Friday, 18 April 2014

Schmoop and then some pimping out of one of my favorite authors!

Here's a little funny for you.
Every morning when I wake up, one of the first things I do is go to the mirror and check and see if my abs are still there, hahaha.
They are!!!
I am seriously considering getting some self tan because I'm fading and they disappear in the light, booo.

So, here's my schmoop.
As homesick as I get and get on my kicks of going, "I don't like living here in Colorado", I do.
I am super grateful
I know that back home in New Orleans, I would have never had the opportunities that I have been given here.
Let's face it.
Health and fitness are not a priority there.
I also can not believe the people that I am surrounded by and have interactions with here.
I mean, who would have thought that I would see these athletes that I have admired on a pretty regular basis, face to face?!
How crazy is that?

I thought I would touch on something Coach said to me.
I mentioned a few posts ago that I realized that I have more self-discipline than I previous believed that I could ever have.
She said, "Discipline is Freedom."
Profound.
It's been running through my brain on constant repeat, and I realize how true it is.

Gosh, I love these people.

One last thing, I was trying to capture the abs.
That didn't happen so well, but I did notice that I have BABY SHOULDERS!
Hip, hip, hooray!!



Quick fun fact:
I used to enjoy writing, smut.
I used to write erotic short stories.
At one point, the girls that I worked with would ask me to write stories for them.  I would make them into the characters based on what they told me and who/how they wanted their love interests to be.
It was silly and fun.

There's a little insight into my obvious love of that genre.

I've mentioned Lena Black before and her novel A Dominant Man.
She is a wonderful lady.
We've had a few interactions/chats online, and I grow to love her and admire her more.  Her heroine, Gabrielle Hyde, just strikes such a chord with me personally because we have so many experiences and quirks that are alike.
I love that Lena has Facebook pages for her characters Elle (Gabrielle) and Damian Hunt.  They interact online and it's like fun little vignettes throughout the day.
This book is steamy, and just traps you!
Oh!  And Lena gave me a sneak peek at the first chapter of the sequel.
My lips are sealed, but I'm so giddy for the next book to come out!

Hunt and Elle's obsession, lust, and love will entwine them together...But, will it be enough to survive the ghosts of their pasts when they make themselves present? 
♥♥ 57+ FIVE STAR RATINGS ♥♥ 
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♥♥ 5.0 out of 5 stars ♥♥ By Books and Beyond Fifty Shades
Lena Black hits it out of the park with her debut novel, A Dominant Man." "I found myself wanting to be best friends with Gabrielle and falling in love with Damian from page one. With a change from most usual romance novels, I found it refreshing that Gabrielle was a strong, sassy, and take charge kind of gal. Damian finds himself blindsided by this powerhouse of a woman who argues and fights back with him, while Gabrielle finds herself feeling innocent and vulnerable in the presence of the enigmatic Damian Hunt. The lust, action, suspense, and even love in this story was so thrilling that I could not put it down!"
♥♥ 5.0 out of 5 stars ♥♥ The sex scenes are unreal! Just brilliant - By LJ
"Being a bit of an erotica junkie it's hard to find new books to read but ADM is so beautifully written and the sex scenes are absolutely incredible!"
♥♥ 5.0 out of 5 stars ♥♥ Wow welcome Mr. Hunt- By Debra Cameron.
"I'm not going to give any spoilers away,all I will say is WOW Lena Black you have written an amazing story hot and steamy,I'm in lust with Damian Hunt."


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Five Fun Facts and Pimping Out Authors that I'm having Font Love For

So, I'm back from the gym, not quite ready to get to my contract work, and have fresh French Pressed, hot, black coffee.

To step away from fitness for a moment, let's have some fun!
I'm going to chat with "Five Fun Facts About Me."

Then, I'm going to share and pimp out authors that I currently love.
There are two that have amazing books and are so open to fans and their questions.  Today, I will introduce you to one (Lucian Bane) in this post.
Then, maybe later today or tomorrow, the other. 
(Lena Black.  I've mentioned her before and want to go more in depth about my love for her.  She is amaze-ballz)

  1. I used to be a writer for the now defunct nolamusic.com.  Yep, they used to send me out to venues to interview bands, review their concerts, etc.  It was a fun gig.  Toward the end, I was even editing and proofreading the other writers' work.  ~gasp~ I even got a small payment!  Really, it wasn't too shabby for a gig like that back then.
  2. I still currently host a podcast.  We are not as consistent as they should be.  Most were done in a state of utter inebriation.  Hmmm, maybe that's why they are so sporadic, hahaha?  (You know the past year has been super limited on the libations for me.  And you competing ladies know how it is in prep or close to prep, nada)

 Photo by the spectacular Norman Dillon Photographyhttp://www.normandillonphotography.net/!



3. I spent a ton of time in the goth/fetish scene back home.  Went to a few fetish balls, observed some things, talked... Hey, Gene Simmons even showed up at one we were at.  Funny.
I used to even know a professional Dominatrix, meaning she was paid for her services and was even in a few mainstream adult fetish films.  I found her very intriguing and interesting.  She even had a "dungeon/playroom."  She had a medical background so many of her clients wanted special things done to them which included lots of needles. I'll leave your imagination run.  She wound up moving her and her dungeon to California.  She was also a burlesque performer back home.  She also did shibari. (I know another lovely lady here who does shibari and kinbaku and does demonstrations - she's also a burlesque performer.) 
Needless to say, I've read "50 Shades of Gray."  Eh.  
(I happen to have another fun fact that happened recently, with a "DOM" contacting me out of the blue,.... say what?  But that's for another day.)

4. Which leads me to 4.  For the newer folks who haven't read for very long, I also was a burlesque performer here in Colorado since 2007.  I guess that I've retired since the beginning of 2013.  Fitness sort of took over.  I enjoyed it though, thoroughly.  

For the record, I was also a new recruit at the same time for roller derby.  However, the bruises and fishnet burn did not exactly make for a pretty burlesque performer.  Since I was being paid handsomely to perform, I ditched scrimmages and became a referee instead for the roller derby league.



5. This is something new.  Yesterday, I was contacted by a local group to see if I would be interested in being in a local horror, zombie film and if I would be comfortable with dialogue.  Interesting, no?  I'm currently finding out information.  This may or may not pan out to be something that happens.  All the same, it was neat being asked.


Author Love

Now, on to some juicy stuffs.  I got back into reading hardcore this past prep.  Stair-monster time was part of the time.  Gotta love a kindle with a big screen and only having to swipe a finger as your panting away. Then, being exhausted every night, I would read in bed until I passed out. 

I have recently become acquainted with Lucian Bane and his works - DOM 


This is a little blurb from Amazon's author's page:
I'm an Ineffable Dom. That just means, do yourself a favor and please don't try to describe me or fit me into your categories. Complicated Dom, Intricate Dom, Confounding Dom work too.

Here's the interesting part.  Lucian is a real Dom.  He offers advice to real men and women about any of their questions.  He has been doing Q&A's online, as well.  He's funny, witty, and loves interacting with fans. If this isn't enough to love him, there's the books!  The writing! ~hot~

Currently, there are three books out in the series with more to come.  I have the first two, and last night, I was lucky enough to wind DOM WARS Round 3 from Naughty Lit for Chics

What are these books about, you ask?  Lucian Bane!  

Tired of the way Doms are portrayed or thought to be like, he is a "real" Dom.  Though he has quit and left the lifestyle, circumstances push him to audition for a new reality series looking for just that and called, of course, "DOM Wars."  He meets Tara at the audition, naive to all things BDSM but needs the money (one million dollars!) that the winner will receive from the show.  I'll leave you at that to pique your interest.  

In Round 2, Lucian and Tara have made it to, well Round 2 of DOM WARS!  The challenges become harder for both the show and them.  The characters evolve more here.  You get to know them in more depth, and I grew to like Tara more.  She rubbed me the wrong way in the first one, a little bit.  Plus, you have the other "cast" to learn more about too.

And hey, the story is just hot.  I love the male point of view for a story like this.  It gives it a different edge from many of the other stories out there, most of which have become quite mundane and predictable.

I'm giddy with anticipation to dig into Round 3, now that I've received it.  I also know that I will be utterly heart broken when he finally finishes writing the books. 
Go, give this series a read!  And show them some love on the Book of Faces!



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Picture Palooza Part 2

Did I mention that while watching some of the prejudging, I sat, of course, with Sara AND Alina Poppa?
Sweet, right?

Today, I met with Sara for the after comp plans of food, exercise, weaning off and back on, you know.
We discussed future stuff.
Basically, I knew this.
If I compete again, it won't be until the end of next year.
This body has a TON of work.
However, I competed this time 5lbs heavier and with a lower body fat percentage than last time.

We're going to try keeping me leaner in the off season, but still build, just slowly.  My size and age don't help matters.
It's a little disappointing, but I knew it.
It's only logical.
Plus, I knew the minute that I saw all of the other competitors.
I'm not naive, but I wanted to give it a go. =)
Plus, I just want to become a sexy beast no matter what.

So, on to the silly!

 Photos backstage by FLARED PHOTOGRAPHY 







 I wanted raw oysters!
I was so sleepy.
 Sweetums and me enjoying some Cajun food and raw oysters!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Picture Palooza Part One

I decided to post some pics first. There's still some greAt ones that Sara's fiance took and sent me too that I want to post too!  It was a great fun day, if long, lol. Had to have makeup done at 3:30 am.  My only complaint this past week? Thirst... it seemed all of physique ladies ha  that same one.  We all just wanted water, water after the night show.

So, I got trophies. However, I was last, lol.  They're we're only 3 of us in Master's 40+. I got 3rd. There were 5 in my height class in the Open. I got 5th. It's all good though. I loved it. I knew going in that I still have so much to do and a ton to grow. I will say that all of the women in Physique were ripped and awesome looking - not me, lol.  They were also ! ok nice & encouraging that I didn't even feel bad or overly embarrassed to be standing among them. Yay!

And this time I actually had abs too!

I saw Phil Heath & Branch Warren wandering about.

Sara's fiance, Barry, brought us Voodoo doughnuts for afterwards. Oh my goodness! My belly hurt after but it was delicious!!







 
My fellow physique gal & teammate & friend T-Bone!
Funny, I have 2 girlfriends nicknamed that!!


Friday, 11 April 2014

Five Fun Facts

In an effort to get my mind off thirst and being fatigued and nerves, I thought I'd share a few silly things about me.

  1. I'm petrified of sharks. Nope, never have watched "Jaws" although I did see one scene in one of the sequels where they were in a Sea World type place and a head floated up. I can't even see a picture without freaking out and  have to slam a book, magazine or comic shut if there is one in there. I have someone else turn the pages until it's all clear. 
  2. Here's an add on. I absolutely love the beach and water. However, it makes me cautious of going in the water very far above my ankles. And yes, I had fears of one being in the pool, the toilet, or even coming through the faucet in the bathtub. Puts a damper on things. I also love boats, but am better in brackish or fresh water ;)
  3. I grew up in a swamp, coon-ass town in Louisiana. People often ask why I really don't have an accent. I worked hard to lose it because when I began working in the big city of New Orleans, I was teased about it. 
  4. If I get tipsy or really mad, well, that accent comes back quite fierce. It's something I don't even realize, but others get a kick out of  it when it does happen. I suspect the they have ordered me extra just to hear it in the past.
  5. This one may not be New, but I'm a little of the exhibitionist. What? Couldn't tell with the past performing and now the competing? For the most part nudity doesn't bother me, except mine - but I don't want it to. Hey, I did grow up with a father who was an amazing painter. There were no shortage of nudes (art) around the house & it was never spoken about in any negative manner. Though both of my parents at  quite, quite conservative and prudish. They often wonder where I came from.
So, any fun facts about you? Want to know some more silly things about me? Tell me what! 

XOXO
LPM

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Finally!!

My abs have come in!
Front thigh and abdominals, BAM!
My legs have definitions, especially in front double bicep!
Whoot! Whoot!
That was last night in all of my "porcelain" glory under the fluorescent lights.

Today was last workout which was wonderful because carb depletion, water depletion and no sodium hit me hard today.
My ass, well, we knew that is my problem area.
As I've stated, it's my long term goal.
Still, it's better than last time.
Small progress is still progress, right?

Tomorrow is the hardest part,
the anticipation of Saturday.
Check in, suit check, weigh in, tanning, meeting, Team meetup and checks and chatter, food changes,....
Then, up at 2am on Saturday morning to head up to Golden for my makeup appointment.
The ups and downs of excitement and just ready for it to be over.

Unfortunately, Sunday, we're supposed to get 4" to 5" of snow? 
Yep, 70 degrees Saturday and snow and cold Sunday.
There goes my plans for slutty wear (well for me) and walking about in proudness of the body I worked so hard for.
Colorado, you're drunk, make up your mind!
  
No matter what, I plan on having pictures!!
Have to document the abs if nothing else!

I also have even started of thinking of the next goal....
Jumping the gun?

Now, back to work because tomorrow is going to be busy, busy, busy!!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

I've got nothing

for you except,
one more workout to go.
Last posing practice tonight.
And coach sent us this pic this morning.
I cracked up while jogging on the treadmill because, yep,
this is going on in my house this week.