I know I have been on a sort of extended vacation, but as a writer sometimes you have to re-group and take stock. It’s been an amazing and occasionally challenging few months. Here’s what’s new with me these days:
Many of you showed up in support of our community at my circus and it was amazing to see so many of you give back to those who do some of the most important work in our city, for some of the most marginalized. Thanks to all of you, we raised around $800 for Shanti San Francisco and The Center for Sex and Culture. Shortly after, my site got hacked and I was locked out of my content. (One thing about the slutty blogger: not so great with technology.) I decided to look at it as a sign, especially since I had been re-evaluating the direction I want my writing to take.
The past year was never intentional; in the beginning, I was blogging about my own sexual adventures with no real direction except to explore. When I decided to document a year of my sexual history (you know that expression, go big or go home) I went big and I tried to take that year all the way. After that year was over, I decided to create The Sexy Circus, Under My Big Top. The circus was only supposed to happen once, but again – you surprised me and asked for more.
A year ago, The Huffington Post graciously asked me to blog for them and then SF Weekly did the same. Seemingly out of the blue, the girl who came to San Francisco to be a lawyer, had a new career and a new perspective. My articles are no longer just about me and the theme of my writing now ranges from sexual experimentation and sex-positivity to offering people a voice who may not have a platform to be heard.
Earlier this year, I met the late performer known as Hollie Stevens and she changed my life. I will never be the same after covering her story, because I realized that there was so much else to say. So, I began to cover topics that mattered to me and that I believe matter to the world we live in. Hollie Stevens brought my fight back and that fight includes fighting for others who are marginalized and treated as second class citizens.
Don’t get me wrong – my life will always be filled with crazy stories from the sex-positive community that I cover. But, I will also be talking about topics and subjects that people do not like discussing. Prepare yourselves ladies and gentleman, because there will be things that make me and maybe even you, uncomfortable to discuss – and need to be addressed. It’s okay if we get upset with one-another in this new territory if it means positive change will occur.
The Fleur De Lis SF blog that started this adventure is currently being re-vamped and will re-launch my old content so that people can always know how this crazy-in-a-good-way life of mine began. Until then, I will still be keeping you up to date with my adventures, starting with the AVN’s in 2013 reporting on everything San Francisco is doing – and it’s more than you know or can imagine. Also in January, you can look forward to the re-release of my Slutty Year, along with my first podcast featuring AVN highlights, a few guests from the latest Sexy Circus and a few surprises.
With 2012 coming to a close, 2013 is going to be quite the year! Until then, thank you for continuing to read my articles from the Huffington Post and SF Weekly. My new site will unveil itself early next year, but until then look for updates from me here and follow me on social media. Enjoy a happy and healthy holiday and New Year!
Vanessa L. Pinto