Stories about the stories we tell each other when there’s no one listening

The bedroom can be a sanctum and a sanctuary. It can also be an arena and a battleground, as well as a playground. But more than anything else, behind its closed door, it’s the place where we are most ourselves. It is, after all, a place of nakedness – both literal and figurative.

And when two people share the bedroom, each of those things acquires layers and facets. What we do here is unlike what we do elsewhere, even elsewhere in our own homes. And the conversations we have with each other here are unlike the conversations we have with each other anywhere else. It is our relationship laid bare.

I was laughing so hard I fell off the bed. And then I laughed harder. I don’t know what it was about this guy, late at night in my bedroom, but I didn’t laugh like that anywhere else, and haven’t since. I’m a grown-ass woman and can’t begin to tell you how stupid I feel admitting that I want someone who makes me laugh in the bedroom.

Pillow Talking is an exploration of intimacy: what is it? When does it – or doesn’t it – happen? And how is it made manifest in our bedroom talk?

But even though the theme is intimacy, the narrative is not voyeuristic. We are not peeping into private moments without permission: we can only see the glimpses that the storyteller wants us to see.

That conversation, in just our second date, set the tone for over 10 years of marriage. We would have been idiots not to have seen where this was headed, right from the get-go.

Pillow Talking is a creative undertaking. Its purpose is to present the stories that give us not just an insight into other people’s relationships, but an insight into our own.

Pillow Talking is produced, narrated and edited by me, Violeta Balhas, from stories by you, the listeners and pillow talkers. Music is by Radovan Jekic. You can contact Radovan at studioredtaperecords[at]gmail.com

About me.

Violeta Balhas

My name is Violeta Balhas, and I’m a professional writer of nearly 40 years’ experience. My work – books, essays, op eds, articles, and short stories – has been published in Australia, the UK and the US. For the last 10 years or so I have turned my writing and editing talents to the business world, working in content marketing. The Pillow Talking Project is my long-awaited (by me, that is) return to my longest love affair: storytelling.

If you have any questions or comments, get in touch.