Winding Down the 2016 Charity Drive

It’s been a whirlwind 6-ish days… We’ve raised more money than I thought possible (currently $7,186.41.)
8:43pm EDIT – $7,200.52
11:20am FINAL TOTAL EDIT – $7,534.06

Last year, we had nearly 3 weeks to raise funds and we topped out at an incredible $7,351.77.

The fact that we are SO close to last year’s amount in just a third of the time is humbling. I don’t use that word often, but there is no better one to use here. I’m humbled.

I don’t know if we will top last year, and I honestly don’t care if we don’t. What we’ve done is nothing short of amazing. I admit I can’t help thinking what if…

Bullet points about the end of the drive, for your convenience!

  • Visit THIS POST for donation instructions.
  • If the links to Amazon and PayPal are active, you’re good to go!
  • I’ll kill the links and close the LIMITED EDITION STORE tomorrow AM.
  • I only guarantee links/store will be active/open until 9am ET.
  • Go listen to some hot hypno – you earned it. 😀
  • If Santa Ignored You

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    Let’s talk Santa!

    There’s a good chance the 6-year-old and the 4-year-old little girls in our adopted family believe in and love Santa Claus. But have they ever believed he loves them back?

    Maybe they think they just weren’t well-behaved enough to get the toys they want. Maybe they think Santa just doesn’t care about poor children. Maybe they don’t even believe in Santa – maybe they had to be told at a very young age that he didn’t exist so they knew why they weren’t getting presents from the North Pole like the other kids in school. We don’t know and we never will.

    But we do know Santa won’t ignore them this year. All because you guys are doing a truly amazing thing.

    I’ll be honest, with my surgery and subsequent month-long illness resulting in the need to shorten our drive this year made me think we’d have modest donation total. Not due to a lack of generosity, but simply a lack of time to get the word out. I have never been more pleased to be mistaken.

    As of this moment, we are standing at $5,4508.9 donated thus far. Which I’ve had to update twice while writing this, btw. Last year the total donated was $7,351.77. (The odd amounts reflect PayPal fees.)

    So with a couple more days to go, we are shy of last year’s total by less than $1,900. That’s INSANE. Insane in the very best way imaginable, but still insane.

    I was literally in tears today. Not only will we make Christmas amazing for our family, we’re going to get to donate a bunch of things to the general holiday collection – focusing on the mothers who have fled a domestically or sexually violent environment, as well as their older children (who never get as many donations in toy drives – everyone has more fun shopping for the little ones.)

    The coordinator I spoke with today, who has been my contact this year and last, said the adopted families have often never had the joy of opening presents together on Christmas morning. Many of them have sought shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They are in a time of emotional and physical upheaval and transition, and providing Christmas for them is most often a pure infusion of joy into an otherwise stressful, cheerless time.

    We are so incredibly grateful to have such generous, fabulous, loyal friends, fans, and followers out there. This – this charity drive – this is Christmas.

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    We’ll be in our chat room starting at 7pm(ET)/midnight(GMT)

    Charity Drive Kickoff 2016

    Welcome to the 5th Annual Spiral Seductions Charity Event!

    Life was a little complicated this year, so in order to still hold the charity drive, we’ve had to shorten and streamline this year’s festivities. We hope you’ll still dig deep and do us proud!

    (Newcomers, the next paragraph is for you… Everyone else can skip down one.)

    Every year, we host a charity event here on Spiral Seductions. We accept donations and we open up our Limited Edition Store. At the holidays, we support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. These are mostly women, and many of them have children. Local organizations dedicated to helping these families put out a call this time of year, asking people to help provide gifts so the moms and kiddos in their shelters and safe houses can celebrate Christmas. We answer that call, and we ask for your help to do it.

    This year, because the drive has to be short and sweet (DEC 3rd – DEC 9th), we have focused our goal not on a specific amount donated, but on a specific family. We have “adopted” a mother in a shelter who took her three young daughters and fled an abusive situation. Their advocate has sent me their Christmas wishlists – each family member was asked to list 4-5 things they would love to get.

    Let’s make Christmas kick ASS for them this year!

    How to Donate

    PayPal (We ask you to go to our non-erotic sister site, Somewhere Downtown, because we can’t have PayPal links on an adult site.)
    Amazon e-giftcard (MUST be sent to emberandether(at)gmail(dot)com in US dollars)

    UPDATE: THE DRIVE IS OVER, LINKS ARE GONE, NO FURTHER DONATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED. Thank you for an amazing charity event this year!!!

    (The first round of file download links will be sent late tonight or early tomorrow morning, depending how late Amazon wants to deliver my emergency order of cables. My new file this year, Ruby Red, won’t have a sample or graphics until that happens either!)

    How to Beg Like a Domme and How to Be a Painting

    HEY THERE!

    Here’s an audio blog about being dominant while begging to give a blow job, inspired by talking to someone on Twitter and my kickass fantasies.

    I didn’t bother to write this one out because I’m tired from not sleeping. So I just rambled for 15 minutes or so. And didn’t edit. ENJOY!

    Also, I promised someone my “Ember as a Painting” image I tweeted about the other day, so I figured you all can enjoy this while you listen.

    It amuses me to be a painting. I amuse myself. APPRECIATE ME LIKE THE WORK OF ART I AM! (Ha. See? Amused!)

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    (Click if for a bigger version if you like.)

    Holy hell, I’m exhausted. And I have to turn off the computer now – storms are getting ugly here tonight and the power likes to surge. Grrrr… At least I still have my phone and can still tweet.

    (If all of this doesn’t inspire you to follow me on Twitter, just light yourself the fuck on fire.)

    The One Where Ember Gets Put Under

    Sorry, hypno-fans… I don’t mean “put under” like that. But I got your attention, didn’t I? 😛

    I just want to let you know, with as much advance notice as I can give, that I will be taking a chunk of time off toward the end of October. Not my normal “vacation where I still end up doing stuff” kind of time off, but real time off.

    Part of the reason for my recent trip up north was that I had an appointment scheduled with a surgeon in New York. Yes, that’s a long way to go for doctor, but he is world-class in his specialty. And if you know me, you know I only want the best!

    Anyway, he accepted me as a patient, and on Friday I got the call – he’s scheduled me for surgery at the end of October. I couldn’t be happier or in more skilled hands, but it will be an extensive procedure (several operations combined, 6 hours on the table) with a lengthy recovery (8 weeks before I can resume all my normal activities – though only 2 weeks before I can fly, so my ass is still going to CA for Thanksgiving, woo!)

    While I think it’s fairly obvious given the timetable, I want to be absolutely clear – THIS IS NOT EMERGENCY SURGERY. It’s necessary, but I’m not about to keel over.

    Anyway, this is a huge relief for me – I’ve had this appointment for a long time, and I’ve been really preoccupied wondering if this rock-star surgeon would accept me as his patient.

    There will be implications for things like suspending requests for custom work and possibly the charity drive this year, but I’ll get to all that in due time. Right now, it’s just a heads up and a little happy-dance from me! 🙂