touch with you, so thanks for the update. I feel all caught up now! : ) Have a great year Erica. ~Juju~

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  23. Juju -- hey girl! I hope 2012 is very good to you. I know 2011 was... a bit hectic!

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  24. I love to visit here Erica. Here's to a wonderful 2012 for you.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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  25. Ronnie -- thanks! I hope you will continue to visit.

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  26. Thanks babe for including me in your post. I loved having you visit and shoot too...it was so fun. I love you.

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  27. Sarah -- I love you too, sweet girl!

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