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.


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?


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.


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.