Saturday, December 4, 2010

Starting Over (Yet Again) Version 5.5

You know I always used to look at other blogs that sat for a while with no new entires and thought to Myself man what a looser.  A few lines about something relevant at least once a week.  How hard could it be, right?  Oh, what little I knew, as now I am that looser who last made a post before Halloween.

Truth be told I have been on the pretty slow track; reworking, reworking and reworking again that bane of My existance, the "defenative" version of the beginning of Shadows Of The Night: Comes The Dark Storm.  (Okay, I have to admit that after having it for a couple of months it seems like the title is going to definately stick.)  One major problem I realized I had was that I was trying to retro work all existant characters from the later three volumes of the story into the new first volume.  I toyed with the idea of sidelining later major characters for a couple of weeks, because just the first chapter to introduce a majority of the major characters was bordering on 100 pages and I was still working to get quite a few of them worked in.  So I set about the work of making a cast of thousands into a cast of dozens, a feat made slightly more difficult with the addition of several more major characters who will be mainly relevant to the first volume of the story.

Everyone who is a true major character through the series will not be pushed into the background, the people who have read The Echoes Of Yesterday, Whispers Of Darkness and The Zombie Dance (Lisa, Scott, Shain, Kevin and the ex-old lady) will see the most familiar characters of each melded into a consistent story.
In some ways Comes The Dark Storm will be two concurent and slightly connected stories.  One will focus on the life of the city (Ariana) through the major characters, Benny Hawkins, Mary Petri, Ralph Bloodworst, Julie Wentworth, Terry Cardenas, Onna Draven and Peter Janeway.  The second story will revolve around a monster and a mystery and involve major characters old and new: William Fronton, Cynthia Danesti, Michelle Jessel, and Sandy Bozeman.

I also decided to extend the prologue from a couple of scenes to giving the history of Ariana and its monster from its founding in the 1800's through the late 1980's where the story opens.  Now the prologue is a little long, but I feel its length necessary to set up the story.  I think I am getting pretty much to the end of the prologue and should be starting Chapter One this week.

In the past few weeks I have picked up a few things I have always dreamed of having, and getting them has helped Me along greatly, as they were things I wanted through those early years of writing those first drafts of Whispers Of Darkness.  At long last I have every Kiss album released (with the exception of the Wicked Lester Demo, the lastest reworks, and the Japanese special editions that have come out over the past few years).  In addition I finally got a new copy of the Black Roses soundtrack (at last on CD!), which I used to listen to all the time.  (The tape got the squeals and died on Me after only a year, and in the past few years I have been in quite a few obscene bidding wars for copies of the CD or vinyl that I always lost).  I also managed to get both Vinnie Vincent Invasion albums, Peter Criss's Out of Control and Ace Frehley's Anomaly.

Black Roses Has One Of The Most Coveted Heavy Metal Soundtracks.
In a majority of stories, at some point, music comes into play, wheter it be Room And Broad For The Night: Cheap, where the narrator is listing to certain CDs as he begins and ends his tale, or Bunny Holes which retells an Easter  BDSM scene set to various pieces of music (have I ever mentioned how many times I listened to The Chicken Dance to know exactly how many beats there were to correspond with a paddling?).  As I worked away on Heather's Journey: The Sound Of her MASTER'S VOICE I realized that the story was lacking music, coming to the understanding it was done with a purpose, since in the beginning of her journey Heather Ford's life lacks music (that drummer's beat).  It is not until the final chapters of the story that music comes into the story, and that background music will continue on through the rest of her journey, getting a little "louder" as she becomes more involved and alive.

Since Shadows Of The Night follows a group of teens in their last years of high school music is an important part of the background, as music is often a driving force among people at that age.  I have decided to make music become an even stronger connection to the friends and groups of friends within the story.  Now resetting the storyline to zero I have the ability to dictate new aspects to the lives of the characters I would have never though of 20 years ago.  Having everyone just being in the same school and the same clique is all too convienent.  Through the early chapters I intend to show the genisis of the clique of characters throught their interraction with various garage bands, taking them from being people with common intrest and down the roads of friendship.

In particular Peter Criss, the Catman himself, has been the most help.  True he is the member of Kiss with the least amount of solo material (or at least the least amount available to Me), but there's something about his voice and that jazzy/honky-tonky sound he favors that makes him pretty unique considering the harder sound that the group and its former member have all been known for.  (And I am on the look out for Cat #1 and One For All as I have not been able to locate them.)  Hard Luck Woman and Easy Thing are songs that will have major impacts on the lives of two characters and that impact should continue on throughtout the entire series.  Catman's solo album and Out Of Control are loaded first in My CD player, so they are the first things I listen to when I set out to work, so thanks Mr. Criss for being My leading musical inspiration of the moment.

From Hard Luck Woman To Out of Control To Beth All Hail The Catman!

What's next?

Well getting that prologue finished for starters.  That and catching up on reading.  I've severely neglected catching up on reading anyone else, even My favorite, Mistress Bunny12 over at Lushstories.com (two heads one brain).  I love her poems because they speak to Me like no others, and feel bad about not catching up with them as it really does not take very long to get a few in.  Plus She is on My required reading list, so if you are reading this I require you to go to lush and check her out.

So you go and read, and I am going to write.


Master Vyle

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fallowing The Fields

As many of you already know I finally finished writing The Sound Of her MASTER'S VOICE a few weeks before the end of the summer.  Just this past week I finished editing the final few chapters for posting on Literotica.com (though Chapters Six through Twenty-Five need to be reedited to match the presentation of One through Five and Twenty-Six through Thirty, but that can wait a little bit).  Between the re-editing for itallics on Literotica and number framing so it can be posted on Storiesonline.net I will have to at some point spend more time with the story, but for right now I am taking a break from it.  I am also probably going to wait at least until the summer before I begin any work on the second book in the series.

I have had a lot going on lately.  Aside from My writing and trying to get a few stories out there for the Halloween season I have had a lot on My plate.  My dad had his fourth heart surgery in less than ten years, My wife was finally (after three years) diagnosed with a blockage in her airway which turned out to be scar-tissue (stressed for weeks waiting for an answer worried it was throat cancer) and My oldest son, who lives half the continent away was in an automible accident.  Plus there has been an inventory period going on at work on the midst of everything else.  So I have reached the point where I have been pushed to My limits mentally, emotionally and physically.

As hard for Me as it is to do, as an obsessive-compulsive, I am doing My best to step back and take a break from any new projects.  I do have My spooky lighthouse erotic horror novel that I want to work on, and I would like to do at least one erotic story for the Christmas season, but other than those, and maybe another last minute piece or two for Halloween I really do not want to start several brand new projects.  I just feel pretty much burned out.

It is times like this when as an author you let a field go fallow so you go back to another that has been sitting and waiting for a while.  It is good to go back to projects that have been sitting for a little bit, because it is less stressful than working on a totally new story.  It is also good to go back to old stories that can be reworked, rewritten or mined for ideas.

My novella The Zombie Dance is one I have considered working on, but I decided to wait on it a little longer as I am looking back over the parent stories it is spun-off from and I need to see where they are going before I revise The Zombie Dance so that the stories will work together to tell the same story.  The initial series has been undergone several changes over the years.  The first novel I wrote was Whispers Of Darkness, which once I was finally done always displeased Me because I felt like I was starting too far away from on ongoing story instead of the beginning.  Eventually I wrote a prequel called The Echoes Of Yesterday, but in the end I got that same feeling of not really getting started, introducing the characters as though the reader knew all about them instead of being just introduced to them.  I had begun the first novel at the very end of 1989, then worked on it and its prequel and partially written sequel The Reconstruction,
until 1999.  (Yeah 10 years and kind of getting nowhere).  Then about three years ago I revisited the story again for about 100 pages of what seemed to be the right track, a definative beginning point with the intention of totally rewriting and reworking everything that had come before.  It was tentatively titled The Oncoming Storm, after a phrase from Doctor Who, but I have now decided to rename it The Gathering Storm.  The overall series titles was The Auburndale Chronicles, which was later changed to The Racine Chronicles, but which three years ago I decided to change to Shadows Of The Night.

I will be looking over those first 100 pages of The Gathering Storm today, deciding where I might want the story to go from there.  I will also be looking over several short stories like The Rocking Chair, Bleeders and The Dinner Guest to see where I might want to go with them as well.  I think it might be good to take a few days to relax and tend to some of those fields that have been fallow for a while so that the fields I have been working so hard lately have a chance to grow a little more fertile.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Skeleton Belaton: The Icon Of Master Vyle

After over half a decade I have decided to replace the hands cuffed to collar avatar I have been using in favor of something a little more personal.  The picture I found somewhere long ago when looking up pictures of collared submissives, and now I am not sure where, or even if that where still exist.  After the fall of Yahoo (when it stopped being cool or any kind of fun for people who liked to chat with like-minded people) when they removed pictures from being directly on the site I decided to use it as an avatar so I would have something to look at when I chatted with  My friends through Yahoo Messenger.



OUT WITH THE OLD

Since then I have used the hands cuffed to collar picture everywhere.  It has been My profile picture on almost every site that I have ever joined.  It has been My avatar picture on various sites as well as My forum signature.  Earlier this year in Lush Forums I even said that the hands cuffed to collar picture was how everyone knew Me.  It has been My calling card since 2004.


So why change now?



SKELETON BELATON 2006

Well a big reason is I am getting into kind of a horror mode, and not that it sends out the wrong impression, but some people wonder, "Well if that guy's a Master then why does he have a pic of a chick by his name?"

So I decided to go with the guy who I have pretty much been building as the icon of House Of Master Vyle over the past month, Skeleton Belaton.

Now who is Skelaton Belaton you might ask?


Skeleton Belaton in some ways is an idea from My past.  I would even go so far as to say that he was the first character I ever created.  I came up with the name by making up a word to rhyme with skeleton, probably when I was four or five years old.  Growing up in the 70's skeletons always said spooky to me, probably due to the fact that I grew up on Doctor Paul Bearer's Creature Feature.  I loved skeletons and skulls then, and I still do now.



HALLOWEEN 2007

There have been several incarnations of Skeleton Belaton over the years, but the latest, the one pictured on the site, was a full sized latex and foam skeleton from the gift shop at the end of the Pirates Of The Carribean ride.  He was My favorite Halloween decoration of all time, but the elements quickly took their toll on him.  When I pulled him out of storage for the second year he was cracking and sticking together from the heat, so I got the idea to wrap him in some "spooky" Halloween fabric like a mummy and then cover him with spider webs.  This helped him last for three more years until being replaced where he always hung on the front gutter by Captain Gol D. Roger.

Now I am in a position to look at him every day, and I could not think of a more fitting tribute to the late Skeleton Belaton than to use him as the icon for Myself and My blog.  I have had it in mind to actually write the story of Skeleton Belaton, detailing the origin of the idea and how his other incarnatons came about.  I am sure I have not seen the last, or should I say, used the last of him.  I have no doubt the sometime in the future a new skeleton is going to inherit the Skeleton Belaton title, but for now I am waiting for him to come along.



 










Friday, October 1, 2010

Fungi, My First Erotic Horror Story Posted!

Today My short story Fungi was posted on Literotica.com as part of their 2010 Halloween Story Contest.  I have to admit that I am more than a little excited.  For those of you who do not know I have always considered horror to be My genre of choice.  In fact almost everyone I went to school with knew I was the creepy horror guy, and if there was ever an assignment that required writing chances were good that I would write a horror story in some way shape or form.  I have been waiting with somewhat baited breath for the story to post, especially since it has been listing as pending with 10/01/10 beside it since the day after it was submitted.

A few weeks ago I submitted As Seen Through The Eyes Of The Young to Lit, and it was rejected due to some content concerns, despite the fact it was a non-erotic story being submitted to a predominantly erotic site.  I understood their reasoning, and could tell from the wording of the rejection they were at real pains with having to reject the story, and even admitted they had spent a lot of extra time looking over the story and debating what to do.  Those in the know are aware that the moderators at Literotica and I do not see eye to eye on the way they allow commenters to bash certain genres and lifestyle with no worry of retaliation from the site.  However they are about the best place for horror erotica, which is where most of My horror stories are going to lean to being.

I submitted A Letter To Doctor Freudstein to Lit this afternoon, and I have no doubt it will be the first choice for the horror novel I am working on.

I originally wrote Fungi in 1995, and it has, until three weeks ago, been stored on a 3.5 inch DSHD mini-disk.  It was more of a straight forward horror story, but I had the idea for more juicy elements from the beginning, so the transition from horror to erotic horror was quite easy.  Before today the story had been read by two people.  When I last checked it had been viewed over 2,000 times.  Yay!  Thanks Al Gore for inventing the internet!

The story initially came about because I was living in Missouri at the time, and one afternoon someone brought this huge morel mushroom they had found in the woods to show us.  It was sitting in the bottom of a 50 pound paper grocery bag which had been cut in half.  I thought it looked like a big orange brain, and immediately it reminded Me of the Fungoids, a cheap creature of the month from the 1973 (and I am pretty sure the year is right) Doctor Who serial Planet Of The Daleks.  After seeing the thing I could not stop thinking about it, and it also reminded Me of a Japanese movie called Attack Of The Mushroom People that I had seen on Dr. Paul Bearer's Creature Feature at least a few dozen times growing up.  The movie is actually a Toho film originally named Matango and unfortunately I have yet to see a subbed and uncut version of the film.

So in the dead of night, as I often had to while living in Missouri with my ex and her mother, I began writing.  I incorporated the fact I was aware of My two inspirations into the dialogue of the story.  The killer puffballs near the end were also slightly inspired by the "killer tumbleweeds" in a later Doctor Who serial The Creature From The Pit.  Probably the biggest departure from the original version of the story was that it was set in the spring and not in October.

Fungi was actually the first of two stories I wrote about the fictional town of Dead End Junction, Nebraska.  The other story was a novel titled The Creeper, which was actually in itself mined from a story of the same title I wrote My junior year of high school.  The events of that story took place a few weeks after the events of Fungi, and the characters from that story are mentioned.  I really wanted to get a Dead End Junction Series started (and maybe now finally will).  I wrote a few hundered pages of another intended novel The History Of  Dead End Junction, which explains how the town came to exist, founded by the Graysons as mentioned in Fungi, and a couple of other novels set in the town before and after the events of The Creeper.

Either way, after a 15 year wait the first Dead End Junction story is online, and I have to say that there will be more to come in time.  Please be sure to check it out, and I do hope you enjoy.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Let's Put The Final Nail (Pin) In The Coffin

I was very disappointed to see that the role of Pinhead has been recast for the upcomming Hellraiser: Revelations.  I think at this point it is time to end a franchise that has drug on way past the point it should have been put out to pasture.  As with the role of Freddy Kruger and Robert Englund, the role of Pinhead/Elliot Spencer is forever linked with Doug Bradley.  At this late date, with so many films with Bradley in the lead role, why further kill the series, which by now bares little resemblence to the original Hellbound Heart novella, by doing a recast which will no doubt cost the series what followers it has left?

There had been a rumor floating around that Hellraiser was slotted to be remade.  I was doubltful of how well it would go, especially when you consider the fact that the first film was scripted and directed by Barker himself.  However now if the role of the series' most iconic character is to be given to a new actor I think it will be the only way to save and reboot the franchise.

I am also feeling around for any scraps of info about Barker's yet unpublished novel The Scarlet Gospels.  The novel is supposed to be a major piece in the Clive Barker universe, as it will explain the true origins of "Pinhead" and the Order of the Gash as they appear in the original novella, and they will be opposed by Barker's supernatural detective Harry D'amour of The Last Illusion/Lord Of Illusions and Everville fame.  Last word from Barker was that he was looking for a publisher.

Really?

You're Clive Barker, you have a Hellraiser novel, and you can't find a publisher?

Sounds like a little BS from CB to ME.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bye-Bye XXXReplay

Several months ago I was sought out by a new story site by the name of xxxreplay, who's owner was interested in My work after she came across Balcony Diddling on another site.  I was made pretty estatic by the idea of submitting to a site that was just starting up and getting in on the ground floor.  I joined the site and submitted several stories, hoping to send some original work their way later in the year.

After submitting many stories to xxxreplay I began to notice, that upon review, the voting and viewing setting were continually being switched off, so that no one could read anything.  Then I realized that several of My stories were sitting there, while the poems moved quickly.  Figuring that there was a glitch I deleted the stagnated stories and resubmitted one of them.  Now it has sat for over a month without an acceptance, a rejection, or a kiss our asses.

The site has a blog on twitter, but I have only seen maybe three tweets there since the site was founded at the beginning of the summer.  So I made My decision to pull My stories from the site and to delete My account, seeing how the site administration seems to be a non-entity and that the stories section is frought with problems.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Open For Business

Well here I am with My very first post.  Had I known it were so easy I would have started on blogger months ago.