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14th-Oct-2008 03:10 pm(no subject)
dspride
Just a brief note that I can now also be found at FetLife.
22nd-Mar-2008 09:02 pm - Moving to another blog
dspride
I've decided to consolidate my blogs, so I'm now posting about my apprentice and me in the Daily Life entries at my main blog, which has a LiveJournal mirror. I also post about my leather writings at that blog.
11th-Feb-2008 05:43 pm - Leatherprentice's run
dspride
"If our objective is to give rather than to get, we have complete control over our success or failure."

--Major Michael P. Vriegsenga: Thinking About Core Values.

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13th-Nov-2007 03:36 am - Bard of Pain
dspride
This doesn't have gay attraction. It doesn't have heterosexual attraction either. But heck, neither does my relationship with leatherprentice. So in case anyone here is interested in the subject matter, here's my first book. It comes with an online preview and a video trailer.

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Cover for Bard of PainIn the battle-weary lands of the Great Peninsula, only one fate is worse than being taken prisoner by the Lieutenant: being taken prisoner if you are the Lieutenant.

As the world's most skilled torturer struggles with his change of fortune, he finds that his fate is intertwined with the destinies of an idealistic army commander, an affectionate prisoner, and a protégé who reveres the Lieutenant's art. . . but is on the wrong side of the conflict.

The beginning of the end for him (or so it seemed at the time) came in the moment that he stepped into the shadow of Capitol Mountain and was assaulted by a stranger.
5th-Nov-2007 10:55 pm - Coming out
dspride
Me (in June): "I don't know whether to mention our relationship to other people, aside from my partner and friends."

leatherprentice: "I'm not sure how to advise you, Sir."

Me (in July, after posting about my writing apprentice at my professional blog): "I don't know whether to post about the leather aspect of our relationships."

leatherprentice: "I'm not sure how to advise you, Sir."

Me (in August, after posting about our protocol at this blog): "I don't know whether to link this blog to my professional site."

leatherprentice: "I'm not sure how to advise you, Sir."

Me (in October, with a leather book in the works): "Darn it, my professional and personal life have a paper-thin barrier between them. But I really don't know whether I want to come out as a dominant."

leatherprentice: "I'm not sure how to advise you, Sir."

If this all sounds like incredible paranoia on my part (I mean, I do have one of the biggest leather history sites on the Web; it's not as though my professional interest in leather is hidden under a rock), you have to place this in context.

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1st-Nov-2007 09:24 pm - Life before leatherprentice
dspride
Below are the entries that I posted at my old leather journal in the winter before I met leatherprentice. I switched to posting at this comm after that, and then nearly abandoned posting here altogether, because I was so discouraged at not being able to find a place for myself in the leather community.

It's interesting rereading the entries and discovering how many of my predictions were way off the reality of what type of DS relationship I entered into ("I don't feel I'm qualified to take over another person's entire life or even most aspects of their life"), as well as the passages where I was spot on ("I know now that what I want is to have a leatherboy or girl apprenticed under me, preferably so that I can train them in how to be better at writing and research").

What I find most amusing, in retrospect, is the title I chose for the journal: "No sex. No SM. No BD. No fetish. Just plain DS." At the time, I thought that combination would scare off every submissive in the world. As it turned out, that was exactly what leatherprentice was searching for.

IntroductionCollapse )

Training trialsCollapse )

A mildly leatherish ChristmasCollapse )
30th-Oct-2007 01:53 am - Time management
dspride
During the past month, with leatherprentice's hearty thankfulness, I've put together a weekly schedule for him, in order to counteract the problem he's been having in getting any work done at all. On a typical day - as he gradually realized when I asked him to track his activities - he gets absolutely nothing accomplished except low-priority Internet activities, not even the artwork he loves.

This is a case of a first-grader teaching a kindergartener, because I started on a schedule-keeping project myself last year, and I'm still very poor at keeping to my schedule. But at least I could save my apprentice from the wasteful mistakes I made.

This was the first week that he officially started his new schedule. It wasn't a difficult one: some exercise right after he gets up (the timing of the exercise was his choice), an e-mail to me before bed each night (that was at his request), keeping to the social and family schedule that he has already been managing to keep to, and twelve hours weekly of flex-time devoted to art, writing, and housework. I couldn't give him a really heavy schedule, because he has periodic medical problems and because - like me - he sleeps twelve hours a night (a fact that he wasn't aware of till he began tracking his hours for me). Because his sleep pattern has been totally screwed up recently, to the point where he was too exhausted to get anything done when he was awake, I'd given him a regular bedtime: midnight.

Below are my daily entries on how things went.

Broken curfewCollapse )

Taking chargeCollapse )

Worrying about taking chargeCollapse )

Taking charge with greater confidenceCollapse )
23rd-Aug-2007 08:49 pm - Protocol: Beginning Stages
dspride
The long gap in entries at this journal represents (1) me falling into a depression because I knew I'd never acquire a submissive in my life, and (2) me acquiring a submissive in my life. See this journal's profile for a bit of information about my new boy. You'll see me referring to him in this journal as my apprentice.

We've been corresponding for several months, and he recently came to visit me. One of the most interesting aspects of our visit, from both our perspectives, was us finally getting a chance to practice protocol face to face.

What Protocol IsCollapse )

ClothingCollapse )

StandingCollapse )

WalkingCollapse )

ServiceCollapse )

DoorsCollapse )

SittingCollapse )

Greetings, Farewells, and Moments of CenteringCollapse )

Writing and SpeakingCollapse )

ExceptionsCollapse )

The Protocol in PracticeCollapse )
1st-Feb-2007 07:05 am - A matter of consent
dspride
I once nearly got myself lynched at a leather forum for describing what I do when I walk into a leather bar.

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