The Ghostess with the Mostest

October 31, 2009

I adore Halloween - chomping on candy corn, scooping the goop out of plump round pumpkins, and, of course, playing dress-up.

Being yourself is way overrated. Be whoever you darn well want to be.

I usually dress up as Like a Virgin-esque Madonna. I've also been Laverne DeFazio ('cause she's one L of a dame), a bumblebee, and a chocolate sandwich cookie.

But what I haven't been, what I really should be, is Alice in Wonderland. I think I'd look pretty fetching in that blue and white frock you see before you. Actually, that's one of the tamest Alice outfits I've come across.

Next year, perhaps. Perhaps next year I will discover, as the lyrics to Raven-Symoné's "Alice" profess, just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Dot, Dot, What a Girl I Got

October 29, 2009

When we shower together, we don't have to turn on hot.

I saw the coolest thing at Barnes & Noble yesterday.

It's an erotic connect-the-dots calendar.

Isn't that neat? You know, for something that's heterosexist?

If you are hot to dot... er, trot... well, actually, both work pretty well in this instance... then I think this novelty is right up your alley.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Five Delightful Divas

October 27, 2009

Okay, so only four delightful divas are featured in that photo. If you want to see five delightful divas, you'll have to check out this review of I Do: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality.

Lit critic Jaime says that the anthology "is definitely worth the money" and "enjoyed the conversational tone" of my story, though apparently not the spelling of my name (it's double-L Allison, please). The reviewer also liked my piece because "it's so nice to think [love] can happen as naturally as breathing."

It's great when readers get your work, isn't it?

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Don't Get Fresh with Me

October 24, 2009

I was at a play the other day, and during intermission, the cast held a raffle.

My ticket got picked out of the fishbowl.

I got - I kid you not - a Bettie Page air freshener.



Sure beats those scratch-and-sniff stickers, doesn't it?

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Please and Spank You

October 22, 2009

Ain't life sweet? I've got a story in the line-up for Sweet Love: Erotic Fantasies for Couples. This anthology is edited by sexpert Violet Blue and will be published by Cleis Press in March of 2010.

Violet's collection will feature my story, "A Week and a Whip," about a woman and her man (yes, I'm just as shocked as you are) enacting a first-time fantasy. Marnie's live-in lover Jesse is lacking in libido, and she's determined to kick his sex drive back into gear. With the aid of bondage tape...

...and the world's cutest whip...

...Marnie sets out to erectify - er, rectify - the problem.

You may pre-order Sweet Love from Amazon.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

The Eight Finest Breasts in Georgia...

October 19, 2009

...and the top two.

Ohhh, Suzannah...

So now that I, a feminist, have completely objectified the feminists on a feminist's show -- and have completely overused the word "feminist" -- I'd like to discuss Designing Women for a bit.

I totally love this sitcom, not because of the, um, eye candy factor, but because it hardly even feels like a sitcom. In addition to the sultry Sapphic subtext between Mary Jo and Suzanne, the series addresses and debunks practically every kind of prejudice in existence: sexism, misogyny, homophobia, racism, classism, ageism, sizeism. You name it, they've got it covered.

Character breakdown...

Mary Jo. Mary Jo could be my doppelganger. (I've always wanted to use that word.) She's much more assertive and "brimming with bravado and self-confidence" than she realizes, and if I weren't so humble, I'd say the same thing about myself.

Julia. My heroine. Joan Crawford reincarnated, The Terminator is the epitome of eloquence and elegance. Julia says everything out loud that I have only ever had the gumption to say in writing. When in doubt of what to do about some grievous injustice, I often ask myself, WWJD? What would Julia do?

Charlene. My dream girl. If I knew Charlene in real life, I absolutely would have fallen for her the way that Dorothy's friend Jean falls for Rose in the "Isn't It Romantic?" episode of The Golden Girls.

Suzanne. The Rolls Royce of females, according to Mary Jo, who considers it an honor just to guard her brassiere at night. As irreverent as Suzanne is, I admire her absence of inhibitions. Suzanne says whatever she wants about whomever she wants to whomever she wants whenever she wants. Yes, that description applies to Julia as well, but unlike Julia, Suzanne doesn't think before she speaks. There's just something very liberating about that, y'know?

Speaking of Suzanne, I had a rather erotic dream about her last night. My recollection is fuzzy in terms of storyline, but the, um, sensual aspects of the dream are much more lucid.

Hmmm. I think I would describe the dream as a fusion of my story "Bowl Me Over" and my poem "Sugar High"...

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

With This Ring

October 17, 2009

I totally love this PSA promoting marriage equality.

It illuminates the absurdity of the entire debate.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Get Some Action

October 15, 2009

Coming Together is coming together with other green bloggers to participate in Blog Action Day 2009.

This year's topic is climate change. As a person prone to paranoia, climate change gives me the creeps. That being said, although I am positively rabid about recycling (I can be an ogre when it comes to the three R's), I'm something of a passive activist -- I sign online petitions, I click daily over at The Rainforest Site, I donate my writing to anthologies such as Coming Together: Al Fresco, all proceeds from which benefit Conservation International.

To read Coming Together's contribution to Blog Action Day, to enjoy the eco-conscious eloquence of series editor Alessia Brio, click here .

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland


October 14, 2009

If you haven't yet taken the plunge and purchased I Do: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality, you might be inclined to do so after checking out these story excerpts over at Dark Diva Reviews.

For a snippet of my f/f piece, "Holy Macaroni (and Cheese)," you'll have to check out fellow philanthropist P.A. Brown's blog. Still not persuaded? Take a gander at this review.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

His and Herstory

October 10, 2009

You'll notice I've beefed up my links list recently.

(I link. Therefore, I am.)

I highly recommend checking out the two latest links:

Bosom Friends, a compendium of lesbian historical fiction, and its sibling, Speak Its Name, a compendium of gay historical fiction.

(Basically, same genre, different gender.)

My ideal period pieces are those that take place during the 1930s, 1940s, or the 1950s. I am especially interested in reading Tory's Tuesday, by Linda Kay Silva.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

The Cat's Meow

October 9, 2009

I was just updating my author bios.

The second version first proclaimed, "Her non-sexual preferences consist of commas, carnivals, and cotton candy."

The second version now proclaims, "Allison's indulgences include cotton candy, kitten heels, and Old Hollywood glamour."

So, what's the back story?

Well, I kind of like to think of myself as a connoisseur of cotton candy and couldn't bear to omit that.

I love kitten heels because I totter in too-high heels, especially slender stilettos, so the kitten style offers comfort, cuteness, and a skosh of sex appeal. They are, quite simply, the cat's meow.

As for Old Hollywood glamour, it's all demure and all allure. I adore a classic look - chic and chaste and charming, like in this photo of glamour goddess Jean Harlow.

Wasn't she a stunner?

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Prescience of Mind

October 5, 2009

I recently found a fan letter that I'd written to an actress performing in a Broadway musical. I'd seen the show, but didn't have time to stick around for an autograph. So, I wrote a letter, sent it to the theatre (along with an 8 X 10 photo and a SASE - I'm big on base-covering), and received the picture back signed one week later.

In my letter, dated April 17, 2007, I wrote:

...I might one day be über - or semi - famous. But not in the ritzy glitzy glam paparazzi princess sense. Nope, I plan to be counted among the cliterary elite. I mean... among the literary elite...

I composed this letter before I'd even heard of something called erotica. I would not write my first piece of erotic fiction, nor would I even contemplate entering the erotica orbit, until three months later. Now, I realize three months isn't much, but at the time, I was wholly absorbed in the present - exams, assignments, senior project, cap and gown - and hadn't really gotten into the specifics of my post-collegian existence.

Who knew I had psychic proclivities?

That's so... well, Raven.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland


October 3, 2009

Just visited the Web site of Homofactus Press and what do I see? Me! Right there on the homepage.

Scroll down and you'll see me, too. I'm the lovely lady in the bright blue sweater.

I feel like the cover girl on a magazine.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Sugar High-Five

October 2, 2009

Hello, all.

Check out Jean Roberta's refulgent review of A Slip of the Lip, a collection she calls a "must-read." This free e-book anthology contains my poem "Sugar High."

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. Bodacious boudoir set from Wake Up, Frankie.