See full summary » When Alex Hiles' hot mess cousin Carolyn vanishes, Alex suspects the worst...Carolyn has been "camming" lately, and Alex suspects she broke the rules and met one of her clients...I relished these peaceful moments, for the majority of the time I felt more like a 2-year-old filing estate taxes with crayons.At my annual employee review, my boss placed me on “Performance Probation,” citing at least five or six reasons why I could not be trusted with so much as a stapler.But before I could even finish doubting myself, a swarm of users flooded my chat room, tipping liberally with “tokens,” the website’s local currency, and barraging me with questions. “How does it feel getting naked in front of hundreds of guys?” asked Oldn Fat1 – a user who deserves kudos for his realism. Neither here nor there,” I said instinctively before correcting myself, “but I still have my panties on, so let’s get them off and see what I feel like after!For weeks, I fielded calls from anxious relatives, inventing excuse after excuse as to why I had still not produced a groundbreaking retranslation of “War and Peace.” “So, you’re just … ” my father finally asked, his voice leaden and despondent, as though his Rottweiler had just died. If there was going to be a funeral, I thought, doing something. Don’t worry, the pay is great.” For some reason, I actually thought this news would cheer up my father.“Camming is the gateway!
Marina, my online alter ego on a popular adult webcamming site, is the new and improved “me.” She dazzles men with discussions of Indo-European languages while seducing them with her perky derriere, bending over before the camera to reach for her pen, with which she scrawls on a memo pad: The afternoon that I was placed on Performance Probation, I left work early.“Freelance work,” I told my boss and parents alike.“I’m going to take the certification exam for Russian-to-English translation.” While not entirely ludicrous – I am fluent in Russian – I saw no hurry to pursue this option so long as I was still certified to flash my boobs over the Internet. If you’re not familiar with it, that means I take off my clothes for random people on the Internet.Much like waitressing or washing floors, professional masturbation was simply incommensurate with my educational background and perceived level of dignity.While others were free to parade around naked on the Internet, and even had my respect for it, I was intended for some higher, nobler cause – something that would make people gasp in a good way, and not out of horror.