I feel like I’ve only just gotten started with toy reviews, and just last week, I received an email to review something pretty special. The message came from a team of engineers in Oslo, a division of a larger engineering firm, that asked me to beta-test a new product. I was absolutely intrigued and took a look at their website for more details. Shortly thereafter, I accepted, quite excited. Roughly a week later, I could barely contain my excitement when a package was delivered to my doorstep.
With conditions the way they are, it is more than a little difficult to go out and do the things we used to enjoy, or see the people we like. Apps like Zoom, Skype, Discord, and other messenger apps are becoming very important for keeping us connected. Your challenge is to write me a story involving people who connect through a messenger app. The rest is up to you.
It bears repeating that allowing intolerance isn’t the same as showing tolerance to all voices. Allowing voices of hate to have their podium only allows intolerance to spread and create an environment not safe for all, but only a few. Having a safe community means having the stones to back it up and defend your values.
What happened today was a miracle we’ve been hoping for since 2016. For the first time since Tr*mp took office, a huge percentage of Americans, as well as in other countries around the world, are able to give a collective exhale of relief. People who were marginalized, targeted by hate groups, had promises made to them that were ultimately broken, the forgotten, those who couldn’t breathe, those who had their healthcare taken, who had to ration their insulin, who still don’t have clean water in Flint, MI. All the people whose lives were threatened and targeted because they didn’t fit into a narrow definition of ‘TrUe pAtRiOtS’ led by a cult that couldn’t keep their lies straight, and had the audacity to call these hate groups, ‘fine people’. And for the first time, I was able to look at all the hateful vitriol that’s posted on social media, and not feel my blood pressure rise.
With Smutathon 2020 commencing as of tomorrow, the plan was to hopefully bring our total goal to at least 50% ahead of the event. I was very hopeful we would get there, and wanted to do something to encourage donations in some way. I was honestly not expecting to get a lot beyond some extra awareness as my social media reach is… a bit underwhelming. But I was resolved to offer something that might help give us that final push before tomorrow’s event.
This story was originally written by my lovely and talented friend and fellow smut writer, Violet Grey. With her permission, I recorded an audio story of her original work, Indulge (part 1), which you can read the full story, and find more of her work, in the link below. Enjoy!