August MacGregor

Celebrating Sensuality. Intended for mature audiences, 18 and over


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Love and Roses

Rose Garden painting

Happy Valentine’s Day! A rose garden for you, and wishes for a wonderful day.

“My hands will get dirty holding your rose-shaped heart, because love is like gardening—it’s earthy and takes work to keep it alive.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

** Painting is “The Rose Garden” (1877) by Carl Frederic Aagaard. Quote from Goodreads.com.

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Jolly Blogger Award

jolly Blogger Award

Thank you to Galit over at Coffee n’ Notes for nominating me for The Jolly Blogger Award!

As I understand it, the rules are to answer 12 questions given to me, then nominate 10 other bloggers and give them new questions. I’m going to answer the questions posed to me, but I’ll skip the passing-it-along part, since Christmas has already passed. Sorry for not keeping the chain going 🙂

My answers struck me as being more on the boring side… and that struck me as funny in a way, because it reminds me of when I created this pen name for my erotic stories. Back then, I had wondered if I should create a persona for him. As in, he would be a character similar to one dreamed up for a story. He’d live an exciting, thrill-a-minute, playboy-ish life.

But I decided against it, and instead put that imagination into characters for stories. So these answers more reflect me behind the pen name, rather than a fake, jet-setting, Most Interesting Man in the World.

What is on your Christmas Wish list?

I don’t have long Christmas lists these days: Scotch, books, and dark chocolate. I mostly get books on my own, but it’s certainly nice to be surprised when family or friend gives me a book that I’ve never heard of, and I get introduced to a new author.

What would be the perfect Christmas?

Spending it with family and some seriously good eats on the table.

What’s your favorite winter make-up look?

I don’t do make-up, but I put on some Chapstick when it’s needed to avoid chapped lips. No flavors or sparkles on the Chapstick — I’m a plain guy when it comes to that.

Do you believe in Santa?

I most definitely did as a kid, and I still enjoy the magic of him as part of the holiday.

What is your favorite Christmas food or drink?

Cookies. Christmas meal always reminded me of our Thanksgiving meal, so it didn’t stand out as unique. But the cookies certainly did. 🙂

Will you be traveling for Christmas, if so where?

Yes, but not far. Went to see family nearby.

Would you prefer Christmas with or without snow?

With snow! I very much enjoy Christmas even if it’s mild outside, but having snow adds a beautiful atmosphere to the holiday.

Do you like eggnog?

Yes, but not a lot of it. Once I have a glass of it, with some nutmeg sprinkled on top, I’m all set until next year.

What is your favorite winter clothing?

Jeans and thick shirts — I’m not much of a sweater guy.

Do you leave Santa cookies, if so who eats them?

Not any more, but I did as a kid. I always figured the cookies and milk gave Santa energy on his long night delivering presents.

What was the best gift you ever received?

One gift doesn’t jump out at me. I remember being thrilled when opening presents and finding toys as a kid. And books, too. I loved getting books to bring me into wonderful stories.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Decorating the tree. Every year, I’d remember the ornaments and the stories behind them, of when I had received them. Putting the tree up marked the start of celebrating Christmas, and it’s still my favorite tradition.


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Dirndls and Lederhosen

Since dirndls are an object of fetish for the main character in my new novel Bavarian Beauty, I figured I’d post about this traditional Bavarian dress. And I’m including lederhosen, for those who enjoy seeing men wearing shorts with suspenders.

Also, a reminder that I’m giving away a free ebook of my novel to 5 people. Simply email me at augustmacgregor@gmail.com by September 30 to be included in a random drawing to receive a coupon for a free ebook at Smashwords. Please email me only if you are 18 years or older, as this is an erotic novel.

Now for the dirndls and lederhosen…

Possibly the most famous lady in a dirndl is the St. Pauli Girl:

St. Pauli Girl lager

pic from Cherokee Distributing

She’s hoisting three beer steins in each hand, but in the beginning of TipsyBartender’s video, Oktoberfest is f*cking wild!, Annika (correct spelling? she’s an Oktoberfest waitress) claims to be able to double that, for a total of twelve beers at once. When she’s shown walking through a kitchen, I count ten beers that she’s carrying — but I still believe her about those twelve.

Some other ladies in dirndls:

Oktoberfest Girl, by Markburger83 (Wikimedia Commons)

Markburger83 (Wikimedia Commons)

Woman in dirndl selling pretzels, by Mahmoudreza Shirinsokhan (Flickr)

Mahmoudreza Shirinsokhan (Flickr)

Woman in dirndl with cleavage, by Diego Wyllie (Flickr)

Diego Wyllie (Flickr)

Guy in Heidi braids wig, by Stephen Whitely  (Flickr)

Stephen Whitely (Flickr)

Oh, wait. That last pic was just with a wig, not the whole dress. That we can see at least.

Where can one buy a dirndl? The official Oktoberfest website offers many different styles of dresses, for example:

Alice Dirndl dress

shop.oktoberfest.de

Amazon has them, of course — since they carry everything.

If you want a look that’s a bit racier, there are other options out there for you, like this one from 3 Wishes. Duly noted that she’s only carrying one beer stein, and a really small one, at that. Doesn’t she know that size matters with beer steins??

Dirndl costume from www.3wishes.com

3wishes.com

A couple of helpful resources from other blogs:

  • How to be Dirndl’icious: Goes nicely in depth on choosing which styles to wear, with photos of very nice dirndls in a Munich store.
  • How To Tie Your Bavarian Dirndl Apron: There’s a particular code to tying your dirndl, and where you tie the knot shows if you’re single and looking or not. Good to know for the dirndl wearer — but if the tourist guys don’t know the code, they might need to be helped out with it.

And now for the moment some of you have been waiting for: the lederhosen…

Guys in lederhosen leading cows, by Andreas Metz (Flickr)

Andreas Metz (Flickr)

Guys in lederhosen dancing, by Bonifaas (Flickr)

Bonifaas (Flickr)

Group of guys in lederhosen, by Nikki (Flickr)

Nikki (Flickr)

Guys in lederhosen in field with horses, by Machs einfach (Flickr)

Machs einfach (Flickr)

Where to buy your very own pair of leather shorts? Amazon is certainly an option:

Lederhosen outfit from amazon.com

amazon.com

Or you can skip the shorts and just thrown on a T-shirt:

Lederhosen t-shirt at amazon.com

amazon.com


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Happy Oktoberfest!

Happy Oktoberfest!

Since my new novel, Bavarian Beauty, includes a little bit about Oktoberfest, I’ll be posting about the festival and Bavaria during the days of the festival. Kinda like I posted photos of Brazilian cities during this year’s World Cup.

First up, a bit of history…

It all started with love. Well, a wedding at least — and it’s nice to hope there was love there. But you know how it is with royals, especially a long time ago when marriages may have been for alliances rather than love.

The Big Bavarian Wedding, as described at Wikipedia:

“Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (‘Theresa’s meadow’) in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the ‘Wiesn.'”

What did these love birds look like, you ask? Here’s King Ludwig I:

Ludwig I of Bavaria

Wikimedia Commons

And here’s Queen Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen:

Queen Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen:

Wikimedia Commons

Celebrating this wedding became an annual event, and Oktoberfest was born. Each year, it starts off with a bang (Wikipedia):

“Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry ‘O’zapft is!’ (‘It’s tapped!’ in the Austro-Bavarian dialect) opens the Oktoberfest.”

Yes, beer (or bier) is a big part of the festival. As is the food: sausages, roast chicken, pretzels, potato dumplings, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, and much more.

How much is eaten? Vistawide.com says:

“Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, is held annually in Munich, Germany. The 16-day party attracts over 6 million people every year who consume 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausage, and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens during the two-week extravaganza.”

There’s a parade honoring the one that the happy townsfolk started way back in 1810. There are lots of amusement park rides, too — it looks to me that a whole lot of fun is packed in the 16 days of the festival, starting in late September and ending on the first weekend in October.

If you’re like me, you’re wondering, why doesn’t Oktoberfest start in October? Good question. Again, let’s turn to Vistawide.com:

“The festival was eventually prolonged and moved ahead to September to allow for better weather conditions. Today, the last day of the festival is the first Sunday in October.”

But enough about descriptions! Let’s see a few pics of the festival (click on each to jump to the photographer’s webpage):

Oktoberfest general view by Michael.chlistalla/Wikimedia Commons

Michael.chlistalla (Wikimedia Commons)

Oktoberfest beer tent, by Joachim S. Müller (Flickr)

Joachim S. Müller (Flickr)

Oktoberfest Beer steins, by Thomas Sauzedde (Flickr)

Thomas Sauzedde (Flickr)

Oktoberfest musicians, by digital cat (Flickr)

digital cat (Flickr)

Oktoberfest drinkers, by xsnowdog (Flickr)

xsnowdog (Flickr)

Finally, lest we forget that this whole party started with the pairing of lovers:

Oktoberfest lovers, by Shawn Harquail (Flickr)

Shawn Harquail (Flickr)


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Fireworks

Today, I’m taking a break from the virtual tour of World Cup cities to celebrate the Fourth of July with some beautiful fireworks!

fireworks, by DanDeChiaro (Flickr, Creative Commons)

Long Beach, California, DanDeChiaro (Flickr, Creative Commons)

Fireworks, by Gregorio Cózar (Flickr, Creative Commons)

Gregorio Cózar (Flickr, Creative Commons)

fireworks, by Walter Corno Photography (Flickr, Creative Commons)

Walter Corno Photography (Flickr, Creative Commons)

fireworks, by Joy VanBuhler (Flickr, Creative Commons)

Joy VanBuhler (Flickr, Creative Commons)


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May Day and Robin Hood

My erotic short story, Maid Marian’s Missons, takes place during Beltane and May Day. I wrote this story a few years ago and recently spent some time polishing it up for publishing as an ebook. When I was writing the story, I did some research on Robin Hood to see what the legends were around him. When I read about his connection to May Day and those festivities, it seemed like a great time of the year to place my story.

Wikipedia has an interesting passage about the connection between Robin Hood and May Day:

By the early 15th century at the latest, Robin Hood had become associated with May Day celebrations, with revellers dressing as Robin or as members of his band for the festivities. This was not common throughout England, but in some regions the custom lasted until Elizabethan times, and during the reign of Henry VIII, was briefly popular at court. Robin was often allocated the role of a May King, presiding over games and processions, but plays were also performed with the characters in the roles, sometimes performed at church ales, a means by which churches raised funds.

A complaint of 1492, brought to the Star Chamber, accuses men of acting riotously by coming to a fair as Robin Hood and his men; the accused defended themselves on the grounds that the practice was a long-standing custom to raise money for churches, and they had not acted riotously but peaceably.

It is from the association with the May Games that Robin’s romantic attachment to Maid Marian (or Marion) apparently stems. The naming of Marian may have come from the French pastoral play of c. 1280, the Jeu de Robin et Marion, although this play is distinct from the English legends. Both Robin and Marian were certainly associated with May Day festivities in England (as was Friar Tuck), but these may have been originally two distinct types of performance—Alexander Barclay in his Ship of Fools, writing in c. 1500, refers to “some merry fytte of Maid Marian or else of Robin Hood”—but the characters were brought together. Marian did not immediately gain the unquestioned role; in Robin Hood’s Birth, Breeding, Valor, and Marriage, his sweetheart is ‘Clorinda the Queen of the Shepherdesses’. Clorinda survives in some later stories as an alias of Marian.

Quote from Wikipedia article.