Moving in Progress

Hey folks,

I think I hinted in my last post that I’m changing providers.  That’s currently in progress.  You may notice things look a little different on my blog, don’t worry about it.

With the new host comes new options, such as direct sales of ebooks (for those of you who aren’t comfortable with Amazon etc.), the opportunity to try and host a webcomic, and other things.  I’m hoping that the follow list can be ported over, but if it can’t, people may need to re-follow if they want the latest updates.

I’ll keep posted throughout the process.

Art and Other Things

This is probably going to end up long.  I’m trying to put my thoughts together, and “talking it out” seems to help.

I ended up spending a bit more time on depths than I intended over the last weekend, but I think it’s overall going to be well worth it.  I’ve learned a lot of more advanced techniques etc. for the rendering software, I found a good comic composer, and I’ve laid a lot of groundwork.

I may have let my writing slip a little bit, but only a little.  My plan is to get the next part of Mind’s Vault written tomorrow, so I can edit on Monday and release Tuesday or Wednesday.  We shall see, it’s helped by the fact that I hit my goal with Depths today.  I’m putting Power Plays on the back-burner for now, I might work it a little over the week time permitting, but honestly it hasn’t really been getting as much traction as I might like.  I think part of it might be that people are waiting for the Omnibus, which is fine, but makes it difficult to gauge interest.

I’m still in the process of how I’m going to re-evaluate things now that I’m more comfortable with my 3D skills.  I DO intend to produce some stuff for sale, and I’m hoping to release on Amazon.  The monkey wrench, however, is that Amazon frequently has strict rules around content.  In the written realm, it’s not so bad, but in the actual visual realm, I’m sure they’ll be more strict.

I’ve decided that Depths is going to officially be more of a Hypnotic Romance (similar to Deepening Desires) and less true “erotica.”  For people that are hypno-fetishists, it should be amazingly good.  For people that are interested in a good romantic story, I hope it is equally good.  For people who just want a lot of obvious sexual content, it’s probably not going to be so good.

The guideline I’m using is that you won’t find anything in the comic that you won’t find in a rated “R” movie.  I’m hoping this is good enough to qualify for Amazon’s content allowances.  If it’s not, things could get a little interesting.  I’ve completed the first three chapters, and I’m going to release them all in one combined volume, so that people who pick it up have a bit more exposure to where the story is going.  I’m worried that if somebody got just Chapter 1, they might not find any meat to the story.

Some people might say that there should be more meat early on, but the problem is that with how I want the story to flow, you have to know the characters, otherwise it really has no development.  The first chapter really just introduces the characters.  The second and third are where the real hypnosis content starts.

My goal is that, once I get started, I can have a weekly release (20 pages) until the story reaches a good breaking point.  We’ll see, as we do with all things.  I’m also evaluating which of my other stories might work in this format.  I’m thinking Spell Bound could make a good one.  I might re-write it a little bit so that it’s more Amazon friendly in terms of some of the content (I’d probably need to drop the incest angle, but frankly that was falling out anyway.  Maybe I’ll just start after the book, and they won’t talk about it).  I think the 3D artwork could work really well with a story that involves magic and action.

If Depths does well, I’ll probably give it some more serious thought.

All this has gotten me thinking about something else.  Sometimes, you just want to have one character use a full on mind-whammy on another, and make her have sex with him.  It’s not pretty, but lord knows it’s popular.  While my writing is usually not that clear-cut, sometimes the scenes in my writing are, and I enjoy it as much as the next guy.  I’d like to bring some of this to the 3D art realm as well.

The problem, of course, is that Amazon wouldn’t allow anything that has graphic sex.  I know there’s a lot of websites out there that have graphic MC sex, and while it’s not my primary cup of tea, I want to give it a shot.  So I’ve decided that I’ll probably post that stuff directly on my blog for now, and decide where to go from there.

In order to help keep my options open, I’m transferring the blog to a different hosting provider.  While wordpress.com has been great, they don’t allow total control, and I need that.  One of the things I’m thinking about doing is trying to sell my material (both ebooks and comics) directly from my web site.  This is partially because I would then be able to get a greater percentage of royalties, and with Amazon, I’ll need that for comics.

Also, I can better set up a plug-in to post a web-comic, in the event that I decide to make some stuff for free.  Overall, it’s probably what I should have done from day 1, but hindsight is always more perfect than reality.

That’s all for now.  Mostly just wanted to get my thoughts together.  Back to working on my less story oriented and more simple mind control experiments.

More Depths

Hey All,

I’ve been spending good chunks of the last week getting more and more comfortable with the 3D rendering program I use, as well as finding a better comic layout program.  I’m having a lot of fun with Depths, and as usual I keep finding myself wishing that the output I produce could catch up to the story in my head (which is really far along, actually).  Even if I don’t go ahead with the comic for this, might be an idea to try and write it out.  Comic is looking pretty likely though.

Anyway, I decided to change around the style a bit, and have the first 6 pages of the first chapter in a review able draft state.  Some changes may still happen, but I think they’re close to what I’m looking for (and may only require tweaks, like a couple backgrounds etc.).

As always, I appreciate any feedback people have for my work.

Depths – Second round of Sample Pages

 

Oh, and just in case people are worried about my writing stopping because of this, it’s not.  The next release of Mind’s Vault is in the Amazon pipe (Passed approval, posting) and is up on Smashwords.  I plan to release the next part of Power Plays probably tomorrow or Monday.

That’s all for now, back to the 3D art.

Depths – Early Preview

So, I’ve finished five pages of depths to a degree that I’m comfortable letting people look at them.  The dialogue isn’t 100% final, but I want to get this out into the wild in part so that I can get feedback, but also so that I can sort of make the whole thing more real.

I’ve learned a lot in the first day of making things, such as techniques to improve the quality of renders (I figured how to get rid of that annoying wrinkle that constantly formed on Abagail’s crotch, for one…) as well as how to use Photoshop to lay out comic dialogue (it’s harder than you might think).

Now that I have the tools down, however, I think I can actually start to really get going on producing the story.  I think the first chapter should be about thirty pages or so.  I’m aiming for that so I just have an idea of what my goal is.

Here’s the link to check out the first few pages.  Please feel free to post a comment, or shoot me an email at Tri3Ax@gmail.com with any feedback.

Depths Preview Pages

Releases (7/5/2014)

Howdy folks,

Got 2 releases this week, and things are going strong

Mind’s Vault – Changes    Amazon  /  Smashwords

Changes - sm

Mind’s vault ended up being more popular than I imagined, not that I’m complaining.  Part 2, Changes, shows Christine after Greg uses the chair on her and changes her outlook a little.  She’s a lot easier to get along with, and way more willing to enjoy a little fun.

There’s plenty more to come in this series, so stay tuned for more.

Power Plays – Contrast    Amazon  /  Smashwords

Power Plays - Contrast - SM

The second release for this week is another chapter for Power Plays.  Things continue to unfold for our young heroes, this time from the point of view of Jacob’s side of the struggle.  Leah’s still coming to terms with her new life as a slave, but she’s getting more and more comfortable as time goes on.  Can she figure out a way to let her new master act freely, without fear of retaliation from her brother?

Stay tuned for more as the story unfolds.

 

That’s all for this week.  The plan is to try and get another release out for Mind’s Vault (since it seems to be going over well) and time permitting, more of Power Plays.  I’ve got both series planned out for the next several releases, it’s just a matter of getting things down and ready to go.

Thanks as always for watching this space.

Depths

Hey,

So, as some of you may know, I’ve decided I want to try my hand at making a hypnosis/mind control themed comic.  I’ve decided that my first project will be named Depths.  I’ve put up three images of one of the characters (very much Work In Progress) as well as created a new section to hold the project.

Check it out on the nav link above, or here: http://tri3ax.com/depths/

Branching Out

Hey look, a post that isn’t about new releases or how I’m taking a break!

So, last week, I did something that I was really unsure about, and released stories with covers made using 3D art.  I’ve dabbled in the field for a long while (like… seven or more years) and so i have some familiarity with the tools, but I’ve never really felt confident enough to share them with anybody.

However, I was finding it difficult to find good stock photos to use that fit my particular style, and also found that sometimes, when you want to put the same girls on the cover multiple times, you run out of photos.  Also, I was a little concerned about licensing, while the photo sites say you can use their stuff for ebook covers, there’s a lot of gray area around erotica.  All 3D assets come with pretty much 100% unrestricted usage of output renders (they really only care that you aren’t letting other people be able to make their own assets).

Anyway, I had reservations, but did it anyway.  At this point, I have no real reason to believe that it as a bad move.  Mind’s Vault has sold more copies in the first week than many of my titles (although it’s not the most resounding success.  It’s solid, is what I’m saying).  Power Plays is more meager, but I think a lot of people have gotten used to waiting for more to come out in a longer series before they purchase.  Either way, it’s sold enough that I don’t think it was bad.

To that, I’ll probably be using 3D covers from now on.  Also with that, I’ve decided to start a little experiment.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I was debating making a comic using 3D art, and I’m going to go through with it.  I’ve already brainstormed some ideas and kind of know how I want the story to progress, at least for my first test project.  I’ll probably share some of the initial stuff here, since why the hell not?

Now, one of the things that has me a little worried about such a project is that there’s actually a lot of this out in the wild already.  However, just like with eBooks, I seem to have found a style that was all my own, and I think people are enjoying what I have.  I consider my soft-core, story oriented format to be fairly successful, and I’m going to keep it that way.

A lot (and I mean a whole lot) of the visual stuff out there for mind control is of the “brainwashed the girl to be my fuck slave/mindlessly horny girl” type.  Often the main character has the control mcguffin, and there’s either a naked girl, a blowjob, or sex on almost every page (sometimes they make it 1 page before ripping their clothing off).  I’m not planning on doing this at all.  Just like with my stories, there should be build-up, and there should be some emotional attachment to the characters.  Yes, this means it won’t be for everybody, but I honestly think there are people out there who want stuff like this too.

The other thing is that a lot of the stuff that’s out there involves superheroes.  I fully understand why.  It’s difficult to have a controller who isn’t a villain, because they’re making a girl have sex with them etc.  Also, much of the available 3D assets just lends itself to this.  I’m not really interested in making superhero themed stuff, so I should stand out here too.  While I do plan to do some reality alteration / magic user stuff, I intend for it to be a bit more realistic style than superhero worlds.

Overall, I’m just experimenting.  We’ll see how it goes.  If it looks like it works and is popular, I’ll decide what to do from there.  I’ll probably release the first one on an inconsistent schedule directly here on my blog.  Please feel free to provide feedback once I have something to show.

That’s all for today, mostly just wanted to say something.  Also, still working on releases.  Second part of Power Play is written, just needs a revision pass, and the second part of Mind’s Vault is also at about 70%, just need to decide exactly how I want to present the story (it has POV swaps, but I think I’m going to do full releases in one POV.. On Call is getting a little much with POV shifts)