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24th Mar, 2012

I was born this way.

So, I had a bit of an epiphany this morning an I want to share it with you. It happened in one of the last scenes of Alvin and the Chipmunks 3. No, really. Apparently one can have a life affirming revelation absolutely anywhere. For it to make any kind of sense you need to know a little bit about my life this week.

chipmunks

So I’ve been busy. REALLY busy. I wrote and edited 18k in a week. Now for some that might seem reasonable. Consider I generally manage to fit in just 1k of writing a day and you see it was quite a feat. If you look in my kitchen you’ll see what had to give to make room for the extra writing too! I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and it’s been a tough old week. Totally worth it, mind, but tough all the same.

Now add on top of that a conversation with someone I respect greatly, someone I consider as a friend who doesn’t really understand how I can write what I write and still be a Christian. It was a good conversation really. I got my point of view in. How I believe God is love and how I can’t see how he could disapprove of anyone falling in love. Be it a man and a woman, two women or two men or whatever combination worked.

I talked about the sin associated with sex. How I believe it is the negative consequences of certain sex acts that is the sin. Like the lies and deceit when a person has an affair for example. But it is the guilt, the hurt caused to others, the damage to self esteem and confidence, the anger and violence that can brew from sex that isn’t mutual, consensual and positive that I think we’re warned against. Not everything associated with sexual activity or fantasy.

At the end of the day I stood up for what I believe in and I felt good about that. However I couldn’t help but wonder if that conversation was a message from God, maybe he wanted me to be something else. Maybe my erotic writing and everything associated with it didn’t please him. Maybe I was wrong.

eastercrosses

It’s a possibility, I’m quite regularly wrong. So I’ve been pondering things. I’ve been pondering my future and what I believe in. I believe in Loving my neighbour as myself, or at least trying too and loving God above all else. Those are right at the centre of my faith. Along with the bit that makes me a convicted Christian, the part that is celebrated at Easter. I believe Jesus died for me and my sins and when I kick the bucket I’m off to Heaven which is a place with God that’s so awesome my mind can’t comprehend it. That is in me. It is as much part of me as my green eyes, my curly hair and my scars.

But I am also an author. I have a skill with words and especially words created to tease and arouse. Stories pop into my head. And yes, sometimes they’re ideas for children’s tales or fantasy books but predominantly they’re romances. Romances with the bedroom door swung wide open. Often my characters don’t ever make it into a bedroom. I like sex, I like to write about sex and love and all the emotions that stem from people meeting and falling in love. I explore areas of the erotic that might make some people uncomfortable. Multiple partners, spanking, dominance and submission. A little bondage, homosexual sex, bisexual sex and other flavours that many will consider to be less than vanilla.

Can these parts of me live happily within me?

And so we move to my revelation. I’ve been thinking and praying on these things, talking to people and asking advice. I have a few courses of action in mind and I felt good about my decisions. My revelation? Well, it came when 6 fluffy chipmunks were dancing around on stage singing a high pitched version of this song:

Born this Way by Lady Gaga

And these words in particular.

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way
Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

And there I was in a cinema filled with kids crying my eyes out because I’d just received the exact message I needed to hear. And here’s more:

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
’cause baby you were born this way

Baby I was born this way and God makes no mistakes. I make mistakes, copious numbers of them (ask my editors! Ha.) and I have my doubts and my worries. But God made me in his image and he made me just as I am. My favourite psalm in the bible talks about how God knitted me together in my mother’s womb and how it doesn’t matter where I go he’ll always be there with me. (PSalm 139 btw) I might not have all the answers but I trust that God does.

And I feel at peace today. My way might not be the easy way and some people might never be able to understand how I can be a practising Christian and an erotic romance author. That isn’t my problem. I am called to be me and to continue along the path chosen for me.

I’m not going to lie to you, it can sometimes seem quite attractive to wimp out and to stop writing or stop going to church. The problem comes when I think about life without my faith. I cannot imagine that. Or a life without my writing. In that life I go insane because of the stories fighting within me to get out. Neither option is pretty and I’m happy to say I believe I don’t have to chose.

right track

I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way.

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In other news, today I’m over at Beyond Romance talking about the Sunday Snog and Blisse Kiss With Heart that starts tomorrow, woo hoo!

11 comments

  1. You are wonderful just the way you are, Victoria! Certainly my experiences in the erotic writers’ community would be diminished if I had not gotten to know you and your quirky, curvy life-affirming celebrations of sex. Great post!

    KDx

  2. lynn mann

    Lovely blog Vicki. And no, your not sinful or evil or turning your back on God. The fact that you write erotica AND are a believer, who ain’t afraid to say so, is BRILL. It is so encouraging to ppl like me, with the same experience of faith AND, well a kinkiness as well.
    Not a fan of La Gaga but i echo the thought….”Baby i was born this way”. Took me a while to realise it, is all.

    LMx

    • Victoria Blisse

      Thank you, Lynn. It’s messages like yours that affirms my belief that I’m on the right path. I’m glad my journey encourages you. :)

  3. Thank you. Thank you for speaking up – it’s something I’ve been too nervous to do. I’ve been a Christian since I was small and there’s a part of me that doesn’t feel there should be any issue with being a Christian and writing erotica – God did after all, create sex, and it wouldn’t be so much fun if he’d wanted it to be something we shouldn’t do. Burning yourself isn’t fun but somehow there’s an attitude that you’d be less… wrong… if you write about someone that enjoys sticking their hand in fire than you do someone that enjoys sex.

    I can’t square how I live my life with my faith. I’m fairly clear on that. But my writing was there before my personal life went awry. I seem to spend more time battling with Christian friends about my writing than I do battling myself about it. They seem to feel guilty on my behalf. And I think that’s really sad. God created all talents whether you use them very blatantly to his glory or not. There seems to be very little in life that you should be truly ashamed of. But religion seems determined to put down anything that doesn’t fit within certain rules. Someone once said that I’d fall away from my faith if I continued to go to the university science fiction and fantasy society… people are so scared, and of what? The earth that God created? Of reclaiming the things that God created that people have somehow made “wrong?”

    Anyway. I won’t carry on. I think you get me. And thank you again. :)

    • Victoria Blisse

      I really DO get you. Really, really.

      The battle I have with myself is nothing compared to the guilt I feel about putting my Christian friends in an uncomfortable position. A lot of what I’m battling right now is their perception of me. I hate to disappoint folks.

      But I would be more of a disappointment if I didn’t stay true to myself, you know?

      It is a sad, sad, sad state of affairs that writing about sex makes so many good people feel so upset. I’m positive that if I were writing murder mysteries or war stories that no matter the level of explicitness in those it’d ruffle fewer feathers than my loving depictions of sex.

      Thank you so much for this comment. It really is good to know someone else out there ‘gets it’.

      :)

  4. Beautiful! I’m so glad I came across this. I’m a Christian and an erotic writer and I love what I do:-). Thank you for writing this post.

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