Apologies for the late post today! I wish I could blame it on helper elves, but alas. They’re all in separate corners nursing soundly thrashed bottoms. The hijinks they played yesterday! Governing Ana may never recover. And Michelle B, what were you thinking? I told you no to that abomination! Sigh.
*Ahem* I shall take back my blog today. I promised you a post about Christmas at an orphanage, but unfortunately we have run out of days! How did this happen? I will write the post about Christmas at an orphanage next week or the week after. See? I promised you that the Advent Calendar fun wouldn’t end.
For today, I’d like to (re)introduce you to two of my favorite people. Not characters, people.
Last year, I began a tradition of a fireside chat with Kat and Natalie for the Advent Calendar.
Oh, you don’t know who they are? You can read their most recent adventures here:
Around fourteen years ago, I scribbled my first spanking stories. I’d read every single spanking story I could find online (Laura’s Spanking Corner was one of my favorites, along with alt.spanking and Bethany’s Woodshed). While I thrilled at reading actual spanking in actual public stories, a part of me sighed at never finding any stories of a woman spanking another woman. For me, it was not about sex. I wanted a story of love, friendship, trust, and guidance. One rare exception was the Julia and Lily stories (I have forgotten the author), although it was a story of girlfriends rather than platonic friends.
I started with a simple image, as I usually do. A girl, locked in her apartment fighting nausea as her best friend pounds on the door. Her friend panicking and breaking in to find the girl incoherent from a drug overdose.
I told the story of the girl’s recovery, of the friend who loved her enough to make sure she was all right.
Nearly two years ago, I dusted off my sole surviving print copy of the story, called “Kat-Sitting.” I typed it into the blog and posted a section at a time. The response was amazing! I met wonderful friends and readers who came to the blog for the spanking stories, and I wrote all day and night. I’d experienced a heartbreak of my own, and writing the stories healed me. The stories came so thick and fast I had to move them to their own blog, one I called Kat-Sitting. Years ago, I wrote of a girl at the lowest point in her life. This time, I wrote about how she got there and how she pulled herself out. No, how her best friend Natalie reached down to pull her out. And spank her on the way up. 🙂
Then Minelle wrote to Celeste saying she should check my stories out, and Celeste told me I should try to publish.
I said no, oh no, publishers will make me change my story. I don’t want to change the spanker into a man or put romance into the plot. As I wrote earlier, I believe, with every bone in my body, that the world needs a story of women without the objectification found in many stories of women. And yet, LazyDay Publishing read my story overnight and said they would be thrilled to publish it. “It’s like Beaches with spanking,” I said. “You’re so right,” came the answer. The Way Home released on March 6th, and Lighting the Way came out for Kat’s birthday bash on June 6th. We had a wonderful line-up of posts from Kat’s friends far and wide. Amongst the celebratory posts, one that stood out was a combined effort from Rogue (*sniff*…miss you, Rogue) and Christina. They crashed Kat’s birthday party and offered her unusual advice how she and Natalie could mend their relationship.
What I’m trying to say is that Kat and Natalie were my first, and in some ways my most real. I’m thrilled about Mira’s Miracle coming out this weekend and the relationship between Mira and Hana, and I love all of my characters in their own way. But Kat and Natalie are real in a special way. Kat has her own email account and even began a friendship with PK’s Cassie, from Cassie’s space.
What are Kat and Natalie like? I’ve invited them here today to tell you themselves. Be gentle with Kat, though. She hates speaking in public.
Another fireside chat with Kat and Natalie
Natalie: Hi again, Ana. You’ve got a much bigger crowd this year for the Advent Calendar. How did you adjust your marketing strategy?
Ana: Marketing strategy? Um…I…
Kat: I have cinnamon rolls.
Ana: Oh, thank you! Your mom’s special recipe, right? When will you give it to me?
Kat: Oh, I’m sorry but I can’t. Natalie says I have to be careful about people I meet online.
(Ana sputters with indignation)
Natalie: Are you having a good Christmas, Ana?
Ana: Online…people you meet online…of all the…I mean yes, very much! What are your plans this year.
Natalie: We just got into our parents’ last night. Kat tried to get time off earlier, but she had to put in extra hours to make up for her reduced shifts this fall.
Ana: That’s right, Kat’s started her nursing classes in earnest. How are they, Kat?
Kat: Really hard!
Natalie: Good thing you study all the time, but I wish you’d be at home more.
Kat: Maybe if you’d put that wooden spoon away for once!
Natalie: You’d hate it if I stopped. Remember?
Kat: Well, maybe. But I better not be getting another hairbrush as a Christmas “gift” this year. I should have burned last year’s as soon as I took it out of the wrapping.
Natalie: Why? You have very pretty hair, darling. I’m sure all the brushing has been good for it.
Kat: Maybe if the brush got used on my hair now and then, it would help!
Natalie: No, I promise. Mom and Dad and I all went in together for your gift.
Kat: Phew, if they were part of the gift it can’t be too bad. What is it?
Natalie: I can’t spoil the surprise!
Kat: Tell me!
Ana: Please, Natalie, our Advent Calendar players want to know, too.
Natalie: All right, but you have to promise to act surprised when Mom and Dad show it to you. Dad has a friend who’s great at woodworking, and he made a cradle for the baby.
Kat: But…Natty, I told you we could pull out a drawer and line it with a blanket. That’s what my mom did for us kids.
Natalie: I’m not letting our child sleep in a drawer!
Kat: I told you no! You said you would respect my decision.
Natalie: Not an unsafe one. We have to show the adoption agency we’ve prepared for the baby, or they won’t approve our homestudy.
Kat: It won’t be just your baby, you know! You can’t ignore me every time you think you know better.
Natalie: Why do we have to go through this argument again?
Kat: Stop acting like you always know what’s best!
Ana: Um…I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to start anything. Kat, Natalie, are you okay?
(Both take a deep breath. Natalie sighs.)
Natalie: I guess Kat’s assertiveness lessons have worked. I’m sorry, Kat, but I can’t let you do something unsafe. Not for you, and not for the baby.
Kat: My mom used a drawer for us when we were babies. I wanted to do the same thing. I wish…I wish…
Natalie: What do you wish, Katya?
Kat: That she could be here. For Christmas, and to see the baby, and to tell me what I should do.
Natalie: Oh, honey…
Kat: It’s okay. I’ll be fine.
Natalie: If you need telling what to do, I’ll do it.
Natalie: I’m just teasing, and I wish your mom could be here, too. Even if she wasn’t always very nice to you. You miss her, and your dad, so much. I wish you’d talk about them more.
Kat: I’m sorry about the cradle. It’s a lovely gift.
Natalie: Let’s just have a nice Christmas, okay?
Kat: Merry Christmas, everyone. Oh, we have to hurry! Mama Jane told us to be ready for church. I love the Christmas Eve service.
Natalie: Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and Happy Advent Calendar to everyone.
Today’s Advent Calendar questions (pick one or more):
1. Have you read any of the Kat and Natalie stories, or are they new to you?
2. What would you like to say to Kat and Natalie? What advice would you give, if any?
3. How will you celebrate today, if you celebrate?
4. If you are a parent, how have you settled parenting disputes with your partner or other significant people in your life?
5. If you have experienced loss during this holiday season, what has helped you get through it? How would you try to help Kat if she lived near you?
6. Any final thoughts on our last official day of the Advent Calendar?
(Don’t cry! We’ll have a rollicking prize announcement tomorrow, the sneak peeks of Mira’s Miracle on Thursday and Friday, and a special Tuesdays with Ana post next week. Plus a Lunar New Year’s celebration in January followed by Love Spanks February 7-9.)