Abel's spanking blog & stories
Much as I don’t feel like 2012′s been much of a year to celebrate, it’d be a shame to break with tradition – so, ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to present the seventh annual Spanking Writers awards. As ever, there are no particular published categories or criteria: decisions are taken purely at my own personal whim. But here goes:
Best book: a very easy one: Sophie Morgan’s bestseller-list-topping “Diary of a Submissive”. If you’ve not read it, I’d recommend it extremely highly. Sophie’s newspaper piece in the summer also clearly merits an award, for best article about kink.
Best implements: my wonderful set of tawses, purchased from a famous Scottish source in the summer. (Email me if you want to know the maker’s details: they’re shy about having them published publicly, for understandable reasons).
Best scene: oh, but two stick in my mind as being truly memorable, so different as to be impossible to compare. There’s ‘Alice’ (described in a series of posts by each of the three participants) and “Training the new girl” (so rude, and so much fun!).
Best punishment position: HH and I, one in front of Emma Jane and one behind her, counting down so we could simultaneously cane the front and back of her thighs, during our kinky weekend away in an isolated sixteenth-century house.
Biggest contribution to the kinky world: I know some of you will hate me for this, but “50 Shades” (for all its flaws) has moved public understanding and acceptance of kink onto a new level.
Best blog post: “On Private Kink & Public Lives” by Insatiabear. (As there seem to be fewer blogs, less frequently updated, the quality of writing on those that are left seems to actually have improved!)
Best Tumbr site: for kink, White Slavery Is Real (most definitely NSFW) never ceases to provide inspiration Of the vanilla Tumblrs I read, It’s Snusk has probably been my favourite during the year – again, NSFW.
And reflecting some of my passions from my vanilla life:
Best event, ever. I was only watching on TV, but the Olympic Opening Ceremony was simply incredible: it couldn’t have made me more proud to be British. (Oh, what a bittersweet couple of weeks London 2012 turned out to be. And how hard that particularly tearful evening was to bear).
Best novel: HHhH by Laurent Binet. It would have waltzed away with the Booker had it been written in English, rather than (superbly) translated from French, having won the Prix Goncourt for best first novel. Read it!
Best album: Keane’s “Strangeland” touched me very very deeply, in entirely different ways at different times of a troubled year. (A creditable mention too to Iceland band Of Monster’s And Men’s very quirky “My Head is an Animal”).
Best theatre. A three-way dead-heat between our two (IMHO) greatest stage actors – Mark Rylance in “Twelfth Night” at The Globe, and Simon Russell Beale as Stalin in “Collaborators” at the National – and a brilliantly-staged “Chariots of Fire” in Hampstead. (Huge thanks btw to my friend Nic for her companionship at so many excellent theatrical evenings). All would probably now make it into my “Top Ten”.
Best movie: ”The Artist” – a true work of genius. Even if “Skyfall” was absolutely, surprisingly superb: hasn’t it been a good year for things British?!
And, finally, what to me is always the most prestigious honour I can award:
Best blog: goes to Leia-Ann Woods, for some fabulous scene accounts throughout the year. (NSFW by the way!)
I’d also like to give an award to the handful of people who’ve supported me way beyond the call of duty over the past year or eighteen months. But I won’t embarrass you by naming you: you know who you are. You really have been amazing. And to the most special person of all: well, you don’t really read SW any more, but there’s no harm in others knowing how much you’ve meant to me this past year and how lucky I feel.
So – thanks to all who’ve contributed to moments of enjoyment in the past twelve months. Congratulations to the award-winners. But, 2012, I really won’t be sad to see you gone.