January 6th, 2009
A friend of mine who lives in Toronto just ordered a copy of The Piercing Bible and told me that Amazon.com is giving FREE SHIPPING when you pre-order my book from this link to Amazon.com. Also they are giving a 32% discount off the cover price, which is amazing. If you own a body art studio or other retail business and wish to sell my book, you'd need to order 10 or more copies from my publisher to receive this a better discount, once the book is released in mid-March!
January 3rd, 2009
The changing of the calendar year is an opportunity for reflecting on the past year, and experiencing gratitude for the good things. It is also a wonderful chance to make a fresh start going forward into the new one. For me, 2008 was fantastic in part because it was the year I finally got my book deal to publish The Piercing Bible. That was a biggie (especially since I'd been working on the book for literally years already). Keep your focus positive. Dreams do come true--I'm living proof! Wishing everyone out there a joyful and peaceful 2009.
December 30th, 2008
I just received some email from a woman who watched some videos of me performing piercings from here:
Hi Elayne, I found a few videos that I needed to watch! I purchased the nipple piercing and the triangle piercing and enjoyed them very much. They are very honest and informative. I think that if a person with no piercings wanted to learn, they would see a correct representation of the process. For a person who already has piercings, there is plenty of great advice!So, my videos are worth seeing, and they have something for you, whether you're new to piercings or already have some.
December 28th, 2008
I received this question in the comments section of one of my posts:
I have a question. For surface piercings, which kind of barbells are suitable?
My reply: On some types of tissue and on certain areas of the body, it won't matter WHAT style of jewelry you use--the body simply won't accept jewelry in all locations. Here is an excerpt from The Piercing Bible about surface piercings:
December 27th, 2008
I just wanted to take a moment to wish anyone who is out there lookin' in on this blog a very wonderful 2009. The changing year is a great opportunity to pause, take stock of ourselves, our actions, contributions, successes, and mistakes of the previous year, to experience gratitude for all the good stuff, and to make plans for the coming one. It is a great time for a fresh start and to establish resolutions that can lead to positive change. Don't just pop the cork on the champagne and chug it back; make the most of this time of transition by putting a little thought and effort into becoming the best YOU that you can be in 2009!
December 22nd, 2008
I found out that the offices of my publisher, Ten Speed Press, will be closed until January 5, and that makes me a little nervous. I still haven't seen the final draft, and since the manuscript is supposed to head to the printer on January 20, that means there will only be 15 days for me to review the book and have changes made. Oh well, I'm sure it will work out--it always does. I also noticed that the The Piercing Bible is up in their online catalog. Here is a link to that. And I'm also under their listing of authors, too. I've been making a lot of advance sales through Amazon.com because they have my book on pre-sale at a discount: see (or order) it here. They list March 17 as the date the book becomes available. YAYY!!!
December 16th, 2008
I received this question today:
Hi, I have a few questions about the Vertical Hood Piercing. How long is it recommended before having sex or exercising? I have heard that some people aren't able to run or walk upstairs without nearly having an orgasm. How common is this? Also I have heard from someone who had one that when they took it out, there were bumps that formed. Is this something that often happens upon removing the piercing? Thank you very much. Akilah
Hi Akilah, Thanks for your email. Whether you think of it as fortunate or unfortunate, most women do not have any problems climbing stairs or exercising as a result of enjoying their piercings "too much." There is often a period of heightened sensitivity or hypersensitivity for a short time after piercing, but this tends to normalize over a short period of time. There is more information about sensation, sensitivity, and related subjects in my book. There is no required period for abstaining from sexual activity or exercise, but there are some very important rules to which you must adhere. This passage is from The Piercing Bible: