Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Books!

I was really excited to see that my books have begun to garner some reviews (not all good, but I'll get to that in a moment).  The idea that people are reading them and care enough to post their opinions tells me that I'm doing something right.  So thanks to those of you who have left reviews - positive or negative.  

I also wanted to let you all know about what I think is a really good deal.  Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service has been a really, really great deal for me - especially considering that I read quite a bit.  That said, it's really nice for those of us who enjoy this particular genre.  

Many of the writers who used to publish on free sites like Fictionmania have moved to publishing their work on Amazon - and for good reason.  While I'm as big a fan as any of free content (as evidenced by this blog), I recognize that asking someone to put forth the effort to write even a short story for free is a bit of a stretch.  However, I'm not the type of person to spend 1.99 here or 3.99 there to buy erotica.  I just can't justify that - especially with the up and down quality even amongst the good authors. 

So Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program is perfect for me.  I can spend 9.99 a month, and get access to thousands of books.  I guess what I'm saying is that it's a great option for me, and it might be a good idea for many of you as well.  

You can find out more by visiting AMAZON'S KINDLE UNLIMITED PAGE.  Or you could watch the following video:


Also, I wanted to let you all know that I created a new page for my books, complete with links and synopses.  You can find it grouped with the other pages on the right-hand side of this blog, entitled My Feminization Fiction. 

And finally, to the new reviews:

For An Experiment:

 

Connor gave it four stars, calling it "A very good story."

E and M gave it five stars, but had some concerns.  Here is the review (entitled "Well-Written"):

"I enjoyed the story, but it had grievous errors. First the couple are engaged and suddenly they're married? And the ending? Ugh, nothing was settled which leaves you feeling unsatisfied."

To address his concerns, I went back into the book, correcting a few inconsistencies (as to the characters' marital status.  The characters were originally supposed to be engaged, but I changed it about halfway through the writing process.  I guess I missed a few references to the old version.  However, it's fixed now.  As to the ending, I intended it to be open-ended, but I certainly didn't mean to frustrate readers.  I'll certainly try to correct the ambiguity in the future.  Still, despite the negative tone of the review, he gave it a five-star rating.  That's something, at least.

Alex gave the book four stars, saying:

"It is a story for those who like to read about men and women who are forced to play the role of a representative of the opposite sex. In the text there is a hint that this is a special case of a global plan to change the gender roles. I did not like that in this story there are a few men are involved along with women in forcing the heroes to change roles and unpleasant scene of rape." 

Liz gave the book five stars, saying:

"This book lives in the 'mad scientist' genre, but provides some surprises.  The descriptions of the transformation processes, both male to female and female to male, are detailed and quite wonderful.  The author writes beautifully, with evident technical skill.  There is violence and other graphic content.  If you are not offended by these things, and if you love transformation, then the book is simply a pleasure to read."
 

For Control:

 

Samuel gave it five stars, saying:

"A riveting novella about a man who, through a flute occurrence, experiences the ability to have it all. What he does with this gift is another story that brings up the most serious ethical concerns. If a mere mortal obtains the power to play God, would even God be safe?"

Sparta gave it two stars, saying:

"Great Cover Art! Not so great story line, just think how to hurt people for kicks and you get the sense of the plot. I love mind control stories but this will provide you with little in the way of entertainment and enjoyment. This isn't a control her mind for the enjoyment of her body story."

Carmen gave it one star, saying:

"I think this book should come with a disclosure, that the main character or writer is a sick F@@@. The writing was morbid and making people do things totally against their will is wrong. For instance making your grown azz sister mimic a 1 year old and her old azz mother has the ability to breast feed her just because you say so for years. And that wasn't even the bad part, just because your ex moved on from you, to go and make his new lover have sex with both of his parents is wrong. It would of been better if the main character woke up from the coma and everything he did was a dream. I think free speech is one thing but this book should of come with an accurate description of the content. Good thing it was a free read or I would ask for my money back.. And file a complaint with Amazon." 

While writing "Control", I recognized it as a niche piece.  It's not the sort of thing that everyone's going to like (or even be able to stomach).  However, I've always had issue with criticism of content as opposed to a critique of execution.  One allows for semi-objective evaluation that may be useful.  The other lets you complain about something that you don't like.  I know I'm in the minority, but I prefer the former.  

While reading something like "Control" where the protagonist becomes so clearly evil, you're not supposed to like his actions.  They're supposed to make you uncomfortable.  

That said, I wish Amazon would have allowed my original description, which was far more descriptive, and functioned as a disclaimer.  Too bad it was kicked out due to a violation of their content policy.

Still, the fact that the book evoked some sort of response is gratifying.  Hopefully, there will be some positive ratings to counterbalance the negative reviews.  If not, I'll chalk the novel up as a mistake, and move on to stories with safer content.

Thanks again for your support.  Seriously check out Kindle Unlimited - there are quite a few really good authors writing in our genre, whose work you can enjoy for a fairly nominal cost.

Sissy Caption - Caught in the Act


Monday, June 15, 2015

15 Million!

I didn't even notice, but yesterday, the blog crossed 15 million views.  I think that's a pretty significant milestone, so thank you all for your continued support.  It means a lot to me to know that there are a lot of people out there who share an interest in this sort of thing.

Sissy Caption - It's Not What You Think


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Feminization Caption - Attention-Seeking Behavior

Today's caption was inspired by Caitlyn Jenner's transition; I'm sure it won't take long for you all to notice the parallels between its narrative and the former Olympic champion's story.  I know I'm a little late to the party, but I would like to say a few things on the subject.

First, I'm extremely surprised that the media response has been mostly positive.  Aside from a few negative outliers (the usual suspects), most people have been supportive of Jenner's transition.  The worst I've heard from friends, coworkers, etc. is that they simply don't care.  That's a long way from the cries of "freak" that, ten or fifteen years ago, no doubt would have accompanied that Vanity Fair article  So that's progress, I think. 

Second, I'm glad that Ms. Jenner finally made the jump.  After sixty-some-odd years of living in the wrong skin, it must have taken quite a bit of gumption (yes, I used that word) to go through with the transition.  So congratulations to her.  She looks great (at a reported $4 million cost, she should), and I hope that she can now live the life she wants to live.

That said, I can't help but approach her transition with a healthy dose of skepticism (given her family's obsession with fame), I choose to adopt an attitude that lets me believe someone is what they say they are until they prove otherwise.  However, I can't really deny that I have some concerns.

At the very least, the media coverage feels like an exploitation of transgender issues.  We're expected to hold up Catilyn as some sort of beacon in the night for trans issues, but her situation is so very different than what most of us experience, and in so many ways.  At its worst, it's a glorified publicity stunt by a troubled person.  I'm not saying that Caitlyn's crazy.  I'm really not.  I am saying that it's entirely possible that, as (reportedly closet crossdressing) Bruce, she wasn't happy, and that she felt like she was playing second-fiddle to the women of the Kardashian plan.  Is it really that big of a jump for her to have attached their fame to their exaggerated femininity?  And over time, is it unrealistic that a gender-confused man might grow to covet that femininity-fueled fame? 

Or maybe it really is as simple as Caitlyn claims.  She's going through an extremely difficult transition, and she'd like to have cameras following her around as she navigates the quagmire of issues that surround a gender transition.

The other problem I have is with a simple sentence attached to one of Ms. Jenner's Instagram posts.  "Trans is beautiful."  I can't tell you how wrong this is.  While there are beautiful trans-women (and men, come to that), the idea that being transgender is somehow special or admirable is troubling to me.  It holds us up like we're mere curiosities, like we're sideshow freaks, that the very nature of being transgender is beautiful.  Being transgender (or any other member of the LGBT community) doesn't make us special.  It's neither good nor bad.  We're people living our lives.  The sooner we all stop attaching labels like courageous, brave, beautiful and heroic (or their negative counterparts) to something as mundane as gender identity, the sooner we can all move on to live our lives without the stigma associated with it. 

Look - I'm not saying that Caitlyn's transition isn't news.  It is.  She is a former Olympian, and arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time, after all.  That she's transitioning is a big deal.  Maybe there's someone out there saying, "If Bruce Jenner could be Caitlyn, maybe I can be myself too."  That's a good thing. 

And despite my natural skepticism (and my need to build a drama-filled narrative around everything), I do hope that Caitlyn's happy now. And I want to believe that she's doing this for the right reasons (because she truly feels like she was always a woman).  I'm just a bit of a cynic, okay? 

I can only fervently hope that one day, someone transitioning from one (physical) gender to the other isn't met with awe, curiosity, media coverage, or the inclination to film what (I think) should be a fairly private process.

Anyway - enough of my thoughts on current events.  Here's today's caption.










Friday, June 12, 2015

Sissy Caption - A Heart to Heart


FREE BOOK PROMOTION!

I just wanted you all to know that the FREE BOOK PROMOTION for Control has started.  It's only for one day, so please, if you're interested, head over to Amazon and get your copy.  Click the following cover image to be redirected to its listing:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YQ4UW2W?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Hope you all like it!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Books, Books, and More Books!

I got my first review of Control today (a slightly cryptic 5 star grade), so I'm really excited about that.  I'm also excited to announce that I launched another book last night, called The Big Pink Book of Feminization.  It's a collection of previously published short stories compiled into a single volume.  Many of you have probably already read the stories (previously published on Fictionmania, but since removed), but if you haven't, it's available by clicking the following cover image:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZENDPFU?*Version*=1&*entries*=0





As you can no doubt tell, I tend to gravitate towards minimalist covers.  Part of that is because that's just my style.  The other part is that they're easier to build.  And finally, they tend to stand out amongst the other, more cluttered covers featuring semi-nude models. 

The bigger piece of news, however, is that I'm finally merging the two sides of my writing career by letting you all know about my other, non-TG work.  It's only one book, entitled Heartkeeper, but I think that some of you might enjoy it. 

The premise is as follows:

Heartkeeper is the simple story of how a boy becomes a man, and that man begins his journey toward becoming something far more than that. In doing so, that person must learn about power, sacrifice, pain, and, most of all, love.
Volume One of this epic tale begins, fittingly enough, with a young thief named Flikk, and his first encounter with the Heartkeeper itself. The object appears to be a simple, golden box, but only moments after Flikk steals it, the object reveals itself to be far, far more than it seems.

It is a sentient object of unfathomable power, and it merges its fate with Flikk's, sending him on a journey from the dungeons, catacombs, and lost dwarven cities beneath Linston across the world to the fabled gnomish city of Mibaris. It sets him between two long-battling wizards, and forces him to rely on a dwarven monk and an unwitting elven necromancer.

But it is not the catalyst for young Flikk. No object can truly claim that. For him, the true impetus for his journey is an unlikely friendship with a young sorceress named Aime.

Along the way, Flikk encounters all manner of dangerous enemies, including a faithless former ranger, a goblin horde, dragons, and demons, among others. Around every corner is a new danger, but it is nothing compared to the danger lurking inside, spurred along by the Heartkeeper with which he has merged.


It's not nearly as high-concept as many of my TG stories, but it works all the same, I think.  As the premise might indicate, it's a high fantasy story, complete with magic, sorcerers, witches, and fantastic creatures.  If that sounds like something you might be interested in, click the following cover image:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Y1THR9S?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

I fully intend to continue the story in a second volume, which is probably about 1/3 finished.  I'll announce it here when its release is imminent.

And finally, as always, my other works are available by clicking the cover images on the right side of the page.  They'll redirect you to the Amazon listings.

Transformation Caption - In Plain Sight


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Reminder

I just wanted to remind you all that my latest novel, Control, is going to be available for free this Friday (6/14/2015).  You can find it by clicking the following cover image:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YQ4UW2W?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

I'd love to get some feedback!

Also, as always my other books are still available as well.  You can find them by clicking the links to the right. 

And finally, I'm very much considering linking my (non-TG) work here as well.  It won't be done often - this site does have its own purpose, after all, but judging by the number of times people have asked for that information, I think it's worth doing at least a couple of times.  However, I'm currently moving it from my old Amazon account to the new one, so it may take a couple of days.  I'll keep you all updated, though.

Hope that everyone whose interested in a free copy of Control participates in the FREE BOOK PROMOTION!  Enjoy!

Gender Role Reversal Advertisement - Victor's Secret


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Books!

Remember - the books are still for sale!  Click on the following cover images to be redirected to the listings!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XGSJAHW

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YQ4UW2W?*Version*=1&*entries*=0


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XHBDZ1A?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Game of Thrones Homage - A Khal No More

I've been a fan of the HBO series, Game of Thrones for a while.  Not only does it contain some really great stories, but it's also a shining example of how to bring a world to life.  The production values are outstanding, the acting is top-notch, and the writing is superb. 

So naturally, I decided to do an homage - taking a pivotal moment in the series, and putting my own spin on it.  Originally, this was going to be a single-caption story, but I decided to make it a bit longer.

Hopefully you guys will enjoy it.













Thursday, June 4, 2015

My Next Project

I just wanted to let you all know that I very much appreciate that many of you have been very supportive of my books.  An Experiment has three reviews (all pretty positive) so far, and it is consistently in the top three in its genre (albeit a very niche category).  So it's been pretty well-received, I think. 

I'd still like some feedback on Control, so in a couple of weeks, I'm going to be running a FREE BOOK PROMOTION for twenty-four hours (scheduled for 6/14).  So if you want to read the new book, but you don't really want to pay for it, that's your chance.  Hopefully it will be as successful as the last promotion. 

I haven't decided whether the older books will be eligible for the same promotion yet.  I suppose it depends on what sales are doing.

So onto the point of this post...

I wanted to share a couple of my next projects with you all - partly to drum up interest, and partially to give you guys a peak into my process.

The next novel will be a sequel to An Experiment.  It's  untitled as of yet (I usually don't name them until I'm finished), but it will center on a cop in a gender role reversed future who is forced to travel back in time (to our present) to stop the reversal before it starts.  As the events in An Experiment were a prelude to those changes, you can expect to see a couple of familiar faces. 

I chose this as my next project because, while a few of my other stories are further along, An Experiment has been pretty popular, and I wanted to take advantage of that.  Also, it allows me to engage in one of my favorite pastimes, which is massive world-building.  I hope you're all as excited about it as I am about writing it.

I'm almost done outlining, so it still has a little ways to go.  I expect to release it in the next couple of months, however.

The next project after that will be an age regression story where a professional basketball player is forced to endure a transformation which results in his changing into a teenaged white girl (not a complete change, mind you - that's not my style, and that little remnant of masculinity ties into the plot's resolution). 

Now - I'd like to share a little something about my process because I've fielded a few emails asking about it. 

First, I start with a high-concept idea (ie. a couple undergoes a [fairly] realistic gender role reversal at the hands of a mad scientist).  It establishes the genre, the tone, and the basic plot.  Chances are, if you're going to write a story, you've probably already tackled this step.  However, I will say that if it takes you more than a couple of sentences to describe it, it may lack narrative focus.  If that's the case, your story will meander, often resulting in a bloated piece that's difficult to follow.  You CAN make a good story like that, but it's difficult (and will take a long, long time to wrangle your plot threads). 

Once you've got your idea, it's time to create a basic outline.  Usually, I start with scene (or chapter) names that describe the overall purpose of the scene.  This step provides your story with a basic narrative structure.  It also allows you to easily alter different parts of the story for consistency.  The thing to remember is that this should not take long.  You're excited about starting your story, and you're chock full of ideas; use that excitement.

Next, you're going to dive back into that outline, adding details.  Personally, I like to establish the setting, the action, and the conclusion of each scene in my outlines.  For example, this is an excerpt from the comprehensive outline for An Experiment:



I.       Wake up to your new life
1.      Introductions
1.      Setting
1.      Medical Area
2.      Time
1.      Indefinite
2.      Action
1.      Casey and Alexis wake up naked.
2.      Restrained
3.      Screams and struggles
4.      Enter the Doctors
1.      Casey reacts by cussing them.
2.      Alexis pleads.
5.      Be calm or we will calm you.
6.      Explanation
1.      Introductions
1.      Credentials
1.      Dr. Hector Samuels
1.      One of the world's foremost endocrynologists
2.      Dr. Ingrid Harris
1.      Neurobiologist
2.      Psychologist
2.      The Experiment
1.      Gender Role Reversal
1.      Physical Changes
1.      Casey
2.      Alexis
2.      Mental Changes
1.      Prompted by Physical Changes
3.      Escape is impossible.
1.      No civilization for a thousand acres
2.      Security
4.      Restraints
5.      Guests not prisoners. 
3.      Conclusion
1.      It starts tomorrow.


You don't have to be quite as detailed as this. Conversely, yours can be quite a bit more detailed.  For instance, I've had chapter outlines take up three or four pages before.  It's all about putting enough information in there to map out your story.  I like everything laid out so that the actual writing is a simple case of syntax.  I don't have to think very much when I'm writing - I consult the outline, and I know where the story is going, where it's been, and how my characters are affected.

As I finish writing each chapter, I highlight the outline's corresponding section.  That helps me keep my place.

The next step is a character sheet, where you list each character (no matter how inconsequential), and provide a short biography, including physical characteristics, size, and personality quirks.  I also like to do skills/weaknesses, but that's just a personal preference. 

In a story like An Experiment, that's not really all that necessary - there were only a few characters in the first place.  But in some stories, you're going to have quite a few more, and believe me, they can blend together.  I've caught myself using the same name for two separate characters before. 

The character sheet itself is pretty simple; I just use a table in Word.  You can also use an Excel spreadsheet to the same effect. 

And then, finally, you're ready to write.  It's not nearly as overwhelming, once you have a plan.  And if you can make yourself stick to a schedule (I like to do a chapter a day, when possible), the story really comes together fairly quickly.  Sure, you'll change things as you go along.  That's natural - the story should evolve as you tell it.  But the prep work gives you a solid foundation on which to build. 

Once I'm finished writing (I have a habit of writing the last third of my books in a flurry of excitement), it's time to edit.  For me, this is the absolute worst part.  It's tedious.  It's time-consuming.  And it's difficult for me to omit things I've written, even if I know they're unnecessary.  Often (at least with these books), I just proofread rather than truly edit.  I may change the syntax here and there, but I've only rarely found myself adding chapters or excluding plot threads.  Maybe you'll have more self-control than me, though.

After I'm satisfied the story's complete, I get away from it for a couple of days.  During that time, I usually design the cover, write the synopsis, etc. By the time I dive back into the book, I have fairly fresh eyes, and I can recognize poor turns of phrase much more easily.  After a final read-through, I'm ready to publish.

So I hope that answers some of your questions.  And I hope that keeps you all excited for the next phase of books to come out!


Forced Feminization Caption - The Farm 3

I referenced the infamous Farm in a couple of other captions, found HERE and HERE.  This is another based in that world.



Once again, the new book is available via Amazon.  You can find it by clicking the following Cover Image:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YQ4UW2W?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

It's a bit of a departure (in style and subject matter) for me, so I'd love any feedback you all can give me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A New Book!

First, I want to thank all of you for your support of my writing endeavor thus far.  An Experiment has managed to make it all the way up to #1 in its sub-category (LGBT Science Fiction), and has stayed there for a couple of days now.  So thank you for making that happen. 

And second, I'd like to announce a new novel, entitled Control.  It's a little different in that it isn't really grounded quite as much in reality.  Entrenched firmly in the supernatural, it's a story about the corruption that results from nearly absolute power. 

The official synopsis is as follows:

Adam is a normal guy living a normal life when, on his eighteenth birthday, his life is turned upside down by a sudden ability to read minds. As he struggles to come to grips with knowing everyone's deepest, darkest secrets, the power evolves, giving him complete control over those around him. Armed with this god-like power, he devolves into a monstrous arbiter of twisted justice.

And the book can be found by clicking the following cover image (which I'm actually really proud of):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YQ4UW2W?*Version*=1&*entries*=0





And finally, I wanted to tie today's caption to the book release.  So if you plan to read it, (minor) spoilers ahead.  If not, the caption stands on its own.