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Spilled blood today for my team

Back in the 1980s Penn State and Pitt had a blood donor challenge to see which school could donate more blood in the weeks preceding the game. Penn State - Pitt was always a blood match, and there was something incredibly primal about spilling my blood for our side.

Then Penn State had to go and join the Big 10, and that was the end of a great rivalry. Penn State made a new arrangement with Michigan State for the blood donor challenge, and I could never really get into it.

I changed my mind this year. For the first time in 12 years, I donated blood. It was incredibly inconvenient because Wednesday is my busiest day of the week. Then after parking downtown and walking to the HUB I found that there would be a two hour wait. So I went home and came back around 4:00. It was worth it. In just over a half-hour, I was on my back with a bunch of college kids with blood draining out of me. (There's something erotic about this, but that's a story for another day.) I was done shortly after five, had a slice of pizza and a cookie, got a free donor challenge T-shirt, and signed my name in the sponsor book with the Penn State Libertarians. Very cool.


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Nov. 17th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
(There's something erotic about this, but that's a story for another day.)

um.. can that other day be soon? I'm curious now!
Nov. 17th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
To be in such an open, vulnerable position, on your back with your lifeblood draining out of you, surrounded by strangers in the same open, vulnerable position, some physically close enough that you can smell their shampooed hair, creates an unexpected, incongruous intimacy that can be very exciting.
Nov. 18th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued. Lately I've gotten into writing erotica as a hobby, and I've been exploring the supernatural aspect. I know vampire romances are a very overdone field right now, and frankly I'm too much of a cynic to write anything genuinely "romantic", but the vampire certainly has a place in erotica as far as I'm concerned. My roommate is a follower of the original "Dracula" style vampire stories-- pure horror-- and disagrees with me that vampires can be sexy, so I'm trying to prove him wrong. I'd be interested to know your opinion...
Nov. 19th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
It took me years to get over the "pure horror" view of vampire stories that I grew up with. There was nothing sexy about the image of a child vampire hovering about and scratching at his brother's window in the 1979 TV adaptation of Salem's Lot. That image haunted me for years. I think I became open to the possibility of eroticism in vampire stories when I read the interview with Anne Rice in Playboy (March 1993). Still, I felt resistance to the notion of a male vampire sinking his fangs into a woman. It is so reminiscent of the way male baboons bite their mates on the neck/shoulder to keep them in line. Male aggression toward women is a major turn-off for me.

I became a little less resistant when I saw the movie adaptation of Rice's Interview with the Vampire. A male vampire who mesmerizes a woman as opposed to physically overpowering her is more acceptable and potentially sexy. But what really changed my mind, believe it or not, was when I watched the Buffy and Angel series in their entirety a couple of years ago. I don't know why--so much of the vampire stuff there is campy. Maybe seeing both female and male vampires made the concept more equitable and acceptable to me. Also, to see the good, wholesome Buffy actually attracted to dark figures like Angel and Spike was very sexy. At any rate, my thoughts and feelings have evolved significantly to the point where I see great erotic possibilities in vampire stories.
Nov. 20th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah-- I admit I'm not a major Anne Rice fan, though of course I've read "Interview...". Actually, I became more familiar with the more erotic version of vampires (yes, I too am an avid Buffy fan) before reading the original "Dracula" or similar books. Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake" series starts with the view of vampires as erotic but evil, and slowly makes them into more sympathetic characters. I think my favorite vampire novel of all time, however, is Mercedes Lackey's "Children of the Night". I highly recommend it. And, I feel weird asking this, but would you be interested in reading one of my stories? Well, if so I have 2 stories (one vampire related, one not) posted as files at this yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DenOfTheDragon/
Nov. 21st, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
We have three cats--all female--and I found your cat creature to be totally believable. Amazing. I like the notion of a female who is so aggressive that she is literally a wild beast. In my very first autobiography, written as an assignment in 6th grade, I said I wanted to be a naturalist because I wanted to commune with animals in nature. So I really got into your character, Roger. Of course he takes communion to another level. ;-)

The vamp story has it all--good and evil, sex and death. I found it very satisfying to read about a (formerly) pure religious woman succumbing. Thanks so much for sharing your stories, and for the tip on Mercedes Lackey. I read the excerpt available on Amazon, and it drew me in right away.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! I'm really trying to get into writing-- it's been something I've wanted to do since I was little, but I have to admit it does't come easily to me.

The cat story was about turning the standard wild-sex story on its head, since it's almost always the male who is portrayed as bestial in those stories. Glad you found my cat-creature believable-- I'm a big fan of cats myself, and I'm pretty well-versed in feline body-language (in fact, people's cats tend to flirt with me so much it gets embarrassing).

Anyways, thanks again for reading them. Let me know if you have any suggestions for my next writing project :)
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