Thursday, March 09, 2006

Who's On Your Wallpaper?

One of the greatest inventions of modern technology, in my opinion, is computer wallpaper. Before the advent of monitors and computer “desktops,” there was simply no respectable venue for that erotically inspiring device, the celebrity photo. I mean back in 1992, could a woman get away with keeping an 8 x 10 glossy of Tom Cruise on her desk? No way. I remember hoarding a file of photos of Kenneth Branagh back in his “Henry V” days, and occasionally finding the time/opportunity to peruse through them. Nowadays I have huge folders on my computer of digital images of my favorite celebrities (doesn’t everyone?) and I can slap up my photo of choice and enjoy it to my heart’s content.

So who’s on your wallpaper today? I’m just curious which celebrities are finding favor on the computer screens of my readers. I happen to have James McAvoy at the moment. Before that I had Pete Fenson, the skip of the U.S. Men’s Curling Team. And before that, a more conventional choice: Hugh Jackman. My husband, for some reason, doesn’t go for famous women (unless you count Fox News Babe Jane Skinner). Whenever I ask who it is on his desktop, he replies, “Just some girl I thought was attractive.” Hey, works for me.

Here’s an interesting fact for you: about one-third of the people who visit my website ( come there after searching on the term “sex wallpaper.” This is because I offer wallpapers based on my Soulful Sex books. (Believe it or not, if you Google “sex wallpaper” my site comes up #5.) I find it fascinating that so many people search for “sex wallpaper,” something so generic. The sort of thing I imagine they are looking for is not something that would really trip my trigger (or be appropriate for most PCs, unless you live in a guy’s dorm or bachelor pad). But at any rate, this fact does testify to the truth of my point: desktop wallpaper plays an important role in the erotic lives of a lot of people.

Now if I want erotic wallpaper, I’ll search on “Cillian Murphy” or “Josh Holloway.”

Obviously eroticism is a very personal thing. On the one hand, you have the people who have copulating couples on their desktops, and on the other, you have me with Pete Fenson. The important thing is that what you look at inspires you erotically, and that is as varied as the human race. Beauty of any kind, even that beauty that makes no obvious suggestion of sexuality, can be sexually provocative. That’s why we like to stare at celebrities. Or at guys who can throw a curling rock with accuracy and grace.

The world is a rich garden of faces and figures that are a joy to look upon. I’m all for enriching one’s life with beauty, particularly sexual beauty, which is why I’m a big fan of wallpaper. So c’mon, tell me who’s on your wallpaper? Might be somebody I hadn’t thought of to look for yet. See if you can make me a suggestion that will boot off James McAvoy....


Mel said...

Well, these days, I have cats on my desktop, but once upon a time I had Vincent d'Onofrio on there. I still think he's very sexy, however, I'm no longer the fangirl I used to be. A few of my favourite pictures of the man can be found here:

Diana Laurence said...

Hi Blue Angel,

Vincent, what a great choice! He's definitely got that je ne sais quoi. Thanks for the links, very nice. And thanks for taking the time to post!


Mel said...

Hi again,

I couldn't sleep just now, and your blog popped into my head. So I thought I'd get up and tell you about this other guy that has graced my desktop. Christopher Eccleston. He's not your usual pretty-boy type, but having discovered him in the new Doctor Who series, I just couldn't get him out of my mind. He's been in movies (Elizabeth, for example) as well as British TV, and he's perfect as the Doctor. I know how you like sci-fi, so this may be of extra interest to you. If so, the Sci-fi Channel will be broadcasting Season 1 of the new series starting March 17. I really hope you enjoy it if you decide to check it out. Doctor Who on


Diana Laurence said...

Thanks, Mel...Christopher does have that quirky kind of good looks I see! For some reason I've never gotten into Doctor Who even though I've always felt I should. It's definitely a fascinating phenomenon.


Erica said...

Diana, I'm sure I don't have to tell you who happens to occupy my desktop on a continual, day in, day out basis. Yeah, of course it's Hayden Christensen, a pic showcasing his gorgeous blue eyes from the premier of Revenge of the Sith in London. I can't stop staring. However I also have a pic of him (or more) under the glass on my desk in my work cubicle and a mousepad of him as well. Yeah, I'm still obsessed. Great blog entry, entertaining and soooo true!

Diana Laurence said...

Thanks Erica, I was hoping you would chime in with the Hayden vote! I confess he's been my wallpaper a time or two, too...sigh.


NeverEnoughJam said...

On my desktop at work: John Krasinski (The Office)

On my desktop at home: John Krasinski

Love your blog. You really speak to what writing erotica is all about.

Diana Laurence said...

Oh Jim Halpert...swoon. Great choice, NEJ. I can't get enough of that guy.

And thanks so much for your kind words about the blog!