Naked on the Page
This is me. It’s a bit of me, in any case. It’s a piece of my tattoo. I was told, when I was contemplating getting one, people become addicted to them and once you get one, you’ll want more. I love my tattoo and the experience of having it done was—interesting. I have just the one. Not because of the pain but, because I always wanted a tattoo. That’s me.
Like I said, the pain was interesting, but I’m not a masochist. If you’ve read my stories, you’ve probably figured that out.
The tattoo’s been a part of me for seven or eight years now. It took a long time to decide to do it. And then it took a long time to figure out what I wanted to have indelibly etched into my skin. It took no time to decide where it should be placed—somewhere people wouldn’t see it, just in case. It’s really beautiful. Now I kind of want to show it off but even I seldom get to see it. Pity.
My boyfriend gets to see it. I think it shocked him, the first time he saw it. I think his initial attitude was, “What’s a nice girl like you doing with a tattoo?” Now he knows I’m not really a nice girl. (But then, if you’ve read my stories, you’ve probably figured that out.) Now he really likes, perhaps even loves, my tattoo.
Now, don’t think you know me just because you know about my ink. Here’s another picture.
This is my toy cabinet. The picture reminds me of a great, if slightly chilly day and a particularly memorable Brooklyn salon. Looking at it makes me want to get back into hosting the salons again this summer. And, no, the toy cabinet has nothing to do with Brooklyn writers salons. And yes, these are really my toys—at least some of them. The rest have other hiding places around the bedroom.
The shelves were awfully neat when this picture was taken, but my house is a wreck right now. I just looked at the toy cabinet again and it’s not nearly so pristine. However, seeing the Electrolube gives me ideas…
Yes, I like to play. I like my sex on the kinky side. I’m bossy and I like to be in charge but I’m also gentle and kind. Yes, I can raise welts while being gentle and kind. I suppose the bottom line is that I like to make people happy. So just give me the right people and I’ll make them happy—with a paddle or a book.
Does any of this tell you who I am? The truth is, I’m nobody and I’m everybody. I’m not particularly exciting; I’m just me. You’d pass me by if you saw me on the street. You wouldn’t give me a second look if I stood next to you on the train. And while I put pieces of myself into everything I write, it’s the story you’ll remember, not the writer.
This is where I work. It probably says the most about me.
D. L. King is a smut-writing New Yorker. She is the editor of The Sweetest Kiss and Where the Girls Are, Cleis Press, and Spank! from Logical Lust. She is also the publisher and editor of the book review site, Erotica Revealed. Her short stories can be found in anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Please, Ma’am, Sweet Love, Girl Crazy, Broadly Bound, Frenzy, Yes, Sir and Yes, Ma’am among others. She is the author of two femdom novels. Find out more at her blog: http://www.dlkingerotica.blogspot.com or at her website, http://www.dlkingerotica.com.